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Miriam Houliston

Active Adventures Travel Specialist

Miriam, or 'Miri' as she likes to be called is a Kiwi gal and has experienced the broad spectrum of life in New Zealand, from time living in the Chatham Islands to a stint in the capital city, Wellington, to the southern 'Scarfy' town of Dunedin, where she completed her bachelor of Physical Education. After studying she moved inland to Queenstown and guided on the Routeburn Track for three seasons, before relocating across the ditch to Australia with her now hubby, Mark. Miri and Mark spent five years in Australia saving money for travel and a house back home. In between coaching others on their gym technique, running gym classes, health promotions and sports events Miri trained for triathlons and kept fit ready to tackle the trail running races back in New Zealand. Now that she's back home in Queenstown, the adventure capital of world and the Active HQ, she plans to compete in a few races, so watch this space! 

Miri is not just a New Zealand expert, she's also spent a fair chunk of time travelling in Nepal as well as in Central and South America - perfect really, considering where we run our trips! Her travel highlights include all the hikes as well as a stint working in a Wildlife Park in Bolivia. Whether it's hiking or running on backcountry trails, mountain biking Queenstown's burgeoning single tracks or rafting and kayaking the local rivers, Miri loves it all and is keen to swap adventure tales!  

Miriam and partner at Machu Picchu

Favourite quote: 
“Sing like no one's listening, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching, and live like its heaven on earth.”

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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