Steve Gurney: Queenstown Motivational Speaker

As well as being a Queenstown professional speaker, Steve Gurney is also an adventurer, author, inventor, engineer, multi-sport champion and motivational trainer.

Amongst world-wide racing success, he won the Coast to Coast a record 9 times, has an engineering degree, and was awarded the MNZM for services to endurance sport.

Steve is an experienced conference speaker who specialises in motivational topics. Having been a champion multi-sport athlete, Steve was struck down mid-race with a life-threatening illness in Borneo. Away from family and friends, unable to speak the local language and without access to western medicine, Steve beat the odds to recover and return to New Zealand where he had to start from rock bottom to reclaim his position as one of the world’s greatest adventure racers.

Steve has written 2 books, Lucky Legs and Eating Dirt. They contain stories and yarns of his racing and adventures, and are intertwined with research and strategies on success, resilience and mental excellence. 

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Fees are GST-exclusive. Travel costs may apply for bookings outside Queenstown. Organisations are invited to contact Steve to tailor programmes to suit their budgets and schedules.


Queenstown Conference Speaker

Steve’s most popular keynote speech describes his recovery from near-death to becoming the 9-times winner of the gruelling multi-day Coast to Coast Race across New Zealand’s South Island.

He reveals how his beliefs and determination enabled him to bounce back stronger than ever, what he learnt along the way and the steps he took to regain his fitness. Listeners will be inspired and motivated by Steve’™s experiences and the advice he shares on becoming mentally and emotionally stronger in work and life.

Steve Gurney is also a sought-after speaker for informal post-dinner engagements and offers a range of topics that appeal to a variety of audiences.

Widely travelled, Steve shares anecdotes about Dancing with the Stars, adventure racing, embarrassing encounters with creepy-crawlies and the hallucinations brought about sleep deprivation.

20 to 40 minutes. $4,000.

Queenstown Motivational Workshops

Steve Gurney won the Coast to Coast race 9 times not by accident, but with strategy. Let Steve share his tactics and train your team on how to succeed in sport, work and life.

Communication: In this workshop Steve Gurney teaches delegates about communication and rapport.

Delegates will learn techniques that bring harmony to the workplace and to client relationships and delegates will learn techniques to deliver more effective auditory, visual and kinaesthetic communication.



Goal Setting: In this workshop Steve takes the company’s mission statement and works with your team to integrate the company goal with staff goals, building a more powerful work environment that strengthens mutual respect between company and workers.





From 6 to 30 delegates
90 minutes to 4 hours

Queenstown Team Building

Steve Gurney runs half and full day programmes for 8 to 60 delegates. While based in Queenstown, Steve can run his programmes anywhere in New Zealand.

Hot Teams is a simulated adventure race where delegates split into teams of four and navigate their way to the finish line while learning techniques for decision-making, risk-assessment and teamwork.

Hot Teams takes place indoors at the venue of your choice. All equipment is provided.

Minimum 4 hours.



Team Navigation is a half-day event where delegates must work together to solve clues and reach a destination while gathering key items en route.

This workshop teaches the skills of orienteering, problem-solving and teamwork. This is an outdoor event. Delegates should come in comfortable clothing and footwear.

6 to 20 delegates


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