Jun 24, 2024

Get the low down on the Hiking New Zealand and Active Earth Adventures team. We asked Anna what she gets up to when she is not working and/or hiking.

 

Anna Morris - Sales and Tour Manager

Home town?

Born and raised in Ōtautahi Christchurch, I have travelled around Aotearoa New Zealand for as long as I can remember, exploring my hapū (tribal territory) and whakapapa (genealogy) in The Catlins, holidaying in the Abel Tasman National Park with my whānau, fishing the Rakaia River with my father. I took my first international trip when I was 16, a school exchange to Germany where I made a lifelong connection with my host family and caught the travel bug! Back at home, I studied Geography and environmental science at the University of Canterbury where I cemented my passion for the outdoors.
Ōtautahi Christchurch has something for everyone, whether you appreciate art, a good live band or a walk on the beach, you can find it in my hometown.

 

 

What do you do when you are not working or hiking?

I have two beautiful children who keep me very busy, I love playing sports and can often be found running around on the netball court or mountain biking the tracks in Rakahuri, Ashley Forest. In the summer, I like to fish at local beaches and rivers. I also have a deep love of music, so you may also catch me at a concert or local gig.

 

 

Favourite coffee haunt?

I agree with Michelle on this one, Little Vintage Café in Amberley, where Matt and Vanessa make the best coffee and the most delicious kai (food) in North Canterbury. A hidden gem which is a favourite amongst locals and a new favourite for those who are lucky enough to find it on their travels.

Favourite hiking trip?

Abel Tasman National Park

Have you done it?

Yes, many times over many years. There’s nothing better at the end of a long hike to cool off in the sea or simply sit in the beautiful golden sand of the Abel Tasman, a favourite spot for my children to build sand castles.

 

 

Anything special?

There are so many ways to enjoy the Abel Tasman. As Aotearoa New Zealand’s smallest National Park, it is possible to thoroughly explore in a short period of time. There is no road access into the park, so the access is on foot or by boat, but you can always add to your adventure in a sea kayak. You’ll likely come across dolphins, seals, and curious sea birds, a highlight for me is watching the kororā (little blue penguin) hunting for its lunch!

Our South Island itineraries, Ultimate South Island and Southern Slice get off to a great start in the Abel Tasman National Park, then head south. 


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