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Lauren Alexander

New Zealand Guide

Lauren was born in the UK, in an area of London called Croydon. She grew up in Christchurch on the east coast of the South Island. Lauren's special talents include being 'sort of' good at making hummous, and she also knows every word to the song 'Allstar' by Smash Mouth! When she's not making hummous or singing along to Smash Mouth you'll find her playing football, surfing, tramping, painting, or doing yoga. She never stops!

What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?

I'm not sure I can choose something specific - I think just lots of fun camping and tramping with my family! One of the most memorable ones was doing the Abel Tasman Coast Track when I was little; it rained and rained the first night and we had to cross a tidal estuary that was really flooded! That was fun!

What did you do before you became a guide?

Before I became a guide I spent six months backpacking across the United States, Canada, Iceland, the UK, and some of Europe. I also spent two months working with children in a refugee camp in France. Before that I was at university.

So you have studied beyond school..... What did you study?

Yep! I did a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Studies, and minoring in Pacific Studies and Education at Victoria University in Wellington.

Do you have a favourite quote?

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

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“Lauren, she’s a gem. Prepping, cooking and serving a bunch of hungry guests. Very professional and such an encouraging gal. I felt such accomplishment when I made it to the Summit on our last hike and without Lauren ‘s patience and encouragement, it wouldn’t have happened.”
- Terri Krawietz (San Antonio, Texas, United States), Tui November 2018

“Lauren is a dedicated, top-notch guide. Kind, friendly, fun, encouraging and helpful everyday in every way. incredible cook; meals were not only perfectly cooked but presented beautifully....a real surprise and treat on an adventure trip. And, she responded to the many different diet considerations, which I think is a hallmark of your prior planning as a company. ”
- Cheryl Brewster (Berkeley, California, United States), Kiwi February 2018

“ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! She was, patient, fun, energetic, caring and had a good energy with her co-worker. She worked so hard making us amazing meals. Not only did she wake up early to prepare breakfast, but when we got back from a long day of fun activities she had to cook and clean. I was impressed!”
- Vicki Igou (Jamul, California, United States), Rimu November 2017


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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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