Top 10 Guest Photos 2016
Happy New Year everybody! We love this annual photography competition - every year we gather around a couple of big screens and let the imagery soak in, over a hot cuppa. It's truly inspiring to see the adventures and creativity from all our travellers. And it's safe to say, debates ensue as we do our best to select a winner. That's why we always select the top 10 photos, so you get a chance to see how difficult our decision is.
Once the winner is chosen (read on below to find out who that was...), one of our team get the lucky task of letting them know they've just won a 2 for 1 deal on any of our Active Adventures - that's here in New Zealand, Nepal, Europe and throughout South America. If you’re coming on an adventure with us in 2017 be sure to take your camera, because you may be the next winner!
See the 2013 Top 10 // See the 2014 Top 10 // See the 2015 Top 10
Here's our top 10 for 2016, in no particular order:
1. Stan Jacobson, Patagonia Hiking Adventure 'Condor' trip
2. Boris Diskin, Ultimate Dolomites Adventure 'Dolomiti' trip
3. Dennis Wilson, Everest Base Camp Trek 'EBC' trip
4. Rebecca Washlow, Ultimate Peru Adventure 'Jaguar' trip
5. Mitch Pfeiffer, South Island Explorer 'Kiwi' trip
6. Eugene Ngo, Galapagos Land and Sea Adventure 'Tortuga' trip
7. Louise Burpee, Mont Blanc Circuit 'Tour du Mont Blanc' trip
8. Jeremy Chambers, Essence of the South Island 'Tui' trip
9. Ed Dahlberg, New Zealand Biking Adventure 'Weka' trip
10. Eugene Ngo, Galapagos Land and Sea Adventure 'Tortuga' trip
Condor Patagonia Hiking Adventure
- 14 Days
Southern Patagonia, for hikers in particular, is always near the top of the bucket list. Immense craggy mountain ranges erupt straight up from colossal boulder fields, vast rivers of ice calve into deep blue lakes, and its intricate coastline is strewn with uncharted fiords and inlets. It’s the type of scenery that leaves an indelible impression in your memory – one that photos will never quite manage to replicate. On the ‘Condor’, you’ll visit some of the most amazing places on Earth, by foot, kayak, bike and boat. You’ll enjoy incredible views as you hike in the Fitz Roy area of Argentina, trek in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, bike near Laguna del Desierto and sea kayak amongst icebergs on Grey Lake. If you have a passion for the outdoors, then the ‘Condor’ is the trip for you! Combine the 'Condor' with the 14-day 'Puma' for the ultimate Patagonia Adventure (8-day option available).
Dolomiti Ultimate Dolomites Adventure
- 9 Days
- From US$4899
After 9 days of experiencing the Dolomites on this trip, you’ll find yourself lost for words. Amidst massive rock monoliths, rolling green meadows, stunning forest and villages straight out of a fairytale, you’ll hike, bike and explore this spectacular region with the very BEST and renowned expert local guides. And yet, the Dolomites with Active Adventures is so much more than outstanding landscapes and adventure – you’ll experience the incredible hospitality of the local Ladin people of the Sud Tyrol region, stay in very comfortable mountain hotels and have the chance to taste the amazing variety of local food and wine.
EBC Everest Base Camp Trek
- 19 Days
We invite you to join us for one of our most incredible journeys, and certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, to reach Everest Base Camp. Retrace the footsteps of the world’s greatest mountaineers to the starting point of climbs to the highest peak on Earth. We’ll begin our journey in Kathmandu, Nepal’s bustling and colourful capital city, before taking a short flight to Lukla, high in the Himalayas, the gateway to the Solu Khumbu region and the starting point for our trek to Everest Base Camp.
Needless to say, the scenery is mind blowing – no matter which way you look, you’ll be staring straight at another towering snow-capped peak or jagged ridgeline. On this trip, we’ll hike through deep river gorges and forests, ascend high ridges and wide open valleys and visit remote Buddhist monasteries in the most improbable locations. The rewards of this trek go beyond simply reaching Everest Base Camp or seeing Mt Everest from the summit of Kala Patthar; what makes this trip really special is the sense of achievement you’ll get from trekking to such an incredibly high and remote area and the new perspectives from the people – both locals and other travellers – you’ll meet along the way.
