John's Experience and Qualifications
I (John) have an extensive background in the tourism industry, having worked in various roles throughout New Zealand. I have a passion for nature and enjoys sharing my knowledge with others. Here are some highlights of my experience:
I worked in management at both Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass and Queenstown Country Lodge, gaining valuable knowledge of the accommodation industry.
As a Nature Guide, I worked on the Navigator in Doubtful Sound, a 72-person overnight vessel, as well as on multi-day Discovery Cruises in Fiordland and Stewart Island
My passion for the sea saw me skippering a 10-guest motor sail vessel in Fiordland and later on, skippering/managing a luxury vessel in the Mediterranean, Bahmans and New England for 4 years for an American couple.
I was the Head Nature Guide for Real Journeys, where I was responsible for writing interpretation plans, training guides, and developing products on Stewart Island. I also worked as a Tour Guide for an American tour operator and as a Nature Guide for Ulva's Guiding Service on Stewart Island.
Other experiences included on the cruise ship Celebrity Solstice where I served as both a Nature Guide and Guest Lecturer, as a Wine Guide for Appellation Central Wine Tours and as a Nature Guide for New Zealand Nature Walks.
I was a Qualmark Tourism Business Advisor for 12 years, providing advice to tourism operators in the Attraction and Activity field. I moved out of this role to focus on Tourism IQ
I was also the Programme Manager at Queenstown Resort College for the Diploma in Business Management, Adventure Tourism Management Programme and delivered a number of papers in this diploma course including Managing the Visitor Experience, Health and Safety, Sustainability and Visitor Impact Management.
I continue to lecture and guide American Universities on their 3-week Study Abroad Programmes in New Zealand. Most of these programmes have a large Sustainability focus.
- Degrees in Geography and Education
- National Certificate in Tourism – Excursion Guiding
- National Certificate in Tourism & Travel Core Skills
- National Certificate in Adult Education and Training (Level 5) New Zealand Environment
- Registered Workplace Assessor
- Commercial Skipper (ILM)
- Coastguard Coastal Skipper and Ocean Yacht master
- P and Class 2 Driver’s Licence
- Workplace 1st Aid