Active Adventures Travel Manager
Matthew, or 'Matty' as he's known leads our travel specialist team, drawing upon many years experience here at Active and in the travel industry. He balances his time between his joint passions of connecting with our guests to plan their trips of a lifetime, and helping to build the strategic vision for Active Adventures.
He came to New Zealand from the UK back in the 90s, back when it was cool to have the 'short back and sides' and everyone was listening to R.E.M. and Santana. We're painting a picture here – a young bloke looking for adventure, chasing the endless winters, and revelling in the Queenstown social scene.
His DJ career was ditched in favour of a series of entrepreneurial forays into the hospitality and print industries. His outdoors passion matured from reckless speed down a mountain on a snowboard to more sophisticated pastimes of fishing and tramping. Bradshaw, Nancy, Dagg and Doubtful – these are just some of the sounds Matty has explored with his brother-in-law on fishing and diving trips. Matty's crisscrossed the South Island both by foot and by road, and has travelled as far north as Northland at the top of New Zealand, home to our newest 'Kauri' trip. He has family in Okarito on the West Coast of the South Island, and a combination of beautiful coastline, white baiting and wonderful sunsets makes this hidden gem his favourite spot in New Zealand.
Claim to fame?
The south west England judo champion ... some years ago when he was able to compete in the under 56 kilogram (123 pounds) category!