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Tess Opie

New Zealand Guide

Tess is a South Island girl, raised on a farm near a small rural town called Dunsandel, near Christchurch. She studied Physical Education at Otago University and then went onto a career as a personal trainer, before finding her true calling as an outdoor adventure guide (we're pleased she did)!

Given her background, it's not surprising that Tess is into swimming, tennis, netball, running, water skiing and snow skiing. And of course, travel. If she had to pin point one, her greatest outdoor adventure to date would be Canadian Canoeing down the Clutha River - from source to sea. What an awesome experience! 

 Favourite quote? "It's not about the destination, it's about the journey"

Tess Opie

Testimonials

“ She was over-the-top wonderful. I am amazed at how she was able to prepare our meals, carrier food, nurture the sick, and still always have a smile on her face. It makes me smile just to remember her. Very fun loving and positive member of your team. She is an asset to the organization. ”
- Karen Koelsch (Rochester, Minnesota, United States), Rimu January 2018

“Tess was not only fun, but an exceptional cook. I really enjoyed learning about farm life from her. Really fun to be on a hike with her.They made a great team.”
- James Costello (Port Townsend, Washington, United States), Beautiful South December 2017

“Tess was such an angel! She was so down-to-earth. She was welcoming, catered to everybody's needs. She was willing to take us on Ben Lomond on our free-day in Queenstown which a few of us appreciated beyond words!! She is super hard-working and never let us lift a finger! Tess is a super talented chef and as a vegetarian I never ever got hungry or wasn't without my fruit and vegetables!! ”
- Sai Siritharan (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), Tui November 2016

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 reviews)

    2017 Oct/Nov Rimu

    My 2017 Rimu trip was fantastic! Somehow our fabulous guides Ben and Emma arranged for clear sunny skies, a great mix of travelers, and an all around fun time. Seriously though, our group of 10/11 (we had a late addition) got along well from day 1 - we learned about each other's backgrounds, played cards and dice games, and shared bottles of wine. Ben and Emma worked tirelessly to make sure our travels were smooth - often 16+ hour days for them. Emma cooked wonderful meals for us and made sure everyone's dietary requests were met. Ben drove Whina (our bus) so well for so many hours to get us to our destinations - we'll never forget the tunnel! And they both were great guides on the hikes. Thanks for all the wonderful memories!
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    – North Carolina, United States
    Rimu, December 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 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 15889 reviews)

    Simply said: Excellent

    We’ve booked our trip with Active Adventures from NZ but ended up with Galakiwi Adventures as the implementing party. A bit confusing at the beginning but it turned out quite well.
    Our trip through the Galapagos Islands started in San Cristobal, followed by Floreana, Isabela and ended in Santa Cruz.
    We booked an all-inclusive trip and it turned out to be a very good decision. In fact we realized only after a few days how convenient is was to have everything organized for you and how much time you can actually safe. Starting with swimming gear that is provided as part of the package. Transportation to the ferry, getting on & off, having the transportation ready when you arrive, all those organizational aspects are taken care off which makes travelling from island to island very easy and smooth. Then hotels are ready, check in & out done super fast, luggage’s pick up etc. all organized. Lunch and/or dinners arranged in advance to maximize the vacation time and reduce wasted time to a bare minimum. What else to say besides that the organization was simply said excellent!!!
    Then we had Zambo our tour guide, a fantastic & very knowledgeable person.
    Not only questions from adults were not a problem for him, our kids and the other families kids who were also part of the group constantly came up with all sorts of questions and somehow, Zambo always had an answer.
    All of this made it a great vacation; we enjoyed it a lot
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    – Sai Kung, Hong Kong
    Tortuga, April 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 reviews)

    Kiwi

    We had a great time. New Zealand is beautiful and our tour guides, Koru and Jess, showed it to us to perfection. Great hikes, terrific food, wonderful companions and ideal locations.
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    – Colorado, United States
    Kiwi, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 reviews)

    Best Hiking in the World

    The hikes were amazing. The guides were very knowledgeable. The views were incredible. Great restaurants in the small towns.
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    – California, United States
    Condor, April 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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