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Nick Barnes

New Zealand Guide

Nick is from Dunedin on the East Coast of the South Island, a town that's famous for producing well-rounded, down to earth people. Well maybe not famous, but we reckon there's a trend there. He wisely studied his trade, adventure tourism, in Queenstown the adventure capital of the world and home of Active Adventures. Nick now has a few seasons under his belt and like many of our guides, he loves to mountain bike and go running in the wilderness. He also counts eating as one of his favourite hobbies! 

Nick Barnes with guests


  • “Nick was truly an amazing guide and for his age we are very impressed with his maturity. Nick was a delight to be with for our 13 days. He will go far in life. Such a pleasure”
    Marilyn Seguin (aspen, Colorado, United States), March 2016
  • “Nick was so awesome from start to end. He ensured our safety on the hikes, was knowledgeable about all the areas we visited. He was fun and enthusiastic and ensured my safety on the hikes. I can't say enough about how good he was. He is also an excellent cook. The second week was a smaller group and Nick was our only guide. He drove, he cooked, he led us on hikes. It was awesome.”
    Sarah Brickles (Sunnyvale, California, United States), June 2015
  • “YES! Nick was fantastic. He was very good-natured, patient, and eager to answer all of our questions. If he didn't know the answer, he'd look it up at the first opportunity. He was also an excellent chef and ran a tight kitchen.”
    Marni Myers (Arlington, Virginia, United States), February 2014
  • “Nick was a great co-guide. So upbeat, fun and always trying to accommodate our every request (including pavlova).”
    Belinda Mucklow (Waunakee, Wisconsin, United States), December 2013
  • “As I mentioned before... Nick's attention to detail is super impressive!!!! He is so good at making sure everyone was taken care of.... everything from offering to carry jackets or water bottles for us in his own pack, to making pancakes in any size or shape we desired! haha”
    Kristina Mason (Galloway, Ohio, United States), November 2013

Why travel with Active Adventures?

Legendary Kiwi Hospitality

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.

Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

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.

Everything is Included

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.

A Sense of Achievement

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.

Small Groups

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.

Diverse Experiences

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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