Our Team

WORking in queenstown for OVER 9 years

Ziptrek Queenstown are proud of their staff, many who join us from our other incredible locations around the World - Whistler and Tremblant or they return year after year after heading off to learn more life skills exploring this beautiful planet. With four staff still with us since inception we are lucky to have such a diverse group of talents and mix of cultures that make up the Ziptrek Queenstown team.

“ Because of the three locations, it's possible to work and travel around the world, which is really cool.  whether in Canada, or in New Zealand, Ziptrek is like a big family, where you can make new friends worldwide”

- G. Levesque-Piche (former guide)

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Guides

Tom
Tom
TomUK

LEAD GUIDE

 

Favourite food?

Anything my girlfriend cooks me for when I get home.

Greatest achievement?

Being able to work and play in the mountains.

Hero?

Muhammad Ali - "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."

Will
Will
WillUK

LEAD GUIDE

 

What animal would you be?

A Giraffe - they're lanky and ginger like me! 

Greatest achievement?

Working for Ziptrek

Hero?

Circus Uni-cyclists

Harrison
Harrison
HarrisonNew Zealand

LEAD GUIDE

 

Favourite food?

Smoked Salmon.

If you were an animal, what would you be?

A bear- because i like salmon.

What was the last thing you ticked off your bucket list? 

Doing a road trip of New Zealand.

Jess
Jess
JessCanada

LEAD GUIDE

 

FAVOURITE FOOD?

A Canadian Ceasar garnished with celery, a pickle and bacon (if I am feeling extra classy ) 

WHO IS YOUR HERO AND WHY?

Leonardo DiCaprio, because he is dreamy, and fighting climate change.

WHAT IS YOUR PHOBIA?

FOMO

Niko
Niko
NikoChile

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?

Owning my own business (Sushi delivery).

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?

Pastel de choclo and empanadas.

IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? 

Zorro Culpeo, native fox from Chile.

Toby
Toby
TobyNew Zealand

What was the last thing you ticked off your bucket list?

Traveling solo around Europe.

If you were an animal which would you be?

Meerkat, I love Meerkat Manor!

What is your favourite food?

Pizza or Pasta.

Liam
Liam
LiamNew Zealand

What is your biggest phobia?

Spiders. Definitely spiders!

If you were an animal which would you be?

A bird because I've always wanted to fly.

What is your favourite food?

Anything cooked medium rare on the barbie. 

AJ
AJ
AJNew Zealand

Favourite food?

Anything! Well. Almost anything.

If you were an animal, what would you be?

A Cheetah.

What was the last thing you ticked off your bucket list? 

Canada!

Esther
Esther
EstherNew Zealand

Who is your hero, and why?

My friends! For inspiring me to be better everyday!

What is the last thing you ticked off your bucket list?

Road trip through the rockies!!

What is your favourite food?

Popcorn!

Nada
Nada
NadaNew Zealand

What is your favourite food?

You can never go wrong with chocolate!

If you were an animal, what would you be?

Probably a dog or a wolf

Last thing you ticked off your bucket list? 

Doing my first Bungy Jump

Callum
Callum
CallumNew Zealand

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?

Moving out of home and surviving!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?

A big bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese.

IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? 

A majestic hawk.

Leah
Leah
LeahAustralia

What was the last thing you ticked off your bucket list?

Done a winter season

What is your greatest achievement?

Degree in social work with honours

What is your favourite food?

I’m a foodie, so I love all food

Henry
Henry
HenryNew Zealand

What was the last thing you ticked off your bucket list?

Ran a Marathon.

Who is your hero, and why?

Gus Kentworthy - Professional freestyle skier and gay icon

What is your favourite food?

Mild Chicken Korma Curry with Garlic Naan

Obe
Obe
ObeNew Zealand

What is your phobia?

Atychiphobia - The fear of failure

What was the last thing you ticked off your bucket list?

Bungy Jump!!

If you were a animal which would you be?

Ape - like Cesar

Rose
Rose
RoseUnited Kingdom

What was the last thing you ticked off your bucket list?

The Milford Great Walk!

What is your greatest achievement?

Eating so much in the Skyline buffet that I almost threw up

What is your favourite food?

Raspberries and blueberries.

