Chris Cochrane

Chris Cochrane hails from Sydney, Australia, where he spent four years training as a chef. After graduation, he traveled to New Zealand to further his career. Upon arrival in Queenstown, he realized his chosen path was not the one he really wanted and set out to retrain himself for a life in the “Great Outdoors.” His first task was to learn how to ski, followed by several years working as a ski patroller before moving on to heli-skiing. Chris has been a heli-skiing guide based in Queenstown for over 20 years, taking his clients to some of the remotest parts of New Zealand. His thirst for adventure is great, from Himalayan journeys to yacht racing, and he has tried most adventure sports (not always twice!). He has worked as a guide on the Routeburn Track for the last six years and looks forward to showing trip members his special blend of exotic South Island secrets.

Upcoming Trips: TBA

Past Trips:

New Zealand: South Island Adventure, February 5-17, 2012
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, March 4-16, 2012
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, December 9-21, 2012
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, January 18-30, 2013
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, February 17-March 1, 2013
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, March 17-29, 2013
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, November 10-22, 2013
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, December 8-20, 2013
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, January 19-31, 2014
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, February 16-28, 2014
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, March 16-28, 2014

Client Testimonials:


Chris Cochrane was the best. He had lots of knowledge about everything we encountered. Our whole group fell in love with him. One of the greatest Trip Leaders a group could have. David T., Topeka, KS Chris was a phenomenal trip leader. He was extremely sensitive to the individual needs of each person, and his humor was extraordinary. Louise J., Concord MA New Zealand: South Island Adventure Chris was wonderful, always competent, and a ton of fun. He added greatly to our trip. Rosalie K., Belmont MA New Zealand: South Island Adventure Our entire group raved about Chris Cochrane, his knowledge of the area, his sense of humor and flexibility. You have a gem in Chris! Dan W., Topeka KS New Zealand: South Island Adventure Chris Cochrane was outstanding in every way and added to the fantastic time we had. Burt W., New York NY New Zealand: South Island Adventure Being with Chris was so much fun! He's so comfortable, easy going, and has some great tales to tell. He does great picnics too! I'd take a trip with him anytime. Mary Ellen M., Nanuet, NY
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Awesome man! Humorous, adventurous, and laid back in the best way possible. Susan S., Chicago, IL
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Chris was outstanding both as a guide and a leader! He was genuinely concerned about our welfare throughout the trip. He also added a wonderful sense of humor and great gift of storytelling that added to the wonderful camaraderie of our group. Burt and Ilene F., Saint Louis, MO
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Chris is sensitive, fun-loving, knowledgeable, organized yet flexible, and makes learning fun—truly amazing in every aspect. Judy H., Palmyra, PA
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Chris was so much fun to travel with. He managed to do everything—drive us, feed us, herd us, entertain us, keep us well informed, etc., and do it effortlessly. Jane F., Naples, FL
New Zealand: South Island Adventure