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Victoria Stephens

New Zealand Guide

Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Lincoln, spent the first ten years of my life in Twizel - Town of Trees. And my teen years in Geraldine - Town of Barker's Jam!

In my spare time I love to spend time with family and friends, staying fit at the gym and I dabble in drawing, painting and wall art. However my main hobby is to travel, my goal is to visit the four corners of the Earth and immerse myself in as many different cultures as I can.

What’s been your greatest outdoor adventure to date?
I thoroughly enjoyed hiking Volcan Acatenango in Guatemala last April. Watching ash and lava spill from the active Volcano. We slept under the stars, and summited at 4am up loose shale to capture the magnificent sunrise over the entire valley.

Do you have a favourite quote that you live by?
"Not all those who wander are lost"

Have you studied beyond school? If so in what field?
I graduated with a Degree in Architecture from Vic Uni in Wellington. However, after spending my last trimester studying in Nepal, the idea of travel really captured me so I worked in Hospitality and Hotel Management around the world before securing my job with Active.


  • “Tory's love of taking care of people by feeding them well was clear from the very beginning, but beyond that, she created a great sense of community, both around the table and on the bus, taking time to talk with all of us. I was always amazed at her energy, ready with our favorite morning drink when we were barely awake, and cheerfully putting together delicious meals after completing the same full day as the rest of us. She was mindful in making everyone feel at home.”
    Carl Hess (Los Altos, California, United States) Rimu Jan 9 2017
  • “Tory was great, very funny and definitely made sure we had an awesome trip. Fantastic cook!”
    Kerry Dwyer (Jersey City, New Jersey, United States) Tui Feb 5 2017
  • “Tory was great, always friendly and doing her best to meet the needs/demands of all the guests!”
    Tamara Higgins (Avon, Colorado, United States) Rimu Feb 13 2017

Trip Reviews

  4.52 out of 5 (from 4872 reviews)

Best trip I have ever taken

There are many layers to this trip
1. The Group - It was really fun being in a group, and our group was really fun! Sometimes I hung out with people in my family, sometimes I hung out with someone else in the group. This variety and freedom was very enjoyable.
2. The Guides - Koru and Ash were sooo great. Koru is a polished, learned and experienced leader. Ash is a fabulous cook, so much fun, and cared about each of us on the trip.
3. The Country - Stunning! We covered so much of the South Island that we were able to see many sides of it's weather and terrain. Really great route.
4. Activities - It was great sharing a physical activity with others, something I know brings people together. Hiking was great. At the end of a long hike was a fabulous surprise, like a glacial lake with ice burgs, or a beautiful high-mountain vista, or a glo-worm tunnel. Biking was super fun, and I wish there had been one more day of it. In hind site I personally would have selected the biking 3day excursion. The kayaking was great. Heavy chop or glassy lakes, we kayaked in it.
5. Accommodations - These were just great. As nice as it can be being out in the countryside. I loved how we all ate together every meal.
5. Pace - I thought the trip was very well planned. Just when we needed a break in the beginning from jet lag, and our trip activities, a two day respite was there in Queenstown where we could recharge. I recharged and my family bungy jumped! Also, activities were structured so that the not so keen could bail out at a stopping point.
Ginny Nayden Review Image
– Maryland, United States
Rimu, January 2017
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Why travel with Active Adventures?

Legendary Kiwi Hospitality

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.

Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

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.

Everything is Included

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.

A Sense of Achievement

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.

Small Groups

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.

Diverse Experiences

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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