New Zealand Guide
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I grew up on the Welsh coast; I've been in New Zealand for 5 years now.
I'm a complete mermaid so I love anything water based (frozen water included!). Surfing is my number one, closely followed by diving and snowboarding.
What’s been your greatest outdoor adventure to date?
Fulfilling my lifelong dream of surfing and snowboarding in the same day, right here in NZ!
What did you do before discovering a passion for guiding?
I'm a bit of a Jack of all trades! From chalet hosting in Italy, to buyer for an Oil and Gas company, to surf inctructor, to diving instructor, I've done all sorts!
Do you have a favourite quote that you live by?
'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the things that you did do. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.' -Mark Twain.
Have you studied beyond school? If so in what field?
I have a BA Hons Degree in Italian and Spanish with Business Studies.
“Jo was spectacular from the first day when she met us at the hotel! Her attitude and enthusiasm were infectious!! She would always start the day with a huge smile and an anything is possible attitude. Put together a wonderful breakfast so we had the energy needed for the day. She would always be very patient and encouraging on every adventure we were on. After the morning activity magically a beautiful lunch would appear out of nowhere, and Jo would be grinning like it was no big deal, she does it all the time. Then after a hard day of hiking, rafting or biking she put together a gourmet meal in no time at all. She bent over backwards to make sure that everyone’s needs were being taken care of and that all were happy. Jo is very down to earth, easy going and a pleasure to be around!!! She helped make this an unforgettable once in lifetime experience and I thank her for all she did to make it a very special time for me!!!!”
- Dan Hatch (Reno, Nevada, United States), Kauri February 2018
“How can you not fall in love with Jo? Encouraging, fun, sociable. The guides (on both trips I went on) were part of the highlights of the trip.”
- Janet Pahima (Savion, Israel, Israel), Kauri October 2017
“Jo was fantastic. Very well organized and made sure everything went smoothly with the smaller details like meals and accommodation. She was always very attentive to every member of group and took time to talk to everyone to make sure they were getting what they needed and were having a good time. During one of our longer hikes, Jo arrived at the end with the lead group, than ran back up the trail, all the way to those in the back and carried their backpacks the rest of the way so they could finish the hike. This really stood out to me and showed me how dedicated Jo was to making this trip the best experience to all of the group members. Being 23 and traveling alone, knowing that I had someone like Jo to look after me made all the difference.”
- Cassidy Anderson (West Wardsboro, Vermont, United States), Kauri November 2016