About Lis and Chris

 We live in Golden Bay New Zealand--at the top left end of the South Island. This is Lis and Chris in March 2018 at Farewell Spit.


Lis and Chris


Lis' background is a mix of Cardiac Nursing, Social Work and previously operating her Cats' Pjamas Organic B&B for eight years.  She is now "retired" which has freed her up to continue pursuing her hobbies of growing food organically, and volunteering in the community with everything from the Animal Welfare Society, to Age Concern and the Community Workers. 

Chris has worked for over 30 years in developed and developing countries as a civil engineer. He has been blessed with a diverse and varied career as shown in his curriculum vitae and the range of his technical reports. Some of his projects include:

Chris retired from the Bank in April 2021 and is now helping to try and address the housing crisis in Golden Bay.

Chris' passionate hobby is ultraendurance long distance unsupported bicycle racing. Among his races are London-Istanbul, Brussels-Istanbul, Norway-Spain, as well as the Tour Divide (Canada to Mexico along the Rocky Mountains). The video below is from one of Chris' recent crazy adventures: in March 2020 he did an 'Everesting 10k' where he climbed over 10,000 metres in a single activity. 118 times up (and down!) a local hill. Chris is also a volunteer First Responder Ambulance Officer with St John Ambulance here in Golden Bay, as well as participating with other community groups.


And perhaps most importantly, we are owned and managed by Max and Coco - two adorable (!) Birman fur balls.