When Amanda's not guiding, she calls Queenstown home, so in between Active trips she'll be happily hanging out around the adventure capital of New Zealand, with her partner Pete.
Amanda grew up in a small East Otago town called Palmerston (north of Dunedin) and for as long as she can remember, she's been in love with the outdoors. Over the years she would often pack the car up - tent, food, sleeping bag and walking shoes - and head out to "simply get lost in nature". She counts rivers and mountain tops as her favourite spots, and like all of us, is a huge fan of beautiful Aotearoa, and is excited to share her 'back yard'.
From the age of 11 she has worked in hospitality; with her first role as a 'under water ceramic technician' aka dishwasher in her mother's restaurant!. Since then, roles have varied in all shapes and sizes (Reception, Housekeeping, Food & Beverage, Human Resources, Reservations to name a few). Amanda actually heard about this guiding role through a friend that already works for Active.
And in her words, "from the moment the seed about potentially being an Active Guide was planted in my head I couldn't let the thought go...... 10 months later I found myself applying for a hiking guide position. I couldn't have made a better choice, now I have a job that comprises of three things I love the most; the outdoors, hospitality and driving the beautiful NZ roads. Bingo!"
Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.
Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders
We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.
Everything is Included
As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.
A Sense of Achievement
Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.
With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.
It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.