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Ultimate North Island Adventure


4.38 out of 5 (from 1182 reviews)

  • 11 Days - From US$4899 + tax
  • 5 Days - From US$2999 + tax

Trip Introduction

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You'll be amazed by the variety of adventures and stunning scenery as we share the iconic locations and best-kept secrets of the North Island. The perfect addition to any of our South Island trips, the year-round 'Kauri' explores the sub-tropical north, a marine reserve, white sandy beaches, unique volcanic terrain, geothermal areas, Maori culture, an underground cave system and arguably the best mountain day-hike in New Zealand. For a great way to see the rest of New Zealand, combine this trip with any of our South Island trips.

Activity level: The 'Kauri' suits people of a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically, activities on the 'Kauri' trip range between two and five hours to complete. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike can take a little longer, though there are shorter alternatives available.


Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mt Te Aroha
Explore volcanoes and coastline, kauri forests and sand dunes
Alongside Rotorua's lakes
Coastal tracks to pristine beaches

Whakarewarewa Forest

Cruise and snorkel, kayak or dive Poor Knights Islands
Maori culture
Waitomo Caves

What's included in our NZ trips?

  • All guiding services
    - Two experienced guides per trip. In New Zealand you'll have a lead guide and a co guide.
  • All accommodations
    - A range of hotels, lodges, chalets, inns, sheep stations and backcountry huts, depending on which trip you choose.
  • All meals
    - Breakfast, lunch and dinner on all days, except where indicated on the itinerary (usually 1 day per trip is a free day, allowing you to choose your own dining location).
  • All activities
    - Hiking, kayaking, biking, rafting, scenic flights, jet boating and more!
  • All transport
    - Airport transfers.
    - When you're not travelling under your own steam, they'll be comfortable air-conditioned vans to stretch your legs.
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Day 1 — Arrive, journey north, Waipoua Forest and Footprints tour

If you leave the northern hemisphere on a Sunday evening, you'll arrive into Auckland early on Tuesday morning where we'll meet you. You'll lose a day to the dateline, but you get it back on the way home! Leaving the city behind us, we'll follow the road along the banks of the Wairoa River and head north to Waipoua Forest, where we'll stretch our legs, greeted by native birdlife as we pass beneath huge kauri trees. We'll then continue through to the west coast settlement of Opononi, a harbour town made famous in the mid-1950s by the tame dolphin, Opo, who used to let children ride on his back. Later, after dinner we'll head back out into the Waipoua Forest for a twilight walk, where we'll be joined by local Maori guides. It's a memorable and spiritual experience to witness the greeting of these colossal trees with a spine-tingling waiata (sacred chant). We'll also visit Tane Mahuta (meaning Lord of the Forest), New Zealand's largest known living kauri tree. At a height of 51.2 metres (168 feet), and with a trunk girth of 13.7 metres (45 feet), this silent giant, with ancient limbs, seems to grasp at the stars.
Copthorne Hokianga, Hokianga Harbour (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2 — Te Pouahi Reserve, hike Puketi Forest, Bay of Islands

After breakfast, we’ll board a water taxi to the other side of the Hokianga Harbour to walk the sand dunes at Te Pouahi Reserve. We’ll take some sandboards along too, for those who’re keen to take the fast route down! More than 1000 years ago, Maori warrior chief Kupe and his people were the first to arrive in New Zealand, landing on the shores of Hokianga Harbour. The area was also one of the first points of Maori and European contact. With our sandboarding fix satisfied, we’ll head east across the island to Puketi Forest. This is another fine example of ancient kauri forest, with a rich diversity including some 370 recorded species of plants, many of which are found nowhere else on earth. Later, we’ll head to ‘the Jewel of the Bay of Islands’, Paihia, a bustling seaside town with golden sand beaches.
Paihia Lodgings, Paihia (All meals)

Day 3 — Hike Cape Brett, visit Ruapekapeka Pã site

This morning, we’ll take a water taxi from Paihia out to Deep Water Cove for a ridgeline hike to Cape Brett through the Manawahuna Scenic Reserve. On route, you’ll experience the Bay of Islands from the ridge tops and get magnificent views. This is a 3-4 hour hike with rewarding views of the Bay of Islands the entire way - you may even see dolphins and seals from your vantage point high up on the cliffs. The mountains that we’re crossing are very important to the local Iwi (Maori tribe). The mountain “Rakaumangamanga” is one point of the Polynesian Triangle - Hawaii and Rapanui are the other 2. If you’re not feeling up to the hike, have a chat to our guides and they can arrange an alternative boat trip around the Bay of Islands. Later, we’ll be picked up at Cape Brett, again by water taxi for the scenic cruise back to Paihia. This afternoon, we’ll head south and inland to Ruapekapeka. The Ruapekapeka Pã was the site of the final battle in the ‘War of the North’, fought between British colonial forces and northern Maori, and this is where the British first experienced trench warfare. This Pã is widely recognised as one of the most significant historical sites in New Zealand.
Pacific Rendezvous, Tutukaka (All meals)

Day 4 — Cruise Poor Knights Islands, snorkel or kayak

After breakfast, we’ll head out for an early morning walk before boarding a purpose-built boat for a cruise to the Poor Knights Islands. This small cluster of islets is home to a wealth of biodiversity both above and below the water. While you head across from the mainland, keep your eyes peeled for flocks of petrels, shearwaters and gannets – many of these shorebirds nest almost exclusively on the islands you’ll be visiting. The Poor Knights is the second oldest marine reserve in New Zealand, and the sub-tropical environment is now an important conservation area for many species of marine-life. Whales, dolphins and orca can often be spotted, as well as a myriad of fish species that constantly trawl the reserve. You’ll visit the world’s largest sea cave, and hear all about the islands’ history including their occupation by ancient Maori. Our guides will then give you the chance to explore under your own steam, by providing you with either a snorkel and mask, or a kayak. If you’re a keen scuba diver, there’s an option to upgrade to diving for an additional fee, including all the necessary gear. This option must be pre-arranged, so please let the team know well before-hand.
Pacific Rendezvous, Tutukaka (All meals)

Day 5 — Hike Northland coastline

This morning, we’ll follow the coastal road as it winds its way south alongside tree-lined white sand beaches to Waipu, a quaint village with strong Scottish heritage dating back to the 1850s. Then we’ll make our way to Mangawhai Heads for one of the finest coastal cliff top walks in the country. The walk offers glorious views of the Northland coastline, passing through shady bush and beneath giant old pohutukawa trees, and then returns along the beach. After lunch, we’ll continue south from Mangawhai Heads towards the city of Auckland.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland (Breakfast, Lunch)

If you're short on time, this is where the first 5-day 'Kauri' trip finishes.

Day 6 — Free day in Auckland

Known as the city of sails, Auckland sprawls over a narrow isthmus between the sparkling waters of the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours. Close to a third of New Zealand’s population is settled in this area, and it’s home to the largest Polynesian community in the world. Its vibrant, multi-cultural feel makes for a great city experience. Most of Auckland’s activities and attractions are within half an hour of the central city. Take in the spectacular views from natural and man-made landmarks - the region is home to 48 volcanic cones, many of which provide excellent viewing points. Rangitoto Island is arguably Auckland’s most iconic natural landmark, with its distinctive symmetrical cone and easy access just off the coast. At 328 metres (1076 feet), the Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand offering views for up to 80 kilometres (50 miles) in every direction. For movie enthusiasts, take the day to visit The Shire in Middle Earth, the ultra-realistic fantasy setting for ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of The Rings’ movie trilogies. Your guides will happily share their favourite haunts and point you in the right direction for your free day today.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland (No meals included)

Day 7 — Visit Te Aroha, hike to Wairere Waterfall

If you're short on time, this is where the last 5-day 'Kauri' trip starts

We’ll pick you up from your hotel and, leaving the city behind us, drive south to the township of Te Aroha. The town is one of the country’s top tourist spots, celebrated for its naturally hot soda waters and Mokena geyser. Today’s hike winds its way amongst tree roots and mossy rocks, and across several bridged river crossings to a lookout platform at the base of the Wairere Falls on the Okauia fault line. Afterwards we’ll drive to Rotorua, considered the heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture and the spiritual home of New Zealand’s tangata whenua (original people of the land).

Cedarwood Lakeside Resort, Rotorua (All meals - please note, breakfast not included for those people starting the 5-day trip today)

Day 8 — Mountain bike Whakarewarewa Forest, visit Te Puia

This morning, we’ll head out to cycle the trails of Whakarewarewa Forest. The cycling in the forest is a real highlight on the ‘Kauri’ trip and we have options to suit all abilities. If you prefer not to cycle, you can stay and soak in the local mineral spas, or explore Rotorua. After a picnic lunch in the forest, we’ll visit Te Puia which is famed for the Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley – a place of gushing waters, steaming vents, boiling mud pools and impressive geysers. Tonight you’ll enjoy a cultural performance by members of the Te Arawa tribe and share a traditional feast. A hangi, as it’s known, is prepared by wrapping food and burying it in the earth to cook over hot stones. This healthy cooking method is similar to steaming and imparts a wonderful flavour.
Cedarwood Lakeside Resort, Rotorua (All meals)

Day 9 — Hike Rainbow Mountain, hike to Huka Falls

We head south out of Rotorua today to hike Rainbow Mountain, aptly named due to the unusual colour of the soil. We’ll head up through native forest past an impressive crater lake for panoramic views over the volcanic plateau. Then after lunch, we’ll follow the track along New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato, for a spectacular view of Huka Falls and maybe a dip in some natural hot springs. Travelling further south, we follow the shores of Lake Taupo, an enormous volcanic cauldera and the site of the world’s largest eruption in the last 70,000 years. We’ll stay on the banks of the Tongariro River, New Zealand’s most famous trout fishing river.
Creel Lodge, Turangi (All meals)

Day 10 — Hike Tongariro Alpine Crossing, soak in hot pools

Just south of Turangi are three massive volcanoes (Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu) – located in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand’s oldest national park and the fifth oldest in the world. Here you’ll have the opportunity to walk what is considered the best mountain day hike in the country, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. This full-day hike is challenging and unforgettable – the rewards are definitely worth the effort! The trail takes you through arid volcanic terrain that includes emerald lakes, cold mountain springs, lava flows, active craters and steam vents – it’s unlike anything else in New Zealand. If you prefer, there’s an easier hike available at the base of Mount Ruapehu, the highest active volcano in New Zealand. Tonight, you can bathe in some natural thermal springs before having a celebratory dinner for our last night together.

Creel Lodge, Turangi (All meals)

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter (from May until September)
Whilst eye-catching, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a more challenging hike in winter, with alpine conditions such as snow and ice. If the weather isn’t suitable for the crossing, or you’d prefer to do a hike at lower elevation (away from the snow and ice!), we have a fantastic couple of hikes up our sleeve, to Taranaki Falls and Silica Rapids. Both of these hikes showcase a variety of flora from native beech forest to sub-alpine shrublands, each culminating with a spectacular view; Taranaki Falls is 20 metres (65 feet) high and Silica Rapids has water cascading down a series of creamy white terraces. For those that are keen, and if the weather is suitable, you can still choose to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with a local specialist guide. We’ll provide you with all the necessary gear such as crampons, ice axes and a helmet.

Day 11 — Visit Waitomo Caves, depart for home

For our last day together, we’ll head to the spectacular Waitomo Caves for a morning of caving. If you prefer, you can take a walk through Ruakuri cave to learn more about the geological significance of the area. For those keen, you’ll head down to explore an underground cave system. You’ll be fitted with a wetsuit, helmet, headlamp and rubber tube in order to float down a subterranean stream, slide down waterfalls and at one point, switch off your headlamp to check out the incredible glowworms that live on the limestone ceiling of the cave. After a shower and some hot soup, we’ll head back to Auckland where your ‘Kauri’ trip finishes. We’ll have you at the airport in time to catch evening flights back home, or down south for one of our South Island trips.
(Breakfast, Lunch)


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Useful Info

No Forced Single Supplement:

Most other travel companies charge all solo travellers a single supplement fee. We don't! When it comes to accommodation, our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate, which means we'll match you up with another person of the same gender to share a room with. If there's no one suitable to share with, there's no forced single supplement! Having said that, if you specifically request your own room, you can opt to pay the additional single supplement fee.

Trip Start:

On the first day of the trip we can either pick you up from the Auckland airport (AKL) at 9am or the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland central at 9.45am. If you're joining us for the last five days, we can either pick you up from the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland central at 8.15am or the Auckland airport at 9am.

Trip End:

On the last day of the trip we'll drop you back at Auckland airport, or anywhere in central Auckland in the late afternoon/early evening.

Recommended flights:

Arrival: If you're flying in on the first day of the trip, we recommend arriving in Auckland by 7am (international terminal) or 8am (domestic terminal) on Tuesday.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Auckland any time after 7pm. If you are considering alternative flight times, please check with us. International flights from Auckland usually leave in the evening, so if you're heading back to North America, you'll get home some time on Friday, even though you left on Friday evening! Flights back to Europe, of course, take a little longer.


The 'Kauri' suits people of a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. If you keep reasonably active and like to give things a go, you're likely to enjoy the activities much more. Typically, activities on the 'Kauri' trip range between two and five hours to complete. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike can take a little longer, though there are shorter alternatives available. Please call us to talk about the best option for you.


