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Victoria Stephens

New Zealand Guide

Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Lincoln, spent the first ten years of my life in Twizel - Town of Trees. And my teen years in Geraldine - Town of Barker's Jam!

In my spare time I love to spend time with family and friends, staying fit at the gym and I dabble in drawing, painting and wall art. However my main hobby is to travel, my goal is to visit the four corners of the Earth and immerse myself in as many different cultures as I can.

What’s been your greatest outdoor adventure to date?
I thoroughly enjoyed hiking Volcan Acatenango in Guatemala last April. Watching ash and lava spill from the active Volcano. We slept under the stars, and summited at 4am up loose shale to capture the magnificent sunrise over the entire valley.

Do you have a favourite quote that you live by?
"Not all those who wander are lost"

Have you studied beyond school? If so in what field?
I graduated with a Degree in Architecture from Vic Uni in Wellington. However, after spending my last trimester studying in Nepal, the idea of travel really captured me so I worked in Hospitality and Hotel Management around the world before securing my job with Active.


  • “Tory's love of taking care of people by feeding them well was clear from the very beginning, but beyond that, she created a great sense of community, both around the table and on the bus, taking time to talk with all of us. I was always amazed at her energy, ready with our favorite morning drink when we were barely awake, and cheerfully putting together delicious meals after completing the same full day as the rest of us. She was mindful in making everyone feel at home.”
    Carl Hess (Los Altos, California, United States) Rimu Jan 9 2017
  • “Tory was great, very funny and definitely made sure we had an awesome trip. Fantastic cook!”
    Kerry Dwyer (Jersey City, New Jersey, United States) Tui Feb 5 2017
  • “Tory was great, always friendly and doing her best to meet the needs/demands of all the guests!”
    Tamara Higgins (Avon, Colorado, United States) Rimu Feb 13 2017

Trip Reviews

Perfect Trip for anyone who loves Nature!

If you enjoy being outdoors and like to challenge yourself this trip is for you. I wasn't an avid hiker before signing up for the Rimu trip but after reading the itinerary I knew I couldn't pass up this amazing opportunity. You never know what you are capable of until you try and that is how I feel after climbing up to the Angelus Hut and hiking to Mueller ridge. I had never climbed a mountain before (since there are no mountains where I live) but the views are more than worth the climb.
This trip is the best way to see all that the South Island has to offer, it is the perfect balance between adventure, relaxation, self-exploration, and cultural immersion. Anyone can go to New Zealand and rent a car and go hiking, biking, and Kayaking; however, they will miss out on the best parts of traveling to a new place and that is the knowledge and culture that only someone who lives there would know. The guides (Tory and Vanessa) were awesome! Tory is an amazing cook, and Ness was great at making jokes and keeping the atmosphere cheery during the longer drives. I loved listening to the guides tell us about the Maori people and the local legends or folklore. I actually thought Ness was lying to me when she would tell me that the views get better after being left speechless by the scenery, but every day was better than the previous!
I have to mention the FOOD!!! The food alone is enough for me to sign up for this trip again. When I travel I don’t always know what the local food is or would be but with this trip the guides cook you all sorts of local food and all the food is fresh and delicious. If you don’t like something they will make sure to accommodate you.
Ness and Tory made you feel like this was a trip among friends and family, not strangers. I will come back to New Zealand again!
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– Wisconsin, United States
Rimu, May 2017
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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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