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Dave Howard

Client Experience Manager

Dave grew up in Wellington and most of the time was found up a tree or on a bike peddling up a hill or to a beach. It was a rare moment where he did not have a cut, graze or broken limb from constantly pushing his limits (now's the time to say sorry to your mum Dave!)

Like many, he made the move south to Christchurch for university, and this is where he discovered mountains, (real) mountain biking and snowboarding.
"I’ve always tended to take the road less travelled and if it looked hard then all the more reason to do it" he says. Spending time as a Forestry Engineer, he admits the work map-room was used less for work and more for plotting the weekend's adventures! 

After too much time in the trees it was time for Dave to fly the coup, and that he did with a long stint of travel and work, adventuring his way through Europe, the Russian Far East, Kamchatka and Thailand.

On Dave's return to New Zealand he completed an MBA and worked as a business consultant for 10 years in Wellington, focusing on customer experience and operational improvement across all sorts of industries. However, with the pull to the outdoors still strong, he moved to Sport New Zealand, the government body responsible to promoting physical activity, sport and recreation in New Zealand. "I wanted to help people gain in the physical and mental benefits of being active."

With his wife and two small off-spring in tow he then started an online exporting business whilst living and surfing in Bali for a NZ winter. This supported a move to Wanaka, Dave's spiritual home and of course, a great place to raise kids and play outdoors.

"Being part of Active Adventures means I can work in just the same way as I live the rest of my life, I can help people to challenge themselves and become intrepid explorers, without the pain of all the planning and preparation that is required. It’s like a coming together of business experience and play. The best adventures start where the track ends… My next challenge is snow-kitting and split boarding to create the ultimate day out in search of powder!" Says Dave.

Dave for web

Why travel with Active Adventures?

Legendary Kiwi Hospitality

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.

Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

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.

Everything is Included

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.

A Sense of Achievement

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.

Small Groups

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.

Diverse Experiences

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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