Remote NZ Journeys
About Us

Damian Johansen

Owner / Guide

Damian is part of a mother (Sharon) & son team, both are born and raised on the Coromandel - “True born and bred Kiwis.” They are both internationally regarded as one of New Zealand’s and the Coromandel’s most renowned guides. He has been with the company since 1998.

With him came his love of nature and enthusiasm to show and tell people about the Flora and Fauna, History and Maori Medicines & foods of the forest of The Coromandel and greater New Zealand. Having worked in both the hospitality and tourism industries even before leaving school, it was a natural progression to becoming a very diverse and highly regarded tour guide and co-ordinator of the Team Building, Outdoor Pursuits Challenge Course operated on our 10 acre venue at Pauanui.

Damian finished his formal education, gaining 6th Form Certificate at Thames High School.

Damian completed both Kiwihost and Superhost series.

Damian has completed several Outdoors Safety courses with Mountain Safety New Zealand.

Damian was invited by Tourism New Zealand to participate in the 100% Pure NZ Trade & Media Programme and also to travel on Tourism New Zealand’s Summer School Marketing to the USA April 2002 which substantiates the high regard in which he and the Company are held.

Damian has served on the Executive Board of Tourism Coromandel from 2002 to October 2007.

Damian is consistently asked by both Tourism New Zealand and Tourism Coromandel to host journalists, photographers and Agent Famils.

Damian was the training co-ordinator for the Land Based Search and Rescue Team. He has been involved for more than 8 years with the Team.

Damian is enthusiastic, dedicated, knowledgeable, has integrity, empathy with the environment, rapport with people and has created a vast worldwide network of contacts and long standing friendships. His talent and energy for adventure, vast experience in the Tourism industry are wonderful assets. Damian has spent his life in the outdoors, diving, surfing, kayaking, snowboarding, trekking, guiding and hunting.

Damian has travelled extensively in the remote areas of New Zealand and his enthusiasm and love of these regions has enticed him to want to share his experiences with international travellers.

Damian completed the Landmark Forum series with Landmark Education.

Damian has a clean Full Driving licence, for car, heavy traffic, small passenger and coach licences.

Tourism Work History

  • Employed at Puka Park Lodge as a porter for 3 years from age 15 to 18
  • Employed for 9 months by Value Link, a subsidiary of ANZCRO & 3 months in ANZCRO’s Head Office, Southport Australia from age 18 to 19
  • Employed at Puka Park Lodge as a barmen and porter from age 19 – 21
  • Traveled overseas and lived in Germany for 14 months from age 21- 22
  • Director in Johansen Adventures at age 22 and still is 9 years later.
  • Damian was invited by Tourism New Zealand to attend their Summer Marketing School”
    in USA in April 2002.
  • In 2007 we rebranded our company and the new name is Remote New Zealand Journeys Ltd.


Sharon Johansen

Owner / Guide

The company Sharon founded in 1994 is internationally regarded as one of New Zealand’s and The Coromandel Peninsula’s most renowned guiding company.

Sharon was born, raised and lived on ‘The Coromandel’ all her life and resided in Pauanui since 1974. Sharon had 12 years experience in the banking world and since 1978 has been fully engaged in administration, hosting, guiding, and hospitality in the tourism arena.

Sharon is an enthusiastic, dedicated and knowledgeable guide and business person who has integrity, empathy with the environment and great rapport with people. She has created a vast worldwide network of contacts and long standing friendships.

Sharon resides on her 4.2 hectare property just 6 kms outside of Pauanui. Her talent and energy for adventure, her vast experience in the tourism industry and enjoyment of new challenges are wonderful assets for continuing growth.

Sharon gained numerous prestigious New Zealand Tourism Awards:

  • Co-winner The Inaugural Eco-tourism Award for High Achievement in Conservation and Public Education.
  • The New Zealand Trade and development Commendation Award in recognition of the Valuable Personal Contributions made in Tourism exporting.
  • The New Zealand Tourism Board Award for Services in Tourism in 1990.
  • The Waikato Business Persons of the Year 1992 for Best Tourism Business.
  • Tourism Coromandel Highly Commended Award 1989
  • Tourism Coromandel Excellence Award 1990.
  • Tourism Coromandel Success and Market Impact 1991.
  • Discovery Graduate for Global Youth Foundation.
  • Tourism Coromandel elected Executive Board member 1995 to 2002.
  • Certificates in Hotel & Catering Industry Training & Restaurant Services and Wine and Liquor Services.
  • Certification in Kiwihost and Superhost.
  • Member of New Zealand Tourism Industry Association.
  • Inclusion in FODORS Travel Guide 1996 edition
  • Founder of Wincorp Adventures 1997– a Creative Outdoor Pursuits Centre in Pauanui.
  • 2007 Co-founder of Remote New Zealand Journeys with Damian Johansen


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