Growing up in Kenya, Jolanda’s family holidays at hotels on the African coast sparked her interest in hospitality. Later she studied at Switzerland’s Gilon Institute of Higher Education—one of the world’s best hospitality schools.
Born in Kenya, Richard followed his family’s passion for aviation when he was commissioned as a helicopter pilot in the British Army Air Corp. When the Foales moved to New Zealand, Richard flew on emergency and search and rescue missions before the couple established Heliview Flights.
Central Otago offers the Foales a perfect fit of fantastic weather, friendly people and an awesome landscape.
“Richard’s sister married a New Zealander, so we came here on holiday when I was in my last year at university and the love story began. When I finished university, the present from my parents was a new laptop. I politely asked if I could trade it for flights to New Zealand.”