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Dan Thomas

New Zealand Guide

Now here's a character! Dan is energetic, fun and full of life. You'll get swept up into his enthusiasm the moment you meet him and he'll share with you stories of his adventures and 'missions' in the wilds of New Zealand and ensure you have plenty of unique adventures of your own.


Check out Dan's 10 Questions Blog Post.


  • “Duck was super awesome! He was funny and intelligent and just a great guide overall! Duck also played a bunch of games with us like trivial pursuit and he went snowboarding with us and he was hilarious in those too!”
    Sophia Ellinas (Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, United States) July, 2013
  • “Dan (Duck) was a brilliant guide. He was always willing to chat or sort out any problems. Was quite clear in his instructions and what he expected of us. He was keen to share his knowledge of New Zealand and tell us about the areas we travelled in. Nothing was too much trouble for him. Helped us in any decisions we needed to make.”
    Helen Barrow (Newton Abbot, Devon, United Kingdom) March, 2013
  • “Dan was amazing! Always super positive and fun. While we were stuck in Okarito - he kept us busy and ensured we were all having a good time! He also helped me find my correct hiking pace. It was extremely helpful and I enjoyed the hikes so much more!”
    Stephanie Rose Olson (Honolulu, Hawaii, United States) December, 2012
  • “Dan did absolutely everything in his power to make sure the trip was great for all of us. He led us in our struggle through bad weather on the Nelson Lakes backpacking trip, carried a pack that weighed at least twice as much as any of ours, woke early to get us ready, drove us everywhere, tracked us down when we rode off course biking (actually, I'm guessing Nat radioed him), kept us on schedule, toted our luggage, and entertained us with snippets of Kiwi cultural knowledge. Honestly, I don't know how he managed to do everything he did without collapsing. New Zealand is beautiful, but Dan (along with Natalie) helped make our experience there really fabulous. I had a conversation with him about this at one point during the trip: He inspired us with confidence, so we trusted him from the moment we left the airport.”
    Beth Campbell (Bloomington, Illinois, United States) February, 2011
  • “The trip was more than I could have expected -- the landscape sells itself, but the amazing care provided by our guides and the lodging facilities was an unexpected surprise. Dan was fantastic, full of energy, very straight forward on the days' events and expectations, always on time. His patience with some members of the group was remarkable. I could tell he enjoyed the job and was just being himself versus being 'nice'.”
    Brad Barnhart (United States) November, 2010
  • “Dan was EXCELLENT. He is extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. I asked various questions about the country and culture and if he didn't know the answer, he always made a point to find out the answer for me. He also has a great sense of humor and kept the team motivated and excited.”
    Bela Silva (Silver Springs, MD, United States) November, 2010
  • “Dan was great! He was very personable, patient, accomodating, and attentive. He ran a tight ship, which I liked, because we didn't end up wasting a lot of time waiting for people who were late. He kept us well-informed and responded to many, many questions. The guides were great and really made the trip I think.”
    Kari Newman (Edmond, OK, USA) November, 2010

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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