Awatea is a student at Motueka High and joined our team in March to complete his work experience. We asked him some questions as to why he decided to chose Abel Tasman Canyons.

Can you tell us a bit about the Gateway programme?
In Gateway you choose a job which seems up your alley and you go out and have a go in that workplace.

Have you always been excited about the outdoors?
I got into the outdoors when i was 12 when my mates asked me to go tramping up Mt Arthur and I’ve loved being out there doing it since.

What inspired you to come and join us at Abel Tasman Canyons?
I was camping out at Anchorage with some mates and my friend Tess who was doing some work experience at Canyons told us all about it and I thought that sounded right up my alley.

What did you think of your first experience of the Torrent River Canyon?
I thought it was such a cool experience going to one of those places that so few eyes get to see and the guides that took me up Pete and Oscar are the bomb. Also learning to back flip was definitely a plus.

What has been the hardest part of being a trainee guide?
The boat ride back really, it’s full on all day till we’re sitting down in the water taxi and by then i am drained and it’s hard to stay awake. But also it’s hard to leave because I have to wait another week to come canyoning again.

What is the most important lesson you have learned on a trip so far?
Rule Number 1: Be cool.

What is it you love about the Abel Tasman National Park?
I love how it’s right next to me and is full of all sorts from people, places, and things to do.

If there was a movie about your life, who would you pick to play you and why?
It’d have to be Terry Crews no doubt about he’s the spitting image of me.