Our Team

Owner, Operator and Tour Guide


Angelika Pastoors

Besides being the owner of Sidetracks and guiding several tours herself every season, Angelika is mainly responsible for the organisational side of tours and customer service.

After over 20 years in the tourism industry, Angelika made her final move to New Zealand in 2001 and launched Sidetracks Tours New Zealand – her personal travel company concentrating on nature and activity tours in small groups.

During her successful years guiding Germans through her new homeland New Zealand she repeatedly received requests from Kiwis that wanted to explore her native Germany in the same way - enjoying a mixture of visits to well-known locations and experiencing the country ‘off the beaten track’ in a small group. So in May 2013 the first Germany tour for people from Down Under was launched!


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Our Other Guides

Ingrid Lohr


After a successful but stressful career as a manager in Germany and much traveling and tramping in Europe, Ingrid  finally made her dream come true and went to the other side of the world to explore New Zealand.

After several months here she realized this wasn't enough and that she wanted to share her love for this country and at the same time make a living doing what she really enjoyed.

So now she works as a tour & tramping guide in the European summer (mainly in Iceland, Ireland and Great Britain) and then comes to New Zealand for the Kiwi summer months and spends it guiding others to all the wonderful nooks and crannies of this amazing country.  



Johanna Neuke

foto johAfter finishing her studies of Business Administration Johanna indulged in her passion for travelling which was sparked by several months she had spent in Australia previously.

To pay her way she took on many interesting jobs, like working on a sheep farm in Iceland, was part of different projects in humanitarian aid in South Africa, worked as a translator, as a guide in youth camps and showed cruise ship passengers around Berlin.

Her travels then took her to New Zealand where she experienced the country by taking on a diverse range of jobs and thus got to know the culture and people first hand. Her spare time she spent enjoying the fascinating natural beauty of New Zealand on horseback or on foot. Now keen to share her insider's knowledge and show other people her favourite places, she thinks she has found her dream job as tour guide for Sidetracks!

Office Team


Barbara Panettieri

originally studied ‘German as a foreign language’ in her hometown of Munich, Germany. After a holiday in New Zealand in 1993 and subsequent ‘test periods’ (where she explored the country on foot, on a bike, in a kayak and her old Bedford truck) she decided in 1999 to stay and is now settled in Wellington, New Zealand.

After studying tourism in Dunedin, she gained hands-on experience as a tour guide while working for several different guiding companies, including Sidetracks.

Having two gorgeous children has made her change to the more settled role of a consultant and she is now mainly involved in marketing and customer service. She enjoys being able to be a part of showing Germans her new homeland New Zealand as well as people from Down Under her 'Heimat' Germany, which she still visits regularly.


Jo Kinley

is our Kiwi graphic designer. Jo was part of the Sidetracks team from day one and is responsible for our ‘look’ – whether it's our business card, the website, a flyer or a brochure, Jo plays a major role in their design and appearance.

After university she headed to Europe for her “Kiwi OE” – after 2 years of traveling and working, she decided that NZ was definitely the place she wanted to settle. And Christchurch was the perfect home being so close to the beach and the mountains. Her interest in outdoor recreation led her to work for Macpac, a NZ outdoor equipment manufacturer, after which she started her own business, Hullaballoo Design specializing in print and web design. Working from her home in the Christchurch hills enables her to easily combine her love of design work with a busy home life with her husband and son. From her office window she can see both the sea and the mountains and a huge garden she is trying to whip into shape.


Petra Stevens

Born and bred in Germany, Petra decided to make New Zealand her home after meeting her future husband, a Kiwi, in Scotland. Following a gap year in Paris, they decided ‘enough is enough’ and headed down under. After living in Wellington for almost a decade, she decided to move the family to the country. Here she enjoys the full country life, raising chickens, rabbits and goats. When she’s not busy milking the goats or mending fences she enjoys researching and writing for both our blogs.

In the Sidetracks Germany Magazine (English) she shares general and specialist knowledge about her home country, including quirky stories about the German culture as well as many valuable travel hints.

In the Sidetracks Neuseeland Magazin (German) she provides travellers with the same sort of background information, but about New Zealand.


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