Go Orange has announced the appointment of Courtney Quintrell as new Go Orange Kayak Experience Manager.

Bringing over 20 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism sectors, US-born Quintrell has spent six years in Fiordland National Park.

Her first New Zealand role saw her learning the ropes as a guide, driver, and second-in-command for a Milford Sounds kayak company, interspersed with time in Alaska as a reiver guide and lodge guest services manager.

Joining Go Orange in November 2018, she managed the daily operations of a full-service café on its newly-renovated scenic cruise boat the Milford Haven, catering for over 500 guests each day.

“I have paddled a few places in the world, but nothing competes with kayaking in Fiordland," said Quintrell. “The landscape is awe-inspiring, and the weather makes it even better. You haven’t really seen the place at it’s best until you’ve paddled in proper Fiordland rain. It’s incredible.

“It’s hugely rewarding to be in a position to have fun with our guests while working in such an exciting industry in the most beautiful place in the world. I am excited to work with our amazing kayaking team who deliver an outstanding experience, day in, day out.”

When she's not working, Quintrell enjoys multiple outdoor pursuits, including tramping, mountain biking, rafting, and snowboarding. She also helps to coordinate the Milford Sound Wild Food and Brew Festival, the largest community event in the Sound.

“We’re looking forward to working with her, especially knowing the level of experience and fun she’ll bring to the kayaking team,” said Go Orange's head of experience, Russell Thomas.