Reviews

The most important bit! While we could hang around all day telling you how wonderful our New Zealand trips are, the best people to listen to are our travellers themselves. We get a huge amount of feedback from our clients, all of which we read, process and use in the ongoing process of constantly improving our trips.

Feel free to drop us a line and we can put you in touch with one of our past clients. We have a long list of people who would be delighted to share their experiences with you if you’re thinking of coming on an Active trip. It’s a great way to get the nitty gritty straight from the horse’s mouth and find out what it’s really like to travel with us!

In the meantime, here’s a selection of our reviews:

Review ratings for our individual trips

Kauri 4.47
75 reviews
Kea 4.65
176 reviews
Kiwi 4.72
77 reviews
Manuka 4.36
708 reviews
Rimu 4.49
3663 reviews
Tui 4.58
1155 reviews
Weka 4.42
219 reviews
Winter Rimu 4.61
443 reviews
  • Winter Remu September 2014

    “The Winter Remu Trip was amazing. The South Island of New Zealand is absolutely beautiful and it was awesome to be able to travel to and experience as many things as we did in one trip. I couldn't of asked for a better tour guide (Cassie!) or a better group of fellow travelers! Because of them I was able to push myself and accomplish things I didn't think I was capable of! Loved it! This was a great experience for me!”
    – New York, United States Winter Rimu, September 2014
  • I Want To Go Back!

    “Going into this trip, I really didn't know what to expect since it was going to be with a very small group of people. I have to say that I was blown away and it was indeed the trip of a lifetime. Cassie, our tour leader, was amazing and extremely accommodating to the needs of the group. She actually fit in extra hikes that were not on the itinerary because we expressed interest in doing more. I feel that we got a comprehensive tour of the South Island, and I can't wait to go back to New Zealand.”
    – New York, United States Winter Rimu, September 2014
  • The Spiritual Center of the Universe

    “This trip was first class, all the way! Hands down, there is no better way to experience the Kiwi culture, lands, and adventure. It was remarkable on a daily basis the level of planning, experience, and wisdom our guides led us with. In all seriousness, our expectations of what New Zealand would be like were blown away on a daily basis. Kiwi hospitality, attention to detail, and leadership from two world-class guides, Mel and DK, showed us the south island on a truly, truly, unforgettable journey. This was not a once in a lifetime trip, as that implies we won't be back. I am very grateful to have been able to experience part of the world in such epic fashion.”
    – South Carolina, United States Winter Rimu, September 2014
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    “The Winter Rimu trip was amazing!!! I'm so glad both our guides were kiwis - they had the accent, the lingo, and a lot of life experience knowledge about the culture and landscape of New Zealand. I was especially lucky because I signed up for the trip on my own and didn't know anyone before I got there - both guides were really outgoing and always seemed to have time to answer questions and chat.”
    – Utah, United States Winter Rimu, September 2014
  • College sendoff

    “We wanted to do something special as a family before our only son left home for college. After friends recommended Active Adventures New Zealand, we looked into participating in the Winter Rimu. We couldn't have been more pleased with our choice. Our guides Dan and Sarah were warm, professional, and highly organized. Happily, our fellow travelers were engaging and easy to get along with. And of course New Zealand is a stunningly beautiful place to explore.”
    – Washington, United States Winter Rimu, September 2014
  • Winter Ramu 2014 was truly a trip of a lifetime

    “I highly recommend this trip as an ACTIVE adventure. We did lots of hiking, a VERY intense backpack, sea kayaking, biking, and lots of site seeing. The views are unbeatable, the food is delicious, and the guides are great. I really enjoyed being taken care of and not needing to help with the dishes and cooking. It made it so we could really relax and enjoy this vacation.”
    – Mississippi, United States Winter Rimu, August 2014
  • The BEST way to see the South Island!

    “The beauty of the South Island is well off the beaten path and needs to be seen with guides who know where to go. That's the reason we decided on this trip with Active Adventures. It was excellent-from the scenery to the food to the very helpful guides as well as the weather. It's not for the faint of heart but is for the adventurer who wants to see nature, snow capped peaks, have a few rugged hikes and make friends with your fellow trek members.”
    – Idaho, United States Winter Rimu, August 2014
  • Great Trip for Challenge seeking Trekkers

    “This trip offered unbeatable scenery and a great view of the South Island of New Zealand. The hikes offered a range of scenery from rain forest to glacial valleys to snow-capped mountains. The backpacks were a nice length, but be prepared to do a lot of stream crossing and scrambling over rocks. Milford Sound was beautiful from a kayak and the short walk to view the Franz Joseph Glacier was nice.”
    – Idaho, United States Winter Rimu, August 2014
  • New Zealand Trip: From Handbag to Outdoor Type!

    “We had an awesome experience with Active Adventures! My buddies and I hit the New Zealand countryside for our 40th birthdays, led by our trusty god-like Active guides Dan (D.K.) and Sarah. It was an amazing trip! D.K. and Sarah were superstars and made sure everything went as smoothly as a Lenny Kravitz song. They led us on some outstanding hikes, kayaking, mountain biking, late-night card playing, you name it. The food they prepped was mouthwatering good, and the ever-present milos and flat whites warm and cozy. The accommodations were great, and the pace of the trip was just right. The sites were incredible! I can highly recommend D.K., Sarah, and the rest of the Active team-- I would use them again in a heartbeat. They turned a bunch of handbags like us into full-on Outdoor Types. I give it a score of 5 moustaches and 2 wristbands! Loved our trip- I can't wait to visit N.Z. again!”
    – California, United States Winter Rimu, August 2014
  • Fantastic time

    “My wife and I had a great time on the Winter Rimu. Both DK and Mel were really great, knowledgeable guides. The scenery we saw was just breathtaking. The trip was very well paced with the bush-bashing alternating with luxury. I wouldn't hesitate to do another trip with active!”
    – New South Wales, Australia Winter Rimu, August 2014
  • KEA in the Winter

    “This trip was really fun and had lots of activities suitable for all folks. The scenery was magnificent, the food was fantastic (thanks Mel!), and the guides Dan and Mel were full of interesting facts and stories!”
    – California, United States Kea, July 2014
  • Winter Rimu Jul 14

    “Awesome! Hiking through the valleys beneath clear blue skies & snow capped mountains was definitely a highlight. Not to mention our amazing guides DK & Mel who always cooked great food & shared interesting local/cultural knowledge wherever we were. Overall this was a fantastic experience & would definitely recommend this trip to others!”
    – Queensland, Australia Winter Rimu, July 2014
  • Thank You for Being Awesome!

    “Our trip was incredible! Duck and Mel were such wonderful guides. Our entire family (which included myself, my husband, my parents, my sister, my nephew, and my soon-to-be brother-in-law) traveled together for the first time and by the end of the trip, Duck and Mel felt like family as well! We enjoyed every minute of it! THANK YOU for being AWESOME!!!”
    – Texas, United States Kea, July 2014
  • Kea

    “My only regret...it ended too soon! Most of the pictures seem to show New Zealand as it appears in summer. Don't be fooled -- winter is gorgeous and perfect for hiking. I think the locals try to keep winter a secret to keep the tourists away :-) And speaking of locals.... Duck (Dan) and Mel (Melissa) are a national treasure -- we couldn't have had better guides for this trip!”
    – Texas, United States Kea, July 2014
  • A Delightful Journey

    “The July Winter Rimu trip with Dan & Mel was outstanding. These two were fantastic, it was a real delight being in their company. All the hikes were stunning and not too demanding and the weather was perfect. We certainly came home feeling enthusiastic and we would definitely look at another trip.”
    – New South Wales, Australia Winter Rimu, July 2014
  • A great trip, even in the rain!

    “We are in our early 60s and were a little bit worried about the hikes. We wisely went on only the first 8 days of the Winter Rimu trip. We had a WONDERFUL time. The guides, Sarah and DK were fantastic: funny, helpful, warm, and really well-organized. We couldn't hike as fast as the rest of the group, but Sarah and DK made us feel like we were world-class trampers! The food was wonderful. The day we hiked in driving rain and 90-km wind, Sarah surprised us with a thermos of hot soup, which we ate in the shelter of a little hut. On our overnight, DK surprised us with two bottles of red wine to accompany Sarah's great pasta dinner, made without electricity or running water! It was a terrific experience that I will never forget. Thank you Sarah and DK and Active Adventures!”
    – Victoria, Australia Winter Rimu, July 2014
  • ANZ in NZ

    “The only weakness of this trip was in my legs after a long, wet, sloppy hike (my fault, inadequate conditioning). The guides, scenery, and general plans were outstanding. Particularly impressed with "Duck" and "Mel" (Dan and Melissa) for their knowledge, attitudes, and support. Well worth the money, time and effort!”
    – Texas, United States Kea, July 2014
  • Rimu - April 2014

    “The Rimu in April trip was spectacular. Book it...Book it right now !”
    – Vermont, United States Rimu, July 2014
  • Kiwi Adventure

    “Fabulous trip! Great hosts and guides (Duck and Sara)! Fantastic group of travelers, great food and libations. The weather was totally unbelievable. This trip stands out as the best trip I've been on in 2014.”
    – Minnesota, United States Kiwi, June 2014
  • Kauri Adventure

    “Fabulous North Island adventure. Great guides (Lauren and Sara).”
    – Minnesota, United States Kauri, June 2014
  • Amazing trip!

    “The Kauri trip was wonderful! A great blend of active and cultural adventures, with opportunities to learn, try new things, and take on challenges. And the guides were great - very knowledgeable, friendly, and fun! I would recommend this tour to anyone looking to explore the North Island.”
    – Wisconsin, United States Kauri, June 2014
  • Winter Rimu

    “This was a great trip, but don't expect to stay on the itinerary. Due to weather, it changed many times over the course of the trip. Despite that, the guides always found fantastic places to hike and explore.”
    – Florida, United States Winter Rimu, June 2014
  • Best trip I've been on

    “I lived in Germany for two years prior to visiting New Zealand, and in that time I was able to travel all throughout Europe and see many of the "most beautiful places in the world". However, I have never been to any country that was more beautiful or amazing than New Zealand. More than just the aesthetically pleasing aspects that New Zealand has to offer, but also the people, the food, and the general outlook on life is unlike any other place that I have ever experienced.”
    – Indiana, United States Rimu, May 2014
  • The discovery of hidden treasures

    “A good trip right from the start, as the group formed itself - and this was a key to enjoying what Active brings you to. Unpredictable, of course, but in this case the chemistry worked well. Above that, we had a well-led, fascinatingly revealing journey of great variety. We are busy recommending to our friends. upcoming diversions will keep us somewhat anchored at home for a year or so, but we will be back!”
    – Quebec, Canada Tui, May 2014
  • Ultimate Father-Son Experience

    “I'm an orthopedic surgeon. I've been in practice for 32 years. My son Tom is 25. His elder brothers are 27 and 33. All my sons have paid dearly for their dad's obligation to be away from them much of the time they were young children. A time of retreat and renewal was what I hoped from the Active trip. Sweating and gasping for breath surrounded by awesome beauty of God's most magnificent creations, and sharing that experience with my son fulfilled every hope and dream. With the support of GT and Sarah I was able to surpass everything I expected possible of myself. I had feared failure. The feeling of accomplishment is profoundly satisfying. Even more moving was seeing Tom who had nearly reached the top of our last climb hiking back down to the mid point to check on me and give me water. I eventually completed that climb, and was cheered upon reaching the top.”
    – Indiana, United States Rimu, May 2014
  • My second trip with Active, and definitely not my last. Amazing!

