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Ultimate South Island Adventure

Ultimate South Island Adventure

Rimu

4.53 out of 5 (from 4912 reviews)

  • 14 Days - From US$5499 + tax
  • 12 Days - From US$5199 + tax
  • 8 Days - From US$4399 + tax

Trip Introduction

This is our signature adventure and a great, outdoorsy way to see New Zealand. We’ve been fine-tuning this perennial favourite since 1996 and it’s simply an awesome trip. You’ll explore the most beautiful, famous and little-known places in the South Island – up close and personal – with legendary hospitality and our unsurpassed attention to detail. For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).

Activity level: The ‘Rimu’ is one of our more adventurous trips, but has options to suit a wide range of ages and outdoor experience. Typically, hikes on the ‘Rimu’ trip range between two and five hours to complete, with longer hikes available on the multi-day option. If you think you’d prefer a more relaxed pace and shorter one to three hour hikes, we recommend checking out our ‘Kiwi’ trip. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to chat about the various options.

Highlights

Hike
Routeburn Track
Kepler Track
Punakaiki
Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
West Coast beaches and rainforests
Franz Josef Glacier (with heli-hike option)
To a fur seal colony in Kaikoura

Choice of multi-day options ...
Wilderness hiking in Nelson Lakes National Park OR sea kayaking in Marlborough Sounds OR biking on Queen Charlotte Track

Bike
Te Araroa Track near Wanaka

Sea kayak
Milford Sound, Okarito Lagoon

Plus ...
Explore Queenstown

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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Itinerary

Day 1 — Arrive, hike to a fur seal colony on the Kaikoura Peninsula

Most people leave the Northern Hemisphere on a Saturday evening, arriving in Auckland early Monday morning. You’ll lose a day crossing the dateline – but you get it back on the way home! It’s a short flight from Auckland to Christchurch on the South Island where we’ll meet you. We’ll start your trip by travelling up the coast to the seaside town of Kaikoura, where we’ll hike the scenic peninsula. Passing weathered limestone cliffs we’ll watch a colony of fur seals basking on the rocks and playing in the eddies, on a stretch of rugged coastline that was uplifted in the Kaikoura earthquake - it’s amazing to see this brand new land! Today is a relaxed introduction to New Zealand. Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll probably find jetlag is no big deal. It’s a 12 to 13 hour direct overnight flight from the West Coast of the USA to Auckland and there’s only a 3 hour time difference between New Zealand and US Pacific time. If you’re coming from further afield, you’ll appreciate the gentle start to your New Zealand adventure.
Kaikoura Lodgings, Kaikoura (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2 (morning) — Visit vineyard

From Kaikoura, we’ll travel along spectacular coastline for a couple of hours to Blenheim, a town in the Marlborough wine region. We’ll visit Forrest Estate Winery to sample some of their fantastic wines and have a picnic lunch before we head off for our various activities.

Day 2 (afternoon) — Start multi-day hiking, sea kayaking or mountain biking options

Hiking Option - Nelson Lakes National Park: The Angelus Circuit

Day 2 (afternoon) - Hike Angelus Circuit: Saint Arnaud to Lakehead Hut

Our hike begins in the charming village of Saint Arnaud, on the edge of Nelson Lakes National Park. This is serious wilderness country, with incredible views and marvellous solitude. The park straddles the upper Southern Alps, an area composed of beech forests, big lakes and even bigger mountains. We’ll hike the relatively gentle trail through the forest alongside Lake Rotoiti to Lakehead Hut, a small mountain cabin at the head of the lake and our home for the night. Our guides are pretty tough and they’ll carry the lion’s share of the load. All you’ll be carrying is a backpack with your sleeping bag, a few spare clothes, and a share of our food. To protect this beautiful and fragile environment, we always keep our group sizes small and our exact route flexible.

Lakehead Hut, Nelson Lakes National Park (All meals) 

Day 3 - Hike Angelus Circuit: Lakehead Hut to Angelus Hut

Today is an unforgettable day – the scenery gets better with each step! We follow the Travers River through beech forest, before heading up the Hukere Stream towards the ridgeline. This is a challenging hike, with an elevation gain of 1000 metres (3280 feet), but it’s absolutely worth it. The Angelus Circuit has exceptional scenic diversity, so it provides a great reward for the efforts you put in. There’s no rush and we’ll be there to encourage you the whole way. It’s a tremendous feeling at the top when you reach Angelus Hut, nestled beside a gorgeous alpine lake. Many people tell us this hidden gem was the highlight of their New Zealand adventure, and a lot of Kiwis prefer the Angelus Circuit to better-known tracks.
Angelus Hut, Nelson Lakes National Park (All meals)

Day 4 (morning) - Hike Angelus Circuit: Angelus Hut to Lake Rotoiti

Wake up on top of the world! After breakfast, we’ll hike out along the barren Robert Ridge with dramatic views of Tasman Bay and the mountainous Kahurangi National Park in the distance. We’ll descend below the treeline again into native beech forest completing our hike on the shores of Lake Rotoiti. Here, we’ll meet up with the kayakers and cyclists and share stories of our adventures, before carrying on to the West Coast.

Sea Kayaking Option - Marlborough Sounds (Add US$899 + tax)

Day 2 (afternoon) - Sea kayak Marlborough Sounds

After lunch, you’ll head to Ngakuta Bay in the Marlborough Sounds to begin three days of paddling in style. The waters are sheltered, meaning they are generally calm. The surrounding lush forest and rocky coastline are truly stunning. You’ll be kitted out comfortably in your sea kayak with all the necessary safety equipment for paddling. After a thorough safety briefing, you’ll head out with your specialist kayak guide for a gentle first day’s paddle to Tanglewood Lodge, with sparkling views of the surrounding Sounds. This multi-day option is quite flexible, so you don’t need any previous paddling experience, but if you are an experienced sea kayaker, we’ll certainly keep you challenged.

Tanglewood Lodge, Queen Charlotte Sound (All meals)

Day 3 - Sea kayak Marlborough Sounds

Today we’ll kayak around the secluded bays of the Kenepuru Sound. You can paddle at your own pace and we’ll make sure you get as much or as little ‘paddle time’ as you like! We’ll check out the beaches, birdlife and native forest that characterise the area and enjoy being out on the water. With a bit of luck, we’ll be visited by local dolphins, fur seals and little blue penguins (Eudyptula minor). You’ll also have plenty of time to stop for short beach and forest walks along the way.
Tanglewood Lodge, Queen Charlotte Sound (All meals)

Day 4 (morning) - Sea kayak Marlborough Sounds

This morning we’ll have another chance to spot wildlife as we paddle along the northern coastline from Anakiwa, in the Queen Charlotte Sound. We’ll then cross over the Sound and finish back in Ngakuta Bay, which will complete the round trip of the Grove Arm. This is where our sea kayaking ends, so after lunch in Picton we’ll meet up with the rest of the group in Saint Arnaud before carrying on to the West Coast.

Mountain Bike Option - Queen Charlotte Track (Add US$899 + tax)

Day 2 (afternoon) - Mountain bike Queen Charlotte Track

The third option to personalise your trip is to bike a portion of the Queen Charlotte Track, rated one of the best mountain biking tracks in New Zealand. After lunch, you’ll head to Anakiwa on the edge of Queen Charlotte Sound, where you’ll be fitted with a Specialized Rockhopper 29er mountain bike, perfect for single track riding. Today we’ll ride from Anakiwa to Onahau Bay lookout and back, a perfect taster of what’s to come! Tonight, we’ll stay at a cosy architecturally-designed lodge set amongst native tree ferns.
Tanglewood Lodge, Queen Charlotte Sound (All meals)

Day 3 - Mountain bike Queen Charlotte Track

Awaking to native birdsong, we’ll head out to Torea Saddle, where we will bike towards the Bay of Many Coves. This part of the track is known as ‘The Jewel in the Crown’ with stunning views of both Sounds. The area is also well known for its native beech forests, secluded golden beaches and birds, so it’s an amazing area to explore at handle-bar level.
Tanglewood Lodge, Queen Charlotte Sound (All meals)

Day 4 (morning) - Mountain bike Queen Charlotte Track

We’ll spend the morning biking on the Waikawa Mountain Bike Park near Picton. Later we’ll enjoy our lunch at the Picton Harbour before heading to Saint Arnaud to rejoin the hikers and carry on to the West Coast.

Day 4 (afternoon) — Finish multi-day backpacking, sea kayaking or mountain biking

After regrouping in Saint Arnaud, we’ll head across the Southern Alps to the West Coast – a dramatic and rugged coastline stretching 600 kilometres (372 miles), with a population of only 40,000 people. We’ll mingle with the ‘coasters’ tonight in the seaside village of Punakaiki, exchanging tales of our adventures over fish and chips at the local pub!

West Coast lodgings, Punakaiki (All meals)

Day 5 — Hike Punakaiki Rainforest, explore Hokitika

We’ll spend the morning hiking the Inland Pack Track through temperate rainforest and limestone canyons, following in the footsteps of gold miners who established this trail over a century ago. While we’re in Punakaiki, we’ll also check out the famous Pancake Rocks and blowholes – aptly named limestone formations that have been sculpted through the relentless pounding of the Tasman Sea. Travelling along the scenic coastline, we’ll stretch our legs in Hokitika and check out local art galleries and pounamu-carving workshops (pounamu is Maori for jade), before carrying on to the township of Franz Josef where we’ll stay for the next couple of nights. Nestled in the rainforest-clad foothills of the Southern Alps, Franz Josef is the heart of New Zealand glacier country.
Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef (All meals)

Day 6 — Kayak Okarito Lagoon, hike coastal forest and beach

This morning we’ll take a short journey over to Okarito, a little-known beach community on the coast. We’ll take to the water in sea kayaks and glide along a picturesque lagoon, set against a stunning backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Okarito is home to the only native white heron colony in New Zealand, as well as a host of other interesting birds. Later we’ll walk through lush coastal forest to Three Mile Lagoon, and wander along the beautiful stony beach next to crashing waves. Later we’ll head back to Franz Josef where you’ll have the option to take another walk or relax in the hot tub, before enjoying a traditional Kiwi roast dinner.
Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef (All meals)

Day 7 — Hike near Franz Josef Glacier

With some 140 glaciers making their way down from the Southern Alps, this area is fittingly known as glacier country. Few sights equal the spectacle of two of these giant frozen rivers (Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers) imperceptibly grinding their way down through temperate rainforest to just 250 metres (820 feet) above sea level. We’ll spend most of the day near Franz Josef Glacier hiking up through the forest to either Alex Knob or Roberts Point, both of which give incredible views of the ice. These hikes can be inaccessible in wet weather, so we may opt to hike close to the terminal face of Fox Glacier, around Lake Matheson and to the Blue Pools near Haast Pass instead.

Optional Heli-hike (add US$350 + tax)

An outrageously scenic alternative to today’s hike is to heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier itself. After being fitted with crampons, ice axes and so on, you’ll board a turbine helicopter and fly towards the highest peaks of the Southern Alps, landing on the glacier at 1300 metres (4265 feet) above sea level. Led by specialist glacier guides, you’ll hike through the grand ice formations of the glacier, checking out its crevasses, seracs and tunnels – no previous experience is required! The constant movement of the glacier means every day is different, so your guides will cut steps in the ice to make the most of the conditions. At the end of your hike on the ice, you’ll take another helicopter ride out of the mountains and back to civilisation.

The heli-hike is extremely popular, so we offer advance reservations with the helicopter operators and guiding company. At the time of booking, or up until one month before your trip, we can reserve a space for you, or you can leave your decision until the start of your trip and your guides will get you a spot if it’s available.

From Franz Josef, we’ll travel down the coast through lush forest and then inland to Makarora, a small village bordering Mt Aspiring National Park, with incredible views of the snow-capped mountains.
Makarora Lodgings, Makarora (All meals)

Day 8 — Cycle Hawea River Trail

The landscape this morning changes rapidly from dense beech forest to semi-arid mountainous terrain. Arriving at Lake Hawea, we’ll take a scenic ride along the Hawea River Trail. This gently undulating track follows the Hawea and Clutha Rivers through the rugged Central Otago landscape to the charming lakeside town of Wanaka. Here we’ll stop for lunch before a short but dramatic journey over the Cardrona Saddle to Queenstown on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, our base for the next couple of days. You’ll sleep sweetly tonight at a lakefront hotel located in the heart of Queenstown.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 9 — Free day in Queenstown

Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand (if not the world!) and all the comforts of civilisation are packed into this tiny resort town: restaurants galore, sidewalk cafés, stylish lounge bars, day spas and boutiques. You’ll also find incredible optional activities here including horse trekking, a gondola, kayaking, fishing, winery tours, hang gliding, mountain biking, bungy jumping, jet boating and skydiving, as well as some great hiking opportunities. Or you can just soak up the atmosphere or lounge about reading a book. Your guides will happily share their favourite haunts and point you in the right direction for your free day today.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown (No meals included)

Day 10 — Hike Routeburn Track

This morning, we set off for our largest and perhaps most spectacular national park, Fiordland. We’ll hike part of the Routeburn Track for unsurpassed views of the Hollyford Valley, as well as Lake Marian and Mt Christina. We’ll take a short drive through the Homer Tunnel and emerge at the top of a spectacular glacier-carved valley for a memorable descent to the shores of Milford Sound. Rudyard Kipling rated this fiord as the eighth natural wonder of the world and it is truly breathtaking, with steep granite walls plunging over a thousand metres to the Tasman Sea and waterfalls cascading into deep inky water. Tonight we’ll stay at Milford Lodge, to make the most of a wonderfully remote location.
Milford Lodge Chalets, Milford Sound (All meals)

Day 11 — Sea kayak Milford Sound, hike Kepler Track

Most people see Milford Sound from the deck of a ship, but we’ve got a more active way – gliding along in sea kayaks, causing very little disruption for the best chance of getting up close and personal with the friendly fur seals and dolphins that are sometimes in the area. It’s an early start this morning, but the calm waters and peaceful solitude that you’ll enjoy out on the fiord, are well worth it. Fully kitted out in double sea kayaks and lead by a specialist kayak guide, the padding is equally suitable for beginners and experts alike. After kayaking, we’ll enjoy a tasty lunch before heading out to explore more of Fiordland’s wilderness on foot. This afternoon we’ll take a hike on the famous Kepler Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks - we follow the track through mountain beech forest and along the Waiau River. It’s an awesome hike with spectacular views! Tonight we’ll stay on the edge of Lake Manapouri, enjoying the scenery and the delicious local fare.

Lake Manapouri Inn, Manapouri (All meals)

Day 12 — Visit Cromwell Old Town, journey over Lindis Pass

Carefully relocated or lovingly reconstructed, the buildings of Cromwell Old Town represent the character of Cromwell’s gold-mining history. We’ll explore the intriguing buildings and eat lunch here together. Afterwards we’ll drive through the tussock-country of Lindis Pass to Lake Pukaki, where we stay on Hamish and Julia McKenzie’s 5000 hectare high-country sheep farm, Braemar Station (station is the New Zealand word for a big ranch). While we’re here, we’ll stay in a farm cottage that was built for the sheep shearers. It’s a rustic little place with views that will knock your socks off – the biggest mountains in New Zealand piercing the sky on the far side of a gorgeous cobalt-blue lake. With no lights for miles around, the stars on a clear night are like nothing you’ve ever seen. Many of our travellers have told us this was one of their favourite places on the whole trip – just the place for your last couple of nights in New Zealand!
Shearers’ quarters, Braemar Station (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 13 — Hike Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

Mt Cook, named Aoraki or ‘cloud piercer’ by South Island Maori, is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Directly opposite the mountain, we have a stunning day hike to the main ridge above Mueller Glacier. It’s a challenging hike, but you’ll remember the view of the glacier and the surrounding peaks forever! The weather conditions are very important in this area, as it’s a true alpine climate notorious for sudden weather shifts. If we aren’t able to do the Mueller Glacier hike, or you’d like to take it a little easier, there’s an impressive hike up to a glacial lake (complete with icebergs!) at the base of the Hooker Glacier. Then we head back to Braemar Station for the last night of the ‘Rimu’. We’ll enjoy a celebratory dinner as we sit outside and watch the sun set on Aoraki Mt Cook.

Shearers’ quarters, Braemar Station (All meals)

Day 14 — Depart for home

After breakfast we’ll head to Christchurch, arriving in time for afternoon flights. This is the end of your ‘Rimu’ trip and we’ll leave you refreshed and invigorated from the good food, exercise, rest, and great times you’ll have had with us in New Zealand! For a great way to see the North Island too, where you’ll experience Maori culture, pristine beaches and geothermal areas, you can combine this trip with our 11-day ‘Kauri’ (5-day ‘Kauri’ options available).

(Breakfast, Lunch)

Dates

Trip Date Price Status  
Oct 29, 2018 – Nov 11, 2018 US$5499 + tax Almost Full - Check Now!
Nov 02, 2018 – Nov 15, 2018 US$5499 + tax Full
Nov 05, 2018 – Nov 18, 2018 US$5499 + tax Almost Full - Check Now!
Nov 12, 2018 – Nov 25, 2018 US$5499 + tax Almost Full - Check Now!
Nov 19, 2018 – Dec 02, 2018 US$5499 + tax Almost Full - Check Now!
Nov 26, 2018 – Dec 09, 2018 US$5499 + tax Almost Full - Check Now!
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Dec 17, 2018 – Dec 30, 2018 US$5799 + tax Almost Full - Check Now!
Dec 24, 2018 – Jan 06, 2019 US$5799 + tax Almost Full - Check Now!
Dec 31, 2018 – Jan 13, 2019 US$5799 + tax Almost Full - Check Now!
2019
Jan 07, 2019 – Jan 20, 2019 US$5799 + tax Filling up
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Mar 04, 2019 – Mar 17, 2019 US$5499 + tax Almost Full - Check Now!
Mar 11, 2019 – Mar 24, 2019 US$5499 + tax Filling up
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Mar 25, 2019 – Apr 07, 2019 US$5499 + tax Filling up
Apr 08, 2019 – Apr 21, 2019 US$5499 + tax Almost full
Apr 22, 2019 – May 05, 2019 US$5499 + tax Filling up
Sep 23, 2019 – Oct 06, 2019 US$5499 + tax Great
Sep 30, 2019 – Oct 13, 2019 US$5499 + tax Great
Oct 07, 2019 – Oct 20, 2019 US$5499 + tax Great
Oct 14, 2019 – Oct 27, 2019 US$5499 + tax Great
Oct 21, 2019 – Nov 03, 2019 US$5499 + tax Great
Oct 28, 2019 – Nov 10, 2019 US$5499 + tax Filling up
Nov 04, 2019 – Nov 17, 2019 US$5499 + tax Filling up
Nov 11, 2019 – Nov 24, 2019 US$5499 + tax Filling up
Nov 18, 2019 – Dec 01, 2019 US$5499 + tax Filling up
Nov 25, 2019 – Dec 08, 2019 US$5499 + tax Filling up
Dec 02, 2019 – Dec 15, 2019 US$5799 + tax Great
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Dec 16, 2019 – Dec 29, 2019 US$5799 + tax Almost Full - Check Now!
Dec 23, 2019 – Jan 05, 2020 US$5799 + tax Filling up
Dec 30, 2019 – Jan 12, 2020 US$5799 + tax Great
2020
Jan 06, 2020 – Jan 19, 2020 US$5799 + tax Great
Jan 13, 2020 – Jan 26, 2020 US$5799 + tax Great
Jan 20, 2020 – Feb 02, 2020 US$5799 + tax Great
Jan 27, 2020 – Feb 09, 2020 US$5799 + tax Filling up
Feb 03, 2020 – Feb 16, 2020 US$5799 + tax Great
Feb 10, 2020 – Feb 23, 2020 US$5799 + tax Great
Feb 17, 2020 – Mar 01, 2020 US$5799 + tax Great
Feb 24, 2020 – Mar 08, 2020 US$5799 + tax Great
Mar 02, 2020 – Mar 15, 2020 US$5499 + tax Great
Mar 09, 2020 – Mar 22, 2020 US$5499 + tax Filling up
Mar 16, 2020 – Mar 29, 2020 US$5499 + tax Filling up
Mar 23, 2020 – Apr 05, 2020 US$5499 + tax Great
Apr 06, 2020 – Apr 19, 2020 US$5499 + tax Great
Apr 20, 2020 – May 03, 2020 US$5499 + tax Great
Sep 21, 2020 – Oct 04, 2020 US$5499 + tax Great
Sep 28, 2020 – Oct 11, 2020 US$5499 + tax Great
Oct 05, 2020 – Oct 18, 2020 US$5499 + tax Great
Oct 12, 2020 – Oct 25, 2020 US$5499 + tax Great
Oct 19, 2020 – Nov 01, 2020 US$5499 + tax Great
Oct 26, 2020 – Nov 08, 2020 US$5499 + tax Great
Nov 02, 2020 – Nov 15, 2020 US$5499 + tax Great
Nov 09, 2020 – Nov 22, 2020 US$5499 + tax Great
Nov 16, 2020 – Nov 29, 2020 US$5499 + tax Great
Nov 23, 2020 – Dec 06, 2020 US$5499 + tax Great
Nov 30, 2020 – Dec 13, 2020 US$5499 + tax Great
Dec 07, 2020 – Dec 20, 2020 US$5799 + tax Great
Dec 14, 2020 – Dec 27, 2020 US$5799 + tax Great
Dec 21, 2020 – Jan 03, 2021 US$5799 + tax Great
Dec 27, 2020 – Jan 09, 2021 US$5799 + tax Great
2021
Jan 04, 2021 – Jan 17, 2021 US$5799 + tax Great
Jan 11, 2021 – Jan 24, 2021 US$5799 + tax Great
Jan 18, 2021 – Jan 31, 2021 US$5799 + tax Great
Jan 25, 2021 – Feb 07, 2021 US$5799 + tax Great
Feb 01, 2021 – Feb 14, 2021 US$5799 + tax Great
Feb 08, 2021 – Feb 21, 2021 US$5799 + tax Great
Feb 15, 2021 – Feb 28, 2021 US$5799 + tax Great
Feb 22, 2021 – Mar 07, 2021 US$5799 + tax Great
Mar 01, 2021 – Mar 14, 2021 US$5499 + tax Great
Mar 08, 2021 – Mar 21, 2021 US$5499 + tax Great
Mar 15, 2021 – Mar 28, 2021 US$5499 + tax Great
Mar 22, 2021 – Apr 04, 2021 US$5499 + tax Great
Apr 05, 2021 – Apr 18, 2021 US$5499 + tax Great
Apr 19, 2021 – May 02, 2021 US$5499 + tax Great

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 Heartland Hotel Cotswold in Christchurch at 10.30am, or at Christchurch airport in front of the Travel and Information desk at 11am.

