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Holly Adams

New Zealand & Europe Guide

Holly’s a kiwi girl, born and bred in Christchurch – the gateway city to New Zealand’s South Island. After spending her college years near London, Holly’s been busy exploring all corners of the globe.

Her greatest adventure to date is her trip to the Arctic island of Svalbard - where she hiked, climbed and cruised her way through barren arctic desert, spotting whales, polar bears and reindeer. “Seeing it all under midnight sunlight, it’s almost too much to put into words”.

When did you discover your passion for travel, adventure or the outdoors?

“I think it was on my first overnight tramping experience on the Copland Track – surrounded by beautiful New Zealand rainforest, alpine meadows, gurgling creeks and epic swing bridges… all under the view of the snow-capped peaks of the almighty Southern Alps. It was amazing!”

Working in tourism has been a great excuse to travel – her career has seen her follow the winters, with the odd escape to Europe and Asia in between.

Holly's quirky talents include touching her nose with her tongue, and hanging a spoon from her nose! And when she’s not out on the trail with our Active travellers, she’s hiking, swimming, skiing and snowboarding her way around the countryside.  

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Testimonials

“Holly ROCKS!!!! She stayed with me at the back of the pack and was so encouraging , it kept me going. She was observant, and made sure I took my time with the hills and drank water routinely. Her positive attitude was contagious...lots of singing happened with those hiking with her! She was a real pleasure to hike with, and I'm so glad she was our guide. ”
- Paula Gregory (Steamboat Springs, Colorado, United States), Tour du Mont Blanc August 2018

“Holly as a trip leader is a # 10. She made sure we all had a wonderful trip. She has patience above and beyond the call of duty so to speak.”
- Jim Thompson (Mount Vernon, Washington, United States), Kiwi December 2017

“Holly should open a restaurant or move to Canada to be my personal chef :) Holly took the time to find our our likes, dislikes and make incredible meals over and over. I have been backpacking for years but have never eaten so well in the back country. Holly introduced us to tim-tam slams and the spoon of shame (which still makes me laugh). I was never left hungry and was introduced to new foods that I will continue to eat in the future. Holly was personable and fun and had an incredible knowledge of the local birds. As with Vanessa, I am very happy to have had the opportunity to meet Holly!”
- Tara Chambers (Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada), Rimu March 2016

Trip Reviews

  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1904 reviews)

    Wonderful Choice!

    A trip to New Zealand was on my "bucket list" and my husband chose this trip for the south island. I think this is a wonderful way to see the outstanding scenery of the south island. We will be back!
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    – Tennessee, United States
    Tui, April 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 5008 reviews)

    Perfect in Everyway!!

    With great guides, fabulous weather and scenery that is amazing, we hiked, kayaked our way through-out the South Island. We learned a lot about the country, the flora and fauna, birds and conservation efforts.
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    – Massachusetts, United States
    Rimu, December 2017
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1904 reviews)

    Tui Adventure

    This trip was all I had hoped for and then some. I expected beautiful scenery and exciting activities, but I did not expect the personal touch from our guides. One of the group members mentioned chips and salsa... that night we had chips and salsa to go with our appetizers. They knew I love birds, so I was introduced to every bird possible - along with descriptions of the birds’ personalities and habits. There seemed to be no end to Dani and Emma’s knowledge about New Zealand and that made a huge impact on our trip! We all felt like family by the end of the week, and for a person traveling alone, that is a wonderful gift!
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    – Texas, United States
    Tui, March 2018
  •   4.44 out of 5 (from 921 reviews)

    Whatever the dream, if its New Zealand, find a way!!

    Where do I even start?!?!? NZ has been #1 on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. It wasn't until I realized I couldn't wait forever for that perfect time, to have X amount of money saved, to have a companion to go with me...that I decided to JUST GO ALREADY! And I suggest you do the same! Don't wait another moment. I went alone but found the most wonderful companions I could have ever hoped for! Even got a great roommate. The guides, Claire and Jess were PHENOMENAL! I started crying off and on a few days before the end of the trip because I became that attached to them and knew I would never see them again. Leaving at the airport, I couldn't even speak I was so upset and saying goodbye. So wonderful and beyond knowledgeable! I miss Jess' cooking and Claire's coffee already and I just got back yesterday!!! But seriously folks, the Manuka was beyond what expectations I could have ever dreamed. Yes it was indeed physical, so be ready for that; but there were some flatter, easier options for those that chose to not exert so much energy. There were a couple of times I wanted to just quit, but Claire and/or Jess kept me going saying it would be worth it (for the view AND the accomplishment) and MAN WERE THEY RIGHT!!!

    The food, the company, the knowledge, the laughs, the comradery, the views, the EXPERIENCES....all of it was TOP NOTCH! I have my memories that will last a lifetime; best money I have EVER spent.

    Don't wait! GO! I plan to go back in a couple of years to do the entire Milford Track. That's my only regret is that I didn't spend the extra to do that. But that's on me, not AA!
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    – Texas, United States
    Manuka, March 2017
  •   4.39 out of 5 (from 1229 reviews)

    North Island Kauri

    The North Island was an amazing adventure. We were kept busy hiking, biking snorkelling and kayaking, and our guides were very easy going and helpful in every way. We saw and experienced more of the Maori culture, the large Kauri trees (words cannot describe), and felt the love and appreciation of the Maori people for the land, birds and all living species. It was great to have them guide us through the kauri forests. The trip is spit in half in the middle with a day in Aukland, and the first half we had 12 in the group and the second half there were 13 (A lot) in our group. I prefer smaller groups. The scenery was amazing, Natalie and Jasmine were amazing as well. An AMAZING trip! Loved it!
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    – Ontario, Canada
    Kauri, March 2018

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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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