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Ellie Bate 

New Zealand Guide 

Where were you born and where did you grow up?
Australia, a small country town in Victoria - please don't hold that against me! I have spent the last 5 years in Queenstown, NZ and love the outdoors lifestyle the kiwis have.

What are your hobbies?
Hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding surfing and road tripping in our campervan.

Do you have any special talents?
No. (We think that Ellie is being a little modest)

What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?
There are too many to choose from but seeing 3 kiwis in the wild on Stewart Island is definitely up there!

What did you do before you became a guide?
I worked in the Active Adventures office and decided it was time for a change - now I get to enjoy the outdoors everyday.

Ellie Bate guide


“She is an excellent driver as well as all her other duties. Seamless! She was always cheerful and attentive to detail. She works hard but still remains upbeat, positive, and professional.”
- Patricia Lynch (Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States), Rimu November 2018

“I could not have asked for a better guide. Ellie was a wealth of knowledge. Her outgoing personality and love for her job made for an amazing and enjoyable trip. I would never been able to experience and get the most out of every place we went to without Ellie and Emma. Ellie’s stories of Māori culture were very informative and entertaining. I would love to go on a trip with Ellie again.”
- Trish Larson (Garland, Texas, United States), Rimu November 2018

“Ellie was very kind and caring. She was helpful to me when I found myself at the back of the line on one of the hikes. She's a keeper!”
- Claire Forsyth (Midlothian, Virginia, United States), Tui February 2016

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 5004 reviews)

    Outstanding Trip!!

    This trip was especially great because of our guides, Ben and Emma. I cannot say enough good things about those two. They were extremely patient, energetic, and very sincere.
    The trip has a wide variety of activities that allowed us to see and experience most of the South Island, keeping us away from the more congested tourist hangouts. I really felt like we saw the true South Island and not just the tourist trap attractions.
    The only reason I have not given it a 5 star rating is because my wife and I are very active and do very challenging trips that most people would never want to take on. It was not a trip of a lifetime for me only because of that. Take "trip of a lifetime" away from the 5 stars and just have excellent and I would mark that. Excellent trip!!!!
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    – Alaska, United States
    Rimu, December 2017
  •   4.70 out of 5 (from 272 reviews)

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 5004 reviews)

    New Zealand is Majestic...Thanks Active Adventures!

    This was my first trip traveling alone and traveling overseas. Active Adventures made this trip amazing and so easy. From initial planning of trip, to the moment of pick up at the airport, until drop off at the end of the adventure all details were taken care of. The guides (Amanda and Joe) were fabulous and the prepared meals were fantastic. New Zealand is truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing your country, can't wait to go back!
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    – Arizona, United States
    Rimu, December 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 5004 reviews)

    Amazing South Island Rimu Trip!!

    The diversity of what we saw and did on the Rimu trip was amazing!! Beautiful mountain and glacier views, our first sea kayak experience, the sub-tropical West Coast rain forests, caving to see glowworms, cycling the Hawea River Trail, and a challenging but very rewarding Angelus Circuit hike. We were fortunate to be with a wonderful group of people - a great team that encouraged each other throughout the trip. Our guides (Dani & Pepper) were outstanding, very positive, and full of energy. We were so impressed with Active Adventures that we will be hiking on their Mont Blanc tour this summer.
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    – Washington, United States
    Rimu, February 2018
  •   4.39 out of 5 (from 1228 reviews)

    Great trip with fun and knowledgable guides. Accommodations and food were great.

    David Brodie Review Image
    – Washington, United States
    Kauri, April 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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