The Boyle Team

The quality of our instructors at the Boyle is what sets us apart from most outdoor education providers. Consistent high level feedback from schools and community groups during 2019 is testament to the professional standards and quality outdoor education at the Boyle.

“Very effective at encouraging and developing teamwork, communication and leadership” Rangiora High School teacher.

Nick Chapman aka Night Condor

leads the operations team, with responsibility for programme development, future sustainability and actualisation of the Trusts vision.
In 2016 he joined the North Canterbury Alpine Trust, as temporary Centre Manager and in 2017 the management was restructured creating the role of Development Manager. His focus turned to developing the programmes, expansion of school users, improved utilisation and he initiated the Lodge Development Project.

In 2019 the Development Manager role evolved into the current Chief of Operations position, which has overarching responsibilities for all operational activities and reports directly to the board of trustees.


With over a decade of experience working for various companies and foundations in Australia and New Zealand, he brings to the Trust the experience of working in tourism, sea kayaking off the coast of Otago and White Water Rafting the rivers of Canterbury and Otago. 


He has worked with tertiary students at the University of Otago and more recently at the coal face with at risk youth from the Gold Coast in Australia before moving into management. His experience with groups of all types and his understanding of industry best practice, business and management processes ultimately ensure that the Boyle remains accessible to all that benefit from our future focused and responsive programmes.
Nick’s shared vision of inspiring young people and extending their potential to be life long learners and contributing citizens, and through the use of Outdoor Education and Recreational programmes to enhance their wellbeing is what underpins the success of the Boyle today. This is what drives him to improve and secure the future of the Boyle as the leading provider of Outdoor Education in New Zealand.

Ali Holley aka Alpine Hippo

Senior Instructor at the Boyle for 3 years - outdoors extraordinaire for 20 years

Quals: UK Mountain Leader (Hiking), SPA award (Rock climbing), BCU lvl 1 coach (Canoe and Kayak), Mias lvl 1 (Mountain bike)


Ali started his outdoor instructing journey in the UK in 2008 when he did an apprenticeship at The Adventure Centre in Dartmoor. Upon completing this he worked for two years at Adventure International in the UK learning more and improving his skill set.  Ali then moved to NZ in 2011 and worked in Hanmer Springs for three summers instructing and at NZski for those winters He did his first stint at the Boyle in 2014 before moving to Australia and working in the Victorian high country.  Upon his return to NZ he has been working at the Boyle since 2016 as the Senior Instructor.  In between these positions he has taken part and helped run expeditions in Ecuador, Mongolia, India.

Ali has been an avid tramper since joining the Air Cadets at 13 and completed his bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh awards.  He also was in the long-distance marching team and completed many events throughout his time with cadets.  Some of Ali’s personal highlights from his outdoor adventures have been completing the Belgium Death March which was 100km in under 24 hours; reaching the summit of Cotopaxi in Ecuador; spending 3 months tramping across Mongolia; Kayaking the Kali river in northern India; and the time he has spent exploring the NZ high country.

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Exploring new places has always been a huge draw for Ali and tramping has allowed him to get to so many places.  Between work stints he can be found at local crags as a keen climber and on the trails as a mountain biker along with many other outdoor activities.  He just loves being outdoors and sharing his knowledge with people. “I would take a rainy day outside over a day in an office anytime.  Outdoor pursuits aside, I really enjoy cooking and trying out  new recipes and ideas.” Ali Holley


Wendy - aka Dub D

Wendy first came to the Boyle as an instructor in 2001. She later moved into the Assistant Manager role and from there became the Centre Manager in 2002. Wendy came to New Zealand from the UK where she taught P.E. and Outdoor Education. She was involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Award in schools and instructed on adult training courses at an outdoor centre in Wales. She has a passion for mountain biking and tramping and is an active member of the Hanmer Springs Mountain Bike Club. In 2017 Wendy moved to the Programme Managers Role and now is charged with the role out of programmes and leading the team of instructors.