John Anderson

Book motivational business speaker John Anderson, founder of Contiki, to speak at your next event

John Anderson is one of those people you meet that is inspiring, humourous and you remember his story long after you have heard it. You will find him funny, interesting and astute.

After studying for an accounting degree, John Anderson set off to the UK from New Zealand at 22 yrs on his big Overseas Experience. He planned to stay for about 12 months and returned home some 20 years later with his wife and four children and an international business – Contiki Holidays.

After a few months in London John’s desire to see Europe was overwhelming but he didn’t have the money so with just £25 he found a way to not only see Europe but start his own business. When John Anderson eventually sold the company it was (and remains) one of the world’s major tour operators. Now firmly established as an international brand name and has been a household name in NZ, Australia and Canada with an estimated 1.6 million passengers already travelled with Contiki.

Subsequently, as Rotary Member, John conceived the idea of a major fundraising opportunity. This became “The Ellerslie Flower Show” and it is now established as the largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
John travelled to London and met the “Chelsea Flower Show” organisation which assisted him with the development of the NZ show – John Anderson was the CEO of the event for the first year.

John Anderson now speaks to the corporate world about his incredible story – how he developed a simple idea into one of the world’s major tour operators, his determination to succeed, the belief in himself, his successes and failures.
His story is full of extremely funny and heart warming anecdotes which have a marked effect on the emotions of his audience and can be tailored to meet individual requirements for any occasion.


Excellent - Amazing. The highlight of the conference almost. Very personable and sincere.

Motor Trade Association

The feedback from the delegates on your speech was excellent with everyone being moved by your passion, drive, humility and achievements. We believe that you are a living NZ treasure and should be honoured for the work you have done. Coca-Cola Australia

‘Great passion, great insight into challenging oneself and keeping ahead of your competition’ Colgate Palmolive NZ

‘A story most in the audience felt a personal connection with and movingly told’. Accident Compensation Commission.

‘John is a wonderful storyteller but also managed to tie his tale in with our conference theme’. Retail Meat NZ

‘John is a person people can relate to. He is very humble and passionate about his experiences. He relates his ‘can do’ attitude to business’. Motor Trade Association

John was extremely well received by the audience at both of our launch events. He took the time to liaise with us to ascertain what we were looking for from him on the night, he did his research and fine-tuned his address so that it had tremendous relevance on the night. The audience was wide and varied - a diverse mix of professionals and academics. He delivered powerful messages on the night that were closely aligned with those of CPA Australia. The challenge and opportunities that come with growing an international brand and building a global business success. To top it off, John had a great sense of humour that kept us all well entertained throughout. I give him a 'WOW' rating. CPA Australia

“John was fantastic and the client feedback was great, they still talk about him”. Radioworks

‘Excellent feedback, motivating and encouraging’ Hospitality & Standards Institute

‘John’s passion for his story was obvious, he was the highlight’ Vegfed

‘John was a great choice, very passionate, everyone loved him’ Healthcare Providers

‘John was a very inspirational speaker with an entertaining story’. Auckland Chamber Commerce

‘John was fantastic, his candid but professionalism captivated the audience, his amazing story certainly left us inspired by his determination and belief in himself’ Count Financial Ltd

‘Standing ovation’ Dulux NZ

“John was exactly as I expected; an absolutely charming, fascinating and inspirational gentleman who was the perfect speaker for our sales conference dinner. The feedback from the sales team and indeed all of those who attended the dinner has been nothing but positive. The expressions of appreciation for an opportunity to hear such a fascinating story delivered by such a passionate person have been numerous. The key messages derived from his experience in developing an iconic business and building an international brand aligned perfectly with our theme of “Embracing Innovation” and that we could not therefore have wished for anything better” CB Norwood Distributors