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Employment

Our adventure vacations and hiking trips are one of a kind, and it’s our people that make the difference.

We believe in hiring the very best people to deliver the Active Adventures experience both behind the scenes and on the road. The objective of our thorough selection and recruitment strategy is to recruit the highest possible calibre of staff. By choosing the right people, we maintain a low staff turnover, a happy and knowledgeable team and excellent feedback from our clients. We are very proud of our team. 

NZ guide

The Active Adventures HQ is located in Queenstown, New Zealand, with operational bases in Christchurch (New Zealand), Lima and Cuzco (Peru) and Kathmandu (Nepal). Seasonally, we hire local Lead Guides and Co-Guides in New Zealand each year. In our other destinations we hire Trip Leaders and Guides on demand.

Here are some useful links to information about our team, both in the office at HQ, and our guiding team out on the road. We've also included a link to our videos page so you can get a better idea of what we do here at Active Adventures.

What we are looking for in our Guides and Trip Leaders:

New Zealand Lead Guides:

  • Full Class 2 licence and current passenger endorsement for small and large vehicles
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Food Safety Certificate
  • Safety conscious at all times
  • Great people skills, the ability to empathise, and recognise what a group or individual needs.
  • Organised, hardworking, tidy and efficient
  • Calm under pressure
  • Punctual
  • Enthusiastic
  • Well-groomed
  • Caring
  • Motivated
  • Professional
  • Reasonably fit with a healthy personality
  • Mature persona and excellent people skills
  • Pass a pre-season drug test, support & be a part of our drug free workplace and safe working culture
  • Experience, knowledge & a keen interest in the outdoors, especially hiking
  • The ability to be away from home for extended periods (e.g: 2 weeks at a time)
  • Leadership skills
  • Group management skills
  • Clear verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience of New Zealand’s flora, fauna, culture and history
  • Ability to relate to people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds
  • Exceptional customer service
  • Outgoing, positive, friendly and able to stay that way for the whole trip
  • Team players with a huge amount of common-sense and patience

New Zealand Co-Guides:

  • Food Safety Certificate
  • First Aid Certificate 
  • Safety conscious at all times
  • Great people skills, the ability to empathise, and recognise what a group or individual needs.
  • Organised, hardworking, tidy and efficient
  • Calm under pressure
  • Punctual
  • Enthusiastic
  • Well-groomed
  • Caring
  • Motivated
  • Professional
  • Reasonably fit with a healthy personality
  • Mature persona and excellent people skills
  • Pass a pre-season drug test, support & be a part of our drug free workplace and safe working culture
  • Experience, knowledge and a keen interest in the outdoors especially hiking
  • The ability to be away from home for extended periods (e.g 2 weeks at a time)
  • Confident in the kitchen
  • A flair for food presentation
  • Empathy when catering for mixed dietary requirements
  • Leadership skills
  • Group management skills
  • Clear verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience of New Zealand’s flora, fauna, culture and history
  • Ability to relate to people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds
  • Exceptional customer service
  • Attention to detail
  • Outgoing, positive, friendly and able to stay that way for the whole trip
  • Team players with a huge amount of common-sense and patience

Active Adventures New Zealand guide roles are advertised in a number of South Island publications and on SEEK each year, generally from mid-June. Alternatively you can email: guidejobs@activeadventures.com with your application and detailed cover letter explaining what you could bring to the Active Adventures New Zealand experience.

 

South America Trip Leaders:

  • Local Guide Qualifications
  • Previous guiding experience
  • A commitment of 2 years
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Safety conscious at all times
  • Organised, hardworking, tidy and efficient
  • Calm under pressure
  • Punctual
  • Enthusiastic
  • Well-groomed
  • Caring
  • Motivated
  • Professional
  • Physically fit with a healthy personality
  • Mature persona and excellent people skills
  • Experience, knowledge & a keen interest in the outdoors especially hiking
  • The ability to be away from home for extended periods (Eg: 2 weeks at a time)
  • Leadership skills
  • Proven group management skills in an outdoor setting
  • Clear verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience of Peru, Ecuador or Patagonia’s flora, fauna, culture and history
  • Ability to relate to people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds
  • Exceptional customer service
  • Outgoing, positive, friendly and able to stay that way for the whole trip
  • Team players with a huge amount of common-sense and patience

Active Adventures South America Trip Leaders are hired and trained as required locally in Peru, Ecuador and Patagonia. If you’re interested in applying then please email: guidejobs@activeadventures.com with a detailed covering letter explaining what you can bring to the Active Adventures South America experience.

Himalayan Trip Leaders are New Zealand guides that are trained to guide in Nepal. They work closely with our operational team in Nepal to deliver our Active Adventures Himalayas experience.

European Qualified Guides are hired and trained as required locally with New Zealand trip leaders joining the operational team in Europe on the ground from time to time.

Active HQ team

Behind-the-scenes Team

As we continue to grow and evolve, occasionally roles become available in the office. We have a small team of hard working staff made up of sales, client services, marketing, accounts, IT and operations staff. We advertise these roles on SEEK and in local publications. Our head office is based in Queenstown, New Zealand. Our recruitment and selection process involves an assessment of different factors, including a very thorough interview, practical testing, written assessments and a trial in the office.

If you’re interested in working for Active Adventures then please keep an eye out on SEEK or local publications or feel free to get in touch for any current vacancies: amanda@activeadventures.com. They are fairly few and far between; our staff have a great habit of sticking around!

