Our Team

A bunch of legends, basically

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Zach Johnston

Director
I’m passionate about travel, exploration and adventure. It’s the most exhilarating feeling available, brings us alive and inspires us to connect with ourselves, others, work, family and friends. Travel and Adventure open and strengthen the mind, expanding our perspective to make informed decisions that positively affect opportunities that come our way. I love turning fear of the unknown into curiosity and wonderment.

Zach is a former military officer, Senior Instructor Leadership Development, General Manager in the Tourism Industry; Field Based Outdoor Educator, International Expedition Leader and Operational Ambulance Officer with extensive travel experience in 3rd world, developing and developed countries.
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Claire Murray

Account Director
Claire is from the northern countryside of Ireland where she grew up in a family of 5 kids and lots of animals. Before University, Claire took an amazing gap year where she participated in a program in Thailand for a month and then completed the other 11 months in a self-directed travel across Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia, immersing herself in Asian Politics and Culture.

After her travels she returned to Ireland to double major in Economics and Political Science at the University College of Dublin. During her summer breaks she, jumped straight into politics through an internship with the Irish Green Party as well an internship with Ambie, an environmental consulting company. Honing her skills in environmental work she spent a year as a program executive at the Climate Innovation Centre of Ireland where she facilitated the roll-out of multiple strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation, within Ireland and Africa.

Passionate about the outdoors, Claire has rock-climbed, surfed and traveled her way to New Zealand and fell in love with the country. Claire spends all her available time hiking, rock climbing, snow boarding and doing pottery.
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Rosey Joyce

Program Director
Rosey's life has always revolved around the outdoors, so she combined her passions for sustainability and the outdoors and completed a bachelors degree in Sustainable and Outdoor education. After graduating, and equipped with sustainable outdoor pedagogical practices she dived into the life of work as a hiking guide, sea kayaking guide and outdoor educator throughout Australia and NZ.

A kiwi born and bred, her travel and outdoorsy lifestyle have led her to Pure Exploration. She gets to fulfil her passion by helping us experience both a sustainable active lifestyle and potential; while satisfying her cravings for adventure travel.

In her free time, you will find her biking or tramping her way through the epic trails of NZ or working her way up a gnarly climbing crag.
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Becky Hensman

Account Director
Becky has grown up in our very own hub location of Queenstown New Zealand. She developed a love for travel at an early age with her family taking yearly visits to explore the USA in their RV. Throughout school she partook in any exchange programs she could get her hands on which allowed her to have home stays in Japan and New Caledonia.

After high school she completed her Bachelor of Social Work at University before spending 3 months backpacking around South East Asia. Upon returning to New Zealand she began combining her two loves in life travel and people by stepping into the industry as a travel agent. After 4 years with Helloworld and travelling to 13 countries within that time she took a break to see her own backyard and has just completed a 4 month campervan trip around New Zealand.

All of her travel has spurred her on to help others have similar life changing experiences. Opportunities that will let individuals grow into incredible human beings, which is how she's stepped into her current role.
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Mary Mitchell

Marketing Manager
Mary grew up in a coastal town on the North Island and quickly became a keen traveller and outdoor enthusiastic! Having visited 27 countries (and counting) adventure travel is right up her alley. Mary lived abroad for 5 years, exploring the deserts of Australia, Nepalese Himalayas and floating villages of Malaysia before settling in Auburn, Alabama to complete her Bachelor's degree in Media Studies and Marketing.

After university Mary worked in large advertising agencies in Auckland but after a few years she decided to pack her bags and move to the mountains of Queenstown. Being able to combine her passion for media and the outdoors is a dream come true and has never looked back! On the weekends you'll find Mary hiking, snowboarding, organising surf trips to the east coast and mountain biking...and always with a camera in hand!
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Ben Thomson

Program Instructor
Benji hails from Ōtautahi, located in the big open plains of Canterbury. Benji studied Adventure Leadership ('yes, it’s a thing' - his words not ours!) after high school, way back when.

Somehow that lead him to Hong Kong, to work as a surf and outdoor instructor for 6 months, which actually turned out to be 3 years. This was followed by more study, smashing out a Level 5 Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Management at Aoraki Polytechnic, specializing in bush, kayaking and mountaineering.

A brief stint kayak guiding was followed by an erratic, un planned and spontaneous move to little cousin Australia.

In 2015 Benji was diagnosed with Travelus Feverino Itchitus Feeting (Travel Fever with itchy feet). This was a blessing, as he can now never stay in one spot for more than 3 months and is constantly on the prowl around Aussie and the world. He got into expedition leading, taking students to Asia and Africa on month long journeys into the unknown. During this time he has managed to knock off 51 countries through work and travel. In between all this, he frolics around Aussie working as an abseil guide, kayak guide, outdoor instructor, facilitator and barista. We managed to lock down Benji as part of our team in 2019 and he is busy leading our Adventure Guide Program in Queenstown, NZ!

Ben's life mottos are – “Nothing beats local knowledge”, “pain is temporary pride is forever ever”, and the good all fashion “why not”.
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Logan Laws

Program Instructor
Logan joined the Pure Exploration team in 2019 and is currently leading one of our Adventure Guide Programs and doing an epic job of leading his team on their rock and hiking journey. Ask Logan what he does for a job and he refers to himself as a "Dreams and Experience Facilitator", which we totally love and couldn't have said it better ourselves! Logan grew up in the "land of jam", known as Geraldine, which according to him has made him a bit of a jam connoisseur (any form of berry flavour is his fave in case you were wondering).

Logan studied outdoor education for three years at Aoaraki polytechnic and has been working in the outdoor industry for 4 years in a bunch of different locations in New Zealand. Logan most recently worked for Hillary Outdoors Education Centre on Great Barrier Island, facilitating youth learning through adventure, primarily by sea kayaking and other water based activities! When he's not instructing hiking and climbing with his team you'll find him exploring Queenstown in his kayak!