Trip End:

On the last day of the trip we can drop you off at the Christchurch airport in time for the flights below, or anywhere in central Christchurch about 3pm.

Recommended flights:

Arrival: If you’re flying in on the first day of the trip, we recommend arriving in Christchurch before 10am on Monday.
Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Christchurch after 4pm on Sunday. If you are considering alternative flight times please check with us. International flights from Auckland usually leave early evening, so if you’re heading back to North America, you’ll get home some time on Sunday, even though you left on Sunday evening! Flights back to Europe, of course, take a little longer.

Fitness:

The ‘Rimu’ is one of our more adventurous trips, and has options to suit 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 trip much more. If you’re used to pushing yourself, we’ll keep you challenged as well. Typically, hikes on the ‘Rimu’ trip range between two and five hours to complete, more, or less hiking is available depending on your multi-day option. If you think you’d prefer a more relaxed pace and shorter hikes, we recommend checking out our ‘Kiwi’ trip. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to chat about the various options.

Reviews

  • Land of the Long White Cloud

    “A fabulous trip with a small but lovely group of like-minded travellers. Well paced and a mix of well known and off the beaten track places which show the true beauty of this amazing country. Loved the variety and the attention to detail. Thank you to my fellow travellers and our amazing guides.”
    Barbara Anderson – Queensland, AustraliaOctober 2018
  • Great Time

    “It was a great time with good combinations of different activities.”
    Anke Gahrns – , GermanyJuly 2018
  • Absolutely Amazing!

    “My Rimu trip was fantastic! It was very well organized, guides Koru and Carrie were very knowledgeable about the areas we visited and it was great to get a feel for what New Zealand is all about. I loved staying in some of the smaller, less known areas, and the choices of hikes were fabulous and really highlighted the beautiful nature in New Zealand. We also lucked into some great weather, especially for it being so close to winter, and I knew I was seeing some amazing sights when both guides were out snapping pictures right alongside us! This was definitely a trip of a lifetime and one I will always look back on with a huge smile on my face. I would come back in a heartbeat!”
    Jacqui Slade – British Columbia, CanadaJune 2018
  • Couldn't Have Been Better!

    “The 'Rimu' trip was a great way to see the range of different terrain of the South Island without having to worry about logistics like driving and finding trailheads on my own! With great fall weather and wonderful new hiking buddies, this was an unforgettable adventure! On top of that, my guides were so much fun and had lots of history and stories to share along the way. Couldn't have had a better trip with Active Adventures.”
    Hannah Gendelman – Massachusetts, United StatesJune 2018
  • Pleasant Surprise

    “We had been planning a trip to New Zealand for several years. We looked at renting a camper and driving around to all the beautiful sites on our own...we are so glad we didn’t.

    Going with a small group with knowledgeable guides was a great decision. Everyday we had new and exciting experiences. Somehow each day was better than the previous one. The real advantage of going with guides who know the country is you get to experience off the beaten path sites that you would never find on your own. Every day we were told what time breakfast started and what our itinerary for the day was. No worrying about driving, where to stop for meals, and where to stay for the night. Another pleasant surprise was how much the group added to the overall experience.

    Highlights for us: the multi-day kayaking was fantastic, Milford Sound was awe inspiring, the night time hike to see the glow worms felt like being at camp (for adults), and the beauty of the West Coast beaches will stay with us for a really long time.

    We are already planning our next Active Adventure trip.”
    Tina Kelly – Colorado, United StatesJune 2018
  • RIMU Bucket List Trip

    “Active Adventures New Zealand exceeded my expectations. From the itinerary to the accommodations to the meals to the phenomenal guides, I couldn't have asked for better.”
    Angela Sieloff – Texas, United StatesJune 2018
  • Experiencing New Zealand's Finest

    “What a great trip we had! Every day we felt like living beings inside nature’s paintings. Many Thanks to our wonderful guides Carrie & Koru, who showed us the most spectacular sites of New Zealand’s South Island.”
    Walter Frankmoelle – Nevada, United StatesMay 2018
  • It Lived Up To My Expectations!

    “I've wanted to see New Zealand for 30 years. It lived up to my expectations.”
    Marianne Denniston – Georgia, United StatesMay 2018
  • Rimu New Zealand

    “What an amazing way to visit New Zealand. Lot's of driving but well worth it and was able to see most of the South Island. Hiking was amazing as well as the kayaking at Milford Sound. The guides, Carrie and Koru were both amazing and very patient with all of us. Places that we stayed were all very nice and the weather we had was amazing!”
    Brigitte Rosson – Texas, United StatesMay 2018
  • Maximum Use of Vacation Time

    “Love the fact that every day there was so much to see and do in the great outdoors of New Zealand! The guides were not only tons of fun but also very knowledgeable about their awesome country. They knew how to efficiently revise the schedule when weather interfered such that every day was seamless from morning to night. Loved the fact the guides prepared healthy meals whenever it was necessary to keep to a time schedule. Would love to return again to take in the areas where mother nature's rainstorms impacted our ability to safely hike into some areas. Recommend this trip to anyone who loves being active!”
    Joan Berkowitz – Washington, United StatesMay 2018
  • Could Not Have Asked For A Better Holiday!

    “This trip was so amazing, that I did not know how badly I needed it until it was over and I returned home. New Zealand is a beautiful country and it was almost overwhelming how much we were able to see and explore in just two short weeks. Our guides were superb and challenged the scenery for title of best part of the trip. ”
    Justin Sheldon – Washington, United StatesMay 2018
  • Wildest Dreams!

    “The entire trip was beyond my wildest dreams. From the spectacular beauty of the country, the fabulous accommodations, the hiking adventures and our two awesome tour guides Ashleigh and Lauren. I did not want to leave the country and hope to be back for another breathtaking adventure in New Zealand with Active Adventures. ”
    Annette Hollingsworth – Texas, United StatesMay 2018
  • Wonderful Trip in a Gorgeous Country!

    “Enough hiking and challenges to satisfy, yet still with opportunities to relax. Great sampling of the different parts of the South Island, a variety of activities & lodgings, delicious meals, and the best guides ever! Thank you, Jackie & Pepper!”
    DeAnn Ringgenberg – Texas, United StatesMay 2018
  • Best Trip Ever

    “Every day was a unique adventure. Great group, guides and landscapes. Looking forward to our next journey with Active.”
    Carmen Lamar – Colorado, United StatesApril 2018
  • More Than I Ever Imagined

    “The depth of this trip was astounding: guides, itinerary, accommodations, our group, THE GUIDES, and the country. Daniel and Maddi orchestrated each day with finesse, talent, knowledge, humor and vigor; Maddi was exceptional in her attention to individual needs. I wish there had been an opportunity to stretch each day into two or three...”
    Susan Wade – Utah, United StatesApril 2018
  • Rimu 2018, We will Always Remember!

    “An outstanding trip that met all my expectations and so much more. Our guides Ash, Lauren and Pepper were truly outstanding and made the trip one in a lifetime. I close my eyes and I can see the sights and smell and taste NZ. From hiking in Nelson Lakes National Park to kayaking and biking, it was all wonderful.
    We will be back....”
    Romana Davies – Texas, United StatesApril 2018
  • What an Adventure!

    “If you are looking for an escorted outdoor adventure, this is it! New Zealand's South Island is beautiful! Our guides, Daniel and Maddi, were wonderful. They have so much knowledge about the area and are always one step ahead. Just bring your active self, comfortable gear, and sit back. Active Adventures has the rest. We did the optional 3 day kayak package. You will not be disappointed! Thanks Active Adventures!”
    Renee Soerink – Washington, United StatesApril 2018
  • One of the Best Guided Adventure Trips

    “I’ve taken several trips overseas with different tour companies and Active Adventures is definitely the best! The guides Ash and Lauren were unbelievable! They made sure all of our dietary requirements were met and all of the meals (even during backpacking) were delicious and the best! They were amazingly strong (I don’t think any of us could have carried their packs) and Pipa (the 3rd guide who was with us due to our group size of 13) even carried another hiker’s 25lb pack plus her own! Ash was super knowledgeable with NZ’s history, trees, birds, local must eats and dos. They even provided us a list of restaurants to go to in Queenstown during our free day (I ended up spending 3 full days there after the trip and ate at most of the places on that list and every one of them was delicious!) they made the trip even more special besides the incredible scenery and the hard work of getting to the huts! The accommodations were excellent just wished we had more time to enjoy them!”
    Jessica Lo – Washington, United StatesApril 2018
  • Stunning and Gorgeous

    “It was hard to return from the high of this trip. Every day held a new adventure. The scenery was stunning at all points. The food was delicious whether we ate out, or the guides cooked for us.
    Early in the trip a cyclone hit the West Coast where we were headed and the guides, with help from the home office, recovered quickly and seamlessly. This was the case two other times during our 14 days when the weather didn't cooperate. We're planning future trips!”
    Carrol Murray – Nebraska, United StatesApril 2018
  • "Sweet As" South Island Rimu tour with Ash & Astrid

    “Wow, the south island of New Zealand is "sweet as". Rimu takes you on an incredible trip of amazing sights... it is a good mix of physical challenges (don't underestimate the Nelson Lakes multi day hike or the "staircase" climb at Aoraki/Mt. Cook...challenging hiking days but with stunning natural views), satisfying food and frequent breaks during the travel days. Highlights include the two overnights at the Braemar sheep station by Lake Pukaki, Milford Sound experience, visit to the working sheep farm on Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown and the overnights at Lakehead and Angelus Huts in Nelson Lakes. Both Ash and Astrid are lovely young women who are confident and patient guides and are good ambassadors for the beauty of New Zealand and friendliness of the Kiwis. Plus they can tackle a tough hike then drive or cook for the group without any seeming effort. It was a fabulous trip and I can't wait to return to New Zealand with another Active Adventures tour.”
    Kristin Certain – Florida, United StatesApril 2018
  • Enjoyable and Accommodating

    “I've been on a lot of group tours, and this one by far was the most enjoyable. The scenery was stunning, the activities were easily adaptable for a variety of exertion levels, the guides were friendly, informative, and super organized. I was also very impressed by the on-the-fly creation of a modified itinerary for the two group members whose flight was delayed so that they didn't miss any of the sights. I will definitely travel with Active Adventures again!”
    Jennifer Lange – California, United StatesApril 2018
  • Amazing Adventure

    “This was a wonderful trip full of daily activities and lots of fun. Our guides, Daniel and Maya, were terrific and very knowledgeable. The best part was the 3 day trek which took us through some beautiful country and was really challenging. Cannot say enough about the trip and our trekking group as everyone was encouraging and always there to help.”
    Nancy Cooper – Ontario, CanadaApril 2018
  • Rob's Rimu Review

    “The trip exceeded my expectations! It was the most fun I've had in a two week period. The hiking was enjoyable, and occasionly very challenging. Overall NZ is breathtaking via a hiker's perspective. Apart from the hiking spending time with my fellow travellers was very enjoyable, and our guides Ken and Pepper really made the trip as enjoyable as possible. Can't wait to go again with Active Adventures!”
    Rob Bozic – New South Wales, AustraliaApril 2018
  • Active Adventure Sums it Up!

    “The company name pretty much sums up this trip "Active"! This adventure provides an excellent overview of the South island's geography, history and culture. Activities are diverse, varied and interesting. The full day schedules are extremely rewarding. Can't think of a better way to experience the South Island.”
    Bob Wigmore – British Columbia, CanadaMarch 2018
  • Trip of a Lifetime!

    “This was such an amazing trip! Our guides Ash and Astrid did a fantastic job. Everyday was met with amazing views and challenging activities like kayaking, biking and hiking. Two weeks felt like a month because we did so much in one day but there was still some down time to enjoy the beauty that is New Zealand. A must for anyone who wants to be active in New Zealand.”
    Kilo Piedra – California, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Amazing!

    “I am not sure I have the right words to describe my experience. All I can say at this moment is, 3 weeks later I am still feeling very much inspired to continue my love for travel and exploration. Ash and Astrid we're the bees knees! No doubt they thought we were nutzo but we had so many laughs and good meals together. New friends were made! ”
    Becky McKenna – Massachusetts, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Amazing!

    “I am not sure I have the right words to describe my experience. All I can say at this moment is, 3 weeks later I am still feeling very much inspired to continue my love for travel and exploration. Ash and Astrid we're the bees knees! No doubt they thought we were nutzo but we had so many laughs and good meals together. New friends were made! ”
    – , March 2018
  • Great Trip

    “Had a fantastic time on our South Island 'Rimu' trip. I cant say enough about our guides, Simon and Carrie. They were VERY accommodating and did an outstanding job. Food was fantastic and the hiking and sights were super! A bit more bus time than I was expecting but looking at the map Active provided of the South Island and all the cities and sights we saw, I should have expected that and no regrets! Highlight of the trip for us was the Angelus Hut despite some rain and low clouds. Thank you for how organized the trip was before, during and after. We really enjoyed our two days in Christchurch before the trip and 3 days in Auckland after.”
    Mark Rodning – Minnesota, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Rimu 2018

    “It has only been a little over a week since the end of my Rimu trip and I already miss New Zealand. The South Island has to be one of the most incredible places on the planet, with crisp and clean air, pristine lakes at the bases of mountains and the gorgeous rugged West Coast. There is literally beauty everywhere you look. The trip was enhanced by our two intrepid guides, Jackie and Pepper, who seemed prepared for any eventuality. They were able to provide lots of background information about New Zealand's culture, nature and geography, which added so much to the trip and brought the amazing scenery to life. I had always been hesitant to travel to New Zealand given the distance and effort involved in getting there but now that I've done it I am so glad I did. It was so worth it and I would recommend it to anyone.”
    Barbara Stamos – Massachusetts, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Another Memorable Trip with Active!

    “The Rimu trip was my 6th trip with Active Adventures and it again confirmed why I enjoy traveling with them. The trip was very well organized. The guides (local to New Zealand) were professional & FUN! We did so many activities that will forever be etched in my memory...kayaking Milford sound, hiking a section of the Routeburn Track, 3 day backpacking trip through Nelson Lakes. All amazing!”
    Kristy Woodward – California, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Awesome Group Travel

    “The scenery was great and we definitely were active but one of the best parts of the trip was the warm social interaction with my fellow travelers as well as our guides. It was great having a driver who knew the roads and allowed me to enjoy the views. One word of advice. The lushness of western NZ is due to lots of rain. Be prepared with a good rain suit and waterproof boots. The weather changes quickly and is part of the adventure. You will be experiencing nature up close and personal. Enjoy.”
    Joe Schneeweis – Minnesota, United StatesMarch 2018
  • New Zealand Adventure

    “Great trip. Katie and Tess (our guides) made the trip very memorable. ”
    Peter Landini – California, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Eleven Years Later. . .

    “It's worth noting at the outset that I took the exact same trip (clockwise Rimu) 11 years ago, when Ash and Tory were barely teenagers and my legs and lungs were a lot stronger. How things have changed! and how much they remain the same!!
    In terms of change: the South Island is busier, more built-up and more heavily trafficked than ever before. I saw scores of RVs where a decade ago there where almost none, fleets of tour buses, and steady streams of traffic on roads that were once quiet country lanes. Milford Sound was abuzz with boats on the water and single-prop airplanes overhead, and Hokitika (among other towns) was overrun with tourists - like us! All of which is to say, in some ways New Zealand has become the victim of its own success: the very attributes that most attracted visitors have been diminished by those same visitors arriving in such enormous numbers.

    In terms of things remaining the same: Active Adventures continues to shine, both in terms of its itinerary and the high calibre of its guides. The isolation and views afforded by Braemar Station make it an ideal opening chapter for the trip (and far less punishing at the outset than the alternative of hiking the Southern Alps beginning day two); the west coast is still as thrilling in its scenery; and the Angelus Circuit remains a breathtaking (literally!) capstone on the fortnight. Ash and Tory, meanwhile, were extraordinarily attentive, involved and knowledgeable, keeping everyone in high spirits and ensuring that those of us who needed some kind of accommodation got it without drama or self-consciousness. Both women are exceptional at what they do.”
    Andy Zipser – Virginia, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Our Excellent Adventure

    “We are still travelling, so this is a brief reply from Tongariro visitor center:
    Emma and James get rave reviews for their energy, attention to detail, glowing personalities (Really!) and providing a wonderful intro to NZ. Our traveling companions were ALL delightful. We remain in your wonderful country until 18 March, then on to Australia. We’re grateful we chose AA to begin our journey.”
    Sheila Malcolm – Colorado, United StatesMarch 2018
  • New Zealand the Right Way

    “New Zealand has long been on the top of my active vacation list. Having hiked a lot in the Swiss Alps - including Active Adventures' first Mt. Blanc trip - and kayaked in Vancouver Islands, the allure of New Zealand's famed treks and fiords was strong. Active's 'Rimu' trip was the perfect way to experience New Zealand's grandeur. From kayaking in the pristine Okarito Lagoon with its beautiful white herons to hiking part of the Routeburn Track to Key Summit, the 'Rimu' is a wonderful two-week journey.”
    Tom Metzloff – North Carolina, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Rebecca and Karen‘s Excellent Adventure

    “If you want an adventure to commemorate your retirement or an anniversary of friendship, this is the one! My friend and I have been travelling together for 40 years and this was the icing on the cake. The 'Rimu' hiking adventure gave us just enough of a challenge and just enough relaxing, friendship, and good food to feel like a luxury vacation. I recommend the three day hiking option. The guides are excellent and you couldn’t do this trip nearly as well without them. Thank you!”
    Karen Koelsch – Minnesota, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Fun and Challenging Trip

    “The southbound Rimu trip was a fun and challenging trip. Active Adventures took care of all of the tough logistics and treated us with supreme Kiwi hospitality. Each day was planned with meals, transportation and our unique daily adventure. Our guides, Ash and Astrid were informative and always had a smile on their face even when our boisterous American and Aussie group were making fun of their Kiwi accents. The Mount Cook and Angelus hut hikes were especially satisfying climbs. We certainly slept well those nights! Astrid prepared our vegetarian meals with aplomb and I ended up gaining 6 pounds during the 14 days. Well done Astrid! Ashley drove our van, Willy, with great care and we never worried about our safety while in her care. She is a master backer-upper. She also filled our heads with facts and figures as we toured through the different New Zealand regions. This was our first time in New Zealand and every Kiwi we met was very friendly and proud of their country. Our appetite is only whetted and we will return again to your beautiful country.”
    Chad Bearden – Florida, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Rimu

    “If you like beauty, physical activity, making new friends, and learning about New Zealand, then this is the trip for you.This trip was the highlight of 40 years traveling. Active Adventures New Zealand does it right.”
    Maddie Laule – Massachusetts, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Fantastic!

