Our Lead Guide and overall Boss of the operation. Arno has lived in Queenstown for almost 10 years working as a riverboarding guide for Mad Dog River Boarding, and as an independent tour guide for German adventure sports groups. As well as being a riverboarding assessor/guide, he is an adventure athlete, swift water rescue trainer and assessor, dive instructor, paraglide tandem pilot and an outdoor leader and instructor. Years of training with the German Special Forces, has given him the necessary skills and experience to guide you safely through the wilderness. When Arno is not guiding people through the rapids and rocky mountains of New Zealand's back country, he has a deep passion and respect for New Zealand's outdoors and is always looking for the next adventure, one that he wants to share with you. He's also got some brilliant 'war stories' that he's happy to share around a camp dinner.
Anna is our medical advisor and background assist. Working as a Registered Nurse with passion for outdoor adventures she has qualifications in Advanced Wilderness Life Support, Emergency Nursing and Trauma Care and has worked on several events in a medical support role. Whenever she can she will join you on your trip.
Andy discovered packrafting a decade and a half ago when looking for a transportable means of accessing a remote climbing destination. He’s used packrafts as part of almost every wilderness expedition (and there are many) he’s been on since. An avid climber, swimmer, paddleboarder, surfer, and adventure racer, he and Arno hit it off immediately. Arno has nicknamed him the ‘energizer bunny’ because he’s been known to head off for 10 mile runs after a full day’s travel during overnight trips. Clients are, of course, always welcome to join him. Andy is also a conservationist! In addition to his work for the company, he also spends time working for a contractor that is part of the Pest Free NZ initiative. In 2015/2016 Andy spent more than 30 days out in the Bush doing pest eradication work in Fiordland. He plans to continue the work in the upcoming year.