Last month a hand-picked group of Active Adventures New Zealand trip guides went on a training trip to ‘re-discover’ the North Island.
|Hiking to Cape Brett in the stunning Far North of New Zealand|
Lina Castles –
How many shades of green?
“This week, the realisation that my job is the best in the world was ultimately confirmed. I’m a proud Kiwi, but I’m also a proud North Islander! Don’t get me wrong, I love the South Island too, but the North Island, well that’s home, so this past week has been a pleasure. But most of all its been exciting, and that excitement comes from the privilege of sharing the place I call home. I’ve had an amazing week discovering what truly is in my own backyard. The new Ultimate North Island Adventure ‘Kauri’ trip is going to be epic! We have everything up here: volcanoes, mountains, views, beaches, flora and fauna. It’s a unique environment with a perfect trip balance of adventure, activity and discovery, and there’s time for relaxing as well. The comment I heard most while we were travelling together was “I can’t wait to show our clients these places”. I guess that sums it up; the North Island is a great place to visit and we can’t wait to show you why!”
Daniel Keys –
“Having just completed the new Ultimate North Island ‘Kauri’ trip, I’m feeling pumped and excited to guide this trip this summer. What a privilege it is to share some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring vistas and activities Aotearoa has to offer. The ‘Kauri’ trip offers a chance to experience some of New Zealand’s unique Maori culture in a place that is still deeply connected to its spiritual roots. It’s easy to see why, when you’re walking along windswept peninsulas to spend the night in a beautiful lighthouse location. Or experience the Waipoua Footprints night walk with the local Maori, walking back in time through our ancient Kauri forests. Or snorkel the Poor Knights Islands, one of the top five dive sites in the world. Or trek one of the world’s best day walks, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a hike over an active volcanic moonscape complete with snow, steam, lakes and craters. The list could go on. I don’t think there is a better way to spend ten days in New Zealand and feel more alive! The food is incredible, the spiritual connection is strong and the camera will need to be charged up daily. Come and see for yourself… I can’t wait to get back up north!”
Nicole Brown –
“It’s definitely a trip like this that makes you want to pinch yourself. I felt an overwhelming sense
of feeling lucky to live in a stunning country which offers so much, but in a compact and varied space! Having lived in the South Island most of my life, I’ve long felt New Zealand’s rich culture and history is more evident in northern New Zealand, and this belief was backed up by this trip. I’m looking forward to sharing cultural New Zealand through the people and stories of the Northland region. It was humbling to be welcomed so openly and enthusiastically by those that we met on our way, eager to share their knowledge and their homes with us, and soon, our clients from all over the world.”
|Looking across the Bay or Islands|
|Hiking in the North Island|
|Another giant Kauri tree!|