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Ian Wilkins

Ian Wilkins was raised in the Hutt Valley near Wellington, New Zealand, and spent his early years hiking through the Tararua mountains. As a veteran heli-ski guide, he knows the Southern Alps from many different angles and also spent several seasons guiding in Canada. After 10 years working in avalanche forecasting and control work on the Milford Track, Ian now spends his summers introducing travelers to the wonders of New Zealand’s natural world.

Upcoming Trips: TBA

Past Trips

Client Testimonials

Ian was a very special Trip Leader. He’s an intelligent, rather quiet man, most comfortable when he’s walking in the woods or giving us a mini-lecture on local trees, ferns, or birds. He’s also a lot of fun, energetic, patient, and kind. He showed concern for every person on the trip.
— Cheryl S., Oakville, Ontario
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Ian. He is the epitome of an excellent trip leader. Organized, knowledgeable, flexible, diplomatic, and a terrific personality. He has led such an interesting life; his stories about his jobs in the adventure industry were fascinating. He had an appreciation and love of the outdoors and New Zealand. His ability to adjust the itinerary throughout the trip due to weather conditions but still provide us with great options was exemplary. He contributed so much to making our journey a terrific experience.
— Leslie B., Palo Alto, CA
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Ian’s knowledge of the natural environment is exceptional and he never tires of sharing the wonders of New Zealand with the novice explorer. He is very patient and willing to explain things even if he’s done so many times before. He is also an excellent story teller, sharing stories of his unique experiences with the group.
— Pat J., Burke, VA
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Ian was ideal. He was able to roll with any request or question, and attended to every client. He managed group dynamics beautifully, all with a sense of peacefulness and humor. He also has a very strong background in wilderness sports and guiding—great stories too. Very knowledgable about every aspect of New Zealand. I loved listening to him.
— Sara W., Longmont, CO
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Ian’s knowledge as a naturalist and guide are unmatched. I was especially intrigued with how he incorporated his life experiences and adventures to the information he presented.
— Craig P., Las Vegas, NV
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Ian has deep and wide-ranging expertise in all aspects of New Zealand's flora and fauna, and is a patient and thoughtful guide to his country.
— Sally S., Oakland, CA
New Zealand: South Island Adventure