Russell Thomas - General Manager


Russell is our Go Orange father!  He was here from the start in 2012, having worked for our sister company Real Journeys as Operations Manager in Milford Sound, but his Fiordland roots go back even further than that. Originally from a Naval background, Russell worked as Skipper & Nature Guide in Milford Sound/ Doubtful Sound/ Te Anau/ Manpaouri and the southern fiords in 1992-1996 before travelling the world on his OE. While in Europe he managed private yacht. Back in NZ he joined Black Cat Cruises in Akaroa - working his way up from Skipper to General Manger. Over a 12-year period he helped take the company from a small 2-boat operation to an 8-boat award winning tourism business.  Russ now steers the Go Orange ship.