Paul's enthusiasm and fun loving exterior belies his 30+ years’ experience at sea; a global career that spans Master of Super Yachts (www.yachtcaptain.co.nz ), marine engineer, professional diver, and deep sea fisherman. With 3,500+ dive hours spent underwater and decades of sea time on the ocean Paul is happy to tell stories about his adventures... and yes he knows the billionaires' holiday secrets!
His passion as a kiwi has always been the Wildlife and providing a quality experience for customers. His heart was always set on Marlborough as the ideal location for New Zealand’s Premier Wildlife Experience. With its calm sheltered waters and diverse adventure options this is the perfect place to establish the BEST E-ko Tourism company in New Zealand . Pauls enthusiasm for conservation,sustainable tourism, fun and adventure guides the company forward.
Using his Global experience and focusing on quality experiences for all customers the Ek-o Brand is destined to become a benchmark for other New Zealand Tourism Operators.
After spending a good part of his life at sea, Andy came ashore to live in Marlborough after meeting his wife Belle.
They have raised their family here and have no regrets choosing Picton as their home. The small seaport is rich in history, geography, walking tracks and scenery, with the bonus of the Marlborough Sounds, our big blue backyard, being where E-Ko tours venture out daily in search of wildlife. Natural history has been Andys passion for many years. He is an experienced skipper who loves his job, especially showing and sharing his knowledge of the wildlife to his passengers who come to this beautiful part of the world.
Rob Pine is our resident and multi-talented contract photographer and Facebook manager. His past is like reading a really adventurous novel, and there always is another amazing story to hear. The old saying do not judge a book by its cover applies to Rob as he has been barefoot for 40 years yet managed to be on NZ Skydive team for 10 years.
He was the first to do aerial Video and Photography of Skydiving teams and owned a very successful Auckland based skydiving business. Nowdays his Passion and Drive is focused on capturing incredible images of NZ Marine mammals and we are lucky he thinks this is the best place in NZ to do that .
Taking photos is easy for him and you will marvel at the results and if your lucky enough to get some of the great products he produces jump on them , one day they will be collectors’ items .