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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!

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 reviews)

    One of the best trips I've been on.

    Ken and Elder were such great guides and the passion they displayed was fantastic.
    Justen Altaras Review Image
    – Washington, United States
    Rimu, February 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 reviews)

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 reviews)

    Whoa! What an incredible trip!

    There aren't any words that could properly prepare you for what is in store. Patagonia was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

    Cynthia was an amazing guide, she took such good care of us! She routinely went above and beyond to ensure we were safe, happy, healthy and well fed. What a gem she was! And on top of being great at her job, she's just an awesome person, fun, smart, flexible, just the kind of person you want touring you around the edge of the earth for 2 weeks.

    The trip itself was absolutely breathtaking. No photo could do that place justice. The W trail was an amazing hike full of ever changing views (and lots of wind!). Definitely, pay the extra to do the Grey Glacier hike! It was a trip highlight!

    Get ready to take your jacket on and off more in one day than you would over the course of a month back home :) Everything they say about the weather is true. You are at the mercy of the elements, but for the most part, we lucked out with weather (and when we didn't Cynthia always had a plan B).

    I'm so glad we did this! We will definitely be touring with Active again. Those folks do a stellar job of setting you up for an exciting adventure.
    Celeste Olds Review Image
    – Washington, United States
    Condor, December 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 reviews)

    Challenging and Fun!

    My trip to Argentina and Chile was more than I imagined it would be. I was in awe of the natural beauty of the areas we hiked in. However, the most important thing I take home with me is the personal relationships I formed with my group, especially my leader, and now friend, Mayra Callo. She was amazing. I am a "beginner hiker" so her patience and close attention on the harder treks was appreciated! She knew so much about the area and it was a pleasure learning about South America from her. In addition, her personality made all of us feel like family, with Mayra being the Mother :) She took great care of all of us. We all had so much fun together...it was sad to leave. Anyone who has any reservations about booking a trip should just do it! They won't be disappointed!!
    Tina Avallone Review Image
    – New Jersey, United States
    Condor, March 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 reviews)

    Can't believe I did it

    Right when we touched down at Lukla airport, I began to get sick. I didn't think there would be any way that I could continue, but my guides were well-prepared with medicine and advice to help get me back on track, and they let me walk at my own pace. Mercifully, I rebounded and made it through some of the most stunning hiking that you can do anywhere on earth. Everyone in my group was positive and a joy to be around.
    Ehren Meditz Review Image
    – Georgia, United States
    EBC, December 2016

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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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