New Zealand and Nepal Guide
Mel was born in Christchurch and guides for us in both New Zealand and Nepal. It takes a special character to face the challenges of leading trips in a foreign country, and Mel certainly ticked all the boxes. Before guiding for Active Adventures Mel spent plenty of time travelling and working overseas. After two years in Europe and the UK she knew it was time to come home and felt a deep sense of duty and pride to show off New Zealand! She credits her desire for adventure and travel to her family who encouraged exploration of the great outdoors from a very young age.
Getting outdoors, biking, running, swimming and sports. Exploring new places! And Cooking :-).
“Mel was a fantastic guide! Mel had a great rapport with all the members of the group and ensured we were all looked after with whatever circumstance arose. Mel cooked amazing food throughout the trip and always ensured we never went hungry. Mel also shared with us her great understanding on NZ culture. Mel was certainly a great personality to have amongst the group.”Matthew Hill (The Range, Queensland, Australia), July 2014
“Extreme patience - never flinches in the face of tour group needs that must get tiresome at some point. :) Just like Kate, we felt like Mel was just one of us except that when needed she had all the answers or required guidance. Seemed totally focused on making sure our trip was great.”Paul Markworth (Hillsboro, Oregon, United States) Tui Mar 6 2016
“Mel was great. She did a great job with the food and the big meals she made were excellent. Mel was low key and funny at the same time and it was a pleasure being in her company. She was knowledgeable about New Zealand and would often provide tid-bits of information about the geology, birds, history, etc. She also remembered little things about us individually which you would realize when she would bring you something that you didn't even asked for but she may have overheard you say something about it. For example; there was no water bottle cage on my bike and I asked her to hold my water bottle. A little while later, when we made a stop, she found a cage (I don't know where) and put it on my bike. Mel and Dani worked really hard ALL day and night to make us comfortable in every way.”Patty King (White Plains, New York, United States) Rimu Dec 5 2016
“I felt like Mel became a friend I was traveling with. She stayed behind and hiked with me when I lagged, never made me feel slow. Great cook. A warm and patient person!”Stephanie Hernandez (Wheat Ridge, Colorado, United States), October 2013