New Zealand Guide
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I grew up in a tiny seaside town in south-eastern Australia, on the border of Wilsons Promontory National Park. My father was a parks ranger and my mother taught physical education so we spent lots of time outdoors and they’re both very passionate about the natural environment. I moved to Melbourne for university and once I graduated I moved around a lot, working in Auckland, Perth, Sydney, Canada and throughout Europe.
What are your hobbies?
I love cooking (especially baking), reading a good book, getting out into nature and hiking. I especially like going on multi-day tramping adventures to stay at backcountry huts.
What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?
Working at a remote fly-in wilderness lodge in the far north of Canada - watching the aurora borealis around the campfire in -45 celcius is something I’ll never forget. We also did plenty of skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing, and went on overnight canoe trips once the lake unfroze. There was also a First Nations university in residence - we were able to join some of the classes and learnt some awesome outdoor skills.
What did you do before you became a guide?
After graduating from university I worked as a financial analyst in corporate restructuring for a few years before moving to Canada to pursue a more outdoors-based lifestyle. I have worked in a number of tourism roles over the past few years throughout Canada and Europe, mainly in remote environments. When I’m not working for Active I work at a hike-in teahouse near Lake Louise in Canada. It’s very rustic, without electricity or running water, but living in such a pristine natural environment is an amazing privilege.
Describe a life experience that has shaped you today?
In 2016 I left my corporate job in Australia to spend a month walking the Camino de Santiago, an 800km historic pilgrimage route across the north of Spain. I met some amazing people, enjoyed the beautiful scenery, and the food and wine was pretty amazing too! I have since walked two other Camino routes in 2017 and 2018 and would one day like to open my own hostel/kitchen on the Camino.
Have you studied beyond school? If so in what?
I completed an Arts/Commerce degree at the University of Melbourne, became a chartered accountant and worked as a financial analyst until 2016 when I left office life to go travelling and never went back!