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Clara Gyllensten

New Zealand Guide

Clara was born and raised on the South West coast of Sweden, on a small island called Bohus-Björkö and speaks fluent English and Swedish. She spends her free time hiking, camping, enjoying bonfires on a beach, riding mountain bike parks, surfing and sailing.

What has been your greatest outdoor adventure to date? – “I was born terribly curious of this world so I started traveling and exploring as soon as I could. After a bit of Globetrotting I stumbled upon New Zealand and my jaw dropped to the ground. It's just epic, I tried to leave but it didn't work, so now I am a very proud permanent resident. My passion for hiking I found when I came to New Zealand five years ago and started climbing volcanoes on the north island. The feeling when you get to the summit is just unbeatable. One of my favourite New Zealand adventures is most definitely the Tongariro crossing, it's such a mysterious and magical place to explore.”

Favourite quote? – "Don't rush through now to get to later"

Testimonials

  • “Clara is a caregiver and she had that special touch with each person. She loves her job and New Zealand. She exudes warmth and made sure we were well fed and taken care of!”
    Allison Houghteling (Quincy, Massachusetts, United States), November 2015
  • “Clara's culinary skills were awesome. She readily adjusted for some dietary restrictions, seemingly without difficulty. And I appreciated her relinquishing her seat so I would not get carsick.”
    Betsy Richman (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States), November 2015

Betsy Richman (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States), Nov 2015

Why travel with Active Adventures?

Legendary Kiwi Hospitality

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

Everything is Included

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

A Sense of Achievement

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

Small Groups

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

Diverse Experiences

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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