    “From start to end this trip was wonderful! We can't say enough about our guides, Katie A. and Tess, our tour mates and the hiking, biking and kayaking. Active Adventures has thought of everything to make the activities so enjoyable. The backpacking trip was fantastic, and the Valentine's Day dessert Tess baked for us at the Angelus hut was above and beyond the "call of duty". We loved Katie's Maori legends and driving music. The trip couldn't have been better.”
    Jane Norris – Minnesota, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Rimu Trip Feb 2018

    “What a wonderful trip! I was a bit apprehensive when I booked this trip because I was recovering from hip surgery but needed that extra motivation to get back to my active life. Well....it worked out perfect!! I hiked, biked, walked on glaciers, kayaked..... I did it all and came back stronger than when I left. You did a great job connecting us with a wonderful group of people I know call friends. And our guides, Katie and Tess. I love those girls! They made everything so enjoyable!”
    Bonnie Landini – California, United StatesMarch 2018
  • When Can I Come Back?

    “Active Adventures has organized a perfect itinerary to experience the South Island and our guides were not only well-trained and professional, but so personable and attentive. This trip was a great mix of outdoor activities with the group and some time on our own to explore towns. While there is a good amount of time in the bus, that's to be expected as we are touring the entire south island! Besides, the bus is comfortable with a great snack basket and there are interesting views and stops along the way.”
    Lorien Armour – Oregon, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Achieving Happiness

    “Have you ever had a sequence of events that one after another makes you smile? Well for me that was my most recent trip Feb 9-18 on the Rimu trip with Katie A and Tess. I was excited to have a lot of unique experiences while abroad and I got just that. We had a few changes to our original plan due to some weather and road issues but each of the guides provided some context and great supplemental hikes and activities along the way. There would be no other way to travel NZ. Katie and Tess found a waterfall that neither of them had stopped at on one of our days and sharing the new discovery was pretty awesome to share with a kiwi. They provided great history, trivia and created a friendly atmosphere while driving longer distances. I would positively sign up again to finish the Rimu south route as I wasn't able to get the last few days in and get back on to explore the North Island. With how well this was planned I am even looking into other Active Adventures destinations around the globe.”
    Ashley Miller – North Carolina, United StatesMarch 2018
  • Amazing Trip

    “The Rimu trip exceeded our expectations from the quality of our great guides Pepper and Dani to the breathtaking and exhilarating hikes. Even the accommodations and food were great. We were there during a cyclone and our guides took care of everything, we were never worried and could just relax and enjoy the trip. We look forward to going to the North Island next with Active Adventures.”
    Michael Meyer – Illinois, United StatesMarch 2018
  • New Zealand Rimu - My 5th Active Adventures Tour

    “Hard to imagine how the trip could have been better.”
    Doug Dischino – Connecticut, United StatesMarch 2018
  • My First True Holiday!

    “My experience with Active Adventures was beyond my expectations and will forever be treasured as the most enjoyable holiday ever. My inner child was able to come out each day as we played and explored and I was not responsible for details. The accommodations and activities varied in interesting and spectacular ways to experience the true country that New Zealand is, a remarkable place with extraordinarily kind people. Healthy home cooked meals and packed lunches to delight the "foodie" in me. Overall, I could release all stress, focus on the fun and for the first time, really have a holiday while our gifted and equipped guides did the planning, the driving, the cooking, while leading us to great places of adventure... and all the while, invest their delightful personalities in each one of our group. Wow! Can I do that again???”
    Lisa Miller – Indiana, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Amazing Southbound Rimu

    “Wow what a country. Awesome guides (Ash and Tory Rock!!) amazing food great hikes and what a way to meet new friends. Would do another trip with Active for sure!!”
    Kevin Miller – Indiana, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Awesome Adventure!!!!

    “Everything about this trip was top notch! We were impressed with our amazing, helpful, organized and knowledgeable guides, the itinerary, the scenery, the activities and the food. We just loved every minute of this trip and thought it was awesome. A highlight was the 3 day hike in Nelson Lakes National Park.”
    Robyn Ptasznik – Ontario, CanadaFebruary 2018
  • Far Beyond our Expectations!

    “Our trip was everything we expected and more. Not only were the sights and experiences unforgettable but our guides went above and beyond to ensure that every request we made was fulfilled and that every moment was a true pleasure. We can't sign up for another trip fast enough!”
    Meg Kramer – Pennsylvania, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Fiords - My Wife's Dream Come True!

    “Ever since she first heard the word, Fiord, my wife, Martha, has dreamed of actually seeing one. And the Rimu trip not only made her dream come true, but we got to experience Fiordland up close and personal from our accommodations in Milford Sound to kayaking to helicopter views!”
    "B" Townes IV – North Carolina, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Great Trip

    “1st class and professional from start to finish. Both Jackie and Carrie were outstanding. Even though we had to make changes based on weather they always had a plan and options for us. 14 days passed in the blink of an eye. The food, the accommodations, the activities, the camaraderie, and the enthusiasm were all outstanding. We would not hesitate to recommend Active Adventures and are already thinking about future trips.”
    Eric Murray – Nebraska, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Spectacular!

    “I can't imagine a better way to see the South Island than on Rimu. Challenging? Definitely.... but worth every step!”
    Lisa Kurek – Texas, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Rimu Was Extraordinary

    “We have been dreaming of visiting New Zealand for a long time, we wanted to see and explore all the best sites in an active way, but doing this on our own would have been overwhelming! Active Adventures was the complete answer. They took us to the best places, sites and beautiful landscapes that we could only have dreamed about. Our group was small which allowed us all to bond, our guides Astrid and Steve could not have been better - fun, knowledgeable, organized and excellent cooks. I got the sense they really enjoyed what they do! I would strongly recommend this tour - a trip of a lifetime that words can’t describe - we will never forget it.”
    Colleen Clark – Ontario, CanadaFebruary 2018
  • South Island Rimu Trip

    “My South Island trip was outstanding, even with the cyclone that came ashore on the second day! The itinerary needed to be changed because of all the washed out roads to places that we were suppose to venture to. Our guides, Jackie and Carrie, came up with new plans that were great. A mark of a good company is when they can handle unexpected events, such as a cyclone, and still provide their guest with a trip of a life time. Thank you A.A. for a great and safe trip!”
    Pete Orefice – Connecticut, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Nov 2017 Rimu with Claire, Carrie and Natalie

    “The trip was so well organized and orchestrated. Claire’s driving was phenomenal with a bus full of gabbing woman and windy narrow roads. Natalie’s home baked goodies, nice touch. We were fed so so very well. So many highlights, like who lugs bottles of champagne and glasses on a hike to surprise us at the top?! Or having stubbies waiting for us as we emerge from the woods after two nights at the hut.”
    Rebecca Pope – Washington, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Rimu—Feb., 2018

    “Could not have been happier with our guides, their level of preparation/organization and the stunning scenery of the South Island.”
    Tom Townes – North Carolina, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Jan 2018 Rimu with Steve and Astrid

    “My wife and I were on the January 15th 2018 Rimu trip with Steve and Astrid. It was a trip that met all of our hopes and expectations! We were a part of what developed into a very small and close nit group of 6 travelers and 2 guides. The wonderful experience of spending such a thrilling time with such a group in such a fantastically gorgeous environment was one of the highlights of my lifetime experiences. I feel that spending 2 weeks of challenging daily activities culminating in the 3 day Angelus challenge hike could not have been better. Helping and pushing each other through with support and laughter will always be remembered. I find myself now back home after 2 weeks still reminiscing daily about our moments spent together. My thanks to our wonderful young guides who led us, supported us and fed us so well.”
    Bob Koubsky – Minnesota, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Amazing South Island Rimu Trip!!

    “The diversity of what we saw and did on the Rimu trip was amazing!! Beautiful mountain and glacier views, our first sea kayak experience, the sub-tropical West Coast rain forests, caving to see glowworms, cycling the Hawea River Trail, and a challenging but very rewarding Angelus Circuit hike. We were fortunate to be with a wonderful group of people - a great team that encouraged each other throughout the trip. Our guides (Dani & Pepper) were outstanding, very positive, and full of energy. We were so impressed with Active Adventures that we will be hiking on their Mont Blanc tour this summer.”
    Kevin Cahill – Washington, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Amazing Trip! Epic!

    “It is hard to find words to describe this epic trip. Our group included six travellers and two excellent guides! This 'Rimu' trip of two weeks included some of the most beautiful vistas in the world. We had beautiful weather and so enjoyed the New Zealand summer since we are from the north. The camaraderie with our team created a level of togetherness which increased as we paddled, biked, and hiked the most amazing trails I have ever seen. Our food made by Astrid was delicious and we looked forward to every snack and meal to the point I was a little disappointed when it was a time to eat out! Our lead guide Steve helped me through a few tricky moments of climbing as needed and drove our van so skillfully. It was the top trip of many trips! Not sure how many times I said “Wow”!”
    Cindy Koubsky – Minnesota, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • The Long Expected Trip

    “In 2012, when I learned that Peter Jackson was going to build the set of The Shire with permanent materials, I knew that it was time for me to go to New Zealand. I was 8 when "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" was released in theaters, and since then I have grown up with both the movies and J.R.R. Tolkien's books. These stories became very dear to me and New Zealand became (and always will be) Middle-earth. I have always wanted to visit NZ, but I never knew how or when that would happen. The deciding moment came in 2012. I saw my chance to visit an "actual" piece of Middle-earth. But I also wanted to experience New Zealand apart from the tourist spots. I wanted to explore and see NZ not just for it's role in the films but because of it's unique, natural beauty. So I went to Google to see what I could find that would satisfy my wish to see New Zealand. I forget the exact phrase I searched, but I know that Active Adventures was the first result. It was meant to be. Within days after exploring the site, I received a call from a representative named Matthew and we started talking about my trip. I was still in college at the time and explained that I would have to wait 5 years before I could go. It was a nice chat and I was reassured that New Zealand would still be there in 5 years. But 5 years is a long time, and although I was making plans, my trip seemed like a far off dream.
    But before I knew it, I was packing for New Zealand. By this time, my trip had evolved into 2 Active Adventure trips and 12 days on my own to explore places like Wellington and Matamata. I completed my degree and now it was time to begin a new chapter of my life. A month-long trip to New Zealand was a perfect start.
    It's hard to put into words how much I enjoyed this trip - incredible, terrific, amazing, life-changing...these sentiments don't seem to encompass how much this trip meant to me. I waited 5 long years, working and studying, and saving for this trip-of-a-lifetime. I could not ask for a better tour group than Active Adventures. The group was just the right size; the guides were friendly, cheerful, knowledgeable, and made sure I got the most out of my time in New Zealand. The food was amazing - I'll definitely be recreating the recipes at home. Having never really done intense hiking before, I've discovered a love for hiking in New Zealand. There were some trails that I though I wouldn't be able to complete, like the Angelus Circuit, but I did it! And I'd do the hikes again. I got so much out of traveling with Active Adventures that I will be looking for similar adventures of my own when spring comes along at home. It's hard to believe my trip is finished. I've waited for so long and worked so hard to get to New Zealand...where did the time go? I have memories to last a lifetime and photos and stories to remind me of where I've been. Though I will explore the world, I know that I'll be returning to New Zealand again and again. Active Adventures allowed me to see the incredible country they call home, and I'd be lying if I said that NZ hasn't become a home-away-from-home to me. I will never forget this trip.”
    Megan McDermott – Pennsylvania, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • A Great NZ Sampler

    “A great way to see and sample the South Island.”
    Scott Warner – Maryland, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Rimu January 2018... Even more beautiful in hindsight.

    “Pretty hard to capture with mere words just how beautiful and challenging this trip was. Only now, with the clarity of hindsight and reviewing my photos, am I really beginning to grasp the magnitude of the natural wonder that is New Zealand. And reviewing the map against where we traveled shows that we saw a pretty good chunk of the South Island on our Rimu trip, and only whets my appetite to see even more.

    If you are considering an adventure tour with knowledgeable fun loving guides, who also happen to be fantastic cooks, then look no further. Active Adventures has everything covered. We stayed in top notch accommodations, from a sheep station to a luxury riverside bungalow, and we started each day with a great breakfast, had a hearty lunch break during the day's activity, and finished with appetizers in the evening before a delicious dinner. Did I mention these guides can cook? And that fresh food using local ingredients tastes even better after a full day of adventure. And adventure is what you'll be doing, each and every day.

    So pick out a trip, book it, and do it. You'll be glad you did.”
    Barry Sloan – Montana, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Well done

    “This was a well organized trip done by very competent guides who went above and beyond
    their duties to provided what was a excellent experience.
    I think that the group size was an excellent number and the choice of activities made it better still.
    I would also like to thank the staff for locating and delivering my lost luggage.

    Thank you for an excellent experience”
    Jerry Stewart – Idaho, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • A Special Place

    “New Zealand is a very special place. The natural beauty was inspiring and the well planned trip provided unique opportunities to experience the magical environment. ”
    Patrick Kenney – Wisconsin, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Holiday Trip 2018

    “Our guides Ken and Carrie were great! We had a wonderful time with all the activities and the variety of experiences was perfect.”
    Todd Goatley-Seals – Nevada, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Rimu, Experience NZ's Stunning Nature

    “Searching for a suitable tour, the 'Rimu' promised exactly what I was looking for: daily outdoor activities, lovely accomodations and good coffee :-). This tour exceeded my expectations!! Our attentive and friendly guides kept us active and challenged every day. We experienced New Zealand's nature hiking, cycling and kayaking. Throughout the whole tour everything was organised and taken care of. They prepared delicious meals and picnics. Daily surprises such as a cold drink after a long hike or an especially beautiful lookout during the bus ride completed this outstanding tour. Furthermore we got to know many stories about New Zealand's customs, it's flora and fauna, the Maori...We had the chance to fully "immerse" into New Zealand and take home an unforgettable experience!”
    Esther Buegler – , SwitzerlandFebruary 2018
  • Excellent

    “This trip went beyond my expectations in every aspect. Active Adventures knows what they're doing and provides the most thoughtful and best experience. I've done many organized trips over the world with other companies, and this was one of the best I've taken. The company and guides create a trip that feels personal (not touristy at all) of the most amazing spots of New Zealand, while choosing exceptional and beautiful places to stay. This was exactly what I was hoping for (even better). If you enjoy to be active, you will love this trip. Thank you, Active Adventures!”
    Nadia Strasser – California, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Rimu Trip Review - Jan 15, 2018

    “Great Trip! Well planned, very enjoyable group, excellent guides! Really got a great feel for the South Island of New Zealand! I just hope I will be able to get back someday!”
    Doug Thornley – Delaware, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Best Trip Ever!

    “I have never been on a guided tour before so I did not know what to expect. I researched New Zealand's South Island and wanted to experience all the sites that were on the Rimu itinerary. My expectations were low going into the trip. What I discovered is that the Active Adventures tour and our guide Melissa (Mel) McCartney blew me away. The accommodations were great and way better than I could have booked on my own. The hikes, biking, kayaking and swimming were perfect and the food (especially Mel's cooking) was fantastic. The only downside was the driving time in the bus but there was no other way to cover the ground we did without a little sacrifice. James Stephens, Our driver and Lead Guide, was a great driver and as a son of a police officer, made us feel safe as he confidently drove us around the island. Both Mel and James kept us on schedule, made sure we were looked after and well taken care of. They were very pleasant and told stories of Maori legends, Kiwi history and NZ lifestyle. When they realized that several of us were more physically fit, they designed different hikes so everyone would be happy. We had six trekkers on the bus and all of us fell in love with Mel. She is the perfect guide and she loves what she does. She is a great cook, organizer and so casual and fun. Mel and James really made this trip fun for all. I have and will continue to recommend this trip to everyone.
    Thank you for a great trip.”
    Stephen Jackson – California, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • A Great Taste of the South Island

    “It's obvious that the Rimu Tour has been tuned to perfection over time. The venues are wonderful and the food is excellent (thank you Mel!). Many hours in the bus, but that was to be expected given the breadth of coverage. I'd highly recommend this tour without hesitation!”
    Doug Pierson – Massachusetts, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Rimu trip with Amanda T & Maya

    “A beautiful trip, between the scenery, hikes, sea kayaking, swimming, delicious food, the guides kindness & attention, along with their fitness & knowledge of the surroundings I could not have asked for anything more. It was rejuvenating & enjoyable.
    Paul Valerio – New York, United StatesFebruary 2018
  • Great Way to Enjoy a Beautiful Country

    “Great hiking, kayaking and biking. We covered a good amount of the South Island in a very comfortable bus. The guides were excellent, food was great. I highly recommend this tour.”
    Ellen McCabe – Wisconsin, United States of AmericaJanuary 2018
  • Amazing Family Trip

    “We travelled with our 20 and 23 yo boys and met another family and a single woman. The 8 of us hit the road, trails, lakes, bike trails together. The pace was excellent. The guides terrific. Even though the weather did not cooperate well, we had a great and memorable trip. Loved having everything meticulously planned, yet some ability to be spontaneous and adapt to the group's desires. Truly a vacation: all we had to do was show up! Meals, lodging, hikes, etc. all "happened" for us!”
    Linda Eckert – Washington, United States of AmericaJanuary 2018
  • An Unbelievable Experience

    “The Rimu trip was beyond phenomenal! The sights we saw were breathtaking and the small group size allowed us all to bond and truly enjoy our time together exploring this magnificent country. Our guides were fantastic and provided lots of information and fun facts, along with a large amount of encouragement as we tackled some of our adventures! I'm still searching for words to describe just how great a trip it was!”
    McKayla Anderson – Nebraska, United States of AmericaJanuary 2018
  • A blast!

    “The trip was great, the guides were very relatable and worked to meet our standards of the trip. To be personal and show the places but also culture is what made it so fun. Astrid did a wonderful job in hospitality and information. James was a strong leader of the group and gave a challenge but also insight to the group about the area. Thank you again and we look forward to another trip with your company.”
    Michael Leopold – Wyoming, United States of AmericaJanuary 2018
  • Oh-my-Gosh!

    “it was truly a fabulous trip! Only 7 other travelers and 2 great guides, and every day was packed with gorgeous scenery and fun ways to work off the calories. We enjoyed a nice mix of accommodations, from luxury hotel to a rustic but spotless A-frame in a secluded wide spot in the road, and everything in between. Truly memorable: Tanglewood on Queen Charlotte Sound, and the low-key but gorgeous place at Milford Sound. Superb food, Button and Maya were fabulous guides, and even the time in the van was pleasant with so much to see. Interesting fellow travelers too!”
    Ed Mencke – Washington, United States of AmericaJanuary 2018
  • The Great Outdoors!

    “Amazing way to connect to the natural beauty of New Zealand. The hut to hut hike pushed me to the limits of my endurance but every step was worth the views! Between the hiking, biking and kayaking, we experienced the vast and varied terrain of New Zealand. It is all breathtaking.”
    Jeanne Reynolds – DC, United States of AmericaJanuary 2018
  • WOW!

