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Tory Stephens

Client Services

Born in the capital of the South Island (Christchurch... apparently!), Tory spent the first ten years of my life in Twizel - Town of Trees before heading North for University in our real Capital city, Wellington! Having travelled to Thailand for a school exchange at 17, the travel bug began as her explorations reached Nepal and Tibet before living in Australia, Peru and Canada over the years. Her main hobby being travel, she has dabbled in hotel management and the divine art of barista creations, but they could never help in achieving her main life goal; to visit the four corners of the Earth and immerse herself in as many different cultures as possible.

Tory's move to Queenstown in 2015 saw her stumble across Active Adventures and the rest is history. After spending two summers guiding clients around NZ, sharing all the best spots of her home country she decided to stop in the best place of all – Queenstown – the adventure capital of the world. Here she plans to hike every trail possible on her weekends while enjoying surfing in Karitane on the East Coast come warm weather.

We thought we'd throw in one our testimonials about Tory, from her guiding days. It pretty much sums her up whether she's in the office or out on the trails! 

  • “Tory's love of taking care of people by feeding them well was clear from the very beginning, but beyond that, she created a great sense of community, both around the table and on the bus, taking time to talk with all of us. I was always amazed at her energy, ready with our favorite morning drink when we were barely awake, and cheerfully putting together delicious meals after completing the same full day as the rest of us. She was mindful in making everyone feel at home.”
    - Carl Hess (Los Altos, California, United States) Rimu Jan 9 2017

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16016 reviews)

    Active is the Word!

    I thoroughly enjoyed my Condor adventure. I've been on a few of these hosted by other companies and I think Active Adventures is the best so far - a good value too. When you say all-inclusive, you mean it. We often ordered whatever we wanted right off the menu. Arturo and the other guides did a great job. The itinerary was excellent - I know because a few times we barely made the connection to a boat. There was little down time. Doing the W Hike in the first week is also key - We were fresh and ready then. The weather on our trip was not ideal. We totally missed seeing Fitz Roy, despite 4 days in El Chalten. Oh well. Mother Nature didn't cooperate. The only thing that would've made the trip better would be better accommodations at some of the refugios. I know you can't control this and there's not a lot of choice, but, boy, some of those shower facilities and bathrooms were just awful. I'm looking forward to hiking with you guys again soon. :)
    Henry Gorecki Review Image
    – Illinois, United States
    Condor, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16016 reviews)

    Everything we hoped for and MORE.

    This was my first trip to New Zealand, and to the southern hemisphere. We had dreamed of this for many years, and it was so much more than we had even hoped for. So many memories and highlights: Morning alpine glow on Mt. Cook. Any day that it was sunny and you could see those amazing mountains. Turquoise alpine lakes. The day we spontaneously stopped at a deserted beach on the west coast, and saw Hector's dolphins frolicking. The picnic on the hill at Braemar's station. The nights at Braemar, the laughing and wine. Racheal (our guide) encouraging me and talking about growing up on a sheep farm while hiking up Key Pass. The stars at night - the Milky Way and upside down Orion! The mystical drive down to Milford Sound in the fog and light rain, and the clearing while on the boat. Going under a waterfall and just yelling in joy. The amazing, kind, funny and interesting people we met on our tour. If you are even thinking about it - go! You will not be disappointed.
    Jeannie Puglisi Review Image
    – Connecticut, United States
    Kiwi, April 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16016 reviews)

    Review of the Kiwi trip

    I chose to visit NZ with Active Adventures because I wanted to experience the South Island from tip to toe in an active fashion. The trip was exactly what I wanted. I loved hiking and kayaking, enjoyed visiting the towns and was swept away by the scenery. I learned a lot about the country's history, geology and mythology from my two guides. And I had fun.
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    – Maryland, United States
    Kiwi, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16016 reviews)

    Great trip!

    We had a smart, funny, and skilled guide who showed us beautiful and amazing things. Peru was incredible, it was a great trip.
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    – Washington, United States
    Jaguar 2017, August 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16016 reviews)

    2017 Iguana Trip

    The Peru portion of the trip with Erick was spectacular. Erick's attention to detail, compassion for each individual on the trip and genuine love for Peru made this portion of the trip absolutely amazing.
    JoJo Tadich Review Image
    – Florida, United States
    Iguana, September 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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