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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Eric Nelson was the best!! He listened and made sure that we were looked after, questions that weren’t asked were answered before they came up - he took care of everything.
Susan and Scott Bishop traveled to New Zealand for 14 days in April 2015, organized by Eric
Our New Zealand specialist, Eric Nelson, was the best! He listened and made sure that we were looked after, questions that weren’t asked were answered before they came up - he took care of everything. We were asked what we were like, and our interests and Eric put together an itinerary for us. Highlights included touring the south island, the north island and the unknown adventure of it all. The scenery was spectacular and the people even more so.
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.