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New Zealand Wildlife Tours

New Zealand as a destination is a great option for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers - you can see dolphins, seals, penguins, kiwi, kea, whales, albatross, sea lions and many other creatures in their natural environment. Our ethos is well known - we pride ourselves on our '100% Pure' approach and attitude. New Zealand's ancient podocarp forests, clear streams and rich oceans provide the ultimate environment for a plethora of bird species, sea mammals, fish and reptiles.

Back in 2006 we ran our first dedicated wildlife tour, called the 'Hoiho'. It was crafted by one of our guides, Lynette Warmington (who now happens to be our client services extraordinaire!) and was launched to immediate praise, named one of the top 25 new trips in the world by National Geographic Adventure magazine. The 'Hoiho' combines opportunities to view wildlife in stunning areas like the Catlins and Kaikoura, with the essential Active ingredients of hiking and kayaking. Over 13 days this tour showcases the best of the South Island from a unique wildlife enthusiast point of view. If you'd like to learn more about the 'Hoiho' or other wildlife tour opportunities in New Zealand, get in touch with Phil by filling out the quote form below (or give him a call) - he's our custom trips expert!

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You can learn more about New Zealand's curious wildlife on our NZ nature page.

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Hoiho - Till We Meet Again

“Our second trip with Active NZ was awesome! Mike was the 'man with many talents' and never let us down. We saw plenty of wildlife, including Hoiho (yellow-eyed penguins), whales, dolphins, seals, and too many birds to count. Mike was encouraging and showed us that we had the strength to make it to the summits at Mt. Isobel and Ben Lomond. My husband and I even fulfilled an item from our 'bucket list' and Bungy jumped from the Kawarau Bridge. Active NZ knows how to show you the beauty of their country and let you become a 'Kiwi' for a couple weeks. I wish I was still there!”
– Illinois, United States
Guide's Choice: Hoiho, January 2013
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LEGENDARY

“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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