Janice Smyth - founder Paradise Picnics Waiheke

Janice has been in the hospitality industry for the past 30 years.  Having started out as a waitress, working her way up to manager, then restaurant owner and operator, she finally ended up living and working in the Luxury Yachting Industry, with her husband Captain Stephen, where she took on the Chef position.  

For the past fifteen years Janice has been crusing around the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bahamas and East Coast of the USA.  Having experienced many different cultures and cuisines, and catered to Societies Elite, Janice and Stephen decided to end their yachting life and start afresh somewhere new. 

So life began on Waiheke Island, this gorgeous little piece of heaven where the bird life is abundant and the beaches and landscapes forever fill your soul, Paradise Picnics was born.  Using all her talents from past experiences, Janice knows what her clientele are looking for and will stop at nothing to provide for all they desire.

"I wanted to offer the bespoke clientele coming to this island a different experience.  A chance to take in the beautiful nature and bird life, in a private, relaxing yet elegant manner.  Marry this with a wonderful meal in the fresh outdoors, and you have a winner."

 Willow Rowntree - Business Partner

Willow Rowntree brings her 27 years of hospitality experience and creativity to the Paradise Picnics team. She has lived on Waiheke for 18 years and bringing up her family here she is ingrained in the local community and loves 'her' island. 

Having a background in the theatrical arts and event management she has a passion for visualizing and creating new experiences for our clients. A gourmet foodie and lover of the good life she will help translate your ultimate experience into reality. Starting off as a waitress and rapidly joining the ranks of management she most recently opened Timbuktu Nomadic Deli. Willow then joined forces with now co owner of both the deli and Paradise Picnics Janice Smyth. Willow describes this alliance to be like meeting her business soulmate. As a team these two ladies make magic happen, both for their own dreams, and those clients who choose to hire them for their own special occasions.