Meet Team NZByBike
NZByBike operates out of beautiful Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island.
At NZByBike, we are passionate about exploring New Zealand by bike, New Zealand Tourism and have a proven history in online marketing. When we're not stuck into developing NZByBike.com or promoting New Zealand Cycle Tourism to the world from our home in the Queenstown Innovation Centre, we're out riding out bikes, paddling our kayaks, tramping, running and enjoying everything the Southern Lakes has to offer.
Meet Team NZByBike...
Humpty Dumpty Chairman of the Company
Dan Roberts has over 17 years experience in the tourism industry. After graduating from the University of Auckland with a BCom, BA and MSc Dan started in the Industry in the early nineties in a cycle touring company called Wild Cycles before becoming General Manager of Kiwi Experience from 1995 to 1999. He subsequently worked alongside Neil Geddes in London as Operations Director of Stray Travel and on behalf of Neil and co-founding Director Mike Warren to sell Kiwi and Oz Experience to publicly listed Tourism Holdings Limited.
In 2003 Dan took the helm of TravelFAT (now Travelonomy) an Irish technology company specialising in online bookings for tourism products. In 2007, along with Mat Weir, Dan set up Xebidy Social Web Design. Dan also heads up South Inc, the Southern Lakes Business Incubator, and sits on the board of the New Zealand Backpacking Industry Association.
Dan is a keen cyclist and enjoys tackling long cross country challenges, competing in races around New Zealand and occasionally getting on his road bike. He isn't quite as fast as Matt Kyhnn, but is convinced he'll one day beat him in a race somewhere in New Zealand.
Watch this space.
Dan's Favourite Local Ride: Macetown.
Get in contact with Dan by emailing him at Dan dot Roberts at NZByBike dot Com.
Mat Weir has headed up the development team at NZByBike since inception. Mat is also the Lead Developer and a primary shareholder with Dan at Xebidy Social Web Design. Mat previously spent 5 years as web developer with Inspire Net leading projects all the way from conception and client management to production and launch.
In his spare time Mat personally develops and promotes the websites www.experiencequeenstown.com and www.queenstownjobs.com. He is often seen riding his bike to work and enjoys social rides around Queenstown.
Mat's Favourite Local Ride: Saturday afternoon rides along the Kelvin Heights Track to Jacks Point for an afternoon pint in the sun.
Get in contact with Mat by emailing him at Mat dot Weir at Xebidy dot Com.
Business Development Manager
Matt Kyhnn joined NZByBike prior to its launch in June of 2010. He originally came to New Zealand on a working holiday and like many travellers ended up in stunning Queenstown. Dan spotted Matt through his successful budget travel website (Backpackingmatt.com) and took him on to research New Zealand Cycle Trails, produce content for NZByBike and get the website ready for go-live. Dan recognized Matt's history in sales and marketing and his experience developing travel websites and noted his budding passion for cycling in New Zealand and sponsored Matt to come to New Zealand full time.
When Matt isn't leading the day-to-day operations of NZByBike from the Queenstown Innovation Centre, he is traveling around New Zealand in the NZByBike Spaceship talking to businesses and international visitors about New Zealand Cycle Tourism. Matt enjoys riding his bike around the Southern Lakes, going on epic back country adventure rides and training for the next big race. Matt absolutely loves his job, so one day he'll let Dan win.
Get in contact with Matt by emailing him at RideNZ at NZByBike dot Com.