Meet the Backcountry New Zealand Team
Backcountry New Zealand is committed to its clients, it is important that your experience in New Zealand is memorable and exceeds your expectations. We have been guiding services since 1990, and have been recreating and working in the New Zealand backcountry for as long as we can remember.
Backcountry New Zealand’s staff love the environments they live and work within. This page introduces you to the characters you will meet on your journey and adventure in New Zealand.
Lindsay Hayman (Legs) - Head Big Game Hunting Guide
Lindsay has been a keen hunter since he was a young boy and an Alpine hunter since he was 18. With extensive hunting experience throughout the South Island and Stewart Island, Lindsay has brought a wealth of experience to the Backcountry team. Lindsay has spent his working life as a farm manager for a number of remote ranches and through this has developed some fantastic relationships and hunting opportunities on private properties. Lindsay is keen to share these opportunities and experiences with his clients.
Phil Stephenson - Head Fly Fishing Guide - NZPFGA
Head guide for Backcountry New Zealand Fishing Guides, Phil loves living and recreating in New Zealand's mountains. Phil's life revolves around trout streams and snow covered Alps. His knowledge of fishing and skiing, in combination with local familiarity of weather, history, and biogeography enables him to deliver informative and rewarding experiences. Phil has professionally guided many happy Backcountry New Zealand’s clients in the Canterbury and West Coast regions since 1995.
Donald Greig - Big Game Hunting Guide
Donald is a New Zealand Legend in his own right. Respectably involved in New Zealand’s pioneering days of helicopter wild deer culling and live recovery, Donald has lived and breathed wild animals ever since. Having successfully guided thousands of clients onto ‘animals of a life time’, Donald is well respected globally as a top New Zealand hunting guide. Donald specializes in helicopter access free range hunting and game estate hunts. We are pleased to have Donald accessible as an asset to the Backcountry New Zealand hunting guides team.
Neil Goldie - Fly Fishing Guide - NZPFGA
Backcountry New Zealand’s salmon specialist! Many call him the ‘Salmon God’ and having fished for trout and salmon for 35 years throughout Canterbury and the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, Neil has an intimate knowledge of the rivers, streams, and lakes that are found in this region. His knowledge of the brown and rainbow trout fisheries in the South Island is impressive to say the least!
Nigel directs the hunting & fishing operations and established the Backcountry New Zealand brand in 1998. Nigel has worked in a number of luxury fishing lodges in the South Island of New Zealand since 1985 and has been fishing guiding for over 20 years. His love of hunting and fishing in the South Island of New Zealand shows through in his desire to provide clients with an experience of a life time. Nigel will manage the organization of your hunt and stay in New Zealand, ensuring the quality of the experience. Nigel and wife Myriam own and operate Backcountry NZ Hunting and Fishing Guides.
Myriam assists in logistics around the hunting & fishing operations and adds all those special touches to your stay in New Zealand. Myriam also manages the financial elements of the company, and very much enjoys hosting visitors during their stay. As an experienced and certified Swiss ski instructor, Myriam is able to host non-hunting companions skiing or heli-skiing for those that wish to hunt during our winter months of June-August.
Tom Butler - Fly Fishing Guide - Hunt assistant - Luxury Lodge Host
Tom Butler is our luxury lodge host at Grasmere Lodge, and is an avid fly fisher and hunter when he has time. He often guides clients that are part of our luxury experiences. "We believe the more time you can spend getting to know us in the high country, the more you will appreciate the unique setting and heritage that make stations like Grasmere part of the classic New Zealand psyche."
Mia, Annina & Ruben Birt - Carbon Neutral Programme Assistants
Motivated by their children and their learnings at school, Myriam and Nigel developed a carbon neutral programme that offsets clients travel emmissions. Mia, Annina and Ruben are the top tree planters within this important project to reduce our impact on the environment.