Family Adventures is owned by Mark Forsyth and employs a team of professional rafting guides. Safety is of the highest priority.
Meet the team!
Hometown: Queenstown, New Zealand
Registered Guide QLDC, Swift Water Rescue, NZ Rafting Association River Workshop, First Aid, Trip Leader, 15 years rafting experience.
I started rafting on the Shotover River when I qualified as a guide in 1993. In the following years, I became a senior raft guide, then trip leader. After working as a rafting guide for other rafting companies for twelve years, I became a Director of Family Adventures in 2005. Becoming a family man myself in 2001, I found it to be the perfect stepping stone into the business and to carry on doing what I love and to be able to share my experience with young and old.
I have a passion for the river and the Skippers Goldfields and enjoy sharing my knowledge of the area. In summer I love to raft and in winter I ski, so Queenstown is my perfect playground. I look forward to seeing you on our trip so you can experience it too!
Currently I'm not working for Family Adventures in Queenstown, had to head back to North America, but left my heart in Queenie......
Qualifications & experience:
Swift Water Rescue Technician, NZ Grade II Certified, 5 season commercial rafting on Talkeetna, Chulitna, Susitna, Nenana, Tsaina, Tonsina, Lowe, and Gulkana, Waikato and now the Shotover.
I have been called the best looking, most hilarious, most capable guide Family Adventures has ever had, but I don't think it's true. Likely, it's world-wide. I am also very modest. I kayak (poorly), bike (slowly), camp (in style), snowboard (on rental boards), swim (only in water), run (only when being chased) and read (nerdy sci-fi only). I have also been known to hide in the woods dressed as Sasquatch for a laugh.
"Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So then the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it." - Lao Tzu, Founder of Taoism.
Hometown: Preston, England
NZ Rafting Association Grade 2 plus 12 months intense training under the supervision of the oldest raft guide in New Zealand, Mark "Spanky" Forsythe.
I've a fun, outgoing personality, or so I reckon. I am often accused of being a teenager at heart with a passion for all sports from football to golf, (hustling) pool to rolling the odd lawn bowl! In the winter I race in the Browns Ski Shop Winter Classic Team on my board. I am co-founder of Rudedog Productions.
"If you believe it you can achieve it!"
Qualifications and Experience:
Swift Water Rescue Technician, NZ Grade II certified. This is my 5th season commercial rafting, but it is my first in NZ on the Shotover. In the States I commercially rafted the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River. I have also guided on my own time on the Arkansas, Clear Creek, Eagle, Yellowstone and the North and South fork of the Flathead.
I am an outdoor enthusiast with much love for nature. I have a friendly joking personality. I'm an all around sports fanatic, I've kayaked on more rivers and creeks that I can name, and I'm into climbing, snowboarding.
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks" (John Muir).