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Meet Your Hosts

Your hosts Belinda Gelston and Pete Varcoe offer you unique access and insight into New Zealand. 

Belinda enjoys researching fantastic tours based on her clients interests, crafting wonderful memories ....... Nothing is left to chance with your trip of a lifetime.                                                                                                 Belinda's planning, communication and execution of all travel details are considered and detailed, plus she is always on the end of the phone if ever needed.

Crafting wonderful memories

Pete & Belinda
Pete & Belinda

“I also have a passion for country style entertaining"

Belinda’s grandfather owned and trained race horses that won prestigious Irish races. Belinda’s Father owned a large indoor riding school which the Irish Olympic team used to train. “By the grand age of two I had 3 ponies,” says Belinda. My maternal grandmother was an extraordinary hostess, she spent a lot of her time in the kitchen baking and cooking, and always had “one potato for the pot just in case a guest turned up unexpectedly. I started cooking from my first cookbook under her guidance at the age of 7.

I still am involved in riding, instructing and judging at the occasional event. My happy place is either on a horse ambling over the beautiful lush NZ countryside or in the kitchen entertaining guests while preparing dinner. I love combining these two passions to host guests and create bespoke experiences while also showcasing NZ.

- Belinda.

Pete joins Belinda in hosting Ballygelvar’s guests.

A surf lifesaver, volunteer fireman, landscape designer, mad rugby supporter, golf.
Pete enjoys hosting guests whether it's over a delicious red wine by the fireside or playing golf at one of the nearby golf courses.