The Ultimates

The Ultimates

‘Fun loving professionals‘ is the term we came up with to best describe UDNZ staff members.

At Ultimate Descents New Zealand, our staff are like our family, it’s for this reason we choose to surround ourselves with people that are both enjoyable to spend time with and also extremely experienced at what they do.  Multi-talented is a good way of describing the team.  All our river guides are highly trained and qualified at what they do, often training new and up coming guides from all around the globe.

When our quiet season comes around you’ll find most of our guides head off overseas to further themselves or pass on their knowledge with other white water operations around the world.( Japan, Austria, South America, Australia, Canada, Africa and Switzerland) With an excellent safety record that is hard to beat, rest assured you’ll not find a more professional, experienced or passionate team than the crew at Ultimate Descents New Zealand.

Their skill, dedication and enthusiasm are the cornerstones of our operation and the reasons why so many of our clients return.

Our staff-training program ensures that everyone really knows stuff and also gives our trainee guides the opportunity to learn from the more experienced staff members.  All our river guides hold NZRA (NZ Rafting Association) Raft Guiding Awards and are trained in first aid and swift water rescue.

With just the right blend of youth and experience you‘ll find the UDNZ team informative, interesting, easy to relate to and loads of fun!

Tim Marshal

Tim MarshalTim has not left the Buller region since he arrived back in 1998, being in love with the area so much he decided to take over the company in 2002 and hasn’t looked back.  He is our ‘silver back’, he keeps the tribe organised and the two ankle biters in check.  Not only involved with the daily running of UDNZ, his broad skills base crosses all levels from upper management, training, river guiding to driving the bus, these always see Tim with something to do.


To look into Sonny’s eyes explains it all. An absolute genuine legend. Growing up on the Buller, home town Murchison, Sonny is at one with river. River guide by design, international traveler by nature. From the Jungles of Honduras to the Wildness of Africa, Sonny’s experences are of huge asset to the team. Smiling at customs to guiding us down a lost river. Always up for an adventure.


You would be hard pressed to find someone more suited to raft guiding than Camo, having spent the last decade working his way round the world from deepest darkest Africa to the rockies in Canada. With a personality to match his beard, Camo is an essential part of any team with a crazy mission in mind. River boy and adventurer Camo’s skills and personality are gonna add magic to your river trip.


Muel likes to kick it old school.  He was around back when Tim first turned up at Ultimate Descents.  A real happy go lucky kind of character, Muel likes to join us for a bit of summer fun.  His laid back attitude and sense of humor turns hard work into play, whether he is driving the bus or out on a heli-rafting expedition.  In the off season you’ll find him carving up the mountain and dragging the injured folk off, as he works ski patrol.


ArianeAri has joined us from Quebec Canada. In her 2nd season in NZ and with a guiding skill like her smile, she a a champ to have on our team.


Looking after the guides and the running of the shop, Cara is answering the phone and emails, making sure your are well looked after before and during your time with us. So good at her job, we are training her up to be the next ultimate river guide.