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James Stephens

New Zealand Guide

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in Timaru, and spent my first five years in Twizel (town of trees!), then move to Geraldine where my parents still live.

What are you hobbies?

I've been really enjoying building my own campervans. I'm on to my second one for the year and can't wait to finish it so I can travel around New Zealand in it!

What did you do before you became a guide?

I've just recently come back from spending a couple of years living in New York City in Brooklyn. I spent most of my time bartending while I was over there. I've also travelled South America,South East Asia, Jamaica, Canada and Australia.

Describe a life experience that has shaped you today?

I'd probably have to say living in New York. I met so many people from so many different backgrounds and cultures who I would never have met otherwise.

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Testimonials

  • "Our guides, James and Maddi, were outstanding. They were both super responsible and had great personalities. James was a focused driver and did a good job of keeping us organized and on time."
    Jennifer Klein (California, USA) November 2017
  • "Our fantastic guides, James and Maya, took care of everything to make our trip comfortable, safe, and tasty (Maya's pavlova was delicious!). They encouraged this 59 year old novice hiker up and down the mountains, and were so much fun to be around. We really enjoyed talking with these two and hearing about life in NZ. When our camera didn't work, James stepped in and took a bunch of excellent pictures for us which he promptly shared. With Active Adventures, it's all of the fine details that make them an exemplary company to deal with: from the friendly office staff who provide thorough preparation information, travel assistance, helpful advice about anything and everything I asked, to the trip itself with great guides who took us through the week with every detail taken care of, and, of course, the most amazing scenery."
    Evie Jaskoski (Arizona, USA) November 2017

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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