 

Jack
Jack
JackUnited Kingdom

What was the last thing you ticked off your bucket list?

Seeing whales! (Four Sperm Whales off Kaikoura)

Who is your hero and why?

Samwise Gamgee - He'll always be my saviour of Middle Earth!

What is your favourite food?

Anything with gravy on it

Harry
Harry
HarryNew Zealand

Favourite food?

Dessert

If you were an animal, what would you be?

A Monkey

What was the last thing you ticked off your bucket list? 

Moving to Queenstown

Joe
Joe
JoeIreland

What is your favourite food?

Roast Chicken Dinner

Greatest achievement?

Winning a rowing and sailing competition representing Ireland

What is your phobia?

Snakes!

Hannah
Hannah
HannahNew Zealand

What is your phobia?

Haunted houses

What is your favourite food?

Anything on the BBQ‼️

Who is your hero and why?

Walt Disney - He was a creative genius

Sam
Sam
SamUK

What was the last thing you ticked off your bucket list?

Sailing to Santorini

Who is your hero and why?

John Cleese - For making the world laugh

If you were a animal which would you be?

Snow Leopard

Kalani
Kalani
KalaniAustralia

Favourite food?

Mexican or anything with chocolatev

Greatest achievement?

Representing Otago rugby for 2 consecutive years

Phobia?

Bugs. They creep me out!

Sylvia
Sylvia
SylviaCanada

What was the last thing you ticked off your bucket list?

Tubing through a glow worm cave!

What is your favourite food?

Grilled calamari.

Hero?

Jane Goodall - Cause she's a groudbreaking researcher and conservationist

Elliot
Elliot
ElliotNew Zealand

Greatest achievement?

Winning the Waikato knockout tournament with my football team

If you were a animal which would you be?

Giraffe for the view

Hero?

Stephen Donald for winning us the rugby world cup

Beau
Beau
BeauNew Zealand

What was the last thing you ticked off your bucket list?

Bungy jump

Who is your hero and why?

Batman, one of the greats.

What is your phobia?

Mayonnaise in my food

Sonia
Sonia
SoniaAustralia

What was the last thing you ticked off your bucket list?

Bungee jumping in Canada

If you were an animal which would you be?

An eagle, so I could travel long distances by air for free

What is your favourite food?

Hawaiian poke, yuuuuum!

Patrick
Patrick
PatrickAustralia

What is your biggest phobia?

Pickles!

Greatest achievement?

Top 30 at Whip Off World Champs

What is your favourite food?

Thai

Vincent
Vincent
VincentCanada

Favourite food?

French Raclette...yum!

If you were an animal, what would you be?

Black Bear

What was the last thing you ticked off your bucket list? 

Fishing a Trophy Pike

Renee
Renee
ReneeCanada

Who is your hero, and why?

My aunt Suzie because of her kindness and courage

What is the last thing you ticked off your bucket list?

Hiking Panorama Ridge in Whistler, BC

What is your favourite food?

Pad Thai

Taylor
Taylor
TaylorCanada

What is your phobia?

Coccinellidaephobia - Fear of Ladybugs

If you were an animal, what would you be?

Hummingbird, small and mighty.

Last thing you ticked off your bucket list? 

Roadtripping through Alaska and The Yukon

Emily
Emily
EmilyCanada

What is your biggest phobia?

Ophidiophobia: fear of snakes

If you were an animal which would you be?

Mountain goat! They are so agile on the steepest of mountains!

What is your favourite food?

Bananas! They are great on their own, in smoothies, in oatmeal, banana bread, banana muffins, on toast with some PB, banana ice cream, etc... the possibilities are endless!

Guest Services

Jess
Jess
JessIreland

GUEST SERVICES MANAGER

 

Favourite food?

Toast

Greatest achievement?

Canoeing 700 km of the Yukon river without anyone falling out  (and I don't mean the Canoe)

Hero?

The Mad Hatter - I admire someone that has the audacity to wear such an extravagant hat

Jess
Jess
JessUK

Guest Services Lead

 

If you were an animal, what would you be?

Either a Sloth, or an orangutan

Favourite food?

Gravy- The best condiment

Who is your hero and why?

Mary Berry- I love cakes!

Elly
Elly
EllyAustralia

GUEST SERVICES LEAD

 

Who is your hero?

