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Rachael McKay

New Zealand Guide

Rachael is from Ashburton on the East Coast of the South Island. She studied adventure tourism management, which inspired her to be an outdoors guide, and in turn has shaped how she views the world and her surroundings today. She's an avid snowboarder and kayaker and when she's able to grab a bit of time in town she likes to play tennis and netball. She's been lucky enough to see the endangered Kiwi in broad daylight (very rare!) and has also explored the Abel Tasman National Park, hiking and kayaking for four days. 

Rachael's favourite quote?
“Life is about Challenging Yourself, to take that jump, take that next step, do something different, make new friends, to explore and find a new adventure”.

Be sure to ask her to show you how to do the Tim Tam Slam!


  • “How Rachael managed to make cheesecake in a hut at Nelson Lakes National park is beyond me! Just one of many reasons why she's a great guide I guess. She certainly has leadership skills and will develop into a wonderful leader guide if she so chooses. She was very knowledgeable and always went out of her way to make sure her clients were well feed and assisted. Thanks for everything, Rachael!”
    Alex DePalma (Chicago, Illinois, United States), December 2014
  • “Absolutely! She was very helpful, lots of fun and did a great job as well :) Her chilli bean stew was YUMMY!”
    Nadine Tayara (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), December 2014
  • “Rachael was very knowledgeable about the South Island, it is where she grew up. You can tell she really loves New Zealand and wants to share that love with the people that she meets.”
    Teresa Scott (Altamonte Springs, Florida, United States), November 2014

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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