Adventure and the outdoors, core fundamentals that Henare embraces, are what brought him to the Wakatipu Basin, and Queenstown 20 years ago. Henare has explored the region to the fullest, incorporating his passions of trekking, skiing, and fly fishing.
These passions, coupled with his love of people naturally led him into the profession of guiding. Learning from one of the world’s great masters, Dick Fraser of the Cedar Lodge near Makarora,Henare became a professional fishing guide over ten years ago. After several years of providing guiding services throughout the south of New Zealand, Henare ventured into his own guiding company, Dream-waters. And then re-branding to Explore in August 2015.
During the off season, Henare continues to utilise his specific knowledge of the region and backcountry experience by guiding the adventurous on heli-skiing excursions through the remote Southern Alps surrounding Queenstown.Amongst his various outdoor endeavours, Henare found an increasing number of clients seeking advice and guidance on purchasing property in the region.
He says, “With my geographical knowledge of the area, local eye on the market, and general knowledge of the industry, I knew I could add more value to my clients and could continue to assist them throughout their stay in the region.”Since becoming a licensed consultant, Henare has facilitated a significant number of sales for his clients.
Speaking of those experiences, he says, “It was about offering a distinct, unmatched service for those who enjoy Queenstown as much as I do.”
Henare enjoys creating and fostering relationships with his clients, whom ultimately become close friends. His clients appreciate his knowledge, understanding and intuition of where to find the best opportunity - whether fishing a pristine glacial river, heli-skiing the mighty Southern Alps, or the value of the landscape in terms of real estate.
Henare is married to Iku and they have 2 boys Jazz (7) and Lani-dimond (20 months). A number of clients have been with the boys as they have grown and Jazz has seen more of our back country then most people i know!
Iku is a trained Massage Therapist specializing in Reflexology & Shiatsu,and also a qualified beautician/wedding make-up artist. It's pretty typical to tag team after a days fishing or skiing where she hands the boys over to me, and does a massage treatment!
My job is about sharing the ‘where’, ‘how’, ‘when’ and ‘what’ of fly-fishing, hunting, heli-skiing and real estate here in the Southern Alps region. You’re the ‘who’ and I’m thinking we’ve got enough in common to know exactly ‘why’!