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Nick Barnes

New Zealand Guide

Nick is from Dunedin on the East Coast of the South Island, a town that's famous for producing well-rounded, down to earth people. Well maybe not famous, but we reckon there's a trend there. He wisely studied his trade, adventure tourism, in Queenstown the adventure capital of the world and home of Active Adventures. Nick now has a few seasons under his belt and like many of our guides, he loves to mountain bike and go running in the wilderness. He also counts eating as one of his favourite hobbies! 

Nick Barnes

Testimonials

“Nick was great. He had a wonderful sense of humor and his own way of describing what we could expect each day with regards to activity and weather. We all joked with him about this which made it more and more entertaining as the trip went on. Loved his passion for supporting local businesses and cuisine.”
- Sue Stohrer (Lomita, California, United States), Weka February 2018

“Nick was brilliant - never one to hold back on corny jokes, he made sure that everyone had fun even while travelling (for hours, sometimes). His professionalism and enthusiasm was impressive. It would also be an understatement to say that he knew the hiking terrain very well.”
- Katherine Gadaingan (Philippines), Rimu March 2017

“He was excellent!! We loved him. Nick went out of his way to ensure we had a great time. After hiking all of Mt. Shrimpton with us, he then suggested we go to the blue pools. This was our favorite day of the trip!! ”
- Jan Garfinkle (Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States), Keely O'Donnell (Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States), Devin O'Donnell (Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States), Brienne O'Donnell (Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States), Tui December 2016

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15884 reviews)

    Kauri

    What an amazing introduction to the North Island. Every day was unique - starting with the hiking and boogie boarding on the sand dunes to seeing a kiwi released was exceptional. Walking through the rain forest and seeing the phenomenal kauri trees are memories we will treasure forever!
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    – Alberta, Canada
    Kauri, January 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15884 reviews)

    Better Than I Imagined!

    Visiting Patagonia was a dream of mine, forever and this amazing trip was better than I could have possibly imagined! Everything was perfect and I can't wait to travel with Active Adventures again!
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    – New Hampshire, United States
    Condor, March 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15884 reviews)

    South Island Treking trip

    We are both keen walkers and had the Milford Trek on our hit list. We have already done the C2C in the UK, The Inca trail and the TMB in Europe (also in the 'top ten'). The Manuka trip allowed us to do the Milford Trek but also walk other treks on S Island such as The Diamond Lake and Mount Cook which were also awesome. The Milford Trek does live up to its name as 'The finest walk in the World'! The scenery everywhere is truly spectacular even when it rains which often enhances the experience.
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    – East Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    Manuka, January 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15884 reviews)

    Amazing Adventure!

    Absolutely the BEST way to experience all the amazing things that New Zealand has to offer! This trip lived up to it's name and truly was an Active Adventure - we hiked, biked and kayaked across the gorgeous South Island.
    Skip the massive tour buses and join Active Adventures to go beyond the major tourist routes!
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    – California, United States
    Rimu, December 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15884 reviews)

    Kiwi & Active Adventures - Perfect!

    With great anticipation, and admittedly high expectations, Ann and I left New Orleans on Christmas Day to begin our trip to the North Island of New Zealand. We each had long wanted to see this special place! From the moment that Phil and Vanessa picked us up, until the time that Phil and Elder dropped us at the airport for our return flight, we could not have been happier, or more satisfied, with our trip. Phil, Vanessa, and Elder were perfect guides... and hosts. The history and information that Phil shared along the way helped us understand, and therefore appreciate even more, the places we visited and the people we met. We fell in love with the North Island, and its people and history! With Active Adventures having arranged practically everything, and Phil, Vanessa, and Elder taking great care of us along the way (even preparing our last 2 wonderful evening meals), we had nothing to do but rise each morning and enjoy our day! Perfect!
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    – Louisiana, United States
    Kauri, January 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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