  • Into the Unknowns of the North Island

    “Upon coming home from my trip, everyone I know who has been to New Zealand has been dazzled by my explanations of where I went. I booked with Active because I wanted an opportunity to see places I probably wouldn't manage to see as a tourist on my own, and to do activities safely that were adventurous and fun and outside the run-of-the-mill tours I could book with others. Since it was winter, I chose the North Island Kauri trip. It was everything I wanted. We did lots of adventurous, difficult (but not *too* difficult) hikes and other activities and saw parts of New Zealand that most tourists don't ever manage to see. Jackie and Maddi put their personal touches on our tour, and were aces at making sure we did great things even in the face of some obstacles. It was exactly what I needed out of my vacation. Thanks, Active!”
    Jessi Grieser – Tennessee, United StatesAugust 2018
  • Lovely Winter Adventure

    “Amazing trip! Our guides, Jackie and Maddie were knowledgeable, friendly, and very energetic. Every place we traveled to along the way was beautiful and memorable. I will never forget this trip. It was the amazing way to see a good part of the North Island.”
    Kristen Deffenbaugh – New Jersey, United StatesAugust 2018
  • Kauri Adventures on the North Island

    “I recently came home from a truly amazing adventure. My sister, brother and I met up with two other travelers to be guided around the North Island. We were able to learn about the ancient Waipoua Forest and the Kauri trees, enjoy sandy beaches (complete with sand boarding!), hike beautiful trails, and meet wonderful people. We even had some detours that resulted in visiting the glow worm caves. Our guides, Maddi and Jackie were knowledgeable, experienced, and entertaining! The accommodations were lovely. If you are looking for a trip that takes you around the New Zealand countryside and coastlines, I highly recommend Active Adventures!”
    Emily Deffenbaugh – New Jersey, United StatesAugust 2018
  • Amazing

    “This was an amazing trip. More than I ever thought it would be. Jackie and Maddie were fantastic and knowledgeable guides. They made the trip very enjoyable. Will recommend this trip and Active Adventures to my friends. Loved every minute of it.”
    Mary Wcisel – Indiana, United StatesAugust 2018
  • Discovering the North Island

    “My family's trip was everything it promised to be... plus more! Jackie and Maddi were excellent tour guides, and made us feel so welcome in New Zealand. If you are looking for an adventure that will educate you about New Zealand's past... both historically and geographically - this is the journey for you!”
    Greg Deffenbaugh – Colorado, United StatesJuly 2018
  • Best Trip Ever!

    “On our Active Trip we were surrounded by beauty. From our guides to the scenic countryside everything was relaxed and accommodating. We loved the variety of activities from hiking and biking to floating in the underground caves. Meals were healthy and delicious prepared by our lovely guide. I definitely want to visit again and get to know the South Island!”
    Tricia Timmons – Washington, United StatesJuly 2018
  • Incredible!

    “I absolutely love Active. My husband and I have always wanted to visit New Zealand, but were only able to travel in June. We decided to go even though it would be cold, and potentially wet. Yes, it was BOTH, but it was worth it! (Especially with some merino long underwear...haha.) Beautiful place, phenomenal hikes and adventures, amazing culture, and delicious food. Our guides were awesome. When can I come back??? ”
    Donalyn Ruiz – California, United StatesJuly 2018
  • Kauri February 2018

    “A Great trip! Despite unseasonably high levels of rainfall, Andy always had a Plan B, which was greatly enjoyed. Together with Jo's great culinary skills, this was a memorable adventure.”
    George Wark – Ontario, CanadaJune 2018
  • Awesome North Island Adventure

    “We had an awesome time with Active Adventures on the Kauri North Island trip with our tour guide Andy. An excellent variety of hikes, water activities, and mountain biking with a backdrop of fantastic ocean, forest, and mountain scenery. The accommodations and meals were great. But best of all was our experienced guide Andy who led the hikes, provided the right dose of New Zealand history and culture while driving us from one adventure to the next, and cooked us great meals. Well done! ”
    Michael Wellons – New Jersey, United StatesMay 2018
  • Kauri

    “Wow, we enjoyed our first leg of the journey through Active Adventures so much -- I am happy we went for the double header!
    We spent our entire vacation time with Active Adventures -- one whole month! Not a missed beat on the part of your company -- everything was executed perfectly -- thank you!”
    Jeanne Keith-Ferris – British Columbia, CanadaMay 2018
  • Exceeded our expectations - New Zealand is AMAZING!

    “We had never done a "guided" trip before and I now tell friends it the only way to go, especially with Active Adventures! First of all we cannot say enough about the amazing job all our guides did. They were so kind, knowledgeable, and caring in making sure we had the best experience on our tour. They were the best! They made each day an "Adventure" and shared their love and knowledge of New Zealand with us. On top of being super guides they also can cook! The meals that they prepared for us along the way were more than one would expect out of a chilly box. We looked forward to sharing these delicious meals together with our fun group. Traveling with our group in our mini bus was a pleasure. There was plenty of room, comfortable ride, good music and there was always plenty of fresh fruit, snacks and water available for us. The schedule is obviously well planned and we looked forward to each day and new Adventure that was scheduled. The guides were well aware of any limitations and worked around these so that we could still fully enjoy and make the most of the day. There were many days of feelings of accomplishment for doing what we did and we always slept well at night. We felt that this trip gave us a wonderful first time tour of the North Island. The accommodations that we stayed at were excellent. Always clean and comfortable and some had the most amazing views. It was always a treat when you spent two nights in the same place. When the guides weren't cooking, the places that we ate were always very good. My only complaint is with myself because I did not take the advise about how much clothes to pack and I packed way too much! The majority of the places we stayed had laundry facilities so we could do laundry. I am now much more aware of this for our next Adventure. We've travelled quite a bit in our 48 years of marriage and we tell people that this is the first time we can honestly say that we loved EVERYTHING about this trip, New Zealand and the people we met along the way.”
    Nancy Shaw – New York, United StatesMay 2018
  • New Zealand North Island Kauri Trip

    “Absolutely amazing. Had a fantastic time with our wonderful guide Andy. It was a great mix of activities - hiking oceanside, forests, and mountains, sand board surfing, snorkeling, and mountain biking. We even squeezed in a little ocean fishing, which Andy cooked up for our dinner. We really enjoyed being in a small group, which allowed for a lot of flexibility. New Zealand is gorgeous. ”
    Helen Wellons – New Jersey, United StatesApril 2018
  • Perfect Guides

    “A really great trip. Very well organised with really friendly and helpful guides, excellent food and a great sense of camaraderie. The scenery and culture was wonderful and the trip built nicely to a climax.”
    Jack Levell – , OmanApril 2018
  • Wonderful Guides, Great Trip

    “Had a fantastic time on this trip. Andy and Jo were fantastic and if the weather prevented us from doing one activity, then they always had an alternative. I was the one always bringing up the rear of the group on the trails and Andy and Jo always looked out for me and never made me feel I was holding anyone up. I am so glad I took this trip and tried all the activities. Cannot wait to go on another trip with this company.”
    Kathy Orta – California, United StatesApril 2018
  • NZ coming back!

    “Loved the bush hikes, the wind whipped alpine crossing, and the soothing mineral springs baths.”
    Michael Orta – California, United StatesApril 2018
  • Do It!

    “Adventurous, challenging and varied days full of fun with a small group of entertaining travelers.”
    Susan Wade – Utah, United StatesApril 2018
  • Yes to the North Island of New Zealand

    “About 7 years ago I spent over a month in the South Island and always planned on hiking in the North Island. This was the year. Active Adventures helped to make it a special trip, one that I will never forget. The hikes, other activities, accommodations, guides were excellent.”
    Kathy Gallo – Illinois, United StatesApril 2018
  • Wonderful North Island Trip

    “We had a great time on the North Island. Some great activities and very good guides.”
    Bob Goeltz – Missouri, United StatesApril 2018
  • Comfort Zone

    “The most memorable thing that I've taken from my Active Adventure trips to New Zealand is that you're going to see and do things that will completely take you out of your 'comfort zone' and 'thrill you'. You're not sitting on a bus, and 'staring through glass at new worlds'... You are actually hiking those mountains, biking through those rainforests, and kayaking through those glacier lakes. At the end of the day, you and your fellow adventurers are sharing a glass of wine and feeling really proud about what you accomplished as a team. The guides are magnificent. They're with you every step of the way, and they prepare the most wonderful snacks, lunches and meals when that day is done. Their attention to detail and service is simply amazing. I doubt anyone could provide me a better time on vacation.”
    Johnnie Walker – Connecticut, United StatesApril 2018
  • Our Perfect Vacation!

    “We’ve been home from our Kauri trip a couple weeks now and I’m still on cloud nine! This was the most amazing experience: the hiking was challenging but incredible, the food was exquisite, the scenery and beauty of New Zealand was pure paradise! My daughter and I began the trip as non-hikers and just wanted to experience a new place, we left as two people that plan to do many more hiking trips and can’t wait to join Active Adventures again. I can tell when I explain how great this trip was to my friends/family that they just can’t quite comprehend how perfect and amazing this trip actually was, I guess they will just have to join me next time! One last thing, our guides Andy and Jo were both incredible. They made every single moment of our time special, educational, and fun. From Andy’s explanations of everything “Kiwi”, to Jo’s delicious cooking, and everything in between, they really made our experience perfect!
    We can’t wait until we join you again!”
    Chris Rosman – Nebraska, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Loved the trip!

    “Surprised the age of the entire group was retired except for my wife and I. We had a blast. Lots of learning. Lots of good food. Lots of amazing hikes! Lots of cows. A decent amount of rain. Wouldn't change a minute of it (except maybe the rain...but that just became part of the experience.)

    Also, when they suggest bringing gloves for the Tongariro Crossing, they aren't kidding. Don't make that mistake. I ended up wearing socks at mittens. Thank goodness my guide was prepared! ”
    Nick Spears – Virginia, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Sun in the North

    “A wonderful 5 days travelling around the ocean-hugging North. New activities (namely sandboarding and snorkelling) were a hit and the inclusion of a Maori cultural element was most appreciated.”
    Peter McWhinney – Queensland, AustraliaMarch 2018
  • Excellent introduction to the North Island!

    “Excellent introduction to the North Island! Andy and Jo couldn't have been better!”
    Ed Zerambo – Arizona, United StatesMarch 2018
  • One. More. Time.

    “What to say? I probably should have done the 2 week North Island trip, too. Only so many vacation days, sadly. It was so wonderful. Cyclones included. Andy and Jo were so much fun and wanted us all to have a great time. I would book it again...and again....and again. ”
    Becky McKenna – Massachusetts, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Thanks

    “We highly recommend Active Adventures; they do a terrific job.”
    Dan McCool – Utah, United StatesMarch 2018
  • WOW!

    “This trip exceeded all of our expectations. From the itinerary to our amazing guides Jo & Andy each day was a great adventure. This trip was truly a trip of a lifetime from the first day to the last. All I can say is we can't wait until our next Active Adventures trip!”
    Karen Halkovic – Nevada, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Beautiful North Island

    “Great way to taste everything the North Island has to offer, from sandy beaches in the North to majestic Kauri trees, to Maori customs, to scenic coastal trails, to active geysers, to hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, to glow worm caves! Personable guides, homemade meals and small group size made the trip even more enjoyable.”
    Jean Van Der Lee – Alberta, CanadaMarch 2018
  • 'Kauri' New Zealand

    “The accommodations were great. I was the only vegetarian on the trip and the guides, Natalie and Jasmine, modified things quite well. We had a fun group, the Kiwis were friendly, kind and anxious to ensure we had everything we needed. Tongariro Crossing and Waitomo Caves were the highlights of the trip. I wished we could have mountain biked more to explore the trails, redwood forests and native lands.”
    Susan Yasuhara – Colorado, United StatesMarch 2018
  • The Guides Made the Trip Special!

    “This statement is very true when it comes to my experience with Jasmine and Natalie! Not only is New Zealand a beautiful country and the 'Kauri' tour shared some spectacular highlights with us - but our guides made the experience exceptional. Both of them were friendly and fun, informative along the journey and treated us so well. They anticipated our needs and surprised us with things that they had heard our group talking about, for example, Hokey Pokey ice cream, or dark chocolate as a snack after a hike.”
    Sharon Wiley – Ontario, CanadaMarch 2018
  • Incredible. Just Incredible

    “This trip was amazing. I wouldn’t change a thing. Our guides were fantastic. Jasmine and Natalie are the best!!! Great food. Great lodging. Beautiful views and life changing experiences. Wonderful experience from the moment we looked at the website all the way to the end of the trip. Very accommodating to everyone’s needs and ability. I only wish I had more time!”
    Jill Spears – Virginia, United StatesMarch 2018
  • The Rain Couldn't Dampen our Spirits on This Amazing Trip

    “This was an awesome trip, despite the 7 straight days of rain! Andy and Jo are a great team and it was wonderful to have them as our guides. They provided us with lots of options and maintained their enthusiasm and professionalism. Stunning scenery.”
    Barb Junkin – Ontario, CanadaMarch 2018
  • Five Days Packed with Beauty and Lifetime Memories

    “Our group of five enjoyed wonderful hikes, great meals, and some wild rides (both mountain biking and tubing in the Waitomo Caves). But our guides, Andy and Jo made the trip outstanding. Andy's organizational skills and knowledge of the history of New Zealand along with Jo's fantastic culinary skills made the trip very special. Their attention to detail, passion and desire to adapt to every situation were superb. ”
    Scott Mills – California, United StatesMarch 2018
  • North Island Kauri

    “The North Island was an amazing adventure. We were kept busy hiking, biking snorkelling and kayaking, and our guides were very easy going and helpful in every way. We saw and experienced more of the Maori culture, the large Kauri trees (words cannot describe), and felt the love and appreciation of the Maori people for the land, birds and all living species. It was great to have them guide us through the kauri forests. The trip is spit in half in the middle with a day in Aukland, and the first half we had 12 in the group and the second half there were 13 (A lot) in our group. I prefer smaller groups. The scenery was amazing, Natalie and Jasmine were amazing as well. An AMAZING trip! Loved it!”
    Colleen Clark – Ontario, CanadaMarch 2018
  • 'Kauri' Trip with Andy and Jo

