Who we are
Trips and Tramps was started by Dave and Naomi Hughes in 1988. Building the business from humble beginnings, their reputation grew based on strong family, community and conservation values. Very satisfied customers and strong local support ensured the business has thrived. In October 2010 the business sold to Steve Norris, a long term employee and his wife Kate. Both bring considerable experience to this unique family business, and a commitment to providing quality tourism activities in Milford Sound and the wider Fiordland area.
Steve Norris is a dedicated, long term employee of Trips and Tramps. Coming to Te Anau to guide on the Milford Track, he has worked in the tourism sector for over 20 years both in New Zealand and abroad. A well known community figure he enjoys sharing Fiordland’s special places to visitors from all over the world. In 2009 Steve's commitment to conservation efforts were formally recognised when he received the Department of Conservation Southland Individual Services to Conservation Award “for his consistent and dedicated leadership in community conservation efforts, his tireless enthusiasm as a keen conservationist influencing tourists, Kepler challenge runners, friends and family, and for being instrumental in pest-trapping programmes".
Kate Norris graduated with a Parks and Recreation Diploma from Lincoln University and moved to Te Anau to work on the Milford Track for the Department of Conservation. For the last 16 years she has worked in the tourism field in a reservation and information capacity. Currently with a young family, Steve and Kate combine the demands of four young children with managing the business and getting into the outdoors as much as possible.
Conservation and Community Support
Trips and Tramps enjoy a close relationship with the community, Fiordland Conservation Trust and local Te Anau Department of Conservation team. Personally and as a company we provide both logistical and financial support. Recent significant donations have been made to local events and community groups, including the Kepler Challenge Mountain Run, Fiordland College, Te Anau Scouts, Fiordland Squash Club, Te Anau School, and Tumble Time.
At Milford Sound we have been involved in a stoat trapping project since 2003 (even before it was the thing to do) and recently expanded this to the Delta are in conjunction with the Fiordland Conservation Trust, more information available here.
We are also enthusiastic supporters of the Local Kids Restore the Kepler project. This project aims to help Fiordland's young people, from pre-school through to college, develop knowledge, values and skills so they can be confident, connected and actively involved in caring for their environment.