Adrian (AD) is the founder of New Zealand Adventure Guides. Adrian grew up in the Central North Island of New Zealand, where he began guiding river trips in 1986 while still in high school. Becoming a river guide was a natural progression for a kid who spent most of his spare time training for national and international competitions in whitewater slalom and downriver racing. Adrian’s career guiding rafts and safety kayaking has taken him all around New Zealand, as well as to the US, Nepal, Canada, Chile and Ecuador, on trips ranging from the most challenging Class V rivers to remote expedition-style trips. In addition to river guiding, he has worked as a heli-ski guide, a hiking guide, a glacier guide and a ski patroller. Prior to expanding into multi-sport adventure travel in 2012, Adrian owned and operated a heli-rafting company that specialized in taking guests into New Zealand’s most remote and wild rivers. Adrian has called many places around the world home, but primarily Queenstown, New Zealand and Truckee, California.
With over 400 multi day trips guiding in the Hollyford Valley, Bard has become an expert on Fiordland National Park. He is highly respected for his extensive knowledge of the ecology, culture and history of the area and does all he can to share that depth of understanding with guests.
Bard brings a strong knowledge of Maori culture to our trips. He acts as a mentor to Rangatahi (young Maori), taking them out into the wilderness for some “bush time”.
Bard is incredibly personable so receives rave reviews from guests. Though Fiordland is now home for Bard he has been fortunate to explore most of New Zealand and would call the Top of the South Island his second home. Bard lives in Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound.
Stan comes from a diverse background, born in New Zealand and growing up on the outskirts of Auckland city within a European family recently emigrated from the Netherlands. He developed a love of the outdoors from a very young age and soon became an avid recreational hiker, New Zealand providing an abundance of places to explore, particularly in the South Island where he feels most at home. He has travelled and lived in many parts of the world, but his passion for his native land always calls him back.
He has an extensive background guiding professionally throughout the wild lands of Aotearoa – New Zealand, an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Conservation Biology, a masters degree in Forest Ecology, and an exuberant appetite for fun. He has been a kayak guide within the pristine wetlands of the Okarito River delta, a biology and ecology tutor, and a bushcraft instructor with the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council. He has also worked on a number of conservation projects for the New Zealand Department of Conservation.
Stan speaks conversational Dutch and Spanish. He has an interest in psychology having spent two years working voluntarily with Life Line and has recently completed a two year Hakomi training in Psychotherapy. When not guiding, he enjoys kayaking, paragliding, hiking, cycling, singing and occasionally climbing trees.
Raised in the Thames Valley of the North Island, Chris is a fourth generation New Zealander. Her childhood involvement on the family farm ignited an enduring connection with nature and the outdoors. Chris graduated with a degree in Physical Education and later also studied Spanish. Her interest in the Spanish language and passion for travel has taken her many times to South America.
Chris’s two daughters were raised in the rural area of Geraldine in the South Island, where Chris also taught at the local High School. Interest in native plant revegetation was firmly established when she developed her own patch of “bush” by ecosourcing seeds and propagating her own plants.
Chris enjoys all types of Outdoor pursuits and has hiked, climbed, kayaked, cycled, sailed and skied into many of the remote corners of New Zealand. A natural extension of these interests has been her involvement in competitive Multi Sport and Adventure Racing, and also in Search and Rescue and Ski Patrol. Chris has been a professional guide on hiking, cycling and sea kayaking trips for six years. She derives so much pleasure in sharing and exploring her spectacular country that she undoubtedly enjoys her trips every bit as much as her guests.
Although not the most Kiwi of names, since emigrating to New Zealand from England over 20 years ago, Marios has not stopped exploring. With boots laced up, notebook, pencil and camera in his backpack, he has authored 18 guide books and ventured up many nooks and crannies of these folded lands. Being a walking guide in Fiordland, Abel Tasman and all over the mountain regions of New Zealand, he has helped make many traveller’s experiences in Aotearoa/New Zealand all the richer.
With his Kiwi wife and two teenage daughters, he is setting up two acres of land in the Motueka Valley at the top of the South Island for growing nutritious food. When not guiding, he is often found in his garden, or spending time in the outdoors with his family, whether on foot, by mountain bike or in a canoe.
Steffan grew up in the South Island of New Zealand, an adventurers’ playgound. As his passion for the outdoors increased Steffan realized it was time to ditch his full time job to become an outdoor guide. The first step of this transition involved studying a certificate in outdoor education. Since then he has been a hiking guide around Queenstown, as well as on remote 3 day hut to hut “tramps” in the Hollyford Valley in Fiordland. In the winter he trades his hiking boots for snow shoes and leads backcountry snow shoe tours. He has also tried his hand as a skipper/guide on the Tasman Glacier Lake in Mt Cook National Park, as a 4WD Driver/Guide, and as a Ski Bus driver.
Steffan lives in Queenstown and when not guiding still loves exploring the forests and mountains that surround his home town.
Tom is a born and bred Kiwi, with a relaxed down to earth demeanor. He takes life as it comes, and finds a view of every situation in life to put a smile on his face.
Tom’s curiosity of the unknown combined with his open mindedness for different cultures has lured him to the more obsure parts of the planet. For most of the past 10 years he has been exploring Southern and Eastern Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America, and Oceania. Tom has a fair few tales to tell from his travels. He has found Georgia, Iceland, India, and New Zealand to be by far the most stunning, while Japan, India, and China the most fascinating for the culture.
With a love of the outdoors Tom is an avid mountaineer, spending a few months of every year in alpine environments and disconnected from the urban world. He has trekked and climbed in a few dozen different countries, and spends his remaining free time sailing, river kayaking, kitesurfing, or diving. Tom’s deep passion for understanding the natural world around us led him to his degrees in the fields of geology, ecology, chemistry, and marine science.