Meet our guides

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.

Craig Hart

Craig’s love and passion for photography and the wilderness was ingrained in him when young. From an early age Craig accompanied his father into the hills to hike, explore and photograph the beauty New Zealand has to offer.

Craig is very proud of the wild and beautiful scenery New Zealand has to offer and in particular the South Island. The places he has been would make any photographer envious. Craig has not only climbed New Zealand’s highest mountain (Aoraki Mount Cook), but he has circumnavigated New Zealand on his yacht and scuba dived it’s sea floors on all three islands.

Having lived in Queenstown for over twenty years, he still gets blown away by the beauty of the region and the opportunities available in his backyard paradise.

As well as being a Creating Tracks NZ guide he is also able to capture your holiday for you to share and enjoy for years to come. 

Sam Stevenson

Introducing Sam Stevenson, one of our exceptional guides at Creating Tracks NZ! With a background of 17 seasons as a skilled Ski Patroller in New Zealand, USA, and China, Sam is an expert in first aid and mountain extrication, ensuring your safety is always a top priority.

During winter months, he transitions seamlessly into the roles of a Heli Ski Guide and Snowmobile Guide, making sure you experience the thrill of the Southern Alps like never before.

Sam’s journey with Creating Tracks began in 2018, and since then, he has been sharing his profound love for the outdoors with clients, curating tailor-made adventures that showcase the mesmerizing landscapes of New Zealand.

Beyond guiding, Sam’s passions include photography, mountain biking, rafting, fishing, camping, and, of course, skiing. With his adventurous spirit and in-depth knowledge, Sam is the ideal companion for exploring the wonders of the Southern Alps.

Get ready for an unforgettable experience with Sam Stevenson as your guide, as you embark on a personalized and awe-inspiring journey through the heart of New Zealand’s natural beauty.

Charlotte Cunliffe

Meet Charlotte Cunliffe, one of the amazing guides at Creating Tracks NZ! Originally from South Hampton, UK, Charlotte’s love affair with New Zealand’s mountains began in 2018 when she was captivated by their breathtaking beauty. Her passion for skiing has taken her on over 10 winter ski seasons across the globe, culminating in her role as a senior ski patrol member at the renowned Coronet Peak.

Charlotte’s warm and upbeat personality will instantly charm you, making you feel at ease in her company. Her friendly nature and genuine enthusiasm create a welcoming, fun atmosphere, ensuring everyone has an unforgettable experience.

But Charlotte’s thirst for adventure doesn’t stop there! Recently, she embarked on a new challenge, learning how to play Ice Hockey and impressively earning a spot in Queenstown’s top women’s team, the Wakatipu Wild.

Always seeking to push her boundaries, Charlotte is set to embark on a 25-day rafting expedition down the iconic Grand Canyon. Her appetite for exploration is endless, and she’s excited to share that sense of wonder with you.

With her deep knowledge of the region and infectious energy, Charlotte is the perfect guide to lead you on an unforgettable journey through the wonders of the Southern Alps. Join Charlotte Cunliffe and the Creating Tracks NZ team for an adventure of a lifetime!

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To enquire and book please contact Taz Dawson, Chief Guide & Operations Director 
+64 (0)27 422 8452