New Zealand Guide
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!"