We show visitors Fiordland like a friend would, and connect them with what they’d like to do here for an unforgettable experience.
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 our backyard! Mark & Christine Wallace
Our Team on the Inside
With many Fiordland careers under his belt - Abalone (Paua) Diver, Commercial Deer Hunter and guide, Ken has many stories to share. He is a true gentleman, intuitive with a quick dry humour and a bit mischievous! Loves fishing, introducing kids to fishing and spending time with his family.
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.
On the fishing guide team since 16/17 season, Dion is enthusiastic, high energy, travelled a bit through North America, very passionate about fishing, and a bit techy so knows all the specs on the fishing gear.
Uncanny ability to recall facts for his commentary – a wealth of knowledge of Fiordland and Southland. True Southland character, he skippers the water taxi and is Christine's Dad.
Professional, hardworking guide with a dry wit – intelligent and well travelled and he is a chef so brings food skills to the riverbank BBQ! All round talent and good guy.
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.
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.