Kia ora, welcome to the Take It Easy family!

About Us

Company history

Take It Easy Tours has been a very successful operation for more than 25 years, established back in 1995 by Don and Maree Adams who after many fantastic tours decided to retire and put their feet up.

Enter Jimmy Elliott and Jason Granville, two homegrown friends with a passion for fun and adventure. They have been described as a combination like no other.

Jimmy has an extensive passion for tourism. After completing his Bachelor of Tourism at Otago University, he has travelled to all corners of the world with his previous employers First Festival Travel based in the UK, and Flying Kiwi adventure tours here in New Zealand. Jason has a background in entertainment and radio including a long stint as breakfast host at Star FM.

Why us? Yes we travel around New Zealand like many other tour operators, but when you travel with us, you travel with Jason or Jimmy and they deliver an experience that will have you coming back for more. Come on, step inside our world of adventure and see why over 95% of our travellers jump on board again.

Company values

Safety

We’re there to look out for you, look after you and look for you if you take one too many detours!

Service

Fully escorted tours, comfortable accommodation and all inclusive prices with no hidden costs.  We even offer door to door service, friendly smiles complimentary!

Experience

With over 25 years of experience and knowledge in the travel industry, we’ve put the hard yards in so you can reap the benefits.  We take the stress out of travel so you can just sit back and take it easy.

Trustworthy

We genuinely care about you, and your experiences.  Our friendly and reliable guides ensure a home away from home.  That is why over 95% of our travellers rebook.

Comfort

Travel confidently knowing our tours are designed with you in mind, ensuring you’re travelling with like minded people and no strangers  - just friends you haven't met yet.

Our team

Jason enjoying tours

Jason Granville

Tour Guide

After years in the broadcasting industry, Jase hung up his headphones to run Take It Easy Tours. Swapping one microphone for another means he can still partake in his favourite past time, talking, and he is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge as a tour guide, and encourages plenty of friendly banter while on tour. Jase is a former Whanganui District councillor and is very passionate about his hometown of Whanganui. He says, “if you haven’t come to visit yet then best you let us show you around this stunning region. With mountains on our back door, a stunning coastline and the historic Whanganui river there sure is plenty to see and do. Go on – come visit us! You won’t be disappointed''.

Jimmy Elliot on the field

Jimmy Elliott

Tour Guide

Jimmy has extensive knowledge and a real passion for tourism, working in the industry both here in New Zealand and internationally. After completing a Bachelor of Tourism, he travelled the world and started his tour guiding career taking tours through Europe to the likes of Munich Beerfest, Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, and St Paddy's day in Ireland, just to name a few. On returning home in 2010, he worked his way up to a management role for an adventure tourism company, taking international travellers on 27 day tours of our beautiful country, before becoming owner/operator at Take It Easy Tours. His vast wealth of experience combined with his friendly enthusiasm, ensures all trips with Take It Easy Tours are well organised, informative, diverse and a whole heap of fun.

Lynne Elliott

Office and Catering Manager

Lynne lends a helping hand in the office and is there to greet you and help with your enquiries and bookings over the phone and via email. She is also the most amazing baker and you’ll enjoy all the tasty treats she provides while you’re travelling with us.

Karlene Wagstaff

Office Manager

Our office extraordinaire Karlene Wagstaff has been with the company for more than 10 years and is an absolute delight to deal with. She assists with bookings, tour management and general running of the company.

Winner of the Regional Business Premier Tourism Award

Our fleet

15 Seater
15 Seater

Small comfortable, Toyota Coaster deluxe coach with easy access, PA system, heating and air condition with boot for luggage.

19 Seater
19 Seater

Small comfortable, Toyota Coaster coach with easy access, PA system heating and air condition with fully covered luggage trailer.

28 Seater
28 Seater

Medium size comfortable Freightliner XB coach, PA system with excellent luggage space and kneeling capability for easy access.

49 Seater
49 Seater

Large luxury Mercedes Benz coach with PA system, heating and air conditioning with excellent luggage space and kneeling capability for easy access.