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Around The Basin

Our People

  • Steve Norton (General Manager)

    Steve Norton settled in Queenstown 28 years ago, originally attracted by the white water kayaking and skiing but stayed for the beauty and diversity ... read more

    Steve Norton settled in Queenstown 28 years ago, originally attracted by the white water kayaking and skiing but stayed for the beauty and diversity of the town.

    He established New Zealand's biggest paragliding school and flew tandem paragliders for over 12 years. Steve has also established and owned a restaurant, and managed bus and gas companies in the town. More recently in conjunction with overseeing Around The Basin, Steve has been instrumental in the vision, creation and management of Rabbit Ridge Bike Resort in the Gibbston Valley.

    Steve is Managing Director of Around The Basin, helping oversee the day to day operation.

    In his spare time he teaches racing kayaking and enjoys competing in cycling and multi sport races.

    His partner is Lisa Cooper, operations manager for the business together they have two children Isabella and Isaac.

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  • Lisa Cooper (Operations Manager)

    Lisa was born in Queenstown and spent her early childhood here.
    Some would say this town never leaves the blood and Lisa returned to settle here 25 ... read more

    Lisa was born in Queenstown and spent her early childhood here.

    Some would say this town never leaves the blood and Lisa returned to settle here 25 years ago.

    She has always enjoyed the outdoors and keeping fit through running, cycling and skiing. Lisa and her partner Steve Norton are well settled in Queenstown and with their two children enjoy making the most of all that Queenstown has to offer.

    Lisa's job at Around The Basin Bike Tours gives her the chance to encompass all her interests and enjoy the amazing environment she fortunate enough to live in....what more could you ask for!

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  • Hamish Fleming (Lead Guide)

    Originally from the North Island of New Zealand, Hamish has been living down south for the last 7 years. On completing his degree at Otago University ... read more

    Originally from the North Island of New Zealand, Hamish has been living down south for the last 7 years. On completing his degree at Otago University he moved to Wanaka to pursue his passion for multi sport racing. After 3 years of elite racing, both in New Zealand and overseas, Hamish made the move to Queenstown to take up a position with Around The Basin. Hamish is still heavily involved in multi sport racing and when not working can often be seen training on the Queenstown trails.

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Queenstown, South Island, NZ