Jack Simon - Raft Guide

Jack Matiaha-Simon Go Orange

Q - How long have you worked for Go Orange?
This is my third season with Go Orange.

Q - Why did you choose to live and work in Queenstown?
Its beautiful, always buzzing, always busy and there is always a river to be rafted.

Q - What’s the best part of your job?
The good reactions I get from customers when I take them rafting, it makes the job so worthwhile.

Q - Any memorable moments from your time here?
When I was in my training, I was the only raft guide to flip almost all of the senior Trip Leaders.

Q - Favourite experience in the company?
Rafting the Shotover at 70 Cumecs for sure!

Q - What do you do out of work?
I like to hike around Queenstown and just chill out.

Q - If you didn’t work here what would you do?
I would probably be in security.

Q - What was life before Go Orange?
I was rafting in Oklahoma on the Olympic rafting course.

Q - If you could travel anywhere where will it be?
Asia, USA and more of Australia.

Q - Describe your perfect day in Queenstown?
High water, suns out, guns out.

Q - Favourite person in the company?
Brad & Guido, love those guys.

Q - How many rivers have you rafted?
I have rafted 13 in total all around the world. The Wairoa is my favourite.

Q - What has been your favourite mission ever?
The first time I visited Milford Sound, it’s like another world down there and being from New Zealand it was such a special place to visit.

Q - What’s one thing you suggest for people to do when they visit Queenstown?
Head up the Skyline Gondola for the views and the buffet – its all you can eat and bloody good!

Q - Tell us one Interesting facts about yourself?
I have a twin brother call Erin, we are identical.