A Boston native, Eric was first exposed to travel on a trip to Italy during high school. The travel bug had bitten, and he decided that exploration was a priority after graduating. Deferring his acceptance to college for a year, he got a work visa and headed for New Zealand, where he spent a year with a company building timber water tanks. He also had the chance to travel extensively around the whole country, both with work and independently.
Eric continued to feed his wanderlust by attending Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Having studied Italian with Tourism Management, he spent his third year in Rimini, Italy. Upon graduating, he returned to Boston, working as a fundraiser and also in insurance. Realizing that his passion for travel wasn't being satisfied, he joined Audley when the opportunity arose. He's recently returned to New Zealand and also travelled extensively through Australia, learning vast amounts about its wildlife, ecology and history of its diverse indigenous peoples
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It felt like a home away from home
Nathan and Trisha traveled to New Zealand for 17 days in January 2016, organized by Eric
We contacted Audley to create our itinerary around an evening tour we'd already booked. Audley was able to come up with an itinerary that included everything we wanted to see while making sure we were staying in the right area at the right time. The hosts Audley set us up with really made our trip wonderful, and our stay in Pauanui Pines felt like a home away from home.
I'll never forget when…
Jim Jim Falls in the Kakadu National Park is reached only by driving down a 4WD track during the dry season. The hike to the falls becomes more of a rock hop at the bottom of gorgeous rock escarpments. On the plus side, the rocky road to the falls makes it impassable to crocodiles, so the lagoon at the base of the falls is safe to swim in.
After a long tiring trek, plunging into the pure water was a welcoming rush, prompting me to swim out to the falls, where the mist created rainbows, which bounced across the rock formations. Lazily wading back, looking up at the falls and the surrounding reds and greens of the escarpments, was by far the most memorable swim of my life.