Fiordland Outdoors Co. is made up of a husband and wife team Christine and Mark and our two sons, Zane and Morgan, and we really do live and breathe the Fiordland outdoor lifestyle. Funnily enough, it was while enjoying this lifestyle – taking mates out fishing – that the idea for the Fiordland Outdoors Company came about. Mark, who has skippered boats all over the world, was showing friends his favourite fishing spots on the Waiau, when the question came up: Had he considered becoming a professional fishing guide himself, and showing visitors what Fiordland was really all about? And the rest, as they say, is history.
Six years, five boats and a team of 7 later, the essence of the Fiordland Outdoors Co. hasn’t changed – helping people ‘see and do our Fiordland’ forms the fabric of what we’re all about. Mark still tries to go fishing as much as possible, often taking the boys out as much as he can.
We love Spending family time, water skiing and beach time on the lake in the summer, trout fishing, hiking and biking the cycle trail. Boys Zane and Morgan love motor biking and completing motorbike trail rides with their Dad, but Mum can’t still can’t stand to watch them!
Favourite places The Upper Waiau River – we spend as much time as we can fishing, making a day of it on the riverbank swimming in the river and BBQ’ing on the beach. Camping in Mavora Lakes. This is a favourite of ours since we were kids, terrific camping location and the kids can be free to explore and learn.
Exploring nooks and crannies of Fiordland, including escaping to back country huts to disconnect for the night. Milford Sound – we love staying overnight when we can in winter when there are less people about, crab hunting on the foreshore at low tide. The stars at night in Milford, with little to no light pollution, are always something special to see.
We can’t wait to show you around! Mark & Christine Wallace
Our Team on the Inside
Co-owner of the company with wife, Christine, Mark has many years experience as a commercial cray fisherman on the Fiordland coastline. And more years chasing trout round Southland. A born and bred Southlander, Mark has lived in Te Anau for over 20 Years.
A ‘true blue’ kiwi and Fiordland local, Bard’s passion for the region’s rich history and ecology is infectious. His knowledge of Māori culture is something our guests love; Bard has a way of bringing this information to life in a way that really enriches a visitor’s experience.
With a lifetime spent hiking, hunting and fishing, there’s not much Shaun doesn’t know about exploring Fiordland, and of course, fly fishing. Full of wit and wisdom, Shaun’s a good man to have with you out on the water. He’s famous for his wild food feasts and relentless dedication to striking big trout.
A man of many talents, from skippering our water taxis, dabbling in fishing and even building his own house. Loads of experience and can-do-ness, Sam is a staple on the team.
Never underestimate this girl. Outward Bound, Antarctica, Arctic Circle and now Fiordland skippering our boats and hosting some of guided hiking trips. Lucky us.
Fiordland Outdoors Company
You might not be familiar with the name Fiordland Outdoors Co. yet, but maybe Fish Jet, Mark Wallace Distinctive Fishing Experiences or Fiordland Water Taxi rings a bell. Now merged into one integrated company, we wanted to create a simple and easy way to deliver top notch outdoor experiences to all of their clients and guests.
As Fiordland locals we are passionate about what we do and proud of the natural beauty and wonder that our local area has to offer. Fiordland Outdoor Co. aims to:
Achieve the highest level of guest satisfaction and endorsement possible
Continually think and operate innovatively, resourcefully and responsibly in our environment
Developing meticulous and robust business procedures and systems, with particular attention to safety
Have fun! This is a family business with a genuine passion for Fiordland and the activities we are showcasing.
We love Fiordland and we play our part in the active guardianship of this precious ecosystem. Fiordland Outdoors Co. is the very proud principal patron of the Fiordland Conservation Trust. The trust carries out crucial work to save endangered species and other conservation in action initiatives. We work to raise awareness of conservation efforts in Fiordland on all of our trips. For an in-depth look at conservation in Fiordland, join us on our 2-hour Kepler Conservation Walk.