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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

Testimonials

“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

Trip Reviews

  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1902 reviews)

    Tui Trip Nov 2017

    My husband and I, along with two other friends, went on the 8 day Tui Trip in November of 2017. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. We spent additional time in NZ on our own, but the Tui Trip was the hands down highlight. This type of trip was our of our usual wheelhouse, typically preferring city based trips, but this may have changed our outlook forever! The day hike in Siberia Valley and night spent under the stars was a personal favorite. Ben and Liana were incredible guides. They made us feel at home immediately, and kept it fun and casual throughout. Our group was the perfect size. By the end of 8 days, it felt like we were leaving a new family behind. I would recommend this trip to anyone and everyone and would do it again in a heart beat!
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    – Pennsylvania, United States
    Tui, December 2017
  •   4.44 out of 5 (from 919 reviews)

    Wonderful Manuka Trip With Active Adventures, New Zealand

    Hi, I'm back home in the USA after my Manuka adventure with Active Adventures, New Zealand. I would like to compliment everyone in your company that I came in contact with....from my initial contact with Fiona to my pre-trip emails with Lynette everything was handled with complete professionalism. This was my first adventure with your company but I'm pretty sure that it will not be my last.
    Everything during the trip went forward in a very efficient manner. I was amazed at the energy level and efficiency of our guides Amanda and Holly. The amount of work that they were able to accomplish during the course of a day, their energy levels and very positive attitudes made the trip enjoyable for all of us clients. Also, their knowledge of their country and their willingness to share made the trip even more enjoyable for me.
    Again, thank you to all and especially to Amanda and Holly....I really enjoyed my first visit to New Zealand.
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    – Arizona, United States
    Manuka, April 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 5004 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.
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    – Kansas, United States
    Rimu, January 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 5004 reviews)

    Amazing Adventure!

    Absolutely the BEST way to experience all the amazing things that New Zealand has to offer! This trip lived up to it's name and truly was an Active Adventure - we hiked, biked and kayaked across the gorgeous South Island.
    Skip the massive tour buses and join Active Adventures to go beyond the major tourist routes!
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    – California, United States
    Rimu, December 2017
  •   4.70 out of 5 (from 272 reviews)

    Kiwi

    We had a great time. New Zealand is beautiful and our tour guides, Koru and Jess, showed it to us to perfection. Great hikes, terrific food, wonderful companions and ideal locations.
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    – Colorado, United States
    Kiwi, March 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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