Ever wondered what it’s like working in the bike tourism industry? Natural High’s Christchurch branch manager Dan recently returned home to the UK. Here he shares his experiences of New Zealand and Natural High life.
“Three years ago I embarked on a journey of a lifetime with my three siblings and a couple of close friends. After six months travelling together through China, South East Asia and Australia the group temporarily parted ways. The idea was to work for a few months and save some cash to continue our travels. Some decided to stay in Australia finding work in Melbourne while the rest of us headed over the Tasman to New Zealand.
Arriving in Christchurch was a bit of a shock at first. I was aware of the devastating earthquakes that had occurred three years earlier, but wasn’t expecting to still see so much damage. After a day or two talking to the locals and with so much happening in the city it proved impossible not to fall in love with it. Before long I was heading out to play in the Port Hills and the bays beyond, and realising what the amazing Banks Peninsula had to offer. All of a sudden it was home.
Keen to get back into the bike industry the first job I applied for in Christchurch was for Natural High as a seasonal bike cleaner and mechanic – which turned out to have been filled the day before by none other than our current main mechanic in Christchurch, Jonny. Instead, I decided to get involved with the rebuild working on the new police building and renovation of the University of Canterbury. Natural High called a few months later looking for a branch manager as Sandra was headed off to cycle around India. I met for a coffee with Andy and jumped at the opportunity to join the team.
Natural High life has been pretty perfect; doing what I love to do everyday, getting to experience the best rides in New Zealand and meeting lots of brilliant people along the way. I’ve now made the tough decision to leave not only the Natural High life…but also New Zealand. With some important weddings and other commitments all on the horizon it made sense to return home to the UK.
After Andy sold Natural High, I unfortunately didn’t get so long to work with the new owners. Steve, Cecileah and their three kids are a great family with lots of passion and great ideas to continue the journey. I will of course be spreading the word of Natural High and look forward to many trips back to New Zealand for riding experiences like no other!”
Fortunately we haven’t seen the last of Dan – he’s now an official International Ambassador for Natural High!
Have a great week,
P.S. Did you check out our brand new tour yet? The Twin Trails combines the Alps 2 Ocean and the Otago Rail Trail for an amazing nine-day, guided adventure. Click here to learn more.
P.P.S. We’re hiring! We have a number of potential job opportunities available over the busy summer period. If you love cycling and would like to be a part of the Natural High team, please email us your CV along with a short letter outlining your talents and experience. Skills we’re looking for include: bike cleaning, mechanics, guiding, front of house, admin and bookings. Send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image: Dan cruising the Kennet & Avon Canal in Reading.