Martin Leslie

Born in Nelson, New Zealand, Martin Leslie developed a strong connection with the natural world while exploring the South Island’s backcountry as a child. After graduating with a university degree in Earth sciences, he enjoyed many years as a high school educator, specializing in outdoor and environmental education. His devotion to the outdoors eventually led to a position as a hiking guide—a career change that became permanent when he realized how much he loved introducing travelers to New Zealand’s spectacular landscapes. In his free time, Martin can be found hiking, biking, kayaking, and skiing, as well as splitting wood and making furniture.