Kia ora, welcome to my website and to my story. Andre the guide.

I’ve worked in the outdoors and tourism industry for just over twenty years now. Ove that time I feel like I ve been quite lucky with some of the roles I have had and been lucky to learn a varied range of skills and experience. So after turning fourty years old earlier this year I feel like the time is right to venture out into market place on my own with my company Christchurch Adventures Ltd.

Born in Christchurch to parents who are fourth generations kiwis and who both grew up on sheep stations around 3/4 hours south of Christchurch respectively.

After finishing High school in chch I studied at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens for three and a half years. This was a stunning place to train and gave me a great base knowledge of botany and plant ecology.

Following on from the Gardens I some how managed to land a role as a Park Ranger on the Port Hills of Banks Penisula.

Skills, Life experience and Qualifications
  • Just over twenty years working and learning with various employers in the outdoor and tourism industries.
  • Botany and plant ecology – 7000 hour internship at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
  • Three years as a Park Ranger – Port hills reserves, Regional Parks CCC Banks Penisula.
  • Regional Parks – Town of Canmore, Alberta Canada. The Rockies.
  • Land surveying – Central & Northern Alberta, Canada. (winter only).
  • Team leader bio security control – Central South Island.
  • Wild animal work – Private estate Central Highlands, Scotland.
  • Hiking Guide (7 yrs), National Parks South Island, NZ.
  • Head Guide(3yrs), One of if not the top Hiking companies in the SI.
  • Qualified NZ Customs Officer.
  • A vintage in the cellar of nz’s largest family owned winery.
  • Various scenic day tours ex Chch covering the city, Southern Alps, whale watching, LOTR, cruise ships and customised tours.

Lived in Canada, England, Scotland and of course Aotearoa.