Jon Imhoof

As well as a guide and outdoor instructor, Jon works closely with our guests to design the perfect personally tailored adventure holiday.  Jon has been operating adventure tours in New Zealand since 1987. He has designed countless itineraries for individuals  and companies featuring myriad activities in locations throughout the Pacific.

In the late 1980’s Queenstown became known as “the Adventure Capital” of the world as local innovators and entrepreneurs developed a number of  commercial adventure activities.  Rafting and Jetboating were early starters.  Bungy jumping followed and soon was joined by Paragliding and River Boarding.  The later was Jon Imhoof’s contribution to an ever growing list of activities that has made Queenstown a model that similar towns around the world have sought to recreate.  

Jon began his guiding career in Hawaii with hiking, snorkeling and sailing trips before moving to New Zealand in 1989.  As well as River boarding, Jon has been guiding hiking, multisport and adventure tours and was a pioneer of backcountry and heli snowboarding and snow kiting.

As well as Hawaii and New Zealand, Jon has designed itineraries and operated trips in Australia and Southern Africa and currently operates trips in the South Pacific island groups of Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.

While most tours we design are more general outdoor tours with activities such as hiking, kayaking and cycling included, Jon’s experience in outdoor sports of all kinds gives him an understanding of the various interests of our guests and a unique ability to tailor make itineraries around the best places to do specific activities.


  • University of Hawaii  B.A. Anthropology
  • Avalanche Level 1
  • Swiftwater Rescue
  • Pre Hospital Emergency Care
  • RYA Coastal Skipper
  • IKO Kitesurf Instructor

Company Affiliations

  • Trek Hawaii 1984 -1985
  • Pacific Quest (Hawaii)1985 – 1989
  • Serious Fun Adventure Tours 1989- 2000
  • Serious Fun River Surfing 1989- 2000
  • Boarder Patrol Heli boarding 1994-1998
  • Harris Mountains Heliski 1994 – Present
  • Riversurfing Zambezi 1996- 2000
  • Boarder Patrol Snow Kiting 2009-2014
  • Elite Queenstown 2000- present
  • Name changed to The Extra Mile


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