Active Adventures Travel Specialist
Matthew, or 'Matty' as he's known, came to New Zealand from the UK back in the 90s. Back when it was cool to have the 'short back and sides' and everyone was listening to R.E.M. and Santana. We're painting a picture here – a young bloke looking for adventure, chasing the endless winters, and revelling in the Queenstown social scene.
His DJ career was ditched in favour of a series of entrepreneurial forays into the hospitality and print industries. His outdoors passion matured from reckless speed down a mountain on a snowboard to more sophisticated pastimes of fishing and tramping. Bradshaw, Nancy, Dagg and Doubtful – these are just some of the sounds Matty has explored with his brother-in-law on fishing and diving trips. Matty's crisscrossed the South Island both by foot and by road, and has travelled as far north as Northland at the top of New Zealand, home to our newest 'Kauri' trip. He has family in Okarito on the west coast of the South Island, and a combination of beautiful coastline, white baiting and wonderful sunsets makes this hidden gem his favourite spot in New Zealand.
Matty is our Nepal travel specialist, having helped launch Active Adventures Himalayas in 2011. He's recently returned from the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and has some incredible stories to share.
Claim to fame?
The south west England judo champion ... some years ago when he was able to compete in the under 56 kilogram (123 pounds) category!
As the owner of a local drinking establishment, please make sure you ask him to shout you a drink when you pass through Queenstown.