    “Great people......took really good care of us. Gave a new meaning to Active Adventures for me. Jo's a great cook and full of life. Andy is a book full of stories and information for us to consume. Loved my 5 days with them. Best of my trip really. Loved sand boarding and Cape Brett, my most favorite hike in the three weeks in NZ.”
    Diana Everline – Maryland, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Amazing North Island

    “The North Island is very diverse with volcanoes and hot springs on one end and sand dunes and palm trees on the other end. The primary guide was an encyclopedia of knowledge on his island and the assistant was an amazing cook.....great combination. I learned so much about the indigenous plants and animals. If I were driving, I would be looking for a possum to run down! Wish we had an extra day in Rotorua as I had to pass on the mountain biking in order to visit Hobbiton. It would be nice to have had the opportunity to try zorbing since it was developed here.”
    Deborah Francis – North Carolina, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • A Quick Sampling of the North Island

    “The last 5 days of the Kauri trip gave us a sampling of New Zealand's North Island (hikes, waterfalls, geysers and caverns) and Maori culture, arts and crafts.”
    Susan Voigt – Virginia, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Kauri Adventure

    “I did just the first 5 days of the North Island Kauri Adventure with Andrew and Jo because I also wanted to spend longer on the South Island. I was sorry to leave after the 5 days. This was a fabulous trip. The hikes were challenging, but wonderful. Everywhere we went, we saw beautiful places. Andy is incredibly knowledgeable and Jo has wonderful energy and is a great cook. They both took great care of us.”
    Barbara Quinn – Maryland, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Kauri the Great

    “We enjoyed our Kauri trip immensely. Jo and Andy were fantastic guides. Andy is extremely knowledgeable about New Zealand and Maori history and is a helluva van driver (and talking on the microphone at the same time). Jo was fantastic as well and is a helluva chef! We can't praise our experience enough! The only disappointment was not being able to do the alpine crossing because of bad weather.”
    Ron Hamburger – Illinois, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Majesty and Dessert

    “Never hungry! Jo and Andy will gladly give you two desserts. And Jo’s grandad was a baker so she fresh bakes celebrity quality desserts. And curry. The food is so good! There are always snacks for you between meals: good ones, not the kind that make you gassy and bloated. And then, there’s the majesty of the hiking. The local knowledge of geology, history, and culture that Andy shares on the bus, it’s like Discovery Channel that you get to interrupt and ask awkward questions of. The truly challenging mountain biking. The incredible river rafting - my favorite. All of which is on par with one of Jo’s desserts. Go ahead, take the Kauri trip and see if I’m right.”
    Grace Hockley – Washington, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Kauri Trip 2018

    “This was a wonderful trip that was challenging and rewarding for me. The scenery was beautiful and the guides so pleasant and adaptable. I loved the food they prepared which was healthy and fresh. I would recommend this trip to my active friends.”
    Martha Townes – North Carolina, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Had to Come Back

    “The Kauri was our second Active Adventures New Zealand trip, the first being the Manuka on the South Island in 2015. We had such fun on the first trip and fell in love with New Zealand so we had to come back. That said, I was concerned that anything could live up to our first experience. I need not have worried. The Kauri exceeded expectations in all respects. First and foremost, our guides, Andy and Jo, were unbelievable. Andy is a font of knowledge about all things New Zealand (geology, geography, flora, fauna, history, food, wine, etc., etc., etc.) and his way of sharing that information over the course of the trip was remarkable. Jo is a delightful person who can do just about anything in the kitchen but also committed to doing whatever was necessary to make sure everybody on the trip was comfortable throughout. She was a huge help organizing our off day activities in Auckland as well as making restaurant recommendations. Both guides are lively conversationalists and just great fun to be around. The variety of activities and sights on this North Island trip included hiking (lots of hiking, beware of Andy's morning "strolls"), snorkeling, sandboarding, caving, cross country bike riding through the forest and swimming just about anytime water was available. Oh, lots of eating and drinking too. Alas, no weight lost on this trip. The hiking was challenging at times with some significant elevation gains, sometimes rocky trails and/or stairs but doable for we 60+ year olds. We were not able to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing due to inclement weather that day (not terribly unusual it sounds like) but the guides had back up hikes at the ready. Accommodations were more than adequate rangeing from lux to quirky but comfortable. Several are in unique settings you are unlikely to find on your own. The food was phenomenal. Hats off to Jo in the kitchen and Andy on the grill. I have rarely eaten so well. Dietary allergies and intolerances didn't phase them at all. People ask what my best memory is but I think, for me, it was a seamless whole woven together by our guides into a wonderful tapestry that I will never forget. Great job.”
    Jim Miller – Illinois, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • The Long Awaited Trip

    “I could not have had a better New Zealand tour group than Active Adventures. Not only did I get to see beautiful locations in the North Island, but I also got to hike stunning trails and learn about Kiwi culture. My guides were terrific...and great cooks too. As one who has lived with Celiac for close to 10 years, I was blown away at how easily the guides were able to provide delicious gluten free meals...that was a small treat. I will definitely be returning to complete the second half of the Kauri trip! ”
    Megan McDermott – Pennsylvania, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Awesome Guides

    “Andy was both our chauffer and lead guide for this trip. He is a font of knowledge and has the ability to share that knowledge in a timely and fascinating way. His driving was steadfast, confident, and reassuring while he was able to share this information during the trip. He also made an effort to get to know each participant and demonstrated interest in each of us, our respective backgrounds, other trips experienced and other places that we are interested in visiting. He was able to share his experiences with other AA trips in other parts of the world that "piqued" our interests. Jo was fantastic as well. Her culinary talents are exceptional and the variety that she provided and the ease with which she prepared the food was unparalleled. She made an effort to "rotate" her seat in the bus to be able to interact with each person and like Andy get to know each participant. I am hoping that some day I can join another Active Adventure with Andy and Jo if not in NZ somewhere else in the world.”
    Carol Miller – Illinois, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • In Active Adventures I Trust

    “This was my 3rd trip with Active. South Island NZ in 2014, Mt Everest Base Camp Trek in 2016 and now North Island for Christmas 2017! Each trip was so different but the best of the best! Kauri was fantastic!! So much Maori culture and history! It just flowed out of our guide Andy too, his telling of Maori history was the best part of the days where we had a long drive, he is an awesome story teller!! Jo had so many things up her sleeve for us! She led us on the Tongariro Crossing, Sand boarding and so many other phenomenal days. This woman is pure adventure and she can COOK!! The accommodations were fantastic! Meals were amazing! Beachcombing is second to none at Mangawhai! I don't think there is any place quite like NZ! Just go!”
    Jamie Sulea – British Columbia, CanadaFebruary 2018
  • Awesome Adventures

    “Although the trip started off slowly due to weather, Natalie and Jasmine our guides, made it all work out, constantly tweaking our trip so as to take advantage of cultural and geographic points. Once the weather cleared the beautiful country of New Zealand was ours for exploring. Again the girls were top notch, their knowledge and familiarity of the areas being explored is to be complimented. Top attractions 1. The Tongariro hike- Magnificent!! 2. Black water rafting and the glow-worms, lots of fun. Thank you for a wonderful trip. And thank Jasmine and Natalie again for me!!”
    Al Terestre – Massachusetts, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Best Hike

    “The highlight of the trip was the Tongariro Alpine crossing. It was a challenging hike with magnificent scenery. Definitely one of the best hikes we have done.”
    Mary Beth Sattler – Maryland, United States of AmericaJanuary 2018
  • Kauri - North Island Trek

    “This was everything I'd hoped it would be. The most amazing adventure for me and my two daughters (aged 21 and 18). The BEST guides who were helpful, fun, flexible and knowledgeable. I'm coming back.”
    Donna Walsh – Ontario, CanadaJanuary 2018
  • An Amazing New Zealand Adventure

    “Active Adventures is very lucky to have Katie and Natalie on your staff. The guides set the community on a trip like this and they did such a great job of creating a welcoming environment. You can tell that both Katie and Natalie love what they do, therefore they bring more to the trip. For example Katie had a bag of her own personal books about New Zealand that we could look at, her goal to tell us a new Maori story everyday, as well as her in depth knowledge that made the trip much richer. I would have missed so much if I had rented a car and traveled to the same places. On a scheduling front I very much enjoyed the day hikes that were off a gravel road and places that were out of the way from the tourist attractions. I became sick on the first night and Katie arranged a late check out as well as plan b options for the hike if I needed them. On the second part of the trip Natalie was very welcoming and did an exceptional job on cooking the meals. Also on this leg Katie did a wonderful job at driving during a flash storm. Her driving throughout the trip was a very professional safe experience.
    Thank you for not canceling on me with only 2 participants on the first leg of this trip.”
    Mike Shanahan – Alabama, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • Best Trip Ever!

    “It was the best ever! Our guides Katie and Alex did everything to make sure we had the best possible experience! We loved every minute and would definitely recommend Active to any of our friends travelling to New Zealand.”
    Rebecca Walsh – Ontario, CanadaJanuary 2018
  • A case of 1+1 = 3

    “Jo and Andy, you guys are the best hosts/guides by a margin. Your passion and knowledge makes the trip that much more memorable. I genuinely felt at home. Truly a case where 1 + 1 = 3.”
    SN Vaidya – , United KingdomJanuary 2018
  • Amazing hike across Tongariro!

    “Best hike across the Tongariro! The trip itself was very well planned. Andy and Jo are two wonderful guides, who are both knowledgable and cheerful.”
    Bingli Mo – California, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • A Deep Dive into the Understanding of the Maori Culture

    “Having just come from the South Trip we wondered if this trip would be more of the same. It was not. The landscape and activities were different and just as amazing. We learned so much about the history of the country, the Maori people, culture, and their language. The activities were varied and enabled us to experience the beauty of the North Island and all it has to offer.”
    Sharon Brownfield – Massachusetts, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Very Glad We Added Kauri to Our Trip

    “We added Kauri to our Rimu trip because we wanted to spend more time with the Maori culture and see the north island. Our wishes were more than fulfilled by this excellent trip.”
    Rick Lent – Massachusetts, United StatesDecember 2017
  • North Island - Kauri

    “From the first day to the last, I have enjoyed travelling through the North Island with our fantastic guides Jo and Andy. Rain or shine there was always an interesting hike to go to, or a point of view worth stopping at and they know them all. The landscaping of NZ is fabulous in many areas and I liked the fact that we went out of the major tourist attraction points. Andy, excellent driver, is also an encyclopedia of information and such a good narrator he makes the long road trips fill shorter and very pleasant. Jo the mermaid is an excellent cook who enjoyed preparing meals for kings even in restrictive facilities. I enjoyed the fact that we could participate in a good variety of activities as we were hoping to. We felt secure at all times, we learned a lot about the Maori nation and their influence on the actual NZ.
    A very informative and pleasant trip overall, with excellent guides who adapt easily to any group of people or situations they have to deal with. Two tums up, I will definitely recommend this adventure to anyone who enjoys nature and culture out of their comfort zone. ”
    Claude Remy – Ontario, CanadaDecember 2017
  • Excellent way to see New Zealand

    “My husband and I went on the Kauri trip in November 2017. This trip had been on our bucket list for a while and we decided to go with Active Adventures as they were offering the type of travel and activities we wanted to do in New Zealand. Our two awesome guides, Andy (encyclopedia of knowledge) and Jo (excellent cook) made us feel at home and have shown us the beautiful country of NZ while ensuring everyone had fun. We had an amazing time on the North Island and I highly recommend this trip if you enjoy outdoor activities.”
    Claire Barrette-Remy – Ontario, CanadaDecember 2017
  • Fantastic

    “It was more adventurous and much more fun then I expected it to bee!
    Solfrid Hagen – , NorwayDecember 2017
  • North Island Challenge

    “We are a couple 71 and 72 years. of age. I'm proud of what Andy and Natalie brought out of me on this adventure. You get out what you put in and some of the activities border on the extreme if you opt for them. Rafting the Okere Falls, hiking the tangariro crossing, and the mountain biking took not only physical effort but some courage as well.”
    Glen Moffett – Texas, United StatesDecember 2017
  • December Kauri trip

    “This was certainly a trip of a lifetime, added to the Kiwi trip we did in November. The Kauri was more challenging, as we knew it would be, but we did well. Andy was a fountain of knowledge and BBQ'd some great lamb chops and venison steaks. Nat was very helpful and both kept everything going well. The scenery in NZ is spectacular.”
    Sally Moffett – Texas, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Authentic and off the beaten path-- my kind of travel!

    “Too many people we know have tried to cover too much in too little time on a New Zealand vacation. From the beginning of our planning, we vowed not to do so. We booked the Kauri trip first and then scheduled our other north island plans around it. A great decision!

    I love authentic, off the beaten path, adventure travel. The Kauri trip was all that and more! Our introductions to Maori culture, the fabulous hikes, our nighttime walk through the Waipoua forest to experience the magnificent Kauri trees, Andy's incredible knowledge and great driving, Jo's great cheer and amazing cooking, our spur of the moment opportunity to observe a community kiwi release...I could go on and on and on. We have wonderful treasured moments and myriad memories of a lifetime. Thank you so much, Active Adventures!”
    Ann Becker – Illinois, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Stress-free and jam-packed!

