MEET WILL JACKWAYS
Will is about as local as they come in this area and is one of the nicest guys.
As a kid sport played a huge roll in his up-bringing. His friends know him as a 'sports nut' who's obsessed with everything sport-related. You name it and chances are that Will plays it or follows it, so It was natural he would follow his career towards sport and the outdoors.
Living in Wanaka snowboarding quickly became his passion. Weekends were spent up at Cardrona. By the time he left school he was getting paid to snowboard and travel the world full-time.
After countless contest results, international exposure and travelling to foreign countries, he focused on filming video parts in the back-country spending majority of his time in Japan and the United States. As a result of spending a lot of time in Asia, Will became reasonably proficient In the Japanese language which we considers it a great asset.
Also a keen golfer, from a young age Will spent a lot of time at Wanaka Golf Club. It's no surprise that it became a second home for him. He plays off a respectable 8 handicap, has ticked off some amazing local and international golf courses.
Will has a very unique snowboard style and approach towards the mountain, he feels at home in the snow and has an amazingly creative mind when it comes to riding his snowboard. He takes great pride in offering guests a different insight and new perspective in looking at the mountains.
Will applies a similar approach and philosophy to his golf. He's laid-back but determined and knowledgeable yet humble in his attitude - with a wealth of experience golfing in his back yard he's the ultimate guide for any golfer wanting a refreshing and down-to-earth golfing experience .
After 38 consecutive back-to-back winters as a professional snowboarder, he's in the right place and space to share his incredible knowledge of the area and to give back to the industry that's given him and his family their everything.
He looks forward to welcoming you to his special part of the world and giving you the best experience you'll never forget!
MEET ABBY JACKWAYS
Abby Jackways has called Wanaka home for the last 16 years and lives for the mountains and outdoors. She enjoys everything this special place has to offer.
Originally from the Coromandel Peninsula, with a rural upbringing on the family farm/ horse riding ranch. Taking treks from a young age Abby developed some great 'people strengths.'
Abby also went on to become a professional snowboarder and travelled the world extensively for ten years. Spending time in Europe, Japan, Scandinavia, Canada and the US, Abby endorsed international brands and pioneered a path of progression. She still serves as an inspirational role model.
Abby is a three-time World Heli Challenge champion, has competed on the World Snowboard Tour, accomplished international exposure including featuring on magazine covers, numerous other acclaimed publications and in many advertising and marketing campaigns.
Combined with a 'hands on, get it done' attitude Abby's never one to shy away from giving anything and everything a go. Her determination matched with her natural ability have paved an incredible path of success and achievements that continue to grow an expand with business .
Will and Abby were married in 2013 and not only is Abby an essential part of Explore Wanaka as a mentor/motivator and innovator, but she's also the incredible mother to their two children and makes quality time with them a priority. Additionally she's extremely well respected amongst her friends/family and the Wanaka community alike.
“Abby is amazingly fun to be around and extremely passionate day to day , she's takes great pride in giving people an experience they wont forget , she is very attentive and loves helping people accomplish their dreams.” - Will J