Got To Get Out is run by a group of passionate volunteers and staff.
Our whanau/family are tight-knit, spend a lot of time together on the road / at events, and absolutely LOVE getting outdoors!
If you are interested in getting on board as a Got To Get Out volunteer, please get in touch!
Below you can read about some of our awesome crew.
Robert – Founder
As founder of GTGO Rob is across all parts of this social enterprise. He’s a qualified bus driver (NZTA Class2, Passenger endorsement), NZOIA hiking and biking leader, paddleboard instructor with NZ Surf, and face of the organisation. Rob founded Got To Get Out after a long career in a corporate office. A trip to Nepal in 2014 prompted him that getting outdoors was extremely good for body and mind, and he decided to share this mission of ‘getting out’ with as many Kiwis as possible. Robert is a Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year semi finalist, and Local Hero for his work getting people outdoors.
Robert came up with the idea of Got To Get Out while trekking towards Mt Everest Base Camp, in late 2014. He gained inspiration high in the mountains of Nepal, that maybe he could use his skills (from a long career in marketing and advertising) for a greater cause. He came home after Mt Everest Base Camp and started posting on social media, inviting people to ‘get outdoors’ with him, and sharing his own adventures. Before long, the Got To Get Out online community had grown to several thousand people, and he was hosting trips every weekend. In 2018 Robert went ‘full time’ working on Got To Get Out (he says ‘full time volunteer’!) and in 2019 Robert became an ambassador for New Zealand outdoor retailer Torpedo7.
In the past few years Robert is a TedX speaker, New Zealander of the year finalist, and Kiwibank ‘Local Hero’ for his work motivating people to ‘get outdoors and active’.
Legend – Adventure Guide
Legend is literally a Legend. If you ever find him it will probably be out in the bush, at the beach, on the snow or shredding out on his mountain bike. Legend chooses to spend his time encompassed by nature, both when leading Got To Get Out adventures and in his personal time. At 23 he holds a Bachelor in Sport & Recreation, specialising in Management and Outdoor Education. He is NZOIA qualified as a Bush Leader & Mountain Bike Leader and has helped to lead over 200 outdoor adventures within Got To Get Out.
Legend has many important roles at Got To Get Out, he helps to plan, organise, lead and reflect on trips, whereby he is an encouraging, supportive, enthusiastic, inspirational and professional leader.
Josefine – Adventure Logistics
Josefine from Stockholm, Sweden is both behind and in-front of the scenes, helping with driving, planning, logistics, maintenance, and assistant-guiding. Jo loves Nepal and has trekked to Mt Everest Base camp twice, and completed other Himalayan adventures. Jo holds outdoor first aid qualifications, loves scuba diving, horse riding, snowboarding and hiking among high mountains.
Rachel – Adventure Guide / Cultural Liasion
Rachel (Rāhera) is a qualified teacher holding a BEd and a post grad in Kaitiakitanga and has studied Te Reo Māori extensively. She is a GTGO guide, driver, and helps bring a unique cultural perspective to our trips, in particular Get Into Nature excursions.
Amelia – Digital
Amelia loves everything digital and has helped GTGO develop brand assets, websites, and social media strategy for the past few years. She loves the outdoors, in particular sailing.
Kim – Operations
Kim has been with Got To Get Out almost since the start, and has helped with everything from ticketing, community leading (climbing is her love), and co-hosting a trip to Mt Everest Base Camp. Kim has a senior government role ‘by day’ and helps GTGO in her spare time.
Chris – Photographer / Got To Get Out Snow Club
Chris from New York City has helped GTGO since 2018, assisting on a range of tasks including arranging trips, leading ski missions, and taking thousands of stunning photos! Chris is a fully qualified teacher, and kindly helps GTGO in his spare time.
Sarah – Got To Get Out Snow Club
Sarah is a keen member of the Got To Get Out Snow Club and loves nothing more than encouraging first-timers that they’ve ‘got to get out to the snow!’. Sarah works full time in communications, but spends every spare weekend at Mt Ruapehu. She has also snowboarded extensively in Canada.
Laura – Got To Get Out Snow Club
Laura has vast experience with Got To Get Out and helped deliver the Torpedo7 colab in 2019/2020, which involved coordinating the upload of over 150 outdoor events around NZ, and acting as liaison between guides in the field, and Torpedo7 management in the office. She is a keen surfer, snowboarder, and loves nothing more than getting into nature.
Chris – Got To Get Out Riders
Chris is a mad mountain bike rider and also proud dad. Chris helps the GTGO Riders group by sharing content, inviting people on rides, and helping maintain our fleet of bikes.
Catherine – Got To Get Out Riders
Catherine lives in Auckland where she is a midwife by trade and a mum, runner (especially off road), tramper, hiker, cyclist, walker and she will give most things a crack! She has a lot of travel experience, done the big OE and ended up living abroad for 9 years! As she loves adventures, travelling and a challenge she joined GTGO on our last trip to Nepal and EBC. Following her return to NZ she completed 2640km of the Tour Aotearoa cycle brevit (before Covid-19 stopped her continuing). Her next challenges are to complete the last 360km of TA, train and run 100km off road, walk Te Araroa Trail. She will encourage anyone to join her for all or part of the 4 month journey. She loves helping people to get into cycling and running, especially women who may not have the confident or self belief to do it alone.
