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Matthew Yates

Active Adventures Travel Specialist

Matthew, or 'Matty' as he's known, came to New Zealand from the UK back in the 90s. Back when it was cool to have the 'short back and sides' and everyone was listening to R.E.M. and Santana. We're painting a picture here – a young bloke looking for adventure, chasing the endless winters, and revelling in the Queenstown social scene.

His DJ career was ditched in favour of a series of entrepreneurial forays into the hospitality and print industries. His outdoors passion matured from reckless speed down a mountain on a snowboard to more sophisticated pastimes of fishing and tramping. Bradshaw, Nancy, Dagg and Doubtful – these are just some of the sounds Matty has explored with his brother-in-law on fishing and diving trips. Matty's crisscrossed the South Island both by foot and by road, and has travelled as far north as Northland at the top of New Zealand, home to our newest 'Kauri' trip. He has family in Okarito on the west coast of the South Island, and a combination of beautiful coastline, white baiting and wonderful sunsets makes this hidden gem his favourite spot in New Zealand.  

Matty is our Nepal travel specialist, having helped launch Active Adventures Himalayas in 2011. He's recently returned from the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and has some incredible stories to share. 

Matty Yates Annapurna Base Camp

Claim to fame?
The south west England judo champion ... some years ago when he was able to compete in the under 56 kilogram (123 pounds) category!

As the owner of a local drinking establishment, please make sure you ask him to shout you a drink when you pass through Queenstown.

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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