Our Team

The Best People, For The Best Experience

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Zach Johnston

“"I’m passionate about travel, exploration and adventure"”
Founding Director
Adventure brings us alive and inspires us to connect with ourselves, others, work, family and friends. Travel and Adventure open and strengthen the mind, expanding our perspective to make informed decisions that positively affect opportunities that come our way. I love turning fear of the unknown into curiosity and wonderment.”

Zach is a former military officer, Senior Instructor Leadership Development, General Manager in the Tourism Industry; Field Based Outdoor Educator, International Expedition Leader and Operational Ambulance Officer with extensive travel experience in 3rd world, developing and developed countries.
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Ivor Levin

““To stop learning, is to stop living"”
Senior Guide
Ivor has been working in the outdoor industry for... well a very long time.

Ivor has worked in tertiary outdoor education, leading international expeditions, and contracting within land based outdoor pursuits. An experienced and accomplished educator and guide he brings a wealth of personal technical skill, passion and immense personality to his clients and colleagues. Always with a sense of humor and quick to build lasting rapport Ivor pretty much spends his free time doing exactly what he does for work - traveling, climbing, skiing and genuinely immersing him,self outdoors.
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Blake Hanna

“"Organic self sufficiency is my goal!"”
Senior Guide / Instructor
Blake left school with the aim of teaching physical education in secondary schools. After a year he realized his passions were in the practical aspects of outdoor education so off he went to study for three years in outdoor education and leadership. His first real job ( Being a paper boy does not count) was writing school outdoor education programmes and running them.
A passion for the outdoors and showing it to others sees Blake on the water, in the bush, above the snowline and climbingwith clients, whenever he is not on the farm pursuing his self sustainable lifestyle at home.
His favourite day out would be in the mountains on a sunny day, although he also enjoys floating down a river in his kayak and sampling good coffee.
He’s married and has three children
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John Powell

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Program Instructor & Operations Coordinator
John grew up enjoying the outdoors of Florida and the surrounding southern states. Having joined the military when he turned 18, he soon began traveling and seeing the world, thus instilling in him a passion for travel. In the military as a JTAC, he was responsible for directing the action of combat aircraft engaged in close air support and other offensive air operations from a forward position. He received training not only in his core job skills but also, navigation, survival, and bushcraft.

After the military, he moved to Bend, Oregon to pursue his helicopter pilots license. While enrolled in school he worked at their local climbing gym as front desk staff and climbing instructor. Climbing in the countless places available to him in Central Oregon, he soon developed a passion for the sport as well as a deeper appreciation for the outdoors. John joined us here in New Zealand Winter of 2018 for our Adventure Guide Program. Upon completion of his program, he started working as our Operations Coordinator as well as a Program Instructor.
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Rosey Joyce

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Program Instructor
Rosey's life has always revolved around the outdoors, so she combined her passions for sustainability and the outdoors and completed a bachelors degree in Sustainable and Outdoor education. After graduating, and equipped with sustainable outdoor pedagogical practices she dived into the life of work as a hiking guide, sea kayaking guide and outdoor educator throughout Australia and NZ.

A kiwi born and bred, her travel and outdoorsy lifestyle have led her to Pure Exploration. She gets to fulfil her passion by helping us experience both a sustainable active lifestyle and potential; while satisfying her cravings for adventure travel.

In her free time, you will find her biking or tramping her way through the epic trails of NZ or working her way up a gnarly climbing crag.
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Keri Wingate

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Program Instructor
Keri has been exploring and working the outdoors since she left home at 18. Since completing a Diploma in Outdoor Education, Keri has mainly worked with youth groups, including leading 20 expeditions to developing countries over the past 8 years. Keri has worked all over the globe, with New Zealand and the Himalayas as her favourite place to visit.

After working with Pure Exploration in 2018 she fell back in love with NZ and has moved back from Australia to work full time. Her biggest passions are the mountains, surfing, protecting the environment, art and music.

Keri brings a wealth of experience to the Instructor team as well as an injection of positivity!