    “Where do I begin?
    At the beginning I guess.
    This trip was brilliant and perfect for anybody.
    The guides make it possible for everybody to join in everything.
    The activities are challenging but fun.
    The food is excellent and lots of it!
    The accommodation was staggeringly good.
    If you suffer with travel sickness - beware lots of long minibus trips but a good selection of music and snacks made them bearable.
    New Zealand is a beautiful country and the people are amazing.
    This trip will be in my heart and mind forever.
    Thanks xxxx”
    Elizabeth Webster – West Sussex, United KingdomJanuary 2018
  • Majestic New Zealand

    “Active Adventures attracts like-minded explorers who are up for anything and fun to boot! New Zealand is a remarkable country - and seeing the South Island through the special lens of this tour was truly life changing. The astounding beauty allowed me to feel more connected to our planet, collective community and to myself. Thank you for sharing this majestic place with us!”
    Libby MacFarlane – Minnesota, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • A Wonderful, Relaxed, Fun-packed, Gorgeous Adventure.

    “The title says it all, our guides were great, and the group dynamics were amazing. It’s not every time you luck out with a trip like this and we sure did. Between the dynamics of Astrid and James and that of the group, we had a truly special group and trip, and I can’t imagine having it done any other way... the way Astrid and James worked together to lead the group was pure magic. Truly. I think the only way I’d ever do an active trip again is if I had the two of them to guide it together. No joke. They rocked it that hard. Thanks to you all. I will never forget it.”
    Tiffany Dawson – California, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • Action Packed Road Trip - Fantastic Experience For Our Family

    “We loved our trip overall and appreciated the amount of miles and activities we were able to cover and experience in a two week itinerary. Every detail was thoughtfully executed and our guides were terrific; we actually can't say enough about how much we admired Jackie's driving and Emma's cooking not to mention their cheerful and encouraging leadership of our group! I was impressed with the bus which provided comfort, storage of daily items (YAY for cupholders!) and wonderful panoramic views; excellent since we logged a lot of miles on it. The hiking, biking and kayaking were epic & strenuous and led us to amazing sights. It was our goal to see as much of the South Island as we could on our first trip to New Zealand and the 'Rimu' trip sure delivered that.
    Our family has taken many guided adventure trips (road and mountain biking, rafting, and hiking) in America and Europe and your company is one of the very best at what you do. Thank you for a wonderful trip full of treasured memories.”
    Heather Weir – New Mexico, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • Mid Life Challenge

    “A great way to re-energize your life. Gets you to think about what is really important- life experiences- challenges and successes!”
    Gillian Harrington – California, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • Trip of a Lifetime!

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

    “The trip was awesome! I met a great bunch of fellow travelers and now have family in New Zealand in Jackie and Emma! I felt like we saw a lot of the South Island in 2 weeks. I loved my first experience in New Zealand and plan on coming back in 2020!”
    Terry McNamara – Michigan, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • Amazing South Island Rimu Adventures

    “The most awesome and enjoyable adventure I've had, with Active Adventures on a Rimu trip with Jackie and Emma! We had a really good group and the best tour leaders too. Emma is a talented cook and Jackie is an excellent driver, as well as both being friendly and hilarious people. Nothing was ever too much trouble for them. They made us feel comfortable and happy. I enjoyed all the hikes we went on and the kayaking too. I would definitely consider going on another Active Adventures tour some day, as I really enjoyed my tour!”
    Georgie Wearne – Victoria, AustraliaJanuary 2018
  • NZ Alps and surrounding region: what a great place!

    “The much wilder South Island was a great place to visit, despite the weather which was for some days awful, notably on the West Coast (rain, wind, fog, snow). Incredible choice of outdoor activity, the highlight being the kayaking (with heavy rain) in Milford Sound as well as the hiking to Franz-Josef Glacier (hail did not allow us to complete it).”
    Ivo Bergamo Andreis Cesarini Sforza – TN, ItalyJanuary 2018
  • Absolutely the trip of a lifetime

    “This trip was both physically and mentally challenging, and I left with a huge sense of accomplishment and confidence! Not to mention the stunning scenery of New Zealand. Our guides were amazing and our whole group was one big family. This was a trip of a lifetime for me, and I'm already planning my next Active Adventures trip to South America!”
    Lauren Brennan – Dublin, Ireland (Republic of)January 2018
  • Great trip. Fantastic guides.

    “The guides were perfect. We kept a brisk pace and covered a lot of ground beside beautiful country.”
    Braden Pollock – California, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • An Amazing Tour of the Stunning South Island!

    “Through the Active Adventures trip, my group of family and friends were able to truly soak up and appreciate all the wonders NZ has to offer. We were able to visit the must-see tourist destinations while also going off the beaten track (sometimes quite literally) on stunning hiking routes where we barely saw another person all day. Filled with activity as promised, we were always in the hands of incredibly knowledgeable and caring guides who really made the trip an experience to remember. ”
    Sahar El Abbadi – California, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • Trip of a lifetime

    “Our Rimu trip of the South Island was a wonderful experience. Having a guided tour really took the stress out of planning and also allowed us to sit back and enjoy the views, which would not have been possible if we had chosen to drive ourselves. Our guides Simon and Maddi were extremely knowledgable and a joy to spend time with. Our tour was very personalized and we were able to see and experience much more than larger tour groups. Our guides made sure that we were able to get the most out of our experience and tailored our hikes and activities to fit our personal fitness levels and goals. New Zealand was truly a beautiful country and am very pleased with our experience with Active Adventures!”
    Jessica West – California, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • Dan Barnes Review

    “The trip was amazing . . . The views and experiences made the trip one of a kind”
    Dan Barnes – California, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • Nice job

    “Well organized, super friendly guides, saw gorgeous scenery.”
    Lisa Bloom – California, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • Unforgettable Experience

    “The trip and our guides more than exceeded our expectations for the trip. Each activity was backed by incredible scenery and unique memories. Our guides were amazing and very encouraging and our group hit it off from the start making it all the more special.”
    Hillary Jenson – Oregon, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • Exceeded Expectations

    “In planning my trip to New Zealand I specifically signed on to the Rimu trip to achieve 3 goals: first to see as much of the South Island as possible in 2 weeks, second to get outdoors and get a feel for the environment and third to have fun with a group of people. My Rimu experience accomplished all three goals and then some. The mixture of driving, and daily activities was perfect. It allowed us to cover lots of terrain while getting us out and active every day. Our guides, Ben and Emma, were terrific. They were tireless workers who not only made us comfortable but created a positive group dynamic that helped bring complete strangers together into a cohesive group. Ben was great at sharing his knowledge of NZ culture and natural history. Emma was a fantastic cook who kept us well fed even at a hut at 1300 meters. Everything about the trip was well organized and well planned. Thank you for such a great experience.”
    Tim Reed – Massachusetts, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • Rimu nov. 27 - dec. 10 '17

    “This trip was unsurpassed by any other I've ever been a part of! Ben and Emma seemed like family to us with their wonderful cooking, extreme knowledge of the island and extraordinary skill as guides made every step of every hike better than the last!
    I have not stopped singing the praises of Active Adventures to my like minded friends since returning!
    You really 'knocked this one out of the park'!”
    Bob Anderson – Georgia, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • Oct 16 2017 Rimu with Simon and Liana

    “Your mission was accomplished. I would not change a thing about my Oct 16 2017 Rimu adventure with Simon and Liana. It was perfect!
    - Well organized – From the pickup at the airport, to meals and accommodations, to the drop off at the airport, the trip was well organized. Liana and Simon kept an eye on time to ensure we kept on schedule and they even added additional stops as time allowed for unscheduled adventures. They were very thoughtful and attentive to our preferences and requests.
    - Outdoor oriented – LOVED IT! I was able to eat outdoors, watch sunrises and sunsets, sit under the stars, and adventure out on my own in the mornings and the evenings. The timing of this trip couldn’t have been better for me; since it was Spring in New Zealand, the weather was wonderful with perfect temperatures and there were very few other tourists on our hikes and at our stops. Both Simon and Liana were great guides. Liana was a great source of knowledge, particularly about the vegetation, birds, wildlife, and the history of New Zealand.
    - Awesome adventure around New Zealand – The trip was well laid out to allow an efficient tour of the South Island. We were able to see and experience so many landscapes. New Zealand is quite impressive in what it has to offer. The days were well balanced; the amount of time we spent traveling in the bus was broken into smaller, manageable chunks of time. Simon did a splendid job driving the bus and having our luggage easily accessible.
    - Allow time to relax – I had plenty of time to relax and unwind. I had time before and after our daily scheduled events to do my own thing. There were also ample opportunities during our bus rides and activities (hiking, biking, kayaking) to just sit back in take in the beautiful surroundings and the serenity of it all.
    - Get off the beaten track - I loved the quaint places we would stay and visit; each was unique and an experience in itself. There was so much to see and explore. The remote locations were perfect for being unplugged/unconnected and just being in the moment.
    - Show the real New Zealand – Stops along the way (Torlesse winery, Andris Apse gallery, Garston Honey shop, sheep shearing at Morelea, etc.) to visit with locals and hear about their history are one of a kind experiences I will always treasure. I am impressed and grateful that Active Adventures supports local, small business entrepreneurs for outfitters (kayaking, biking), accommodations, meals, and shopping. Liana did a great job incorporating local cuisine into our meals and snacks. The food was wonderful; my compliments to Liana who is a very talented culinary artist.
    - Sent home buzzing with energy – My time in New Zealand couldn’t have been better. It is exactly what I needed; it truly reenergized me. I’ve been sharing my experience and recommending Active Adventures since my departure flight shuttle ride. Just thinking about my trip to New Zealand makes me smile. I would definitely consider doing another adventure with Active Adventures.
    I sincerely appreciate that the Oct 16 2017 Rimu adventure was allowed with only 3 of us. The potential of having 14 in a group was the only reservation I had when I signed up for this adventure; I was extremely delighted when I found out we had a small group. Our small group made the whole experience that much more personable.”
    Jean Erpelding – Minnesota, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • Rimu - South Island

    “Great trip, full of discoveries away from big city centers, the kind of adventure nature lovers will appreciate to the fullest. We had a great two weeks of travelling through the real NZ landscaping natural beauty and 14 days is not enough to see or do everything. We enjoyed hiking, kayaking, biking, swimming in pristine water, caving, always surrounded by super guides who made us feel in goods hands at all time. ”
    Claude Remy – Ontario, CanadaDecember 2017
  • Outstanding Locations. Outstanding Service

    “We have always wanted to see New Zealand, but we didn't know how to select the best and organize a trip around these. Active Adventures gave us an answer, and on the trip, AA gave us much more than we expected. We saw amazing locations, did lots of fun activities, and had amazing service... with the guides providing great information, assistance, service and various options. Terrific!”
    Rick Lent – Massachusetts, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Perfect in Everyway!!

    “With great guides, fabulous weather and scenery that is amazing, we hiked, kayaked our way through-out the South Island. We learned a lot about the country, the flora and fauna, birds and conservation efforts. ”
    Sharon Brownfield – Massachusetts, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Rimu - Awesome South Island trip!

    “This trip is really a great way to experience the true beauty of the South Island. We hiked in beautiful areas with spectacular views, biked the Te Araroa track and sea kayaked in Milford Sound and in the Okarito Lagoon. Our guides, Ben and Emma, were absolutely great! They were cheerful, caring and attentive to our needs. They kept us well fed all along the trip even while hiking in remote areas with minimal cooking facilities. Accommodations were great and representative of the visited area. Thanks to one of our travel companions, we had magnificent weather for the trip duration… we cannot have asked for better temperatures.”
    Claire Barrette-Remy – Ontario, CanadaDecember 2017
  • TOP

    “Awesome...
    How New Zealand is beautiful!
    Rimu did surprise me each of its 14 days with amazing landscapes and activities.
    How Koru & Pepper were nice, professionals, helpful and now friends!
    Rimu was much more pleasant because of these two top guides.
    I recommend NZ and Rimu. I highly recommend Koru & Pepper as guides.
    Rimu was perfect also because of my trip companions, now, friends.
    Who knows Koru & Pepper aren't responsible by joining us?
    Thank you Koru!
    Thank you Pepper!
    Tkank you Active Adventures!”
    Alfredo Furukawa – Parana, BrazilDecember 2017
  • Great New Zealand Adventure

    “Active Adventures provided a well rounded and action packed vacation. The guides, Simon and Maddie, were fully committed to the attention of their guest.”
    Ro Bradley – Michigan, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Mary and Mark best trip ever!

    “Our expectations for this trip was to experience things we had never done before and learn about the beauty of a country that was on our “bucket list” . This trip met our expections and more! Each night we would discuss our daily adventures and say it was the best day ever- and then the next day was even better! For the entire trip we had no worries or concerns- everyday was well planned out and extremely enjoyable.”
    Mark Erbstoesser – Wisconsin, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Rimu Trip - Should be #1 on Your Bucket List

    “First of all, the guides were "hands-down" the "BEST EVER"!!! They made this trip extra special. Katie C and Lauren were always looking out for our best interest. They were great at engaging each of us in the group, they took the time to get to know each one of us, they made sure they included groceries that you liked and more. They were fun, energetic and full of happiness! They worked very hard and feed us very well. The food was amazing!!! A big THANK YOU to both of you beautiful young women! Thank you active adventures for hiring fun and inspiring women!”
    Vicki Igou – California, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Awesome Adventure

    “I can honestly say that I don't think it would be possible to plan a trip like this on your own. There is a lot to be said for exploring off the beaten path & Steve & Pepper sure delivered that type of trip for us. ”
    Linda Gallivan – Ontario, CanadaDecember 2017
  • Exceeded Expectations!

    “From start to finish, our guides (Ben and Emma) spoiled us with first-class service. Always cheerful and genuinely caring for our every need. Accommodations were all GREAT, as was the food and the always available snacks on the bus. As food preparers/chefs, they always made sure we were fed well and on time... important after many a gruelling hike. The hiking was more challenging than I thought, but worth every breath and groan. The bus was comfortable (a necessity for the long rides) and spacious. The South Island was as gorgeous as billed, and fortunately for the group I brought along the magnificent weather we experienced throughout. If this is typical of Active Adventures experience, then I will for sure be a repeat AA customer. Good Job!!”
    Hans Anger – Florida, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Outstanding Trip!!

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

    “We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and felt we saw and experienced much of the island. Ben and Emma were exceptional guides: friendly, fun, knowledgeable, and hard working! We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary with this trip and they went out of their way to make it even more special. The sites were amazing and to top it off we had outstanding weather. ”
    Bonnie Mastolier – Alaska, United StatesDecember 2017
  • The Most Beautiful Place in the World

    “Thank you to Active Adventures for a most spectacular trip. I traveled with my daughter, to celebrate her college graduation, and my brother. The Kiwi people are the friendliest people on the planet. Our guides were extremely helpful, cooked awesome meals, and taught us so much about New Zealand. They took care of everything. All we had to do was sit back and enjoy the ride. The locations for the lodging were probably the best views in all the country. We stayed right in the center of Queenstown, next to a remote area of a lake with views of Mt. Cook, in a small towns next to the ocean. They were all very clean and neat, always with a pot of tea ready, and cookies for a snack. There was always an excess of food. No one ever went hungry. In fact, I don't think I ever ate so much on holiday. The activities were fun and varied, relaxing at times, strenuous on occasion but with awesome views as payback. I am recommending this trip to all my friends, and already planning the next one.”
    Terri Donati – Colorado, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Epic Trip!

    “We did a custom trip very similar to the Rimu. Wonderful guides, accommodations and fantastic little surprises throughout the trip.”
    Debra Huntington – Maryland, United StatesDecember 2017
  • 2017 Oct/Nov Rimu

    “My 2017 Rimu trip was fantastic! Somehow our fabulous guides Ben and Emma arranged for clear sunny skies, a great mix of travelers, and an all around fun time. Seriously though, our group of 10/11 (we had a late addition) got along well from day 1 - we learned about each other's backgrounds, played cards and dice games, and shared bottles of wine. Ben and Emma worked tirelessly to make sure our travels were smooth - often 16+ hour days for them. Emma cooked wonderful meals for us and made sure everyone's dietary requests were met. Ben drove Whina (our bus) so well for so many hours to get us to our destinations - we'll never forget the tunnel! And they both were great guides on the hikes. Thanks for all the wonderful memories!”
    Jeanne Stallings – North Carolina, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Amazing Adventure!

    “Absolutely the BEST way to experience all the amazing things that New Zealand has to offer! This trip lived up to it's name and truly was an Active Adventure - we hiked, biked and kayaked across the gorgeous South Island.
    Skip the massive tour buses and join Active Adventures to go beyond the major tourist routes!”
    Erika Honerkamp – California, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Great Active Fun!

    “A great way to see a beautiful country, and have some fun activities and exercise....really enjoyed it!”
    Larry Cates – Montana, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Flawless


    My first trip to New Zealand. Active adventures guides and itinerary on the South Island were flawless. We hiked, biked, and kayaked as well as riding a comfortable bus through gorgeous country inspired by the knowledge and stories shared by our wonderful guides. ”
    Teresa Rankin – DC, United StatesDecember 2017
  • New Zealand is Majestic...Thanks Active Adventures!

    “This was my first trip traveling alone and traveling overseas. Active Adventures made this trip amazing and so easy. From initial planning of trip, to the moment of pick up at the airport, until drop off at the end of the adventure all details were taken care of. The guides (Amanda and Joe) were fabulous and the prepared meals were fantastic. New Zealand is truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing your country, can't wait to go back!”
    Jennifer Smith – Arizona, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Awesome, Awesome, Awesome

    “I booked this trip through Adventures in Good Company USA who used Active Adventures as their local partner. I sincerely hope you continue to partner for similar trips - both companies excel at providing a fantastic experience. The Guides clearly love their country and enjoyed sharing their enthusiasm with us. We soon trusted the guides when they said “it’s only a 10 minute walk but worth it!” Or shared fun things like “Tim Tam Slams”. I have been home a week, going through pictures and am so grateful for the experience.”
    Judith Wehmeister – Arizona, United StatesNovember 2017
  • Awsome Adventure!

    “Wonderful, well organized trip. Our guides were amazing, insightful, funny, adept and a joy to travel with. I appreciated the diversity of activity each day and the pace at which we traveled. Our guide/driver Claire, shared local stories and lore that helped us to better understand the local culture and history of the areas we traveled in. Food and accomodations were great. Thank you!”
    Sylvie Hessini – California, United StatesNovember 2017
  • Wow, What a Trip!

    “I have been on many trips, from the Serengeti to the Himalayas, and this trip through the South Island of NZ ranks among the top! First and foremost, the gals who guided us on the hikes, across rivers, on bike trails and more, were exceptional!! Their skills (guiding, driving, communication, exploring, culinary, social, etc.) were exemplary. That combined with the stunning beauty of your lakes, mountains, glaciers, fjords, forests and pastures made each day a joy to wake up to. In our 14 days we certainly experienced an array of beauty and adventures that will not be forgotten. I also appreciated the friendly people, the clean, fresh air and the conservation efforts that are practised in NZ. Your clean bathrooms were an added bonus! Thank you for providing exceptional service and for being so attentive to our every need. This trip was "sweet as"!”
    Bev Hoshi – California, United StatesNovember 2017
  • Perfect New Zealand Trip

    “I could not have dreamed of a more perfect trip to New Zealand. Every day was a new adventure exploring the beauty of this wonderful country. I loved all of our activities-hiking, biking, and kayaking. We had the most fantastic guides, Claire, Nat and Carrie! They made a wonderful trip even more spectacular! Every detail was planned and thought out. Delicious meals they prepared, restaurants ready for us on our arrival, surprise stops on our routes, the music, the stories and preparing us to safely enjoy an adventure of a lifetime!”
    Joyce Giblin – Texas, United StatesNovember 2017
  • A Must Do!

