Our story began with a fiery passion for adventure and an unwavering belief in the transformative power of exploration. At The Conqueror Adventures, we are not just tour operators; we are storytellers, weaving tales of remarkable journeys that go beyond the surface.
Our commitment to connection and authenticity creates meaningful experiences where adventurers connect with nature, local communities, and their inner selves, fostering a profound appreciation for the world around them.
As we set our sights on the horizon, The Conqueror Adventures remains steadfast in its commitment to excellence and sustainability. Our future is one of continuous growth, innovation, and leadership in the world of adventure travel, all while treading lightly on the environment.
We believe in leaving a positive impact on the places we visit, supporting local conservation efforts, and promoting responsible travel practices. With a focus on sustainability, we aim to empower tomorrow’s explorers to experience the wonders of the world while preserving them for future generations.
Meet Our Team
At The Conqueror Adventures, our journey began with a simple idea: to redefine adventure travel. Our story is one of passion, dedication, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. As you explore our world of hiking tours, we invite you to get to know the people, values, and aspirations that drive us forward.
Our commitment to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, fostering authentic connections, and crafting exceptional experiences has been at the core of our adventure. Join us as we share our story, and let it inspire your own journey into the extraordinary.
Founder, Guide & CEO
Founder and boss, Phil is at his best when he’s leading a group. He has spent his entire working life, leading and designing adventures in almost every continent in the world. It’s just in his blood and he’ll never give it up. You’ll still find Phil leading trips in Italy, Nepal, and New Zealand which is his home. Phil loves whitewater kayaking, backcountry skiing and mountain biking in his free time.
“I’ve done a tonne of guided trips in my time, and traveling with Phil was by far, THE best and most fulfilling experience I’ve had – he was genuine, attentive and clearly loves what he does.”
Ed Stone, USA – June 2016
Adam El Agez
The Conqueror Founder & CEO
Adam El Agez
Born and raised in New Zealand’s most iconic surf region, Taranaki, Adam’s inspiration was founded in surfing and outdoor adventure. In his early career, Adam was a Physical Education teacher, with a particular interest in coaching volleyball at a National level. Seeing high schoolers on a pathway of personal growth through setting personal fitness goals, Adam was inspired to take a leaf out of their book, apply it to an online platform and share it with the world. The Conqueror was born.
Client Services & Travel Designer
When you book your trip with The Conqueror Adventures, you’ll be in touch with Brydie. She’ll look after all the nitty gritty details that will help you get prepared for your adventure.
Brydie has lived, worked and traveled all around the world, with a particular love for Italy, where she has lived on two occassions. She is a talented photographer, passionate snowboarder and keen surfer.
Client Services Manager
Kylie is the person who strings it all together for our New Zealand trips, as well as overseeing operations across our destinations. Kylie comes from the travel agent world where the details really matter!
Dylan is an enthusiastic young hiking addict who takes a particular interest in the North Island. His side hustle is landscape, outdoor and travel photography. To say he’s handy with a lens or two is an understatement.
Check out his considerable talent here – https://www.dylanarthur.com/
“Dylan was a wealth of information on the flora and fauna. More than that, he was our can-do leader, inspiring us at every step of the trail and every day on our trip!”
Katharine Chiu, USA – November 2022
Mike is 2 time former Olympian and world renowned adventurer, having embarked on expeditions to the far reaches of the globe, including Angola, Pakistan and recently a ski expedition to the South Pole. New Zealand is his first love though, and he’s right at home guiding in the South Island where he first developed his love of the outdoors. There’s nothing he can’t handle!
Hamish comes from the same breed that almost all our guides come from. Originally a river guide and expedition kayaker, Hamish has been a guide and adventurer his whole working life and knows our wilderness areas like the back of his hand. He has SO many stories of great adventures he’s led and been a team member of. You’re in THE best hands with Hamish!
Brad is a hiking veteran with over 21 years experience in the New Zealand’s outdoors. Originally trained as a whitewater rafting guide, Brad made the switch to trail adventures early and has never looked back. He’s quick with an interesting story about our native New Zealand flora and fauna and loves his 80’s pop culture and vintage Star Wars memorabilia.
Meet Nev Waterson – A kiwi now living in Europe, an all-around fantastic guy, and a skilled mountain biker. Nev is a long-time world traveler and experienced adventure travel guide, known for his calm, thoughtful leadership and dry sense of humor. Nev has been working with Phil since 2001.
You’ll be in great hands when you join an Amalfi Coast trip!
When you join us on an Italian Dolomites adventure, you’ll meet Mike, another kiwi transplant who lives in Europe. Mike started as a hiking guide in the South Island of New Zealand before moving to Europe in 2013 and began guiding in the Italian Dolomites. He’s engaging, fun, resourceful and loves his motorbike! Mike ran the very first Dolomites hiking adventures with Phil in 2015.
“I can’t quite put my finger on it, but Mike made us all feel instantly at ease from day 1 og our trip, and it was actually sad to say goodbye to him!”
Steve Jacobi, USA – September 2016
Born and raised in Cusco, Zac has lived, breathed, and guided adventures in the Peruvian Andes his entire working life.
Zac comes from a family of Peruvian adventure pioneers. His father was one of Peru’s first kayak guides, and Zac has continued the family tradition. He lives with his wife and 5 children in Cusco.
“Zac was such a great Trip Leader – I am so glad we had him! He was very personable and always ensured everyone in the group was safe and doing well. It was really great to get to know Zac over the course of the trip. I really appreciated how knowledgeable Zac was of the history of Peru, our surroundings and the Incas.”
Alain V Canada, October 2022
Fluent in English, Hindi, Malay, and Nepali, Arjun has been working with Phil and his team since 2011. He’s lost count of how many times he’s led groups in the Everest region, but it’s a place that he loves the most in the world! When Arjun isn’t guiding, he’s farming on his land in the Himalayan foothills.
“Arjun was the best!!! I would go with him anywhere. He took such good care of us and he is also very funny and nice. Keep him!”
Tiina Lehtineva, Finland – April 2023
Where It All Began
Shaping experiences in incredible places is all we’ve ever known and wanted to do. Check out how it all started and where it has led to…
The first adventures take place at the age of 17. Phil embarks on a year-long surf trip to Coast Rica and Central America. It opened the door to many adventures to come.
After a few years of tertiary study and working as bike messenger, Phil returns to Central and South America to guide overland expeditions to the remotest corners of the continent.
It was time for Earth Sea Sky Travel to be born. Phil goes out on his own, designing hiking, biking and paddling adventures in South America, starting in Peru.
The operation expands into Ecaudor, the Galapagos Islands, Chile, Argentina. The focus remains the same – showcase the most spectacular parts of South America and ensure folks go home having experiended the best active vacation of their lives.
The Himalayas were calling, so operations expanded into Nepal with treks to Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Sanctuary.
Side projects for Earth Sea Sky Travel included designing customer experiences for some of New Zealand’s leading tourism entities, including zipline operations and hiking tour companies in New Zealand’s North Island.
The time was right to operate active trips in Europe, with adventures rolled out in Italy, France and Switzerland.
With mountain biking becoming a new obsession, New Zealand Mountain Biking was launched, running multi-day riding adventures for riding enthusiats from all around the world.
A return to Italy to design ski and hiking adventures, took a sudden hit with COVID 19, forcing a return to New Zealand and the formation of the now new partnership with the Conqueror. A new chapter begins!