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Jackie Chibnall

New Zealand Guide

Jackie is from Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city, and grew up in a rural suburb called Clevedon. She loves pretty much anything outdoorsy, but particularly tramping (especially in the mountains), cross-country skiing (but that's a bit hard here in NZ), running, paddleboarding, and in the summer having a classic kiwi BBQ followed by some back yard cricket! Jackie also really enjoys baking, reading, and the occasional yoga session.

Greatest outdoor adventure?

It would probably have to be trekking the Salkantay in Peru with my family.

What did you do before you became a guide?

I was traveling and working in Canada. 

Can you tell us about an experience that has shaped you today?

Working at a winter camp in Canada in -30 degrees is one experience I was lucky (or unlucky!) enough to have, which has shaped me. I came home with a bucket of new skills in the outdoors, and a new found confidence for working with people in some pretty extreme conditions. It was also where I learned to skate-ski across frozen lakes!!

Have you studied beyond school? If so in what?

Yep! I have a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Otago in Dunedin.

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  • "The most awesome and enjoyable adventure I've had, with Active Adventures on a Rimu trip with Jackie and Emma! We had a really good group and the best tour leaders too. Emma is a talented cook and Jackie is an excellent driver, as well as both being friendly and hilarious people, nothing was ever too much trouble for them. They made us feel comfortable and happy."
    Georgie Wearne (Victoria, Australia) December 2017
  • "Couldn’t have asked for better guides! Jackie and Tess were awesome. They know all about the plants and animals of NZ. Simply amazing for them to hike all morning then pull out a complete lunch for eight people from those backpacks."
    Raymond Sinclair (Washington, USA) November 2017

Why travel with Active Adventures?

Legendary Kiwi Hospitality

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.

Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

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.

Everything is Included

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.

A Sense of Achievement

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.

Small Groups

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.

Diverse Experiences

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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