New Zealand Guide
Lauren was born in the UK, in an area of London called Croydon. She grew up in Christchurch on the east coast of the South Island. Lauren's special talents include being 'sort of' good at making hummous, and she also knows every word to the song 'Allstar' by Smash Mouth! When she's not making hummous or singing along to Smash Mouth you'll find her playing football, surfing, tramping, painting, or doing yoga. She never stops!
What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?
I'm not sure I can choose something specific - I think just lots of fun camping and tramping with my family! One of the most memorable ones was doing the Abel Tasman Coast Track when I was little; it rained and rained the first night and we had to cross a tidal estuary that was really flooded! That was fun!
What did you do before you became a guide?
Before I became a guide I spent six months backpacking across the United States, Canada, Iceland, the UK, and some of Europe. I also spent two months working with children in a refugee camp in France. Before that I was at university.
So you have studied beyond school..... What did you study?
Yep! I did a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Studies, and minoring in Pacific Studies and Education at Victoria University in Wellington.
Do you have a favourite quote?
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
"Firstly, our guides Ben and Lauren - they truly moved the bar for me from a great trip to one that will go down in history for me as the trip of a lifetime. They were so knowledgeable about the island - I loved listening to the legends/folklore and learning more about the vegetation, birds, etc. Lauren was terrific with her cooking and meal presentations - meals looked fantastic and tasted even better! Both Ben and Lauren added those special touches, they even had the perfect music for when we went through the Homer Tunnel and down into Milford Sound - the combination of the music and the scenery was so moving it had several of us in tears! They really ensured that they got to know each person and took a genuine interest in each person. Their positive energy and enthusiasm was infectious. They took kindness and customer service to a new level! The scenery was breathtaking everywhere we went. It really was transformational for me on so many levels! My heartfelt thanks to Ben and Lauren and everyone at Active Adventures!"Sue Hazell (Ontario, Canada) December 2017
"First of all, the guides were hands-down the BEST EVER! They made this trip extra special. Katie C and Lauren were always looking out for our best interest. They were great at engaging each of us in the group, they took the time to get to know each one of us, they made sure they included groceries that you liked and more. They were fun, energetic and full of happiness! They worked very hard and feed us very well. The food was amazing!!! A big THANK YOU to both of you beautiful young women! Thank you active adventures for hiring fun and inspiring women!"Vicki Igou (California, USA) November 2017