Age: 56
Location: Canterbury, Christchurch
Specials: Day trips, Overnights
Availability: All week
Max group size: 4
Instagram: @mccawjill

About: I'm a 50 something woman enjoying a second teenagehood. I'm a glider pilot who's discovered the spiritual bond I feel in the air extends to the earth and the bush.

I'm a writer by profession, a storyteller by inclination, and I have a wide knowledge of the New Zealand bush, its trees, birds, insects, the earth below it and the sky above.

People who come hiking with me will feel welcome in the wilderness. I'll share the stories of the place and help you see the small things that you may not know to even look for.

We'll take our time. Hiking with me is about being in the here and now, looking, listening, smelling and connecting to the land. I am not about rushing to make it to the end, just to tick a journey off the list.
I'll tell you my stories but I also want to hear yours. This is your journey, your trip and I want to make it the best experience you can have.

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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

Tam

Dublin

“The wife and I had a brill time with Jill. A lot of family moved to NZ decades ago and it was to get a Kiwi to tell us what all the fuss was about - I get it now! Jill was a pleasure and easy to get along with. Bonus for us was her love of flying and photography."

Jan

Melbourne

“Book Jill if you’re like me, slow going and more interested in the views and experience than a race to the top. It’s so easy to chat with Bushwoman Jill; we’re very similar. We had a fantastic day trip despite the weather and thoroughly enjoyed learning about the area and wildlife”

 

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