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Tess Opie

New Zealand Guide

Tess is a South Island girl, raised on a farm near a small rural town called Dunsandel, near Christchurch. She studied Physical Education at Otago University and then went onto a career as a personal trainer, before finding her true calling as an outdoor adventure guide (we're pleased she did)!

Given her background, it's not surprising that Tess is into swimming, tennis, netball, running, water skiing and snow skiing. And of course, travel. If she had to pin point one, her greatest outdoor adventure to date would be Canadian Canoeing down the Clutha River - from source to sea. What an awesome experience! 

 Favourite quote? "It's not about the destination, it's about the journey"

Tess Opie


“ She was over-the-top wonderful. I am amazed at how she was able to prepare our meals, carrier food, nurture the sick, and still always have a smile on her face. It makes me smile just to remember her. Very fun loving and positive member of your team. She is an asset to the organization. ”
- Karen Koelsch (Rochester, Minnesota, United States), Rimu January 2018

“Tess was not only fun, but an exceptional cook. I really enjoyed learning about farm life from her. Really fun to be on a hike with her.They made a great team.”
- James Costello (Port Townsend, Washington, United States), Beautiful South December 2017

“Tess was such an angel! She was so down-to-earth. She was welcoming, catered to everybody's needs. She was willing to take us on Ben Lomond on our free-day in Queenstown which a few of us appreciated beyond words!! She is super hard-working and never let us lift a finger! Tess is a super talented chef and as a vegetarian I never ever got hungry or wasn't without my fruit and vegetables!! ”
- Sai Siritharan (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), Tui November 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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