Age: 53
Location: Canterbury
Specials: Overnights, Multiday
Availability: All week
Max group size: 4

About: I love the wilderness spaces of New Zealand, eating the fruits of the land and sea, and having a laugh everywhere I go. My passions include tramping, hunting, spearfishing, photography, off-roading, eating, telling stories and making people laugh.

Born and bred in New Zealand, my love for this country, its diverse culture, its untouched wilderness, and its superb food makes me a unique Bushman. Come with me to sample the foods I eat everyday – crayfish (lobster), paua (Abalone), venison (deer), pork, goat, and more.  Hear tales of how it was captured and how Kiwis live. Leave your troubles in the city, visit my favourite places, get some exercise and be enlightened with stories that will never make the Discovery Channel. Laugh a little (or a lot), and create life long memories. I have worked in corporate sales, stand-up comedy, commercial diving, stone masonry and guiding, so I’ve got experiences and stories for most situations!

What to wear

Hikes // You must ensure you are well prepared for any hike in New Zealand as weather can be a serious threat to those outside. Your Bushman will check your gear and decide on whether you have met the minimum requirements before heading out. For more on this,visit our FAQ here. You will be emailed a full itinerary upon the completion of your booking. 

Food to bring

Day Hikes // We recommend light snacks and energy food while out walking and full, protein heavy meals for your lunches and bigger breaks. For example, energy or protein/breakfast bars, "scroggin" or a bag of mixed nuts, wraps with perhaps white meats, heavy salads and sauce, or opt for just about any meal from Back Country Cuisine.

Multiday Day // Expanding on from above, we recommend something to chew away at while out. A good energy boost on hikes with hills could be Pascal's Jet Lollies - which are high in energy and quite light. For breakfast, try the small porridge satchels and coffee/tea sachets. Again, dinners can be covered in one swoop with the Back Country's selection. For more, visit our FAQ below.

// REVIEWS

Matthew

Bath

"Hiking with Ian was such a great experience and I'm so glad we went. I had a bit of hiking experience but my family didn't and Ian catered for all of our different fitness levels. We got to see the beauty of New Zealand in such a different way to the normal touristy spots."

Māia

Tauranga

"What a great way to spend my week down in Christchurch! After a good amount of exploring I booked Ian to take me on an adventure. Booking as a single was great as I quickly made friends with the rest of the group. Ian was knowledgable, kind and hilarious!! We had great banter the whole trip. Next time I'm down I'll be booking Ian again for sure."

 

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