    “Rimu was truly an incredible experience! Jackie and Lauren did a fantastic job of showing us the beauty and magic of The South Island! I have memories (and tons of pictures) to last a lifetime... or at least until I return again. The landscapes, the physical activity, the super-friendly natives, the never ending supply of laughs and good food, I could go on and on! Active Adventures, you have created a lifelong fan and I can not wait to visit again! A class act!”
    Cindy Nigrini – North Carolina, United StatesNovember 2017
  • A magical adventure in New Zealand

    “We loved our New Zealand active adventure! Ben and Emma were delightful guides that were skillful, knowdeable and simply said the most lovely people to spend our time with. The people we connected with for this adventure couldn’t have been more fun and lovely travel companions. We felt extraordinarily lucky to have been placed with such fantastically fun and friendly fellow travelers. We were delighted to share the exquisite beauty of NZ with the amazing guides and fellow travelers that you set up for us. ”
    Timothy Taich – California, United StatesNovember 2017
  • NZ Rimu Adventure

    “I've been all around the world, and few places have left me awe struck. The natural beauty of New Zealand is one of those places and it will leave you speechless. The only thing that surpassed the scenery of NZ was Active Adventures' services and the phenomenal guides. This trip was a trip and adventure of a lifetime!!”
    Ray O'Neill – California, United StatesNovember 2017
  • Heaven

    “Some call New Zealand home; I call it Heaven. Hiking, biking, kayaking - all with views of spectacular mountain ranges. Everything about this trip was wonderful. Now that I'm home, I'm wondering how I'll ever organize all of our photos.”
    Valerie Ezrin – Maryland, United StatesNovember 2017
  • Rimu - NZ South Island

    “Our Rimu trip with Ken and Elder was truly a trip of a lifetime. The two of them were the perfect pair to lead our adventure -kind, warm, funny, and incredibly encouraging (for those of us who weren't quite sure we'd make it up the mountain!) My husband and I were fortunate to have both of our adult boys join us which made for a very memorable experience. New Zealand's South Island offered some of the most breathtaking landscapes we had ever seen. The hiking, kayaking, and biking was challenging and exhilarating. It was hard to say goodbye to the group who became like family. We have stayed in touch with some, and look forward to our next trip with Active.”
    Gigi Altaras – Washington, United StatesNovember 2017
  • The Best Way to Spend my 30th Birthday!

    “Going to New Zealand has been at the very top of my bucket list for quite a long time and I finally decided to scratch it off when I turned 30. Active Adventures was, from the beginning, the only tour group I would consider travelling with. They were the only group that not only had everything I wanted to do in New Zealand, but also had the highest level of professionalism and ratings that made me trust them.
    From the moment they picked us up at the airport I was certain I’d judged them correctly. Tess was simply an amazing tour guide (we called her mum because that’s exactly how we felt about her) not only was she fun, she took care of us, fed us, and kept us organized. Andy supplemented the tour with such interesting history and facts that I felt like I was on a school trip (in a good way!).
    All in all it was an amazing vacation, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it!
    Thank you Active Adventures for making my 30th the year to remember!”
    Dani Felton – Florida, United StatesNovember 2017
  • Oct 2017 Rimu

    “Outstanding collaboration between our guides and the weather gods allowed us to experience a nearly rain-free trip around the South Island. Expansive views of Mt Cook, Fiordland and Milford greeted us every day. The guides were also able to seamlessly adjust the trip schedule to accommodate a delayed arrival flight, an unexpected trail closure and a bit of stormy weather near the end of our trip. Well done!”
    Rick Pope – Oregon, United StatesOctober 2017
  • I Love Active Adventures!

    “This was the best trip of my lifetime! The only disappointment was that there was not enough rain, as the guides had really talked up how awesome the rain can make the landscapes look. But we had no rain! Seriously the guides were marvellous and really made the trip with their warmth, enthusiasm, support and all around good cheer - they rivalled the beauty of New Zealand.”
    Barbara Suter – DC, United StatesOctober 2017
  • A Memorable Trip That Will Always Be a Part of Me

    “Hello my name is Mario Salazar, from San Francisco California. I took the Rimu trip to have an experience of visiting the beautiful country of New Zealand and all it could offer as a first time visitor. The nature of the parks and activities that I did was worth the time to travel there.The trip became a memorable experience that left me wanting to come back as there is a lot to see and try to take in. The time I spent there made me feel a longing to come back one day and continue my trek in the land of the Kiwi, be it by Kayak, or on the trek of personal growth, hiking a mountain almost a mile up. I thank the guides for showing us the fabulous land of New Zealand and being part of something that will be part of me always. Thank you Active Adventures! and thank you New Zealand for leaving something special in me.”
    Mario Salazar – California, United StatesOctober 2017
  • Amazing Experience with Wonderful Guides!

    “Just finished the last half of the Rimu trip and I can’t say enough about Active Adventures. It was my first time going with a travel group instead of with a friend or solo, and I thought this would be my one and only time. After travelling with my group and wonderful guides, Andy and Tess, I really think I might have to go with Active Adventures again! This was an amazing trip and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
    Jessica Andersen – , Korea, Republic of [South]October 2017
  • Reconnecting with Nature

    “I had a wonderful time on my trip! It was exactly what I needed and was looking for; two weeks to reconnect with nature and see parts of New Zealand I'd have only been able to find on foot, by kayak, or by bike. I know I wouldn't have seen or done as much as I did had I not signed up with Active Adventures! I'll definitely go on another trip with them in the future.”
    Grace Gan – New York, United StatesJuly 2017
  • Exceeded my Expectations. A Trip to Treasure.

    “Active adventures provided an outstanding New Zealand experience. Our guides (Tory and Jordie) went above and beyond during our South Island Rimu trip. Their passion for the outdoors as well as the traditions and culture of NZ enhanced the two week journey. As guides, I was most impressed by their attention to detail and safety. I appreciated the warm smiles, gems of knowledge and yummy meals on even the challenging hike days. For my birthday, during the three day hike at Nelson Lakes National Park, Tory and Jordie surprised me with two delicious cakes to share with my new hiking family. A moment I will treasure, enhanced by the breath taking views of the alpine lake at Angelus Hut.

    The beauty of the country surpassed my expectations, particularly sites like Milford Sound and Mt. Cook. Such a diverse, lush landscape, each hike offered a unique perspective of the stunning views. Combined with the kayaking and biking options, allowed for an exciting and interesting mix. The highlight of my two weeks was my heli-hike on the Tasman Glacier, such an unforgettable experience.

    I'm looking forward to future Active Adventure trips, but will definitely keep a little piece of NZ in my heart. A truly bucket list destination.


    Gigi (from The Bahamas)”
    Gigi Smith – West Virginia, United StatesJuly 2017
  • Puts the "Active" in Active Adventures

    “What a great trip! The variety of stunning vistas in New Zealand is something to behold. We had a really fun group and our guides -- Kim and Ashleigh -- were amazing! We were on the move every day, seeing every corner of the South Island, getting in a pretty good workout most days through hiking, biking or kayaking, and eating wonderful meals, many prepared by our guides. I would highly recommend this trip!”
    Dave Stockert – Georgia, United StatesJuly 2017
  • Active Adventure Indeed!

    “My first comment is that this IS an Active Adventure. My husband and I consider ourselves fit, as we regularly run, do gym workouts, and added weekly hikes in the months leading up to our trip. We both found the Rimu hikes to be a challenge. I mean this in a good way. The hikes were the most difficult I've ever done, and I am so proud of myself for my accomplishments. My advice to potential travelers is to train hard. The vistas are absolutely worth the effort. Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable, energetic guides Kim and Ashleigh did everything to make this a trip of a lifetime for us. We traveled in late March and lucked into mostly perfect weather; the few times weather did not cooperate the guides shifted activities without missing a beat. The guides also set a positive, fun tone for our group. We really bonded during the trip. Food was great, accommodations were for the most part good to great. In all, I would not hesitate to recommend Rimu to anyone looking for a truly active New Zealand vacation. I for one cannot imagine experiencing the beauty of the South Island any other way.”
    Cammie Ives – Georgia, United StatesJune 2017
  • Everything we could have asked for!

    “Our goal was to find an active trip which explored the various wildlife habitats and natural areas of the South Island. The Rimu trip was perfect for that goal! Never a dull moment, Nick and Tory were amazing guides, and even made up a ghost story to spook my wife (at her request)! I can't wait to travel with Active Adventures again!!”
    Scott Porter – Maryland, United StatesJune 2017
  • Incredible Milford

    “Milford Sound was one of the most incredible places we have ever been.
    The three day hike to the Angelus Hut was difficult but the guides could not have been more helpful to an ageing hiker.
    The Okorito kayak trip was not great from our point of view, but some of that was not attributable to the organization.
    And the farm experience was unexpected and very enjoyable.”
    Rick Kalamaya – Colorado, United StatesMay 2017
  • An unforgettable adventure in South Island!

    “Amazing views, extraordinary wildlife (birds!), lovely guides (Tory and Nick), and memorable Active adventures (no rest for the wicked with a hike or two scheduled every day) - an unforgettable trip all in all.”
    Katherine Gadaingan – , PhilippinesMay 2017
  • The Kirk Family Reflections of Rimu 2016

    “It was a fantastic vacation, quite possibly the best we have ever taken. I know our son, Benjamin, rates it as his number one vacation. I actually have a small book summary of the entire trip, with which I will not bore others, but I wanted to remember the details so I wrote them down. The experiences, leaders, guests, accommodations and food were wonderful. On Sunday we had a Mother's Day celebration and my sons chose to prepare a New Zealand-themed meal for me, inspired by recipes from the cook book we purchased at the sheep farm on the last day of our trip. I baked a pavlova and made chocolate slice for the occasion. I wrote down ingredients of recipes prepared by Tess on the trip and made a couple of them within a week of our return in January. When asked about the trip, I continue to say that I did not want to leave New Zealand at the end of the trip.”
    Nancy Jo Kirk – Georgia, United StatesMay 2017
  • South Island trip of a lifetime

    “An absolutely awesome adventure with fantastic guides Vanessa and Tory. Experiencing parts of the great tramps in New Zealand of Kepler, Routeburn, Mueller Hut, Inland pack track at Punakaiki and Angelus Hut are a great introduction to tramping in NZ. I will definitely be back to complete some of the tramps. The Angelus hut hike was one of the hardest I have done (I hike regularly in Western Australia) and I loved every second of it. I would do the Angelus hut Nelson lakes hike again in a heart beat. The cycle along the Hawea river was stunning. Every day was a highlight of the trip.”
    Amie Culverson – Western Australia, AustraliaMay 2017
  • Rimu Trip Southbound

    “I would recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys being active and loves the outdoors! New Zealand is an absolute GEM of a country and Active Adventures ensures that you experience the beauty and diversity of its land. I cannot say enough about every aspect of this trip from start to finish. The tour guides, accommodations, food, activities all EXCELLENT!!
    Barb Fraser – Ontario, CanadaMay 2017
  • Good trip

    “ Good overview of the South Island. Friendly, knowledgeable guides, good group.”
    David Mclure – New Hampshire, United StatesMay 2017
  • Best Way to Check NZ Off Your Bucket List

    “If you want to check New Zealand off your bucket list, this is the best way to do it. Active Adventures showed us the South Island, taught us about the eco-system and the history of the country, and kept us active while we did it. We made new friends within our group and had a thousand laughs along the way. ”
    Laura Hamilton – Texas, United StatesMay 2017
  • Southern Exposure

    “There could be no better way to experience the south island than with an Active Adventures trip...hiking, biking, kayaking, backpacking... all with exceptional guides, facilities, equipment and food. A dream come true...!”
    Rita Carole – California, United StatesMay 2017
  • Perfect Trip for anyone who loves Nature!

    “If you enjoy being outdoors and like to challenge yourself this trip is for you. I wasn't an avid hiker before signing up for the Rimu trip but after reading the itinerary I knew I couldn't pass up this amazing opportunity. You never know what you are capable of until you try and that is how I feel after climbing up to the Angelus Hut and hiking to Mueller ridge. I had never climbed a mountain before (since there are no mountains where I live) but the views are more than worth the climb.
    This trip is the best way to see all that the South Island has to offer, it is the perfect balance between adventure, relaxation, self-exploration, and cultural immersion. Anyone can go to New Zealand and rent a car and go hiking, biking, and Kayaking; however, they will miss out on the best parts of traveling to a new place and that is the knowledge and culture that only someone who lives there would know. The guides (Tory and Vanessa) were awesome! Tory is an amazing cook, and Ness was great at making jokes and keeping the atmosphere cheery during the longer drives. I loved listening to the guides tell us about the Maori people and the local legends or folklore. I actually thought Ness was lying to me when she would tell me that the views get better after being left speechless by the scenery, but every day was better than the previous!
    I have to mention the FOOD!!! The food alone is enough for me to sign up for this trip again. When I travel I don’t always know what the local food is or would be but with this trip the guides cook you all sorts of local food and all the food is fresh and delicious. If you don’t like something they will make sure to accommodate you.
    Ness and Tory made you feel like this was a trip among friends and family, not strangers. I will come back to New Zealand again!
    Brian Heinz – Wisconsin, United StatesMay 2017
  • Rimu

    “Rimu with Active was an excellent fit for us! Pace, guides and hikes were just amazing and heaps of fun!”
    Daniel Cotton – Illinois, United StatesApril 2017
  • Wow! What a trip!

    “We had an absolute blast exploring the South Island with two legendary guides, Ken and Elder. Amazing hiking and other activities, great food, and awesome company!”
    Jordan Altaras – Washington, United StatesApril 2017
  • Awesome guides & beautiful scenery, need I say more?

    “Seeing the incredible beauty of NZ would have certainly been enough to make the trip worthwhile, but learning the history, the culture, and the traditions, from the guides - Tory and Jordie - took this amazing experience to a whole new level! This trip far exceeded my expectations and left me wanting to go back for more!!”
    Bonita Rogozinsky – New Mexico, United StatesApril 2017
  • LEGENDARY

    “Travelling to New Zealand has been on my bucket list for nearly half my life, and I'm so glad I spent three weeks there with Active! I was a bit worried going by myself, but it turned out to be the best vacation of my life. They took us to so many spots that I probably would have never seen if I tried to organize everything on my own. It was great to have them feed me, drive me, hike me, and take me to our accommodations at night - not once did I have to worry about anything. The accommodations themselves were so fun and unique, staying in them was a highlight of my trip. Our guides, Kim and Ashleigh, were fantastic young ladies. Ash was an amazing chef and Kim rocked the in-bus narration. I also think we had a phenomenal group of people who clicked very well, and absolutely the best weather one could wish for.

    Even when there were a few changes to the itinerary due to road damages, weather issues, or anything else, the guides were on top of it so fast that we barely even noticed there was a problem. We did miss out on snorkeling with the fur seals, and our Franz Josef Heli-Hike was cancelled, but we were still able to see seals and take a helicopter ride to a glacier at another time. No loss whatsoever.

    I'm a fairly active person under thirty, who lives in an mountainous region, and I was still challenged by the hikes and activities they provided. I also have bad knees, and was still able to get up and down the more difficult mountains. For those wondering abut the multi-day hike, it's definitely a work-out, but totally worth it! And be sure to invest in a hydration bladder, you'll really appreciate it! If you're looking for an outdoor adventure with lots of activity and fun, this is definitely one of the better ways to explore New Zealand.”
    Janine Carbone – New Hampshire, United StatesApril 2017
  • Great exposure to South Island

    “Greatly enjoyed trip. Our trip was the beginning of April. We've done other tour packages around the world and usually struggle with finding trips that are truly active and challenging. We love hiking and are active distance runners. The Rimu trip was one of the best. A hike described by Active Adventures as 'challenging' is very accurately represented. We had an awesome group on our trip. 10 people with roughly similar energy and activity levels. Kim and Ashleigh were excellent guides. I didn't understand before the trip how many meals during the 2 weeks would be prepared by our guides (probably close to 50%). I was a bit leery the first day when I heard the approach. After seeing the remoteness of locations -- I understand the necessity. The guides did a great job on meal preparation -- variety and quality.”
    K'Lynne Johnson – Illinois, United StatesApril 2017
  • You Are Stronger Than You Realize

    “Many people go on a vacation to relax, sit in the sun, and read. For me, I chose Active Adventures because I wanted to see the world by pushing myself out of my comfort zone and challenging myself both mentally and physically. The Rimu trip did not disappoint as it delivered exactly that! I loved learning a new skill (kayaking), embracing my passion for travelling through the most incredible terrain (cycling), and pushing myself to exceed what I thought I could ever do (climbing up to the Mueller Ridge). From those experiences, particularly the last one, I realized that in life when things seems hopeless or beyond your capability you are stronger than you realize. When you 'actively' engage your mind and body, you CAN climb that mountain!. Every day was an adventure, filled with memories I will treasure for a lifetime and take with me into my job as I train the next generation to build grit for the mountains they are sure to have in their future!
    None of this would have been possible without the incredible guides we had. Kim and Ashleigh were a phenomenal team. They worked so well together and met our every need. I appreciated how they gave us just enough information about where we were going or what we were doing. They allowed us to discover our potential and pushed us on to victory.
    This will definitely not be my last trip!”
    Charlene Mahon – Ontario, CanadaApril 2017
  • Rimu

    “A wonderful introduction and exploration of the South Island. Each day was a new experience and an adventure. If you are looking to explore the South Island, this tour hits many of the major highlights and peaks your curiosity to come back and explore further! ”
    Andrea Bonanno – Massachusetts, United StatesApril 2017
  • Rimu Rules

    “Excellent trip. Content is outstanding. Delivery is outstanding. Execution is flawless. A very well done experience in a beautiful country. Ken and Elder are the PhD's of guides. If all guides were as good as Ken and Elder, you would be a publicly traded company with a stock value rivaling Apple.”
    Curt Hudson – Massachusetts, United StatesApril 2017
  • Rimu, March 2017

    “Thank you for sharing New Zealand with us! Dani and Liana are amazing women, we loved getting to know them and appreciate how hard they worked to make sure that our trip was everything it could be.”
    Susan Moyer – Pennsylvania, United StatesApril 2017
  • Rimu March 2017

    “ It was an amazing trip that covered most of the South Island. Dani and Liana did a fabulous job making sure each of us got the most out of our trip. They are full of life and energy. it was a joy to have them as our guides. ”
    Rick Moyer – Pennsylvania, United StatesApril 2017
  • Worth all of the Sweat and Laughs

    “I was on the Rimu trip through much of the South Island with tour guides Kim and Ash. I was only able to make 8 days of the trip because I had a prior commitment to meet a family member in the North Island. So my review will only be able to cover my 8 days, although I believe the trip was for a total of 14 days. The trip was excellent on many levels. The tour leaders were outstanding. They drove us in a cool bus, made most of our 3 meals a day and provided snacks in the bus. They lead us on the hikes and activities and seemed to make all arrangements(along with the cool Active Adventures office team support)for our journeys. Our guides were both in their mid 20's and I have to say the most positive and mature people I have ever met. They kept us on schedule and showed us a good variety of terrain in the South Island. New Zealand is really amazing. At times it reminded me of Alaska and also northern California perhaps Hawaii as well. The vegetation is beautiful, lush and the scenery incredible. We were in their Fall October months and so we did have some wet weather, but nothing that stopped us from enjoying the trip. I attended this journey as a single person and that was not a problem because there were 3 other women on the trip and we just were able to share hotel rooms which was great. I chose the Hiking Option through Nelson Lakes and that was an amazing and challenging journey. The real reward for me was making it up the very steep parts, over rocks and lots of tree roots. In the beginning of the trip I was not sure I was in good enough physical shape. I am a tennis player and skier and like to hike and walk a lot but after a few days hiking I found out that I could handle it . That was a big relief because I really wanted to enjoy the trip to the best of my ability. I also have to say that I lucked out because our group was really outstanding. They came from all over the USA and Canada and they were a fun and upbeat team. We were also close in age and that was also interesting in terms of our professional lives and personal cross roads.This turned out to be the perfect experience for me. It kicked me up a notch in terms of physical demands of day after day exercise and reminded me of being in camp as a child, but showed me a beautiful country that I will hopefully some day return to see more of.”
    Adrienne Helitzer – California, United StatesApril 2017
  • Extraordinary experience!