    “Being escorted by knowledgeable guides helped us to experience New Zealand in a way that we could not have planned on our own. Between activities, we learned about local customs, history, and geology, and met like-minded fellow travelers who made the journey even more memorable. We had maximum adventures with minimum stress, since agendas and meals were pre-planned. And our guides were awesome chefs! ”
    Mary Luzader – Illinois, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Perfect

    “The trip was perfect and our guides, Jo and Andy, are awesome!”
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  • Perfect

    “The trip was impressive and our guides, Jo and Andy, are awesome!”
    Frank Chung – , SingaporeDecember 2017
  • Kauri

    “We had an amazing time and saw some wonderful scenery. Andy and Jo looked after us really well, they were awesome. Perfect hosts.”
    David Hallas – West Yorkshire, United KingdomNovember 2017
  • So Glad I Also Traveled the North Island

    “These guys run such an amazing trip. I can't believe how much we did in five days (I joined the second half after the 8 day Tui trip in the South Island). The pace was fast, the variety was terrific. The guides - Andy and Jo - I can't say enough about how great they were - caring, encouraging, upbeat, fun, knowledgeable. There is a lot to learn about New Zealand in the North, and amazing hikes and views. The places we stayed were great, much nicer than I expected. The ability of the guides to cook for us and organize picnic meals that were all great was another surprise. Not an easy trip - the part about getting fit is not a joke. It makes the trip more enjoyable. Basically, I am so glad I did this trip. The memories are with me all the time.”
    Janet Pahima – Israel, IsraelNovember 2017
  • Active Adventures is the Best!

    “The itinerary, varied activities, guides Andy and Jo, and exposure to North Island culture, history, the outdoors, and the landscape were the very best I can imagine. I would not hesitate to travel with Active Adventures again in the future.”
    Susan Polk – Vermont, United StatesJuly 2017
  • Great Time and a Wonderful Trip!

    “New Zealand is beautiful and there is no better way to see it than on an Active Adventures trip. The activities, the views, the guides, the food and the camaraderie make it special!”
    Dave Stockert – Georgia, United StatesJuly 2017
  • So Much More Than Expected

    “I expected the adventure, and the outdoor activities. What I didn't expect was such an immersion in the history and culture of NZ. And a few of the activities on the North Island were unforgettable. Finally, right in the middle of our trip the weather decided to shut us out of a few of the more interesting activities and Phil came up with great substitutes on the fly.”
    Rick Kalamaya – Colorado, United StatesMay 2017
  • Smorgasbord.

    “A great way to explore the North Island and get a taste of different activities.”
    Ineke van Hasselt – British Columbia, CanadaMay 2017
  • Quick thinking on the fly

    “I can't say enough good things about our guides Andy and Jo. We had not one but two cyclones hit the North Island during out tour and they still managed to find places to take us and keep us challenged and entertained. When we wanted down time, they understood and let us opt out. ”
    Nat na Songkhla – Bangkok, ThailandMay 2017
  • A gem

    “Excellent trip. Enjoyed this trip as much as the better known South Island.”
    David Mclure – New Hampshire, United StatesMay 2017
  • A Must Do!

    “The Kauri trip will give you an intensive view of the north island with all its greenery along with its variety of art, culture, activities, waterfalls, seascapes and volcanic landscapes. An absolute must-do!”
    Rita Carole – California, United StatesApril 2017
  • Even Cyclone Cook couldn't dampen our fun

    “I hopped onto the last half of the Kauri after two weeks on the South Island in the Rimu adventure. It just so happened that we had a cyclone hit the island that week, so everything was very wet, to say the least. But everything still worked out okay! We still did lots of hiking in the rain, which was fun in itself. The views were not the same as they would be on a clear day, but different doesn't mean bad. They were unique, and there were a lot of rainbows thanks to the water. We even did the mountain biking in the downpour, which was hilariously muddy and still a lot of fun. Overall, the people were good, the guides were excellent, the food was fantastic, and the trip was terrific.”
    Janine Carbone – New Hampshire, United StatesApril 2017
  • 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.”
    Lissa Jackson – Tennessee, United StatesApril 2017
  • Life changing views and people

    “This trip was life changing. Amazing guides (Andrew and Jo) were the best part of the trip. They made us feel at ease, welcome, and like a big family on a road trip. The food was superb, I would get really excited at the end of the day to see what the guys were making for us. It was my 30th birthday and I've never felt this special. It was my first time hiking, and the guys kept encouraging me. All the accommodations were beautiful. In the end everything was perfect.”
    Abdullah Majed – RIYADH, Saudi ArabiaApril 2017
  • 5-Day Kauri is a Nice Addiition to Tui - March 2017

    “After completing the Tui trip, we joined the last 5 days of the Kauri trip. This was a great way to see highlights from both islands. With the exception of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (the highlight of the trip), the South Island has more majestic scenery. However, the Kauri tour has a lot of fun and unique activities. Five of the twelve people on our trip went on the optional rafting trip down the Kaituna River and the 21-foot Okere Falls. It was a blast. Inner tubing through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves was unique to NZ and also a lot of fun. We look forward to our next Active Adventures trip.”
    Tom Smith – Maryland, United StatesApril 2017
  • Awesome vacation!

    “We did the last 5 days of the Kauri trip (added on to our Tui trip) and it was a lot of fun. There was a good variety of activities and all of them were really enjoyable. We had multiple hikes that were challenging but with great views. The mountain biking was a lot of fun and the guides for that activity were really great. We also got to do the glow worm caves, which was an interesting experience. Andy and Jo were great too, easygoing and knowledgeable. Highly recommend Active Adventures for a fun and active vacation!”
    Laura Pape – Virginia, United StatesApril 2017
  • Beautiful scenery with some Maori culture too

    “We wanted to see some of the North Island in addition to our Tui trip so we tacked on the last five days of the Kauri trip. What an excellent tour! Tongariro Crossing wins for best hike/activity of the Kauri trip! Almost a month later and I still look at pictures from that hike every day!”
    David Pape – Virginia, United StatesApril 2017
  • “Great trip with fun and knowledgable guides. Accommodations and food were great.

    David Brodie – Washington, United StatesApril 2017
  • A life-changing adventure

    “Getting off my plane jet-lagged with almost no hiking experience I really did not know what to expect from my Kauri trip. I neednt have worried- our amazing guides, Jo and Andy, had everything covered. With their encouragement and expertise I was able to complete all the activities on our tour. My biggest accomplishment was hiking the Tongariro Alpine crossing with my group. We spent almost 7 hours on this challenging trail and when the fog cleared we were treated to spectacular views. We also spent a fun day racing down beautiful forest trails on our mountain bikes. Our group was also treated to two memorable water activities. The first was the optional rafting adventure on class 5 rapids that we decided to do on a rainy day. The other activity was exploring Waitomo caves. The pictures we bought from the sponsoring companies highlighted what amazing experiences they both were. Seeing pictures of our group in a little raft perched on top of the rapids half covered by water perfectly captures the moment. Tubing in the Waitomo glowworm (actually maggots but that does not sound as exciting) caves was unlike anything I had experienced. Floating in the darkness, jumping over small waterfalls and seeing glowworms on the ceiling was a fitting end to our wonderful journey.

    Before this trip I would never have considered myself to be adventurous but now I am eager for my next challenge. This was my first Active Adventures journey and I am currently making plans for one or two more within the next year. Active and its guides put together a trip that met all our needs. Andy and Jo took care of all the logistics. Not only did they safely navigate the roads and hotel accommodations but along the way they enthusiastically told us about all aspects of New Zealand past and present. Everywhere we went people greeted them as friends and gave us wonderful service. After a long day of hiking we would take a quick shower and within an hour Jo would produce wonderful healthy dinners including beautiful salads, curry, lasagna, barbecue and desserts. I also enjoyed the camaraderie of our little group and appreciated what interesting and supportive people they all were.”
    Andrea Rudolph – New York, United StatesApril 2017
  • “We saw some truly amazing sights which included the stunning Kauri trees. We were fortunate to see the Father at dusk and it seemed even more impressive as the sun was setting. The whole trip was a real experience and certainly challenged us! Lots of really worthwhile hikes including the fabulous Alpine crossing. That IS something people who consider themselves hikers should do (even if moaning and groaning along the way!) ”
    Lorna Miles – California, United StatesApril 2017
  • The Spirit of New Zealand

    “The ten days of magical waterfalls, lakes, Kauri trees, geo thermal parks and Maori cultural experiences was a perfect fit to the South Island Rimu trip. Sprinkle in gloworms, sand boarding, a mountain bike lesson and I am very grateful I left New Zealand with the North Island magical memories.”
    Nancy Kalamaya – Colorado, United StatesApril 2017
  • Very Impressed!

    “I was very impressed with how organized and professional our tour was. Our guides, Phil and Ashley, were incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, PATIENT, hardworking, and of course, friendly and fun! It was a tight schedule and they managed to get us all where we were supposed to go on time and in one piece (and well fed). I highly recommend this tour. What a beautiful country!”
    Dawn Robinson – Oregon, United StatesApril 2017
  • excellent Kauri trip - 1st 5 days

    “excellent in all respects: great guide -- very friendly, very informative, very accommodating, excellent driver, excellent cook, well steeped in Maori tradition and legend; great itinerary -- all the activities were enjoyable and at an appropriate level of exertion; there were only 4 of us on the 1st 5 days, all very compatible, and that was great; I'm only sad that I didn't sign up for the 2nd half of the tour; I now feel I have a good sense of the north half of the North Island; loved the huge Kauri trees”
    Mike Church – Illinois, United StatesMarch 2017
  • wonderful Active Adventure

    “The following sums my trip up. My sister said that after hearing my enthusiatic recounting of my trip, she wants to go to NZ.”
    Eleanor Saliamonas – Illinois, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Had a great time, some very memorable adventures

    “Our guides were excellent, fun, relaxed, flexible and very organized. We had some amazing adventures. Most meals were prepared by the guides and were excellent, plenty of tasty food in relaxed settings, which I prefer to restaurant meals. We covered a lot of ground in a short time and had to keep on schedule to get to all the things on the itinerary. Note this is an "Active" adventure, not a "beach" type vacation, so approach it with a can-do attitude and you'll have a great time.
    George Radu – California, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Kauri Trip

    “For those who love to be truly active in their leisure time, the Kauri trip in North Island certainly does not disappoint. I did the complete 11 days - you can choose to do either the first half or the last hinging on the free day in Auckland if you wish.

    Just like the Rimu trip on South Island which I did a few years back, the Kauri had a number of magical ingredients that make for a memorable holiday - first and foremost being the quality of the guides. Andy and Jo took us through the Kauri with a wonderful balance of hard facts, democratic decision making, sound leadership, great empathy for the guests' individual needs, and best of all their good humour and obvious enthusiasm for NZ. They not only guided us through the walks and activities, but also cooked us fabulous healthy meals! Nothing was too much trouble.

    Second, the magnificent scenery, and the variety of environments they took us to, including lovely beaches, remote islands, huge dunefields, forest walks, rocky ascents to waterfall overlooks, and perhaps most spectacular the volcanic activity around Rotorua, which cannot be described in words or photos - you just have to be there! Amongst this busy programme there was even time to do the spectacular white water rafting on the Kaituna River near Rotorua, which includes a whopping 7 metre drop that is still giving me nightmares!

    The accommodation is everywhere set in beautiful places, spacious, and one could say luxurious. Despite the hectic pace, I came back utterly relaxed, because I didn't have to worry about a thing, it was all planned perfectly for us!

    There are a few comments I'd make about things that they may not make clear in the brochures. First, in North Island much of the walking (except the Tongariro Alpine Crossing) is through forest. For a country that laments the loss of over 90% of its native forest, we certainly got a good sampling of what is left! That meant views on the climbs were often limited. Second, there are hardly any native wild flowers in NZ, so don't expect Alpine prettiness. Likewise the fauna are limited, and often nocturnal. Finally, for anyone who has been lucky enough to see the coral in tropical waters, the snorkelling around the Poor Knights Islands lacks the colour of a real coral reef, although there are plenty of lovely fishes.

    Finally be aware that Active means Active - one or two on our trip were not quite up to all the activities, though they still had a great time and Andy always found a Plan B for them.

    These are small points - I can't imagine that anyone would grade this trip less than 5 stars! Well done Active - keep up the good work!
    Terry Hardaker, Oxford

    Terry Hardaker – Oxford, United KingdomMarch 2017
  • My Magical Kauri Adventure (last 5 days of Kauri trip)

    “The first day was magic,
    how lucky were we.
    Blessed with Active's top guides,
    -Phil and Ashleigh.

    We hiked through the forest,
    a fairytale scene.
    To the Wairere Falls,
    picnic lunch by a stream.

    The forest is enchanted,
    mountain bikers be aware.
    Hobbits, sprites and fairies,
    I could see them everywhere.

    Rotorua geysers,
    Maori cultural show.
    Dan did the Haka,
    Mel and Ash learned the poi.

    Tongariro Crossing,
    a spectacular sight.
    Glowworms at Waitoma,
    that twinkled so bright.

    White water rafting,
    an optional trip.
    Hiking Rainbow Mountain,
    then a thermal pool dip.

    Our food was delicious,
    never any left over.
    Gourmet meals, chocolate fish
    And Ash's Pavlova.

    Our guides were inspiring,
    friendly, fun and hip,
    Thanks to Ashleigh and Phil
    for a Magical trip!”
    Sandra Martin – South Australia, AustraliaMarch 2017
  • Beyond my expectations!

    “I was sure we would see some beautiful sights and we sure did! We didn't just see it, we lived it. It was a fabulous adventure that I will never ever forget. Our hosts Phil and Ash were knowledgeable, fun, considerate and full of enthusiasm. Active adventures is lucky to have those two working for them. They should get a big raise because they are perfect!”
    Lisa Miller – Oregon, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Lots of fun, great guides

    “Guides Phil & Jo kept us busy with a variety of fun activities. The time just flew. I'd love to join another trip led by Phil & Jo. ”
    Rich Partridge – New York, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Can I Go Back?

    “This trip was an amazing one from start to finish. The "walks" were phenomenal, with our guides, Ash and Phil, providing so much more information than we could have imagined. Every stop was a great one, and we did so much more in a short span of time than I could have planned on my own.”
    Melissa Kwan – Texas, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Memories for a lifetime!

