Meet The Team
Adventure Weddings New Zealand was founded by Jodie and Neil Stuart, who came together over a shared love of life and adventure.
Being an absolute adventure lover, Jodie was instantly drawn to Neil's online dating profile back in 2013 when she spotted his profile name was 'ADVENTURE +9'. Intrigued, she sent him a message to find out more about this fellow-adventure lover, and as they say from here the rest was history!
In a bid for a more adventurous lifestyle, they threw in the city life of Auckland and made the move to the deep south of New Zealand in 2016.
Not long after, Jodie decided to have a complete career change, and pursued her love of the wedding industry. She turned her hobby of being a marriage celebrant in to her ‘real job’ and landed a part time contract running the local wedding association.
Meanwhile, Neil landed an amazing job teaching PE, Health and Outdoor Education. He also picked up some sideline work guiding on the well-known Routeburn track.
With Jodie fully immersed in the wedding industry and their shared sense of adventure alive and well, it didn’t take long for the idea of Adventure Weddings New Zealand to develop.
Elopement Planner | Celebrant
As our lead adventure planner you'll be in great hands with Jodie. She has worked in the marketing, media and events sector for over 15 years across a portfolio of local, national and global clients.
She has been a marriage celebrant since 2014, and has married nearly 100 couples! Qualified as a journalist Jodie loves creating unique ceremonies that reflect each couples story'.
When she isn't busy marrying lovers on mountain tops, she can be found running the local wedding association - so it is fair to say she really is all over everything weddings!
Adventure Guide | Witness
Neil has been a hiking guide since the early 2000's. He has walked the The Routeburn and Milford tracks more times than you can count, and being in the outdoors adventuring is his 'happy place'. .
Neil works as a Physical Education and Health teacher by day, and is an adventure wedding guide and legal witness during weekends, holidays and over the summer.
Neil loves a good yarn, and will be sure to tell you a great story about nearly every bird, every mountain and every tree that you will come across on your wedding adventure.
BECAUSE IN THE END, YOU WON'T REMEMBER THE TIME YOU SPENT WORKING IN THE OFFICE, OR MOWING THE LAWN...
Climb that goddamn mountain!
- JACK KEROUAC