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Kelsey Meyer

New Zealand Guide 

Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in beautiful Fairbanks, Alaska. After high school, I moved quite a few times and lived in Hawaii, Maryland, and Colorado. I have finally found home in New Zealand at the bottom of the South Island!

What are your hobbies?
Anything outdoors! Day and multi-day hiking adventures and snowboarding are my favorites! I also love traveling and experiencing different cultures.

What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?
Rafting in remote Alaska! My parents would take me on a two week river trip every year until I was about 14. I loved being in remote regions of Alaska where you could only see bears and moose, it was always an adventure!

What did you do before you became a guide?
I got my bachelors degree in Nursing and worked as an emergency room nurse for 7 years. I loved the fast-paced and critical thinking environment. I worked in various emergency departments from an inner-city hospital in Baltimore to smaller hospitals in Colorado and Alaska. I took a break from ER nursing when I moved to New Zealand full-time and when I started my Masters in Global Health degree.

Do you have a favourite quote?
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. - Dalai Lama

Describe a life experience that has shaped you today?
One life experience that has shaped my thinking and led me to pursuing a Masters in Global Health was flying into Nepal 3 days post the 2015 earthquake. I spent time in the villages of Active Adventures' Nepali guides and helped distribute emergency supplies and build temporary shelters. I have traveled back to Nepal multiple times since then, it is truly a magical place!

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Testimonials 

“Kelsey was fantastic. Her and Claire together are a great duo. She also went above and beyond to make sure we were having a good time, and you could tell the two of them were having so much fun. She is also a great asset to your team :) ”
- Tessa Humphries (victoria, British Columbia, Canada), Tui October 2018

Trip Reviews

  •   4.38 out of 5 (from 1211 reviews)

    Last 5 Days Kauri

    So much packed into just a few days. From walking to tops of (several!) mountains to floating through underground tunnels, plus geothermal springs and Maori culture. A whirlwind central North Island adventure!
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    – Hawaii, United States
    Kauri, January 2017
  •   4.38 out of 5 (from 1211 reviews)

    Kauri

    What an amazing introduction to the North Island. Every day was unique - starting with the hiking and boogie boarding on the sand dunes to seeing a kiwi released was exceptional. Walking through the rain forest and seeing the phenomenal kauri trees are memories we will treasure forever!
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    – Alberta, Canada
    Kauri, January 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4983 reviews)

    Best trip I have ever taken

    There are many layers to this trip
    1. The Group - It was really fun being in a group, and our group was really fun! Sometimes I hung out with people in my family, sometimes I hung out with someone else in the group. This variety and freedom was very enjoyable.
    2. The Guides - Koru and Ash were sooo great. Koru is a polished, learned and experienced leader. Ash is a fabulous cook, so much fun, and cared about each of us on the trip.
    3. The Country - Stunning! We covered so much of the South Island that we were able to see many sides of it's weather and terrain. Really great route.
    4. Activities - It was great sharing a physical activity with others, something I know brings people together. Hiking was great. At the end of a long hike was a fabulous surprise, like a glacial lake with ice burgs, or a beautiful high-mountain vista, or a glo-worm tunnel. Biking was super fun, and I wish there had been one more day of it. In hind site I personally would have selected the biking 3day excursion. The kayaking was great. Heavy chop or glassy lakes, we kayaked in it.
    5. Accommodations - These were just great. As nice as it can be being out in the countryside. I loved how we all ate together every meal.
    5. Pace - I thought the trip was very well planned. Just when we needed a break in the beginning from jet lag, and our trip activities, a two day respite was there in Queenstown where we could recharge. I recharged and my family bungy jumped! Also, activities were structured so that the not so keen could bail out at a stopping point.
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    – Maryland, United States
    Rimu, January 2017
  •   4.38 out of 5 (from 1211 reviews)

    Very Glad We Added Kauri to Our Trip

    We added Kauri to our Rimu trip because we wanted to spend more time with the Maori culture and see the north island. Our wishes were more than fulfilled by this excellent trip.
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    – Massachusetts, United States
    Kauri, December 2017
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1887 reviews)

    Tui experience

    This trip provided a good balance of activities with the necessary travel time to access the different parts of the South Island. The trip was well organized, and the guides were super. They accommodated our individual desires and capabilities, as well as being good cooks, leaders, and knowledgeable guides. Our group quickly melded into collegial and interesting companions, and that make the experience that much better. The itinerary provides a taste all that the South Island offers. I'm happy to have chosen this company to tour with.
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    – Arizona, United States
    Tui, February 2017

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