    “We loved this trip! The guides were amazing, and we got to experience so many incredible things! ”
    Danny Rigg – Texas, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Jan 31 2017 Kauri with Andrew and Jo

    “Awesome trip. Andy and Jo were excellent guides. Loved Andy's music selection. Themed for the various activities (played Queen Fat Bottom Girls as we drove to mountain biking). He gave us great insight into the history of New Zealand as well as the flora and fauna. And Jo was an excellent cook and companion. ”
    Ross Gough – California, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Kauri Feb 21-Mar 3

    “The scenery and the activities were great. Our guides were terrific. I so appreciated Phil's obvious love of the country, and his tutelage in the pronunciation of the Maori names of the places we saw. Ashleigh was so attentive and thoughtful, and a GREAT cook! Her athleticism was inspiring too. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing was a fitting finale to an all around excellent introduction to the North Island. Spectacularly varied landscapes and colors.”
    Lisa O'Donnell – Massachusetts, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Fantastic Trip!

    “This was a fantastic trip! Just the right amount of strenuous exercise but enough time to relax at night. The guides were amazing and the views were stunning!”
    David Green – California, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Kauri trip, Feb. 21-March 4

    “A memorable and rewarding trip in many ways: stunning scenery, challenging hikes and other activities, knowledgeable and attentive guides, excellent food, good accommodations. We enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers, too. A completely worthwhile experience!”
    Lisa Schneck – Colorado, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Awesome trip

    “Wow! I loved my Kauri trip. There were so many fun activities in spectacular locations and the elements of Maori culture that were woven into our travels really completed the experience. Plus our guides Andy and Jo really did everything possible to help us get the most from the trip.”
    Honora Bauman – New York, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Well done, Andy & Jo

    “Many thanks to Andy and Jo, guides to our 2nd half of the Kauri trip. The hiking was outstanding, and the varied other activities just made this trip that more special. ”
    Ted Jackson – Tennessee, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Kauri

    “I combined the Kauri trip, last 5 days, with the Tui trip on the South Island. I did not have enough time to do the full 11-day trip. I am really happy with my decision to do the last 5 days. Crossing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing was an amazing experience! I loved everything about this trip... Andy and Jo were absolutely awesome!”
    Andrea King – Connecticut, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Awesome Vacation!!!

    “This was the trip of a lifetime! Could not have asked for better tour guides. Loved every second of it!!!”
    Jesse Strickland – Texas, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • North Island Adventure

    “Great trip on the North Island. The meals were tasty yet healthy. The information I received was more a learning experience. I was able to sit in the front seat of the van quite often and would see great things on the road show. The birds we saw while hiking helped to get my bird buzz on. ”
    Chip Barry – Oregon, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • Kauri

    “Overall thought this trip was better than anticipated. There is so much emphasis
    on the South Island from trip brochures that it downgrades the North's offerings.

    Very professional, very organized, always has a smile (a beautiful one at that!)
    For some reason has a calming influence on just about any situation. Understand she is a long term Active employee and does a great job.

    His knowledge alone is worth the price of admission. Having taken some
    other day guides and the like, I would be hard pressed to find someone
    who knows their region better. He took us to a couple of spots off grid we really enjoyed. Strong, with a temperament that makes you think he is always
    worrying and planning for the group, he is very good.

    Overall Jo and Phil made a good team that we really enjoyed.
    Eric Henstridge – Manitoba, CanadaFebruary 2017
  • Beyond My Expectations......

    “COMPLETELY MISSING my daily Active Adventures around North Island with Andy and Jo aka "Tarzan and Jane." It was an AMAZINGLY INCREDIBLE SPECIAL ADVENTURE from the moment of our first "Hello" to our misty-eyed farewell. This being my first Active Adventure, I now know why Active Adventures is a first class operation and has an extremely high return rate of repeat travelers. Andy and Jo are beyond AWESOME, they are FIRST CLASS PROFESSIONAL GUIDES ALL THE WAY!!!

    Andy and Jo are so passionate about everything, literally EVERYTHING. The historical knowledge they shared of their breathtaking "home" while out and about was so enlightening and educational. They touched on everything from the Primordial Gods to the current state of the economy; the geology of the land from each tiny sand pebbles, sea shells and dirt to the beautiful trees (Kauri), pastures, mountains, waterfalls, coastline, rivers and streams: then from cicadas, birds, cows and sheep to the non-existence of predatory animals.....there was always a story to be shared.

    Each morning we woke up to delightful breakfasts with warm smiles stretching as far west and east as possible. It was a perfect way to start the days, our daily gift if you will. Lunches and dinners were equally enjoyable and delicious, something I personally would prepare in my own kitchen but missing the colorful cupcake apron.

    Each activity was bittersweet, a journey into the unknown that always left you wanting more. Our itinerary was action packed, filled with amazing destinations yet they still managed to squeeze in some extra jumps, swings, “walks” and stops into the mix of things. They were in touch with our strengths and limitations and kept our group moving harmoniously together. They were the BEST GUIDES for each step of our adventure and the beauty of it all was we were out enjoying the day with friends or better yet, family.

    Their effortless hospitality was in a league of its own and downright immeasurable. I was convinced they could read our minds because things would magically appear. They were in tune with every need and desire. Who creates and plays a song list to sync with the mood and temperament of the days travels…..our one and only of course! I'm still humming to the song of OPO!!

    Andy and Jo made this North Island trip, a trip of a lifetime. I can only imagine what treasures and gifts the South Island beholds. One thing is for sure, I'm making it another “Active Adventure” and requesting our special "Tarzan and Jane" to walk us about…….

    THANK YOU ANDY, JO, and ACTIVE ADVENTURES ~ for without your existence, I would not have this special memory to cherish and share!!!
    Pamela Massette – California, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • Fabulous Kauri trip

    “We absolutely loved the trip. Of course the scenery was amazing. But also the guides were fun, engaging, informative, helpful and flexible! They genuinely focused on us and our having a "memorable vacation of a lifetime experience". And we did! The activities were all fun, not too challenging and we always felt safe. Lodging and food was also terrific. We had good mix of action, history, culture and environmental. To anyone evaluating which Active
    Adventures NZ trip to take - I highly recommend the Kauri trip. Try the North Island, you won't be disappointed. ”
    Barbara Sherry – California, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • 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!”
    Thad Minaldi – Louisiana, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Kauri

    “What an amazing introduction to the North Island. Every day was unique - starting with the hiking and boogie boarding on the sand dunes to seeing a kiwi released was exceptional. Walking through the rain forest and seeing the phenomenal kauri trees are memories we will treasure forever!”
    Ben Thorlakson – Alberta, CanadaJanuary 2017
  • Kauri Dec 26 2016 (second half)

    “We joined the trip during its second half. Full of interesting activities, and the final hike was the highlight.”
    Peter Chang – New Mexico, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • From Alan Roth

    “I love what you all do. For my 2nd AA trip I can't wait to try another. ”
    Alan Roth – Florida, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Kauri Trip

    “The last 5 days gave us a good flavor of the North Island, its culture and geothermal/volcanic activity of the island.”
    Cauleen Svanda – New Mexico, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Last 5 Days Kauri

    “So much packed into just a few days. From walking to tops of (several!) mountains to floating through underground tunnels, plus geothermal springs and Maori culture. A whirlwind central North Island adventure! ”
    Matthew Gonser – Hawaii, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • 5 day Kauri Trip

    “Tongariro Alpine Crossing was the best hike of my life! ”
    Grace Zheng – Hawaii, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Wonderful trip!!!!

    “This was a great trip! Well organized and well planned. Our guides did a great job of trying to accomodate everyone. This trip has a nice diversity of experiences and I really enojoyed that about this trip. I liked the variety in outdoor activites as well as the cultural elements and connections with the local and native people. ”
    Elizabeth Horton – Ohio, United StatesDecember 2016
  • So much to do on the north island!

    “The North Island trip was very different from the South. It showed us a completely different side of NZ. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about NZ history and culture and that made our adventures have much more meaning. The 5 days flew by and we were so sad when it was over! There is so much left to do in the north, we will undoubtedly return and we hope to be lucky enough to have the same guide. ”
    Danyel Goddard – Florida, United StatesDecember 2016
  • Awesome

    “If you are wanting to explore New Zealand at its best and want a physically active and varied adventure, Active Adventures is the tour to go on. The guides are knowledgeable, inspiring and motivating. You cover a tremendous amount of territory and leave feeling that you've seen the best of the North Island.”
    Barb Miller – California, United StatesDecember 2016
  • Outstanding!

    “First, there is the magical place that is New Zealand -- unique, varied, and beautiful. Second, there is the operation that is Active Adventures -- organized, engaged, and attentive. Together, they make for an outstanding experience. Thank you!”
    Nanette Bahlinger – Tennessee, United StatesDecember 2016
  • A wide variety of activities in a varied landscape

    “Our Kauri trip followed the Rimu South Island trip. The North Island turned out to be quite different from the South Island, but just as interesting and rewarding. The first few days of the trip were sea based, incorporating boat rides to the day's activities, which added an element of adventure. The second half of the trip introduced us to the volcanic nature of the North Island, and culminated in the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which was fascinating and satisfying. Our guides were very knowledgeable and greatly added to our understanding of Maori and local culture. Highly recommended! ”
    Steve Martel – Maine, United StatesDecember 2016
  • The trip of a lifetime absolutely! Kauri.

    “The whole trip was just fabulous. So many different activities, each amazing and unique so that every day was a new adventure....or two..or three! Our guides Phil and Jo were so great! Knowledgable, enthusiastic, accommodating, adaptable and absolutley a pleasure to be with for the 11 days of the tour.
    We loved the little extras too, the Kiwi release, the wine tasting, the music, the food, did we mention the homecooked food?, and especially the celebration at the end of the Tongariro Crossing. Such a treat!
    Thank you for an amazing introduction to New Zealand! We will be back.
    Leigh Smythe – Alberta, CanadaDecember 2016
  • It was great

    “A combination of a great group and great guides”
    Gordon Sorenson – Alberta, CanadaDecember 2016
  • 50 Shades of Green

    “I highly recommend the full itinerary for the Kauri trip! Excellent hikes, fantastic scenery, and great variety of activities: sand boarding, biking, caving, and snorkeling.”
    Kathy Martel – Maine, United StatesNovember 2016
  • “This trip exceeded every expectation. Every activity was more exciting than the last, never was there a dull moment. The hikes, especially the hike to Cape Brett and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, were absolutely incredible. Andy and Jo were the perfect team. Andy always kept us occupied with good stories and always had a backup plan if we weren't able to do something on the itinerary. He took the time on hikes to stop and point out unique things that otherwise would have been missed. "Mama Jo" really looked after us and made sure we all had the most amazing time. I have no idea where she found the energy to always be the one running back up the mountain to help carry the backpacks of tired hikers and then get back to the accommodations and cook everybody a delicious dinner. They were more than just tour guides, they were our family. I highly recommend this trip!”
    Cassidy Anderson – Vermont, United StatesNovember 2016
  • A beautiful adventure with fantastic guides

    “My wife and I had an unforgettable experience discovering the beautiful beaches and volcanic regions of the North Island.
    Every day was jammed with fun and diverse activities. I cannot think of a better, more efficient way to learning and exploring a new country.
    Andy and Jo make a great team too. Andy is extremely knowledgeable, smart, fun, cheeky and helpful. Jo is the perfect partner and she cooks fabulously!
    There are so many small details that have made this trip so awesome. Birthday cakes, surprises, trip music selection, great weather, great travel companions, the list goes on!”
    Miguel Hernandez – British Columbia, CanadaNovember 2016
  • beautiful people, trees and culture

    “We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Maori culture, and especially appreciated the kauri tree tour from the Maori guide. The hiking and trip was adventurous and exciting.”
    Bob Emley – Iowa, United StatesOctober 2016
  • Joy Project; New Zealand's North Island

    “The Tongariro Crossing was the highlight of my visit of the Northern Island. I felt as though we were trekking on another planet.

    Andrew and Claire shared their extensive knowledge of New Zealand’s culture, land, flora and fauna while offering great music on Dick, the bus and fabulous meals!

    I was asked about traveling to New Zealand alone. I explained I was not alone but traveling with twelve friends I had not met yet. This turned out to be factual.
    Lynn Marie
    Lynn Dulmage – Michigan, United StatesAugust 2016
  • Perfect way to see the north island

    “had a really good time. Guides were very professional and met all our needs”
    Sai Krishna Gangavalli – Texas, United StatesJuly 2016
  • North Island Adventure

    “After finishing the South Island tour, I joined the North Island tour for the last five days out of Auckland, a city I like for the short time I had to explore it. The 12 mile hike over the mountain and the tire tube experience in a cave were highlights along with mountain biking. Andy is a good cook, and a lucky man to catch a good woman from Wales.l”
    Vincent Simpson – New York, United StatesJune 2016
  • Kauri Mar 2016

    “We joined the Kauri for the second half in Auckland, Andy & Alex welcomed us into the group that was continuing from the first half of the trip, we immediatly felt comfortable. The knowledge that Andy & Alex have tucked away in their brains to share with the guest is amazing, the hiking, biking, cultural events at Te Pau all leading up to the "beast" the Tongariro Alpine Crossing were amazing. The weather for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing was not at its best, but that is the weather in New Zealand in the fall. Learning about the legend "Shrek" and glowing poop rounded off the trip.. Having only completed half of the Kauri trip, are appetites are whetted to return to do the full tour. The camaraderie amongst the tour group was great, the food that Alex prepared & Andy helped with during the tour was amazing, so my waist line tells me.”
    Nick Ward – Alberta, CanadaMay 2016
  • Fabulous trip, every day a new adventure

    “We loved our Active Adventures Kauri trip. Every day we had new adventures hiking in the beautiful North Island. The scenery is spectacular. At the end of the day we'd gather with local bottles of NZ wine and delicious home cooking by Andy and Kim--a great way to recap our day and to learn about the day ahead. Our guides were friendly, knowledgeable and genuinely caring, thank you!”
    Janet Evans – Colorado, United StatesMay 2016
  • “This was an amazing trip where I found that even a certified klutz like me was able to survive going up and down mountains and doing other crazy adventures that got me out of my comfort zone; with the help of 2 great guides and the encouragement of the group. ”
    Megan Loyd – Texas, United StatesMay 2016
  • Great trip

    “The North Island had a little more variety than the South Island, which I enjoyed. Both trips were excellent.”
    Armando Smithee – Texas, United StatesApril 2016
  • Brilliant Kauri trip

    “First trip to New Zealand far exceeded expectations. Wonderful country showed off to its best by a superb itinerary and first rate guides.”
    Jane Gordon – Scotland, United KingdomApril 2016
  • “We had such a wonderful time touring the North with a great bunch of people. The beaches and forests were so unique, and the mountains were amazing. Andy and Kim were great guides. We had so much fun hiking, and trying new things.”
    Karen Lienhart – New York, United StatesApril 2016
  • Kauri trip adventure and culture of the North Island

    “Normally a solo traveller so this was my 1st group tour and I found it so much more relaxing and enjoyable not having to drive, organise meals, accom etc. Every little detail of the trip was covered, our tour guide Andy was awesome, shared so much knowledge of the areas we travelled, was accomodating and adaptable, and a great cook. Jasmine who also joined us on the trip was lovely, such a pleasure travelling with her. I was after a tour with adventure and culture and it provided plenty of both. Already planning to do a South Island tour with Active Adventures in the future.”
    Amie Culverson – Western Australia, AustraliaApril 2016
  • Best Trip Ever!