Phillippa – Got To Get Out Runners
By day, Phillippa is a high school English teacher. By night (well, by weekend), she runs, reads, writes and plays guitar. Phillippa is a founding community leader in the Got To Get Out running group and is proudly one of the slowest runners out there. She’s keen on getting as many people into the wonderful world of running, regardless of experience and ability.
Damon – Got To Get Out Runners
Damon is a keen member of the GTGO whanau who has helped with arranging many hikes, runs, walks, and also joined the 2019 trip to the Annapurna Circuit. Damon is a top runner in his own right and loves getting people outdoors!
Shawn – Got To Get Out Runners
Shawn has been a GTGO runner since the group started, he loves running especially trail running and has taken part in several races and marathons over the years with the goal of completing a ultra marathon one year. He is based in Auckland and beside running he’s also a keen hiker and mountain biker. Shawn is also volunteering as a Scout leader taking youth outdoors hiking, camping and other outdoor pursuits.
Christie – Got To Get Out Runners
Christie is originally from South Africa and has been growing up hiking and always been active outdoors. She loves the peace and quiet of nature and thinks there’s nothing better than spending a couple of hours outdoors exploring and taking in the surrounding. She took up running again recently and loves than it allows her to explore even greater distances.
Bjoern – Got To Get Out Climbers
Bjoern is a keen indoor and outdoor rock climber who approached GTGO several years ago with a dream to create a rock climbing community. He and subsequent volunteer leaders have helped to build one of the biggest groups of climbers in Auckland, making people feel welcome at all levels and skills at Auckland’s largest wall, Extreme Edge.
Robert – Got To Get Out Climbers
Robert has recently moved back to Auckland after a season of sea kayak guiding in the Bay of Islands. He has a degree in Outdoor Education and beside kayaking likes to do tramping, rafting, SUP, sport climbing and non-technical mountaineering!
Josh – Got To Get Out Climbers
Erin – Auckland Adventurers
Erin is from Hawkes Bay but has lived in Auckland for many years. He is very interested in the inactive volcanos and numerous pa sites around Auckland City and walks the hills with his dog daily. He enjoys walking/tramping/conversation and meeting new people. Erin has worked in retail all his working life, and has also spent 10 years as a volunteer with Victim Support (aligned with NZ Police). He enjoys giving back to the community.
Michael – Auckland Adventurers
Michael was first involved with GTGO back in 2015 when he was studying Outdoor Education. He then moved to Spain for a few years where he was running some social hiking groups for expats. He decided to move back to NZ again 2019, and got into a proper outdoors lifestyle working as a Park Ranger. His main passions are medicinal native plants and teaching people about our wonderful species. His main pursuit is tramping and crafts but he is keen to get more into sea kayaking and climbing too!
Adam – Auckland Adventurers
Adam is born and raised in Auckland. He enjoys both gym and sport, playing to stay fit and healthy. He especially likes playing rugby but also hiking. He really enjoys getting into multi day hiking and always has an idea of where to go next. He don’t mind getting out in the rain or bad weather, he actually enjoys it because it’s a challenge! He tries to get his kids involved with hiking and really believes that kids and families have Got To Get Out too!
Travis – Auckland Adventurers
Travis is originally from Wichita, Kansas, but has been living in Auckland for 8 years. He has been involved in the outdoors since he was a kid as a scout in the US, and started working in the outdoors 2 years ago as an Outdoor Instructor where he’s doing anything from running various high ropes to multi-day hikes in the bush to kayaking. When he’s not working or helping with his local scout troop, he’s still usually outdoors either hiking, camping, caving, rock climbing or sea kayaking. When he has spare time he enjoys running and CrossFit. He’s also started moving into snorkelling and mountaineering.
Rose – Auckland Adventurers
Rose from Auckland works as a Commercial Property Manager by day but is an adventurer all other times. She loves snowboarding, hiking in the bush, and has recently started getting into mountain biking! She really enjoys organising trips and is keen to show others how they can Get Out too. She’s is very happy to share her dehydrated meal recipes and knowledge about trees.
Lou – Waikato Adventurers
Lou is from Germany but has lived in Hamilton since the beginning of 2019. She came to NZ to enjoy the great outdoors and enjoys walking/hiking, travelling in her camper van, snowboarding and dancing rock ‘n’ roll! She recently bought herself a surfing board so her next mission is to learn how to surf.
Amy – Taranaki Adventurers
Amy grew up on a farm so being outdoors is in her DNA. From exploring the swamp land for Tadpoles, to climbing trees, sliding across flooded paddocks on her boogie board and hooning around on her bike. Now after a stint overseas she is back exploring Taranaki and beyond. She loves Mountain Biking, Hiking/Running/Orienteering, Climbing and Snowboarding. She can occasionally be seen attempting to surf and long board.