    “New Zealand is a beautiful country and the Rimu lets you see a great deal of it in only two weeks. GT was great fun and I won't forget Sarah's constant encouragement when I thought I'd reached my limit and of course her amazing ability to cook up cordon bleu food at the top of a mountain! Would highly recommend- this is my second trip to New Zealand with Active and they never disappoint.”
    – Co. Antrim, United Kingdom Rimu, May 2014
  • My second trip with Active, and definitely not my last. Amazing!

    “New Zealand is a beautiful country and the Rimu lets you see a great deal of it in only two weeks. GT was great fun and I won't forget Sarah's constant encouragement when I thought I'd reached my limit and of course her amazing ability to cook up cordon bleu food at the top of a mountain! Would highly recommend- this is my second trip to New Zealand with Active and they never disappoint.”
    – Co. Antrim, United Kingdom Rimu, May 2014
  • “Lauren and Sarah were excellent guides. They are really good at what they do! We saw some wonderful places and participated in some really good activities. We loved the Maori experience, the mountain biking and the trekking. A great trip all round”
    – Ireland 7, Ireland (Republic of) Kauri, May 2014
  • Rimu Rocks!

    “Great trip, great people, great guides. The guides really made the trip. Dan was so knowledgeable and charismatic, he made every stop and town we went through more alive with a little bit of history about the place. Was sorry that the rain and the cyclone on the west coast eliminated a couple of our planned events but the interruption was hardly felt.”
    – California, United States Rimu, May 2014
  • Exactly as promised, better than I imagined!

    “This was truly a trip of a lifetime!!! The scenery was spectacular, our guides knowledgeable and hard working and went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our trip went as planned. I can't recommend Active Aventures highly enough!!”
    – Ohio, United States Kauri, May 2014
  • We loved it!

    “We had a great time and were really pleased with every aspect of the trip.”
    – Ohio, United States Kauri, May 2014
  • Southern Island

    “Great trip! Beautiful country and we saw it all. Guides were fantastic and we had an excellent group of people from all over.”
    – Texas, United States Rimu, May 2014
  • Tui trip with Lauren and Amanda Feb 2014

    “Wonderful leaders who we had complete faith in. They went out of their way to help us. We liked the varied accommodation and the activities suited us. The walks were appropriate for the party. The size of the party was right though not sure about booking one single and 8 couples. Loved the biking the jet boat the plane ride and kayaking. Maybe giving us an hour before the evening meal to relax and socialise would be good. Overall v well organised.”
    – Lancashire, United Kingdom Tui, April 2014
  • Awesome Jeffery family adventure

    “We couldn't have asked for a better way for our family to spend the Easter holidays together. Certainly never a dull moment! Fantastic guides and lucky to have a great group to travel with. Such a beautiful environment to keep everyone interested in all the activities, 15yrs old to 50yrs old!”
    – Queensland, Australia Tui, April 2014
  • Spectacular Time!

    “This trip is everything promised - and more! When I look back on all that we did in just a few short days, I am amazed. If you really want to get away from it all and experience the magic that is New Zealand, grab a good friend and sign up for this trip.”
    – Texas, United States Tui, April 2014
  • Rimu in March

    “The 2014 Rimu trip was one of the best organized trips I have been on. It took us to most of the South Island main sights, which naturally involved a bit of driving. The scenery was spectacular and the activities well balanced. There were options for more physically demanding hikes, or less so, depending on your inclincation. I think the fitter you were, the more you enjoyed the trip as the scenic rewards were better the higher you got. The March 2014 weather was really good, which was a bonus. The guides were fantastic.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, April 2014
  • Eleven days on Kauri

    “The eleven day Kauri trip takes you through most of the sights of Northern and Central North island. Having already done the South Island, I appreciated the different activites and sights of the North Island. The Tongariro crossing is a highlight, so be sure you are physically fit to do it. I much enjoyed the snorkelling and sight of the Poor Knights Island. Despite being a bit ho-hum about the sand-boarding before trying it, it turned out to be a blast. The Maori cultural experiences were also great.”
    – Ontario, Canada Kauri, April 2014
  • Adventures in New Zealand

    “My wife and I are extremely happy with our experience with Graemme an Alex and our bus mates! We were able to see and experience New Zealand while we were hiking, kayaking, and mountainbiking. We feel we were able to see New Zealand much more intimately by immersing ourselves on hiking trails and in kayaks. We got a much better feel for the country than from a tour bus window.”
    – Nevada, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • “We loved this trip! It was the perfect combination of hiking, riding and kayaking. In addition to our daily adventures, we also learned a great deal about New Zealand's culture, history, people and way of life from our outstanding Kiwi guides GT and Alex.”
    – Nevada, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • Could not have asked more from an outfitter!

    “My wife and I have taken many active vacations in the past (mostly road cycling with an array of outfitters), but this trip stood alone for the quality and intimacy of its superb guides. It may have been made easier by the small size of our group, but for two weeks we could not have asked more from Andrew and Sally, who made us feel as welcome as possible in a world very remote and far away. They were quite a team, supremely knowledgeable about everything New Zealand; always organized, proactive, empathetic; every single day we enjoyed great food and conversation, filled with lots of laughter and good spirit. In short time they not only became our very trusted leaders in whom we had the utmost confidence, but also good friends with whom we were very comfortable sharing our lives. Neither of them could have possibly done a more superb job in hosting us during our unforgettable Rimu trip.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • Tui South Island trip reivew

    “Fantastic trip for folks that want activity and not just a tour! I will go again with them on another trip to another destination. Great attention to detail and great guides. I felt I was in great hands and trusted them completely. The itinerary was perfect.”
    – Florida, United States Tui, April 2014
  • Sensory overload?

    “An amazing 8 days. Packed with just enough challenges and experiences. New Zealand providing the backdrop and our guides taking us to all the right places and awakening all those sleeping city living senses.”
    – New South Wales, Australia Tui, April 2014
  • The South Island Adventure

    “I think it Is difficult to express in words our South Island experience. New Zealand's South island is a paradise on earth. The beauty of nature is stunning. The attitude of the locals is extremely friendly. The culture of life centering in the participation of outdoor activities is one to be imitated worldwide. Nevertheless I am sure that our experience was even more pleasant having the privilege of sharing this experience with Sarah and Huw. From the first day Sarah spoke to each one of us... Trying to get to know us better. Whether we had any health issues. Whether we preferred some type of food. Huw been such a strong man at the same time been so gentle and noble. They always went the extra mile to please us. The food was perfect. When Sarah cooked it tasted so good. Everything so organized. So much warmth in their demeanor. We will not only miss New Zealand... but we will also miss them.”
    – Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Tui, April 2014
  • “The Tui trip was excellent. It was very well planned and was able to be adapted to all different interests and fitness levels. The food and accommodations were beyond expectation. I have already recommended this trip to a number of my friends and family and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a more active way to see NZ.”
    – California, United States Tui, April 2014
  • “Amazing! I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who really wants to see and explore New Zealand!”
    – Western Australia, Australia Rimu, April 2014
  • “Great adventure! Everything I expected and more, Ken and Nick were more like family than tour guides. I would not hesitate to book another Active New Zealand adventure tour.”
    – California, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • Rimu

    “Great itinerary, scenery, weather (lucky) & guides, who took us to areas we wouldn't have done on our own. I also loved the sea kayaking in Marlborough Sounds.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, April 2014
  • 11 day Kauri

    “Loved the new far north section, including the sand boarding (rivals Queenstown activities). Great guides again. The Tongariro Crossing was the highlight - I felt so lucky to have done it.”
    – Ontario, Canada Kauri, April 2014
  • Great trip!

    “Didn't know what to expect when booking this trip. I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. The people, country, food, accommodations, etc were great. Our guides were outstanding and very accommodating. Hikes were doable for a 67 year old in good shape. Highly recommend this trip for all age groups.”
    – Hawaii, United States Kiwi, April 2014
  • Amazing

    “Our Tui trip was amazing. It was physically challenging and we felt so accomplished after each activity. We didn't worry about anything. The entire trip, it was so nice to be told what time to meet up in the morning and thats all you had to worry about. Even when our helicopter ride to the glacier got cancelled due to weather, they had a plan B and we went straight to another hike. The guides were great and were always talking with us and telling great stories. We got to experience such beautiful places and I am looking forward to doing another active adventure trip!”
    – Florida, United States Tui, April 2014
  • Outstanding Trip!

