Kelsey Meyer

New Zealand Guide 

Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in beautiful Fairbanks, Alaska. After high school, I moved quite a few times and lived in Hawaii, Maryland, and Colorado. I have finally found home in New Zealand at the bottom of the South Island!

What are your hobbies?
Anything outdoors! Day and multi-day hiking adventures and snowboarding are my favorites! I also love traveling and experiencing different cultures.

What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?
Rafting in remote Alaska! My parents would take me on a two week river trip every year until I was about 14. I loved being in remote regions of Alaska where you could only see bears and moose, it was always an adventure!

What did you do before you became a guide?
I got my bachelors degree in Nursing and worked as an emergency room nurse for 7 years. I loved the fast-paced and critical thinking environment. I worked in various emergency departments from an inner-city hospital in Baltimore to smaller hospitals in Colorado and Alaska. I took a break from ER nursing when I moved to New Zealand full-time and when I started my Masters in Global Health degree.

Do you have a favourite quote?
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. - Dalai Lama

Describe a life experience that has shaped you today?
One life experience that has shaped my thinking and led me to pursuing a Masters in Global Health was flying into Nepal 3 days post the 2015 earthquake. I spent time in the villages of Active Adventures' Nepali guides and helped distribute emergency supplies and build temporary shelters. I have traveled back to Nepal multiple times since then, it is truly a magical place!

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Testimonials 

“Kelsey was fantastic. Her and Claire together are a great duo. She also went above and beyond to make sure we were having a good time, and you could tell the two of them were having so much fun. She is also a great asset to your team :) ”
- Tessa Humphries (victoria, British Columbia, Canada), Tui October 2018

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16240 reviews)

    Best Guides ever!!!

    We didn't have the best weather on this trip, but Nick and Elder were able to bring out the best in all of us. Their energy was boundless, their cooking was superb, and their humor and good natures made every day a pleasure.
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    – New Mexico, United States
    Weka 13-day, January 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16240 reviews)

    No regrets! Accomplish the impossible!

    I can't begin to describe my Rimu experience, from the amazing guides, Ken and Elder, to my fellow travelers and the detail that Active Adventures puts into everything we did. I was able to scale and climb those mountains and ridges that I laughed off as impossible, see the most amazing untouched scenery, completely decompress and completely check out from my daily life. If you want to see the south island the way it was meant to be seen, you're open to being active everyday with the conveniences for yourself taken care of, take this trip!
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    – California, United States
    Rimu, January 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16240 reviews)

    Outstanding Adventure Vacation

    Our Active Adventures trip was outstanding! The entire process was a tremendous experience. Staff were responsive and friendly during the "sign up" phase. Our guides Jordie and Holly are two of the finest professional, friendly and knowledgeable guides we've had the pleasure to work with. Shout out for both of these wonderful people! They did a marvelous job managing group dynamics to ensure everyone was motivated and individual needs were met. Well trained and both have mastered the skillful art of quality customer service. Keep up the good work!
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    – Texas, United States
    Tui, July 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16240 reviews)

    A Great Eight Days

    My wife, Shanen, and I had a goal of running a marathon on all seven continents and our seventh took place on March 18, in Rotorua, NZ. So two days after completing our goal, we returned to Christchurch and met up with our guides, Hillary and Dan, along with our fellow travelers. As good fortune would have it we all clicked as a group and off we went.

    For the remainder of our journey it was clear that both Hillary and Dan took great joy in what they do. Furthermore, and of great importance to us, they ensured meals had met our vegetarian and vegan needs. We were never made to feel our dietary needs were inconvenient to them and they were handled in such a way that all of us were able to enjoy our group meals.

    The actual adventure was well planned out and the expectations of each day were always explained. Our group was one that started together, made sure all finished and enjoyed the adventure.

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    – Arizona, United States
    Tui, April 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16240 reviews)

    Virgin Active Adventurist-When can I do it again?!

    Fabulous trip! Not having to drive, research stops, plan activities, arrange accommodations and decide what to eat made this so relaxing, letting us enjoy every minute of every activity and even the down time! I can't wait to sign up for another trip!
    Karen Basil Review Image
    – Minnesota, United States
    Tui, March 2017

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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.

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