How did you land a job guiding for Active Adventures New Zealand? Was it a goal you had for a while or did it just sort of happen?
I had just finished an Outdoor Recreation course and I came across Active and was lucky enough to join your team! I guess it was a goal of mine to get a job in the industry I had trained in, so I was stoked!!
What do you do when you’re not guiding for us?
I’m studying Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health and Well Being) in Dunedin and I’ve just finished my first year, two more to go…
How’s the student life in Dunedin and what’s your favourite thing about living there?
Student life in Dunedin is awesome! I’m learning the true meaning of the word ‘scarfie’ from watching the first year students… Dunedin is a wicked place. My favourite thing about living here is that it’s very student orientated, everything is in walking distance and I’ve met so many new people!
What do you like to get up to in your spare time?
In between trips I head home to the farm and enjoy helping out around the place, or I go on adventures with friends and hit the beach 🙂
|Nat hiking with mates during her ‘downtime’!|
‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2’or ‘Life of Pi’, which would you choose to see at the movies this month?
The Twilight Saga for sure!
Tell us about your most memorable guiding experience?
There are heaps, but I guess I’ll never forget on my first trip with Active I was working with Lofty… We flew into Siberia Valley and I was on the last plane. He had crossed all the clients to the other side of the river and he said to me, “Oh, Nat this is the section we crossed, head on over”. So as it was my first trip and I was young and naive, I listened to him. Crossing the river, I got to the middle and the water was up to my underwear – I made it to the other side very wet, with all my clients and Lofty on the ground laughing as they were only wet up to their knees and had fooled me into a trap where I was the entertainment. Three years down the track, I will NEVER believe a word that comes out of Lofty’s mouth!
|Years after Lofty tells Nat to cross the river in the wrong section, they still get along!|
|Nat and Dan ‘Duck’ T on their Kea Family trip, with Mt Cook in the background|
What essential Kiwi lingo would you most want to impart to a first time traveller to NZ?
‘Kia ora’ as it means ‘be well/health’ and is an informal greeting. You can use it anywhere, anytime, to anyone soooo “Kia Ora!”
Some of our Kiwi guides have had the opportunity to join our other Active Adventures trips in South America and Nepal – which trip would you like to jump on if you were heading over there?
If I could choose, it would be a South America trip, but I’d happily go on both :). Hopefully I’ll head over there in the near future!
You went to Italy to work last year, right? What were you doing there and were you able to learn any Italian? Go for a ride in a Ferrari?
Yes I did and it was unbelievable! I lived in a small town called Assisi (two hours south of Rome) and I worked for ‘Full On’. We ran a program for American youth to gain new ideas to improve the results in their lives and we shared ways they can make a difference within their families, community, environment and with their peers. We did this by providing outdoor challenges and group tasks, followed by presentations. I loved it as we made a huge impact on their lives and it was a fun atmosphere to work in. Italy has a wicked culture and I loved living there. I only learnt how to order gelato in Italian, haha, and no, I didn’t get a ride in a Ferrari – have you seen those roads and how they drive?! Hahaha
Do you have any hidden talents we should know about?
Apparently I’m a very good sleep talker – my talent sometimes shows on my trips. I was in Nelson Lakes National Park on our three-day hike and yelled out “Muuuuuuuum” in my sleep. I got strange looks the next morning and was asked if I was alright.
“Nat never ceased to impress, whether by pulling off grilled salmon or Pavlova cake in the middle of nowhere or grilling some perfect medium-rare venison. She was also a lot of fun on the hiking trails and always had a smile on her face!”
– Stefan Roberts, Rimu 2012
|Nat working on her family farm, helping with the sheep shearing!|