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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

  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1888 reviews)

    Exceeding expectations and more!

    We had been planning this trip for about a year and I had been dreaming about this trip for about 7 years, therefore the expectations were high. Active Adventures did an excellent job and our guides Kuru and Liana made this a trip of a lifetime. The most amazing part is that they always were one step ahead of planning the next meal, hike, bike or even maneuvering around the NZ wild weather. All the planning ahead and adjusting on the fly would normally turn a trip to be very stressful but we were able to sit back and relax (not literally because it was very active) and truly enjoy the beautiful landscape and everything NZ had to offer. Truly the trip of a lifetime!
    Ryan Hussey Review Image
    – New Hampshire, United States
    Tui, December 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4984 reviews)

    Rimu Trip - Should be #1 on Your Bucket List

    First of all, the guides were "hands-down" the "BEST EVER"!!! They made this trip extra special. Katie C and Lauren were always looking out for our best interest. They were great at engaging each of us in the group, they took the time to get to know each one of us, they made sure they included groceries that you liked and more. They were fun, energetic and full of happiness! They worked very hard and feed us very well. The food was amazing!!! A big THANK YOU to both of you beautiful young women! Thank you active adventures for hiring fun and inspiring women!
    Vicki Igou Review Image
    – California, United States
    Rimu, December 2017
  •   4.38 out of 5 (from 1211 reviews)

    An Outstanding Time!

    The north island deserves more notice than it gets in the press. A different world than the south island, well worth any time you can give it.
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    – Tennessee, United States
    Kauri, April 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4984 reviews)

    The Best Way to Spend my 30th Birthday!

    Going to New Zealand has been at the very top of my bucket list for quite a long time and I finally decided to scratch it off when I turned 30. Active Adventures was, from the beginning, the only tour group I would consider travelling with. They were the only group that not only had everything I wanted to do in New Zealand, but also had the highest level of professionalism and ratings that made me trust them.
    From the moment they picked us up at the airport I was certain I’d judged them correctly. Tess was simply an amazing tour guide (we called her mum because that’s exactly how we felt about her) not only was she fun, she took care of us, fed us, and kept us organized. Andy supplemented the tour with such interesting history and facts that I felt like I was on a school trip (in a good way!).
    All in all it was an amazing vacation, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it!
    Thank you Active Adventures for making my 30th the year to remember!
    Dani Felton Review Image
    – Florida, United States
    Rimu, November 2017
  •   4.44 out of 5 (from 908 reviews)

    An Amazing Experience!

    I loved this trip!! We had a great group of 13, with two guides who were professional, flexible, knowledgeable and just as kind as could be. Every aspect of the trip was developed and planned to maximize our time and enjoyment!! The countryside is so beautiful it takes your breath away!! I highly recommend this trip!!
    Ellen Scopa Review Image
    – Massachusetts, United States
    Manuka, April 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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