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39 Shotover Street

Queenstown

New Zealand

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Professionally qualified raft guides

NZ Rafting Association Members

Maritime NZ Audited Activity

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

"Safety is of the highest priority"

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I started rafting on the Shotover River when he 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!

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Mark "Spanky" Forsyth

 

Hometown: Queenstown

Known for: Terrible Dad jokes

Been here since: 1990

Best tip for visiting Queenstown: Dress for all four season's

Must do Queenstown experience: Hire a bike from Vertigo bikes and take a ride around the lake.

Favorite joke: Why couldn't the lifeguard save the hippy? He was too far out man!!

Claim to fame: I once starred as a stunt double for the lead actress in a Bollywood movie!

Interests beside's rafting: Skiing/Snowboarding

What's the best part of the Family Adventure's trip: The spectacular scenery and meeting people from all over the world.

 

Qualifications/Experience:
Registered Guide QLDC, Swift Water Rescue, NZ Rafting Association River Workshop, First Aid, Trip Leader, 25 years rafting experience.

"Spanky"

"Singy"

Simon "Singy" Singleton

 

Hometown: Preston, UK

Known for: Repeating Spanky's terrible Dad jokes

Been here since: 2010

Best tip for visiting Queenstown: Bring lots of money!!

Must do Queenstown experience: Family rafting of course ;)

Favorite joke: Far too many to pick one. :)

Hidden talent: Lawn Bowls

Claim to fame: Represented NZ in the World Cup of Pool 2019

Interests beside's rafting: Any cue sport, golf, football

What's the best part of the Family Adventure's trip: Skippers Canyon

 

Qualifications/Experience:  NZ Rafting Association Grade 2 Trip Leader, 10 years river experience. 10th Season with Family Adventures.

Carolina "caro" Reveco

 

Hometown: A little town in Chile

Known for: Never stops smiling

Been here since: 2017

Best tip for visiting Queenstown: Bring Summer and Winter clothes

Must do Queenstown experience: Rafting.....of course!

Favorite joke: Two balloon's in the desert, one balloon says to the other, watch out for that CACTUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

Hidden talent: Professional singer...under the shower!

Claim to fame: My Grandma won the lottery in Chile.

Strength: My Wong Gong story...

Interests beside's rafting: Salsa dancing

What's the best part of the Family Adventure's trip: The Rock jump

 

Qualifications/Experience:
Registered Guide QLDC, Swift Water Rescue, NZ Rafting Association River Workshop, First Aid, 3yrs rafting experience. 3rd season with Family Adventures .

"Caro"

"Caro"

Holly

Holly Wall

 

Hometown: Nottingham, UK

Role at Family Adventures: Raft guide/Bus driver/Legend

Been here since: 2018

Best tip for visiting Queenstown: Try a FergBurger! 

Must do Queenstown experience: Gondola and Luge!!

Favorite joke: What's brown and sticky?...A STICK

Hidden talent: A squeaky eyeball

Claim to fame: I'm Beyonce's third cousin.

Strength: I can nearly pull myself back into a raft.

Interests beside's rafting: Latino parties 

What's the best part of the Family Adventure's trip: Seeing young kids having the time of their lives.

 

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" Forsyth. 2nd season with Family Adventures.