Hermione Granger.

If you were an animal, what would you be?

A giraffe. a short girl can dream!

Favourite food?

Potatoes! in all its glorious forms.

Emily
Emily
EmilyUK

GUEST SERVICES AGENT

 

Favourite food?

Deep Fried Pizza -its a Scottish thing!

If you were an animal, what would you be?

Wolf

Hero?

My friend Vicki, she quit her management job of 15 years and set up her own yoga company. Follow your dreams!

Dev
Dev
DevUK

GUEST SERVICES AGENT

 

Who is your hero?

My best friend, Helen. She is the most thoughtful and caring person I know. More importantly, she makes me cry-laugh!

What is your phobia?

Flying, especially take off!

Favourite food?

Strawberries

Summer
Summer
SummerNew Zealand

GUEST SERVICES AGENT

 

Favourite food?

Rasberries

If you were an animal, what would you be?

Snow Leopard

What was the last thing you ticked off your bucket list?

Antarctica!

Katie
Katie
KatieUnited Kingdom

GUEST SERVICES AGENT

 

Who is your hero?

Dian Fossey. Because she lived, breathed and died for what she cared about and her care shows in her writing about the gorillas she worked with. So much detail but it shows she really immersed herself in it. She was a geeky, environmental badass.

What is your phobia?

.................. flying.

Favourite food?

Casado. (Rice, beans, vegetables, plantain, egg.)

Miranda
Miranda
MirandaUSA

GUEST SERVICES AGENT

 

Favourite food?

Thai food

If you were an animal, what would you be?

A unicorn

Hero?

Whoever invented ice cream...because...come on

Behind the Scenes

Trent
Trent
TrentAustralia

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/OWNER

 

Favourite food?

All food but particularly Asian and spicy types

Greatest achievement?

So far, the set-up of Ziptrek Ecotours in Queenstown, but this will be one of many

If you were an animal, what would you be?

Tigger from Winnie the Pooh

Stu
Stu
StuNew Zealand

GENERAL MANAGER 

 

Phobia?

Snakes....although quite partial to Starburst Rattlesnakes

Hero?

Pele, Tony Hawke, Kelly Slater, John Tomac and Bono (to name a few)

Greatest achievement?

My 3 amazing children. They are all so different but amazingly talented

Nicky
Nicky
NickyUK

SALES & MARKETING MANAGER

 

How long with Ziptrek?

7 years, part of the set-up team

If you were an animal, what would you be?

Cat, so I can sleep all day

Couldn't live without?

Cup of tea

Mike
Mike
MikeUK

OPERATIONS MANAGER

 

Greatest achievement?

Completing my Fine Arts degree with honours

If you were an animal, what would you be?

Monkey

Phobia?

Never being able to snowboard

Itai
Itai
ItaiIsrael

IT SPECIALIST

 

WHO IS YOUR HERO?

Douglas Adams

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?

A good BBQ

IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL WHICH WOULD YOU BE?

A Swift

Bex
Bex
BexUK

HR/ACCOUNTS

 

HERO?

Sydney Boden, Possibly the coolest most inspirational little girl in the world- google her. 

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?

Becoming a beekeeper, and doing my bit to save the world.

IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

A sting ray, they are awesome

 

 

 

Kenny
Kenny
KennyUK

SALES Executive

 

WHO IS YOUR HERO?

Anyone who is passionate enough to follow their dreams.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU TICKED OFF YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Cave scuba diving in Mexico- scary stuff!.

IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

Burmese Mountain dog- they always seem so stoked with life!

Greg
Greg
GregUK

MARKETING EXECUTIVE

 

What was the last thing you ticked off your bucket list?

Canyoning

Favourite Food?

Chinese

If you were an animal, what would you be?

 A Dolphin because of there intelligence and outgoing nature

Sir Zipsalot
Sir Zipsalot
Sir Zipsalotnew zealand

ZIPTREK LEGOMAN / INSTAGRAM LEGEND

 

If you were an animal, what would you be?

Either a kea or a moa as our tours are named after them!

Greatest achievement?

Winning the Nobel Peace Prize for single-handedly bringing peace to Lego Land [never happened]

Hero?

Anyone made of Lego. Have you ever tried stepping on us with no shoes? We're fierce warriors!

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