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What to do in New Zealand

New Zealand is quite the adventure playground, especially if you enjoy the great outdoors as much as we do. So we've compiled a guide to some of our favourite things to do in New Zealand. If you'd like personal recommendations on where to enjoy your favourite activities while you're down here, please call and ask!

You can also find plenty of inspiration on our Active Adventures' Blog, particularly our 'Top 10 Things To Do on Vacation: New Zealand' article. 


New Zealand is most definitely a hiker's paradise, with thousands of kilometres of trails, no harmful animals, few people and pristine countryside. It's hiking that really shaped Active Adventures in the early days and has remained our core activity for over 20 years now. On our trips we'll take you on our favourite hikes, some off the beaten track and others better known, such as the Milford Track and the world famous Tongariro Crossing.  

Hiking in New Zealand


Biking in New Zealand is really starting to find its mojo, with major investment in a country-wide trail network in recent years. From technical single track to gondola-assisted trails, to off-road touring, there's a trail to suit everyone and a world of exploring to do! 

Biking page


From our oceans to our lakes and rivers, kayaking in New Zealand is a popular sport and a regular activity on our Active Adventures. There are some places best seen from the seat of a kayak, when the waters are still. Milford Sound is one of those places  - a long time ago we decided it would be far better to stay overnight in Milford Sound and explore the fjord by kayak the next morning, before the bus loads of cruise tourists arrive. We've never looked back!

Kayaking in New Zealand

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“Travelling to New Zealand has been on my bucket list for nearly half my life, and I'm so glad I spent three weeks there with Active! I was a bit worried going by myself, but it turned out to be the best vacation of my life. They took us to so many spots that I probably would have never seen if I tried to organize everything on my own. It was great to have them feed me, drive me, hike me, and take me to our accommodations at night - not once did I have to worry about anything. The accommodations themselves were so fun and unique, staying in them was a highlight of my trip. Our guides, Kim and Ashleigh, were fantastic young ladies. Ash was an amazing chef and Kim rocked the in-bus narration. I also think we had a phenomenal group of people who clicked very well, and absolutely the best weather one could wish for.

Even when there were a few changes to the itinerary due to road damages, weather issues, or anything else, the guides were on top of it so fast that we barely even noticed there was a problem. We did miss out on snorkeling with the fur seals, and our Franz Josef Heli-Hike was cancelled, but we were still able to see seals and take a helicopter ride to a glacier at another time. No loss whatsoever.

I'm a fairly active person under thirty, who lives in an mountainous region, and I was still challenged by the hikes and activities they provided. I also have bad knees, and was still able to get up and down the more difficult mountains. For those wondering abut the multi-day hike, it's definitely a work-out, but totally worth it! And be sure to invest in a hydration bladder, you'll really appreciate it! If you're looking for an outdoor adventure with lots of activity and fun, this is definitely one of the better ways to explore New Zealand.”
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– New Hampshire, United States
Rimu, April 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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