Meet the Team

Only passionate people work with Vertical Ventures. People who love the activities they do and work in! Keeping clients happy and delivering life memories is the aim of the game. To do this we believe that staff must enjoy the activities they work on and be masters of their sport. Having a great understanding of what people enjoy and our key values of quality and service is a must. Get Vertical for the A2O!

Meet Rob, owner/tour guide

I was fortunate enough to have grown up with some great inspirational people in my home town of Frome in the UK.  Based next to the Limestone Mendip hills my first adventures were underground, often grovelling though muddy rarely visited caves.  Frome had a number of keen adventures which caused me to pursue expeditions around the globe, Russia and Patagonia being highlights.   Once finishing an Outdoor education degree work started in the Peak district and Changed Horizons was born to work with disaffected youth.  A number of overseas school expeditions and some world travelling found Oamaru to be home since 2005.  Vertical Ventures was created to provide adventures to local schools and tourists.  With cycling being part of the companies activities the development of the A2O cycle trail was perfect for us to operate on.  With over 20 years of delivering adventure education and guiding our tours have been created with soul and passion to ensure its a holiday to remember.

Meet Jess, tour guide & epic beer brewer

Passion for food, beer and adventure drive Jess to become the most amazing guide you can imagine.  Her care and attention to service is going to leave you wanting one for home!

Jess is a qualified Brewer and presently creating a new brewery in Wanaka.  Her passion for flavors can be tasted with her amazing picnics she lays on for your lunch stops.  With endless energy she will provide you with motivation that will iron out any hill.

Meet Marina, tour guide & the French connection…

Marina loves to look after people and make sure everything is provided.  She was trained as an Emirates first class air hostess and now loves to combine these skills in the outdoors as a tour guide.

She loves the outdoors and spends her spare time tramping and cycling.  She lives in Oamaru and has made the Waitaki region as her home and playground.

Meet Tilly, chief trail tester & unicorn wrangler

One of the young members of the team often responsible for making sure the mud is removed from the bikes, but also very effective at finishing off any leave over lollies after the tours.  Her fun life loving attitude spills through to the delivery of all our services.

Meet Sid, mechanic (holder of duct tape & matches)

Man of many talents working behind the scenes mending and creating devices to intrigue clients and staff.   Also often responsible for cleaning of bikes and other small team members too!