    “This trip was amazing! Everything about it was first class. We were not looking forward to all the time in the bus, but we understood that in order to see so much of the country, it was going to be required. As it turns out, the bus ride was great. Our guides (Ben and Christina) had fresh fruit and snacks and made lots of stops at out of the way places (where only locals would know) for coffee, shopping or photo ops. We were rarely in the bus for more than an hour or so. Not to mention, the scenery along the way was unbelievable! Ben and Christina treated us like we were family visiting and really made the trip special. They took care of every detail, allowing us to do nothing more than enjoy the trip. We were also concerned about the activity level, but there were people on the tour that ranged from 21 - 67 years old, somehow Ben and Christina were able to cater to every one of us according to our capabilities. Some went for the rigorous mountain hiking, while others kayaked. We were very impressed how they could keep everyone happy at the same time. We stayed in out of the way lodges most of the time and they were all awesome! The food was outstanding, we didnt have a bad meal the entire time, however, we were partial to the meals prepared by our guides, some of the best food Ive ever had! The trip really was an Active Adventure, we mountain biked, kayaked, jet boated, white water rafted, hiked a glacier, helicoptered and took several day hikes. We saw lots of wildlife and everywhere you looked was an amazing view. New Zealand is truly an amazing place, if there is somewhere else on earth that is more beautiful, I cant imagine what it would look like. We are experienced travelers, and have visited many places all over the world, but this by far was the best! New Zealand sells itself, but you guys make the experience something special! We thank you for sharing your beautiful country with us and we will come back again!”
    – Texas, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • RIMU, February 2014

    “Our guides were amazing. They were very informative and relaxed and made us feel so welcome in New Zealand. Our weather was over the top. The landscapes were breathtaking. Our activities were the best and got us close and personal to the beauty. And should I mention the food?”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • walking around NZ

    “Seamless delightful trip with great food. Thanks for ordering up the good weather as well!”
    – Alberta, Canada Manuka, April 2014
  • Tui Experience

    “This trip was the perfect length for someone with limited time. You get a great feel of the country's nature beauty and diversity.”
    – Florida, United States Tui, April 2014
  • “Combining the Kauri and Rimu trips for a month long adventure in New Zealand was the perfect choice!”
    – Iowa, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • “This truly was a trip to remember! We are so glad that we combined the longer Kauri trip with the Rimu so that we got a good flavor of both islands.”
    – Iowa, United States Kauri, April 2014
  • Rimu trip

    “Extremely well run and enjoyable trip with excellent guides!”
    – Wisconsin, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • “The Rimu trip exceeded our expectations. We usually like to research areas and travel independently, but we would never have been able to see and do so much on the South Island on our own, nor would we have had the chance to get to know the 12 others who traveled with us. Leaving the day trip planning, accommodation arrangement, driving, cooking, and even the research to our guides, Ken and Nick, made for a "no worries" holiday, without my nose stuck in a guidebook. The kayak option was phenomenal - we recommend it to anybody who enjoys paddling and feels apprehensive about the backpack option (although, we wish we could have done both)! Trip of a lifetime.”
    – California, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • Rimu - March 2014

    “Wow. The Rimu trip is jam-packed with adventure, activity, and scenery. We were awed with every aspect of this trip, and felt challenged by the itinerary. I told Cassie and Amanda every day, "keep this in the trip". I believe you captured the essence of the South Island in the 2 weeks we explored your paradise.”
    – Iowa, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • Kauri - March 2914

    “Truly a magical experience. We had a beautiful mix of activity, culture, and history of New Zealand. Duck was a special guide who made New Zealand come alive. We enjoyed his information, encouragement, and cooking. It also helped that the weather was perfect. This trip is a "must do" if you want to appreciate the totality of New Zealand.”
    – Iowa, United States Kauri, April 2014
  • Trip of a Lifetime

    “This trip was amazing, great guides, gorgeous scenery, my only complaint is that it had to come to an end”
    – Minnesota, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • RIMU, February 2014

    “Our first group tour since we usually book the itinerary on our own. Since this was our first international trip we decided to give Active a go. Wow are we ever glad we did - all the details were taken care of from the lodging (at great locations), food (delicious) and activities (challenging hikes worth every step for the beautiful views) and all we had to do was enjoy it. Our guides GT and Mel showed us to a bucket list type of vacation during the RIMU trip, can't imagine how we could have packed more in on a tour of the south island. One of my highlights was celebrating my 60th Birthday at Angelus Hut - waking up to a warm cupcake with candle on top of the world! Going to be hard to top this trip in the future!”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • Awesome trip

    “We had a great time on our Active New Zealand Trip. Ken and Nick were awesome tour guides. They fed us well, kept us entertained, answered all our questions, and they were just so easy to get along with. The Rimu trip was beautiful. We had great weather the entire time except for one day where it rained and didn't complete one of the hikes because it was raining and views were clouded in. Otherwise, we had a great taste of the South Island!”
    – Minnesota, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Travels with Ken and Nick

    “I concur with all Karen has written and would especially like to underline the people skills, good cheer, enthusiasm, knowledge and patience of our leaders. We have been on a number of similar adventures in other countries and hands down, Ken and Nick were the finest guides. They enjoy what they do and the people who do it with them. I need to inject just one negative note- you must ditch the pizza and chips meal we had near Milford lodge. Aside from it obviously not having been designed by a nutritionist, it was awful pizza and awful chips. Otherwise the trip was perfection.”
    – New York, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Maria's big 50

    “I really enjoyed the trip. For me it was just the right length. Amanda and Dan really made the trip awesome! Met new friends which is always a plus. Can't wait to do another one in the future.”
    – Florida, United States Tui, March 2014
  • Kauri trip

    “We saw so many amazing beaches, hikes and waterfalls. It was so nice that everything was planned for us but sometimes they changed it up a bit to meet our group needs. Lauren and Sarah were always in a good mood joking around with everyone. The food they cooked was great but when we did eat out they would find just the right spot for us . I loved all the small places we stayed and that they always had milk in the refrig. for you in the morning for your coffee or tea. This trip definitely was a 10. I would not have changed a thing. Thank you, Thank you. I will spread the word about Active Adventures.”
    – Virginia, United States Kauri, March 2014
  • January 2014 Rimu... one highlight after another

    “The variety of activities - kayaking, hiking, biking - in the most beautiful places imaginable, organized and led by knowledgeable, tireless, excellent guides - storytellers, chefs, drivers - sharing their love of New Zealand's outdoor offerings, hidden gems, side trips to amazing gems (coffee shops to beaches to green stone shopping). On the go go go!”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Great Trip, Wonderful Guides

    “Had a fantastic time on the Rimu trip in March. Every location and activity was wonderful. I loved the diversity of locations, lodging, meals and activities. Our guides Kate and Sally couldn't have been better!”
    – Florida, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Feb 2014 Kauri...Tops with Lauren and Sally

    “Wonderful beauty, variety: Much more to the North Island than we thought! Starting with Poor Knights and Bay of isles cruise, it felt like a relaxing vacation from the frenetic Rimu we'd just come off! Then it cranked up: great sand dune hikes, evening Maori hike through the kauri forest, hikes up waterfalls and Rainbow Mountain. Lauren and Sally made the Tongariro possible...encouraged the worried among us we could do it...and so glad I did!”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Kauri, March 2014
  • What a great time!

    “Kate and Sally were just fantastic guides. They went out of their way to make the trip very special for everyone - even if different people had different needs. Sally was a great cook and instead of losing weight by hiking or kayaking or biking every day, I actually gained a few pounds on the trip!”
    – Texas, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Tui trip 23 Feb thru 2 Mar 2014

    “Our Tui was a compact adventure-rich introduction to the South Island replete with easy-going companions and guides and perfect weather. We were blessed to have it all!”
    – New York, United States Tui, March 2014
  • Magical Kiwi Trip

    “We loved our Active Adventures experience! Our guides, Sarah and Duck, really took care of us. They thought of every detail from baking a birthday cake to adjusting the itinerary so we could have the best opportunities to enjoy each destination and hike. New Zealand's South Island lives up to its reputation as a place of beauty and grandeur, unique in the world. We felt the whole experience was magical.”
    – Oregon, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • Kauri (5 day)

    “Extraordinary 5 days! Were it not for the Kauri itinerary I wouldn't have chosen to visit the Maori exhibit, Te Puia. Thank you so much for including it as it provided a valuable touchstone for interpreting the rest of my tour.”
    – New York, United States Kauri, March 2014
  • Rimu - challenging and breathtaking

    “I actually described this trip to my friends at home as the trip of a lifetime. For any avid hiker/backpacker, I would definitely recommend this trip. Our group ranged from 26 to 66 yrs old, with varying degrees of fitness, and the guides were excellent at putting us on the trails that were appropriate for our abilities. To get the most out of this trip, I strongly recommend that you come in with a HIGH degree of fitness, as you will do more difficult hikes, and see more of the breathtaking scenery. Everywhere you turn around on this tour is a WOW moment! I didn't want to nap in the bus for fear I would miss something. I loved how the guides told us Maori stories and cultural traditions, and also about the native plants and animals. Can't say enough about how enjoyable this trip was to me. Thanks Active!”
    – Florida, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Amazing New Zealand - South

    “This was the second part of my New Zealand adventure, after having spent the first week plus on the North Island. I had settled in nicely with the group in the North, and very much missed them when we parted. So it took a day or two to reacclimate with the new AA team and group of participants. Having said this, the South Island adventure was every bit as wonderful and magnificent as the North. The islands are so very different, and I am grateful I chose to see some of both areas in order to get a good feel for the country as a whole, something I would highly recommend to anyone visiting New Zealand for the first time.”
    – Arizona, United States Tui, March 2014
  • Relaxing, invigorating, and packed with fun

    “I think it would be hard to organize a *bad* trip of New Zealand - the natural beauty and the friendliness of the culture are advantages that simply can't be negated - but the Active trip built on them wonderfully. The guides were cheerful and knowledgeable. The hikes were well-planned - never long enough to be boring or exhausting for the hiking neophyte, but always interesting and challenging. Even the drives were packed with interesting stops and activities. It was an awesome vacation!”
    – New York, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • Great way to sample New Zealand's South Island

    “Guides did a great job. They adjusted the schedule to meet most needs and weather conditions. The hiking was enough to be able to see many sites as we worked our way around much of the South Island. Food was very good and allowed a chance to try some of New Zealand's fine dishes.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • Amazing New Zealand - North

    “Booking an adventure trip like this from the other side of the world can be a real shot in the dark, but I am SO very glad that we found Active Adventures and decided to go with them. My first visit to New Zealand could not have been more "magical" and the care, attention to detail, and general top notch organization -- both of the materials sent beforehand and the planning by the guides along the way -- were truly first class. I would return to New Zealand in a heartbeat ... and when I do, it will be again with Active Adventures! It was truly a pleasure spending time with everyone!”
    – Arizona, United States Kauri, March 2014
  • Awesome awesome trip

    “Our Kiwi trip was definitely the trip of a lifetime. Every day was full of great hikes and other activities, interesting information on New Zealand (geography, history, culture etc.), and fantastic scenery. Our guides were knowledgeable, helpful, just a lot of fun. I could have stayed another week or two! We will definitely be back!”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • It is Not the Country We Seek, but the Company We Keep

    “We shot roughly 30+ hours of video on this trip and spent over a moth editing it all. Each clip I reviewed and each frame I played returned a fond memory. Each memory made my desire to return burn a little hotter. It is far from common for me to experience such intense longing to return to a place we just traveled. I was attached to New Zealand as if a bond had been forged and flying home had stretched this bond like a rubber band so that I felt the country desperately trying to pull me back. Night and day I obsessed over the time we spent there, reminiscing every laugh we had and every meal we shared. With the memories of its sights, sounds, and smells fresh in my mind I realized exactly why this adventure was so much more meaningful than any other trip I have ever had the fortune to take. It was not merely the fact that New Zealand is one of the most stunningly beautiful places on earth, but also because the people we shared the experience with were some of the most genuine, friendly, and fun people I have ever met. It does not matter where you travel as long as you travel in good company. Active knows how to plan trips and they know how to make them exciting. More importantly they know how to pick good people. The guides, the group, you name it, Active has done it right. This trip deserved every one of those five stars and nothing less. Thank you, thank you for everything!”
    – Arizona, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Fabulous Trip! Beautiful Country! Delightful Tour Guides!

