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Astrid Harrison

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.

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  • "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

Why travel with Active Adventures?

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.

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