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Private Travel

Private travel is something that our sales team, and our awesome guides, are very accustomed to. We occasionally find that when we have groups interested in travelling with us, whether that’s a special interest group, a family, or just a group of adventurous friends, they’d rather travel on their own private trip. A private trip means that you’ll be experiencing one of our awesome, carefully constructed itineraries, along with a local guide (or two, dependant on group size) with only the members of your group. If you like the look of one our trips, but think you'd like to make some changes to the itinerary, then check out our Custom Travel Page.

Braemar group jump sunset

Which itineraries can we experience privately?

We currently run eight itineraries here in New Zealand, and we'd be happy to talk about offering any of them to your group for your private trip. You can find comprehensive details of each of our New Zealand itineraries here, or at the bottom of this page. Have a read of them, share them with your group, and if you reckon one of them is perfect for you then give us a shout!

Rimu group at Lake Rotoiti

Who are the intineraries suitable for?

Our guests come in all shapes and sizes, ages, physical ability, and nationality. Our guides are very professional, and are great at quickly learning the abilities and interests of those in a group. That ability allows them to tailor your trip to your group, and ensure everyone gets a level of physical activity they want, as well as lots of information on flora and fauna if that's your thing, or your favourite food at the end of a tough day's activity. Our guides are there to make sure your trip is the trip of a lifetime, check out the meet our guides page to see who you could be sharing your adventures with.

We love hosting families on our adventure trips, we welcome children and teenagers of all ages. Our 'Kea' itinerary is our New Zealand Family Adventure, however families often choose our other itineraries too, so we can make anything work!

the road towards Omarama

What are the benefits of travelling privately?

Traveling privately with us allows you a little more flexibility on your adventure. For example if you’re not keen to go hiking in the rain, and your group all feel the same, it’s really easy for your guides to change up the itinerary to something that’ll keep everyone dry and warm, and still enjoying the best that New Zealand has to offer.

Waving off the aeroplane in Siberia Valley

The kind of guests that we tend to welcome onto our adventures have lots in common. They’re usually outdoorsy folk, who love the fresh air. They also tend to be keen on some level of physical exertion, and that differs for everyone. But as a general rule our guests understand that you have to work for some of the most rewarding views New Zealand has to offer, and so getting off the bus and getting out there into it is a big part of the adventure. Having said that, we can’t always guarantee that you’ll click with everyone on board your adventure, but if you choose to travel privately you can decide who comes along! That way you’re all perfectly comfortable in one another’s company.


Our fleet of Toyota Coaster buses (either a 19 or 20 seater) are a really comfortable way to see all of the more accessible places our trips will take you. If you're a smaller group we also have minibuses. Our buses are all kitted out with drinkable water, a basket of fruit and snack bars, and a comfort kit containing sunscreen, wet wipes, and insect repellent - we'll take care of the little things for you! For most of the hand picked places we love getting you to, you'll have to jump off the bus and lace up those hiking boots, grab your kayak paddle, or pull on your cycling shorts! We promise the destination is always worth the journey.

 Group on the bus

If you’re interested in planning a private trip with your family, or group, then feel free to give us a call and we’ll get into the details.


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Trip Reviews

  4.64 out of 5 (from 556 reviews)

Thank You Active Adventures

Active Adventures' Winter Rimu trip allowed me to experience many things for the first time. Coming from an island of Guam, I was able to see something so different than what I normally see in my backyard. It was my first time to climb up to 1,100 meters. The climb was at Sealy Tarns which overlooked a lake, Mt. Cook village and most especially a fantastic view of Mt. Cook. It was my first time doing an overnight hike as well. We trekked through the scenic landscape towards Mt. Aspiring hut and was rewarded at night with an unspoilt sky of the Southern Hemisphere. It was so clear that we were able to see the Milky Way (another first). We also did a hike up Alex Knobb to get a good view of Franz Glacier and on the way up, we experienced so much elements in one day. We experienced hail and snow (both for the first time) and enjoyed some picturesque views the more higher we climbed.

From the beginning of the trip, Lynette and Miriam were wonderful at helping to book my trip with Active Adventures. During the trip, Mel and Gary were so hospitable and helped make the trip memorable. Mel and Gary understood that we haven't hiked at this capacity or weren't seasoned hikers, yet they remained with us at the back and encouraged us every step of the way. They helped to show the true essence of New Zealand's natural beauty as well as the friendliness and hospitality of Kiwis. This trip has been amazing and thanks to Active Adventures, New Zealand has become my favorite place in the world.

Thank you for the memories and for these experiences. <3
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– GUAM, Guam
Winter Rimu, July 2016
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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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