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Thanks for checking out my website. I enjoy tramping, cycling and adventuring in the outdoor paradise which is New Zealand.

After graduating from University of Canterbury in 1999, I worked as an extreme weeder for the New Zealand Department of Conservation, spending time on Stewart Island and Raoul Island, our northernmost territory.

From 2003 – 2006 I spent three years overseas – one year in Queensland, Australia and the rest of the time backpacking through Yemen, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Cambodia, Myanmar, India and China (as well as Jordan, Turkey, UAE, Laos, Thailand).

Since 2007 I have worked as a science and chemistry teacher at Nelson College. This is a great job! Please visit my teaching website and for more details.



Comment from graham
Time: March 25, 2009, 5:25 am

Hi Tristan
Really enjoyed your 19 day trek posting. About to do the Camelot/Cozette etc area and interested in your comment on ‘difficulties’ getting past Lake Norma. Can you eloborate – as in how difficult and which side of the lake you went (Topo map suggests true right is ‘easier’).

Thanks, Graham

Comment from Jeremy Collyns
Time: September 7, 2009, 10:22 pm

Lake Aorere is magic our trip was down the Marshall Range first time via Roaring Lion Hut, our second via Downeys Stream.

Parapara Peak had a cross on it to the fallen trampers in the 1960’s, is it still there?

Comment from joe nicholls
Time: October 18, 2009, 4:25 pm

hi Tristan, nice photos, how are you down there? joe

Comment from Rob McKay
Time: September 25, 2010, 7:57 pm

Hi Tristran – I think I gave you the wrong address for my new blog – it’s
Love some feedback although I just built it last week so content will grow as I master it. I have put you link on my site – Cheers Rob

Comment from meg
Time: October 20, 2010, 11:13 pm

Awesome site. I will visit again!

Comment from jim brooks
Time: July 23, 2011, 1:27 pm

hi tristan thinking of walking from the Kahurangi lighthouse to the Heaphy river have been reading the book the southern journey by Mark Pickering and he mentions info about an article in the nz geographic its number 14 june 1992 but i cant seem to find it and it gives you an idea on travelling conditions would you have any info about that and that walk itself? would be much appeciated and look foward to hearing from you. thank you. jim.

Comment from Neil
Time: August 15, 2011, 8:27 pm

Hi Tristan
Enjoyed reading about Raoul – we were there in 2009 and kept a blog at the site above. Lots the same and also some different stuff – notably the effects of the final elimination of rats’n cats. Birds everywhere, especially kakariki.
Good fun!

Comment from Dave Pratt
Time: December 31, 2011, 5:44 pm

Hey Tristan, great article about Pyguser point. Very inspiring. Keep up the good work.

Comment from Scott
Time: June 5, 2012, 10:45 pm

Hey Tristan. Your web site is rockin bro! nice work love it!!

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