About us

Meet the Wild Earth team

Aaron Russ - General Manager

Aaron Russ - General Manager

Aaron spent a childhood like no other travelling on small ships every holiday to the Subantarctic Islands, New Zealand and Antarctica. Since that time, he has led expeditions on over 100 small ship cruises to the world’s most interesting regions. With a degree in zoology, a passion for photography and a desire to showcase the world’s premier destinations, he is the perfect person to lead the Wild Earth Travel team. Antarctica still remains one of his favourite destinations, however he recently lead a number of cruises around the Scottish Isles which he really enjoyed. Spending time recently with the great pacific navigator Mau Piailug in Micronesia is one of Aaron’s most recent highlights.

Recently Aaron spent time exploring and leading small ship cruises in the following destinations -

  • Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands
  • The Antarctic Peninsula
  • Spitsbergen & Greenland
  • The Canadian Arctic


Rosemary Sivertsen-McNoe - Sales and Reservations

Rosemary Sivertsen-McNoe - Sales and Reservations

After graduating from Canterbury University with a degree in Classics and Art History, Rosemary began her travel adventures heading off to the UK and Europe, where she could indulge her love of history, art and architecture. Rosemary has over 14 years experience in the travel industry, from working in a French Chateau to returning home to work for New Zealand’s two largest travel agencies. Recent small ship travel experiences include a luxury expedition around the Baltic, with its fascinating history and beautiful architecture and a voyage through Alaska on a 35 passenger catamaran, where one of the highlights was kayaking in Misty Fjiords with harbour seals and sea otters. Rosemary has just returned from an Antarctic Peninsula expedition.

Rosemary's Recent Small Ship Adventures include:

The Baltic


The Antarctic Peninsula.

Ellen Batchelor - Reservations

Ellen Batchelor  - Reservations

Originally from Yorkshire, Ellen travelled the world living in Australia and Canada before settling in New Zealand after meeting her Kiwi husband. Travel has always been a passion for Ellen, and she has made the most of every opportunity – travelling around the world multiple times in a variety of ways from backpacking to small ship cruising. Ellen recently spent time on the Caledonian Sky enjoying the spectacular scenery of the South Island of New Zealand, and experienced the Galapagos Islands on a small ship cruise in March 2014. She also enjoyed cruising on luxury small ship L'Austral in early 2015 around the north island of New Zealand

Cassia Jackson - Marketing

Cassia Jackson - Marketing

Cassia has been working in the travel industry for over a decade since graduating from Canterbury University. Her travel experience includes destinations such as Mexico, Cuba, China and extensive travel throughout South East Asia and Europe. She is well travelled on small ships, having travelled to the Subantarctic Islands, the Ross Sea of Antarctica, the Russian Arctic, and the Kamchatka coast by expedition ship. She also spent a week of luxury sailing on a megayacht around the Mediterranean. She has recently returned from completing her Antarctic experience with a nineteen day cruise of South Georgia, the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Cassia's recent small ship and expedition cruising experience includes: 

Russia's Wrangel Island - the home of Polar Bears

Siberia's Kamchatkan Coast

The Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the the Falkland Islands

The Ross Sea of Antarctica and the New Zealand and Australian Subantarctic Islands

Australia's Macquarie Island

Lorna Carnaby - Design

Lorna Carnaby - Design

Lorna grew up on Canterbury's Banks Peninsula and trained as a graphic designer, working in both Christchurch and Wellington. Her affinity with the sea led her to work in marine tourism for some years where she enjoyed observing the local wildlife. She lists the Little Blue Penguin and the rare Hector's Dolphin as her two favourites. Lorna recently returned from Macquarie Island, Campbell and the Auckland Islands where she enjoyed spending time with the young elephant seals and colonies of King and Royal Penguins.

Sarah Porter - Sales

Sarah Porter  - Sales

 Sarah has been passionate about travel from an early age, with adventures abroad every year since the age of 5. Sarah has a degree in Communication, initially working in the media, sponsorship and marketing field. More recently Sarah spent 3 ½ years living in Niue, when her husband Hayden headed up Tourism Development for the small Pacific nation. In between beach time with sons Isaac & Lachie and her passions of diving and fishing; Sarah was asked to run the only supermarket on Niue. Sarah has also done various consulting roles, running Customer Service workshops and assisting organisations in building positive workplace environments. Returning home to Auckland, Sarah is loving the opportunities and adventures Wild Earth Travel has in store.

Neil Saunders - Sales

Neil Saunders - Sales

With over 18 years travel industry experience, and expertise in Adventure Travel, Luxury Travel, Family Holidays and Small Ship Luxury and Expedition Cruising, Neil joins the Wild Earth Travel team managing our business development via the extensive Travel Agency Network in Australia.  Based in Adelaide and the home of wine in Australia, he loves nothing better than a good chat over a glass or two on travel and especially some of the great places you can visit on a small ship or while expedition cruising. He has sold tours, managed and run tour operators in the the UK, Europe and Australia and has travelled extensively in UK, USA, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe including the Arctic (Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland). HIs most recent overseas trip was to Bali, Indonesia and is looking to head to the Pacific and Antarctica in the coming year.

Our Associates Include

Adventure Canada
Heritage Expeditions New Zealand
Lindblad Expeditions
Noble Caledonia
UnCruise Adventures
Variety Cruises