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New Zealand Adventure Holidays

New Zealand provides the perfect playground for adventure sports enthusiasts. Everything from hiking, biking and kayaking through to river surfing, heli skiing and zorbing - the options are endless! New Zealand is also a country with a relatively small population, so it's easy to get off the beaten track and into the wilderness. Explore our 14 National Parks, our National Cycle Trail network or our adventure hub towns like Rotorua, Hanmer Springs and Queenstown. 

Given that most people have limited holiday time, the tricky part is choosing exactly what to do, what order to do it in and where to begin! One option would be to rent a campervan and grab a lonely planet book, spend some time reading travel blogs and visit the local i-sites to create your own itinerary - a lot of people do that - and it can be a great way to see our country. But, if you'd prefer to avoid the hassle and you just want to arrive and know that everything is taken care of, you're better off joining the locals.

By locals we mean us! Active New Zealand are the experts in New Zealand adventure holidays, in fact we've been doing it for nearly two decades. But don't take our word for it - check out our reviews, we've got thousands of them, or we'll even give you the names of past travellers, who'd be more than happy to tell you about their own experience. 

Check out our New Zealand adventure holidays below, or if you'd like to chat with one of our New Zealand Travel Specialists just give us a call

 








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New Zealand Public Holidays

New Years Day 1 January 
Day after New Years Day 2 January
Anniversary Day (each province)  Varies
Waitangi Day  6 February
Good Friday Varies in April
Easter Monday Varies in April
ANZAC Day 25 April
Queen's Birthday 1st Monday in June
Labour Day 4th Monday in October
Christmas Day 25 December
Boxing Day 26 December

Trip Reviews

  •   4.44 out of 5 (from 908 reviews)

    2017 Manuka Trip with Claire and Jess

    Awesome trip.....
    New Zealand is a beautiful country with plenty of great hikes and sights to see. Jess and Claire were fantastic guides. Would go again in a heartbeat!
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    – Massachusetts, United States
    Manuka, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4984 reviews)

    Excellent Trip

    If you like outdoor activities this is your dream trip. The itinerary is very well planned. The scenery and landscapes are beautiful. Our guides Tia and Alex are fabulous. They are youthful, caring, knowledgeable, and extremely professional. Their hardwork made the entire trip smooth and enjoyable. Everyday is packed with interesting and exciting outdoor activities: multi-day hiking in Nelson Lake NP, kayaking in Milford Sound, biking along the shore of Wanaka Lake, and day hiking the Routeburn, Kepler, Sealy Tarns, Hooker Valley and many other beautiful short tracks in various NPs of the South Island. The group mates are very friendly and fun and the small group size made it easy to socialize. In addition, the food is healthy and very delicious. Thanks to every member of the group, in particular our great guides Tia and Alex, it is your care, warmth, encouragement, and tolerance that made this trip truly unforgettable.
    Siyuan Han Review Image
    – Kansas, United States
    Rimu, January 2017
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1888 reviews)

    Outstanding Adventure Vacation

    Our Active Adventures trip was outstanding! The entire process was a tremendous experience. Staff were responsive and friendly during the "sign up" phase. Our guides Jordie and Holly are two of the finest professional, friendly and knowledgeable guides we've had the pleasure to work with. Shout out for both of these wonderful people! They did a marvelous job managing group dynamics to ensure everyone was motivated and individual needs were met. Well trained and both have mastered the skillful art of quality customer service. Keep up the good work!
    Lilly Golden Review Image
    – Texas, United States
    Tui, July 2017
  •   4.68 out of 5 (from 244 reviews)

    Incredible family trip!

    We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and our guides did an excellent job being understanding of the food allergies of my daughter
    Makenzie Birkey Review Image
    – Minnesota, United States
    Kea, July 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4984 reviews)

    2017 Oct/Nov Rimu

    My 2017 Rimu trip was fantastic! Somehow our fabulous guides Ben and Emma arranged for clear sunny skies, a great mix of travelers, and an all around fun time. Seriously though, our group of 10/11 (we had a late addition) got along well from day 1 - we learned about each other's backgrounds, played cards and dice games, and shared bottles of wine. Ben and Emma worked tirelessly to make sure our travels were smooth - often 16+ hour days for them. Emma cooked wonderful meals for us and made sure everyone's dietary requests were met. Ben drove Whina (our bus) so well for so many hours to get us to our destinations - we'll never forget the tunnel! And they both were great guides on the hikes. Thanks for all the wonderful memories!
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    – North Carolina, United States
    Rimu, December 2017

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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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