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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


“Nick was great. He had a wonderful sense of humor and his own way of describing what we could expect each day with regards to activity and weather. We all joked with him about this which made it more and more entertaining as the trip went on. Loved his passion for supporting local businesses and cuisine.”
- Sue Stohrer (Lomita, California, United States), Weka February 2018

“Nick was brilliant - never one to hold back on corny jokes, he made sure that everyone had fun even while travelling (for hours, sometimes). His professionalism and enthusiasm was impressive. It would also be an understatement to say that he knew the hiking terrain very well.”
- Katherine Gadaingan (Philippines), Rimu March 2017

“He was excellent!! We loved him. Nick went out of his way to ensure we had a great time. After hiking all of Mt. Shrimpton with us, he then suggested we go to the blue pools. This was our favorite day of the trip!! ”
- Jan Garfinkle (Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States), Keely O'Donnell (Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States), Devin O'Donnell (Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States), Brienne O'Donnell (Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States), Tui 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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