Head for the hills - An intro to hiking in New Zealand

Ken's back!

It's time for the Adventure Guide Program crew to get their boots on and experience the New Zealand back country. An unseasonal Spring snowfall added some drama to the week, but certainly made for some scenic hikes! 

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My team moved quickly into week three, which was our first hiking module. Due to an unexpected spring snow storm we spent our first morning in town having a weather lecture, then hit the trail for a day hike into the hills surrounding Arrowtown. The goal of day one was an introduction to orienteering and learning to move as a large hiking group.

     

 

Tuesday we drove out to the Routeburn track in Mt. Aspiring National Park. We then spent three days on the trail, moving as a crew, trading leads and diving deeper into orienteering, flora, fauna and the tips n tricks of being a guide.

   

     

Tuesday we drove out to the Routeburn track in Mt. Aspiring National Park. We then spent three days on the trail, moving as a crew, trading leads and diving deeper into orienteering, flora, fauna and the tips n tricks of being a guide.

 

      

The team navigates through new terrain, and pushes up into the alpine through the fallout of the spring snow!



Our guide Ivor, was an incredible source of knowledge and inspiration and gave us a first hand look into the guiding life and what it takes to be a professional, and guide clients into the backcountry.

   

 

My team learned to pack gear and food for a large group. How to prepare meals and carry group gear. Cooking for and taking care of a large group is an integral skill to have as a guide. I think we all learned a heap, and have walked away with some valuable insights into the guiding life.

 

 

   

 

  We all walked away with a new sense of confidence and new knowledge of how to lead a group into alpine terrain.

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If getting into the New Zealand back country (or Patagonia) sounds like something you'd be keen on, please fire through you details below and we can send you a detailed program itinerary to check out!


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18th January 2019

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18th January 2019

We are very excited and proud to be annouced as one of the top 3 overall gap year providers for the 2018 @gooverseas Community Choice Awards! We work in an industry of amazing organisations that all work hard to provide young people with life changing experiences, so to be given a nod as one of the most exciting is really amazing for us. Thanks to you all! 🙏

18th January 2019

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13th January 2019

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12th January 2019

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10th January 2019

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7th January 2019

Yeaaaaah team 💪

6th January 2019

Whilst in Patagonia on our Adventure Guide Program, as well as hiking, climbing and sea kayaking, you'll also get the chance to experience rural Patagonian life, with a farm-stay at a working cattle ranch. South American Gauchos (the equivalent to US cowboys) are expert stock herders that move their cattle on horseback, and are animal experts and local legends. You’ll love this authentic mountain experience with locals! Find out more here https://bit.ly/2R9skDA

31st December 2018

Happy New Year!! What are you going to do this year that really excites you? It's time to push the boat out people!

28th December 2018

One of the highlights of the Adventure Guide Program is the week based in the legendary NZ adventure region, Mt Cook. Home of the highest mountain in the country, this area is synonomous with rock and ice climbing, hiking, mountaineering, ski touring and general outdoor bad-assness. Not for the faint-hearted, you need solid training and systems in place to explore this area, which is subject to strong winds, sub-zero temperatures, avalanches and rockfall. For those who have the right skills however, this place is adventure nirvana! Check out Ken's update on their time at Mt Cook here...https://bit.ly/2GBiR3d

24th December 2018

In New Zealand, Christmas and New Year's is all about Summer BBQ's, long afternoons by the lake or sea drinking cold beers and eating fresh seafood. It's roots reggae music, campfires, good friends and loads of laughs. Whatever Christmas looks like in your family, we hope its a good one ✨

22nd December 2018

Only a handful of places remain for our 2019 intake of the Expedition Leader Program. Central & South America - Southern China - Himalaya.... come join the crew! Find out more about this epic 3 month adventure here...https://bit.ly/2rFKn5d

20th December 2018

Ahhhh Christmas. We loves it. (Pic from the team at Climbing Porn)

17th December 2018

"Here's our team heading across a small alpine snow saddle after summiting Mt. Luxmore on our 2nd hike module. I snapped this photo just before heading over myself. We got whipped with 70Kmh winds on the summit. It was awesome! I wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world." Check out more from Ken as the Adventure Guide Program crew hit the NZ Alps here...https://bit.ly/2PHym8Q

17th December 2018

This is Richard, he is our Program and Operations Manager. As well as being a slick operator who will ensure your time on program is amazing, he also is an extremely experienced Bungy jumper and yorkshire pudding expert 💪

11th December 2018

Ken's back! It's time for the Adventure Guide Program crew to get their boots on and experience the New Zealand back country. An unseasonal Spring snowfall added some drama to the week, but certainly made for some scenic hikes! Read more here https://bit.ly/2UyEkML

7th December 2018

Wondering if the Adventure Guide Program is for you? Let's ask someone who has been on the program, the Watford wanderer, London's finest son and newly found fan of NZ, Ethan.

5th December 2018

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2nd December 2018

On Saturday we said farewell to the two groups who have just completed their Adventure Guide Program assessments in NZ. Its been a big last few weeks and everyone has done so well getting through client days and assessment! We are so proud of you all and can't wait to hear what you all get up to next. Its been a busy but amazing 3 months having 30+ people in NZ travelling with us, we are looking forward to our own team debrief and discussing how to nail 2019! First, some Christmas bubbles to celebrate 🍾🥂

29th November 2018

We've loved having the amazing Keri Wingate as one of our inspiring guides for this intake of Adventure Guides in New Zealand. Here are some of her top picks of the last three months out in the wilderness with the team.

24th November 2018

The night sky in New Zealand is 🥇

18th November 2018

Springtime in New Zealand...?

18th November 2018

Rob Roy Glacier trek with some awesome clients. As the program comes to an end our teams are heading up half and full day treks and climbs with real clients from the Queenstown area. Putting all their guiding skills to the test.

17th November 2018

Over the last two weeks, our Adventure Guide groups have been learning all about swift water safety. How cold water affects your ability to move and react, how to understand moving rivers, identify safe zones and areas to avoid. And how to rescue people in dangerous situations. All great stuff to make you a more useful and confident outdoor hiker/swimmer/kayaker/friend!

15th November 2018

Guiding is easy when you have awesome clients!!