Our guides are dedicated to showing visitors the very best of Abel Tasman National Park. Come and share our knowledge gathered over eight generations of experience in the region.

This guiding position is full time for a fixed term commencing from October 2019 and running to the end of April 2020 on a rolling roster for trips that can be from 2 hours to 5 days duration.

Half and full day trips depart from Kaiteriteri. As well as brochured products, we also offer privately guided trips tailored to meet our guest’s needs.

Three-day trips (Walk, Kayak & Walk and Lodge Stay) stay one night at each of our two beachfront lodges. Five-day trips have two nights at each lodge. Cooks provide meals for both guests and staff. There is full boat back-up for lodge supplies and luggage transfers. Guests can join any scheduled boat service to reduce walking or kayaking time.

You will need to be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of NZ flora, fauna and history, as well as being customer focused with excellent interpersonal skills. You must be available to work weekends and public holidays and be prepared to work away from home for up to five days at a time.

On lodge-based trips, you will assist with light kitchen duties. This includes all bar and food service. Kayak Guides are also responsible for the set up and clean down of all guiding related equipment, including kayaks, at the beginning and end of each day.

Sea Kayak Guide Requirements:

  • A tertiary level qualification in Sea Kayaking.
  • Exceptional knowledge of New Zealand’s environment and history, a tertiary qualification in a natural science will be an advantage.
  • Restricted driver’s license as a minimum.
  • A valid first aid certificate.
  • NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa
  • A Coastguard Day Skipper qualification will be an advantage.

If you progress beyond the interview stage, you will be required to undertake a sea kayak skills assessment. You must pass this internal assessment to be considered for employment.

Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park Ltd is committed to providing a safe and healthy work place for its employees and guests. In the interests of health and safety, successful applicants will be required to undertake a pre employment drug and alcohol test.

Interviews are underway but we will still consider exceptional applications:
Please email your CV and covering letter, or questions to:
Shay Gill, Operations Manager, shay@abeltasman.co.nz