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Liana Smith

New Zealand Guide

Liana grew up on a beef farm in Glenbrook, which is technically South Auckland, though she claims to be from North Waikato. Fair enough! As with so many of our guides, she was always an outdoorsy kid, helping out on the farm, kicking a ball around, camping, playing with the dog or just going to the beach, or on road trips with mates.

To say Liana is 'sporty' is an understatement, given she participated in every sport you can imagine growing up, including swimming, where she's competed since the age of 8 and now holds a NZ age group national record in the 100 individual medley! She represented New Zealand on two different international teams in a range events, before injury put the kaibosh on her swimming career.

That didn't slow her down though. With every challenge, there's an opportunity and some extensive travel helped Liana fall on her feet. She spent 4 months working at a summer camp in Pennsylvania in 2014, before backpacking down the East Coast to Los Angeles. She's also spent 2 months volunteering at Welgevonden, a conservation reserve in South Africa, where they were able to get incredibly hands-on with the research, conservation and protection of Africa's Big 5 and other herbivores. Be sure to ask her to share some of those stories, they're gems!

Liana reckon's one of her quirky habits is being able to beat nearly anyone in an eating contest, which apparently is a skill she refined whilst being a competitive swimmer. You can test her on that. And if you're out snorkelling with her, you'll be in great hands!

Liana Smith

Testimonials

  • “Liana was great as well. We were amazed when she told us her age as she was very mature and confident in everything she was doing. Shared a great amount of knowledge and always interacting with us.”
    Ryan Hussey (Nashua, New Hampshire, United States), November 2016
  • “Liana was fantastic! It was great to have a younger guide with enthusiasm, as well as having great knowledge of the real New Zealand. She hiked with me to the summit of Ben Loman which I loved”
    Jacque Ogilvy (Hallett Cove, South Australia, Australia), November 2016
  • “Loved Liana! Xenia Warrior Princess! She coordinated many things and keep our group happy and fed. Great company and a good guide.”
    Stephen Meek (Glendale, California, United States), October 2016

Perfect Trip for anyone who loves Nature!

“If you enjoy being outdoors and like to challenge yourself this trip is for you. I wasn't an avid hiker before signing up for the Rimu trip but after reading the itinerary I knew I couldn't pass up this amazing opportunity. You never know what you are capable of until you try and that is how I feel after climbing up to the Angelus Hut and hiking to Mueller ridge. I had never climbed a mountain before (since there are no mountains where I live) but the views are more than worth the climb.
This trip is the best way to see all that the South Island has to offer, it is the perfect balance between adventure, relaxation, self-exploration, and cultural immersion. Anyone can go to New Zealand and rent a car and go hiking, biking, and Kayaking; however, they will miss out on the best parts of traveling to a new place and that is the knowledge and culture that only someone who lives there would know. The guides (Tory and Vanessa) were awesome! Tory is an amazing cook, and Ness was great at making jokes and keeping the atmosphere cheery during the longer drives. I loved listening to the guides tell us about the Maori people and the local legends or folklore. I actually thought Ness was lying to me when she would tell me that the views get better after being left speechless by the scenery, but every day was better than the previous!
I have to mention the FOOD!!! The food alone is enough for me to sign up for this trip again. When I travel I don’t always know what the local food is or would be but with this trip the guides cook you all sorts of local food and all the food is fresh and delicious. If you don’t like something they will make sure to accommodate you.
Ness and Tory made you feel like this was a trip among friends and family, not strangers. I will come back to New Zealand again!”
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– Wisconsin, United States
Rimu, May 2017
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