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Special Events

New Zealand is well known as a sporting nation, in the traditional sense with sports like cricket, rugby and soccer, but also in terms of individual pursuits, like sailing, surfing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and multi-sport adventure racing (to name a few). Many kiwis grow up with the mountains, rivers and forests at their doorstep, so these activities are second nature and as they grow in popularity globally - take paddle boarding as a recent example - New Zealand's appeal grows. Athletes from around the world regularly visit our shores to compete in international racing events such as the Auckland Triathlon, the Kathmandu Coast to Coast and GODZone. 

New Zealand is also renowned for producing fantastic wine and wholesome, locally produced food, and now many regions throughout New Zealand offer a unique event to showcase their produce, such as the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration, the Bluff Oyster Festival and the Whitianga Scallop Festival. 

If you're visiting New Zealand to take part in, or experience an event and you'd like to do some exploring 'Active-style', get in touch with us and we'll help you to choose a trip that fits your dates and event location. 

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New Zealand Events Calendar

Event Date
World Buskers Festival, Christchurch January 16th – 26th
Challenge Wanaka Triathlon, Wanaka January 18th
Ironman Triathlon, Auckland January 19th
Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration January 30th – February 1st
Auckland Rugby Leauge Nines January 30th - February 1st
Rippon Music Festival February 1st
Rugby Sevens, Wellington February 7th – 8th
Marlborough Wine & Food Festival February 8th
Kathmandu Coast to Coast February 14th – 15th
Art Deco Weekend, Napier February 20th – February 23rd
Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon February 22nd
New Zealand Golf Open, Queenstown February 27th – March 2nd
GODZone Adventure Race February 28th - March 7th
Motatapu Racing Event March 4th
Pacifika Festival March 8th – March 9th
Hokitika Wildfoods Festival March 14th
Gibston Wine & Food Festival March 15th
Queenstown Bike Festival March 22nd – April 1st
Balloons over Waikato, Hamilton March 26h – March 30th
M2C Multisport Race: Turoa – Whanganui April 4th – April 6th
Warbirds Over Wanaka Air Show April 18th – 20th
Arrowtown Autumn Festival April 25th – May 3rd
New Zealand International Comedy Festival April 24th – 18th May
Bluff Oyster Festival May 23rd
New Zealand Music Month May
Queenstown Winter Festival June 20th – 29th
Restaurant Month – Auckland August
Scallop Festival, Whitianga September 6th 
World Of Wearable Arts, Wellington September 25th – October 12th
Auckland Marathon November 2nd
New Zealand Conservation Week November 1st – 9th
Queenstown Marathon November 22nd
Rhythm and Vines Music Festival December 28th – December 30th
Rhythm and Alps Music Festival December 30th - 31st

- Dates are approximate and may change slightly year to year.

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Trip Reviews

  4.53 out of 5 (from 4912 reviews)

Perfect Trip for anyone who loves Nature!

If you enjoy being outdoors and like to challenge yourself this trip is for you. I wasn't an avid hiker before signing up for the Rimu trip but after reading the itinerary I knew I couldn't pass up this amazing opportunity. You never know what you are capable of until you try and that is how I feel after climbing up to the Angelus Hut and hiking to Mueller ridge. I had never climbed a mountain before (since there are no mountains where I live) but the views are more than worth the climb.
This trip is the best way to see all that the South Island has to offer, it is the perfect balance between adventure, relaxation, self-exploration, and cultural immersion. Anyone can go to New Zealand and rent a car and go hiking, biking, and Kayaking; however, they will miss out on the best parts of traveling to a new place and that is the knowledge and culture that only someone who lives there would know. The guides (Tory and Vanessa) were awesome! Tory is an amazing cook, and Ness was great at making jokes and keeping the atmosphere cheery during the longer drives. I loved listening to the guides tell us about the Maori people and the local legends or folklore. I actually thought Ness was lying to me when she would tell me that the views get better after being left speechless by the scenery, but every day was better than the previous!
I have to mention the FOOD!!! The food alone is enough for me to sign up for this trip again. When I travel I don’t always know what the local food is or would be but with this trip the guides cook you all sorts of local food and all the food is fresh and delicious. If you don’t like something they will make sure to accommodate you.
Ness and Tory made you feel like this was a trip among friends and family, not strangers. I will come back to New Zealand again!
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– Wisconsin, United States
Rimu, May 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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