High Country Journeys belongs to John and Susan Mulholland of Ranfurly. John is a fourth generation Maniototo farmer with more than twenty years’ experience in organising 4WD tours.
He’s well-known in the high country community and has access to a wide range of unique backcountry tracks that’ll take clients through some of the most stunning and majestic scenery in the South Island.
John spent many years in the shearing industry both locally and abroad and was a locally-based shearing contractor for nearly fifteen years. He has always farmed in the area and been involved in breeding stud sheep. He still owns a Romney sheep stud.
He is also well-known to many 4WD enthusiasts in the south for his involvement in organising the local Maniototo Lions Club Annual 4WD Safari. This well-known fundraiser has been running for nineteen years and taken many people and their vehicles over most 4WD tracks in Central Otago.
John’s wife Susan is a teacher and principal of St John’s School -a local three-teacher school in Ranfurly. She especially enjoys teaching years one and two.
Kylee Simpson who has lived on remote high country stations in Canterbury for over 10 years now lives on the West Coast and assists with administration. Kylee works from home in the evenings and has been involved with ‘High Country Journeys’ and ‘Station-to-Station’ for many years.
Other well-known local farming and backcountry personalities who will from time to time be part of our guiding team are Noel Stanger and Mike Meares from Canterbury; John Hore from North Otago; David McAtamney, Sam McSkimming and John Levido, all from Central Otago.
At High Country Journeys, we’re excited about organising these unique trip for clients so that we can share our passion, love and knowledge of this amazing part of New Zealand with everyone.