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 reviews)

    "Make it happen and you absolutely will not be disappointed"

    The Galapagos Islands turned out to be everything you hear about and more! My style of travel has never been geared towards tours or trips (EQ Type: Authentic Experiencer), however I signed up for the Tortuga trip last minute to join my parents and couldn't have been more pleased! Being a land-based tour vs. boat tour we were able to support the local economies on the various islands we visited while experiencing the authentic and incredible wildlife and landscapes the Galapagos has to offer. We got to enjoy a variety of local restaurants rather than eating the same buffet meal similar with other tours and stay in a range of different accommodations along the way. Our tour guide Pablo however, really made the trip and I am not sure if it would be quite as amazing without him. The passion, knowledge and love he has for the Galapagos Islands glimmered through every day we were with him and his smile shared with each new experience was priceless. The only disappointment of the trip was that it would have been good to know extra activities such as diving, are non-refundable if a illness or anything else comes up last minute as they often do and it may have affected our choice to opt out earlier. Saying this, I would very strongly recommend the Tortuga trip to everyone. If you every have the chance to visit the Galapagos Islands, make it happen and you absolutely will not be disappointed. Each day we were left amazed and utterly shocked at how much we were able to see and do with each activity. I have traveled to some pretty spectacular places around the world but this trip is a once in a lifetime experience. - Myla xo
    Myla Yeomans-Routledge Review Image
    – British Columbia, Canada
    Tortuga, December 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 reviews)

    Trip of a Lifetime!

    I am still basking in the glow from this remarkable trip! I admit that I was a bit nervous at first as I was the oldest person in our group and not as fit (for hiking) as some in the group, so I worried about 'keeping up' on the hikes - especially the steeper climbs. Ben and Lauren were very reassuring and encouraging and I felt that I was able to 'hold my own'. In fact, while the hiking was probably the most challenging I've done in at least 7 years, it was the most rewarding/exhilarating part for me. I loved our group - a very positive, health-conscious and fun group of people from all walks of life. It was also wonderful that we were only 12 people - it helped to create a much more intimate and personal atmosphere. I felt we bonded together well - again, thanks to Ben and Lauren's great skills with ice-breaking, fun games, and ability to set and maintain a positive atmosphere from the beginning.
    From the moment we set off from the airport to the emotional farewells back at the airport at the end of the trip, this was a top notch adventure. Our transportation was comfortable, our accommodations were always different and unique and very comfortable - I loved that they weren't all in your standard hotel and that some of them were really off the beaten track. The food was amazing - from the snack basket in the van, loaded fresh every day with fruit and other snacks, to the amazing meals that Lauren and Ben created and the breakfasts and dinners that we had at various restaurants - there was a lot of variety, special dietary considerations were accounted for and there was lots of it!
    I did the kayak option and it was outstanding. The B&B and our hosts were wonderful (the hot tub at the end of the day was most appealing!) and our kayak guide, Nick was terrific - very accommodating, skilled and he made it all very interesting and fun!
    I cannot say enough about our incredible guides - Ben and Lauren - they truly moved the bar for me from a great trip to one that will go down in history for me as the trip of a lifetime. They were so knowledgeable about the island - I loved listening to the legends/folklore and learning more about the vegetation, birds, etc. Ben was a terrific driver - I always felt safe. Lauren was terrific with her cooking and meal presentations - meals looked fantastic and tasted even better! Both Ben and Lauren added those special touches from decorating the bus for the Christmas season, organizing our Secret Santa, making a fantastic Christmas morning breakfast, complete with Christmas crackers and special hats, managing extra logistics like re-booking the paragliding for us, setting up the helicopter tour, taking the time and effort to help reconnect people with items they had left behind either in our accommodations or on a hike/kayak. They even had the perfect music for when we went through the Homer Tunnel and down into Milford Sound - the combination of the music and the scenery was so moving it had several of us in tears! They really ensured that they got to know each person and took a genuine interest in each person. Their positive energy and enthusiasm was infectious. They took kindness and customer service to a new level! The scenery was breathtaking everywhere we went. It would be hard for me to say what the favourite part was or favourite view as the South Island is simply spectacular. I felt that the trip was organized in such a way that I really got a good feel and appreciation for the South Island. Truly New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places (both 'inside and out') that I have ever visited (and I've visited over 20 other countries around the world). I really loved the more laid-back way of life and the local people we met were so welcoming and kind. I would love to come back again and see the North Island but also re-visit the South Island!
    I highly recommend this trip and have already suggested it to a number of my friends. It really was transformational for me on so many levels! My heartfelt thanks to Ben and Lauren and everyone at Active Adventures!
    Sue Hazell Review Image
    – Ontario, Canada
    Rimu, January 2018
  •   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)

    Awesome Tui Trip!

    My husband and I traveled to New Zealand for a late honeymoon and our adventure started with the Tui Trip which couldn't have been better! Between the amazing places we visited along the South Island from our unbelievable guides who quickly became friends, the trip definitely exceeded our expectations! We quickly learned how kiwis truly cherish and appreciate what their beautiful country has to offer and are so thankful to have had such a wonderful experience. New Zealand will always hold a special place in our hearts, along with our memories of hiking, biking, cheers-ing, and chatting with new friends. Thank you Koru and Liana, for making our trip so unforgettable!
    Lauren Hussey Review Image
    – New Hampshire, United States
    Tui, December 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 reviews)

    Rimu—Feb., 2018

    Could not have been happier with our guides, their level of preparation/organization and the stunning scenery of the South Island.
    Tom Townes Review Image
    – North Carolina, United States
    Rimu, February 2018

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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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