About Us

Learn the story behind the business.

 

A Day With Around The Basin

Let us introduce you to a typical day with Around The Basin.

Meet The Team

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 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

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 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

Hamish Fleming

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

Leif Christensen

Leif made the move down from Nelson to Queenstown 5 years ago to chase new adventures. The diverse MTB scene was the lure for the move, but it has been the huge list of other outdoor activities on the doorstep that has kept him entertained. In summer Leif enjoys riding his bikes (DH, DJ &

Louise Winchester (aka Winny)

Born and bred in the UK, Louise moved to New Zealand for the summer of 2017 after finishing a degree in human geography and quickly being bored of her office job in London.  Ready for adventure, her first escapade onto the mechanical bull in Cowboys resulted in a fractured vertebra.  However, that didn’t stop her

Jase Hall

Born in Auckland and schooled in Sydney Australia. Jason returned to New Zealand to attend Otago University. After finishing his degree he moved back to Queenstown where he has now been for 5 years. Jason has raced professionally as a triathlete and elite runner around the world. He continues to train in and around the

Hywel Dinnick

Hywel, originally from Wales, made the move to New Zealand 5 years ago because of his enthusiasm for exploring the great outdoors. Queenstown was the natural place to settle with easy access to the wilderness and adventures right on the doorstep. He joined the team at Around The Basin to show visitors what the Queenstown