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Gary Roberts

New Zealand Guide

Gary was born in Christchurch, grew up in Twizel and moved back to Christchurch in his adult years. His languages include English, and gobbledygook! When he’s not out in the mountains with our awesome Active travellers he’s enjoying a good game of squash, mountain biking, hiking or cooking. Camping and hiking is in his blood, as far as he can remember he’s been out and about on adventures with his family and friends.

Before joining the Active family, Gary was a catering chef and would often serve events from 10 to 200 or more people! This also lead him to one of his unique talents – he’s well known for his uncanny ability to create amazing dishes out of leftovers, and food that others deem to be rubbish.

How did your passion for guiding come about? - “Being based in England for 5 years made me realise how great New Zealand is, and it wet my appetite for more travel and adventures”.

Favourite quote – ‘Just do it’.

Describe a life experience that shaped you today – “Travelling to lower socio economic countries made me realise you don’t need to be rich to be happy”.


  • “Gary is the funniest and most thoughtful guide I have ever experienced. He made my trip an experience. An adventure. Just ask him about my questions about options on the way up to Angelus Hut. I was sort of thinking I might have to turn around. He made certain I safely got to that hut and I commend him. He drove us around and I probably drove him nuts. He is an awesome bus driver, great guide, excellent listener, good sense of humor, very practical in situations that required it. He gets my vote for Lead Guide of the year. Made good decisions when he needed to. Held my hand when he needed to.”
    Andrea Halligan (San Diego, California, United States), December 2015
  • “Gary was fantastic...knowledgeable, patient, funny and also willing to allow the group to go along at their own pace. You, Active Adventures, are very lucky to have him.”
    Oliver Foster (Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom), November 2015

Trip Reviews

 4.50 out of 5 (from 14380 reviews)

Perfect Trip for anyone who loves Nature!

“If you enjoy being outdoors and like to challenge yourself this trip is for you. I wasn't an avid hiker before signing up for the Rimu trip but after reading the itinerary I knew I couldn't pass up this amazing opportunity. You never know what you are capable of until you try and that is how I feel after climbing up to the Angelus Hut and hiking to Mueller ridge. I had never climbed a mountain before (since there are no mountains where I live) but the views are more than worth the climb.
This trip is the best way to see all that the South Island has to offer, it is the perfect balance between adventure, relaxation, self-exploration, and cultural immersion. Anyone can go to New Zealand and rent a car and go hiking, biking, and Kayaking; however, they will miss out on the best parts of traveling to a new place and that is the knowledge and culture that only someone who lives there would know. The guides (Tory and Vanessa) were awesome! Tory is an amazing cook, and Ness was great at making jokes and keeping the atmosphere cheery during the longer drives. I loved listening to the guides tell us about the Maori people and the local legends or folklore. I actually thought Ness was lying to me when she would tell me that the views get better after being left speechless by the scenery, but every day was better than the previous!
I have to mention the FOOD!!! The food alone is enough for me to sign up for this trip again. When I travel I don’t always know what the local food is or would be but with this trip the guides cook you all sorts of local food and all the food is fresh and delicious. If you don’t like something they will make sure to accommodate you.
Ness and Tory made you feel like this was a trip among friends and family, not strangers. I will come back to New Zealand again!”
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– Wisconsin, United States
Rimu, May 2017
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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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