Jackie Chibnall

New Zealand Guide

Jackie is from Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city, and grew up in a rural suburb called Clevedon. She loves pretty much anything outdoorsy, but particularly tramping (especially in the mountains), cross-country skiing (but that's a bit hard here in NZ), running, paddleboarding, and in the summer having a classic kiwi BBQ followed by some back yard cricket! Jackie also really enjoys baking, reading, and the occasional yoga session.

Greatest outdoor adventure?

It would probably have to be trekking the Salkantay in Peru with my family.

What did you do before you became a guide?

I was traveling and working in Canada. 

Can you tell us about an experience that has shaped you today?

Working at a winter camp in Canada in -30 degrees is one experience I was lucky (or unlucky!) enough to have, which has shaped me. I came home with a bucket of new skills in the outdoors, and a new found confidence for working with people in some pretty extreme conditions. It was also where I learned to skate-ski across frozen lakes!!

Have you studied beyond school? If so in what?

Yep! I have a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Otago in Dunedin.

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“I cannot say enough great things about Jacki. She was a great tour guide... and, was full of energy and enthusiasm.”
- Greg Deffenbaugh (Denver, Colorado, United States), Kauri July 2018

“Jackie was among the very best leaders we've ever had (and we've done many trips). Terrific! I hope if we come back for another NZ trip, she can be with us again. ”
- Tom Metzloff (Durahm, North Carolina, United States), Rimu February 2018

“AMAZING! PERFECT! WONDERFUL! We loved her calm leadership, her fun-loving personality, and indefatigable aplomb. We also appreciated her communication with us every day especially on the bus, giving info about New Zealand and updates about our itinierary. Jackie is a very skilled driver which was key to our relaxation aboard the bus.”
- Heather Weir (Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States), Rimu December 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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