Never found too far from his walking boots, James has been an outdoorsman all his life. "There’s nothing like a good fire with good company, a few quiet ales, some good stories and a guitar tune or two. Beats staring at a TV!"
James grew up in the Bay of Plenty, but now lives in Paeroa with his family. He’s most at home in the hills with good company, although he misses being able to bring his dog along on adventures! He has a wealth of experience in the wilderness, working in pest control, for the Department of Conservation and owning a business. Being a local lad, he makes the most of the regions proximity of sea to land, often going hunting, fishing, horse riding and snorkling.
James reckons when it comes to the nosh, it’s pretty hard to beat a nice roast leg of hogget with vegetables. "Or, fresh fish marinated in lemon, add coconut cream, onion, chopped tomato and cucumber. Am I allowed two favourites? I could easily add a third," he says.
Steve 'Coxy' Cox
Coxy is a true Jack of all trades. Whatever he turns his hand to, he picks up like a natural. A trained engineer, he's our go to man for solutions. Between tours he lends the Department of Conservation a hand as a hut warden on the Pinnacles track (included on our Coastal Charm tours!), guiding groups and making sure everyone has a bed or a camping spot for the night.
Steve and his wife Karyn also own and manage one of our beautiful lodges, Mangotahi Lodge in the Kauaeranga Valley, a country-style stunner they built from scratch together. If you join us on our Coastal Charm classic or taster tour, you'll enjoy a stay here and will be spoiled by Karyn's incredible home cooking.