    “What an amazing experience. I wasn't sure what to expect as this was my first time in New Zealand. Our guides were excellent and every bit of the trip was fantastic!! Definitely the trip of a lifetime! ”
    Beth Julian-Wang – California, United StatesApril 2016
  • second half of Kauri trip

    “To be honest, there is no way to compare the two trips I took. South island activities blew me away, not to mention the pristine wonder of the land.
    I tell everyone go to south island, spend your time there!
    Aukland on north island was fun and the caving experience with glow worms was thrilling and magical. Due to poor weather we were unable to hike the pass...a lost day unless you chose to go for a little hike in pouring rain.”
    Grae Garl – New Hampshire, United StatesApril 2016
  • Beautiful North Island

    “We spent one week traveling around the North Island with Active Adventures. The tour was focused on the Maori culture and the incredible ancient forests. The tour took us to places that we never would have found on our own.”
    Lu Johnson – Iowa, United StatesApril 2016
  • North island at its best

    “From great hikes, breathtaking views, wonderful snorkeling and kayaking, best mountain bike trails I have ever seen and finally the spectacular Waitomo Caves, our North Island adventure was outstanding.”
    Ty Howell – Alabama, United StatesApril 2016
  • Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing on my birthday!

    “I hiked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing on my birthday and it was the most wonderful birthday of my life!”
    Ivette Alonso-Triack – , Puerto RicoApril 2016
  • Good complement to the Rimu!

    “Traveling half way around the world to participate in the Rimu (South Island), we wanted to see the North Island, too. The 11-day Kauri truly addressed that desire and helped us better understand the culture and history of New Zealand.”
    Pam Taylor – Texas, United StatesApril 2016
  • Our adventure continues

    “We did the first 5 days of the Kauri trip right after our 8 day Tui trip. So glad we did, as we got to experience the different things the North island has to offer. I only wish we could have done the entire trip!”
    Barb Mize – Oklahoma, United StatesApril 2016
  • A north island adventure!

    “The north island has a beauty that is different than the south, and of course Active Adventures puts you in the middle of it for a great experience. Highlights include the Tongariro Crossing, black water rafting in the Waitomo caves, and hot springs. One regret is that I took part only in the 5-day Kauri instead of the 11 day trip.”
    Paul Markworth – Oregon, United StatesApril 2016
  • Kauri March 2016

    “Another excellent trip with Active! Carefully thought out and executed with a healthy sprinkling of fun!”
    Joanna Clarke – Alberta, CanadaMarch 2016
  • “I was on the last 5 days of the trip and having Andrew and Claire as leaders were great. When I wasn't feeling well I really appreciated Andrew and Claire staying with us hikers that were bringing up the rear on the Tongariro Crossing hike. Again, we had a lot of rain, but Andrew and Claire made the trip enjoyable.”
    Mary Beth Scheffel – Michigan, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Kauri in the rear view mirror

    “The north island of New Zealand is such a diverse landscape from forest to sand dunes to beautiful coastal hikes to volcano tramps. Through AA we were able to experience all of this and still be left with a desire to return for more.”
    Barry Ashton – Alberta, CanadaMarch 2016
  • Impressions Kauri trip

    “Really enjoyed listening to the guides humorous and interesting New Zealand facts. Andy and Alex are exceptional people-I am deeply impressed by their devotion to customer service and appreciated their encouragement when the trail let me know that I should be more active in my real life-best boot camp workout ever! I thoroughly enjoyed the activities, the scenery, the local guides, the "home cooked meals", the accommodations, even appreciated that it rained during some of the hikes. The trip left me wanting more-I wasn't ready to go home at the end-that's the only downside.

    Judy Savinkoff – British Columbia, CanadaMarch 2016
  • Sad to Say Goodbye

    Sharon Ashton – Alberta, CanadaMarch 2016
  • Awesome Action Packed Adventure

    “Hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking in an "outdoor museum"! Absolutely an unreal trip of a lifetime!”
    Isaac Daugherty – Minnesota, United StatesMarch 2016
  • A good time

    “The Kauri trip (pronounced Corey, right?) was truly enjoyable. The Active Adventures crew shared their enthusiasm throughout and many of the places we visited were spectacular and memorable. I did the whole eleven day trip and would certainly recommend it to anyone interested in exploring a good variety of the North Island and getting a feel for the Maori culture.”
    Drew Greenland – Connecticut, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Perfect

    “My expectations were exceeded. I would absolutely sign-up again for an adventure package in the future. Our guide was great and was good at adding more adventure between advertised ones. I would have gone for the longer packgae if Middle Earth was on the itinerary. Thanks!”
    Ryan Slade – Ontario, CanadaMarch 2016
  • Kauri

    “Kauri was an excellent trip - and provided a wonderful snapshot of life on the North Island. I only participated in the second half, as an "add-on" to the Rimu trip to the South Island. This combination worked very nicely, and provided a snapshot of both islands.

    The hiking - particularly the Tongariro Alpine Crossing - was wonderful. I loved Lake Taupo - so beautiful, and I swapped a visit to the mineral spa (Polynesian Spa) in Rotorua, for the bicycling (was incubating a cold, and it was raining), and can't recommend the spa more, if you're up for a break from more active events. Loved the two places where we stayed - Cedarwood Lakeside and Creel Lodge - absolutely charming and loved the chance to stay two nights in each. Wonderful trip!”
    Gail Janes – DC, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Incredible Honeymoon

    “My husband and I had an amazing time. The activities were very well organized and the guides were both very professional and a joy to be around. We loved learning all about the North Island from Andy. We also enjoyed his energetic and caring personality. Celia was great. She was so accommodating of everyone's needs and her cooking was fantastic. The greatest part was the fact that my husband and I did things that we wouldn't have normally chose to do if we were to just plan the trip ourselves, i.e. the mountain biking with Planet Bike in Rotorua (this was so much fun). It was so refreshing to just show up every morning and to have the day planned out for us. After this experience we are definitely interested in signing up for another Active Adventure for our future anniversaries. ”
    Candice Vallejos – New York, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Incredible honeymoon

    “Same as my wife (Candice Bennett). We both had an amazing time.”
    Dan Bennett – New York, United StatesMarch 2016
  • My peg leg adventure.

    “This was a great trip, well planned and organized. I was injured from the Rimu loop so it was hard for me to keep up with all the activities, not Active's fault, just getting older.”
    Scott Woodward – Washington, United StatesMarch 2016
  • My First Action Adventure Trip

    “My wife and I are retired and enjoy traveling. We rarely go on a tour and prefer to rent a car and see sights ourselves. Our trip of a lifetime was going to be our New Zealand trip. We went online and got information on renting a car that included a complete itinerary and lodging. While looking at various options we discovered "Active Adventures". When we read further we found that this alternative was exactly what we like when we are on our own but without the difficulty of obtaining the right equipment and finding the best places to explore. The small group size and active tours seemed perfect. The trip was everything we had hoped for and more. We saw the true heart of New Zealand in all its beauty and grandeur. ”
    Phil McLemore – Georgia, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Kauri

    “Had a wonderful time. Liona, Ken and Laura were brilliant. The food was extremely good considering Laura was cooking for 17! Really enjoyed the sand boarding and scuba diving. The group was large which meant that it was a tight squeeze in the van but it didn't detract from our enjoyment. Had already completed the Rimu and glad that the North Island had some different activities. Would highly recommend Active Adventures having completed 4 trips and they were all excellent.”
    Frances Partridge – Hertfordshire, United KingdomFebruary 2016
  • “This is our second trip with Active Adventures (we did the Rimu in February 2007) and we couldn't be happier with the guides, activities, food, and our fellow travelers. Lina, Ken and Laura took care of all our needs so that we could relax and enjoy the trip. ”
    Jean Cunningham – Michigan, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Arron's Review

    “We enjoyed our time with Active from the first introduction to our guides, the other guests and throughout every tour and fantastic site. ”
    Arron Tschida – California, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Enchanting New Zealand

    “This is our second trip with Active Adventures. Our last trip was Rimu on the South Island, 10 years ago. We were so enchanted by our experience on the South Island that we wanted to do a second one at the North Island. We were hoping that the Kauri trip would be as good as the Rimu on the South Island, but it proved to be even better!!”
    Fawwaz Ulaby – Michigan, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Kauri

    Peter Clausen – Iowa, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Amazing Time

    “I wasn't exactly sure what I expected when my husband suggested this trip and got us signed up. This was something he wanted to do and I was going along. I can't tell you how many times once we were in New Zealand I told him that it was so much more than I had anticipated. I was totally engaged and surprised by the opportunities that we had to test our physical abilities and more importantly to just enjoy thoroughly enjoy ourselves. Our guides were superb and the planning that went into each activity was immense. ”
    Jane McLemore – Georgia, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Active trip on the North Island

    “After my South Island trip I just hopped on the North Island and discovered it as well! It was great to be able to combine the North and South Island. It was an active trip, but it was also a relaxing journey. Very recommendable if you like to discover New Zealand but you do not like to drive, organize etc. everything on your own.”
    Samuel Moser – Schwyz, SwitzerlandFebruary 2016
  • Kauri January 16

    “Amelia and Klara were wonderful hosts and extremely well organised. I enjoyed the walking and boat trips especially the day at Poor Knights Islands. They made my birthday very special with stunning accommodation and a lovely meal and cake. The girls were great and made our trip very memorable.”
    Gaynor Waterman – West Sussex, United KingdomFebruary 2016
  • Kauri Jan 16

    “Our Leaders, Amelia and Klara, were terrific throughout. Very knowledgeable, personable and good fun. They are a great advert for the company. The walking and boat trips were well organised and led, providing the group with a great time.”
    David Daniels – West Sussex, United KingdomFebruary 2016
  • “I had a fabulous time on the Active Adventures trip! The staff was knowledgeable, fun, friendly and very funny. I liked the way they catered to my needs - speeding up when I was cold, moderating the pace when I was winded - and they did it in a subtle and supporting way. Since I only did the North Island, I must come back and see the South island. And I would be thrilled to do it with Active Adventures. ”
    Peg Videtta – California, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • North island

    “The guides Alex and Amelia were the best, the trip was awesome”
    Jo Peebles – , United KingdomJanuary 2016
  • Kauri Trip

    “It was the trip of a lifetime. We got to experience the New Zealand culture, history, and outdoors effortlessly. I cannot put into words how meaningful Amelia and Nick Mc made our visit. We would have had a great time had we hiked by ourselves, but we would not have been able to arrange all the activities in just a few days or learned so much about the history and culture of New Zealand. We also would not have laughed so hard or so continuously. Amelia and Nick were very professional, knowledgeable, and experienced with the outdoors. The cooking was fantastic, the level of safety we felt while hiking over the Tongariro Crossing, and the simple things like homemade cookies, New Zealand Lemon Soda, and Chicken Noodle soup at the top of the crossing were very thoughtful on the part of the guides. The special American dinner on the last night was unforgettable. New Zealand's beauty stands alone, but the relationships with Amelia and Nick are what will last with us. ”
    Sheila Mckay Long Brandt – New Mexico, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • “Great guides, great itinerary, good pace, good food and company. Lovely not to have to worry about where and what to see. Charming accomodation.”
    Lucinda Regan – New South Wales, AustraliaJanuary 2016
  • What a great time !

