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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

Trip Reviews

  •   4.68 out of 5 (from 244 reviews)

    New Zealand and Kiwis are the Best!

    It would be difficult to overstate how impressed I was with our Active Adventure tour. Mel and Claire were absolutely incredible!! Steve was great too, but he was only with us for the hike up and back from the Aspiring Hut. Plus, he was weighed down by a rock he so generously carried up the hill for Mel.
    Anyway, Mel and Claire made Active Adventures (and New Zealand) look so good! They were EVERYTHING I could hope for: friendly, funny, knowledgeable, professional, hard-working, kind, easy-going, energetic, .... Thank you for one of the best 2-week periods of my entire life!
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    – California, United States
    Kea, January 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4983 reviews)

    Wow! What a trip!

    We had an absolute blast exploring the South Island with two legendary guides, Ken and Elder. Amazing hiking and other activities, great food, and awesome company!
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    – Washington, United States
    Rimu, April 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4983 reviews)

    Best Trip Ever

    You go hiking, exert yourself, see spectacular views, and you think "this is the best day, it can't get better than this." Then you go kayaking, see wildlife, lush rain forest and red tinted water, all with the backdrop of snow capped mountains, and you think "no, this is the best day, it can't get better this. Then you go biking along a teal colored river and through a birch forest with snow capped mountains ringing a suddenly peaceful lake and you think, "okay, THIS is the best day." And then you drive to Milford Sound, gawk in awe at waterfalls tumbling down towering cliffs along the road and you get to the Sound and you kayak with dolphins, and you come to the realization, "this is my New Zealand trip, every day better than the last," so that on your last day when you are lying beneath the stars, staring at the Milky Way and the Southern Cross, you know you've experienced something beyond special.
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    – Colorado, United States
    Rimu, March 2017
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1887 reviews)

    Tui in February

    I combined Kauri with Tui and it was the perfect blend to see both Islands in New Zealand. My Tui experience was terrific. It certainly was an active adventure!
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    – Connecticut, United States
    Tui, March 2017
  •   4.44 out of 5 (from 908 reviews)

    South Island Sampling

    Despite starting the trip with a little rattle and shake (earthquake) the trip was a wonderful experience. We saw so much of the South Island and were able to enjoy the beauty of a sunny day as well as a cloudy one. Greg and Clara were amazing guides and took great care of us.
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    – Georgia, United States
    Manuka, December 2016

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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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