Ashleigh, or 'Ash' as she's known around here is originally from Taranaki in the North Island, which she claims is the best province in New Zealand. Many surfers would agree!
Ash has always been an active person growing up around the mountains, lakes, sea, and forest. If you haven't been to 'The Naki' before, it's a picturesque region, characterised by Mt Taranaki, or Mt Egmont, a near-perfect cone-shaped volcano that's around 120,000 years old. From the volcano, lush forest stretches to farmland and eventually to the West Coast, offering outdoor enthusiasts a huge playground to explore.
Ash loves to hike and trail run... Anywhere, anytime! Rain or shine! She also dabbles in a bit of rock climbing, open water swimming and scuba or free diving. Anything that "gives you a rush and makes you feel alive" she tells us, "I love sports that continue to challenge your abilities. There is nothing I will not try in the outdoors! It's made to be explored."
One of Ash's greatest accomplishments, both physically and mentally was completing the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal - "What a feeling standing on the top of the pass! Nothing can beat that serenity and sense of achievement."
Previous to guiding for Active she worked in a Christchurch rehabilitation hospital for 2 years as a physical therapist. Prior to that she was a dance teacher and waitress. And In between her varied career, Ash has also found the time to travel through Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. With many more destinations on the bucket list!
A couple of cracker favourite quotes:
'The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences' - Jon Krakauer
'You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go' - Dr Seuss
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.
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.
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.
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.