Tour Guides

Pam Christie - Managing Director

Pam Christie is the principal of PNG Trekking Adventures and has lived in Papua New Guinea since 1990 based in Port Moresby, she has a wide knowledge and understanding of local conditions, customs and traditions. Pam is qualified in Wilderness First Aid and is a very experienced career guide. Is extremely knowledgeable regards the WW11 history relating to Papua New Guinea and the countries general history.

When PNGTA was formed she spent 12 months trekking through out Papua New Guinea going into very remote areas where white people let alone a white woman had not ventured since the end of WW11 or before. As a woman and an explorer in this land this is extremely unique.

With the backing of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority she has been able to open up tracks throughout the country allowing the villages to directly benefit from eco tourism. The Black Cat and the Bull Dog Tracks are just two of the tracks that are now commercially trekked by PNGTA and other operators.

Prior to Pam going into the villages in these areas there was no health, education, water or communication. In liaison with such organisations as the Tourism Promotion Authority, the Kokoda Track Authority and Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea they are working together to implement sustainable tourism throughout the country so that Papua New Guineans directly benefit from tourism income.

Pam leads PNGTA's corporate obligations and is actively involved in sponsoring schools and with private business’s based here in PNG is implementing sustainable projects in villages. Pam spends the majority of her time now promoting PNG throughout the world and making sure that the PNG people that PNGTA comes into contact with are given the correct training and advise so that in years to come they are able to take ownership of tourism within PNG. 

Chris Stevens - Marketing Manager, Guide

Chris

Chris is PNG Trekking Adventures Marketing Manager and also a WWII Historian Guide along Kokoda and throughout Papua New Guinea. He is also our extreme adventure guide. Chris is also our expert guide on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa.

Chris began working for PNG Trekking Adventures in 2005 after embarking on a personal PNG discovery trip, tracing the history of his grandfather, a Captain in the Signal/Survey Corp during WWII in Papua New Guinea. It did not take long for him to fall in love with the country, and that desire to share the diverse and enriching qualities of PNG with others became a passion.

Chris is well travelled within the Adventure Tourism field. He participates in Adventure Racing and Ultra-Marathon running as a past-time, so you will be assured if you want an extreme adventure, Chris will cater for your every desire. He is extremely knowledgeable about the WWII history within PNG, having spent many hundreds of hours in the Australian War Memorial reference centre, researching and mapping the multitude of PNG WWII campaigns. His battlefield tours are a rich blend of historical context intermixed with poetry, stories and cultural immersion. Chris’ Melbourne based Mapping and Consultancy Company was responsible for surveying and producing the 2011 Kokoda Track Trekker Map for the Kokoda Track Authority and the Australian Government. This was as a result of Chris’ experience, knowledge and expertise of the Kokoda Track and Papua New Guinea.

Chris is a qualified Wilderness Emergency Responder (the highest Wilderness First Aid qualification possible) and is trained to an Emergency Medical Technician level. On top of this Chris is a Surf Lifesaving Gold medallion holder and holds a qualification to administer Methoxyflurane (pain relief).You can be rest assured that your safety and care will be of paramount importance when under Chris' care. Chris comes to PNG Trekking Adventures with a plethora of qualifications. Apart from multiple Bachelor degrees in Sport Science, Education and Commerce, Chris is a qualified teacher and has worked for some of Melbourne's most prestigious private schools. He has led outdoor education trips and experiential journeys alike around the world. 

Pauline Bastion - African/South American Expedition Leader 

PaulinePauline spent over 25 years working in Papua New Guinea before retiring to live in Wanaka New Zealand. She now organises and guides all our African and South American Expeditions and has climbed Kilimanjaro 4 times including the Arrow Glacier route into the crater before summiting. She has also climbed Mt Meru from the base of the beautiful Arusha National Park.

Her African team is extremely experienced and have fine tuned high altitude climbing on Kilimanjaro. We have to date a 98% success rate of getting our clients to the summit. After Kilimanjaro Pauline takes those in the group wanting more adventure on an African experience which includes a high end tenting safari in the Masai Mara, tenting or luxury lodge safari in the Ngorongoro Crater or even the wonderfully exciting Gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

Her vast experience over the years spent in Africa allows her to work closely with our clients and tailor an expedition to suit their desires. Pauline has trekked extensively throughout Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. She is a triathelete/ironwoman and long distance runner and spends the majority of her time training for these competitions and her African and South American adventures.