Lee Saunders and Emma Chisholm
New Zealanders Lee Saunders and Emma Chisholm are the owners of Alpine Adventures and have a passion for delivering unforgettable travel experiences.
With family connections to Queenstown and the wider Otago region dating back nearly 60 years, they are the perfect hosts for your next South Island vacation.
Lee’s passion for guiding and the outdoors stems from childhood adventures playing in local rivers and lakes. Fond memories of the region include family getaways at his grandparents’ holiday homes (affectionately known as ‘cribs’ in the South Island) on the southern tip of Lake Wakatipu in Kingston and the historic township of Arrowtown.
Meanwhile Emma is the third generation of the Chisholm family to work in the tourism industry. Her grandmother came to Queenstown in 1966 when Emma’s father was ten years old to work aboard the iconic TSS Earnslaw steamship before moving to Skyline Queenstown when the Gondola was first opened.
The family lived in an original shepherd’s cottage which still stands on the corner of Ballarat Street (the upper part of Queenstown Mall), and Emma’s father continues to work in tourism to this day.
Lee and Emma’s combined local knowledge and family heritage enables them to offer guests a genuinely authentic combination of warm Kiwi hospitality and memorable experiences in their own backyard.
Local Guide: Andy Pedley
Andy is a highly qualified, skilled and passionate guide with over 20 years’ experience in the tourism industry. Queenstown’s own Bear Grylls, he loves nothing more than getting off the beaten track and sharing authentic New Zealand adventures with our guests.
With experience in everything from owning his own adventure walks and river surfing company to working as a white-water rafting guide, Andy is also a highly-qualified Dive Master, Bush Instructor for the Queenstown Mountain Safety Council and member of New Zealand’s Land Search and Rescue team.
A long-term Queenstown local, Andy has extensive knowledge of the region and is your go-to-guide for anything adventure related. He brings a highly refined skillset to all our hiking and heli hike experiences and enjoys customising authentic and unique experiences for all guests.
Local Guide: Jamie Barrance
With over 10 years local guiding experience, Jamie is a highly qualified outdoor leader with a passion for teaching, travel, wine and New Zealand’s great outdoors.
A qualified primary school teacher, Jamie was born in Auckland and spent his youth growing up on the stunning Coromandel Peninsula where he developed an affinity with the ocean and nature.
During his extensive travels, Jamie began exploring wine regions across New Zealand and America, developing his passion for wine. A fully qualified Outdoor Leader, Jamie is also currently studying for his WSET Level 2 making him an ideal guide for those guests with a passion for fine views AND fine vintages.
When he’s not busy showcasing Queenstown’s vibrant wineries and outstanding landscapes you’ll find him scaling local mountain peaks, snowboarding or relaxing over a round of golf.