New Zealand Guide
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Timaru and I grew up on a sheep/cattle farm in South Canterbury with my two older brothers. I grew up having many pet lambs and calves every year along with 4 cats at some stage! Think my love for animals and the outdoors came from growing up in this environment and being able to explore on the farm.
What are you hobbies?
My hobbies are hiking and swimming! If there's a beautiful swimming spot ill get in it no matter the temperature or weather. I also love sewing and enjoy up-cycling old clothes into something new!
What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?
My greatest outdoor adventure was walking the Camino De Santiago last summer in Spain. It was an amazing experience were I meet many extraordinary people while getting to see the beautiful diverse countryside of northern Spain.
What did you do before you became a guide?
Lots of different stuff! I was a Massage and Aromatherapist and have worked with the elderly as a dementia caregiver. I have also had experience in hospitality and retail.
Do you have a favourite quote?
"Not all those who wander are lost."
Have you studied beyond school? If so in what?
YesI have a Diploma in Beauty Therapy, specialising in Massage and Aromatherapy.
"The way Astrid and James worked together to lead the group was pure magic. Truly. I think the only way I'd ever do an Active trip again is if I had the two of them to guide it together. No joke. They rocked it that hard. Thanks to you all. I will never forget it."Tiffany Dawson (California, USA) January 2018
"Katie and Astrid were great, taking care of everything we needed. It was so nice not to have to worry about anything the whole week. We would totally recommend the 'Tui' and our guides, Katie and Astrid."Dan Arnold (Colorado, USA) October 2017