Paul is Fresh Adventures’ Head of Enthusiasm, meticulous planner and procedures specialist. A motivational speaker, instructor, facilitator, guide, and South Island travel guru, he has co-founded Fresh Adventures with his Wanaka mate/neighbour/fellow wilderness appreciator Bob McLachlan.
Paul’s inspirational energy shines through every Fresh Adventures’ experience, whether he’s guiding in person or ensuring everything is ship-shape behind the scenes. His happy place is in supporting every individual to strive for their personal and professional best, a theme echoed throughout his action-packed career.
Paul’s a roll-your-sleeves-up-get-involved kind of guy and his journey began over 20 years ago in the 1990s at Methven Lodge. Here, Paul laid the foundations for his own brand of adrenaline-fuelled self- development, sending his backpackers on their way with more than the usual stones upturned. Out of this grew Rock + Ice Adventures, which sealed Paul’s reputation as the maestro of intense immersions in the natural world.
The fruits of this passion became the hugely successful Full On, founded in 2002. It grew to become a hub of Personal Empowerment Programmes dedicated to unearthing the true potential of the individual, operating at sites all around the world. Paul has forged a presence with corporate teams seeking impactful, imaginative courses and with individuals and their families for whom real adventure is about full-hearted participation.
In addition to his vast experience, Paul is a qualified ski instructor and heli ski touring guide; a rafting and bush craft guide; and a rock-climbing instructor. To this, he adds over 12 years of extensive training and certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). For Paul, the challenges and rewards of adventure provide peerless metaphors for life, in which every individual deserves to give their best shot.
Paddling some form of boat has formed the cornerstone of Fresh Adventures’ co-founder Bob McLachlan’s life, as he grew up kayaking, before embarking on a career as a professional raft guide. Living the endless summer dream, he worked on some of the world’s most beautiful rivers, where he upgraded his skills and also his treasure trove of stories. Ask him to spin you a yarn about paddling Pavarotti down the river; chatting about life with Clint Eastwood, or Tom Petty; and what having the LA Philharmonic Orchestra on-board a raft in a canyon sounded like!
Bob turned his ‘day job’ into a sport and rafted competitively – winning New Zealand, Australasian and world championship titles in teams. His ‘down-time’ was spent on pioneering kayak missions descending remote and difficult stretches of water, where he earned himself the nickname Big Water Bob!
It is a rare sighting to find Bob behind a desk and he has spent his lifetime outdoors – where his ‘office’ was ever-changing – working internationally as a trekking, mountain biking, sea kayaking and canyoning guide.
Over the past decade, Bob has channelled all that experience into adventure racing around the globe and in 2017 became a world champ, winning the Cowboy Tough World Adventure Racing Championships in Wyoming, United States, with the all-Kiwi Team Seagate. Alongside Fresh Adventures, Bob runs his own business providing training programmes, plus coaching for multi-sport and adventure racing athletes and specialising in multi-sport kayak tuition.
The kind of practical man you would be happy to be stranded on a deserted island with, Bob is a qualified guide in rafting, pack rafting, stand-up paddle boarding, and hiking. He also holds advanced first aid qualifications.
Bob is a firm favourite with clients. An experienced and intuitive guide, he is passionate about guiding wilderness adventures that leave a lasting impression. He loves nothing more than helping clients escape their daily, stressful routines – down their mobile phones – and share good-for-the-soul outdoors experiences with their friends, family or colleagues. Although Bob’s emphasis is on enjoyment – professionalism and safety are at the forefront of all Fresh Adventures.