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Clara Gyllensten

New Zealand Guide

Clara was born and raised on the South West coast of Sweden, on a small island called Bohus-Björkö and speaks fluent English and Swedish. She spends her free time hiking, camping, enjoying bonfires on a beach, riding mountain bike parks, surfing and sailing.

What has been your greatest outdoor adventure to date? – “I was born terribly curious of this world so I started traveling and exploring as soon as I could. After a bit of Globetrotting I stumbled upon New Zealand and my jaw dropped to the ground. It's just epic, I tried to leave but it didn't work, so now I am a very proud permanent resident. My passion for hiking I found when I came to New Zealand five years ago and started climbing volcanoes on the north island. The feeling when you get to the summit is just unbeatable. One of my favourite New Zealand adventures is most definitely the Tongariro crossing, it's such a mysterious and magical place to explore.”

Favourite quote? – "Don't rush through now to get to later"

Clara Gyllensten

Testimonials

“Clara was always smiling and supportive. If we said we liked a certain type of food (ie. salty vs sweet), inevitably some kind of salty treat was offered the very next day. She was very attentive in ensuring that the group didn't get separated if someone lagged behind and was always patient....we take photos....lots of photos! Her big strength on our trip was her skill with providing delicious and varied picnic lunches, lovely and diverse meals as well as always having healthy snack choices available. Also, if we asked her a question and she didn't have the answer, she researched it and gave us an answer as soon as possible thereafter. She too is an 8 out of 7 in her role.”
- Joe Horler (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), Diana Horler (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), Pristine New Zealand January 2018

“Also absolutely perfect. Professional, organized, knowledgeable, super servie oriented all wrapped up in fun and laughter. I could not have asked for better guides and I have had many guided trips. These guys are the best and you are lucky to have them represent your company.”
- Bob Hill (St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada), Manuka January 2017

“Caring, kind, great cook. So good that our 20-something daughter was afraid we would dump her and adopt Clara (Ha).”
- Mark Kiszla (Denver, Colorado, United States), Tui April 2016

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15883 reviews)

    Beautiful, perfect trip!

    The Tui trip was a perfect way to see parts of New Zealand on a short time frame. I was concerned traveling by myself, and this trip was the perfect way to do it. Between the the most spectacular scenery, the knowledge of the guides, and the varied and incredible itinerary, this really was the trip of a lifetime for me.
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    – New York, United States
    Tui, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15883 reviews)

    Birthday we'll never forget

    We expected a great trip with where we were going, BUT Active Adventures guides (Michele and Rachael) made it that much more special. Their knowledge, expertise and storytelling abilities made it fun and engaging. Accommodations were better than anticipated, they were great.
    An absolute must for those thinking about this type of a trip.
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    – California, United States
    Tui, February 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15883 reviews)

    2017 Manuka Trip with Claire and Jess

    Awesome trip.....
    New Zealand is a beautiful country with plenty of great hikes and sights to see. Jess and Claire were fantastic guides. Would go again in a heartbeat!
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    – Massachusetts, United States
    Manuka, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15883 reviews)

    Patagonia at its Best

    This was a fantastic trip which was well planned with quality places to stay, eat, and view the wonders of Patagonia. The guides were all excellent and knowledgeable making the trip super informative. Other activities such as kayaking, glacier hike, and mountain biking added to the exploration of a very unique and diverse environment. The transportation from locations was very comfortable. The Patagonia of Chile and Argentina was stunning and the organization by Active Adventures created the perfect experience.
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    – Oregon, United States
    Condor, March 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15883 reviews)

    Active is the Word!

    I thoroughly enjoyed my Condor adventure. I've been on a few of these hosted by other companies and I think Active Adventures is the best so far - a good value too. When you say all-inclusive, you mean it. We often ordered whatever we wanted right off the menu. Arturo and the other guides did a great job. The itinerary was excellent - I know because a few times we barely made the connection to a boat. There was little down time. Doing the W Hike in the first week is also key - We were fresh and ready then. The weather on our trip was not ideal. We totally missed seeing Fitz Roy, despite 4 days in El Chalten. Oh well. Mother Nature didn't cooperate. The only thing that would've made the trip better would be better accommodations at some of the refugios. I know you can't control this and there's not a lot of choice, but, boy, some of those shower facilities and bathrooms were just awful. I'm looking forward to hiking with you guys again soon. :)
    Henry Gorecki Review Image
    – Illinois, United States
    Condor, March 2017

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Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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