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James Stephens

New Zealand Guide

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in Timaru, and spent my first five years in Twizel (town of trees!), then move to Geraldine where my parents still live.

What are you hobbies?

I've been really enjoying building my own campervans. I'm on to my second one for the year and can't wait to finish it so I can travel around New Zealand in it!

What did you do before you became a guide?

I've just recently come back from spending a couple of years living in New York City in Brooklyn. I spent most of my time bartending while I was over there. I've also travelled South America,South East Asia, Jamaica, Canada and Australia.

Describe a life experience that has shaped you today?

I'd probably have to say living in New York. I met so many people from so many different backgrounds and cultures who I would never have met otherwise.

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Testimonials

“James was awesome! He clearly knows the route and many details for stops along our route. Everyone commented that even the smallest stops were camera worthy. He also did a remarkable job engaging every single different personality on the trip. James was part of what made the trip unforgettable. ”
-Melissa Reyes (Austin, Texas, United States), Jody Reyes (Austin, Texas, United States), Tui March 2018

“Couldn't fault him - enthusiastic, informative, accomodating, funny......”
-Babs Flower (Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom), Rimu September 2018

“He was great at reading people- knowing when they needed to be pushed or encouraged, always with a smile. Extremely genuine and down to earth, fun-loving, hilarious, and punctual. Did an amazing job with time management- making sure everybody stayed on shedule while always allowing plenty of time for everything. I never felt rushed. James really has a knack for reading people, understanding where they are at, and meeting them on their level.”
-Tiffany Dawson (Novato, California, United States), Rimu December 2017

 

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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