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Victoria ('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 15883 reviews)

    Patagonia 2016

    Trip was amazing - Harder the hikes the better the view
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    – Massachusetts, United States
    Condor, January 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15883 reviews)

    A Marvelous Exprerience

    This trip was worth every penny. We had marvelous lodging that we could not have accessed on our own. Our access to trails, parks and activities was all arranged and all we had to worry about was showing up for the experience. We were truly touched by the extent to which our guides went out of their way to respond to our special food needs. I felt truly safe, supported by the experience, training and good will of our guides. I came home stronger and with new confidence that as an elder I can still take on physically challenging experiences and succeed. What a gift that is.
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    – New York, United States
    Kiwi, December 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15883 reviews)

    Birthday we'll never forget

    We expected a great trip with where we were going, BUT Active Adventures guides (Michele and Rachael) made it that much more special. Their knowledge, expertise and storytelling abilities made it fun and engaging. Accommodations were better than anticipated, they were great.
    An absolute must for those thinking about this type of a trip.
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    – California, United States
    Tui, February 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15883 reviews)

    Amazing Tui Trip

    We had an amazing time in New Zealand and enjoyed our Tui trip of the South Island! It was an excellent way to travel and see so many different places in one trip. Our guides, Eve and Katie, were great! They were extremely knowledgeable and very attentive to our needs, and always made sure we were well fed. We would definitely recommend the Tui trip to anyone traveling to New Zealand!
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    – Pennsylvania, United States
    Tui, November 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15883 reviews)

    Nov 5 2016 Kiwi with Nick B and Jess

    Active Adventures allowed me to experience the breathtaking beauty of the South Island, New Zealand. I had so much fun. I had really high hopes for the trip of a lifetime before we left. My expectations were not only met but surpassed. Nick and Jess were great as was our small group of fellow travelers. The Active Adventures team were responsive to needs and made the trip care free. I would highly recommend the Kiwi trip and would do it again in a heartbeat. I would also look to do Active Adventures other trips when we go to travel again. At the conclusion of our trip, my wife and I asked ourselves what would we do differently if doing it again. Both of our answers was nothing different.
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    – Indiana, United States
    Kiwi, 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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