    “This adventure was perfect in every way. We appreciate all the thought that went into the planning, to make it that way. It had just the right balance of hiking, biking, and kayaking, as well as of rigorous days and relaxing ones. Days that had to involve longish bus travel were appropriately broken up. The two things we appreciated most were the skill, competence, and temperament of our leaders, Tory and Jordie, who were able to rise to every occasion; and the way the trip allowed for different fitness and interest levels: I couldn't have done the strenuous hiking my husband did, and loved the kayak or hiking options provided. Extremely well organized for everyone's enjoyment.”
    Jane Epstein – Massachusetts, United StatesApril 2017
  • A terrific trip

    “It is hard to say enough about our Rimu trip with Jordan and Tory as our trip leaders. We were fortunate to have good weather and a great group but the planning and just plain hard work of Active Adventures and our trip leaders is what made it so memorable. For my wife and I, a particular plus, and what made the trip possible for us, are the options offered if one member of a couple doesn't feel comfortable with the more challanging parts of the trip. ”
    Arnie Epstein – Massachusetts, United StatesApril 2017
  • New Zealand

    “New Zealand is a trip of a lifetime, it was more beautiful than expected and so many fond memories of my trip with Active Adventures”
    Judy Russell – Virginia, United StatesApril 2017
  • “An awesome trip. Loved the hikes, the bike ride into Wanaka and the kayaking at Okarito and Milford Sound. We had glorious food, lots of laughs at group dinners and shared our love of travel.”
    Chris Bezat – Montana, United StatesApril 2017
  • “Excellent, we had a great time and the team was very fun and supportive. Liana and Greg were first class and I would highly recommend them.”
    Patricia Newton – Oregon, United StatesApril 2017
  • “The trip was great and our leaders were first class. Greg and Liana were fantastic and they made the trip doable and great fun.”
    Randy Ainslie – Oregon, United StatesApril 2017
  • Outstanding New Zealand

    “It was a wonderful trip, with great guides, and activities in a beautiful country. The variety of experiences and scenery make me want to return. Here I thought I would make just one trip to New Zealand.”
    Eleanor Saliamonas – Illinois, United StatesApril 2017
  • Awesome Rimu Adventure

    “This truly was the trip of a lifetime--beyond awesome in so many ways. The scenery was incredible, the activities were varied and wonderful, the lodgings and meals were memorable, and, best of all, the company and guides were seamlessly delightful. We got to experience places of amazing natural beauty and encounter wildlife that we never could have managed to access on our own. We were nurtured and guided by our guides, Greg and Liana, as well as given just the right amount of free time and solitude. Greg seemed to know everything about history, geology, botany, ornithology, and culture, and could answer every question we could think of with authority and humor. Liana was a stalwart, never-complaining chef, and a strong, responsible, kind guide. Amazingly, the weather cooperated to give us incredible outings --for instance, the day before we went to Milford Sound it rained 1.2 meters, but when we were there not a drop of rain, and perfect kayaking conditions as well as hundreds and hundreds of effervescent waterfalls. I will never forget this adventure, and never forget the wonderful people I was privileged to share it with.”
    Lucy Collier – California, United StatesApril 2017
  • Beyond Our High Expectations

    “To anyone who is considering Active Adventures and you're wondering all the things we were; Is it worth the price tag, will I be challenged, can I keep up, will I see a variety of things, will I like the food, will the guides be helpful, good people? The answer to all these questions and more is YES.

    My wife and I waited 7 years to take our dream trip of a lifetime to New Zealand. We placed our trust in Active Adventures and I can never describe how amazing the trip was. Truthfully, they made it more than a trip or vacation. It was a true life experience. From the moment we inquired years ago, our friends at AA kept in touch, were never pushy, but encouraged us to be part of an adventure with them.

    After we paid our money, my mother was told she had stage 4 Cancer. When I called and told the staff at Active, they told me whatever they had to do to work with me to make the trip happen now or at another time, they would work with me. Luckily, she's doing great and we were able to go. The point of the story is that you are more than a Master Card payment to this company. They treat you with respect and kindness from day one and the way they handles that situation told me everything I needed to know about them as a company and as people.

    What truly made the trip was our guides. DK and Elder are two of the most genuine, amazing people you could ever meet. Their attention to detail, work effort and knowledge of the country was unreal. The food that the lads cooked was better than what we had in restaurants on our trip and the restaurant food was great. I could go on and on about the boys and how encouraging they are, as well as helpful, friendly, as well as how very professional they are. But honestly, they are amazing people who did everything they could to ensure each person on the trip got the best experience they could in their own way.

    The lodging was awesome. I could go on and on but I'll simply state that each place you stay, as well as each place you visit, was a different experience. We were always very comfortable, even in the hut after 7 hours of an uphill climb. Though I could have slept on rocks that night and it would have been perfect!

    The bus, which I was most concerned about, was actually very comfortable. With so many beautiful places to see, the rides were quick and the boys had facts, stories, and history about pretty much every site outside the window.

    As for the hikes, the biking, the kayaking; the views and landscapes are surreal. It cannot be described. You need to experience it. But do not be discouraged or worry about "not keeping up." The guides make sure that everyone is involved no matter what the skill or fitness level.

    The people you meet on these trips are just amazing. We were so fortunate to meet such beautiful people. They helped make the experience.

    In summary, there are many companies to chose from. We were very lucky in finding Active Adventures. DK and Elder, along with all the staff, are the reason the trip was as amazing as it was. Everything was so well planned and never could we have seen so much without their precise planning and organization. New Zealand was the experience of a lifetime and we owe it all to Active Adventures.

    Cheers,
    Steve
    Newfoundland and Labrador
    Canada”
    Steve Miller – Newfoundland and Labrador, CanadaApril 2017
  • Humbled Hiker

    “Beautiful country with kind beautiful people. I was challenged by the hiking and impressed with the love of the guides for their country.
    Will never forget sitting in the Angulus Hut listening to the languages from all over the world. People sharing their meals in happy, grateful awe of being in a very special gathering of people sharing the wonders of the world.

    I considered myself an experienced hiker, taking on steep, long trails living in Colorado. I was humbled by the challenging backpack tramp to Angulus Hut. Survived the rock scrambling that wasn't part of my skill set”
    Nancy Kalamaya – Colorado, United StatesApril 2017
  • Great Outdoor Adventure!!

    “If you enjoy group travel and want to have some challenging and fun hiking, kayaking and cycling adventures that would be hard to organize on your own--this is the trip for you!”
    Susanna Ross – Oregon, United StatesApril 2017
  • Rimu NZ 2016

    “Our Rimu tour was an amazing composite of beautiful NZ nature, amazing co-adventurerers, knowledgable and friendly guides, and well-planned, active kayaking, hiking, and bicycling.”
    Scott Miller – California, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Rimu trip January 2017

    “In spite of my unanticipated fitness changes, I was accommodated as if I was someone's favorite grandmother. Because the trip was to be a retirement celebration for my husband, I was reluctant to cancel because of unexpected knee problems so hoped for the best. And it was the best! I was given permission to do what I could, and assisted to do more at other times. I couldn't ask for more except to return after knee replacement this spring!”
    Marsha Duke – Iowa, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Even better than expected, and I expected a lot

    “This was a truly awe inspiring trip---from the mountains to the rain forest to Milford Sound. A friend of mine advised me not to go on this trip. He said if I did, I would never have anything better to look forward to and he may have been right.
    Realizing that an extraordinary amount of work is done by the office and support staff, I still have to say that this trip would not be what it was without the guides, Nick and Tory, going above and beyond what anyone could have expected. They have got to be among the best.
    Thank you to the entire gang at Active Adventures.”
    Doug Spitzenberger – South Dakota, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Rimu with D K and Elder

    “Given that we were 20 years older than any of the other travellers we were with, we felt very cared for and found both of the guides were able to taylor each experience to our comfort level. The guides couldn't have been more delightful. Our whole experience was extremely bonding with our all on our "party bus"!”
    Judith Giguere – North Carolina, United StatesMarch 2017
  • excellent Rimu tour

    “Guides were great; accomodations were great to ok; food was good; scenery was spectacular; activities were challenging and enjoyable”
    Mike Church – Illinois, United StatesMarch 2017
  • we did it all!!!!

    “This was an amazing trip, thanks to the great group company, beautiful scenery, fabulous organisation, and especially our great guides Rachel and Kim. They were able to share their love for New Zealand and all their youthful energy and enthusiasm in an incredibly contagious way(including the horrible flu germs that went around our group)...many thanks! Looking back on all we did and saw, I really can't think of one highlight that overall supercedes anything else, but for me personally their gentle support on our three day challenging Nelson Lakes hike was invaluable. I would go on another Active trip in a heartbeat, and so look forward to hearing what you folks are up to as I settle back into life in the Northern Hemisphere.”
    Laurie Martz – British Columbia, CanadaMarch 2017
  • “This was truly the trip of a lifetime!! Amazing guides, perfect size, and the most beautiful scenery made this an unforgettable adventure! I did not want to leave when it was over. I would recommend Active Adventures to anyone!!”
    Khristina Hoover – Virginia, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Out of this world!

    “I can't believe our Active Adventures Rimu trip has come to an end! What a truly fantastic 2 weeks traveling around the South Island: incredible weather; wonderful, strong and inspiring people; landscape to die for and 2 amazingly kind and caring guides for whom nothing was too much. I still have Ed Sheeran's "castle on a hill" spinning around in my head - it's the song of the holiday! Thank you all so much for a magical fortnight. ”
    Frieda Levycky – , SwitzerlandMarch 2017
  • RIMU - Or Becoming a Kiwi!

    “If you’re a fit independent outdoors ‘animal’ you will love this Rimu tour! Plus you’ll get far more out of your vacation time by leaving the care & feeding part to a fully professional Active team. Pack everything they suggest for each day’s activities – nothing more, nor less. They run a tight schedule with time leftover for worthwhile surprises. And they seemingly sweep away the hassles...
    Midway through my trip I caught up with fellow Americans who were traveling on their own (on the wrong side of the road!). And they remarked at how much information I was able to share with them – as though I were a Kiwi – by just paying attention to Active's local guides. Be smart, make it memorable. Priceless!
    Lorna Donovan – Alabama, United StatesMarch 2017
  • “We enjoyed the trip, Amanda and Hillary (and Joe) were great. We had fantastic weather and the general locations included on the trip were exactly where I would have chosen to go if left to my own choosing. Wish we could have made it to Kaikora (spelling?), but that was out of your control.

    So (you might ask) why wasn't it "Excellent, the trip of a lifetime". For me it's having to deal with "strangers" for two weeks - I could probably handle a week a little better, but certain things can drive you crazy in 14 days. Most of the people were great, others (to my mind) were annoying. Major point being, this has nothing to do with your staff, your itinerary or anything else under your control - so AA did just fine. Some of the activities might have been a little more challenging, but overall I thought the general level of difficulty was fine. ”
    Gary Blose – New York, United StatesMarch 2017
  • New Zealand - RIMU Trip

    “Trip of a lifetime! What an amazing, unforgettable trip. Our guides were fantastic and Active Adventures is perfection! Professional, knowledgeable, they take care of everything. All you need to do is show up. I'd love to redo that entire trip. Don't miss it!!”
    Mary Stump – Indiana, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Rimu trip

    “I would rename it to the "Most Active Adventure" I enjoyed this adventure from beginning to end. Although the through hike was far more difficult than I had immagined, I an impressed that I was able to complete the trek. ”
    Mike Aitken – Maine, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Organized and Fun!

    “Great trip! ... the guides were very well organized and were very knowledgeable about the local areas and history, flora, fauna, and were more than willing to share it all with us.

    Having the logistics of such a trip so well taken care of made it easy to just enjoy the time we were there.”
    Christine Wilson-McGrady – Colorado, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Rimu rocks!

    “Our expectations for this trip were outrageously, unreasonably high. And those expectations were exceeded! We love nature and interesting topography, and we love activity. We got an abundance of all of that. What a great combination! We wanted to be away from the crowds and see the country up close, and we got that too. The guides made it all so easy and real - no spin on reality, no superfluous talking-up of what we were seeing or doing. They were a wealth of information that was not just factual, but meaningful and relatable. The whole trip was all well planned, well organized, and well executed. We feel very lucky to have had such an experience.”
    Matt Aaronson – North Carolina, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Great way to maximize two weeks in New Zealand

    “We had hoped to spend four to six weeks in New Zealand, but work shortened our trip to two weeks. With a longer trip we might have rented a car and an apartment and explored on our own, but with less time we decided to turn our adventure over to experts. Friends who had used Active Adventures recommended the Ramu trip, and we are forever thankful to them. There is no question that we experienced much more than we would have on our own in two weeks, and the unique experiences we enjoyed we could not have duplicated in two months. Cannot recommend it highly enough.”
    Chip Newell – Maine, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Rave for Rimu!

    “Our adventure began from the moment we touched down in Christchurch and were greeted by our warm and friendly guide. Despite our flight being very delayed, Active Adventure staff ensured that we were greeted at the airport and taken to where the rest of the group was gathered. This attention to detail remained throughout the trip. The South Island scenery is stunning and the choices for our hikes, kayaking and cycling were excellent. For me, this type of well guided trip is truly vacationing! All I need to do is show up on time and I'm presented with stunning scenery, great exercise, tasty, healthy, food and most of the time, good accommodations. I do have one suggestion to help make some of the longer bus rides more entertaining. I would like to see a media system installed on the bus so that we could watch interesting cultural stuff about New Zealand along the way. This would help pass the time---there are some rides where the scenery outside was entertaining enough, but on other occasions it would have been a nice added touch! Congratulations on running an excellent trip all around! I hope to be back on another Active Adventure...maybe Himalayas?”
    Sherry Zweig – Ontario, CanadaMarch 2017
  • More than I could have imagined

    “This is my first trip with Active Adventures and I could not have been more pleased. The activities planned and places we visited on the south island were amazing. We were pushed to our physical limits a few times but loved every minute of it. We lucked out with absolutely amazing weather, but even if we hadn't I think this would still go down as an adventure of a life time. Our guides, Dani and Hilary were incredible, they made us laugh, taught us so much about NZ wildlife and culture and took 5 star care of us as well. Having done other group trips with other companies I would rate Active Adventures as the best value and experience of any.”
    Kristy Clarke – California, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Excellent NZ Adventures!

    “My Rimu Active Adventure trip exceeded my high expectations. The hikes, backpacking, kayaking, and cycling adventures were thrilling, fun, and beautiful. Luckily for our group, we had absolutely perfect weather every day of the trip! Dani and Hilary were tremendous guides who taught me a lot about Kiwi life. Highlights for me were the 3-day backpacking tramp in Nelson Lakes National Park to Angelus Hut and kayaking in Milford Sound. I appreciated that we mostly stayed in local lodges, hotels, inns. I recommend this trip to anyone who wants to truly explore the stunningly beautiful South Island of New Zealand with wonderful friendly guides.”
    Brian Holsclaw – Washington, United StatesMarch 2017
  • If you want to smile come to New Zealand

    “Where to start?? In one sentence "Truly an amazing trip if you want to get a feel for what New Zealand is all about, this is the place to start".
    We were blessed with the most amazing weather, a wonderful group of fellow adventurers, and 2 extremely knowledgeable guides that truly cared about our needs. This is a trip that only makes you want to see and do more. The entire time I was telling my daughter (who couldn't join) that we must come back and I know exactly what we will do. This was my first multi day backpacking trip where I actually carried my share of the supplies. Now I am ready to do all the famous tracks of New Zealand with her:)) Although Ive done hut to hut I have never had to carry all the stuff, it was nice to find out I can do it!!!! The great thing about Active is they make all of us feel like we can do anything, even when the going gets tough, they are there to support the group to achieve their goals.
    I always have to have another trip planned before I leave and yes I have my new one planned with my daughter to Patagonia. I cant wait, Hoping Cynthia will be there to show us the way. Thanks for making a long lived dream come true of getting to New Zealand. It is truly a country of beauty of people who are proud of their country and well just such beauty all around.
    Thank you all at Active, so glad to finally see your offices although I was sorry not to see more staff there the day I visited.”
    Penny Fink – California, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Exceeded all expectations

    “Our Rimu trip truly exceeded all expectations. Our Active guides, Rachael and Gary were wonderful guides with so much knowledge to share with us about the New Zealand culture, wildlife, history, and geography that we encountered along the way. This was truly an adventure of a lifetime that my son and I will always treasure.”
    Mia Byrne – Michigan, United StatesMarch 2017
  • My dream came true!!!

    “I was on the RIMU trip that began on Jan 9, 2017. I have been wanting to go to New Zealand for the last five years and I have worked very hard to save the money for this trip. I was so anxious, not knowing what to expect, especially seeing as this was my first international trip and I was traveling alone!
    From the moment I set foot in New Zealand, I was greeted with smiles and overall kindness by all. I felt so welcomed by the warmth of the people and was not afraid!
    Our guides were Tori and Jordie and I cannot begin to tell you how incredible they were to every single person on our tour. Both were so very kind, knowledgeable, inspiring, encouraging, educated, funny, supportive, soulful, and projected their connection of their country and their people---it was beautiful to see and be surrounded by.
    I do not think I have a favorite moment, so many were so beautiful and just took my breath away, enriched my soul, made me feel alive, and appreciate the beauty of this planet.
    One of the moments I am proud of is during the first 3 days of our trip....we had a 3 day long hike through Nelson National Park. We hiked to Angelus Hut and I tell you what, I did not think I was going to make it. With the constant encouragement from Tori (and her bright smiling face), Jordie and our team, I made it! I was so proud to have accomplished this feat (which was a lot for me). The rest of the trip was filled with more beautiful land, DELICIOUS food and happy times. I will definitely be coming back to see the North Island and I personally request that Tori and Jordie be our guides! (If that is even possible). I could continue to write a novel about how this trip changed me, inspired me, awakened me and humbled me. Thank you for continuing to preserve your land and the birds that inhabit it. This was my dream, and I lived it! Thank you Active Adventures for helping me make my dreams come true!
    Sincerely,
    JoAnna Pitre”
    JoJo Pitre – Massachusetts, United StatesMarch 2017
  • BLT's NZ Odyssey

    “The Rimu provided us with a whirlwind opportunity to see the best of the South Island! The mix of physical activity and sightseeing was good. We appreciated the sample of hiking terrain and ecology - from the Kepler Track to the Routeburn Track to the Angelus Circuit. The sea kayaking was serene.”
    Linda Terry – New Hampshire, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Active and Awesome

    “We went with high expectations for this adventure and we were never disappointed. From the gorgeous scenery to the warmth of the Kiwis to the incredible food and masterful guides, it was a trip of our lifetime!”
    Julie Metzger – Pennsylvania, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Very Active Trip!!

    “Always on the move...
    We covered a lot of miles and experienced most of New Zealand's South Island!
    Including: a lot of kayaking... which was great, and the vast knowledge shared by our guides!!
    P.S. Also recommend the Walking Tour in Queenstown by Miriam's Husband... It was Great!!”
    Sandy Boothe – Pennsylvania, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Wished I could have done it all again Rimu

    “The Rimu trip in February was my first experience ever taking a guided tour or an adventure vacation. All the words I can think of to describe the mountains, the fjords, the forests, the rivers and lakes will just sound cliched and will inevitably fall short of the actual experience. The "active" parts of the trip often pushed me out of my comfort zone into places I didn't know I could go, but afterwards left me happy and proud of myself for going. Our guides, Ken and Tess, made me feel both challenged and safe in pushing my limits. Their own confidence and enthusiasm was infused into the experience, not just for me but the whole group of us. The 13 of us on the Rimu tour were uncannily well suited as a group. I have to believe it was a rare and special connection. We are all still in touch, sharing pictures and memories, and I know that many of us have made lasting friendships. This experience has left me hungry for more.”
    Lisa O'Donnell – Massachusetts, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Most amazing adventure to date, but there will be more!!

    “Our group of adventurers magically gelled right from the start and we were thrilled to have Jordi, Tia and Tory as our tour guides! From Braemer Station to the Angelus Hut and everything in between, we were well cared for. I loved the variety of lodging and meals prepared by Tory, as well as the local restaurants. The hike to Angelus Hut was my hands-down favorite "active" day, but I truly loved it all. Thank you Active Adventures Team for all the great memories!!
    Cheers, Tamara Higgins, RIMU Feb 2017”
    Tamara Higgins – Colorado, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Southbound Rimu trip

    “After being on a Galapagos trip I thought I knew what to expect! Galapagos was amazing too but this trip was an experience in itself!! Every hike was an adventure and the rewards for getting to the top were a treasure to be seen!! A huge thanks to Rachel and Gary for their knowledge and everything they did to make this trip incredible!”
    Kathy Lomeli – Indiana, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Best Trip Ever

    “You go hiking, exert yourself, see spectacular views, and you think "this is the best day, it can't get better than this." Then you go kayaking, see wildlife, lush rain forest and red tinted water, all with the backdrop of snow capped mountains, and you think "no, this is the best day, it can't get better this. Then you go biking along a teal colored river and through a birch forest with snow capped mountains ringing a suddenly peaceful lake and you think, "okay, THIS is the best day." And then you drive to Milford Sound, gawk in awe at waterfalls tumbling down towering cliffs along the road and you get to the Sound and you kayak with dolphins, and you come to the realization, "this is my New Zealand trip, every day better than the last," so that on your last day when you are lying beneath the stars, staring at the Milky Way and the Southern Cross, you know you've experienced something beyond special.”
    Tanya Karimi – Colorado, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Rimu Trip Review

    “This was my second trip with Active Adventures, and although I didn't think it was possible, the Rimu trip was even better than my Patagonia one, which at the time was the BEST adventure I ever had. The bar just keeps getting higher!”
    Chelle Porper – Massachusetts, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Ran out of adjectives!

