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Holly Adams

New Zealand & Europe Guide

Holly’s a kiwi girl, born and bred in Christchurch – the gateway city to New Zealand’s South Island. After spending her college years near London, Holly’s been busy exploring all corners of the globe.

Her greatest adventure to date is her trip to the Arctic island of Svalbard - where she hiked, climbed and cruised her way through barren arctic desert, spotting whales, polar bears and reindeer. “Seeing it all under midnight sunlight, it’s almost too much to put into words”.

When did you discover your passion for travel, adventure or the outdoors?

“I think it was on my first overnight tramping experience on the Copland Track – surrounded by beautiful New Zealand rainforest, alpine meadows, gurgling creeks and epic swing bridges… all under the view of the snow-capped peaks of the almighty Southern Alps. It was amazing!”

Working in tourism has been a great excuse to travel – her career has seen her follow the winters, with the odd escape to Europe and Asia in between.

Holly's quirky talents include touching her nose with her tongue, and hanging a spoon from her nose! And when she’s not out on the trail with our Active travellers, she’s hiking, swimming, skiing and snowboarding her way around the countryside.  

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Testimonials

“Holly ROCKS!!!! She stayed with me at the back of the pack and was so encouraging , it kept me going. She was observant, and made sure I took my time with the hills and drank water routinely. Her positive attitude was contagious...lots of singing happened with those hiking with her! She was a real pleasure to hike with, and I'm so glad she was our guide. ”
- Paula Gregory (Steamboat Springs, Colorado, United States), Tour du Mont Blanc August 2018

“Holly as a trip leader is a # 10. She made sure we all had a wonderful trip. She has patience above and beyond the call of duty so to speak.”
- Jim Thompson (Mount Vernon, Washington, United States), Kiwi December 2017

“Holly should open a restaurant or move to Canada to be my personal chef :) Holly took the time to find our our likes, dislikes and make incredible meals over and over. I have been backpacking for years but have never eaten so well in the back country. Holly introduced us to tim-tam slams and the spoon of shame (which still makes me laugh). I was never left hungry and was introduced to new foods that I will continue to eat in the future. Holly was personable and fun and had an incredible knowledge of the local birds. As with Vanessa, I am very happy to have had the opportunity to meet Holly!”
- Tara Chambers (Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada), Rimu March 2016

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16016 reviews)

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16016 reviews)

    Review of the Kiwi trip

    I chose to visit NZ with Active Adventures because I wanted to experience the South Island from tip to toe in an active fashion. The trip was exactly what I wanted. I loved hiking and kayaking, enjoyed visiting the towns and was swept away by the scenery. I learned a lot about the country's history, geology and mythology from my two guides. And I had fun.
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    – Maryland, United States
    Kiwi, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16016 reviews)

    Melissa's Weka Adventure

    I knew from pictures taken by family that New Zealand is a beautiful place but the beauty is much deeper than the eye can see. Everyone we came in contact with was wonderful and I can't think of enough superlatives to describe our guides, Nick and Elder. The trip was above our expectations. The biking was varied and interesting and the hikes worth every step. The food was too good and we enjoyed the variation in accommodations. We would go back and do it again.
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    – Virginia, United States
    Weka, February 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16016 reviews)

    Amazing Trip

    This trip was amazing - the hikes took us to beautiful vistas, the guides were knowledgeable and fun, and the food was never in short supply ("Food is Fuel!" as one of our guides kept restating).

    Koru and Kim were great guides throughout and everyone had so much fun! I was traveling solo but 2 of the other 4 on my trip were as well, so nobody was ever left out! Having such a small group made the activities much easier to enjoy.

    The hikes, like I mentioned, were truly unbelievable, though somewhat more difficult than I expected. Everything was talked as 'full-on' or by time, but know that NZ hikes are up mountains then back down, so work on hills more than distance before you go! Even some of the small walks we did (Blue Pools, only 5 minutes from the road & the Chasm, 10 minutes from the road) were breathtaking. Kayaking the Milford Sound was another once in a lifetime experience we got to have on this trip.

    The only thing I would have liked (and got jokingly by the end of the trip) were straight communication prior to the hikes about how long they were updates mid-hike about how much longer/further. There was one day with miscommunications leading me to think the hike would be another 3+ hours uphill (nearly inducing panic) but was really only 30 more minutes.

    Overall, I really loved this trip!
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    – California, United States
    Tui, November 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16016 reviews)

    EBC 2017 Trip

    What an amazing experience! There was so much more to the trek than was advertised. The immersion into the Nepali culture was unexpected and a delight. DK and his crew are professionals! They kept us safe and got us across across the finish line. We had a blast while we were doing it. I can not say enough about our porter team too! What a terrific group of men. Whom ever does your hiring should get a raise. Keep up the awesome adventures.
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    – Ohio, United States
    EBC, May 2017

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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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