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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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Whatever the dream, if its New Zealand, find a way!!

“Where do I even start?!?!? NZ has been #1 on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. It wasn't until I realized I couldn't wait forever for that perfect time, to have X amount of money saved, to have a companion to go with me...that I decided to JUST GO ALREADY! And I suggest you do the same! Don't wait another moment. I went alone but found the most wonderful companions I could have ever hoped for! Even got a great roommate. The guides, Claire and Jess were PHENOMENAL! I started crying off and on a few days before the end of the trip because I became that attached to them and knew I would never see them again. Leaving at the airport, I couldn't even speak I was so upset and saying goodbye. So wonderful and beyond knowledgeable! I miss Jess' cooking and Claire's coffee already and I just got back yesterday!!! But seriously folks, the Manuka was beyond what expectations I could have ever dreamed. Yes it was indeed physical, so be ready for that; but there were some flatter, easier options for those that chose to not exert so much energy. There were a couple of times I wanted to just quit, but Claire and/or Jess kept me going saying it would be worth it (for the view AND the accomplishment) and MAN WERE THEY RIGHT!!!

The food, the company, the knowledge, the laughs, the comradery, the views, the EXPERIENCES....all of it was TOP NOTCH! I have my memories that will last a lifetime; best money I have EVER spent.

Don't wait! GO! I plan to go back in a couple of years to do the entire Milford Track. That's my only regret is that I didn't spend the extra to do that. But that's on me, not AA!”
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– Texas, United States
Manuka, March 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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