    “I had high expectations and every one of them was surpassed! The entire trip was exceptional---and we had the best guides in the world! ”
    Suzy Monford – California, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Truly the trip of a lifetime!

    “The trip was everything we wanted it to be: We went beyond the tour bus stops to explore the true New Zealand wilderness. Our guides approached every day with good humor and great energy, making every day physically challenging and fun. We can't wait to get out there again.”
    Jennifer Johnston – Tennessee, United StatesMarch 2017
  • Great Introduction to New Zealand

    “The trip provided us with a wonderful taste of New Zealand's South Island. The 'summer' weather we experienced certainly put the adventure in Active Adventures New Zealand. Although, we were faced with several days of rainy weather, both Claire and Ash's positive attitudes made any changes to our itinerary seamless. Our group was fantastic and everyone went with the flow and made our time together a real bonding experience.”
    Stephanie Wood – Illinois, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • Old knees good times

    “My wife and I had so many questions prior to meeting our group and guides in NZ. How many in our group? What kind of people and what ages? What about the guides?

    What a great group from the start! Tess and Ken were thoughtful, sharing and knowledgeable guides. The itinerary was well thought-out even though we had our detours and quick changes. I was the oldest by 12 years and I loved it--tough for one without any meniscus but I expected it would be so--loved sweating and working. Braemar Station and Milford Sound were definitely highlights but the chemistry of our group was most prominent.”
    John Meek – California, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • Best trip ever - and we've done a few!

    “Amazing place, made spectacular by knowledgeable, warm, energising guides, an incredibly well thought through & jam packed itinerary, and like-minded fellow travellers. Would do it again without a second thought.”
    Zena El Farra – , United KingdomFebruary 2017
  • WOW!

    “Our guides, Greg and Liana are amazing! Their tireless energy, cheerful attitudes, helpfulness, flexibility, wisdom and professionalism played a big part in making this a very special trip.

    New Zealand's scenery is absolutely spectacular! Hiking the lush forests with mammoth ferns and trees left us unable to say anything but WOW!! Each hike we did seemed "the best". Our hike on the Routeburn Track was a highlight. The drive to Milford Sound held us in silent awe.

    At Mt. Cook it was great to have a choice between a challenging and a relaxing hike ~ both fantastic. Staying at the Braemar Station, a sheep shearers' quarters was a perfect end to our adventure. We reveled in the wide open rolling grasslands while fixated on the majestic mountains beyond.

    Active Adventures is an outstanding company and has put together a variety of activities to make "RIMU" a real winner!
    Susan Ebinger – Oregon, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • Great Trip.

    “The best way to experience the South Island. ”
    Leith Maclaren – Illinois, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • Best Trip Ever

    “Every single bit of the trip was amazing - the route, the guides, the activities, the food and the company. There wasn't a single thing that I could fault - I always saw a trip to New Zealand as a trip of a lifetime and Active made sure it didn't disappoint!”
    Nick Fraine – , United KingdomFebruary 2017
  • Great trip! Wonderful guides!

    “We loved our Rimu adventure! Tia and Tess were fabulous guides. Always cheerful and wonderful ambassadors for their country. The trip was a great mix of touring and challenging mountain experiences. ”
    Carl Helmetag – Rhode Island, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • Heaps of fun with active adventures in NZ!

    “Our guides Dani and Liona were top notch in everything they did for us. I've been to over 30 countries mostly with guides and without a doubt our two guides were the best in every aspect. The kayaking and hiking activities set up each day took us to the best and most beautiful spots in NZ. Having the flexibility to change itineraries last minute due to weather or our cancelled Christchurch flight wasn't even a challenge to Dani and Liona. In fact, they managed to improve our trip on the fly.
    I highly recommend getting in touch with active adventures as soon as you have picked NZ as your destination. Don't forget to ask for Dani and Liona as your guides!”
    Chris Jackson – California, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • South Island Adventure 2017

    “I was able to keep active while vacationing and develop new found skills while hiking. The guides kept us safe while challenging our skills and abilities. ”
    Chip Barry – Oregon, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • Experience an Amazing Place with Amazing Guides!

    “My trip was all that I had expected and more. The landscape was so amazing and spectacular, and the people of New Zealand, they are just as amazing - some of the nicest people I have met! Our guides, Claire and Ash, were just awesome in everything they planned, prepared and shared with our group. They were always right on top of things and never missed a beat!”
    Ernie Garcia – New Mexico, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • Great trip

    “I think this is the best one I have taken with Active!”
    SueAnn Griffin – Maryland, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • It doesn't get much better!

    “What a fantastic time traveling with family and new-found friends! New Zealand is an absolutely beautiful country, with thrills and adventure around every corner (and there a lot of them)! Our guides Ken and Elder were as good as they come; from their knowledge of the country, to their welcomed encouragement on the trail and the water. Oh, and did I mention their wholesome and delicious cooking?!?
    I would not hesitate to travel with Active Adventures again. Their organization, communication and willingness to please were simply over the top. Next year in Patagonia perhaps???”
    Dean Altaras – Washington, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • Astonished and delighted

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    Mil Apostol – California, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • One of the best trips I've been on.

    “Ken and Elder were such great guides and the passion they displayed was fantastic.”
    Justen Altaras – Washington, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • Rimu, January 2017

    “We had high expectations for the Rimu trip, which were all exceeded. The South Island is a magical place. The trip was like spending two weeks in a national park. Even the occasional moisture added to a rain forest feel. The activities, which technically involved hiking, kayaking and biking, also included understanding of the culture, agriculture, city life, and experience sharing with fellow trip members. Jordan and Tory really made the trip into an experience through their knowledge, constant helpful support, excellent cooking and capacity to fully engage with us as a team. True professionals! The group connected immediately. Accommodations were excellent. We even "timed" kayaking Milford Sound the day following a major storm, resulting in the hundreds of waterfalls being at peak. Perfect trip. Thank you, Active Adventures.”
    Ellery Duke – Iowa, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • Absolutely wonderful experience!

    “We have always wanted to travel to New Zealand, yet weren't sure how we might approach the potential journey. After looking at online reviews we contacted a Kiwi friend and former travel guide, who confirmed our thinking that Active Adventures would provide an amazing experience. To hike, bike, and kayak our way through 6 national parks in 14 days with special friends seemed just perfect. And it was exactly that, perfect!”
    Pat Dunn – Oregon, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • A Trip of a Lifetime!

    “This was one of my all time favorite trips. New Zealand is stunning and Active Adventures did an amazing job. Our guides, Rachel & James definitely made our trip special. I was nervous that I didn't have enough hiking experience but with the encouragement from our guides, I was fine. In fact, my favorite part of the trip was the multi-day hiking in Nelson Lake NP. I felt a real sense of accomplishment! To be honest, I loved all the activities. From the hiking, kayaking, to the snorkeling. A piece of advice, have some water shoes, like Keens, for the snorkeling. We walked quite a ways through the water and over rocks to get to where we snorkeled. Water shoes would have made it a lot easier. If you are thinking about taking this trip, do it! You won't regret it! You will make lifelong friends while exploring this beautiful country. ”
    Beth Langhals – Colorado, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • Great introduction to New Zealand

    “When visiting New Zealand, one must be aware of the tendency for Mother Nature to intervene. We altered our backpacking due to epic rains! The earthquake last year kept us out of the northeast coast due to slides (slips down under). Low clouds downed the helihikers. And high winds kept us out of kayaks at Milford sound. Our guides always had excellent backup plans and we had a ball.”
    John Wood – Illinois, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • Fantastic

    “Fantastic trip with fantastic guides”
    Derek Vander Velde – Florida, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Great guides

    “Our guides were great! Couldn't be better.”
    Carol Corbett – Utah, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Rimu 2017 New Zealand

    “My New Zealand trip with Active Adventures was full of excitement, beauty and of course, adventure! I am certain I would not have seen or experienced many of the sights if I had scheduled this experience on my own. Active Adventures knows where to take you, how to get there and where to stay. Some very sweet, out of the way places were explored. Thanks so much for a super three weeks!”
    Sue Lipsman – Utah, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Excellent Trip

    “If you like outdoor activities this is your dream trip. The itinerary is very well planned. The scenery and landscapes are beautiful. Our guides Tia and Alex are fabulous. They are youthful, caring, knowledgeable, and extremely professional. Their hardwork made the entire trip smooth and enjoyable. Everyday is packed with interesting and exciting outdoor activities: multi-day hiking in Nelson Lake NP, kayaking in Milford Sound, biking along the shore of Wanaka Lake, and day hiking the Routeburn, Kepler, Sealy Tarns, Hooker Valley and many other beautiful short tracks in various NPs of the South Island. The group mates are very friendly and fun and the small group size made it easy to socialize. In addition, the food is healthy and very delicious. Thanks to every member of the group, in particular our great guides Tia and Alex, it is your care, warmth, encouragement, and tolerance that made this trip truly unforgettable.”
    Siyuan Han – Kansas, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • New Zealand Doesn't Disappoint

    “My husband said this every evening we were there! The guides support and attitude, the environment and natural beauty of the South Island, the quality of accommodations, food and the local people we'd meet all combined to make this a trip of a lifetime. ”
    Laurie Erickson – California, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • What an adventure!

    “Great adventure with wonderful guides Alex and Tia! ”
    Stephanie Eskuri – Michigan, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Fantastic Family Adventure

    “Truly a memorable adventure for the entire family! From the first meet and greet with the guides and co-adventurers to the last day’s New Year Eve hurrah, we were awe inspired by the landscape, local hospitality, guides, and fellow travelers. This trip was much more than hiking, biking, and kayaking. Some of the many rewarding events included, sampling the local foods, an ad hoc blind sparkling wine tasting, an impromptu haka dance, free time passing the rugby ball, the warmth of a Queenstown sunrise, viewing the Milky way at Braemar Station, listing to the wonderful stories of others while hiking along scenic trails, defeating the 1800 steps to Sealy Tarns, and most of all creating unforgettable experience.”
    John Pfeifer – California, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • January 2 2017 Rimu with Ken and Holly

    “Just fantastic--knowledgeable, enthusiastic and caring guides, unbelievable sights every day, went way beyond our expectations.”
    Win Quayle – Massachusetts, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Rimu January 2017

    “Never having gone on a guided trip I was not sure what to expect and uncertain how I would like it. The trip was filled with once in a lifetime experiences that I will never forget. I did and saw things in New Zealand with our guides that my husband and I would never have done. It was one of the most fantastic experiences I have ever had traveling. Our guides were amazing in their knowledge, enthusiasm and warmth. We hope to go on another trip with Active, but can not imagine how we it could equal this awesome experience.”
    Deb Manegold – Massachusetts, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Rimu Jan 2017

    “Awesome trip! Gorgeous country. What really made the trip was the guides- Ken and Holly! They were fabulous. Holly made awesome food every night and they both had great knowledge in multiple aspects of NZ. They were also very accommodating to the different members of the group and their own individual needs. Multiple highlights of the trip including Braemer Sheep station over looking mt cook, hiking in Nelson Lakes National Park (awesome snow storm up at Angelia Hut), and hiking in fjordland national park. Would definitely do another trip with active- esp if Ken and Holly were leading!”
    Maureen McDonald – Minnesota, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Great active holiday

    “Really had an opportunity to experience the back country of New Zealand. Great trip.”
    David Tamir – New York, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • “I had always heard how beautiful New Zealand was, which was why it was at the top of my travel list, so I was prepared to be predictably impressed, but even with this anticipation, I was taken aback by each stunning vista. New Zealand is an amazing place and the Rimu trip captures so many aspects of its appeal- incredibly friendly people, adventure, beauty, good food- all rolled into one. Our guides, Dani and Tory, were phenomenal ambassadors for all that the trip offers and made each adventure fun and exciting, even when challenged by the, at times, unpredictable weather. Always with a smile and word of encouragement, their warmth and love for the country was infectious. ”
    Lisa Hunt – Florida, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Great hiking adventure

    “Enjoyed going all the way around the South Island and luckily had great travel companions and guides who made even the bus rides fun.”
    Jonathan Tamir – New York, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • A Fantastic trip

    “This is the best way to tour South Island of New Zealand. Enjoy the spectacular views, experience the first hand of back country and meet the physical challenges. With small group of people and two dedicated guides, what else one ask for?”
    Sha Ma – Kansas, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Best trip I have ever taken

    “There are many layers to this trip
    1. The Group - It was really fun being in a group, and our group was really fun! Sometimes I hung out with people in my family, sometimes I hung out with someone else in the group. This variety and freedom was very enjoyable.
    2. The Guides - Koru and Ash were sooo great. Koru is a polished, learned and experienced leader. Ash is a fabulous cook, so much fun, and cared about each of us on the trip.
    3. The Country - Stunning! We covered so much of the South Island that we were able to see many sides of it's weather and terrain. Really great route.
    4. Activities - It was great sharing a physical activity with others, something I know brings people together. Hiking was great. At the end of a long hike was a fabulous surprise, like a glacial lake with ice burgs, or a beautiful high-mountain vista, or a glo-worm tunnel. Biking was super fun, and I wish there had been one more day of it. In hind site I personally would have selected the biking 3day excursion. The kayaking was great. Heavy chop or glassy lakes, we kayaked in it.
    5. Accommodations - These were just great. As nice as it can be being out in the countryside. I loved how we all ate together every meal.
    5. Pace - I thought the trip was very well planned. Just when we needed a break in the beginning from jet lag, and our trip activities, a two day respite was there in Queenstown where we could recharge. I recharged and my family bungy jumped! Also, activities were structured so that the not so keen could bail out at a stopping point. ”
    Ginny Nayden – Maryland, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Rimu - A Kiwi Adventure

    “We knew we wanted to have an outdoor experience in New Zealand and our Active Adventure guides made our trip an adventure delight beyond our expectations. The group was well matched and we felt like a group of explorers rather than participants on a tour group.”
    Mini Conway – Maryland, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • “Best family trip ever. The South Island of New Zealand is one of the most spectacular places on the planet and the Rimu trip takes you to all the highlights. Our group hit the jackpot with Koru and Ash. They were fabulous. This trip gets my highest recommendation all around.”
    Hank Nayden – Maryland, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Wonderful Trip

    “The Rimu trip was incredibly beautiful. The guides did an amazing job of looking out for everyone. Highly recommend it.”
    Suzanne Jacobs – California, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • The Perfect Trip

    “My husband and I went on the Rimu trip in celebration of our honeymoon. This trip was simply perfect. The guides went over the top to ensure that we enjoyed every minute of our trip. They took care of every single detail, from the basic logistics, to the individual food needs, to visiting each destination at exactly the right time. The accommodation is out of this world, with views that cannot be described in words. Each day was a new adventure -- whether hiking, kayaking, biking or creating your own adventure -- we spent every minute of the trip excited, active and very well-fed. This trip should be top of your life to-do list. ”
    Marissa Gladstone – Ontario, CanadaJanuary 2017
  • Experience the best of New Zealand by foot, kayak and bike!

    “If you want to hike, bike or kayak the best places in New Zealand with like-minded folks, this is the trip for you. Our hardworking, personable guides made it easy for us to enjoy as much of Southern New Zealand as possible in two weeks...allowing for long hikes, beautiful cycling and kayaking through the sounds. We were able to stay in unique lodging, not easily available to the general public - especially at Milford Sound - and partake of local cuisine and wines through Active Adventure's contacts and experience. The van was very comfortable and took away the stress of driving in unfamiliar areas. Fellow travelers were friendly and easy-going, and like-minded in terms of the adventures they sought. Excellent trip!”
    Candy Hunter – Nevada, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Beautiful scenery and great hikes!

    “The hiking was spectacular, and the company and food was even better than expected. We saw some amazing locations -- often going from very diverse landscapes (fjords to farms, temperate rainforest to the Southern Alps) in a matter of hours. We could not have seen or done nearly this much on our own.”
    Jessica Vander Velde – Florida, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Going with a group that way surpassed going it alone

    “I'm a very fit and independent single who signed up with Active because I didn't want to take the time to plan a trip to New Zealand and needed company for long hikes. I never imagined that the dynamic of traveling with a group would be part of the fun! Further, Active took us places that I'd never have found or even perhaps dared to go on my own. I'm already planning my next Active Adventure and bringing my father, because I think Active will give us a more interesting trip than we could plan for ourselves.”
    Charlotte Matthews – New York, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Oh, What a Beautiful Country!

    “Beautiful places, accommodating and gracious guides, fun activities, and great meals. What's not to like?”
    Elaine Hartstein – New York, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • No regrets! Accomplish the impossible!

    “I can't begin to describe my Rimu experience, from the amazing guides, Ken and Elder, to my fellow travelers and the detail that Active Adventures puts into everything we did. I was able to scale and climb those mountains and ridges that I laughed off as impossible, see the most amazing untouched scenery, completely decompress and completely check out from my daily life. If you want to see the south island the way it was meant to be seen, you're open to being active everyday with the conveniences for yourself taken care of, take this trip!”
    Pam Lin – California, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Beautiful and Magnificent!

    “In 14 days we saw much of the South Island NZ. Much of it was spectacular. The rest of it beautiful and pastoral. Our guides Joe and Steve were great and made the experience very enjoyable and comfortable. They seemed to really work well together. This would have been an excellent rating, but felt that some of the places we went to were too short. Like Milford Sound. Perhaps not go to so many places and spend a little more time in certain areas exploring a bit more. It does take time to get from place to place and is interesting to experience the transition of terrain, but keep it as active as possible. Otherwise, overall it was a wonderful trip and met some lovely people.
    Joel Amrani – California, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Ebner on Rimu

    “The Rimu trip was just everything we had hoped for, and Kim and Tory were outstanding guides. The places we hiked, biked and Kayaked were terrific choices and by the end we felt that we understood some of the diversity in the South Island ecology: plants and animals that were native and those that were introduced. Hard to say what was best, but one of my favorites was walking the Kepler Track. Thanks for a great introduction to New Zealand's South Island.”
    Ford Ebner – Tennessee, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • 14 Day Rimu Trip

    “Exceeded my expectations.
    Each site was uniquely different. All were great and some were exceptional.
    What a wonderful way to get a feel for the North Island.”
    Larry Fancy – Manitoba, CanadaDecember 2016
  • Amazing Experience

    “I fell in love with New Zealand on my first self-guided trip 5 years ago and this trip just renewed my love affair with the country. Beginning from when I booked the trip I've constantly been impressed with the high levels of organisation and communication from active. The trip itself was incredible, we went to so many stunning locations that I would never have known to look for on my own. Dani & Mel were amazing guides, cheerful, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and flexible. I couldn't have asked for two better people to have as guides for the two weeks. Thank you so much!”
    Jennie Castleton – British Columbia, CanadaDecember 2016
  • Awesome New Zealand experience

    “Wow, what a great trip! New Zealand was at the top of my bucket list & this trip was everything I expected and more. Mt. Cook on a beautiful evening with no clouds and the lake in front was one of my favorites. Milford Sound kayaking was another. Just getting to Milford Sound is spectacular! I'd go back in a heartbeat if it weren't so far away.”
    John Lippitt – Massachusetts, United StatesDecember 2016
  • Amazing tour of an amazing country!

