Originally from rural Pennsylvania, I have always taken advantage of any chance to travel. I moved to Boston to attend the Hospitality Administration School at Boston University, due to their requirement for international work experience and have been working in international tourism ever since.
I took the chance to fulfil a dream in the spring of my junior year, when I moved to New Zealand. While living in Auckland and working for a surf lesson and hiking tour operator, I discovered my adventurous side. I studied tourism at Auckland University of Technology, was able to visit much of Australia and decided to forge a career in international travel. Since then, working in the industry has brought me around the world to the UK, Italy, Greece, Sri Lanka, Australia and back to my favourite, New Zealand.
Audley continues to give me the opportunity to share my expertise and passion for travel in Australia and New Zealand with clients, helping them to also find their adventure of a lifetime.
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I'll never forget when…
My most memorable experience during my many travels in New Zealand was being able to explore a family owned high country farm in New Zealand's Lake District.
I drove in a 4x4 vehicle with my guide straight up the side of a steep hill to see where farmed cattle, red deer and sheep live. It’s hard to even tell you are riding through a farm as you spot stags far in the distance and avoid the freely meandering herds of Angus cattle. It may go without saying but a major perk of being on a high country farm is certainly the views. This particular farm overlooked a breathtaking vista of Lake Wanaka, and the sprawling mountains that surround it. The afternoon finished with a visit to the farm owners pets: horses, alpaca and spring lambs.
I learned a great deal about New Zealand's largest industry from my guide as he was a retired farmer himself, from the life of a farmer, how it affects the economy in New Zealand and how high country farming has developed over the years.