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Stuart Arnold

About Stuart Arnold

Mountain Guide


Having grown up exploring and adventuring (sometimes misadventuring) in the wilds of New Zealand, Stu has a passion for adventure, far-off destinations and meeting people. That passion led him to climb New Zealand’s highest peaks and paddle some of its mighty rivers, as well as pursue a career in outdoor instruction and guiding. Professional highlights include expeditions with Jack Osbourne, Leo Holding and National Geographic (to the volcanoes of Vanuatu).

With his love of the Antarctic sparked by reading about the great explorers Shackleton, Scott and Mawson, Stu longed to follow in their footsteps. He realized his dream in 2010, when he started working as a field instructor with Antarctica New Zealand, where he was privileged to be a hut guide for both Scott’s Discovery and Cape Evans huts and Shackleton’s Cape Royds hut. During this time, Stu explored the dry valleys and worked with National Geographic’s expedition into the Mount Erebus ice caves (featured in National Geographic’s July 2012 issue).

When he’s not renovating his small 1960s house with his long-time partner, Tania, and daughter, Michelle, Stu can be found sailing his classic yacht around the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand. He enjoys a good yarn, a good laugh and great coffee.