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Meet your Walking By Nature guides

All the guides at Walking By Nature are passionate about our philosophy: helping you to unplug, connect and discover yourself in the great outdoors and doing it all in the magnificent environment of Waiheke Island.

Come and enjoy an eco-tour with us!

Gabrielle Young of Walking By Nature

Gabrielle Young

At the age of 49 I walked away from my corporate job and I kept on walking – for 400 kilometres on a solo trek through the passes and mountain valleys of the South Island of New Zealand.

That month-long solo walk helped me to clarify my values that would guide me from here and what I wanted to do to align to those values in all areas of my life. The self I discovered on that walk was open-hearted, connected to herself and nature, and didn’t need or want to be a warrior woman anymore. She was in the present moment and without fear.

I found that there were new ways to use my professional skills. I could do work that was more inspiring, that helped others to feel good about themselves and to discover for themselves the healing power of connecting to nature and following their dreams.

And that’s how Walking By Nature was born.

Kim Wesney

Kim has lived on Waiheke for over 20 years and loves any opportunity to get outside and explore the wide range of natural environments that exist here on the island. She has a great interest in conservation and ecological sustainability and has travelled extensively in New Zealand and overseas.

Kim has a background in the health and arts sectors and looks forward to meeting fellow adventurers and also those who just wish to enjoy the peace and quiet of the beautiful flora and fauna the island offers.

As one of our Waiheke artists, Kim is especially sought after as a guide for the Art Walk. She works from her studio gallery at Trig Hill Base Camp, using various media on projects exploring themes that are often story-based, drawing inspiration from the natural environment, sounds and music.

Katerina Zavazalova

Katerina joins us from the Department of Conservation and has worked in tourism-based roles for over six years. She is keen to show you the best that Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands have to offer.

Katerina left a management career to become a walking guide with us because it allows her to work in alignment with her values around wellness, getting outdoors and connecting with people in a positive way.

Sue Biggs

Sue is a long-time Waiheke Island local and a keen walker who loves nothing better than getting outside and sharing the island with others.

As the leader of a Saturday walking group for the past 14 years, she has hiked just about every inch of the island.

Sue has a background in education, is deeply involved in community and volunteer work and is a keen supporter of a number of island-based charities.

Louis Davidson

Louis grew up on Waiheke Island and loves the island with a passion.

He is a committed conservationist and nature lover and is passionate about telling our stories and sharing with our guests our wonderful natural environment.