    “I enjoyed every minute of my active adventure. Sara and Duck were superior guides and very accommodating when it came to meals, activities, etc. Every detail was organized to the Nth degree. Plus the food was delicious, healthy, and always freshly prepared. The Heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier was incredible. I am so glad I took this trip.”
    – Maryland, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • Great

    “Great active way to explore the South Island, NZ in a small group”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, March 2014
  • Susan's Bucket List

    “NZ has been on my bucket list for years!!! This was a wonderful way to see NZ and just what I wanted. Perfect in every way and excellent guides!!! I am so happy with the trip.”
    – Virginia, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • “We both thought it was one of the best guided tours we have experienced with a lot of prior experience. Well balanced and good traveling group. Christina was wonderful. Every day was interesting.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • “I felt the trip was really wonderful with amazing scenery and many great activities. Both guides were so fun and enthusiastic and were always willing to answer our many questions. Dan was obviously very proud of New Zealand and was happy to share everything he knew... something much appreciated by travellers who are wanting to learn about NZ. Amanda was a great cook so our meals were all really good and I particularly appreciated the fruit basket on the bus... small but important! The activities on our trip seemed to be a good mix of hiking, kayaking and biking... somewhat strenuous but not too taxing with lots of rests on the bus. Overall I felt Amanda and Dan did an amazing job of keeping the group engaged, comfortable and happy throughout our adventure.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, March 2014
  • “Simply the BEST!”
    – Indiana, United States Manuka, March 2014
  • More Adventures on Another Planet

    “After the five days on our Kauri extravaganza, Tui became another "other world" experience! Prior to the trip, when sharing concerns about the physical challenges I might encounter, my friends told me that I didn't have to do activity, but with Andrew and Sarah's thoughtful suggestions, I was able to challenge myself and feel satisfied that I accomplished a few personal feats!”
    – Vermont, United States Tui, March 2014
  • An Off the Planet Experience!

    “As a seventy year plus lady, I anticipated some physical challenges beyond my comfort zone, but with the excellent customized guidance of our two entertaining, superbly informed leaders Lauren and Sally, and encouragement of my fellow trippers, I felt a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day's "active adventure!" Thanks, too, for all the thoughtful packing and travel tips, and your attention to detail prior to our departure for the trip.”
    – Vermont, United States Kauri, March 2014
  • “This was a well designed trip that allowed us to sample the highlights of the South Island. It involved a lot of driving , but Dan and Amanda were able to make it interesting while in the bus. Some of the hiking was very challenging, but doable for us middle aged, slightly overweight, partially in shape tourists. The scenery was amazing of course and well worth the effort. The logistics worked well, Dan and Amanda worked hard at keeping everybody happy, and succeeded. They were just outstanding. It overall was an awesome trip, hopefully we'll make it back some day”
    – Ohio, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Perfectly Wonderful!

    “The Manuka trip with Nicole and Dave in February 2014 was amazing! Great scenery and hiking, wonderful fellow travelers, delicious meals, lots of unique experiences, the BEST guides, and just loads of fun! I couldn't have asked for a better New Zealand adventure!”
    – Colorado, United States Manuka, March 2014
  • great active trip

    “I love the trip and happy that it was as active as it was. We were able to do things that I would have never thought I would be able to do. and with two guides our group was able to adapt to everyones active level.”
    – Minnesota, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Amazing journey through middle earth...

    “Wow what a beautiful pristine country! NZ has been on my bucket list for some time and I'm so happy to have chosen Active Adventures. The Rimu trip was a perfect introduction and exploration of the South Island. Each day was a new adventure; hiking, biking, kayaking, eating and driving through magical countryside. We were lucky to have a dusting of snow on the mountains which made it all the more picturesque. We will definitely be back!”
    – California, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Manuka 2014

    “Our Manuka trip exceeded all our expectations. I knew the trip was going to be great, but our accommodations, food, and especially our guides Nicole and Dave were "over the top" fantastic! First class all the way. It didn't hurt that we had outstanding weather too. New Zealand shined in every way.”
    – Indiana, United States Manuka, March 2014
  • Thanks for the New Zealand adventure!

    “A great introduction to New Zealand. I felt I was in really good hands with our guides: great personalities, competent, patient and they went out of their way to provide personal attention. The itinerary and choice of accommodations was just right. The holiday was very well-organised and co-ordinated but still had a completely relaxed feeling. Thank you Andrew, Nicole and Cassie.”
    – South Australia, Australia Manuka, March 2014
  • 2014 New Zealand trip - Tui tour

    “In February, 2014, we made our first visit to New Zealand. After spending the first week on the North Island with friends, we flew to Christchurch for the start of Active New Zealand's Tui tour. Tui was wonderful - a very nice mix of places we saw, excellent tour guides, a great mix of hiking and other activities, and an exceptional group to travel with.”
    – Maine, United States Tui, March 2014
  • Wonderful

    “The trip met all of our expectations!!! The details were clear, the guides superb!!! They were helpful, clear and caring. They made the group come together and everyone enjoyed the time. The timing of hikes and sights was just right and comfortable.”
    – Virginia, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • “A wonderful hiking holiday”
    – North Carolina, United States Kauri, March 2014
  • Worry free in NZ

    “Without a doubt the best vacation we have taken in 30 years. The island is fantastic and the weather was very cooperative. Being able to sit back and take it all in was a true blessing; no worries about lodging, driving, food, where to go, what to do, and how to make it all fit into two weeks. Daniel and Amanda are top flight guides that really went above and beyond to make the whole package flow from start to finish. They did a great job of making the small adjustments that let individuals set a comfortable pace while keeping the group moving in the same direction, easier said than done. Seems like a dream that you never want to end. Well Done.”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Amazing

    “Everything I was hoping for and more! Great guides, great food, great activities, incredible scenery, and great people.”
    – Maine, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Trip of a lifetime

    “I want to give accolades to the guides for knowing all the neat little extra places to see. The guides attention to all the details made all our activities fun. The meals were great. Most amazing was just seeing the beautiful New Zealand countryside.”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Rimu fun and adventure

    “The Rimu adventure is great overview of what the South Island has to offer. Lots of great sights and activities. Wonderful guides; planned and unplanned activities; great food; glad we went.”
    – Washington, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Well organized and few surprises

    “This is a well organized and detail-oriented tour. I can see that there were thoughts that put in to make this a fun and enjoyable tour. We had two wonderful guides, Daniel and Amanda, they were very helpful and knowledgeable. We even had champagne and strawberries on top of the mountain after a hike. What a luxury...”
    – Washington, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Great trip in a beautiful country

    “We had an amazing time on our Tui Trip. The itinerary brought us to some of the most breathtaking scenery we have ever seen and even getting to these spots was an adventure in itself, whether it was hiking, biking, kayaking, flying, or heli-hiking! Our wonderful guides Cassie & Natalie & our group made an amazing trip even better, everyone got along so well & really enjoyed each other's company. Highly recommended!”
    – Washington, United States Tui, March 2014
  • Hey, Sheep!

    “Absolutely awesome trip! Every individual need catered to by an exceptionally competent guiding team. Perfect mix of pre-planning and flexibility. Wonderful food daily. Felt that we got to see and experience the genuine New Zealand! Go. Do. This.”
    – Virginia, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • This trip should be on top of everyone's Bucket List!

    “My husband and I are very seasoned travelers having lived overseas for 20 plus years. Needless to say we have been on countless trips and over one hundred countries so we have a lot to compare this trip with. The Rimu was thoughtfully planned with just the right amount of active adventures and unique places to visit and stay. I love the fact that our guides sometimes prepared the food for us which was better than most restaurants we tried. I would highly recommend both Dan and Amanda as guides as their knowledge and attention to detail were amazing. They both seem to love their jobs and we loved getting to know them. The one piece of advice I would give to those that are very keen bikers is; the bike option looks to be three days but in reality is only really one full days ride which was great, but the other two days are just small 1-2 hour trips. Do the Nelson lakes hike instead! Overall, we loved the trip and made some friends from all over... don't hesitate to sign up!”
    – Texas, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Wow!

    “Active Adventures has set the bar high - it is going to be hard for us to ever best this trip! What an amazing journey we had. Every day was action-packed, full of amazing sights and awesome adventures. We loved our guides, our kids especially. Sarah & Huw really made the trip special. They took care of everything so that we could really soak in all the wonders of New Zealand. I'd book again with Active Adventures in a heartbeat - this was truly a trip of a lifetime.”
    – Virginia, United States Kea, March 2014
  • Meadowbank bill

    “A great trip - once in a lifetime - worth the flight to get to NZ from the east coast of the US. Scenery was great and the adventures and people helped make the adventure what it was.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • Trip of a lifetime

    “This trip not only met but went beyond our expectations. Duck and Sarah, our guides, were wonderful. We saw the best and most beautiful parts of New Zealand, enjoyed great food and made new friends.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • Great trip!

