Nick Barnes

New Zealand & Europe 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

  •   4.62 out of 5 (from 250 reviews)

    5 Stars x 3

    I rated this as 5 stars, "Excellent, the trip of a lifetime", but actually that is not totally true. It is actually 1 of 3 trips of a life time. The other two were the AA Jaguar Tour and the AA Condor tour. All three were outstanding and each qualified as a "trip of a lifetime".
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    – Minnesota, United States
    AST, November 2017
  •   4.54 out of 5 (from 1031 reviews)

    Latitude 53 degrees and Loving It,

    What a privilege it was to travel to Patagonia with three generations of our family. It is such a beautiful part of the world but also, so removed from the anxieties and pressures of the modern, social media/plugged-in world, and the Trump nastiness. The trekking was especially beautiful with the wild flowers in bloom and sunshine on our shoulders.

    Active Adventures organized us perfectly in the sense that our transportation, refugios, and food were efficiently and tastefully selected. Arturo was so, so nice to our grandkids. Chem was delightful and so kind. What brilliant new friends we made and how kind and inclusive they were with the teenagers we had in tow.

    We loved the ACTIVE in Adventures. We earned our good meals and good beds by stretching our limits over our two week trek. My husband and I were by far the oldest pair on the trail, but we loved it and who knows, maybe we will be back for our 60th anniversary.
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    – Florida, United States
    Condor, January 2017
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1936 reviews)

    Professionalism and Exceptionalism Beyond Expectations!

    Our recent Tui trip of the South Island was absolutely the trip of a lifetime and more than I could have ever hoped for! As a very seasoned, frugal, independent, tour-averse traveller, signing up and spending the money for this trip was a bit out of character for me. However, that being said, this was probably the best travel investment I have ever made in my life! We packed so many amazing adventures into eight days, with the kindest most knowledgeable and most professional guides ever, that I seriously doubt I could have recreated it on my own. I cannot recommend Active Adventures and our guides Claire and Rachael highly enough and am already looking forward to and planning my next adventure this year with them!
    Chris Gan Review Image
    – Washington, United States
    Tui, January 2017
  •   4.55 out of 5 (from 1357 reviews)

    Loved the trip

    The trip to Galapagos was wonderful. I loved the tortoises, snorkeling, kayaking, volcanoes.
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    – Ohio, United States
    Tortuga, August 2016
  •   4.74 out of 5 (from 226 reviews)

    EBC with Dan K

    I had a great time with wonderful team members, guides and porters. I will remember this trip as one of the best and treasure the memories for long, long time.
    Fusa Iwamoto Review Image
    – Massachusetts, United States
    EBC, June 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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