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Clara Gyllensten

New Zealand Guide

Clara was born and raised on the South West coast of Sweden, on a small island called Bohus-Björkö and speaks fluent English and Swedish. She spends her free time hiking, camping, enjoying bonfires on a beach, riding mountain bike parks, surfing and sailing.

What has been your greatest outdoor adventure to date? – “I was born terribly curious of this world so I started traveling and exploring as soon as I could. After a bit of Globetrotting I stumbled upon New Zealand and my jaw dropped to the ground. It's just epic, I tried to leave but it didn't work, so now I am a very proud permanent resident. My passion for hiking I found when I came to New Zealand five years ago and started climbing volcanoes on the north island. The feeling when you get to the summit is just unbeatable. One of my favourite New Zealand adventures is most definitely the Tongariro crossing, it's such a mysterious and magical place to explore.”

Favourite quote? – "Don't rush through now to get to later"

Clara Gyllensten


“Clara was always smiling and supportive. If we said we liked a certain type of food (ie. salty vs sweet), inevitably some kind of salty treat was offered the very next day. She was very attentive in ensuring that the group didn't get separated if someone lagged behind and was always patient....we take photos....lots of photos! Her big strength on our trip was her skill with providing delicious and varied picnic lunches, lovely and diverse meals as well as always having healthy snack choices available. Also, if we asked her a question and she didn't have the answer, she researched it and gave us an answer as soon as possible thereafter. She too is an 8 out of 7 in her role.”
- Joe Horler (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), Diana Horler (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), Pristine New Zealand January 2018

“Also absolutely perfect. Professional, organized, knowledgeable, super servie oriented all wrapped up in fun and laughter. I could not have asked for better guides and I have had many guided trips. These guys are the best and you are lucky to have them represent your company.”
- Bob Hill (St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada), Manuka January 2017

“Caring, kind, great cook. So good that our 20-something daughter was afraid we would dump her and adopt Clara (Ha).”
- Mark Kiszla (Denver, Colorado, United States), Tui April 2016

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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