Lexi – Taranaki Adventurers
Lexi was born and bred in Taranaki, where she started tramping and running at a young age. A bit of an adrenaline junkie, Lexi loves her mountain biking and giving almost anything a go from skydiving to swimming with sharks. She knows Taranaki has great places to hike, bike and surf and is looking forward to introducing others to these great spots. Lexi has spent a lot of time in the outdoors making the most of what the region has to offer from white water rafting, mountain biking and tramping to learning to surf, spear fishing and camping. Lexi has spent some of her teaching career working with youth in the great outdoors and she regularly organises trips out with her friends. She joined us on a few of our adventures in Taranaki and is excited about being part of our team.
Marty – Palmerston North Adventurers
Marty lives in Manawatu and has always had a love for the outdoors, especially mountain biking and motorcycles. He has a background in racing motorcycles and now coaches fellow riders. He proudly served in the Army Reserves which has taught him many things that he is keen to pass onto other outdoor enthusiasts. Marty’s day time work is in Sales/marketing.
Kirsty – Wellington Adventurers
Kirsty lives in Wellington and is an outdoor and adventure lover from way back. She has experience in hiking/tramping, waterskiing, adventure racing and is currently much into triathlon and off road triathlon. She’s a recently qualified PT and loves helping people getting fit via exploring the outdoors. She cares for the environment, has a degree in Environmental science and has done Leave No Trace training. Her day job is as an account manager.
Kathleen – Wellington Adventurers
Kathleen is originally from Auckland but has been living in Wellington for the last 5 years. She works as a graphic designer by day, but she also loves to head out hiking, camping and riding motorbikes! She also loves skiing and snowboarding.
Hannah – Wellington Adventurers
Hannah is from the beautiful Kapiti Coast and loves exploring the great playground on her doorstep – hiking, the beach, mountain biking, paddle boarding, 4WDing/winch racing with her partner and getting muddy! She has a good knowledge about places to go in Wellington and loves to share it with other people.
John – Wellington Adventurers
John is originally from Florida but moved over to Wellington 2013. While he’s got a big background in paddle sports, he loves getting out to the hills and mountains. Every chance he gets, he’ll head to Tongariro, Taupo and Rotorua to hike, bike and snowboard. He’s been passionate about getting people outdoors for many years, which led him into his second career as an sea kayak guide. He enjoys helping people take that first step to get out the door and enjoy the amazing outdoor opportunities NZ offers.
Rosie – Wellington Adventurers
Rosie is originally from rural England but now Wellington based. She loves hiking, running, trying new outdoors activities and meeting cool new people! She joined a GTGO event last year and was immediately drawn to assist since she enjoyed it so much.
Jono – Nelson Adventurers
Jono moved over from the UK 10 years ago and lived the first 5 years in Auckland working in Tourism. He’s now based in Nelson where he is thriving together with his wife and their dog Charlie. By day he works with commercial building management and repairs, and in his spare time he likes to go mountain biking, sea kayaking, surfing, trail running and walking, just ‘getting out there’.
Rob – Nelson Adventurers
Rob moved to Nelson in November 2019 from Auckland to work as a flight medic for Nelson Rescue Helicopter. He likes to hike, snowboard, shooting, kayaking, mountain biking and coffee!! Rob is a keen traveler and adventurer, he spent a year in Alaska and has been to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. He is looking forward to meet new people to explore Nelson and the surrounding areas with.
Jacq – Christchurch Adventurers
Jacq is a born and bred Cantabrian who has found her love of hiking in the past few years. She appreciates how good being outdoors makes her feel and wants to share that experience with others. Jacq is currently ticking off the NZ great walks and enjoys meeting people and sharing stories while out on the tracks. Jacq also enjoys photography and writing.
Zsuzsi – Queenstown Adventurers
Zsuzsi comes originally from Hungary but now calls Queenstown her home. She has joined almost every GTGO event in Queenstown for the last year! She loves getting out hiking, biking, camping, snowboarding and surfing. She also loves exploring new places and activities around town where she can bring her dog.
Mark – Queenstown Adventurers
Mark is originally from Christchurch but currently living in Queenstown where he enjoys exploring the great outdoor. He’s done a fair bit of tramping in winter, summer, long and short, easy to full-blown exploratory navigation. He’s also done solo and leading throughout the Canterbury region. He loves to help other people try something new, and his own current pursuits are concentrating on climbing and trail running.
Denan – Dunedin Adventurers
Denan moved to Dunedin from Sydney 1.5 years ago and is loving it there! He joined several GTGO trips last year but the most memorable one was the trip to Everest Base Camp, Nepal. Beside hiking in Nepal he’s also a keen snowboarder.
Karl – Dunedin Adventurers
Karl is a proud Mozzie (Maori/Aussie), moved to Dunedin from NSW about a year ago. One of the main reasons for him and his wife to make the move was so they could get out and explore this beautiful whenua, and that’s exactly what they have been doing the past year. Karl went to several GTGO adventures last year in Dunedin, and decided that he want to help getting more people in Dunedin outdoors!