I have always been interested in travel and worked in the hospitality industry before studying international tourism management at Oxford Brookes University. Once I graduated I felt that it was time to put my knowledge and passion to the test and began a career at Audley.
As a keen skier and outdoors person, I've always been interested in New Zealand but when I finally visited I absolutely fell in love with it. The landscape and scenery were like nothing I had ever seen before. The North Island with its volcanic setting and the South Island’s incredible beauty and towering mountains left me feeling quite humbled.
New Zealand has everything from secluded golden beaches and endless lakes to smouldering volcanoes and massive glaciers. In addition, the country offers exceptional wildlife viewing with its whales and penguins and more elusive native kiwi and the world’s only alpine parrot, the kea.
I'll never forget when…
I went on a whale-watching trip in the Bay of Islands and after some time cruising in open water we came upon a pod of killer whales. I felt so privileged to see them swimming right next to our boat but I was totally unprepared for what happened next. The orcas suddenly started to breach and rose up majestically out of the water numerous times showing off their surprising agility and immense power. To see them in their natural habitat, let alone have such an incredible show put on, is a memory I will treasure for the rest of my life.