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Astrid Harrison

New Zealand Guide

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in Timaru and I grew up on a sheep/cattle farm in South Canterbury with my two older brothers. I grew up having many pet lambs and calves every year along with 4 cats at some stage! Think my love for animals and the outdoors came from growing up in this environment and being able to explore on the farm.

What are you hobbies?

My hobbies are hiking and swimming! If there's a beautiful swimming spot ill get in it no matter the temperature or weather. I also love sewing and enjoy up-cycling old clothes into something new!

What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?

My greatest outdoor adventure was walking the Camino De Santiago last summer in Spain. It was an amazing experience were I meet many extraordinary people while getting to see the beautiful diverse countryside of northern Spain.

What did you do before you became a guide?

Lots of different stuff! I was a Massage and Aromatherapist and have worked with the elderly as a dementia caregiver. I have also had experience in hospitality and retail.

Do you have a favourite quote?

"Not all those who wander are lost."

Have you studied beyond school? If so in what?

YesI have a Diploma in Beauty Therapy, specialising in Massage and Aromatherapy.

Astrid Harrison


“She was also sooooo amazing. Loved her too - so fun and easy and helpful always. Great food that were picture perfect. ”
- Colleen Clark (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada), Rimu January 2018

“Astrid absolutely ensures that we had an amazing trip. Not only did she have the most positive. Chillest attitude about everything, but she always made sure thecvan was loaded with everyone’s favorite snacks, she was excellent at reading people and accommodating everyone’s needs. I was so impressed by her amazing attitude and willingness to bend over backwards to accommodate anyone- I certainly could not have done so myself. She cooked us incredible meals and worked magic with the food. She was always on her A-game. Honestly I don’t know when she ever slept. She was always busy taking care of us. Truly, an excellent guide.”
- Tiffany Dawson (Novato, California, United States), Rimu December 2017

“The best host! This girl deserves a medal! Even after a long day she is more than happy to offer cups of tea and make snacks for everyone, always saying to the group to sit down and relax and she'll bring us over everything we need. Always had a smile and joking and laughing. The type of person who can just get on with everyone and very patient when the group started to get tired. ”
- Jen Morse (Queenstown, New Zealand), Rimu November 2017

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 5004 reviews)

    A Fantastic trip

    This is the best way to tour South Island of New Zealand. Enjoy the spectacular views, experience the first hand of back country and meet the physical challenges. With small group of people and two dedicated guides, what else one ask for?
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    – Kansas, United States
    Rimu, January 2017
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1902 reviews)

    Bonzer trip to the South Island

    Thanks to Greg and Mel for a memorable exploration of New Zealand's South Island. Need to come back to enjoy the wonders of this place.
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    – Tennessee, United States
    Tui, March 2017
  •   4.39 out of 5 (from 1228 reviews)

    Joy Project; New Zealand's North Island

    The Tongariro Crossing was the highlight of my visit of the Northern Island. I felt as though we were trekking on another planet.

    Andrew and Claire shared their extensive knowledge of New Zealand’s culture, land, flora and fauna while offering great music on Dick, the bus and fabulous meals!

    I was asked about traveling to New Zealand alone. I explained I was not alone but traveling with twelve friends I had not met yet. This turned out to be factual.
    Lynn Marie
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    – Michigan, United States
    Kauri, August 2016
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1902 reviews)

    Tui Adventure

    This trip was all I had hoped for and then some. I expected beautiful scenery and exciting activities, but I did not expect the personal touch from our guides. One of the group members mentioned chips and salsa... that night we had chips and salsa to go with our appetizers. They knew I love birds, so I was introduced to every bird possible - along with descriptions of the birds’ personalities and habits. There seemed to be no end to Dani and Emma’s knowledge about New Zealand and that made a huge impact on our trip! We all felt like family by the end of the week, and for a person traveling alone, that is a wonderful gift!
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    – Texas, United States
    Tui, March 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 5004 reviews)

    Perfect Trip for anyone who loves Nature!

    If you enjoy being outdoors and like to challenge yourself this trip is for you. I wasn't an avid hiker before signing up for the Rimu trip but after reading the itinerary I knew I couldn't pass up this amazing opportunity. You never know what you are capable of until you try and that is how I feel after climbing up to the Angelus Hut and hiking to Mueller ridge. I had never climbed a mountain before (since there are no mountains where I live) but the views are more than worth the climb.
    This trip is the best way to see all that the South Island has to offer, it is the perfect balance between adventure, relaxation, self-exploration, and cultural immersion. Anyone can go to New Zealand and rent a car and go hiking, biking, and Kayaking; however, they will miss out on the best parts of traveling to a new place and that is the knowledge and culture that only someone who lives there would know. The guides (Tory and Vanessa) were awesome! Tory is an amazing cook, and Ness was great at making jokes and keeping the atmosphere cheery during the longer drives. I loved listening to the guides tell us about the Maori people and the local legends or folklore. I actually thought Ness was lying to me when she would tell me that the views get better after being left speechless by the scenery, but every day was better than the previous!
    I have to mention the FOOD!!! The food alone is enough for me to sign up for this trip again. When I travel I don’t always know what the local food is or would be but with this trip the guides cook you all sorts of local food and all the food is fresh and delicious. If you don’t like something they will make sure to accommodate you.
    Ness and Tory made you feel like this was a trip among friends and family, not strangers. I will come back to New Zealand again!
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    – Wisconsin, United States
    Rimu, May 2017



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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