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Kelsey Meyer

New Zealand Guide 

Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in beautiful Fairbanks, Alaska. After high school, I moved quite a few times and lived in Hawaii, Maryland, and Colorado. I have finally found home in New Zealand at the bottom of the South Island!

What are your hobbies?
Anything outdoors! Day and multi-day hiking adventures and snowboarding are my favorites! I also love traveling and experiencing different cultures.

What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?
Rafting in remote Alaska! My parents would take me on a two week river trip every year until I was about 14. I loved being in remote regions of Alaska where you could only see bears and moose, it was always an adventure!

What did you do before you became a guide?
I got my bachelors degree in Nursing and worked as an emergency room nurse for 7 years. I loved the fast-paced and critical thinking environment. I worked in various emergency departments from an inner-city hospital in Baltimore to smaller hospitals in Colorado and Alaska. I took a break from ER nursing when I moved to New Zealand full-time and when I started my Masters in Global Health degree.

Do you have a favourite quote?
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. - Dalai Lama

Describe a life experience that has shaped you today?
One life experience that has shaped my thinking and led me to pursuing a Masters in Global Health was flying into Nepal 3 days post the 2015 earthquake. I spent time in the villages of Active Adventures' Nepali guides and helped distribute emergency supplies and build temporary shelters. I have traveled back to Nepal multiple times since then, it is truly a magical place!

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Testimonials 

“Kelsey was fantastic. Her and Claire together are a great duo. She also went above and beyond to make sure we were having a good time, and you could tell the two of them were having so much fun. She is also a great asset to your team :) ”
- Tessa Humphries (victoria, British Columbia, Canada), Tui October 2018

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15883 reviews)

    Everything I hoped for

    This was my bucket list trip and it did not disappoint! As a biology major, the main draw was the wildlife, the natural history, and scientific significance of the Galapagos but it was also so much more. Our guide, Pepo, led our small group on a journey of discovery while sharing his expertise and great sense of humor. Our fellow adventurers were so much fun and we bonded over great food, once in a lifetime experiences, and fun in the sun. I highly recommend Active Adventures and will most likely book another trip with them soon!
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    – Oregon, United States
    Tortuga, November 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15883 reviews)

    Tui experience

    This trip provided a good balance of activities with the necessary travel time to access the different parts of the South Island. The trip was well organized, and the guides were super. They accommodated our individual desires and capabilities, as well as being good cooks, leaders, and knowledgeable guides. Our group quickly melded into collegial and interesting companions, and that make the experience that much better. The itinerary provides a taste all that the South Island offers. I'm happy to have chosen this company to tour with.
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    – Arizona, United States
    Tui, February 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15883 reviews)

    Awesome Jaguar

    This trip was flat-out amazing! Peru is incredibly beautiful and its climate diverse, and we saw so much and we did so much. Our traveling companions were terrific and we laughed a lot. Our guides were so capable and so knowledgeable that we felt immersed in the culture. We could really feel the magic of the Incas and the reverence for Pacha Mama which continues to this day.
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    – Minnesota, United States
    Jaguar 2017, February 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15883 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
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15883 reviews)

    Condor - incredible Patagonia with great guides

    Patagonia, both Chile and Argentina are absolutely breathtaking. The itinierary of the trip ensured that we saw all the major sights, and experienced the hiking, food and culture of both countries. Our main guide Jait, was very knowledgeable and worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone on the trip were included, whilst keeping the mood light, and everyone's spirits high. This is the way to see and experience Patagonia with Active Adventures it is an excellent trip.
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    – Queensland, Australia
    Condor, 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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