About Us - The Crew
Greg's passion for guiding people in the outdoors began while studying ecology and outdoor pursuits. After
completion he then travelled extensively which led him to many corners of the globe, including the Himalaya's, the
Camino de Santiago, Englands Coast to Coast, the Pennine Way, Kerry and Dingle Ways amongst others.
During August and September 2008 Greg walked the Camino Portuguese, a 240km walk beginning in Porto,
Portugal and finishing in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
He has led guided trips in Europe and managed an outdoors centre for young people while living in Ireland.
He has been a walk and sea kayak guide in The Abel Tasman National Park and the senior nature guide for
Wilderness Lodges Ltd where he was employed by one of New Zealand's leading environmentalists and ecologists,
Dr Jerry McSweeney.
His philosophy is quite simple " I believe in going that one step further for the guest which in turn enhances their
overall enjoyment of their experience of the Queen Charlotte Track and New Zealand".
Natural Encounters Walks Ltd was founded by Greg in 2006.
We have just completed a 5 day unguided walk on the Queen Charlotte Track. What an amazing track for first time walkers such as ourselves. We had
Natural Encounters in Picton plan our walk and everything went wonderfully. Greg organised our accommodation, meals, and luggage transport from
lodge to lodge each day - all we had to do was walk! We sometimes loitered a little too long over the great packed lunches supplied and over the
incredible vista so our days were a little longer than the suggested time frames. Would highly recommend both Natural Encounters and the Queen
Mary was an exemplary guide- sensitive, tolerant and flexible with a wonderfully understated sense of humour. Sue-Australia
This was our third trip to New Zealand having done several guided walks before but easily, this would have to be the best one so far. Rose's knowledge
of the trees and birds was simply outstanding along with her friendly, welcoming disposition made this our most memorable trip ever .
Frank and Barb LA,USA.
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Marlborough Sounds NZ
For the past 34 years I have lived in the Awatere Valley in Marlborough, on a sheep and cattle farm that has been in my
husband's family for 110 years.
I was born and bred in Blenheim and as a child all my holidays were spent in the Marlborough Sounds at our family
I love being in the outdoors, with tramping and biking both great passions. For the last 15 years I have been an active
member of the Marlborough Tramping Club, leading many tramps both in Marlborough and further afield.
I take immense satisfaction guiding many alpine tramps climbing the 2885 meter peak of Mt Tapuaenuku, towards
the head of the Awatere Valley - a three day tramp with about 80 river crossings and a very dramatic and rugged
When not tramping or biking, I love gardening, helping my husband on the farm,and always find time to devour a good
I have been involved in the Forestry and Marine farming industry with my husband for many years.
I am an avid reader and have a strong interest in the wildlife of New Zealand.
As a DOC volunteer I have visited Stephens Island (home to the Tuatara) to plant native trees, and had a trip to Maud
Island tracking takahe, as well as an adventure on Maud Island with a very close encounter with Sirocco (kakapo with
an attitude!) - He bit my finger!
I have a great appreciation and respect for the outdoors, including being a keen cyclist and tramper (member of the
Marlborough Tramping Club).