Chief Bushman Ollie

Founder of Bushman Tours // Canterbury

Age: 28
Location: Canterbury & West Coast
Specials: Overnights, Multiday, Expeditions
Availability: All week
Max group size: 7
Instagram: @chiefbushmanollie

About: Travel and the outdoors have been the foundation of who I am from the get go. I've spent many years understanding what makes New Zealand such a crucial example to the rest of the world when it comes to conservation. As the founder of Bushman Tours, I'm very excited to meet our visitors and show them our backyard.

Conservation, nature and people; these are the three things I live my life around. I've spent the last decade exploring the world and learning many lessons from wise people. Now I'm home, I would be pleased to take you into our backcountry and provide a personal experience where you leave feeling a connection to our land as I did when I travelled. New Zealand is a stunning place, but there is much work to do to spread the wildlife warrior message. Join me, let's talk, climb some awesome peaks and get some good conversations happening around the fireplace in a backcountry hut. 

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.




"We thought it would be different to book the founder of Bushman Tours. It's not every day you get to go out with the person who started it all and find out more. He provided a great experience for us and was really knowledgeable of some local secrets (like the best pies). We were out three days, and he never stopped checking in on us, making sure we were doing what we wanted to do. We loved it - would book again"



"Ollie san was great for our hike. He has been to Japan and knows a little language which is nice. It was nice to talk about the same of New Zealand and Japan. We were nervous about hiking here but it was nice, safe and fun."


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