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Melissa McArtney

New Zealand and Nepal Guide

Mel was born in Christchurch and guides for us in both New Zealand and Nepal. It takes a special character to face the challenges of leading trips in a foreign country, and Mel certainly ticked all the boxes. Before guiding for Active Adventures Mel spent plenty of time travelling and working overseas. After two years in Europe and the UK she knew it was time to come home and felt a deep sense of duty and pride to show off New Zealand! She credits her desire for adventure and travel to her family who encouraged exploration of the great outdoors from a very young age. 

Favourite hobbies? 
Getting outdoors, biking, running, swimming and sports. Exploring new places! And Cooking :-).

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Testimonials

“Mel was absolutely fantastic. She was great fun to trek with, was incredibly patient with us (especially on the hard days), and knew all the special spots in the villages we stayed (bakeries, cafes, viewpoints). I was really impressed by her knowledge of Nepali and inspired by her energy level (she went on training runs most days after we finished walking!); I also really appreciated her calm leadership and how cheerfully, respectfully and patiently she worked with Bishal, our team of porters and the lodge workers. Finally, I loved seeing her play with the children and dogs we encountered on the trail--that really encouraged us to interact more and learn more from the villagers we met.”
- Ronnie Shi (West Covina, California, United States), EBC March 2018

“Mel is a true inspiration to me. Watching her interact with the group and also the locals still makes me smile. ”
- Linda Sughrue (New York, New York, United States), EBC November 2017

“Mel was great. She did a great job with the food and the big meals she made were excellent. Mel was low key and funny at the same time and it was a pleasure being in her company. She was knowledgeable about New Zealand and would often provide tid-bits of information about the geology, birds, history, etc. She also remembered little things about us individually which you would realize when she would bring you something that you didn't even asked for but she may have overheard you say something about it. For example; there was no water bottle cage on my bike and I asked her to hold my water bottle. A little while later, when we made a stop, she found a cage (I don't know where) and put it on my bike. Mel and Dani worked really hard ALL day and night to make us comfortable in every way.”
- Patty King (White Plains, New York, United States) Rimu Dec 5 2016 

Trip Reviews

  •   4.74 out of 5 (from 226 reviews)

    Couldn't be more pleased

    Pleased especially that I made it to EBC! Out of the 10 of us 5 made it all the way. Can't believe this old man (63) was one of them. I know the only reason I did make it was due to the excellent leaders and sherpas. They were incredibly attentive and professional. We all feel how lucky we were to have the trek leaders that we had, and to have such a fun group. It far exceeded my expectations; the incredible mountains, accommodations, ample food, and exceptional leadership. The acclimation days and the slow steady pace are all that attributed to my personal success. Thank you especially Elder and Argen. I hope to take another of your treks next year, looking at Peru. Thank you to the entire Active Adventures team!
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    – California, United States
    EBC, December 2017
  •   4.70 out of 5 (from 37 reviews)

    A Wonderful Adventure

    This was truly a trip of a lifetime. From the vibrant streets of Kathmandu to the peace and majesty of the Himalayas we were always seeing something new and beautiful. DK, Gokul and “the boys” looked after everything so capably. The route, food and accommodations were all excellent. Trekking was a new and challenging experience for us but left us with a real sense of accomplishment. What wonderful memories we have!
    Heather Forbes Review Image
    – Nova Scotia, Canada
    Khumbu, November 2017
  •   4.74 out of 5 (from 226 reviews)

    An incredible journey through a truly mystical land.
    Ramona Bosnyak Review Image
    – Alberta, Canada
    EBC, November 2016
  •   4.62 out of 5 (from 248 reviews)

    5 Stars x 3

    I rated this as 5 stars, "Excellent, the trip of a lifetime", but actually that is not totally true. It is actually 1 of 3 trips of a life time. The other two were the AA Jaguar Tour and the AA Condor tour. All three were outstanding and each qualified as a "trip of a lifetime".
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    – Minnesota, United States
    AST, November 2017
  •   4.74 out of 5 (from 226 reviews)

    EBC 2017 Trip

    What an amazing experience! There was so much more to the trek than was advertised. The immersion into the Nepali culture was unexpected and a delight. DK and his crew are professionals! They kept us safe and got us across across the finish line. We had a blast while we were doing it. I can not say enough about our porter team too! What a terrific group of men. Whom ever does your hiring should get a raise. Keep up the awesome adventures.
    Jim Lauer Review Image
    – Ohio, United States
    EBC, May 2017

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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.

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