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Matthew Yates

Active Adventures Travel Manager

Matthew, or 'Matty' as he's known leads our travel specialist team, drawing upon many years experience here at Active and in the travel industry. He balances his time between his joint passions of connecting with our guests to plan their trips of a lifetime, and helping to build the strategic vision for Active Adventures.

He came to New Zealand from the UK back in the 90s, back when it was cool to have the 'short back and sides' and everyone was listening to R.E.M. and Santana. We're painting a picture here – a young bloke looking for adventure, chasing the endless winters, and revelling in the Queenstown social scene.

His DJ career was ditched in favour of a series of entrepreneurial forays into the hospitality and print industries. His outdoors passion matured from reckless speed down a mountain on a snowboard to more sophisticated pastimes of fishing and tramping. Bradshaw, Nancy, Dagg and Doubtful – these are just some of the sounds Matty has explored with his brother-in-law on fishing and diving trips. Matty's crisscrossed the South Island both by foot and by road, and has travelled as far north as Northland at the top of New Zealand, home to our newest 'Kauri' trip. He has family in Okarito on the West Coast of the South Island, and a combination of beautiful coastline, white baiting and wonderful sunsets makes this hidden gem his favourite spot in New Zealand.

Matty ABM webClaim to fame?

The south west England judo champion ... some years ago when he was able to compete in the under 56 kilogram (123 pounds) category!

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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