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Freephone: 0800 4 RAFTING
Tel: +64 (3) 442 8836
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About Us

Family Adventures is owned by Mark Forsyth and employs a team of professional rafting guides. Safety is of the highest priority.


Meet the team!

Mark Forsyth

Mark Forsyth

Hometown: Queenstown, New Zealand

Qualifications/experience:
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!

Simon Singleton

Simon Singleton

Hometown: Preston, England

Qualifications/experience:
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!"

Jordan Cartman

Jordan Cartman

Hometown: Preston, England

Qualifications/experience:

NZ Grade II certified, First aid, Trip leader, river rescue course attendee, Passenger endorsement holder, 3 years experience on the Shotover River.

This is my 3rd season at Family Adventures and second as a trip leader. I learnt my trade here in Queenstown on the Shotover River after I was dragged to this country by Simon (one of our other guides) kicking and screaming, completely against my will, to train and get qualified as a guide. Coming from my hometown in England, where nothing much goes on, to doing something like this everyday makes you realise how lucky you are! On days off you’ll find me in the lazy river at the gym getting my laps in or on a dart board pounding that treble 20. But remember, trebles for show, doubles for dough! Also play a bit of football; they say your prime years in football are aged 28/29 but try telling that to my legs...not sure if they agree!