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Paul Ratlidge

As the owner of Adventure HQ, Paul brings an accumulated experience in Tongaririo National Park of more than 40 years of adventures. This has only been interrupted by 3 years at University where he studied parks, recreation and tourism management and 1 year in the corporate world where he supplied health and safety services to Fletcher Challenge Forests in the Bay of Plenty.

In the past 10 years Paul has worked as a ski patroller and guide for Whakapapa Ski Area on Mt Ruapehu. Rising to the position of Assistant Safety Services Manager and Head Guide he has been heavily involved in public and staff safety. Duties included coordinating avalanche control, comprehensive first aid delivery, technical rescue, and accident prevention and information delivery. He is also an active member of the Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation.

Having guided more than 300 trips to Mt Ruapehu's crater and across Tongariro. Paul's passion for skiing, hiking and the outdoors will ensure you have a quality experience that will leave you breathless and wanting more.

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