Taz Dawson

Taz is the quintessential southern outdoors man and there is not much that he hasn’t mastered and excelled in since he started guiding walks in the Hollyford and Routeburn as long ago as 1995 – and he has rarely been indoors since then.

As well as playing golf since he was 11 and competing in local and national teams, Taz is a qualified ski, snowboard and telemark instructor and has been a telemark examiner. He has also been a guide for hunting, walking, 4 wheel drive and fishing expeditions in the region. Since 2008 he has spearheaded Southern Lakes Hunting Guides guiding for all that the region has to offer from big trophies to rabbit hunts. A special memory has been three generations hunting together, with his father and nephew.

Taz enjoys alpine climbing, a special treat being climbing at altitude in Nepal, and back country skiing. He spent seven years racing multisport events including the world famous Speights Coast to Coast, Southern Traverse and Goldrush.

His five-year ownership of a hunting and fishing shop in Queenstown was the only thing that kept him indoors! More recently he has concentrated on designing holidays for New Zealand and international visitors and guiding in the Southern Lakes area, an area he literally knows like the back of his hand.

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