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Meet Mehdi


Meet Mehdi Shariati, the friendly face, driving force and passion behind Travel and Tour.

A highly experienced and qualified tour guide in both Iran and New Zealand, Mehdi has travelled extensively across his homeland and in more than 22 countries.

He hails from Mashhad, Iran’s holiest city, famous for the shrine of Imam Reza with its golden domes and minarets.

An outdoor enthusiast, Mehdi moved to Wellington, New Zealand in 2013. Three years later he established AUS Travel and Tour, a family business specialising in small, bespoke group tours to Iran. He is a regular visitor to Australia and enjoys exploring its rugged beauty—similar in many ways to Iran.

At the heart of Travel and Tour is Mehdi’s genuine love of sharing Iran with others. His clients often cite Mehdi and his enthusiasm for communicating his local knowledge as the highlights of their tour. Many have commented that they felt they were being shown around by an old friend. Mehdi lives and breathes quality customer service—and strives to go above and beyond to deliver the trip of a lifetime for his clients.

With his intimate understanding of the Persian language, culture, ancient sites and people, Mehdi would love to help you discover the beauty of Iran.

Who We are

Traveling is our passion. NZ Travel and Tour specialises in customising bespoke private and small group tours along the ancient Silk Road. We have carefully handcrafted itineraries along the following exotic destinations:

  • Persia (Iran)
  • New Zealand (Aotearoa)
  • Central Asia ( Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan)
  • The Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia)

At NZ Travel and Tour, our niche focus is on exploring the authentic culture, history, beauty and cuisine of each region. With the help of our local experts, we take travellers on a journey of discovering the less visited gems, delivering unique experiences of a lifetime. Open communication, safety and comfort are at the forefront of our customer satisfaction.


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