Student's adventurous spirit lands dream job
All expenses paid, two-month trip for BenTARYN UTIGER
New Plymouth student Ben Sarten is set to become the face of a major New Zealand tourism campaign after winning a search to find the country's most adventurous Kiwi.
Travel magazine Arrival, which targets tourists to New Zealand, last week announced Mr Sarten had won its nationwide “dream job” competition.
The prize is an all expenses paid, two-month trip around the country for two, recording Kiwi adventures for the readers of the magazine.
Mr Sarten, who beat about 400 other applicants, said his stomach was in knots before Arrival made the announcement on its Facebook page.
“I kept clicking refresh over and over again on my computer. When it appeared I re-read it a bunch of times just to make sure I was reading it right,” the 27-year-old Witt creative technologies student said.
“Then there was jumping up and down and happiness and hugs, and we cracked open a bottle of bubbly and went and sat in the sun.”
To secure his dream job, Mr Sarten went on an adventure every day for 26 days and submitted a video to the magazine.
“Every day I went out and did an adventure, came home, made a video and then went to sleep. Then I woke up the next day and did the same thing again.
“That was pretty exciting. I did some awesome things I had never done before, like abseil Mt Damper falls,” he said.
Arrival magazine co-owner Mike Taillie said Mr Sarten had been the outstanding candidate.
“He stood out. He was head and shoulders above the other people and there weren't many people with his amount of energy.”
Mr Sarten, who will start his tour of New Zealand in early October, said he had his parents to thank for entering the competition.
“I didn't know anything about it. Mum and dad saw it on TV and told me to apply for it, so I did."
Mr Sarten, who will be recording, blogging and tweeting about his two-month traverse of New Zealand, said he would take his girlfriend Judith Beuel.
And our plucky adventurer doesn't want his life on the road to finish at the end of the dream job.
“Ideally I'd like to never stop travelling,” said Mr Sarten. “I'd keep travelling around making adventure videos and do a blog and sell photos, and do everything I can to keep myself travelling.”
Taryn Utiger is a Witt journalism student
- © Fairfax NZ News
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