Active Adventures - Proud Finalist in Queenstown Business Awards

Active Adventures - Proud Finalist in Queenstown Business Awards

Active Adventures has been named as a finalist in two categories for the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce 2023 Queenstown Business Awards: Excellence in People & Capability and Excellence in Strategy & Business Solutions. 


QUEENSTOWN, NZ., – October 20, 2023

“It’s such an honour to be recognized in this way. Despite Covid’s impact on tourism these last few years, our team has risen to the challenge and adapted to every curve ball to put us into an even stronger position in the international market, and I’m super proud of them,” says Wendy van Lieshout, CEO at Active Adventures.  

“I truly believe our people give us our edge, so it will be a great night to celebrate together as a team, and in fine company with the other finalists. We all deserve a fun night out.” 

This honour follows success at the same awards in 2021 (winners of Excellence in Strategy & Planning) and 2018 (winners of the then-tourism category). 

Achievements within the last two years include: 

The winners of the awards will be announced at a gala event on November 4, 2023, at iconic Walter Peak High Country Farm.  

*Footnote: Bamboo HR, a world-leading HR specialist, states: ‘scores above 30 are excellent, with 0-30 being the safe zone, and that anything below zero should be cause for concern’. 


About Active Adventures & Austin Adventures:  

With over 60 years of combined experience, Active Adventures and Austin Adventures set the standard for inspiring, all-inclusive, small-group adventures in the most breathtaking regions of the world. Their teams across New Zealand, North America, Peru, Nepal, and the Netherlands ensure every detail is looked after. Hand-picked guides with a wealth of experience and local knowledge lead the way as guests enjoy exclusive accommodations, top-notch dining, and unique activities showcasing the best of each region.  

Each of their 100+ trips is crafted to perfection, encouraging guests to not only challenge themselves physically but also to take a deep dive into the local way of life in every destination. For more information, please visit and


Media Contact:

Carol Soundy

Brand and Communications Lead, Active Adventures & Austin Adventures

 +64 27 254 6039