Bushman Keith

Arrowtown, Otago

Age: 62
Location: Arrowtown, Otago
Specials: Daytrips, Overnights, Multiday
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Max group size: 7

About: Let me show you some very special "off the beaten track" places in our beautiful southern South Island region.
Having led tramping and walking trips in this region for over 45 years I have a good understanding of what makes a safe and enjoyable trip. My trips are at a moderate pace and allow ample time for photography and to fully appreciate your surroundings.

I am passionate about protecting and enhancing our environment and volunteer with Predator Free Arrowtown, Wilding Conifer Control Groups and the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust. I love sharing my passion for our unique landscapes, fauna and flora with visitors to the region. I have a modern, high clearance 4WD vehicle that helps with access to more remote areas and with snowy or icy conditions. My region is a land of contrasts. From the semi arid tussock and schist rolling hills of Central Otago to the temperate rain forests, incredible towering peaks, glaciers and snowfields, waterfalls and crystal clear rivers of the Southern Alps.

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.




“Bushman Keith was such a good guide, really knew his stuff. He met us on time and after a quick coffee we set off. We couldn’t believe how much he knew about the region and all of the hidden tracks that were available. He had wicked insights that we never would have had otherwise. We’ll definitely be booking with him when we are back later this year!”



“We are a family of three and wanted someone who was also a family man and knew how to look after a group (we are not confident in the back county of New Zealand). Keith was great, knew his stuff and was very patient with our pace. Lovely time.”


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