    “The Kiwi trip was challenging for me. I read that it was the 'gentlest' of all the active trips and that it was appropriate for all fitness levels. I also read that hikes were 1-3 hours in length and thought, 'no problem'. It turned out that some of those hikes were 1 hour uphill climbs that I had trouble with. Of course, I was always rewarded with a spectacular view at the top. I cannot adequately express the natural beauty of New Zealand. 'Awesome' takes on a new meaning. Accommodations were adequate, food was good. Guides were helpful and fun. Our group was friendly, and everyone got along well. New Zealand totally met my expectation and I appreciate being able to see it with a small group, guided tour.”
    – Missouri, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • Aotearoa, Afoot and Afloat

    “Or "The South Island for Shits and Giggles". Our guides brought knowledge, competence and enthusiasm, we brought the good weather, an adventurous spirit, and good humor and this awesomely beautiful country did the rest in making this a magical experience.”
    – Washington, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • A great taste of the South Island

    “Our Tui Adventure in February was absolutely amazing! Our guides were spectacular and the itinerary was well thought out and included so many things we never would have gotten to had we done this trip without Active Adventures. Thank you so much for the incredible memories!”
    – Massachusetts, United States Tui, March 2014
  • Rimu Excursion

    “What a fabulous trip! It exceeded my expectations. My wife and I (OK, mostly me) were looking for an active vacation and we got this in spades. Everyday there were new sights that just got better each day. Our guides were wonderful and the food we had was plentiful, great tasting, varied and really healthy. I think the South Island of New Zealand (need to come back and do the North Island trip) is probably the most beautiful country that I have visited. I really enjoyed our time with the group we had and our guides. Well done Active Adventure!”
    – Illinois, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Marvelous Manuka

    “Active Adventures is certainly the best way to experience New Zealand. The varied landscapes and hiking trails gave a true feel for the South Island. The guides, Dave and Nicole, kept us well in tow and well fed. Loved the trip!”
    – Florida, United States Manuka, March 2014
  • New Zealand done right

    “Active allowed us to experience New Zealand in its truest form - culturally, intellectually, and physically. The company accommodated our special needs and worked hard to make seamless and smooth transitions and transactions before, during and after the trip. Go for it!”
    – New York, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Exceeded Expectations

    “This trip was truly fantastic. I had been anticipating it for a long time and it easily exceeded my expectations. Words can't adequately describe the splendor of New Zealand's natural landscape. I appreciated the variety of locations and activities (even if it did mean more driving than I'd expected). Our guides, Huw and Nick, were fantastic, planning every detail, keeping us stocked with snacks, preparing delicious meals, answering all my (many!) questions about native flora, and staying positive throughout. Their energy was endless! My friends and family followed my adventures through my blog and none of them could believe what an incredible country New Zealand is and all the amazing, fun, cool things I was doing.”
    – Virginia, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Rimu Feb 2014

    “Great way to see New Zealand's South Island. Wonderful people, well organized, delicious food. Had a fantastic time and would happily travel with Active again.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Kiwi February 2014

    “A once in a life-time experience taking in the beauty of the South Island of New Zealand, from the sea to the mountain tops, from the glaciers to the lakes and rivers. Hiking New Zealand is a not-to-miss life adventure.”
    – Washington, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • Best Vacation Experience

    “This is one of those trips you'll never forget. The tour guides were excellent and complimented the trip and experience perfectly. The only problem was that it wasn't longer! Getting to know the fellow travelers was a lot of fun and we had a great time with everybody. They catered the adventures for the skill level of those in the group, so we'd break off when we wanted more challenges and could sit back when needed. I can't wait to take another Active Adventures trip ... and can't wait to get back to New Zealand!”
    – Florida, United States Tui, March 2014
  • Incredible Experience

    “This trip was the most amazing time! To see the beauty of the South Island and really see it in slow motion via hikes and kayaking trips was incredible. We enjoyed our guides and the members of our tour. We loved the trip.”
    – Florida, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • Tui Tour - CG

    “Loved this amazing Tour!”
    – Queensland, Australia Tui, February 2014
  • Rimu Trip Feb 2014

    “This was absolutely the trip of a lifetime! The attention to detail, the concern for the traveler and the love of their land was more than evident all through the trip. Every venue was beautiful, and every experience was first rate. I could not be happier with Active and their staff.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • Man, what an adventure.

    “It was the most exciting and exhilarating adventure of my life. Daniel was the BOMB as we say it here in Barbados. He thought of everything, and was always surprising us with treats and excellent food. Around every corner was always another post card panorama, and the hikes were to die for. I would say that New Zealand and Active together, are an unbeatable combination. I so look forward to coming back to do the 2 week Rimu, and to experience the wonders of the most beautiful country I have ever visited. Until then, keep up the Kiwi spirit of adventure.”
    – Christ Church, Barbados Tui, February 2014
  • Amazing Country and Trip!

    “My husband and I had a fabulous time on the Tui trip. Cassie and Natalie were amazing guides and made the trip extra special. The places we visited were absolutely gorgeous and we really lucked out with the weather. The highlight of the trip was the night spent in Siberia Valley and hike to Lake Crucible.”
    – DC, United States Tui, February 2014
  • Something beautiful to see everyday

    “There was a lot of driving given the amount of the South Island we covered in two weeks but the rhythms of the days were always enjoyable. Katie and Alex, our guides, always arranged stops for coffee, photo ops, and occasionally, shopping making the long drives pleasant. The accommodations were always comfortable and occasionally quite spectacular. ( One night I enjoyed an ocean view!). I loved having 14 days to move - to hike or to bike or to kayak and the scenery New Zealand provides is beyond believable. Katie and Alex were fantastic. I felt they were my friends and well as my guides by the trip's end. I have one criticism. When we arrived at the sheep herder's place, we were told to tackle the issue of room assignments among ourselves. This caused some upset for a brief time but, fortunately, we were all mature enough to work it out gracefully. I suggest having the travelers pull straws. My only regret is that I did not discover New Zealand when I was younger!”
    – California, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • Tui review

    “The Tui trip was wonderful! I saw a lot of amazing new places, tried new things, and met some great people, and I can't wait for my next trip with Active Adventures!”
    – Wisconsin, United States Tui, February 2014
  • Rimu

    “Exceptional landscape with exceptional guides and wonderful fellow-travelers doing fun activities! Can't imagine another way to get so much out of this stunning island.”
    – California, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • Diane's Rimu trip 2014

    “A trip to New Zealand has been on my list forever so I obviously had high expectations. I came home having had them met and even more. At every step along the way I received lots of useful information and felt the enthusiasm of the staff. And our guides, with whom I had the most contact, were wonderful, helping to make this a most memorable trip!”
    – Minnesota, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • The time of my life!

    “I know it is a song title, but how else to describe a trip that includes wonderful landscapes, daily adventures, delicious food, culture and information, all with the two greatest tour guides ever (and in many cases, guardian angels)?”
    – Sao Paulo, Brazil Rimu, February 2014
  • A Breathtaking and Inspiring Experience

    “Before arriving in NZ I wasn't sure what to expect, but was always excited and looking forward to it. Coming from a small country in the Caribbean this trip lived up to and exceeded my expectations. It was well organized and the country itself is awe inspiring, the areas that we visited are like nature's art room.”
    – Christ Church, Barbados Tui, February 2014
  • AMAZING

    “The past two weeks in New Zealand brought some of the most incredible experiences of my life. The guides made everything seem effortless and I was amazed at the beauty around every corner. Absolutely one of the best decisions I ever made!”
    – Alabama, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • “Jax and DK were amazing guides for a beautiful country and action packed trip! Best lamb chops of my entire life. I'd travel the 24 hours just to get those again.”
    – New York, United States Kauri, February 2014
  • Amazing country and amazing times!

    “I have always wanted to see New Zealand and the pictures on the site truly do not do justice to how beautiful it is. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I loved every minute of it.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • “The South Island trip was truly amazing. We loved all the activities and all the great meals that Kate and Graeme prepared for us. Fantastic cooking that provided great meals, and enjoyable conversations while dinner and lunch were being prepared each day. I liked that we could ask either guide many questions about the area, and found them to be very knowledgeable. Kate and Graeme were excellent guides that enjoyed their jobs, and were amazing with all of us. This was a trip of a lifetime for us, and we do not have any concerns or complaints about this trip in a negative way... only wonderful memories that I do not want to forget, and two individuals that I will always remember and wish that someday in our future our paths may cross again. Loved this experience, and hope that we can someday return to New Zealand.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, February 2014
  • Rimu Janaury 2014

    “The wonderful weather and excellent guides combined to make this trip a true New Zealand adventure.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • KIWI TRIP 2014

    “GREAT TRIP AND THE SCENERY WAS SO MUCH BETTER THAN I IMAGINED IT COULD BE. GUIDES WERE GREAT AND THE PEOPLE WARM AND FRIENDLY.”
    – Michigan, United States Kiwi, February 2014
  • New Zealand Jan 2014

    “I really liked the kayaking and most of the hikes were great! The time in the buses was a little longer than expected because the roads do not allow for high speed travel.”
    – Michigan, United States Kiwi, February 2014
  • Wonderful New Zealand

    “Fantastic trip for fit people of all ages. We were a group of 8 senior adults and the guides made the trip enjoyable for everyone, no matter what their level of fitness. I would highly recommend the Kiwi trip for anyone who doesn't want to just see New Zealand from the bus window.”
    – Michigan, United States Kiwi, February 2014
  • Rimu February 2014

    “An Active New Zealand Adventure trip is a wonderful way to see the highlights as well as some of the lesser known areas of New Zealand. From the first phone call, the staff of Active were thoughtful and helpful. Specifically, Matthew was very creative in getting our trip organized. Our dates did not align with any trip offered and he made it possible for us to join a trip in progress that suited our needs perfectly. Graeme and Kate were fantastic guides that made our trip unique and memorable; and they are both excellent chefs! Their enthusiasm and attention to detail made every day a thrilling adventure. Thanks for a wonderful holiday!”
    – Georgia, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • Takin it to the max!

    “The Rimu trip was clearly designed for those who like challenges & a variety of activities. Guides Ken & Mel made this trip for me a pleasure & offered much support as well as local knowledge. Having celebrated a birthday during the trip made it even more memorable.”
    – British Columbia, Canada Rimu, February 2014
  • “A trip of a life time in an exquisite country. Two charming, knowledgable, warm, enthusiastic, fun loving, efficient guides. Thank you to them and you for affording us this view of New Zealand”
    – Michigan, United States Kiwi, February 2014
  • Barb and Greg

    “This trip was all we hoped it would be, and more. You promised an active schedule, and our days were filled with great hikes. You promised good food, and it was gourmet quality, cooked to group and individual needs. You promised a memorable trip, and it truly was.”
    – Colorado, United States Kiwi, February 2014
  • Sea kayak Malborough Sounds

    “I've never seen such a beautiful and peaceful place for kayaking, and staying at Lochmara Lodge. Just impossible to describe how many special places I visited for my retirement vacation in New Zealand with classy, superb, fantastic guides. And mountain hiking and beach walking with incredible views. I will long remember this special trip. And also, we were very well fed. In addition, mountain hiking and beach walking with incredible views! I'll never forget. No question, this was the trip of life time!”
    – MD, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • “Beautiful country, amazing guides, everything exceeded my expectations.”
    – Kentucky, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • You gotta do this trip!

    “Amazing scenery. The guides were incredible. Lots of challenges and fun.”
    – DC, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • HEAPS of fun and HEAPS of memories for a lifetime!

