In our Away From Homeseries, The News takes a look at Wanaka people working overseas. This week we hear from Canadian-based sightseeing host Mackenzie Ayres.
I was educated . . . at Mount Aspiring College in Wanaka.
I live in . . . Banff, Alberta, Canada, a wonderful mountain town in the Canadian Rockies.
I came to Banff in April last year and my original plan was to spend three months with my friends and family who live in here. But I totally and completely fell in love with this beautiful place, and have been here for over a year now.
I work as . . . a sightseeing host for Brewster Transportation, and also as an experience co-ordinator at The Willow Stream Spa.
The great thing about my job is . . . I get to travel through the Canadian Rockies and show people from all over the world just how special this place is.
I am very humbled and honoured to explore and allow tourists and travellers to experience this place with my guidance.
When not working, I like to . . . ski and ice-skate in the winter, and in the summer, hiking, being by these glorious mountain lakes and rivers, and just hanging with my friends.
My memories of Wanaka . . . are exploring, hiking, camping, swimming, boating and just anything active I could.
My friends and family are my biggest memories from back home – kids who grow up in Wanaka are the best.
The first thing I do when I go home . . . is hug my family and friends, eat lots of Kiwi food – e.g. my mum’s cooking – and swim at the lake with my friends.
That is one of the things I miss the most, because the lakes close to me are glacial-fed and very cold.