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Best Foot Forward New Zealand

Adventure: Training – Trips – Guiding

Best Foot Forward NZ owner/operator Bob McLachlan wants to give you the chance to realise your adventure dreams by offering training, trips and guided experiences.

Whether you are an absolute beginner planning your first multi-day bike ride; you want to hike one of New Zealand’s great walks; you have a burning desire to compete in the Coast to Coast; or completing the Godzone Adventure Race is on your bucket list, Bob can help.


Bob’s 27 years spent as a qualified outdoor guide, adventure racing around the world and competing in local, national and international running, biking and water sport events means he has a vast quantity of experience and knowledge to call on. Nicknamed Big Water Bob, he specialises in kayak/raft/canoe tuition for individuals, teams, or groups.

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Guided Adventures

Bob is also available to guide you and your friends, or family, in small, personalised groups on tailor-made adventures that take you into beautiful, remote places around the Southern Lakes region.

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What sets Bob’s trips apart from larger commercial operators is that you can customise an adventure with him to involve hiking, biking, or floating down a river – or combine any of these activities for a memorable day out.

“I recently returned to live in NZ. When I met Bob I had just purchased my Mountain Bike and I was planning my new sport cycling around New Zealand’s fantastic trails. I knew nothing about mountain bikes and I was confused by different advice I’d received. Bob was amazing. He showed me step by step how to set up my bike, what was important, and went cycling with me to show me literally how to ride. I know they say you never forget to ride a bike but you do, and modern bikes with gears are a long shot from my old cycling experience.  Then Bob encouraged me to go for my dreams. So within 6 months I was riding and loving the Alps2Ocean Trail! That has been the beginning of a new passion!
Thanks Bob and I would suggest any baby boomer like me, get in touch with Bob for the best advice and encouragement ever.
Next up my son is doing the Coast to Coast – so who do you think I recommended he turn to for advice!”

– Susan Warren