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MJ Creswick

New Zealand Guide

MJ is as outdoorsy as they come, with a passion for not only adrenaline filled activities, but for native flora, fauna and conservation efforts. She has spent much of her time growing up on the South Island and can dazzle you with facts all day long.   

Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in South London, but moved to Aotearoa when I was 10 years old. Aotearoa was definitely a missing puzzle piece for me- I belong here! I have spent my time here in North Canterbury, about 40km north of Christchurch.

What are your hobbies?
I spend most of my time inland tramping on top of mountains, exploring forests and swimming in rivers. I am very passionate about the native flora and fauna of Aotearoa, so spend a lot of time studying and observing them. My bedroom in my flat is a mini forest as it is full of plants- 27 to be exact! I am also a rock climber, white water kayaker and skier.

Do you have any special talents?
I am full of random fun facts (‘Fun Facts with Mj’), and I am very empathetic no matter the circumstances.

What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?
A 10 day tramp from the West coast to the East coast of NZ. 

What did you do before you became a guide?
I just finished my second year of my degree in Sustainability and Outdoor Education, so mainly studying. Other work I've done is with the City Council and DOC working to trap pests and monitor native species on the coastline and porthills of Christchurch. Apart from that I was a barista for 2 1/2 years even though I hate coffee!

Do you have a favourite quote?
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Suess

Describe a life experience that has shaped you today?
I spent my GAP year in Africa travelling, and it really opened my eyes to what is happening around the globe in terms of conservation- its really fueled my passion moving forward!

Have you studied beyond school? If so in what?
As mentioned before- I’m at Ara Polytechnic in Christchurch studying my Degree of Sustainability and Outdoor Ed at the moment, and I plan to gain my masters and PHD afterwards in something such as zoology or ecology.



“MJ’s passion for flora and fauna as well as her riddles and support on hikes made each hike a true pleasure. I was nearly always the slowest in the group and MJ was so supportive and seemed to always know when I was struggling and would distract me me with a riddle or story. She was very friendly and knowledgeable and did and excellent job with the food. The fact that she seems to always be the first one up making us breakfast and last to sleep after cleaning up dinner and still had a smile all day every day was very impressive. ”
- Amy Youngs (Arlington, Virginia, United States), Rimu November 2018

Trip Reviews

  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1904 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
  •   4.39 out of 5 (from 1229 reviews)

    North Island Kauri

    The North Island was an amazing adventure. We were kept busy hiking, biking snorkelling and kayaking, and our guides were very easy going and helpful in every way. We saw and experienced more of the Maori culture, the large Kauri trees (words cannot describe), and felt the love and appreciation of the Maori people for the land, birds and all living species. It was great to have them guide us through the kauri forests. The trip is spit in half in the middle with a day in Aukland, and the first half we had 12 in the group and the second half there were 13 (A lot) in our group. I prefer smaller groups. The scenery was amazing, Natalie and Jasmine were amazing as well. An AMAZING trip! Loved it!
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    – Ontario, Canada
    Kauri, March 2018
  •   4.55 out of 5 (from 1347 reviews)

    Fantastic Adventure!

    This trip was wonderful on so many levels. It was a perfect experience for our family of three college "kids", my husband and me. We traveled with two other families- a total of eight kids and six adults, a good group size. There was lots to see and do and we appreciated the opportunity to be active! Seeing the wildlife and learning about the Galapagos Islands was fantastic!! Zambo, our naturalist was terrific and related well to children and the adults. One of the unexpected pleasures my husband and I experienced was hearing our children utilize their seven years of middle and high school Spanish as they communicated with locals. Also, needless to say, they were pleased that the drinking age on the Islands is 18. We all enjoyed having a beer at the end of each wonderful day. The December weather was lovely. Comfortably warm and the water was beautiful!! We took full advantage of any extra snorkeling and swimming opportunities.

    Our family had an extra day in Quito. We took the opportunity to hire a guide to take us around the city. What a great opportunity it was to learn about so many aspects of Ecuador's capital city. The Equator Museum was great and we enjoyed walking around the Plaza and seeing a couple of churches. Walking to the edge of the Pululhua crater was awesome! Lenin was a terrific guide!
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    – Massachusetts, United States
    Tortuga, January 2017
  •   4.54 out of 5 (from 991 reviews)

    Thank You Active Adventures!

    Excellent trip, great guides and new friends!
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    – Florida, United States
    Condor, January 2018
  •   4.54 out of 5 (from 991 reviews)

    Condor Nov 16

    have used Active in NZ for Rimu trip and Condor trip lived up to expectations. It's some of the simple things like size of groups, quality of guides etc that make the difference for me. The sorting out of tips and meals just makes for an easy time as I travel for the trekking not the organising :-) good stuff active. Thanks
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    – Essex, United Kingdom
    Condor, December 2016



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