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Hiking Guide – Hollyford Valley, Fiordland

Hiking Guide / Kaiārahi – Hollyford Valley
Queenstown, Otago
Tour Guides (Hospitality & Tourism)
Contract/Temp
Fixed Term – October 2024 – April 2025

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Kia ora!

Does escaping into the wilderness for an adventure within the most pristine natural areas of the Fiordland National Park sound like a great day at the office to you? If you have a passion for connecting with people, can share informative and entertaining kōrero and thrive on creating an unforgettable experience for each and every one of your manuhiri (guests), then we have the job for you!

This is not your usual walk in the park. You will guide our manuhiri down the Hollyford Valley following the path of Māori and early Europeans alike, meeting people from all over Aotearoa and the world, with no two days being the same. From tramping through primal beech forest, sharing the thrill of a jetboat ride, stopping to take in the birdsong though the ancient Podocarp forests, enjoying a refreshing dip in the river or lake, wandering the unique sand dunes of Whakatipu Waitai (Martins Bay), and wowing over a breath-taking scenic helicopter flight into Milford Sound, we have it all. Lastly, but by no means least, taking advantage of the hot showers and sharing kai in the relaxed atmosphere of our well-appointed lodges, offering not only a unique experience for manuhiri, but also an awesome place to work.

We are searching for engaging and energetic guides who thrive in the dynamic outdoors to safely lead our small groups on this spectacular journey. You will be weaving kōrero (stories), bringing to life the history & geology of the area and sharing your knowledge of the incredible vegetation and wildlife this unique area is renowned for.

You may already be an experienced guide or keen to learn – we have available positions for the right personality at varying experience levels with lead and co-guide roles available.

We have a dedicated and supportive team environment, where we are constantly striving to develop our world-class guiding team. We will provide you with in-depth knowledge specific to the area and an outdoor First Aid certificate (6000 series & 424) as part of your training. We offer highly competitive industry rates, terms and conditions. Transport, food, and accommodation are provided whilst you are guiding.

Following are just a few of the attributes you’ll require to be successful in this role:

Display a genuinely warm and caring nature, thriving on showing our manuhiri manaakitaka.
An understanding of, or an eagerness to learn and engage with our Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu values and te reo Māori.
A strong desire to learn and grow your guiding knowledge, striving for excellence.
The ability to problem solve and adapt in a changing environment whilst following procedures as required.
Excellent physical fitness and a strong safety focus.
A team player who is supportive and encouraging.
Have experience tramping and/or guiding in Aotearoa / New Zealand
Have the ability to deliver captivating and engaging stories (Lead Guide).
You must be available to commit to working from October 2024 through to April 2025.

**Health and Safety is super important and is an essential part of how we keep you, our team and our customers safe. Before starting with us, you will go through a range of checks, including drug and alcohol testing.

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