New Zealand Wildlife Tours

New Zealand as a destination is a great option for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers - you can see dolphins, seals, penguins, kiwi, kea, whales, albatross, sea lions and many other creatures in their natural environment. Our ethos is well known - we pride ourselves on our '100% Pure' approach and attitude. New Zealand's ancient podocarp forests, clear streams and rich oceans provide the ultimate environment for a plethora of bird species, sea mammals, fish and reptiles.

Back in 2006 we ran our first dedicated wildlife tour, called the 'Hoiho'. It was crafted by one of our guides, Lynette Warmington (who now happens to be our client services extraordinaire!) and was launched to immediate praise, named one of the top 25 new trips in the world by National Geographic Adventure magazine. The 'Hoiho' combines opportunities to view wildlife in stunning areas like the Catlins and Kaikoura, with the essential Active ingredients of hiking and kayaking. Over 13 days this tour showcases the best of the South Island from a unique wildlife enthusiast point of view. If you'd like to learn more about the 'Hoiho' or other wildlife tour opportunities in New Zealand, get in touch by filling out the quote form below (or giving us a call).

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You can learn more about New Zealand's curious wildlife on our NZ nature page.

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Hoiho - Till We Meet Again

“Our second trip with Active NZ was awesome! Mike was the 'man with many talents' and never let us down. We saw plenty of wildlife, including Hoiho (yellow-eyed penguins), whales, dolphins, seals, and too many birds to count. Mike was encouraging and showed us that we had the strength to make it to the summits at Mt. Isobel and Ben Lomond. My husband and I even fulfilled an item from our 'bucket list' and Bungy jumped from the Kawarau Bridge. Active NZ knows how to show you the beauty of their country and let you become a 'Kiwi' for a couple weeks. I wish I was still there! ”
Illinois, United States
Guide's Choice: Hoiho, January 2013
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  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16244 reviews)

    A Marvelous Exprerience

    This trip was worth every penny. We had marvelous lodging that we could not have accessed on our own. Our access to trails, parks and activities was all arranged and all we had to worry about was showing up for the experience. We were truly touched by the extent to which our guides went out of their way to respond to our special food needs. I felt truly safe, supported by the experience, training and good will of our guides. I came home stronger and with new confidence that as an elder I can still take on physically challenging experiences and succeed. What a gift that is.
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    – New York, United States
    Kiwi, December 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16244 reviews)

    Tui in February

    I combined Kauri with Tui and it was the perfect blend to see both Islands in New Zealand. My Tui experience was terrific. It certainly was an active adventure!
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    – Connecticut, United States
    Tui, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16244 reviews)

    Kiwi & Active Adventures - Perfect!

    With great anticipation, and admittedly high expectations, Ann and I left New Orleans on Christmas Day to begin our trip to the North Island of New Zealand. We each had long wanted to see this special place! From the moment that Phil and Vanessa picked us up, until the time that Phil and Elder dropped us at the airport for our return flight, we could not have been happier, or more satisfied, with our trip. Phil, Vanessa, and Elder were perfect guides... and hosts. The history and information that Phil shared along the way helped us understand, and therefore appreciate even more, the places we visited and the people we met. We fell in love with the North Island, and its people and history! With Active Adventures having arranged practically everything, and Phil, Vanessa, and Elder taking great care of us along the way (even preparing our last 2 wonderful evening meals), we had nothing to do but rise each morning and enjoy our day! Perfect!
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    – Louisiana, United States
    Kauri, January 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16244 reviews)

    Exceeded all expectations

    Our Rimu trip truly exceeded all expectations. Our Active guides, Rachael and Gary were wonderful guides with so much knowledge to share with us about the New Zealand culture, wildlife, history, and geography that we encountered along the way. This was truly an adventure of a lifetime that my son and I will always treasure.
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    – Michigan, United States
    Rimu, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16244 reviews)

    What an adventure!

    Great adventure with wonderful guides Alex and Tia!
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    – Michigan, United States
    Rimu, January 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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