New Zealand Guide
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Timaru, and spent my first five years in Twizel (town of trees!), then move to Geraldine where my parents still live.
What are you hobbies?
I've been really enjoying building my own campervans. I'm on to my second one for the year and can't wait to finish it so I can travel around New Zealand in it!
What did you do before you became a guide?
I've just recently come back from spending a couple of years living in New York City in Brooklyn. I spent most of my time bartending while I was over there. I've also travelled South America,South East Asia, Jamaica, Canada and Australia.
Describe a life experience that has shaped you today?
I'd probably have to say living in New York. I met so many people from so many different backgrounds and cultures who I would never have met otherwise.
"Our guides, James and Maddi, were outstanding. They were both super responsible and had great personalities. James was a focused driver and did a good job of keeping us organized and on time."Jennifer Klein (California, USA) November 2017
"Our fantastic guides, James and Maya, took care of everything to make our trip comfortable, safe, and tasty (Maya's pavlova was delicious!). They encouraged this 59 year old novice hiker up and down the mountains, and were so much fun to be around. We really enjoyed talking with these two and hearing about life in NZ. When our camera didn't work, James stepped in and took a bunch of excellent pictures for us which he promptly shared. With Active Adventures, it's all of the fine details that make them an exemplary company to deal with: from the friendly office staff who provide thorough preparation information, travel assistance, helpful advice about anything and everything I asked, to the trip itself with great guides who took us through the week with every detail taken care of, and, of course, the most amazing scenery."Evie Jaskoski (Arizona, USA) November 2017