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Our hiking trips and adventure vacations take place in some of the most dramatically beautiful and interesting places on the planet. From the proud peaks of Patagonia, the European Alps, the Himalayas and New Zealand to the strange and wonderful world of the Galapagos Islands, the volcanoes and jungles of Ecuador to the colours and culture of Peru – join us for the trip of a lifetime.

South America

Galapagos Islands & Ecuador

South America.jpgThe Galapagos Islands, otherwise known as the Enchanted Isles, are a fascinating place where swimming with seals and tropical fish in the same area is a common occurrence - it's the mixture of warm and cold currents here that create such a rich environment for the wildlife to enjoy. You'll find yourself meeting giant tortoises and learning a great deal about Darwin's theory of evolution as this is where his theories came from. You'll go home with a lifetime of memories. The Galapagos Islands are located 800 kilometres (500 miles) off the coast of Ecuador, often described as a mini-South America due to the fact it is packed with variety, with its volcanos, waterfalls and lush jungle.

Peru

Hiking in Peru is a truly exciting experience, especially on the old Inca routes where the anticipation builds as you make your way through the mountains ever closer to the moment you discover Machu Picchu. This fascinating historical site seemingly comes out of nowhere and you'll ponder with wonder how on earth it was ever uncovered at all. Peru is also home to the stunning city of Cuzco, where cathedrals surround ancient cobbled spares and boutique shops and market stalls line the streets. You can lose yourself for hours in the winding backstreets and spend your day haggling over colourful cloths, shoes and brightly coloured clothing. Your exploring could take you down south to the Amazon jungle where a bounty of treasures awaits - sloths in the trees, night hikes to spot stick insects that are usually only spotted by the finely tuned eyes of your specialist guide, and boat rides out at dusk to watch out for the sneaky cayman. Travelling on to Lake Titicaca to kayak on the highest lake in the world and visit the island people that call it home is an absolute must.

Patagonia (Chile & Argentina)

The mindblowing scenery of Patagonia with its dark granite peaks towering in the sky, icy blue glaciers and wonderful friendly people make it a perfect place to visit. Hiking the W-trek is a challenging yet rewarding experience as incredible views greet you around every corner and sociable refugios with cosy beds wait for you each night. Taking some time to gaze up at the stars on nightfall will provide you with a real treat as you ponder what lies beyond and take in the clear view of the stars in a part of the world where there is very little light pollution.

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Europe

Europe.jpgOur Europe adventure tours are unique, packed with activities and led by local guides who are the best in the business, hands down. Join us in the most dramatic parts of Italy, France and Switzerland to experience their rich culture, history and cuisine.

If you're keen to hike the Mont Blanc circuit, experience the charm of the Italian lakes District actively, or get into the back country grandeur of the Italian Dolomites, then we'll take you there on an authentic, active tour that digs a little deeper than other adventure tours in Europe. We mix cultural exploration with our signature blend of hiking, sea kayaking and biking to get to the heart of Europe's most spectacular scenery.

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Himalayas

Himalayas.jpgGrandeur is a word that almost understates the Nepalese Himalayas. The mountains here are on quite a different scale to anywhere else – these are the true skyscrapers. Nepal rises from virtually sea level at its southern border to 8,848 m (29,029 ft) at the top of Mt. Everest and showcases extraordinary diversity in terms of greenery and wildlife. Here, ancient trade routes will take you deep into the Himalayas, past villages and farms, where you'll stare in wonder up at the world's highest mountains.

Trekking in the Himalayas brings with it dramatic cultures and landscapes in equal measure. Travellers to Nepal are welcomed by the cheerful, open and warm nature of the Nepali people, who are an eclectic mix of 103 ethnic and religious groups ranging from the Buddhist and Sherpa to Tamang and various Hindu castes. There are over 90 languages spoken in Nepal, so to get beneath the surface, a knowledgeable guiding team by your side will make your stay in Nepal's villages a fantastic experience.

