Let’s say you’ve had your eye on one of our New Zealand hiking tours for a while but you aren’t sure if it would be worth it to come with us or do the same thing on your own to save a few bucks. First of all, let’s talk about what you get when you sign up for an all-inclusive small group guided adventure vs. copying the same itinerary but doing it on your own in a rental car (D.I.Y).
How you’ll get around: Enjoying the views through the big windows of a comfy bus while someone else does the driving and you can chat with like minded travellers on your trip.Tackling the roads on your own in a rental car (we drive on the left side in New Zealand by the way) but having the freedom to stop whenever and wherever you like.
What you’ll eat: Healthy, wholesome meals that are home-cooked or at local restaurants with plenty of choice, even for vegetarians and those with food allergies. The meals are always on time and you’ll never go hungry! Grocery shopping on vacation, planning your own meals, cooking on a camp stove and trying to keep your food fresh on the road. Or bring a book and your credit card and eat out every meal. But indulge in all the junk food you like, no one is watching!
Where you’ll sleep:Cosy lodges, incredible views – just walk in after an invigorating day outdoors and relax.Spend the time researching options online, taking a guess on what is good, hoping you don’t show up and find they’ve lost your reservation. Missing out on places where Active has exclusive use or having to splurge because everything that’s reasonably priced has been booked months in advance.
What you’ll be doing:Organised and guided activities suitable for anyone who is reasonably active, no outdoors experience required. Enjoy local stories, lessons on flora and fauna (if you want them!), pushing your limits and getting to unknown places safely with the help of experienced local guides. Spending time booking day tours online, planning hiking routes yourself, organising logistics and carrying your own safety gear (all your gear for that matter), navigating trails on your own.
How much planning you have to do:Just show up with everything on the gear list and be ready to have an amazing time! We’ll handle all the logistics before and during your trip.You’re in charge, which gives you lots of freedom and just as much responsibility.