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For Kevin Smith and Sharon Monteith-Smith, BackCountry Tagalong Tours is driven by a real passion to enjoy life, and to help others do likewise. No strangers to hard work and life’s lessons, both appreciate that life is for living and that taking regular “breaks away” from the humdrum routines and stresses of life is essential to positive relationships and personal wellbeing.
Recently married, they see BackCountry Tagalong Tours as a way to constructively combine their respective pasts and current interests into a tangibly beneficial business for everyone concerned.
Kevin has a background of 40 years in the banking industry. He was the squirrel man with New Zealand Post Office encouraging many of us to establish solid savings habits in our youth.
As a retired financial planner, he is acutely aware that people save hard for their retirement but then many find it hard to venture out of their comfort zone to enjoy it.
A mad keen fisherman, 4 wheel drive and vintage car enthusiast and outdoor adventurer, Kevin wants to provide others with an easy, inexpensive way to add relaxation and interest to their lives.
For Sharon, the motivation for BackCountry Tagalong Tours comes from more aesthetic interests. Appreciating the finer things in life, Sharon who has her own beauty therapy business, enjoys architecture, interior and garden design, arts, culture and cafes.
She delights in sharing her lovingly renovated Spanish bungalow and tastefully appointed holiday retreat with others and as an unofficial “ambassador” for Hawke’s Bay, is keen to encourage others to savour the region’s attractions.