New role a change of scenery for Nick

The Leader (Tasman) - - FRONT PAGE - TIM O'CON­NELL

From mak­ing ar­rests to help­ing trav­ellers en­joy their rest, Nel­son’s Nick Kempthorne is lov­ing his new of­fice – the great out­doors.

After 10 years in the po­lice, the for­mer con­sta­ble made the de­ci­sion to leave the force in De­cem­ber, in favour of a new ca­reer as a tour guide.

‘‘I needed to do some­thing dif­fer­ent for me and my fam­ily and so a change was in or­der,’’ he said.

‘‘I was sit­ting around with some friends and think­ing what would I be good at, what would I en­joy? That was im­por­tant, [po­lice work] was a rea­son­ably well-paid job, so if I was going to leave that I’d bet­ter make sure it was some­thing I’d en­joy ... and we set­tled on this.’’

As a re­sult, Deluxe Tours New Zealand was es­tab­lished by Kempthorne and fel­low direc­tor Ray Camp­bell.

Based in the top of the south, but now with a wider scope after tak­ing on Christchurch tour com­pany 5 Days, the com­pany of­fers or­gan­ised or be­spoke tour op­tions rang­ing from fish and game ex­cur­sions, ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties to wine or ar­ti­san tours.

‘‘The idea is or­gan­is­ing end to end tours for them – we’d take care of all the ac­com­mo­da­tion, ac­tiv­i­ties so peo­ple can just turn up and go,’’ Kempthorne said.

‘‘I’ve al­ways been keen on ex­plor­ing the out­doors – we holiday a lot in Golden Bay and ev­ery time we’re over there we make a point of going to find some­thing new to do and it’s never let us down – there’s plenty out there and it’s just a mat­ter of get­ting out and do­ing it ... putting the walk­ing shoes on.’’

Al­though tap­ping into the in­ter­na­tional trav­eller market is the long-term aim, Kempthorne held re­al­is­tic goals for his first sum­mer sea­son.

‘‘I’m not ex­pect­ing that it’s going to be flat out busy so we’d look­ing to do a lot of things lo­cally with lo­cals, do­ing things like wine trails and day tours– peo­ple that might have fam­ily com­ing into town and that might want to do some tiki tour­ing.’’

Kempthorne said the change of pace has al­lowed the stress lev­els to sub­side, while also pro­vid­ing some more time to spend with his young fam­ily.

How­ever, he con­ceded there had been some chal­lenges along the way in es­tab­lish­ing his new en­ter­prise.

‘‘I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy walk-in, but I didn’t an­tic­i­pate what you ac­tu­ally need to prop­erly set up .’’

Kempthorne said there had been some early in­ter­est and the com­pany’s web­site was now live at www.delux­e­



Kempthorne has started up a Tour Guide busi­ness in Nel­son to cater for the lux­ury market.

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