Flyinn Team

We can’t wait for you to meet our highly experienced team who run Flyinn™

During your New Zealand adventure with us, you will have the full attention of our team and their impressive local knowledge and skill set will be at your disposal. They will work hard to give you the very best vacation and best use of your time with us in NZ.

Matt and Jo

Co-founders of Flyinn™, they have been farming Merino sheep at Geordie Hill since the early 80’s. Matt has been flying in the area since 1979 and guiding our guests since 2000. This means he knows what gives our guests the best flying enjoyment, which is reflected in our three itineraries.

We have an extensive knowledge of aviation, and of New Zealand in general. This combined with our experience running Flyinn has enabled us to design the best experiences for you, taking the care to make them equally interesting for non-pilots as well.

Jo works along behind the scenes to ensure a most seemless and comfortable experience for guests, from first enquiry to completion of their vacation.  

Matt and Jo will enjoy to meet and welcome you to your Flyinn vacation and adventure.

Jo and Matt in Milford

Jo and Matt in Milford


Quiet and cheerful, Nick brings confidence into the cockpit by osmosis. He has 4000+ hours with experience in flight instruction, mountain flying, and air ambulance operation. Nick is also a ‘B Cat’ instructor, which means he not only enjoys flying as your daily host and guide, but also ensures guest licence validations are done skilfully and enjoyably.

His hobbies include walking and climbing. Previous endeavours on foot mean he has a healthy appreciation and respect of the mountainous terrain we fly over. He particularly enjoys flying with guests, saying that, “Flyinn™ combines many of the best aspects of flying:  pure flying, close terrain flying, meeting like-minded pilots and learning from their experiences, having minimal schedule pressures, and spending time with some of the nicest people you could meet”.

Nick lives in a rural area on the outskirts of Alexandra, where there are many historic stone buildings.  Out of season, he can be found working towards the full restoration of his collection of stone farm ruins.

Nick and BFR

Nick and BFR


Pete is an aviator and adventurer extraordinaire.  Having enjoyed a full career with the airlines and retiring as an Air New Zealand 747 Captain, Pete never let these qualifications obscure his love for basic stick and rudder flying.  As such he has remained a proficient GA pilot and instructor, at one time running a Flying School along with his wife Rosie.    

Pete brings his enthusiasm for life and aviation to Flyinn, and this infectious combination rubs off on all who enjoy his company.

When not with Flyinn, Pete loves to spend time with Rosie, flying their Piper Cub, biking or hiking in the outdoors, or enjoying lots of time with their family.


Pete at Geordie Hill

Pete at Geordie Hill


Sue has been flying Fiordland and Southern Lakes commercially for many years. She is a capable pilot with significant mountain flying experience. She has instructing, turbine and multi-instrument experience.

Sue has worked in the travel and tourism industry most of her working life and knows how to take care of as well as entertain guests. She is also very good at passing on her vast mountain flying knowledge.

Sue and her husband also operate a hunting and fishing business based in Wanaka, so you can ask her for a few fly fishing tips as well.

Sue and TRS 10C preflight

Sue and TRS 10C preflight

James and Annie, Geordie Hill

James has been 'back home' since 2017.  After University, followed by some overseas travel, James brings his keen interest for improvements in stock performance and soil health to the farming operation, along with a wonderful sense of humour to whatever task is at hand.  Since his return he has steadily increased his role to it's current form of overall on farm management.

Since 2019 he has been joined by lovely Annie (with the hat), who has brought her abundant energy, positive outlook, and a natural affinity with animals to the team.   Having vet nurse experience, and a keen interest to learn, Annie quickly became a valuable member of the team, despite having no previous farming experience.  Annie and James will marry later in 2024.

Also working from Geordie Hill,  with an online corporate job, is Neena.  Although Neena's work keeps her busy during the day, she happily lends a hand on farm often, and is team communicator at all times.

James Annie and Neena

James Annie and Neena

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