    “To summarize in a small paragraph cannot do justice to the amount of joy this trip brought to our family! We travel a lot, all over the world, and like to pretty much do it on our own, not afraid to be adventuresome! We have two college age boys that have been raised doing outdoorsy things all their lives. Soooo when I signed on for a two week, group guided trip, I sort of, kind of held my breath! Please, please let this not be a mistake, I repeated to myself. Kate and Natalie Active Adventure guides extraordinaire!!! The places we went, the adventures we experienced, the meals we shared, the friendships we found, the landscape we awed over, the seascapes we coveted, the laughs we had, the conquest of Angelus Circuit we cheered for and the memories etched in our hearts that will last a lifetime says it all. Our Rimu trip was the greatest trip of all!”
    – Arizona, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • This is not your standard adventure trip!

    “I think the ability of our guides to refine our activities to achieve maximum enjoyment for all of us was a credit to them and the Active Adventures organisation. They observed, listened well and executed changes when needed to make sure the excitement was non stop.”
    – Vermont, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • This is not your standard adventure trip!

    “I think the ability of our guides to refine our activities to achieve maximum enjoyment for all of us was a credit to them and the Active Adventures organisation. They observed, listened well and executed changes when needed to make sure the excitement was non stop.”
    – Wisconsin, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • “Our guides were fantastic, and we loved every minute! The Nelson Lakes backpacking trip was definitely the highlight of our trip but we really enjoyed everything - the hiking, biking, kayaking, and the food!”
    – Alabama, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • “New Zealand's South Island is unbelievable - the juxtaposition and continual change of the diverse scenery is jaw-dropping; it was impossible to rest your eyes on the minibus otherwise you missed something spectacular. I absolutely have to come back.”
    – , United Kingdom Rimu, January 2014
  • Rimu 2014

    “The trip exceeded my expectations in all ways. Our guides Ken and Mel were fabulous sharing their passion for New Zealand and the outdoors. Stunning scenery, great variation in hiking, kayaking, and biking. Loved the ability to customize the trip with alternative activities. Mt. Cook and the overnight stay at the shearer's quarters was a highlight. The guides, the other group members, and the trip activities made this a most memorable experience.”
    – Minnesota, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • Rimu with Ken and Mel

    “NZ Rimu with Ken and Mel was wonderful in every way! We had amazing adventures, made new friends, got great exercise and ate very well! All together a very well planned and managed trip in a beautiful country. Thanks!”
    – Minnesota, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • Worth every penny

    “Lauren and Nicole MADE this trip! Funny, knowledgeable and willing to do anything to meet our needs. NZ is a beautiful country with lovely people.”
    – Iowa, United States Tui, January 2014
  • A Very Kea Christmas and New Year

    “Our family of five (16G, 14G and 9B) thoroughly enjoyed our trek through NZ's South Island on the Kea celebrating both Christmas and New Year. Lauren and Mel were fantastic and knowledgeable guides each with a sense of humor. Mel was a great cook, and we never went hungry. The hiking, rafting, jet boating and the activities were great even if the weather did not always cooperate. The long weekend in Queenstown was great to explore, rest and be with the family finishing with bungy jumping in the rain on the bridge where it was invented. It was a very memorable vacation and the pre-planned itinerary made for a very relaxing vacation. It would have been a much different vacation if we had had to drive, cook and schedule all the activities. Would definitely do another trip like this again!”
    – Bangkok, Thailand Kea, January 2014
  • “The incredible beauty of the New Zealand landscape took center stage at every turn. Active Adventures allowed us to enjoy it from remote locations, without crowds.”
    – New York, United States Tui, January 2014
  • Kauri trip

    “We had a great honeymoon in New Zealand and the 5-day Kauri with Active was definitely part of it! Amazing landscapes and hikes, wonderful guides and a great group, makes an unforgettable experience. We had nothing to worry about and just enjoyed every moment. Thank you!”
    – , France Kauri, January 2014
  • Tui trip review

    “It was an amazing trip and even with the rain I wouldn't have traded it for anything. Dave and Sally were great guides getting us to where we needed to go and ensuring it was all safe. The whole trip was great, my favorite part of the trip was going to the Siberia Valley. The whole trip from the plane ride to the hike (almost to Lake Crucible), to the stay in the hut and the jet boat ride. I was disappointed that we weren't able to make it all the way to Lake Crucible but that was only due to the weather. I also really enjoyed kayaking in Milford Sound. The trip overall wasn't entirely what I was expecting. I expected there to be more hikes like the one up to Lake Crucible. The only thing that I don't feel I got my whole money's worth was the heli ride to the glacier. The original plan was to ride the heli to Franz Josef glacier and hike the glacier, but because of weather the helis were not flying. Later at Milford Sound we got a heli ride and did a snow landing and had a great view of a glacier. I really enjoyed it; however, I don't feel it had the same monetary value. I am really glad I found Active Adventures and I look forward to my next trip.”
    – California, United States Tui, January 2014
  • 29 Dec 2013; Tui Tour with Dave and Sally

    “Even the rain did not effect the quality of our trip. The Tui trip was great. Dave and Sally were super guides.”
    – Washington, United States Tui, January 2014
  • So very happy...

    “Jacs and DK were phenomenal hosts for our short five days in the North Island. Accommodations were great and the food was plentiful. Our hikes and bikes were well planned and had options for all skill levels. We are looking forward to our next Active trip!”
    – Washington, United States Kauri, January 2014
  • Kauri with DK and Jacs

    “Our time in New Zealand and with DK, Jacs and the 'Kauri gang' was nothing short of absolutely amazing. The facts about New Zealand and stories of Maori culture were a great accent to all the beauty New Zealand has to offer. The hikes, the accommodations and the food provided were superb. This is a trip I have already recommended to friends.”
    – Washington, United States Kauri, January 2014
  • TUI

    “Thanks to Active Adventure and our fantastic guides, Daniel and Jackson, for a great trip! This trip was more than I could have imagined. My favorite parts included a hike to Lake Crucible and a chance to swim in a glacier lake; my first time, but hopefully not my last. The food and lodging exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed the opportunity to partake in the external activities, I loved bungy jumping the Nevis! This trip was fantastic, and I could not have asked for a better group to enjoy this amazing adventure across the South Island of New Zealand with!”
    – New York, United States Tui, January 2014
  • Rimu December 2013

    “Andrew and Nicole were excellent! They showed us an amazing time through the South Island with vast knowledge, great food, and lots of laughter.”
    – California, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • South Island trip

    “This trip is a fantastic way to tour the South Island and see key highlights of the stunning nature and scenery of New Zealand. The trip is well planned and structured so that you really maximize your time and get a taste of so many things - kayaking, hiking, biking and wildlife. The guides are amazing - really dedicated, tireless and do a great job keeping the group cohesive and encouraging people with diverse fitness and travel backgrounds. And great cooking! I highly recommend and rate this trip.”
    – Washington, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • “Trip was wonderful. Our guides worked hard and were extremely efficient.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Tui, January 2014
  • Unlike anywhere else

    “Very organized, outstanding guides whom were not only knowledgeable and proud of their country but could discuss in detail the entire New Zealand eco-system. I must admit these same guides could cook an amazing meal. I really enjoyed the accommodations and various activities scheduled during the Tui trip, many of them being first time experiences and memorable.”
    – Illinois, United States Tui, January 2014
  • AMAZING!

    “Amazing country! Ben and Cristina were wonderful as well. We would recommend Active NZ to anyone. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
    – Colorado, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • “Great guides (Dave and Nick) to complement the great outdoors and activities.”
    – Texas, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Wow!!

    “Wow!! I think that was my most frequently used word on my two week Kiwi trip! Amazing country, kind of overwhelming sometimes so much to see, you just don't know where to look. The company was great and our guides (GT and Kate) were awesome! Thanks Active, definitely a trip of a life time and one I won't forget in a hurry!”
    – , United Kingdom Kiwi, December 2013
  • Tui Dec 15, 2013

    “I had a blast on the Tui trip. Our leaders, Dave and Nick, were very knowledgeable about New Zealand's history and different animals and plant life we encountered. They were extremely professional and addressed any and all questions and concerns. The range of activities from hiking, mountain biking, boating, and an airplane ride provided new and exciting experiences.”
    – Illinois, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Delightful Rimu

    “The Rimu was a delightful eyeful. We visited many wonderful places. I will go back and spend more time at several of them. The Nelson Lakes backpack was the highlight. Amanda and Ben were superb guides. They were very well prepared, energetic and always on time.”
    – Alberta, Canada Rimu, December 2013
  • Awesome trip! I will go back to NZ

    “One of the best trips I have ever been on! Well organized, beautiful places to visit and stay, super active itinerary, friendly and knowledgeable guides ... I felt like I was part of a big fun group of friends traveling around and seeing the highlights of the South Island. The right mix of back roads and tourist jaunts, it was fabulous.”
    – California, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • Fantastic trip in a magical land

    “Our Rimu trip was stunning at every turn and full of adventure. It was no mistake that we saw the brightest single and double rainbows I've ever seen. Apparently the end of a rainbow does not contain a pot of gold, but rather the Rimu trip, which was even better. Our group was fantastic and Jacs and DK (aka Mom and Dad) couldn't have been more fun, enthusiastic and helpful guides. The forests were magical and I can't think of anything as cute as the little seal that kept pausing below me in the water to check me out with those huge, adorable eyes as I was doing the same. What a unique and beautiful trip! I can't wait to go back.”
    – Tennessee, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • Truly was a trip of a lifetime

    “The Rimu trip exceeded all of my expectations. I had an amazing time with my fellow travelers and our guides Duck and Sarah! They rocked! I traveled solo and felt super comfortable and at ease the entire time. The activities were fun, some more difficult than others... all in all a nice balance. New Zealand is a special place, memories to last a life time!”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, December 2013
  • A most memorable adventure! :D

    “Physically challenged nearly each day of our trip, this adventure was not only a sensory fulfillment but one which inspired us to reach for greater heights! With our intimate group of 8 and our fun, witty guides Ben and Cristina, we certainly had a whale of a time trampling in beautiful New Zealand! It would be even more enjoyable though should there be a few more variety of activities such as offering a hot air balloon ride.”
    – , Singapore Rimu, December 2013
  • Most amazing landscape, guides, accommodations EVER!!!!

    “This is by far my favorite vacation EVER because it had the most amazing activities, landscape, guides, accommodations EVER!!!!!”
    – Ohio, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • “The South Island trip now tops the US as the most beautiful place I have ever been to. Andrew's stories made this all the more interesting. I have been reliving experiences every day for two weeks so far.”
    – New York, United States Kiwi, December 2013
  • Beautiful Location and Incredible Guides

    “We enjoyed the beautiful hikes, waterfalls, geysers, culture, lodges and landscape. The guides were first class and the lodging was first class! It was unfortunate that our flights were delayed getting into New Zealand so we missed the first two days of our trip but the management, staff and guides worked together to help us meet up with the rest of the group and enjoy the remainder of the vacation.”
    – Ohio, United States Kauri, December 2013
  • Definitely a once in a lifetime trip!

