Bushbash is based in Fiordland and owner operated by qualified bush instructors
Bushbash is based in Te Anau, Fiordland, and owner operated by two local, qualified bush instructors; Mary Williams and Geoff Clarke (pictured on the shores of Lake Te Anau).
Mary (a safety professional and outdoors enthusiast) and Geoff (a previous Department of Conservation ranger and experienced hunter) literally met on a mountain (Mount Luxmore in Fiordland) and found they had a shared passion for the most beautiful place in the world, and wanted to help people see it at its rawest; off track but in safety. They also wanted to do something to help save Fiordland's endangered birds, under threat from introduced predator mammals such as rats and stoats. Bushbash was born out of those passions.
Geoff is an experienced backcountry deer hunter and has spent hundreds of successful days roaming New Zealand forest and mountains in pursuit of venison steak. (It's good conservation to shoot deer because they are an introduced species that destroy the habitat of native birds.) Geoff has an indepth knowledge of Fiordland's native birds and the plants that they depend on; and is happy to leave his gun at home and spend time sharing his knowledge with you.
As well as keeping you informed, he'll keep you safe. Geoff has a professional background as a Department of Conservation ranger - right here in Fiordland. He can use a compass but Fiordland is, quite simply, his backyard and he'll take you to secret places he knows like the back of his hand. Places you would be hard-pressed to find without his help.
Mary climbed her first 1,000 metre peak when she was five in Winnie the Pooh boots. In radically improved footwear, she's been walking up hills at the weekend ever since.
Having spent nearly 20 years of her professional career sitting behind a desk working in the field of safety management, Mary thought it was time she shared her love of Fiordland with others.
Mary says: “I discovered Fiordland the day I took my first step off the track and started seeing first hand this incredible region's amazing and endangered bird life. I look forward to taking you safely into the unknown and out again, and consider it a privilege to share this special place with you.”
Mary has a keen interest in guide quality standards, and emergency procedures in the unlikely event of an accident. She's also on the committee of Save Fiordland, the conservation organisation objecting to development in Fiordland National Park.
Your trip may be led by Mary or Geoff, or one of our other expert bush guides, trained and assessed by Mary or Geoff.
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