Sarah and Brook McRae are the husband and wife team who founded the business in 2016. With a passion for New Zealand, marine life and sustainable tourism; the concept of Tour Shop was born. Having lived in the local area for a number of years, they wanted to be able to share the beauty of the region with visitors to the area and showcase the best of all that was on offer. Sitting on the doorstep of Auckland, meant that day trips seemed an obvious offering and a way to see an authentic snapshot of New Zealand life without being sat on the road for too long.
Brook has been working in marine industries for most of his adult life as a commercial diver; so his passion was to make sure that their tours offered an opportunity to see NZ marine life with your very own eyes; whether that be up close and personal with a guided snorkel tour, or jumping in a 'Clearyak' to view from the surface. Of most importance, he believed that the tours did not leave a lasting impact on the marine environment; sustainable tourism is at the heart of everything they do.
Sarah has a background in fresh produce marketing and also is mum to their two daughters. Sarah is a real foodie so she makes sure that the tours are well catered for and that our guests take time to enjoy the very best of local artisan food and drink.
Aside from Tour Shop, to Sarah and Brook - family life is at the very heart of everything. Weekends are spent exploring the local beaches, taking the girls on native bush walks or taking the time to do simple pleasures like dinner around the campfire or collecting honey from their beehives.