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Amanda Tutton

New Zealand Guide

"Home is where the mountains are" says Amanda, and right now that home is Queenstown. Amanda is a snowboard instructor in the winters and of course, guides for Active around the country during our Southern Hemisphere summers. When she's not guiding you'll find her downhill biking or catching up with mates at the lake. She grew up on a sheep farm in Mid-Wales, where there are plenty of similarites to New Zealand with a similar popularity, many mythis and legends, LOTS of sheep and an obsession with rugby! Her love of hiking and everything outdoors stems from her youth hiking the mountains of Snowdon, Cadir Idris and Pen-Y-Fen. 

Epic Adventure Tales...

"On visiting a friend in Saas Fee, Switzerland, we undertook an amazing hike amongst the surrounding mountains, often the track would be replaced by random pegs and ladders that you had to climb up and high altitude scary swing bridges. We saw marmots and reflective lakes and finished the final descent on fat tyred monster mountain bikes. I've also taken some pretty scary walks...accross the lava fields of Mt Kilauea on Hawaii's Big Island to see the hot lava flowing into the sea at night (the scariest and most amazing experience ever - we were told we actually might die!) and along the beach of Deepwater National Park in Australia to see nesting turtles at night but not anticipating about a milliion soldier crabs scurrying around (not the relaxing barefoot walk I expected!)."

Amanda Tutton


  • “Amanda was great. She had a lot of knowledge and inspired me with her stories and adventures. If only I can get as fit as her!”
    Sonya Perica (North Bondi, NSW, Australia), April 2014
  • “Amanda, The best Co-Guide you could hope to have on a trip. She was right there when ever you need something. And one who also loves the outdoors and what she doing.”
    Maynard Birchfield (Tamuning, Guam, APO/FPO AE, Guam), March 2014
  • “Amanda is a gem, she is soooo efficient and organized and is a killer cook and hiker. I would hire Amanda for just about any job because she is a very talented young lady. Loved Amanda!”
    Kerri Wethington (Bedford , Texas, United States), February 2014
  • “Amanda's infectious enthusiasm and positive outlook on everything made the trip more enjoyable. Food preparation was not only excellent quality but efficient and timely. Didn't appear to waste much either, which is great.”
    Craig Berg (Seattle, Washington, United States), February 2014
  • “Amanda was amzing! Her attitude was so positive (consistently) and she was a work horse. I never saw her get frustrated or show any lack of energy! Great guide and very attentive to everyone's needs whether it be meal preparation or any happening that took place throughout the course of the activities. She checked in with people and seemed to genuinely care about their overall experience; she would have done anything to support anyone!”
    Peggy Peyerl (Phoenix, Arizona, United States), December 2013

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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