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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.

Tracey Sullivan

Tracey is a poet, editor and teacher as well as a guide for Walking By Nature. She is a New Zealander who recently became a permanent resident of Waiheke after living on the island part-time for eleven years.

Passionate about slow tourism, nature and caring for our environment, she loves nothing more than sharing our beautiful island with our guests from all round the world.

Justine Steel

Justine has been living on Waihele island for many years but grew up on the nearby island of Great Barrier (Aotea).

She is known as a committed and caring guide with a deep knowledge of Waiheke and the Hauraki Gulf, including history. culture, flora and fauna.