Bushman Shaun

Otago, Queenstown

Age: 58
Location: Otago, Queenstown
Specials: Multiday
Availability: All week
Max group size: 4
YouTube: Speargrass

About: I have been going into the hills from the age of 5 following in my father’s footsteps. I was captured by the beauty of the Southern Alps and moved here 30 years ago. Since then I have spent all my spare moments climbing, hunting and hiking in New Zealand's Southern Alps. I want to share with you some of what I feel is the finest walking in the world.

I am a local and passionate about the mountains I love so much. I want to share my knowledge and help impart to others a rich personal experience by showing what it feels like to walk amongst the wild places of New Zealand. The Southern Alps are a unique wilderness that deserve an introduction in words. But a good bushman will know that often words fall away. Silenced by the grandeur and majesty of the land we walk upon. And the land will speak directly to you. Now your own story in this land starts as we walk these special places.

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 an 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 satchels. Again, dinners can be covered in one swoop with the Back Country's selection. For more, visit our FAQ below.




“Although we didn’t get any hunting in this time, me and my Dad left with some good tips and tricks for the rest of New Zealand that only a true-blue kiwi would know. We were in great hands with Bushman Shaun, got into some mud, epic weather and high views. Will book again.”



“We were really nervous about this trip because we come from the city and have never even slept outside before. Upon meeting Shaun, we were instantly at east. Bushman Shaun has an incredible knowledge set of the surroundings and clearly loves what he does. His stories from the Navy were so inspiring and it was so great to connect. Highly, highly recommend booking him.”



“It doesn’t get more ‘Bushman’ than Bushman Shaun. This fella has more knowledge of these regions than anyone I’ve ever met. Amazing to get out, deep into the hills where no one has been for months and just sit and watch the nature walk past. We opted for a bivvy for the night as we saw in his videos, best night sleep I’ve ever had!”


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