About us

Explore a new way of travelling with Rowing Tours NZ. As a dedicated tourism rowing team, we have plenty of great experience along with rowing options – in the best hidden spots of the South Island of New Zealand.  Join one of our guided tours and get ready for an unforgettable experience. We look after individuals, couples or groups.

We’d love to meet you on our beautiful waterways.

Our Mission

Rowing Tours NZ plans and delivers tours and events that set the global benchmark in rowing in Aotearoa. We sell quality rowing skiffs built to handle rough water conditions safely. We strive to grow our business with the same honesty and sense of adventure that we use to provide unforgettable experiences for our rowers.

The Nelson Rowing Club is a very important part of our lives and as such we are partnering with the Nelson Rowing Club who provide use of their plant and volunteers in return for a share of any profits that Rowing Tours NZ generates.

Our Values

  • Integrity,
  • Safety,
  • Friendships,
  • Competition,
  • Growth and Lifestyle

The Team

Kevin Strickland


Kevin has been around rowing in NZ for a long time, including working for Rowing NZ as Domestic Rowing Manager for over 10 years and is actively involved in Nelson Rowing Club. Kevin is a rowing ‘nut’!

Kevin looks after:
Safety & Weather
Kanghua Boat Sales

Trisha Strickland


Trisha is a keen rower, also in Nelson Rowing Club with experience in long-distance rowing. Kevin and Trisha have both rowed the Canal du Midi and Hoea Kaha (a multiday race on the Waikato River, NZ), and regularly include rowing outings on their travels to see family and friends around the world.

​Trisha looks after:

Tour Management and Finance/Accounts

Browse our New Zealand Rowing Tours

There are more than a few good reasons why New Zealand’s South Island consistently gets a high ranking in world tourism. While many come to explore our outstanding wilderness walks and landscapes, we take you places that go under the radar – through some of the world’s most extraordinary beauty.

The best of local – it’s our aim to showcase the regional ‘best’ in terms of accommodation, food, wine and local people. We’re a kiwi business, run by kiwis, so know the best environments and have the ability to offer some great alternatives if weather unsuitable for rowing.

We also like to let our rowers do the talking. Read more about what they have to say here.

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