    “My travels have taken me all of over the world on outdoor adventures and the time spent with Active Adventures was the absolute best! From the great staff and communication / website, to the ease of booking and planning, to the most professional, hard working and enjoyable guides, I can't wait to do another trip with Active. ”
    Mike Brecht – California, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Guides made the trip

    “Can't say enough about Andy and Clara. Their attentiveness, knowledge of the country and genuine enthusiasm was a huge part of what made the trip so great. At 62, the pace was right there at the limit of my comfort zone. But with their encouragement, I did it all!”
    Ellyn Dooley – California, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Amazing NZ

    “I found everything splendid, beautiful, and just fantastic. The trip was worthwhile and the adventure of hiking outdoors was fun and exactly what I needed. I'm happy to have booked this trip with Active Adventure first and grateful for Fiona persistence and friendliness from the time we emailed one another to the time I booked the trip. She was extremely patient and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed the process of getting to know what I will be exploring on this trip with her. We were fortunate to have wonderful guides Clara and Andy with us who were very knowledgeable, kind, and detailed oriented. It was the most fun I've had practically ever touring with a group. It was intimate, fun, and became family. Enjoyed the outdoors as much as I did the company. Their hospitality was welcoming and can honestly say that I've learned so much about the land, food, and Mauri traditions and customs than I had expected. Sir Ed was a wonderful ride. Hands down I would recommend anyone on the fence to do just do it. You won't regret it. ”
    Isabel Giamos – California, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Kauri 22 December 2015

    “Having previously been on the Rimu trip in (justifiably the trip of a lifetime at the time) it is difficult not to make comparisons. However the two trips are very different, perhaps reflecting the differing nature of the North and South Islands of NZ. The trip certainly lived up to expectations
    Chris Idle – Warwickshire, United KingdomJanuary 2016
  • Kauri 22 December 2015

    “Having previously been on the Rimu trip in (justifiably the trip of a lifetime at the time) it is difficult not to make comparisons. However the two trips are very different, perhaps reflecting the differing nature of the North and South Islands of NZ. The trip certainly lived up to expectations
    Sally Idle – Warwickshire, United KingdomJanuary 2016
  • Great North Island Experience!

    “An amazing way to see the North Island. Every day offered something unique and memorable. It was great to see the sights and learn about the history, culture, and ecosystem of New Zealand. The accommodations offered beautiful views and Amelia and Elysse made sure we never went hungry! Thanks for the trip of a lifetime!”
    Nick Hackett – Illinois, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Kauri trip

    “Beautiful, wonderful, adventure to New Zealand. The guides, Andy and Clara were wonderful. The meals prepared by Clara were delish. They both listened and created a trip suited to the group. ”
    Cindy Johnson – California, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Hiking, Biking and Rafting in the North

    “Although we had high expectations for a fun and active week I had been nervous as to how group dynamics would work and whether or not I would be fit enough (or have the capability) to keep up with others on the various activities. My fears were totally unfounded and the enthusiastic guides ensured that within hours we were a very happy team. All our individual needs and wishes for the holiday were catered for and we had the most amazing week. I was just sad that we weren't continuing for another.”
    Anne Culverwell – Essex, United KingdomDecember 2015
  • Beyond Expectations

    “I've heard too many people say skip the North Island. I am so happy I ignored that advice. This was a fabulous trip--outstanding itinerary, eye popping scenery, great people, excellent food, and spectacular guides. I loved the North Island forests. They are definitely unique. The Footprints tour with the local Maori guides was a highlight of this trip. I've been on a lot of guided trips and Andy and Clara were two of the best guides ever. Very knowledgeable about all aspects of New Zealand, attentive to every detail, fun, and great cooks. I would travel with them again and look forward to my next Active Adventures trip.”
    Teresa Morehead – Indiana, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Sandy, Denver, Colorado

    “A moonlight walk among the Kauri Trees with songs and prayers sung by a lovey Maori couple was the perfect introduction to the Kauri Trip and Maori culture. How could it get better than this?? Just wait....Andy and Clara made every day exceptional with their knowledge of NZ, love of their country, attention to details, surprises!!!, good humor and zest for adventure travel. I didn't want the trip to end!!!”
    Sandy Sauer – Colorado, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Nov 3 2015 Kauri with Andrew and Clara - second half

    “Allison - Boston, MA

    This was truly a remarkable, emotional, calming trip. Your beautiful country was shared with care, love and respect by your guides who added color, history and so much more! ”
    Allison Houghteling – Massachusetts, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Awesome

    “Your guides often used the word "awesome" about the week's worth of adventures - they were wrong, we needed a better superlative than awesome. It was an awesome+ week, with awesome+ companions and awesome++ guides.
    Being by far the oldest in the group with water and height phobias, the guides were always thoughtful and conscientious with their trekkers.
    A great shame we couldn't cross Tongariro because of the weather, and the last day with just a visit to Waitomo dragged a bit, but otherwise TOTAL AWESOMENESS.”
    Ray Crowther – Essex, United KingdomNovember 2015
  • Showcased the beauties of the North Island

    “I really enjoyed the trip. Special events for me were the visit to Waipoa Forest with our Mauri guides, Billy Boy and Merepaea, the Cape Brett hike, and the Ruapekapeka Pa site. Andrew and Clara were wonderful tour guides, knowledgeable, patient, and concerned.”
    Naomi Marcus – New York, United StatesNovember 2015
  • Would definitely recommend!

    “This trip was truly amazing! The guides were tons of fun and helpful in any aspect needed, definitely loved the whole experience and can't wait to come back for more of New Zealand!”
    Noodle Evans – British Columbia, CanadaNovember 2015
  • Tough, but with help I did it!

    “Signing on for this NZ Active Adventures trip on North Island without a break from our first one on the South Island, was not the smartest thing for me to do. Nevertheless, the guides were accommodating and allowed me to modify some of the activities. They were supportive and always positive. I really appreciated their understanding.”
    Betsy Richman – Pennsylvania, United StatesNovember 2015
  • First trip I've ever been on and the greatest

    “My Kauri trip was simply amazing!!! I can get quite anxious in any situation but Amelia, Alex and Duck made everyone feel really comfortable all the time and it was fantastic! I can't really put into words how amazing the trip was! Everything from service to accommodation to food to witty banter was simply amazing! They joked around with us and we're so incredibly friendly that it made it feel like you were on a trip with friends and they weren't working! Best thing I've ever done was go on a trip with active adventures! ”
    Abby Quesnel – British Columbia, CanadaNovember 2015
  • Officially traveling only through Active Adventures!

    “New Zealand is the most beautiful and welcoming country I have ever been to. I was blown away by how green and beautiful it is. Amelia was the coolest guide and person I have ever met. She was filled with so much energy that was just contagious, she made you so excited for each adventure! Alex was so chill, which I loved because that's how I am, she gave me so many good tips and information for New Zealand and for my possible trip of the South Island that I would love to do. Duck was hilarious, even though I thought his name was Doug! He was very understanding of every issue that arose for everyone in the group. Even though I'm used to being in the woods where I'm from, I learned that New Zealand wasn't my home and that it's best to stay with the group, because I got lost haha but everyone was very understanding of the situation, which made me feel better. The food was so amazing, I never felt hungry, and the fact that snacks were available incase I did was fantastic. The hikes pushed me a little bit physically but that was good, I like to push myself, so with each hike I felt like accomplished something and the reward was the incredible sights New Zealand has to offer. Every person I met from New Zealand was so cool and kind wether they were a part of active or not. I was blown away by the kindness. The accommodations were so great, I was impressed. I was worried before the trip about sharing a room with a stranger, but I found out I had nothing to worry about. My roommate was very cool and it was fun to get to know someone from a different country. I was thinking I would be put in a small room with two beds and have to listen to snoring or have someone listen to me snore haha but that wasn't the case, it was like we had our own apartment since it was lodging and resorts! So there was plenty of space, privacy, and no snoring to be heard! I'm so excited to travel through you guys again, I've been telling everyone here at home that I miss New Zealand and was very sad to leave, because it is literally the most incredible place I've been to. My parents also love that I was with a group and guides so they didn't have to worry too much. Which I liked too, I felt very comfortable and look forward to my next Active Adventure:)

    -Melissa ”
    Melissa Revis – Idaho, United StatesNovember 2015
  • Awesome trip

    “Lots of great hikes interspersed with Maori culture and a little New Zealand history. Even the driving was scenic. Had an amazing time!”
    Rebecca Roulo – Georgia, United StatesNovember 2015
  • The Most Beautiful Place on Earth

    “The North Island of New Zealand exceeded my expectations. I could not have been happier with the scenery, accommodations', food and especially the wonderful guides. Not only did we do some awesome hikes, but I was challenged to do some things that were out of my "comfort zone". (Like snorkeling and black water rafting) Keep up the great work.
    This was my second trip to New Zealand and hopefully not my last !

    Barbara Pippenger – Wisconsin, United StatesMay 2015
  • Awesome North Island!

    “So much more than I was expecting, incredible landscapes and amazing hikes - an awesome adventure!”
    Claire Todd – , New ZealandMay 2015
  • Awesome Guides made the trip memorable

    “Andrew and Sally were extremely knowledgeable and welcoming. Awesome food and fun activities!”
    Vinny Montemurro – Connecticut, United StatesApril 2015
  • North Island Adventure

    “Fantastic coastal walks, beautiful islands and the icing on the cake was the Tongariro Crossing which our group completed in perfect weather.”
    Judith Jones – Herts, United KingdomApril 2015
  • “Fantastic-you read the description, you think you are ready and the trip is even better! No way would I have tried the various activities without the Active guides, they made it seamless and fun!”
    Annabelle Irey – New York, United StatesApril 2015
  • Kauri Trip (thats "Coty" to those in the know!!)

    “We had previously done the Rimu trip which we loved and were inspired to return to see the North Island. The trip had many of the same attributes as the Rimu - great energetic and informative guides, full on activity with a focus on the enjoyment of the outside world. There was probabaly less hiking than Rimu and more variety in the activities - wait for the snorkelling at Poor Knights (best snorkelling ever!) Black Water Rafting which finishes the trip on a high. We were a small intimate group and that added to the pleasure of the trip, If you like the outdoors, whatever your age, are generally fit and up for things then Active New Zealand won't disappoint. Great value for money too.”
    Alison Pritchard – London, United KingdomApril 2015
  • JAL North Island Review

    “The trip not only provided us with wonderfully diversified hikes and activities in the beautiful scenery of the North Island, but the incredible information provided to us by our guides gave us the background and understanding of the history and culture of New Zealand. It was an intellectually, as well as physically, rewarding experience.”
    Jim Locke – New York, United StatesApril 2015
  • Adventure trip of a lifetime in New Zealand

    “This trip surpassed almost every expectation I had! I tried not to pay attention to details ahead of time, preferring to be surprised by what each different day had to offer! I had researched what company to travel with and Active Adventures always rose to the top of my list and seemed to have the most variety in what they offered. The guides, Andrew and Amanda were quite a team! They worked together seamlessly to make everyone happy and I am not sure that they ever slept. Andrew should be a history professor!
    I am thrilled that I did the longest trip offered on each Island as there is so much to see and do. Lots of driving and understandably so as we covered a lot of ground!”
    Kathleen Conklin – Colorado, United StatesApril 2015
  • Kauri

    “Awesome trip. Andy and Amanda went above and beyond the call of duty. Andy was so informative about the North Island and such a good sense of humour. Amanda paid attention to my dietary needs, she even found Dairy Free Chocolate!!!!!
    Both had a way of prodding one ever onward without being intrusive, demanding, or adding pressure to your experience.”
    Betty Jaap – Alberta, CanadaApril 2015
  • Fantastic Kauri an Active Adventure!!

    “Thanks so much to Andrew and Amanda for the marvelous time you gave us in New Zealand. We so appreciate your guidance and patience for the not real speedy Grandmas from Canada. Loved all the fun and adventures and the big highlight was hiking Tongariro Crossing. Spectacular! I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants an adventure. ”
    Bonnie Mullin – Alberta, CanadaApril 2015
  • Kia Ora!

    “This trip was a dream come true for me. It met all my expectations and then some! ”
    Colette Piceau – Florida, United StatesApril 2015
  • Wonderful

    “My journey to New Zealand with Active Adventures was the absolute trip of a lifetime! From the Volcanic north to the towering alps of the south. Every day offered a new and exciting adventure. The guides were terrific, friendly and knowledgeable about the land, people and culture that we immersed ourselves in. ”
    James Kilduff – New York, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Amazing Way to See the North Island

    “All aspects of the trip were excellent. The tour guides were friendly and knowledgable, the food was fantastic and we went to some amazing places. I'll definately take a tour with Active Adventures New Zealand in the future.”
    Wanda Callahan – Washington, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Second half of Kauri

    “We did the second half of a Kauri after doing the Rimu. We enjoyed seeing the North Island and the opportunity to do the Alpine crossing which offered spectacular views and seeing the geothermal areas. This group was a different one for us than the Rimu in that the fitness level varied much more. Fortunately for everyone, the guides did everything that they could to provide the best experience that they could to every person and the group got on well. It was also a bit different to join a group in the middle of a trip but there were many others in the same boat and everyone was welcoming. We were able to take a slightly different option off the Alpine hike which allowed us an adventure and some relief from the crowds and I really appreciated that. The mountain biking was really fun but it might be challenging if you had not done much biking before. Amanda and Andrew were terrific.”
    Duncan Laidlow – British Columbia, CanadaMarch 2015
  • Inspirational

    “Andrew and Natalie were an amazing duo providing an outstanding challenging adventure that has inspired me to keep on pushing for greater achievements in health, fitness and life in general. The driving, meal planning, story telling, activities, organizing, encouragement, accommodations, personal requests, sights, history, etc. is a lot of hard work for these two who pulled it off making it look easy. But I know from experience IT IS a lot of hard dedicated work especially with such a diverse group of individuals. Thank you for making it such an inspirational life changing adventure for me!! ”
    Joanne Skibsted – Alberta, CanadaMarch 2015
  • Kauri

    “The trip far exceeded my expectations. Great planning, cuisine, comfortable lodging and choices of activities. Andrew and Natalie were extremely knowledgable in all facets of the trip, from bird life to local knowledge. I highly recommend this trip to those seeking a very active and well planned tour.”
    Elizabeth Robson – Florida, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • Definitely worth adding on to the south island trip :)

    “I did both the Rimu and the Kauri and I thought they were both amazing! New Zealand is all around a beautiful place, but the scenery that you get in the North Island is distinctive from that of the South. I think it is definitely worthwhile to do both trips (either adding the 5 day trip or the 11 day trip like I did). The Kauri trip has more culturally activities and has less intense hikes than that of the Rimu trip. That being said, the hikes can still be challenging if you decide to push yourself. I am so glad that I did both trips because it gave me a picture of New Zealand as a whole. Additionally, Nat and Andrew were amazing guides! I have no complaints about anything and would recommend this trip to everyone.”
    Lauren Brown – New York, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • Best time of our lives!