    “Overall I would have to say that this trip was amazing. Because of the information on the website I was well prepared and knew what to bring. The food the guides prepared was amazing. Light for the hikes and deliciously satisfactory for dinner. The highlights of my trip would probably be the three day hike. I wish there were more summits to climb along the way. And the helicopter tour in Milford Sound. The only complaint I can think of would be non-cooperating weather and some snoring roommates along the way. Thank you guys so much for providing a tour with plenty of action and a ton of adventure.”
    – Texas, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • Loved it - our favourite holiday to date

    “Tour guides DK and Jacs are awesome. It was so refreshing to have a great holiday that fits our lifestyle yet be so carefree - not having to worry about transportation, hotels, meals and fun. It was like being a teenager again - no worries.”
    – Saskatchewan, Canada Rimu, December 2013
  • Bucket List Item Fullfilled to the Max

    “The trip was exactly as described in the itinerary EXCEPT for the exceptional service we received from our guides; they made the trip outstanding. The group we were with was equally wonderful and the vacation was exactly what my husband and I wanted.”
    – Texas, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Amazing trip for hikers

    “This was by far the most comprehensive trip of the South Island we found when researching tours. It didn't disappoint. The guides were incredibly knowledgeable, down to earth, and totally willing to cater to our fitness and comfort levels with the different activities (biking, kayaking, hiking). It was great knowing that they were there to help, but I still felt like the hikes were challenging. The accommodations and food were much better than I was expecting as well. The hikes themselves were amazing and I was really grateful that the guides found time in our schedules to sneak in extra stops where they could. The highlight for me was staying in the Siberia Hut - I've never been that remote in wilderness before, and the hike to Crucible Lake was incredible. I would recommend this tour in a heartbeat to anyone looking to experience the South Island!”
    – Alabama, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Family of 5

    “Ended up that we, as 3 siblings and two spouses, were the only ones on the trip. Loved being able to spend the trip of a lifetime with family. Our guides, Alex and Andrew, were absolutely relentless in their pursuit of our sheer enjoyment of our trip. New Zealand is our new most beautiful country we have ever been to. The trip was worth every penny we paid. The country is stunning, the food and lodgings were very delicious and comfy and I cannot say enough wonderful things about our guides. We were leaving friends behind when we got dropped off at the airport. Alex and Andrew, we miss you already. We would definitely consider another trip with Active Adventures. Thanks for all the lasting, wonderful memories we have of your country.”
    – Michigan, United States Kiwi, December 2013
  • Best ever

    “One of my best vacations ever, excellent hikes, great food.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, December 2013
  • Challenging!

    “Fantastic scenery every day and very challenging for me! Our group of hikers were great companions with which to share this adventure. As one of the oldest in our group (more than twice the age of half the group), it often was a struggle for me to keep up ... but I did. Our 3 guides were delightful in every way, well informed and supportive with a great sense of humor which helped immensely. Doubt if I'll ever do this adventurous and rigorous tour again but am ever so glad that I did this one. The marathon of my life!!”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Awesome trip

    “Although it started out with a shooting in LAX putting us hours behind schedule and luggage lost for 6 days, Tim and Sally worked very hard to ensure I had a great trip. Sally is a top notch chef. Both Tim and Sally made sure we all had a great experience.”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • The best guides you could ask for

    “We had three guides and they were an awesome team! We loved the Maori stories from Daniel while driving 'Bert', the special occasion desserts by Amanda, and river crossings and mountain hut meals with Cassie! Our group was great, and we hope we might travel with them again some time!”
    – Connecticut, United States Tui, December 2013
  • North Island

    “Enjoyed this 5 day visit around North Island - so very different than the South. It was interesting to see how volcanic activity has and still is influenced the development of the country.”
    – Bucks, United Kingdom Kauri, December 2013
  • Trip with Ken and Nick

    “Nothing short of FANTASTIC! Truly the trip of a lifetime that could not be duplicated. The guides Ken and Nick were awesome (where do you find these folks???!!!), knowledgeable, hospitable and just great to be around. They both gave an amazing energy to the entire trip. There is no way I would have ever found the places to visit or stay by myself at double the price and time. It was great just to speak with them together or individually as they always had some interesting fact or insight about their country that they were willing to share and were extremely proud of. Amazing individuals.”
    – Georgia, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • Great adventure trip!

    “The trip was super well organized. Nothing was left unplanned. The guides followed the schedule without making us feel rushed during the various activities. 'Active' is an understatement. It was more like HYPER-Active, but in a good way. It was challenging and exhausting, but fun. The outdoor activities were immersed you, allowing you to enjoy the surroundings. This tour definitely takes you off the beaten track so it was nice to have time to relax between activities at the lodges of the different towns that we visited.”
    – Florida, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Blue water, gorgeous views, great service!

    “This trip was absolutely everything I expected. I felt like every day was full of activities and I had so many great experiences. Each day was long but the week was short! The food and accommodations were not luxury, but we stayed in comfortable and clean places and the food was great, especially the food the guides prepared. The group we went with was amazing. In fact, the whole experience was so great I'm looking at the Galapagos trip! I would travel with Active again in a heartbeat.”
    – Wisconsin, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Short and comprehensive

    “This was a great way to see the North Island! I had a blast and it was the perfect addition to the Tui trip. I would love to try the extended version of this trip as well!”
    – Wisconsin, United States Kauri, December 2013
  • North Island Fun!!!

    “Great trip on the North Island! Hiking the Tongariro Crossing and black water rafting at Waitomo Caves were the highlights for me.”
    – California, United States Kauri, December 2013
  • Trip of a lifetime

    “This was a trip of a lifetime.......we hiked to fabulous vistas off the beaten path not known to most tourists. I noticed in the Angelus Hut guest book that there were only 12 other Americans there all year! Although somewhat demanding, the level of exercise was right up my alley and I felt challenged and exhilarated. Our guides, Amanda and Ben, met our every need and were lovely young people. They possessed great cultural and geographic knowledge of New Zealand and were truly skilled at making our trip the best possible. This was my second Active trip and I would definitely go again, perhaps to the Himalayas next time. Thank you Active for a spectacular adventure!”
    – North Carolina, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • Yeah!

    “This was by far one of the best adventures I have ever been on. Tim and Sally were an amazing team and they are both as cool as. The organization, timing and backup plans through the entire trip were spot on. We were quite lucky as the weather was in our favor the entire trip. It was awesome to have good home cooked food for the majority of our trip...thanks Sally! I must say that I miss New Zealand and our Active team Sally and Tim. I am already looking into returning in 2015. This trip was worth every penny and I cannot wait to return.”
    – California, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • I'm in love!

    “I fell in love with New Zealand and with Active Adventures. New Zealand was even more beautiful than I had imagined. The South Island is roughly the size of my home state of Illinois, and yet it has glaciers, ocean beaches and rainforest - and we saw it all on the Kiwi trip! Our guides Sarah and Graeme made it so enjoyable. Of course they were informative, but even more important, they were just great people to be around - funny, encouraging and attentive. I loved the quirky motels we stayed in and the large houses we shared. It was so nice to stay in and enjoy Sarah's cooking rather than having to go out to a restaurant every night. This is my fourth hiking trip with four different companies. I definitely prefer Active Adventures' approach to housing and food, more adventurous and more relaxed at the same time. Our last two nights at the shearer's quarters at Braemar Station were amazing! I'll never forget rounding the bend of the driveway and seeing the view for the first time. It's simply stunning! What a wonderful way to end the trip.”
    – Illinois, United States Kiwi, December 2013
  • Rimu trip Nov 2013

    “This has to be one of my all time trips of a lifetime. The tour was extremely well organised, the places visited were amazing and the tour leaders were incredible. If only I could do it all over again.”
    – , United Kingdom Rimu, December 2013
  • Best trip ever!

    “Even after travelling in over 30 countries, New Zealand and this trip in particular rank right at the top. I've never been on a more diverse trip in terms of activities, landscape, food. We were able to see so many different sites in just 7 days. Very well organized, and the smallest details were looked after by our excellent guides. A great mix of physical activity, sightseeing in our van, great food, and wonderful conversations with our fellow guests and guides. Can't say enough good things about this trip!”
    – Florida, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Kauri trip October 2013

    “This was truly the trip I will never forget and the people that I shall always cherish in the fact that I was able to meet them and learn something of their lives. Sally and Lauren were great not just as tour guides but as hosts and ambassadors of a spectacular nation. I hope to return soon if only to attempt to replay the adventures and experiences of the first. Many thanks to Lauren and Sally.”
    – Georgia, United States Kauri, December 2013
  • Oh my freakin' goodness!

    “Well, this truly was the trip of a lifetime. We got to see the most beautiful country (and I have been to many beautiful places) led by two amazing guides (Sarah and Graeme were stellar) with a wonderful group of fellow trekkers. It was so nice to have everything planned out for us so that all we had to do was relax, enjoy the scenery and get our hike on! We will definitely be doing another Active Adventure... the big question is where?”
    – California, United States Kiwi, December 2013
  • Kauri and Rimu

    “OUTSTANDING!!!!! Kauri and Rimu back to back - what an experience. Thanks to Lauren, Sally, Andrew and Mel (chef extraordinaire), our respective guides who took such good care of us catering to our every need. It was great not having to eat in a restaurant all the time. While due to weather/snow conditions we were unable to complete all hikes, we trekked as far as we could, the challenges and scenery no less spectacular. The Kauri with its volcanic and thermal activity, the glow worm caves, the farmland, learning about the Maori culture, the Rimu's amazing mountains, Franz Josef and Milford Sound were breathtaking. Would we recommend this trip...you bet!!!”
    – Ontario, Canada Kauri, December 2013
  • First time for group travel!

    “The Rimu trip was awesome! Great variety, great activities, great guides.”
    – Washington, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • Awesome!

