|Lina is currently globe trotting – that’s Rio in the background!|
Where are you in the world right now and what time is it?
Vegas! The adult playground, 4am – so forgive for what follows!
What’s the most useful thing in your backpack?
Marmite, never leave home without it!
When did you join the Active family?
Where’s your favourite place to relax?
Home, it’s always about going home. When you spend this much time on the road, being home is the holiday.
You’ve been on a couple of Active South America trips recently – what’s the most useful bit of lingo you’ve picked up?
‘Bien’ – it’s as close to ‘sweet as’ as they’ve got.
|Hanging out at the salt flats in Bolivia|
Seeing as how you’re from a farming family, do you have any tips for budding farmers out there?
Laugh everyday… And smile at unexpected times – it confuses people.
What’s the best thing about your job as an Active guide?
The people! The awesome people we meet. I’ve even been lucky to visit some whilst I’ve been traveling. Also our amazing Active family; I wouldn’t trade them for anything (well actually maybe I’d trade for Richie McCaw).
[For those who may not know – Richie is a current All Black who captained last year’s World Cup winning team – he’s as famous as they get here in NZ!]
Any hidden talents?
The talent is so hidden I haven’t found it yet, but I do make mean banana and choc chip muffins – don’t tell the co-guides!
In the backcountry, would you prefer to use a GPS or a compass and topo map?
GPS – that’s probably the wrong answer, but I’m a believer in technology. It’s always nice to see a map though.
And finally, tell us about the Calgary Stampede – what does it mean to you?
Cowboys! It’s all about the cowboys, ‘save a horse, ride a cowboy’!
“I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed having Lina as out trip leader. It was easy to tell that the whole group felt the same way. I don’t know how she did it, but she memorized how each person on the tour took their morning coffee and would hand it to us as we arrived for breakfast!! That’s 5 star service. She told great New Zealand history stories as we drove and she was fun to chat with at dinner. She is a confident, yet humble, leader and I trusted her judgement. Lina is definitely part of the great experience I had.”
– Michael Mooney, Mar 5th 2012