Big mountains and an exotic culture mean that trekking in the Himalayas comes with challenges and personal achievement, as well as more than its share of stunning sights. People journey here to test themselves on two of the most iconic treks around, to Everest Base Camp and the sublime Annapurna Sanctuary. Whichever you choose, our seasoned Kiwi trip leaders, alongside our team of knowledgeable local guides and porters, will be there with you every step of the way to inspire, navigate, teach you the local language, interpret the environment, and share the culture with you. Kiwis are amongst the most respected westerners in Nepal, thanks to Sir Edmund Hillary, who is famous for being the first to successfully summit Mt. Everest, but is better known locally for his lifelong dedication to charity work in Nepal.

Whether this is your first trekking trip or you're an old hand, be ready for the Himalayas to inspire you.

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Trip Reviews

  4.53 out of 5 (from 4912 reviews)

Trip of a Lifetime!

I am still basking in the glow from this remarkable trip! I admit that I was a bit nervous at first as I was the oldest person in our group and not as fit (for hiking) as some in the group, so I worried about 'keeping up' on the hikes - especially the steeper climbs. Ben and Lauren were very reassuring and encouraging and I felt that I was able to 'hold my own'. In fact, while the hiking was probably the most challenging I've done in at least 7 years, it was the most rewarding/exhilarating part for me. I loved our group - a very positive, health-conscious and fun group of people from all walks of life. It was also wonderful that we were only 12 people - it helped to create a much more intimate and personal atmosphere. I felt we bonded together well - again, thanks to Ben and Lauren's great skills with ice-breaking, fun games, and ability to set and maintain a positive atmosphere from the beginning.
From the moment we set off from the airport to the emotional farewells back at the airport at the end of the trip, this was a top notch adventure. Our transportation was comfortable, our accommodations were always different and unique and very comfortable - I loved that they weren't all in your standard hotel and that some of them were really off the beaten track. The food was amazing - from the snack basket in the van, loaded fresh every day with fruit and other snacks, to the amazing meals that Lauren and Ben created and the breakfasts and dinners that we had at various restaurants - there was a lot of variety, special dietary considerations were accounted for and there was lots of it!
I did the kayak option and it was outstanding. The B&B and our hosts were wonderful (the hot tub at the end of the day was most appealing!) and our kayak guide, Nick was terrific - very accommodating, skilled and he made it all very interesting and fun!
I cannot say enough about our incredible guides - Ben and Lauren - they truly moved the bar for me from a great trip to one that will go down in history for me as the trip of a lifetime. They were so knowledgeable about the island - I loved listening to the legends/folklore and learning more about the vegetation, birds, etc. Ben was a terrific driver - I always felt safe. Lauren was terrific with her cooking and meal presentations - meals looked fantastic and tasted even better! Both Ben and Lauren added those special touches from decorating the bus for the Christmas season, organizing our Secret Santa, making a fantastic Christmas morning breakfast, complete with Christmas crackers and special hats, managing extra logistics like re-booking the paragliding for us, setting up the helicopter tour, taking the time and effort to help reconnect people with items they had left behind either in our accommodations or on a hike/kayak. They even had the perfect music for when we went through the Homer Tunnel and down into Milford Sound - the combination of the music and the scenery was so moving it had several of us in tears! They really ensured that they got to know each person and took a genuine interest in each person. Their positive energy and enthusiasm was infectious. They took kindness and customer service to a new level! The scenery was breathtaking everywhere we went. It would be hard for me to say what the favourite part was or favourite view as the South Island is simply spectacular. I felt that the trip was organized in such a way that I really got a good feel and appreciation for the South Island. Truly New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places (both 'inside and out') that I have ever visited (and I've visited over 20 other countries around the world). I really loved the more laid-back way of life and the local people we met were so welcoming and kind. I would love to come back again and see the North Island but also re-visit the South Island!
I highly recommend this trip and have already suggested it to a number of my friends. It really was transformational for me on so many levels! My heartfelt thanks to Ben and Lauren and everyone at Active Adventures!
Sue Hazell Review Image
– Ontario, Canada
Rimu, January 2018
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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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