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Amazing Active destinations for adventure vacations

Our hiking trips and adventure vacations take place in some of the most dramatically beautiful and interesting places on the planet. From the proud peaks of Patagonia, the European Alps, the Himalayas and New Zealand to the strange and wonderful world of the Galapagos Islands, the volcanoes and jungles of Ecuador to the colours and culture of Peru – join us for the trip of a lifetime.

Destination South America

South America

South America

Galapagos Islands & Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands, otherwise known as the Enchanted Isles, are a fascinating place where swimming with seals and tropical fish in the same area is a common occurrence - it's the mixture of warm and cold currents here that create such a rich environment for the wildlife to enjoy. You'll find yourself meeting giant tortoises and learning a great deal about Darwin's theory of evolution as this is where his theories came from. You'll go home with a lifetime of memories. The Galapagos Islands are located 800 kilometres (500 miles) off the coast of Ecuador, often described as a mini-South America due to the fact it is packed with variety, with its volcanos, waterfalls and lush jungle.

Peru

Hiking in Peru is a truly exciting experience, especially on the old Inca routes where the anticipation builds as you make your way through the mountains ever closer to the moment you discover Machu Picchu. This fascinating historical site seemingly comes out of nowhere and you'll ponder with wonder how on earth it was ever uncovered at all. Peru is also home to the stunning city of Cuzco, where cathedrals surround ancient cobbled spares and boutique shops and market stalls line the streets. You can lose yourself for hours in the winding backstreets and spend your day haggling over colourful cloths, shoes and brightly coloured clothing. Your exploring could take you down south to the Amazon jungle where a bounty of treasures awaits - sloths in the trees, night hikes to spot stick insects that are usually only spotted by the finely tuned eyes of your specialist guide, and boat rides out at dusk to watch out for the sneaky cayman. Travelling on to Lake Titicaca to kayak on the highest lake in the world and visit the island people that call it home is an absolute must.

Patagonia (Chile & Argentina)

The mindblowing scenery of Patagonia with its dark granite peaks towering in the sky, icy blue glaciers and wonderful friendly people make it a perfect place to visit. Hiking the W-trek is a challenging yet rewarding experience as incredible views greet you around every corner and sociable refugios with cosy beds wait for you each night. Taking some time to gaze up at the stars on nightfall will provide you with a real treat as you ponder what lies beyond and take in the clear view of the stars in a part of the world where there is very little light pollution.

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Destination Europe

Europe

Europe

Our Europe adventure tours are unique, packed with activities and led by local guides who are the best in the business, hands down. Join us in the most dramatic parts of Italy, France and Switzerland to experience their rich culture, history and cuisine.

If you're keen to hike the Mont Blanc circuit, experience the charm of the Italian lakes District actively, or get into the back country grandeur of the Italian Dolomites, then we'll take you there on an authentic, active tour that digs a little deeper than other adventure tours in Europe. We mix cultural exploration with our signature blend of hiking, sea kayaking and biking to get to the heart of Europe's most spectacular scenery.

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Destination Himalayas

Himalayas

Himalayas

Grandeur is a word that almost understates the Nepalese Himalayas. The mountains here are on quite a different scale to anywhere else – these are the true skyscrapers. Nepal rises from virtually sea level at its southern border to 8,848 m (29,029 ft) at the top of Mt. Everest and showcases extraordinary diversity in terms of greenery and wildlife. Here, ancient trade routes will take you deep into the Himalayas, past villages and farms, where you'll stare in wonder up at the world's highest mountains.

Trekking in the Himalayas brings with it dramatic cultures and landscapes in equal measure. Travellers to Nepal are welcomed by the cheerful, open and warm nature of the Nepali people, who are an eclectic mix of 103 ethnic and religious groups ranging from the Buddhist and Sherpa to Tamang and various Hindu castes. There are over 90 languages spoken in Nepal, so to get beneath the surface, a knowledgeable guiding team by your side will make your stay in Nepal's villages a fantastic experience.

Big mountains and an exotic culture mean that trekking in the Himalayas comes with challenges and personal achievement, as well as more than its share of stunning sights. People journey here to test themselves on two of the most iconic treks around, to Everest Base Camp and the sublime Annapurna Sanctuary. Whichever you choose, our seasoned Kiwi trip leaders, alongside our team of knowledgeable local guides and porters, will be there with you every step of the way to inspire, navigate, teach you the local language, interpret the environment, and share the culture with you. Kiwis are amongst the most respected westerners in Nepal, thanks to Sir Edmund Hillary, who is famous for being the first to successfully summit Mt. Everest, but is better known locally for his lifelong dedication to charity work in Nepal.

Whether this is your first trekking trip or you're an old hand, be ready for the Himalayas to inspire you.

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Destination New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

You won’t find a country that packs more untouched, dramatic and diverse scenery into a small space than New Zealand. The light here is special somehow, making the fiords, glaciers, rainforest, volcanoes, beech forests and rugged coastlines crisper, brighter and more spectacular than you'd ever expect.

You'll find yourself surrounded by some of the best scenery on the planet with few signs of civilisation and no one else around. As an independent nation that lies across the Tasman Sea from Australia, New Zealand is home to only 4.5 million people. About a third of them reside in Auckland city and the rest are spread out around 2 main islands, which together are about half the size of California, leaving vast tracts nearly uninhabited.

