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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

  •   4.64 out of 5 (from 565 reviews)

    Amazing Adventure!

    I just got home from the Winter Rimu trip throughout South Island of New Zealand. To say it was simply "amazing" does not accurately describe the trip. The views, adventures, service and guides were extraordinary. The trip was worth every penny. Even when snowstorms came or other inclement weather hit, there was always a backup plan that allowed us to keep experiencing the awesome culture, people, mountains, lakes and glaciers of New Zealand. I was very impressed with Active Adventures and can not wait to plan my next trip through Active Adventures!
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    – Tennessee, United States
    Winter Rimu, August 2016
  •   4.48 out of 5 (from 297 reviews)

    Weka---- Best day ever--14 days running

    Capable, energetic and enthusiastic guides, great fun, exciting cycling. Exceptional vistas that took our breath away, sparking waterfalls, pristine mountains and streams, Variety of cycling from road to single track with some fun stream crossings. Guides prepared delicious meals with presentation worthy of a top end restaurant. Best Day Ever
    best trip we ever had.
    Ben Thorlakson Review Image
    – Alberta, Canada
    Weka 13-day, January 2017
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1887 reviews)

    Birthday we'll never forget

    We expected a great trip with where we were going, BUT Active Adventures guides (Michele and Rachael) made it that much more special. Their knowledge, expertise and storytelling abilities made it fun and engaging. Accommodations were better than anticipated, they were great.
    An absolute must for those thinking about this type of a trip.
    Liz Clapp Review Image
    – California, United States
    Tui, February 2017
  •   4.48 out of 5 (from 297 reviews)

    Wonderful Adventure around the South Island

    We do a lot of travelling and this was one of the best trips we have ever done. the guides - Elder and Nick - are top notch. Their attention to detail, sense of humour and advanced cooking skills made the trip. The weather made it a bit of a challenge, particularly on the west (wet) coast, but they kept our spirits up and all of us safe and sound. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who wishes to see and experience the most of what the South Island has to offer. In slightly less than 2 weeks. If you are mentally prepared for some coolish, wet weather, so much the better. This was an active trip, with many options for additional cycling and hiking, which we took advantage of - which made it all the better. Fitness helped a lot. A must do.
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    – Ontario, Canada
    Weka 13-day, February 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4982 reviews)

    Outstanding Trip!!

    This trip was especially great because of our guides, Ben and Emma. I cannot say enough good things about those two. They were extremely patient, energetic, and very sincere.
    The trip has a wide variety of activities that allowed us to see and experience most of the South Island, keeping us away from the more congested tourist hangouts. I really felt like we saw the true South Island and not just the tourist trap attractions.
    The only reason I have not given it a 5 star rating is because my wife and I are very active and do very challenging trips that most people would never want to take on. It was not a trip of a lifetime for me only because of that. Take "trip of a lifetime" away from the 5 stars and just have excellent and I would mark that. Excellent trip!!!!
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    – Alaska, United States
    Rimu, December 2017

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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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