    “We had the most incredible trip! It was our honeymoon, and we couldn't have asked for a better experience of a lifetime. The guides were very informative, motivated, friendly, and great cooks! I would recommend this trip to anyone. Thank you for making it such a wonderful experience!”
    Rebecca Spahos – Georgia, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • Fantastic Trip

    “First time to NZ, from the booking people on the phone to the guides to the guests, everyone was amazing. We all became fast friends and had a great time and great adventures. Can't recommend it highly enough. Hiking, biking, snorkeling, volcanoes, boating, Maori culture and more.”
    James Chapchuk – Alberta, CanadaJanuary 2015
  • “Great trip, made unforgettable by super guides and weather!”
    Andrew Wilkinson – Cornwall, United KingdomJanuary 2015
  • Great experience

    “This was my second trip with Active in New Zealand- and maybe because it was summertime and the weather was great or just that the itinerary was well designed, or that my group leaders and co-travelers were awesome, but I had an amazing time!”
    – , January 2015
  • “Wonderful trip. wonderful guides. wonderful fun.”
    Hayley Cohen – New Jersey, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • Dec 2014 Kauri Trip

    “I loved this trip. A very good mix of activities both on and in the water, some challenging hikes, down time in the city, great food and stellar travel guides and companions. I've been on many small group tours in many places and I will remember this one as one of my very favorites.”
    Brent Thaete – Keonggi-do, Korea, Republic of [South]January 2015
  • Awesome time in Kauri with Andrew and Natalie

    “We were done with an awesome trip and jumped into another one! You already know we love this is all about Andrew! He was amazing! His knowledge of New Zealand and its history truly made the trip complete! I loved listening to him while he explained the wars, people, animals, plant life and so much more! I cannot say enough about Andrew! The trip itself was amazing! What a diversity of things to do and places to see! We loved the Kauri trip!”
    PJ Darling – California, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • Awesome trip

    “Hey guys! Thanks for a great trip. You treated us like royalty and we couldn't have asked for more. It was definitely worth every penny! We hope to make another trip this time for the south island... keep a look out, we'll be back!”
    Denis Borja – , Brunei DarussalamDecember 2014
  • Kauri2014

    “Loved it - Andrew and Sarah were fantastic. The activities were perfect for me. And the other adventurers were great.”
    Greg Henk – California, United StatesDecember 2014
  • Challenge Accepted!

    “Whatever your fitness level or limitations, this is a great opportunity to challenge yourself amid beautiful surroundings in a supportive group.”
    Lalana Pundisto – Texas, United StatesDecember 2014
  • Kauri

    “Had a great time! Lina and Andrew were extremey knowledgable and awesome. Was definitely more laid back than the Rimu-had a couple of good hikes. Didn't care for the boat day too much-maybe the last half of the Kauri would have been more fitting for me. LOVED the Cape Brett hike-was definitely my favorite part of the Kauri. Enjoyed the cultural experience with the Kauri guide. Learned a lot on this trip.”
    Lydia Zajackowski – Washington, United StatesDecember 2014
  • The Pub Trip!

    “This was our third trip with Active Adventures (2010 South Island, 2013 Peru) and our high expectations were not disappointed. Guides Andrew and Sarah were above and beyond our greatest hopes: encouraging, adaptive, flexible, helpful, knowledgeable, and just plain fun! Our group became great friends, and ended each day finding the closest pub to share and re-live the day's adventure. Even though the abilities of our members varied, each one was accommodated and made to feel challenged but not intimidated. Nothing but fun, friends, and adventure!”
    Robyn Henk – California, United StatesDecember 2014
  • Kauri Nov 2014

    “This was truly a super trip of the North Island ~ I enjoyed every minute of it. Our lead guide Andrew was quite knowledgeable about the history of the areas that we passed through which was very interesting. I learned a lot about the Maori culture and history. Along with Nat our other guide who looked after all our concerns, cooked delicious meals and provided plenty of information as well. Both Andrew and Nat inspired us and motivated us and were very positive and fun to be around. Having taken the Kauri previously when it was only a 5 day trip I really enjoyed the extra days and seeing the Northern part of the North Island.”
    Elena Jensen – California, United StatesDecember 2014
  • Kauri Adventure

    “Fabulous North Island adventure. Great guides (Lauren and Sara).”
    Laird Morrill – Minnesota, United StatesJune 2014
  • Amazing trip!

    “The Kauri trip was wonderful! A great blend of active and cultural adventures, with opportunities to learn, try new things, and take on challenges. And the guides were great - very knowledgeable, friendly, and fun! I would recommend this tour to anyone looking to explore the North Island.”
    Ali Bixler – Wisconsin, United StatesJune 2014
  • “Lauren and Sarah were excellent guides. They are really good at what they do! We saw some wonderful places and participated in some really good activities. We loved the Maori experience, the mountain biking and the trekking. A great trip all round”
    Pauline Wynne – Ireland 7, Ireland (Republic of)May 2014
  • Exactly as promised, better than I imagined!

    “This was truly a trip of a lifetime!!! The scenery was spectacular, our guides knowledgeable and hard working and went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our trip went as planned. I can't recommend Active Aventures highly enough!!”
    Kathleen Rolenz – Ohio, United StatesMay 2014
  • We loved it!

    “We had a great time and were really pleased with every aspect of the trip. ”
    Wayne Arnason – Ohio, United StatesMay 2014
  • Eleven days on Kauri

    “The eleven day Kauri trip takes you through most of the sights of Northern and Central North island. Having already done the South Island, I appreciated the different activites and sights of the North Island. The Tongariro crossing is a highlight, so be sure you are physically fit to do it. I much enjoyed the snorkelling and sight of the Poor Knights Island. Despite being a bit ho-hum about the sand-boarding before trying it, it turned out to be a blast. The Maori cultural experiences were also great.”
    Erik Hagberg – Ontario, CanadaApril 2014
  • 11 day Kauri

    “Loved the new far north section, including the sand boarding (rivals Queenstown activities). Great guides again. The Tongariro Crossing was the highlight - I felt so lucky to have done it.”
    Lois Fitzpatrick – Ontario, CanadaApril 2014
  • “This truly was a trip to remember! We are so glad that we combined the longer Kauri trip with the Rimu so that we got a good flavor of both islands. ”
    Carol Samuelson – Iowa, United StatesApril 2014
  • Kauri - March 2914

    “Truly a magical experience. We had a beautiful mix of activity, culture, and history of New Zealand. Duck was a special guide who made New Zealand come alive. We enjoyed his information, encouragement, and cooking. It also helped that the weather was perfect. This trip is a "must do" if you want to appreciate the totality of New Zealand.”
    Chris Samuelson – Iowa, United StatesApril 2014
  • Kauri trip

    “We saw so many amazing beaches, hikes and waterfalls. It was so nice that everything was planned for us but sometimes they changed it up a bit to meet our group needs. Lauren and Sarah were always in a good mood joking around with everyone. The food they cooked was great but when we did eat out they would find just the right spot for us . I loved all the small places we stayed and that they always had milk in the refrig. for you in the morning for your coffee or tea. This trip definitely was a 10. I would not have changed a thing. Thank you, Thank you. I will spread the word about Active Adventures.”
    Sandy Nutt – Virginia, United StatesMarch 2014
  • Feb 2014 Kauri...Tops with Lauren and Sally

    “Wonderful beauty, variety: Much more to the North Island than we thought! Starting with Poor Knights and Bay of isles cruise, it felt like a relaxing vacation from the frenetic Rimu we'd just come off! Then it cranked up: great sand dune hikes, evening Maori hike through the kauri forest, hikes up waterfalls and Rainbow Mountain. Lauren and Sally made the Tongariro possible...encouraged the worried among us we could do it...and so glad I did!”
    Giny Crawford – Pennsylvania, United StatesMarch 2014
  • Kauri (5 day)

    “Extraordinary 5 days! Were it not for the Kauri itinerary I wouldn't have chosen to visit the Maori exhibit, Te Puia. Thank you so much for including it as it provided a valuable touchstone for interpreting the rest of my tour. ”
    Kim Abell – New York, United StatesMarch 2014
  • Amazing New Zealand - North

    “Booking an adventure trip like this from the other side of the world can be a real shot in the dark, but I am SO very glad that we found Active Adventures and decided to go with them. My first visit to New Zealand could not have been more "magical" and the care, attention to detail, and general top notch organization -- both of the materials sent beforehand and the planning by the guides along the way -- were truly first class. I would return to New Zealand in a heartbeat ... and when I do, it will be again with Active Adventures! It was truly a pleasure spending time with everyone!”
    Deborah Vanasek – Arizona, United StatesMarch 2014
  • An Off the Planet Experience!

    “ As a seventy year plus lady, I anticipated some physical challenges beyond my comfort zone, but with the excellent customized guidance of our two entertaining, superbly informed leaders Lauren and Sally, and encouragement of my fellow trippers, I felt a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day's "active adventure!" Thanks, too, for all the thoughtful packing and travel tips, and your attention to detail prior to our departure for the trip. ”
    Marion Abell – Vermont, United StatesMarch 2014
  • “A wonderful hiking holiday”
    Christopher Royce – North Carolina, United StatesMarch 2014
  • “Jax and DK were amazing guides for a beautiful country and action packed trip! Best lamb chops of my entire life. I'd travel the 24 hours just to get those again. ”
    Jen Doerger – New York, United StatesFebruary 2014
  • Kauri trip

    “We had a great honeymoon in New Zealand and the 5-day Kauri with Active was definitely part of it! Amazing landscapes and hikes, wonderful guides and a great group, makes an unforgettable experience. We had nothing to worry about and just enjoyed every moment. Thank you!”
    Elodie Chabrat – , FranceJanuary 2014
  • So very happy...

    “Jacs and DK were phenomenal hosts for our short five days in the North Island. Accommodations were great and the food was plentiful. Our hikes and bikes were well planned and had options for all skill levels. We are looking forward to our next Active trip! ”
    Brad Henshaw – Washington, United StatesJanuary 2014
  • Kauri with DK and Jacs

    “Our time in New Zealand and with DK, Jacs and the 'Kauri gang' was nothing short of absolutely amazing. The facts about New Zealand and stories of Maori culture were a great accent to all the beauty New Zealand has to offer. The hikes, the accommodations and the food provided were superb. This is a trip I have already recommended to friends.”
    Donna Quinby – Washington, United StatesJanuary 2014
  • Beautiful Location and Incredible Guides

    “We enjoyed the beautiful hikes, waterfalls, geysers, culture, lodges and landscape. The guides were first class and the lodging was first class! It was unfortunate that our flights were delayed getting into New Zealand so we missed the first two days of our trip but the management, staff and guides worked together to help us meet up with the rest of the group and enjoy the remainder of the vacation.”
    Bryan Mason – Ohio, United StatesDecember 2013
  • North Island

    “Enjoyed this 5 day visit around North Island - so very different than the South. It was interesting to see how volcanic activity has and still is influenced the development of the country.”
    Angie Magee – Bucks, United KingdomDecember 2013
  • Short and comprehensive

    “This was a great way to see the North Island! I had a blast and it was the perfect addition to the Tui trip. I would love to try the extended version of this trip as well!”
    Sarah Struble – Wisconsin, United StatesDecember 2013
  • North Island Fun!!!

    “Great trip on the North Island! Hiking the Tongariro Crossing and black water rafting at Waitomo Caves were the highlights for me.”
    Eric Emerson – California, United StatesDecember 2013
  • Kauri trip October 2013

    “This was truly the trip I will never forget and the people that I shall always cherish in the fact that I was able to meet them and learn something of their lives. Sally and Lauren were great not just as tour guides but as hosts and ambassadors of a spectacular nation. I hope to return soon if only to attempt to replay the adventures and experiences of the first. Many thanks to Lauren and Sally.”
    Dave Snead – Georgia, United StatesDecember 2013
  • Kauri and Rimu

    “OUTSTANDING!!!!! Kauri and Rimu back to back - what an experience. Thanks to Lauren, Sally, Andrew and Mel (chef extraordinaire), our respective guides who took such good care of us catering to our every need. It was great not having to eat in a restaurant all the time. While due to weather/snow conditions we were unable to complete all hikes, we trekked as far as we could, the challenges and scenery no less spectacular. The Kauri with its volcanic and thermal activity, the glow worm caves, the farmland, learning about the Maori culture, the Rimu's amazing mountains, Franz Josef and Milford Sound were breathtaking. Would we recommend this bet!!! ”
    Brenda Griener – Ontario, CanadaDecember 2013
  • Wow, just wow!

    “What an absolutely breathtaking country! We saw everything from bubbling mud pools and geysers to a hail storm on top of Tongariro Crossing. We had a blast on this trip and we created new friendships that will last a lifetime! Cheers!”
    Kristina Mason – Ohio, United StatesNovember 2013
  • “The Kauri trip was great, and in true Active Adventures fashion, the guides were awesome. We were lucky when it came to the weather, and our guides pulled no punches in letting us know what to pack and what to expect if the worst happened. They also did not hesitate to make a decision when the 'bad weather' never came urging us to press on and continue the adventure. ”
    Robert Gage – APO/FPO AP, United StatesNovember 2013
  • Epic adventure!

    “Our guides were awesome, Lauren and Sally, we couldn't ask for 2 nicer people. They were so organized, great food, and safe driving of course. We were looked after extremely well. Visited some fab places and just had a great time. We were also blessed with a great bunch of travelers. Cheers!”
    Trish Clarkson – Victoria, AustraliaNovember 2013

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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