Kiwis are welcoming, resourceful and as friendly as they come. They'll charm you with their accent, wave as you pass by on a country road and often stop for a chat. With no snakes, land predators like big cats or bears, or any other nasty critters, New Zealand is a haven for hikers. We have, however, got lambs frolicking in the paddocks, Tui birds calling in the forests and fur seals lazing in the sun on the rocky shores.

An extensive network of hiking and biking trails and almost 1000 backcountry huts mean the options for exploring the wilderness can be overwhelming. Luckily, we've spent years 'tramping' (the Kiwi term for hiking) in the mountains, biking the trails and paddling the calm waters to hand pick the places we go. Some spots, such as the Milford Track, are deservedly world renowned, while other amazing locations are virtually undiscovered. Off the trail, our towns are charming and unique and since Kiwis love their creature comforts, you'll never be too far from a beautifully made cup of coffee. Sweet as!

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IT’S THE GUIDES

“Mt Blanc is a giant rock. And this trip is essentially you walking around it. Doesn’t sound too FIVE star does it? Well, as rocks go it’s pretty spectacular. And you get to go through three countries where they speak a bunch of non-English languages that I’m sure I was supposed to learn in high school and use TWO currencies … (Really Switzerland? With the Franc … Get over yourself). Although there are other trips and other providers that will guide you around this rock, the Active trip is better because the people that work for Active are awesome at what they do. We worked with Lynette in NZ to book the trip and although we never met, we are pretty much best friends now. I can think of no better indication of a good business than return customers. Of the twelve people in our group, ALL of them were return Active customers. Why? The Guides.

For this trip, we had three French guides from Companie des guides de Chamonix and one Kiwi from Active. The French guides were enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and fun. I would recommend all of them without hesitation, especially Jean-Marie our driver (see below). But Kiwi Nick from Active was the Difference Maker. He is so incredibly nice that you know he has a wonderful girlfriend back in New Zealand. And they do all these wonderful couple activities that are super cool. Like paddle boarding. And you can’t wait to hang out with them because they’re awesome. And they booze, of course, because couples that DON’T booze should not be trusted #lifelesson. And you may say, ‘Well Neil that’s not appropriate saying that about a guide’s personal life’ ... but whatever. Lynette is not going to take it out of this review because we are best friends. Nick handles all his guide responsibilities extremely well but it feels like he is a part of the group. He’s experiencing and sharing this trip along with you rather than just showing you Mt Blanc. Rarely will a guided trip like this go EXACTLY to plan. Weather, injuries, construction, conflicting personalities among the group, etc. are just some of the problems the guides need to be prepared to deal with quickly. Thankfully we had few of these issues, but Nick was always attentive to our enjoyment. I’m still not sure how he put up with me. I know how horrible I am. I live me every day.

Beyond the guides, the trip is strong.
ACTIVITIES: Although you are hiking in a relatively compact area the hikes are varied and challenging enough to make that post-hike beer taste awful nice. The kayaking day was beautiful but marred by our decision to use a double kayak. Or as they should be known, “Murder Boats”, because after about 5 minutes in a double kayak you want to bludgeon each other to death. Get the single. The last day we did the rafting option because the rope course was rained out. Not only did we not die, we ended up having a lot of fun cruising on glacial water through downtown Chamonix. On the free day in Courmayeur, I did the via ferrates up Mont Chetif, which was fun. The hike to the top was the toughest hiking of the trip. I would recommend planning your off day before the trip rather than on the fly. The via ferrates does sell out.

MEALS: There was cheese LITERALLY everywhere. If you don’t like cheese like me, just keep quiet about it. Those French obsess over cheese like there is alcohol in it. The lunch spots were transcendent. That’s when you could feel truly present in the Alps. Whatever crap you had waiting back home, like say … Ellen in HR who is pretty much just the worst (don’t worry, she’ll never read this. I bet she drowns kittens on vacation. She. Is. The. Worst.), all that stuff melts away. The dinners were local and delightful.

HOTELS: The accommodations are essentially ski lodges. We had hot showers, warm beds and beers. A few places had pools & hot tubs. They were all close to our hikes which cut down on van time, which I’m sure disappointed my trip mates because they probably enjoyed my daily dissertations on the importance of hair metal in American culture #Cinderella.

Overall, these Active folks know what they are doing and you will have fun on this trip. Maybe I’ll get to meet you on one of their other trips I’m sure we’ll be signing up for in the future … Patagonia hmmm? I’ll be the one talking about David Lee Roth.

Best,
Neil C
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Jean-Marie (Driver): I think they based the “Most Interesting Man in the World” ad campaign on this guy. If he is a part of your group, sit next to him during meals and buy him wine. Get him to talk, his life is amazing. We had a guy on our trip that did 28 marathons, 33 triathlons, was a licensed pilot, spoke French, played hockey … ON ICE and that dude wanted to hear more from Jean-Marie. I shouldn’t even be allowed to read his biography (and there was a rumor he was going to write one)! He’s THAT interesting. One of the day off options should be, “Go drinking with Jean Marie”. I’d do the trip all over again if they added that. It was an injustice that he carried my bags. At least my bag was light #manpacking”
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– California, United States
Tour du Mont Blanc, October 2016
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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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