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Maya Ellery

New Zealand Guide

Maya is a South Island 'West Coaster', so most definitely a true local if you happen to have her as your guide as your explore the South Island with us. Having grown up in Greymouth, the wild outdoors of this region has shaped her interests, which include snowboarding, surfing, running and hiking. Like so many of our guides, Maya has spent the last few years travelling and also living abroad, in Australia and London. 

What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?
"I have two.. Spending the night camped on the side of a mountain and waking up to watch the sunrise over an erupting Volcano Fuego in Guatamala. Also hiking the Salkantay Trek in Peru, finishing at Machui Picchu. Both incredible!" 

Do you have a favourite quote?
"Life is the greatest journey you will ever be on." 

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Testimonials

“Maya is so hard working, efficient and patient beyond measure. I would not have made it down from Angelus without her. I will forever be grateful for her encouragement, caring and genuine kindness.”
-Nanci Leigner (Chicago, Illinois, United States), Rimu April 2018

“Maya was a wonderful co-guide. She picked up quickly on our needs (coffee first thing in the morning) and always managed to keep us organized. She too had extensive knowledge and was always keen to give us information on anything and everything. ”
-Nancy Cooper (Oro-Medonte, Ontario, Canada), Rimu February 2018

“Maya is very friendly and encouraging! She is also very well organized and kept things running smoothly. Very good cook, too! We ate well when she was in the kitchen!”
-Evie Jaskoski (Avondale, Arizona, United States), Leo Jaskoski (Avondale, Arizona, United States), Tui October 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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