Guide at a Glance
Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
Adventure, Hiking Trekking, Nature, Waterfall Tour
Like many Kiwis from the far South, Mark Dewsbery grew up playing in the outdoors but unlike most, he was fortunate enough to make it his office as well. By the age of 24, he had worked his way up to becoming one of the youngest farm managers in the New Zealand high country. He scraped together enough to buy Mt Potts, a faltering 9,700-hectare high-country sheep farm in the Southern Alps with an unprofitable history and turned it around with hard work and ingenuity. In addition to farming duties, Mark started up the only snowcat skiing operation in NZ at the time, which progressed into opening Heli Park NZ (the first of its kind in the world), and was later complemented by Southern Alps Heli-ski, where Mark guided for six seasons including several trips to France. Mt Potts was also chosen as a key location in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy and fans still arrive daily on tours.
But never one to sit still, after 26 years of high-country farming, Mark sold Mt Potts in 2010 and moved to Queenstown ready to take on new challenges. Alpine Adventures was born after a chance encounter with the owner of a leading luxury inbound tour operator who helped broker the Mt Potts deal on behalf of one of his clients and began calling on Mark when clients asked for a private hiking guide. Mark’s humble demeanor, encyclopedic knowledge of New Zealand’s backcountry and his ability to manage risk effectively while intuitively knowing when to nudge his clients beyond their comfort zone soon made him a favourite with their VIP guests.
Alpine Adventures is based in Queenstown where Mark can enjoy the mountains year round. He is usually out exploring the backcountry on foot during the warmer months, either on a solo mission off piste with his black Labrador or sharing a few ‘yarns’ and his passion for the outdoors with his clients. During the winter, he is a ski guide and Operations Manager of Soho Basin, Queenstown’s newest ski field.