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Ellie Bate 

New Zealand Guide 

Where were you born and where did you grow up?
Australia, a small country town in Victoria - please don't hold that against me! I have spent the last 5 years in Queenstown, NZ and love the outdoors lifestyle the kiwis have.

What are your hobbies?
Hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding surfing and road tripping in our campervan.

Do you have any special talents?
No. (We think that Ellie is being a little modest)

What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?
There are too many to choose from but seeing 3 kiwis in the wild on Stewart Island is definitely up there!

What did you do before you became a guide?
I worked in the Active Adventures office and decided it was time for a change - now I get to enjoy the outdoors everyday.

Ellie Bate guide

Testimonials 

“She is an excellent driver as well as all her other duties. Seamless! She was always cheerful and attentive to detail. She works hard but still remains upbeat, positive, and professional.”
- Patricia Lynch (Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States), Rimu November 2018

“I could not have asked for a better guide. Ellie was a wealth of knowledge. Her outgoing personality and love for her job made for an amazing and enjoyable trip. I would never been able to experience and get the most out of every place we went to without Ellie and Emma. Ellie’s stories of Māori culture were very informative and entertaining. I would love to go on a trip with Ellie again.”
- Trish Larson (Garland, Texas, United States), Rimu November 2018

“Ellie was very kind and caring. She was helpful to me when I found myself at the back of the line on one of the hikes. She's a keeper!”
- Claire Forsyth (Midlothian, Virginia, United States), Tui February 2016

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16019 reviews)

    Stunning

    Stunning is the first word that comes to mind. This was my 4th trip with Active and as usual it was 5 stars across the board. When I first heard about the trip I called Phil to learn more. He told me the Dolomites were the most stunning, picture perfect landscape he's seen and he wasn't exaggerating. I've never said WOW so many times before. Every turn would lead to a breathtaking scene.
    The trip was managed very well as are all Active trips. The guides were great, within days feeling like long time friends. The food and accommodations were excellent, luxury mountain hiking with 5 course meals, electricity and plumbing to be found at every stop!
    The Dolomites are a must visit and I can't think of a better group to do it with than Active Adventures. Looking forward to my next adventure with them.
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    – New Jersey, United States
    Dolomiti, October 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16019 reviews)

    Lean Review

    What an incredible trip! The itinerary has the perfect balance of activities to keep the trekking exciting but not too exhausting, and provides flexibility in the case of unexpected changes that may come up. The food was one of the highlights of the trip; there is nothing quite like setting up a picnic on the side of a mountain full of cheeses, meats, and other delightful treats. But what truly made this an exceptional adventure were our guides Phil, Andy, Jean Marc, and Jean Marie. Their energy, enthusiasm, and flawless teamwork provided the signature of an ACTIVE Adventure, and continues to make these trips stand miles apart from any other travel company. Though we started as 10 individuals, we quickly became 1 family. Thank you for another unforgettable journey; we look forward to the next one!
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    – California, United States
    Tour du Mont Blanc, July 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16019 reviews)

    Memorable South Island NZ

    This is one active trip with never a dull moment. We experienced real rain forest rain and snow capped mountains from afar and close up and personal. The contagious energy of the guides created a fun and physically challenging adventure.


    Leslie Horwitz-Beare Review Image
    – Ontario, Canada
    Weka 13-day, February 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16019 reviews)

    There is no way we could have planned all the adventures we had on this trip. The logistics and coordination efforts were well thought out. Our guide was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun to be with. The accommodations were wonderful, food fit for a king and animals to entertain us at every turn. It truly was a trip to remember!!
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    – Georgia, United States
    Tortuga, January 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16019 reviews)

    Exceeded Expectations

    In planning my trip to New Zealand I specifically signed on to the Rimu trip to achieve 3 goals: first to see as much of the South Island as possible in 2 weeks, second to get outdoors and get a feel for the environment and third to have fun with a group of people. My Rimu experience accomplished all three goals and then some. The mixture of driving, and daily activities was perfect. It allowed us to cover lots of terrain while getting us out and active every day. Our guides, Ben and Emma, were terrific. They were tireless workers who not only made us comfortable but created a positive group dynamic that helped bring complete strangers together into a cohesive group. Ben was great at sharing his knowledge of NZ culture and natural history. Emma was a fantastic cook who kept us well fed even at a hut at 1300 meters. Everything about the trip was well organized and well planned. Thank you for such a great experience.
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    – Massachusetts, United States
    Rimu, January 2018

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Why travel with Active Adventures?

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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