If you'd prefer to trek at lower altitudes and still see Mt Everest, we recommend checking out our ‘Khumbu’ trip. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to chat about the various options.
Jaguar Ultimate Peru Adventure
- 10 Days
The ‘Jaguar’ is our most action-packed multi-activity trip in Peru. It captures everything this beautiful country has to offer, from the towering peaks of the Andes down to the steamy depths of the Amazon jungle. You’ll have a blast in this land of geographical and cultural extremes! We start our trip in the heart of the Inca empire where we explore fortresses and surrounding valleys, hike over stunning mountain passes to Machu Picchu, cycle into the Sacred Valley of the Incas and view Amazon wildlife up close. The variety of activities and landscapes on this trip will give you a Peruvian adventure like no other – and an experience you’ll never forget!
For a great way to see Lake Titicaca and the Bolivian salt flats too, combine this trip with our Titicaca and Bolivia 'Chinchilla' - chat to our team to learn how!
Kiwi South Island Explorer
- 14 Days
- South Island
- From US$5799 + tax
New to adventure vacations or not quite ready to hang up your hiking boots just yet? On this South Island walking tour you'll experience beautiful, famous and little-known places – taking plenty of time to explore along the way! For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5 day 'Kauri' options available).
Activity level: The ‘Kiwi’ suits anyone who enjoys walking and likes to give things a go. The pace is flexible and relaxed with most hikes taking one to three hours to complete on well-formed tracks with some undulations.
Tortuga Galapagos Land and Sea Adventure
- 10 Days
- Galapagos And Ecuador
- From US$4999
The 'Tortuga' is a fantastic way to discover several of the Galapagos Islands, especially for landlubbers. In a relaxed and active manner, you’ll snorkel, dive, hike and cycle, and cruise between the multitude of stunning islands in our comfortable dive boat, the ‘Pacific’ while staying on dry land each night. Starting with a short flight to San Cristobal Island, highlights of this incredible trip include snorkelling with turtles, rays and tame reef sharks, kayaking in a beautiful calm bay and hiking up an island volcano with one of the largest active calderas in the world. You’ll get up close to some of the most intriguing and docile wildlife on the planet, with visits to tortoise breeding grounds and iguana colonies, and even sharing the beach with inquisitive sea lions. We explore amazing lava tunnels, cycle through local townships and learn the mysterious history of Floreana Island.
Tour du Mont Blanc Mont Blanc Circuit
- 12 Days
The Mont Blanc massif is one of the most iconic and dramatically beautiful mountain ranges in the world and a must-see area of the European Alps. While most trips circumnavigate this iconic mountain range by foot, we’ve taken it a step further to not only experience its spectacular geography, but also explore the history, culture and cuisine of France, Italy and Switzerland with expert local guides. In 12 days you’ll explore Chamonix and some of the region’s oldest and most beautiful towns as you circumnavigate Mont Blanc on foot, in a sea kayak and by bike – a genuine and original Active Adventure!
Tui Essence of the South Island
- 8 Days
- South Island
- From US$3999 + tax
This is an action-packed adventure where you’ll explore some of New Zealand’s most iconic and remote wilderness. It works well if your vacation time is limited, since you can fly from North America on a Friday evening, sleep on the plane, and be back at work ten days later to share your photos and stories on Monday morning. For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).
Activity level: The ‘Tui’ suits people of a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience, particularly if you enjoy a variety of activities. Typically hikes on the ‘Tui’ trip range between two and six hours to complete.
Weka New Zealand Biking Adventure
- 14 Days
- South Island
- From US$5599 + tax
Our ‘Weka’ trip combines the very best of New Zealand’s cycling and hiking trails into an action-packed two week adventure. We’re keen bikers here at Active, so we wanted to create the ‘dream itinerary’ for fellow biking enthusiasts! We’ve escaped the traffic by crafting a trip that maximises New Zealand's amazing network of gravel cycling trails. There’s plenty of flexibility and freedom if you want to ride a little further or a little less, we’ve got you covered! Our new ‘Weka’ trip will suit both road cyclists and mountain bikers alike.
Activity level: The ‘Weka’ is an active cycling and hiking trip, so it’s important that you have a base level of biking and hiking fitness. You don’t have to be young or ready to take on the Tour de France (although if you are super fit and raring to go, you won’t be bored), but you should be in the habit of doing at least some riding and be comfortable in the saddle..