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.
“BEYOND EXCEPTIONAL!!! Jo made this trip the trip of my lifetime. She was so bubbly and perky to be around. There are not enough words to describe how awesome she is!!! She just is!”Pamela Massette (Corte Madera, California, United States) Kauri Jan 10 2017
"Jo was amazing, she was so warm and friendly and just radiated positive energy. She was a great cook and made sure we were always safe, and was comfortable hanging back on tough hikes to make sure we had a buddy!”Sara Elwell (Yardley, Pennsylvania, United States) Tui Jan 1 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 Nov 1 2016