Kia Ora from New Zealand!
There’s no greater experience than traveling abroad to meet new people, encounter different cultures, observe new landscapes and embark on a journey of self-discovery.
Manaaki Adventures New Zealand provides an award winning experience like no other. Based in the great outdoors of one of the world’s most beautiful countries, our tours are informative, enlightening and, quite simply, life changing.
Students come away having developed self-esteem, confidence, leadership and the ability to work as part of a team, as well as life-long friendships and never-to-be-forgotten memories.
We started our careers as secondary school teachers in a range of subjects, including Physical Education and Outdoor Education. This is where we developed their passion for the outdoors and working with students on a journey of personal growth, making a sideways move in education to share these journeys with students from around the world.
The Manaaki Crew
I grew up in a small rural town north of Hamilton, embracing the outdoor life from a young age. I started my career as a high school PE and Outdoor Education teacher before taking over as head of the Outdoor Education Department. It wasn’t until a German exchange student came through our OE programme that I truly started to appreciate how special the NZ environment and culture really is. Now I get to share my passion of the outdoors with students and staff from all over the world!
Growing up in the sunny Bay of Plenty I was always in the water. I would spend my childhood surfing, surf lifesaving, fishing, diving & spearfishing. I also have a strong connection to my roots and Maori culture and always strive to incorporate this into Manaaki Adventures.
My career in education started as a Physical Education and Outdoor Education teacher at secondary school level. With a passion for business and marketing I naturally found myself working on these things within Manaaki Adventures.
Jordan grew up in Rotorua, one of New Zealand’s leading tourism destinations in the centre of the North Island. He grew up with a great love for sport and the outdoors and went on to complete a four year bachelors degree in physical education from Otago University. Since graduating he has spent the last 5 years guiding and leading adventures in the adventure tourism industry in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. He has guided clients in a wide range of activities including white water rafting, sea kayaking, multi-day tramping (hiking), zip lining, mountain biking, skiing and dogsledding.
Jordan is a passionate New Zealander. He is passionate about the outdoor treasures that our country has to offer – the mountains, lakes, rivers, spectacular ;native bush with its network of backcountry tracks and huts, and the coast. He is in his happy place when he is sharing these outdoor treasures with the people he is guiding, supporting them in taking on and achieving challenges, learn new skills, and growing as people.
When he is not working as a guide, your will find Jordan undertaking some sort of adventure, tramping, skiing, mountain biking, or hunting, or spending time with his family.
I grew up playing in the outdoors, camping with my family every chance we had, I was a regular passenger in my step dads canoe, made my own downhill mountain bike track at home, climbed the tallest trees to hide and watch the world go by and so on. These things helped me gain independence, confidence and peace within, and because it helped me so much I am enthusiastic about sharing this passion of the outdoors with others, hoping it helps them too.
I have worked as an Outdoor Facilitator for 10 years, teaching children a wide range of activities. My main outdoor passions are rock climbing and tramping, so much so that I have done a 10-day tramp to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal and rock climbed up the limestone cliffs on Tonsai Beach in Thailand but my greatest achievement is my 18-year-old daughter Tyler who helps me relate to the teenagers through work. After all the travelling I have done I still think New Zealand is the most beautiful country I have seen, I feel extremely grateful to live here and share this country with you!
I’m excited to be back in NZ and to get involved in the outdoor education industry to share my passion with both kiwi kids and international students. I have spent the last 3 years at Aoraki Polytechnic in the South Island Timaru. I studied outdoor education and management. Here, I learnt to white Water kayak, tramp, rock climb and mountaineer and came out with a diploma in outdoor instruction and management. The south island was a great place to get skilled up in the outdoors as I spent most of time travelling around the south island exploring nature and getting myself into remote places where not many people have access to. Most of this was done through kayaking. White water kayaking is my biggest passion having spent a lot of time in a boat all around the south island and north island. I also came out of polytech with great instructional skills which has landed me various jobs in Auckland in my first season of outdoor instructing. I am a free-lance contractor that specialises in rock, kayak and tramping and have working with various school groups from Auckland working in coromandal, central north island and local around Auckland. I try and get out as much as possible in my free time usually kayaking in the north island as I find it relaxing and enjoyable. I love working with groups especially when I can spend a decent time with them so they can really benefit from the outdoor experience.
My year 13 was spent at Mt Hutt Outdoor Pursuits Course in Methven, South Island of NZ discovering all the beauties it has to offer. After graduating high school I moved on to Aoraki Polytechnic studying Outdoor Education for 3 years specialising in White water kayak and Rock climbing. This took me all around the South Island and even over to Australia rock climbing in the desert! After graduation I travelled overseas to America and Canada working at outdoor centres and in the Rocky Mountains where I found my passion for Snowboarding. Leaving Canada I was wanting more snow, so went a lived in Japan for a snow season chasing the snow! I am back in NZ now, part time contracting for Manaaki Adventures.
Josh is the classic kiwi fella crossed with an eco-friendly millennial who has been with us for a few years now, on a casual basis. He has worked in outdoor education and guiding around the world, as well as traveling to over 60 countries, bringing with him a host of experience and stories to our programmes. He loves strumming away on his guitar, having a laugh, and meeting new people – especially around the campfire.