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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

 

  • Rimu Ultimate South Island Adventure

    • 14 Days
    • South Island
    • From US$5299 + tax

    4.52 out of 5 (from 4872 reviews)

    Rimu

    Nat Geo Logo 2015This is our signature adventure and a great, outdoorsy way to see New Zealand. We’ve been fine-tuning this perennial favourite since 1996 and it’s simply an awesome trip. You’ll explore the most beautiful, famous and little-known places in the South Island – up close and personal – with legendary hospitality and our unsurpassed attention to detail. For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).

    Activity level: The ‘Rimu’ is one of our more adventurous trips, but has options to suit a wide range of ages and outdoor experience. Typically, hikes on the ‘Rimu’ trip range between two and five hours to complete, with longer hikes available on the multi-day option. If you think you’d prefer a more relaxed pace and shorter one to three hour hikes, we recommend checking out our ‘Kiwi’ trip. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to chat about the various options.


  • Manuka Milford Hiking Adventure

    • 14 Days
    • South Island
    • From US$6199 + tax

    4.43 out of 5 (from 884 reviews)

    Manuka

    If you wish to concentrate on hiking the iconic tracks of New Zealand and like your creature comforts, we’ve crafted this trip just for you. It has a strong focus on New Zealand’s natural history. Our guides have plenty of time to interpret the flora and fauna and explain the geological and social history of the areas you’ll visit. You also have the choice of a selection of the best day hikes Fiordland National Park has to offer, along with an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound, or hiking the famous Milford Track in its entirety. The ‘Manuka’ really is hiking New Zealand in style!

    Activity level: The 'Manuka' is an active hiking trip, but has options to suit a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically hikes on the 'Manuka' trip range between three and six hours to complete, with longer hikes on the Milford Track Guided Walk option.


  • Kiwi South Island Explorer

    • 14 Days
    • South Island
    • From US$5599 + tax

    4.69 out of 5 (from 254 reviews)

    Kiwi

    New to adventure vacations or not quite ready to hang up your hiking boots just yet? On this South Island walking tour you'll experience beautiful, famous and little-known places – taking plenty of time to explore along the way! For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5 day 'Kauri' options available).

    Activity level: The ‘Kiwi’ suits anyone who enjoys walking and likes to give things a go. The pace is flexible and relaxed with most hikes taking one to three hours to complete on well-formed tracks with some undulations.


  • Tui Essence of the South Island

    • 8 Days
    • South Island
    • From US$3999 + tax

    4.59 out of 5 (from 1824 reviews)

    Tui

    This is an action-packed adventure where you’ll explore some of New Zealand’s most iconic and remote wilderness. It works well if your vacation time is limited, since you can fly from North America on a Friday evening, sleep on the plane, and be back at work ten days later to share your photos and stories on Monday morning. For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).

    Activity level: The ‘Tui’ suits people of a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience, particularly if you enjoy a variety of activities. Typically hikes on the ‘Tui’ trip range between two and six hours to complete.


  • Kea New Zealand Family Adventure

    • 13 Days
    • South Island
    • From Adult: US$4599 + tax, Child (15 & under): US$3799 + tax

    4.68 out of 5 (from 242 reviews)

    Kea

    Let us take care of every detail so that you and your family can enjoy exploring New Zealand’s iconic places on a fun outdoorsy adventure. The ‘Kea’ is the perfect opportunity for everyone in the family to try some new activities together while our guides encourage, entertain, serve up delicious meals and ensure you make the most of your precious vacation time. You’ll be amazed how much everyone learns along the way and our guides will have you laughing as much as the kids! For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).

    Activity level: This trip has been designed to be fun and gently challenging for the young, and the young at heart. The pace is flexible and most hikes range between two and four hours to complete. 

    Here's a pretty cool video of what it's like to travel with your family, on an Active Adventures trip.

     


  • Winter Rimu New Zealand Winter Adventure

    • 14 Days
    • South Island
    • US$4599 + tax

    4.64 out of 5 (from 548 reviews)

    Winter Rimu

    May to September is one of the best times to explore New Zealand. Our maritime climate ensures we have relatively mild winters, we’ll almost always have the tracks to ourselves and the snow-capped mountains make an even more dramatic backdrop than in summer – and usually you can get a great deal on flights! Years ago, we adapted our signature Rimu trip to suit the cooler conditions by adding skiing and snowboarding options, along with some of the South Island’s best hikes. This adventure is the perfect excuse to escape the heat!

    Activity level: This is one of our more adventurous trips, but has options to suit a range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically hikes on the ‘Winter Rimu’ range between three and six hours to complete, with a longer more challenging hike on the Copland Track.


  • Kauri Ultimate North Island Adventure

    • 11 Days
    • North Island
    • From US$4699 + tax

    4.38 out of 5 (from 1171 reviews)

    Kauri

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    You'll be amazed by the variety of adventures and stunning scenery as we share the iconic locations and best-kept secrets of the North Island. The perfect addition to any of our South Island trips, the year-round 'Kauri' explores the sub-tropical north, a marine reserve, white sandy beaches, unique volcanic terrain, geothermal areas, Maori culture, an underground cave system and arguably the best mountain day-hike in New Zealand. For a great way to see the rest of New Zealand, combine this trip with any of our South Island trips.

    Activity level: The 'Kauri' suits people of a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically, activities on the 'Kauri' trip range between two and five hours to complete. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike can take a little longer, though there are shorter alternatives available.


  • Weka New Zealand Biking Adventure

    • 14 Days
    • South Island
    • From US$5299 + tax

    4.48 out of 5 (from 297 reviews)

    Weka

    Outpost Magazine Global Travel Guide 2016Our ‘Weka’ trip combines the very best of New Zealand’s cycling and hiking trails into an action-packed two week adventure. We’re keen bikers here at Active, so we wanted to create the ‘dream itinerary’ for fellow biking enthusiasts! We’ve escaped the traffic by crafting a trip that maximises New Zealand's amazing network of gravel cycling trails. There’s plenty of flexibility and freedom if you want to ride a little further or a little less, we’ve got you covered! Our new ‘Weka’ trip will suit both road cyclists and mountain bikers alike.

    Activity level: The ‘Weka’ is an active cycling and hiking trip, so it’s important that you have a base level of biking and hiking fitness. You don’t have to be young or ready to take on the Tour de France (although if you are super fit and raring to go, you won’t be bored), but you should be in the habit of doing at least some riding and be comfortable in the saddle..

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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

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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