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Carrie Hodges

New Zealand Guide

Carrie was born and raised in sunny Dunedin, and moved to Christchurch at the age of 18 to study. She's a very keen runner, surfer, cyclist, hiker, and cook. She also enjoys rogaine (like orienteering but time limited!). Before she became a guide for Active Adventures Carrie worked as a Land Surveyor, and before that, at Land Information New Zealand as a Property Rights Analyst.

What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?

Hiking to Everest Base Camp. It was really cool to be in the highest mountain range in the world, walk on glaciers as they creak beneath you, and see the way people live so high up in the mountains. The scenery is also pretty spectacular, I would advise anyone to go!

Describe a life experience that has shaped you today?

When I was 16 I was lucky enough to go to Outward Bound. It was the first time I really got to experience outdoor pursuits, and get out of my comfort zone. Since then I have been more confident to try out new things, and have only grown to love the outdoors even more.

Have you studied beyond school? If so in what?

Yeah, I dabbled in an Art Certificate, and then an Outdoor Recreation Certificate. I finally got serious and did a BSc in Geology and Geography at Canterbury University. I now know some good rock facts!

Do you have a favourite quote?

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” - Dr Seuss.

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  • "I want to praise both Dan and Carrie for pulling the whole trip together into two enjoyable weeks. With only three guests on the trip we all got very personalized attention from the guides, which led to quick bonding and I'd like to think I made new friends."
    Bill Freeman (California, USA) November 2017
  • "We had the most fantastic guides, Claire, Nat, and Carrie! They made a wonderful trip even more spectacular.Every detail was planned and thought out. Delicious meals they prepared, restaurants ready for us on our arrival, surprise stops on our route, the music, the stories and preparing us to safely enjoy an adventure of a lifetime!"
    Joyce Giblin (Texas, USA) November 2017

Trip Reviews

  4.37 out of 5 (from 16124 reviews)


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

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

I'm a fairly active person under thirty, who lives in an mountainous region, and I was still challenged by the hikes and activities they provided. I also have bad knees, and was still able to get up and down the more difficult mountains. For those wondering abut the multi-day hike, it's definitely a work-out, but totally worth it! And be sure to invest in a hydration bladder, you'll really appreciate it! If you're looking for an outdoor adventure with lots of activity and fun, this is definitely one of the better ways to explore New Zealand.
Janine Carbone Review Image
– New Hampshire, United States
Rimu, April 2017
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Why travel with Active Adventures?

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Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

Everything is Included

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

A Sense of Achievement

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

Small Groups

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

Diverse Experiences

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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