    “Our Tui trip was awesome. Our guides went to the extra effort to give us more hiking and biking options to make our trip even more enjoyable and tailored to our specific level of activity.”
    – Michigan, United States Tui, November 2013
  • Spectacular scenery

    “Our Rimu trip was incredible. We got lucky with amazing weather for all of our activities (even the rain in Milford Sound didn't stop us). The trip definitely challenged me and it felt great each time I accomplished a climb, a bike ride or a morning of kayaking. GT and Nicole took great care of us and the meals were outstanding. I couldn't have asked for a better adventure.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, November 2013
  • Tui trip November 2013

    “Our trip could not have been better. New Zealand is so very beautiful, the people kind and welcoming, the country so clean. Cassie, Dan and Sarah made the trip fun, interesting and different every day. They were all amazing hikers, great sources of knowledge and so very gracious about every detail.”
    – Texas, United States Tui, November 2013
  • Rimu flavor

    “Active did an excellent job encompassing the full flavor of the South Island. I really feel I saw it all. The variety of locations and activities maintained excitement through the entire trip. Andrew and Mel were the best guides I've ever had on a tour and I have traveled the globe. I would recommend Active!”
    – Colorado, United States Rimu, November 2013
  • Our guides were awesome

    “Every night I went to bed thinking it wasn't possible to be any more stunned by the scenery and diversity of New Zealand and everyday, I saw more. Words can't do justice to how special this place is. Not just the scenery but some of the warmest people I have ever met.”
    – Ohio, United States Rimu, November 2013
  • Our Trip of a Lifetime!!

    “My partner and I went on this trip to celebrate her retirement. We so looked forward to going off the beaten track and being active on our vacation and with Active Adventures help we did that and more. Expert, kind, supportive and fun guides, incredibly beautiful country, well planned hikes, biking and kayaking all added up to eight days we will never forget. Worth every penny and more!!!”
    – California, United States Tui, November 2013
  • Memories for a lifetime!

    “I didn't want it to end!!! New Zealand is an amazing country, and the best way to experience the most you can in two weeks is to take the Rimu trip with Active Adventures!”
    – Ohio, United States Rimu, November 2013
  • Tui Trip

    “This trip was truly a trip of a lifetime. The combination of hiking, biking and kayaking was such fun in the midst of constantly changing but gorgeous scenery. Our guides were superb. They were friendly, warm, funny and created opportunities for those at different fitness levels to get the most out of the trip. We had a blast in one of the most scenic and spectacular places on earth: the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. I highly recommend this trip!”
    – California, United States Tui, November 2013
  • Wow, just wow!

    “What an absolutely breathtaking country! We saw everything from bubbling mud pools and geysers to a hail storm on top of Tongariro Crossing. We had a blast on this trip and we created new friendships that will last a lifetime! Cheers!”
    – Ohio, United States Kauri, November 2013
  • Everything I hoped it would be!

    “I had never done any group travel before, so I wasn't totally sure what to expect. The trip was everything I hoped it would be an more. It felt like being on a vacation where someone has done all the planning, selected all the right locations to visit, then expertly organizes your days for you. I was also travelling solo for the first time and the guides and group members all made me feel very welcome.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Tui, November 2013
  • Perfect Honeymoon

    “My husband and I had such a great time on the Rimu trip. I truly believe we saw all of the highlights of the South Island, and because our group was so small we were able to sneak in a few other stops too. Our tour leaders were top notch. Andrew (lead guide) gave us such a rich history of New Zealand that when we were on our own for another week after the trip, we were telling other people about the things we learned. Mel is such a fantastic cook, I felt like we were treated with restaurant-worthy meals every night she cooked! Definitely recommending to others and will also look into other places Active Adventures goes...”
    – Massachusetts, United States Rimu, November 2013
  • “The Kauri trip was great, and in true Active Adventures fashion, the guides were awesome. We were lucky when it came to the weather, and our guides pulled no punches in letting us know what to pack and what to expect if the worst happened. They also did not hesitate to make a decision when the 'bad weather' never came urging us to press on and continue the adventure.”
    – APO/FPO AP, United States Kauri, November 2013
  • Kiwi Trip October 2013

    “It took just a few days into the trip to realize that I had never felt quite like I was feeling on this trip. It was a wonderful feeling. All the pesky details were being taken care of and we were being delighted by wonderful sights, great activities, great food and lovely company. It was like being a kid again without any of the negative aspects of being a kid. Our guides, Sarah and Graeme were wonderful. They worked so well together to create a true trip of a lifetime. It couldn't have been better.”
    – California, United States Kiwi, November 2013
  • Epic adventure!

    “Our guides were awesome, Lauren and Sally, we couldn't ask for 2 nicer people. They were so organized, great food, and safe driving of course. We were looked after extremely well. Visited some fab places and just had a great time. We were also blessed with a great bunch of travelers. Cheers!”
    – Victoria, Australia Kauri, November 2013
  • Perfect in every way

    “"If the trip is as good as the pre-travel customer service, these vacations will be amazing" was my thought before boarding the plane. Well, Active Adventures New Zealand team Jacks and Loren managed to surpass my highest expectations. I really hope I can go back. What an amazing trip in every sense; food, adventures, and fun.”
    – Florida, United States Tui, October 2013
  • Tui with Ken

    “We loved our Tui trip. We covered most of the South Island with Ken leading the way. We hiked (tramped), biked and kayaked in your beautiful country. Haast Pass had been closed due to weather so Ken changed our trip and we saw a few places not on the itinerary including a hike in an abandoned gold mine filled with glow worms. One highlight was sea kayaking in Milford Sound with two Fiordland crested penguins.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Tui, October 2013
  • Spring Tui trip with Lauren and Jacs

    “We really had great time! Lauren and Jacs were wonderful with my 14 year old daughter! They provided encouragement to her throughout the trip and she was able to accomplish tasks that I would never have been able to get her to do (e.g. bike ride and cold water!) They provided a wonderful energy to each day that was infectious! We hope to return for another adventure!”
    – Hawaii, United States Tui, October 2013
  • Best trip ever

    “I knew it at the time and coming home hasn't changed my view that it was two of my favorite weeks on this planet. I think it was a combination of the wonderful scenic country of NZ, the well organized Active NZ, the activities, and last but not least the expertise of our guide Ken and the company of my fellow travelers. Every day was full of fun, laughter, adventure, good food, exercise, and great company. Who could ask for more? Ken as a guide is professional yet playful, knows how to challenge each individual, anticipates the needs of everyone, and is always available to answer questions or chat or share a laugh. We couldn't have been luckier than to have him as our guide. Active NZ is great value for the money and a definite for anyone looking for a combination of nature, adventure, exercise and fun. I can't wait to come back. Cheers.”
    – VI, Virgin Islands (U.S.) Winter Rimu, September 2013
  • A perfect trip to maybe the most beautiful place on earth!

    “I couldn't have been happier with my trip to New Zealand with Active Adventures! The country is absolutely amazing and the trip was well planned, organized, and had the perfect balance of activity, adventure, flexibility, free time, and local flavor. Our guide Ken was the best! He made the trip so much fun, accommodated all of our individual interests, and made adjustments as we went. This is one of my favorite trips that I've ever taken and will be recommending it to anyone who'll listen.”
    – Virginia, United States Winter Rimu, September 2013
  • Fresh air and views galore!

    “I'm so glad I picked coming to New Zealand in the winter. The views and outdoor activities on the South Island were spectacular and the temperatures were perfect for being active outside. Our guide provided the best customer service I have experienced and was very knowledgeable and helpful in teaching us about the activities, areas, and wildlife.”
    – , Guam Winter Rimu, September 2013
  • As good as it gets

    “Shortly after returning to the States I said to my 19 year old son, "I think the Winter Rimu trip was as close to a perfect family trip as I could have imagined." He responded that he totally agreed. We loved every aspect of the our recent trip. The hiking was beautiful and was different every day. The kayaking and biking was also great fun. Our guides, Mike and Lauren, ensured that the trip met everyone in the group's expectations, keying in to every individual's needs and doing everything in their power to meet those needs. Thanks so much for everything.”
    – Colorado, Peru Winter Rimu, September 2013
  • Awesome Winter Rimu!

    “We had an amazing adventure on our Winter Rimu trip in July and will definitely be back to New Zealand. Our guides were Lauren and Jax and they were fabulous every single day. We were excited to see what each day would bring and we thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. Every day brought a new adventure, either hiking somewhere incredible, or kayaking, or driving through scenery that blew your socks off. Lauren and Jax also adapted the trip when weather caused issues, or to make sure we saw as much as possible - more than the brochure promised! We loved our trip and would do it again in a heartbeat.”
    – California, United States Winter Rimu, August 2013
  • Kea July 2013

    “We had a great time on our Kea trip with Duck and Dan! They were great with my kids, catered to our every whim, and were awesome hosts for a beautiful country.”
    – Wisconsin, United States Kea, August 2013
  • “My trip was fantastic! I didn't really know what to expect beforehand (not being used to travelling in groups) and was a little nervous, but everything was lovely. The guides were incredibly helpful and friendly, and made sure that everyone had fun, even when the weather didn't cooperate (which did happen, although very rarely). The places we went were absolutely breathtaking, and it was amazing to visit New Zealand at a time when there were so few people on the tracks.”
    – , United Kingdom Winter Rimu, August 2013
  • Active Adventures New Zealand rocks!

    “Great food, beautiful country, wonderful guides! I would give this trip an A+!”
    – Oregon, United States Winter Rimu, July 2013
  • NZ Chamber of Tourism Wish List

    “Top of the line guides, equipment, facilities, fellow travelers and perfect weather made this a trip of a lifetime that I hope to repeat with my upcoming trip to Peru (Jaguar Trip 4/14) with Active S. America.”
    – Kentucky, United States Manuka, June 2013
  • Amazing Rimu

    “This was my second trip with Active and once again it was extremely well organized and a "trip of a lifetime". Rimu was an amazing adventure with lots of challenging activities and spectacular scenery. The trip highlighted all the best of the South Island. The accomodations at off the beaten track locations were great. Ken and Jacs were the perfect guides and I can't say enough about the food. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone looking for an active adventure!”
    – Nova Scotia, Canada Rimu, May 2013
  • Really enjoyable trip

    “Really enjoyable trip, Angelus Trek the highlight together with my fellow trekkers. Hard work but rewarding.”
    – New South Wales, Australia Rimu, April 2013
  • Kayaking on Milford Sound was awesome

    “Kayaking on Milford Sound was awesome, even as we wore our Dr. Seuss striped long underwear and kayak top.”
    – Ontario, Canada Tui, March 2013
  • Wow, did we actually do all that!

    “Activity packed tour. Our guides who were more like guides, friends, cooks, handy persons, and chauffeurs, made it possible to rise early, have active days, crash late and repeat with out wearing us out.”
    – Washington, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Incredible trip of a lifetime!

    “New Zealand is an incredibly beautiful country and to see it "from the saddle", there are no words to describe "this adventure"! Incredible and amazing, jaw-dropping! Cycling the south island allowed us to "get up close and personal" to the beauty of New Zealand and to the Kiwi people and their visitors - what a privilege! Our heartfelt thanks to Ben & Kate - we are grateful and we miss you!”
    – Alberta, Canada Weka, January 2013

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