    “The Rimu trip took us to what must be some of the most interesting and scenic locations on the south island. Each day Koru and Elder took us to a spectacular location, only to be topped by the next day's destination! After hiking in Nelson Lakes, traveling the west coast to Franz Joseph and Okarito Lagoon, the day in Queenstown, and Milford Sound, it didn't seem there could be anything more spectacular. But then we arrived at Lake Pukaki and its glacial waters, and went off the main road up to Braemar station, with its panoramic view of the Southern Alps. The skies cleared for us, and we enjoyed watching sunset and the following day sunrise that were just amazing. The group dynamics were great too - after one week I think we all felt like good friends, including Koru and Elder. Koru was an excellent driver and guide, telling us about some of the culture and legends of each area we visited. Elder was a friendly and capable guide who turned out to also be an excellent cook, who delighted us with some terrific food on the nights we ate in. I recommend this trip and Active Adventures highly! Thank you! We will return to New Zealand to explore the country further. ”
    Steve Martel – Maine, United StatesDecember 2016
  • Active Adventures listened and acted

    “After some rescheduling disappointments during the early part of our trip due to the earthquake, the team at Active Adventures bent over backwards and succeeded in making our trip exceptional. ”
    Amy Lippitt – New York, United StatesDecember 2016
  • Amazing!

    “Rimu took us through the most gorgeous landscapes and scenery I've ever scene.”
    Brian Allen – South Carolina, United StatesDecember 2016
  • Wet and Wild

    “I really enjoyed our Rimu trip! Steve and Liana were great hosts and guides!
    The many parks in New Zealand are proof of Nature's Beauty!
    I heard my first Avalanche and saw icebergs on an inland lake!
    The waterfalls seemed endless and the fiords were spectacular!
    It was a pleasure to let Steve do the driving and allow us to relax and enjoy the scenery.
    The hikes along the Kepler and Routeburn Tracks were great! It was great to see portions of these wonders.
    I thank Steve and Liana and Ellie too for helping us with the arrangements.
    I will recommend Active Adventures to all my outdoor friends.”
    Stephen Meek – California, United StatesDecember 2016
  • Amazing Adventure in Beautiful New Zealand

    “New Zealand has been a dream trip for me for years and I was so excited and a bit nervous to set out on this group journey. Excited for all the amazing destinations along the way, but a bit nervous about "group travel" as I was traveling solo, tend to be pretty independent, and didn't know what to expect. However, from day 1, the group got along great and the camaraderie grew along the way. The group was primarily solo travelers, with a few couples as well. Our guides, Andy and Ash, were fantastic and really helped deliver an incredible experience. The scenery was amazing, and we did a nice job breaking up driving/traveling days with hikes and activities along the way. The hikes were beautiful and appropriately challenging, but be prepared for all seasons in one day. In November, we experienced quite a bit of rain, but we were well prepared for the conditions and that didn't hold us back! It is hard to choose a favorite destination of this trip, but from mountains to lakes, rivers to sea, the Rimu trip was an incredible experience. A few favorites: Braemar Station and Lake Punakaiki, the beautiful lupine flowers highlighting Lake Wanaka and the Hawea River Trail, snow capped alps, and green hillsides along the way. Milford Sound was majestic, and the Marlborough Sound region was equally gorgeous. I had such an amazing trip and am already dreaming of the next destination! ”
    Katie Purcell – California, United StatesDecember 2016
  • Rimu review

    “The accommodations were better than we could have found through our own research and the food was amazing the whole trip! What a great way to see the country and to spend our honeymoon!”
    Tiffany Brakefield – South Carolina, United StatesNovember 2016
  • Rimu is Wonderful - A few tips if you plan to go...

    “My husband and I took the Rimu trip in early November 2016 and had a really terrific time. I encourage everyone who is seriously considering the Rimu to go ahead and sign up. That being said, with all of the fun we had, I do wish we had known a few things ahead of time. I include these tips for you, the soon-to-be Rimu traveler, to make your trip more enjoyable. However, I can promise that even if you do none of these things, you will still have a marvelous time:

    1. Guys, if you opt to snorkel with the fur seals be sure to shave your mustache before you leave home. It seems obvious now, but it never occurred to my husband that the mask wouldn’t seal properly to his face with his mustache. Do yourself a favor and shave it off or spend the afternoon dealing with a leaky mask.

    2. I also wish I had known just how intense and challenging the 3-day multi-hike through Nelson Lakes would be. If you’re an office worker and occasional hiker like me, then I encourage you to take this trip but do lots of practice/fitness training in advance. Load up your pack and get on the stair-master or start climbing really steep hills. The hike is gorgeous and worth it, but I can promise you it will be a lot more enjoyable if you’re in good shape for it. Also, there are no showers at the huts and only latrines (port-a-potties) for toilets, so bring baby wipes for exactly the same reason you would use them on a baby (wink wink). And also bring hiking poles! I know it says optional on the gear list, but I really found them to be essential. As for the water bottle – leave that at home and invest in a good water bladder system (a “Camelback” or similar). We found the water bottle to be a hassle to take in and out of the bag (forcing us to stop each time), which made us want to drink less water. The water bladders allow you to keep moving and you’ll find you’re more hydrated.

    3. The sea kayaks (and, honestly, New Zealand in general) are not made for people over 6’ 2” in height (187 cm). Watch your head everywhere you go, and as for the kayaks, it may help to have the taller person sit in the front seat of the kayak instead of the back.

    4. Also, pack enough clothes for a week and then expect to do laundry. Bring some travel-sized laundry soap packets to help save money and make sure you have enough 1$ and 2$ coins for laundry before you get to the hotel (the machines are generally pretty expensive: about $3 for the washer and between $3 - $5 for 30 minutes in the dryer).

    5. Bring good cycling shorts – yes, the ones with the weird-feeling padding on the bum. It will help prevent the dreaded ‘grumpy grundle’.

    6. And finally, a heads-up to my fellow outgoing introverts (yes, we exist): this trip contains long days of social interaction (think 7:15 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.), with few breaks for introspection/solitude. If you need some down time, skip dinner or unfurl all of the emergency blankets and build your own fort at the back of the bus and hang a sign that says, “Stay Out!” (just kidding about that last one).

    A great big thank you to our guides, Rachel and Jordan, who were informative and helpful beyond measure. How they managed to remain cheerful and engaging considering they had to do all of the exertion we clients had to do, plus all of their work on top of it, is beyond me. They are the embodiment of Kiwi hospitality! We are already thinking of coming back for a North Island tour sometime soon.
    Lauren Gerth – Missouri, United StatesNovember 2016
  • Don't delay, sign up today!

    “Active Adventures has developed a fantastic itinerary for touring the South Island while hiking, kayaking, and biking at some of the most scenic spots. The guides are fun and treat you like family.”
    Kathy Martel – Maine, United StatesNovember 2016
  • A once in a lifetime trip

    “From the moment Koru and Elder picked us up to the sad moment when they dropped us off after our adventure, they were incredible hosts. Every day, we had an incredible adventure - the weather worked out perfectly for stunning views - with each day being even more awesome (really full of awe) than the last. There were people with a variety of physical fitness on the trip, but our guides were able to adjust accordingly (and let those of us who are more athletic press a bit harder).

    I also did things I was afraid to do - I finally went snorkeling thanks to Dave in Kaikora, and Elder was an amazing coach on the bike trail.

    I fell in love with New Zealand - the scenery, the people we met, the people on the trip, and our guides. Overall, a truly wonderful experience. ”
    Linda Sughrue – New York, United StatesNovember 2016
  • Lifetime Experience

    “What an amazing time! An experience to remember forever. The Active Adventure Guides Hilary and Greg were fantastic and made this a memorable adventure.”
    Nate Trimmer – California, United StatesNovember 2016
  • Experience of a Lifetime!

    “Active Adventures was an incredible trip. We had two excellent and knowledgeable guides that were a real team and complemented themselves very well--plus the meals they prepared were awesome. They REALLY made our trip special! There were so many new activities for me that I had never done before that I can't even pick a favorite--I loved them all. New Zealand is a beautiful country, and your well thought out itinerary certainly allowed us to see and experience it in unique ways--hiking, cycling, kayaking, wine tasting, etc. Celebrating my 66th birthday with champagne and fresh strawberries after hiking up Searly Tarn trail was a birthday I will truly never forget! Thank you Active Adventures!”
    Stephanie Nelsen – Michigan, United StatesNovember 2016
  • Chris Darcy review of Rimu Trip

    “The term trip of a lifetime gets used far too frequently. This was one. The South Island of New Zealand is likely the most beautiful place on earth, pound for pound. Nowhere else can you find so much beautiful landscape, diverse landscapes and microclimates packed into such a small area, which can be travelled in such a short amount of time while still doing it justice. Our guides, Holly and Claire, were fantastic - wonderful dispositions, knowledgeable, tireless and attentive - and made the trip special. And Kiwis are some of the nicest folks on earth (after Canadians of course) - we didn't have a single negative experience the whole time we were there. If you've been thinking of going to New Zealand don't wait - you can't do better than this trip - just make sure you take extra memory cards for your camera. ”
    Chris Darcy – Ontario, CanadaNovember 2016
  • Awesome Adventure!

    “Our guides Tess and Nick were amazing!! They had great chemistry and really went above and beyond what I expected from them. They made sure everyone was happy and included in everything we did. I can't say enough good things about those two!”
    Lindsay Reid – Utah, United StatesOctober 2016
  • Training trip extravaganza

    “Great trip! Well organised - non- stop fun with plenty of learning!”
    Jo McHugh – , New ZealandOctober 2016
  • Rimu Trip (September 2016)

    “This was by far the best tour that I have ever gone on! I really wish the trip could go on for another month! From the moment the trip began, Claire and Holly created a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere and made an effort to know everyone personally. They were very knowledgeable about various facts in New Zealand and when they didn't know the answers, they searched for them right away. Everything was very organized, from the daily itinerary to the meals prepared. Food was absolutely delicious and definitely one of the highlights! The places to visit were well chosen and I was amazed by the beautiful landscapes of the South Island. The hikes and stays at Nelson Lakes are a must-do! A fantastic group dynamic as well. I would recommend this trip without any hesitation!”
    Edward Sum – Ontario, CanadaOctober 2016
  • I loved every second of my Rimu Trip!!

    “I honestly don't think I could have had a better trip. Every aspect was incredible. We had a great group, only 3 of us and our awesome guide Michelle. We were pretty easy going and up for most anything, so I think that helped with it being really relaxing, while also active and challenging. I loved kayaking in Queen Charlotte Sound and others. The accomodations were always very nice as well as the food we were served. Again, it really was an epic trip. I have so many favorite parts, but Milford Sound was the coolest experience I think. We ended up driving into Milford during a rain storm so it was if the mountains around us were crying. SO. MANY. WATERFALLS. It was a magical event and I was mesmerized by it. The next day we woke up and they were all gone,dried up. It was crazy! Hiking on and near the Franz Josef glacier was incredible. I really didn't have a bad moment. I would highly recommend active adventure to all of my friends and hope to take another trip in the future. Thank you!!
    Alyson Schreider – Texas, United StatesJuly 2016
  • Great trip!

    “We had a great time on the Rimu trip. Our guides were extremely organized with pleasant personalities. I was amazed at how excellent the food was. They were great cooks in addition to knowledgeable guides. We did have more rain then expected which caused some changes in the scheduled activity. I would highly recommend Active Adventures for a guided trip where everything is provided with super guides. I am planning to use Active Adventures in the future for a trip to Peru.
    Margaret Dale – Idaho, United StatesJune 2016
  • Challenging...and Rewarding

    “This was a beautiful trip through a beautiful country. The South Island has lots of environments and the folks we encountered were uniformly friendly and welcoming. The trip was beautifully organized to give us a variety of experiences and our guides were professional and fun. All I needed was more time to take pictures of this wonderful place!”
    Sher Orpen – Texas, United StatesJune 2016
  • Rimu trip March 2016

    “I was a little apprehensive about a group tour but it was a fantastic experience all ways round! The trip organisation was excellent, the guides were awesome & the group was great. We would not have done as many walks nor have seen nearly as many beautiful parts of the South Island if we'd organised the holiday ourselves. I would recommend it to anyone with a good level of fitness who wants to get out there and experience the great outdoors!”
    Jennifer Jefferies – New South Wales, AustraliaMay 2016
  • A delightful couple of weeks

    “First off, New Zealand itself is just majestic!

    This was the first time we had ever participated in an organized travel sojourn and we had a lovely time. It was a treat to have someone else doing all the work and taking care of the logistics (especially nice for us perhaps since we're still deep in raising our own kids). Dan (K) and Tess were tireless in their efforts and unfailingly good humored, and it was fun getting to know the rest of the group traveling with us.

    Overall, I would say the trip was a little different than I expected (somewhat less active, somewhat older audience, etc) but no less enjoyable for it. Given that it is a group activity, there is some compromise involved in terms of people adjusting to each others pace and fitness levels. But that is offset by the enjoyable camaraderie of the group itself.

    The food was always plentiful - not always inspired, but usually quite tasty, and special efforts made to accommodate people's preferences. And there is a good amount of time on the bus, but hard to avoid that given how much ground the trip covers. Most days the travel time was broken up in such a way as to not seem onerous at all.

    All around, a very relaxing two weeks. Well recommended. ”
    Bella Holmes – California, United StatesMay 2016
  • Fantastic Way to See New Zealand!

    “I had been to New Zealand before and knew I had to come back. I also knew I wouldn't settle for a normal tour. This adventure ticked all the boxes! There was some time spent on the bus, but that's the only way you can get to all the amazing places this tour will take you. The food is fantastic, accommodations range from "primitive" to amazing, depending on your choices, and the activities are flexible enough for almost everyone. Gary and Laura are the best! I had so much fun getting to know them and the others in our group. I would say 20% of a trip is who you are traveling with, but it can be 80% of your feelings about it. We hit the jackpot! Everyone was fantastic! I do need to qualify my 5-star rating. This trip was indeed excellent! But I have been on some amazing trips and they ALL warrant trip of a lifetime status.”
    Bev Stotz – New Mexico, United StatesMay 2016
  • Best trip ever!

    “From the moment we arrived at the airport, we never worried about a single detail for two weeks - not food, not transport, not what we were going to do -- it was all perfectly planned and wonderfully executed. All we had to do was hike, bike, paddle, and relax!”
    Susan Winkler – Massachusetts, United StatesMay 2016
  • “As a keen hiker turned tramper Active Adventures certainly helped me discover and explore 'Shangri-la' and I feel blessed to be a short 3hr flight away living just north of Sydney - I will return!”
    Lynsey Mallett – New South Wales, AustraliaMay 2016
  • Great trip

    “Of course New Zealand is beautiful, and Vanessa and Holly made the trip as smooth as possible.”
    Armando Smithee – Texas, United StatesApril 2016
  • “Our trip was absolutely fantastic. The country is spectacular! Holly and Vanessa were great guides and our whole group was of lot of fun.”
    Karen Lienhart – New York, United StatesApril 2016
  • Rimu Adventure!

    “Stunning scenery, awesome adventures, and fantastic guides made this truly, a trip of a lifetime! ”
    Melissa Lambert – California, United StatesApril 2016
  • The Gear List gave me a fright!

    “I come from a tropical island in the Caribbean and when I received the gear list, I thought I had signed up for an Extreme Adventure. Summer is defined differently in the South Island in New Zealand, but this trip was the most spectacular experience of my life and the places we hiked and visited were breathtaking.”
    Ivette Alonso-Triack – , Puerto RicoApril 2016
  • Rimu March 2016

    “I had the enormous pleasure to part of a Rimu Trip this March. I cant speak highly enough about the guides. They made us laugh, fed us delishous meals (even while backpacking) and were a pleasure to spend time with. Good weather and bad, this trip is designed to make every moment enjoyable as long as you like being outside. Along with the planned swim with seals, our group was lucky enough to have dolphins jumping alongside our kayaks in the Milford Sound. Cant wait to come back!”
    Tara Chambers – Alberta, CanadaApril 2016
  • Rimu 2016

    “Our guides, Claire and Kirsten were prepared for any circumstance and the itinerary was extremely well planned. The many years of experience that Active Adventures has leading trips to the South Island culminated in a fantastic trip.”
    Ruth Fay – California, United StatesApril 2016
  • “I had been on the North Island for 6 months and looking for a way to see the beauty of the South Island without me having to do the planning and you certainly made it easy”
    Russell Emerson – North Carolina, United StatesApril 2016
  • “My wife and I have done a fair amount of traveling (hiking, cycling, kayaking, sailing) and this was undoubtedly our best trip!”
    Rick Terek – Rhode Island, United StatesApril 2016
  • A + trip

    “Incredible trip! The Rimu tour of the South Island was a picture perfect paradise presented by two amazing leaders. Claire and Kirsten could not have been more capable and committed to all of us having the best possible vacation. There are not two more competent and caring individuals. A+trip and A+leaders”
    Terry Schraeder – Rhode Island, United StatesApril 2016
  • Rimu Feb 2016

    “Hats off to Active for a fantastic adventure! Thoroughly enjoyable. Each activity was well planned and tailored to the desires and abilities of the group. Amanda and Kim kept us well informed and laughing all the way.”
    Robert Merwin – New Hampshire, United StatesApril 2016
  • Rimu - Feb 2016

    “The Rimu trip was designed exactly as I always wanted to experience such a beautiful country....hiking, biking and kyaking. Our guides showed us the best segments of some of the most beautiful hiking trails which would probably take months to navigate. Loved the knowledge of historical stories shared on our long travel days. The meals were delicious and healthy. Our group was super fun and by the first day we were already friends.

    The physical demands for this trip were high and I found myself out of my comfort zone on the 3 days trek. It wasn't the long hiking days, the 3,000 ft. elevation gain, the mud and water crossings, or sleeping in the huts. It was the up and over two huge rockpiles carrying a very heavy backpack where every step forward was uncertain, loose , sliding rocks. There was no looking around because you can't stand up straight and you can't take your eyes off your next step. This was not a "fun" part of the trip for me. But...I made it! ”
    Deborah Calos – Nevada, United StatesApril 2016
  • Rejuvenating for the Body, Mind and Spirit

    “The Rimu trip exceeded my expectations. The combination of activities -- hiking, snorkeling, sea kayaking, and bicycling -- was perfect for us. We don't consider ourselves to be strong hikers, but we stay pretty active. The Rimu itinerary kept us challenged in a good way. We particularly liked the structure of the itinerary, home-cooked meals, homey-type accommodations, etc. We plan to travel with Active Adventures in the future.”
    Pam Taylor – Texas, United StatesApril 2016
  • Once in a lifetime adventure

    “This trip is filled with great people, beautiful walks & hikes and other adventures. It would be impossible to plan a trip like this on your own. The guides are fantastic and go out of their way to make the trip memorable for everyone. Go, go, go!”
    Carol Olsen – Illinois, United StatesApril 2016
  • Trip of a Lifetime

    “Amanda and Kim did an incredible job. Provided great information, cooked great meals, and were exceptionally accommodating. The trip itself was a wonderful experience and I felt we did see the whole South Island.”
    Shel Orkin – Illinois, United StatesApril 2016
  • Doug Ahmann's RIMU review

    “The combination of guides from New Zealand (Dan K) and Peru (Elder) was excellent. Dan brought his kind and gentle leadership skills along with his vast knowledge of New Zealand culture and topography of the South Island. Elder brought his friendly and helpful attitude along with boundless energy and his ability to draw you into appreciating the beauty of New Zealand that you are seeing all around you. Both guides were very strong and hard workers in doing all the logistics of food purchasing, meal prep, cleaning up, and even carrying some of our loads at times when the conditions were difficult. They made good excursion choices of the level of difficulty according to the abilities (and tiredness) of our group! What was fun also was to watch Dan and Elder show youthful enthusiasm, especially when we came to places where they would jump into their favorite swimming holes! I'll have to say I enjoyed joining in with them on one of those playful moments!

    I believe that we all felt like we received a personalized adventure tour of the South Island that was tailored to our abilities, and will leave positive lasting memories of the land of New Zealand. It was great watching the group rise to levels of physical abilities higher than they personally thought possible, especially on the three-day backpack trip in the Nelson Lakes area. I think all felt a big sense of accomplishment when we looked back at how far we hiked and how high we climbed with backpacks!”
    Douglas Ahmann – Washington, United StatesApril 2016
  • Great Trip to see the South Island

    “This trip is designed well, with not only a variety of activities, but the ability to visit a variety of places on the South Island. Very comprehensive! ”
    Vanessa Kalis – California, United StatesApril 2016
  • Trip of a Lifetime!

    “New Zealand has been at the top of my list to visit for awhile and it didn't disappoint. Going with Active Adventures made it even better! Our tour guides, Holly and Vanessa, were outstanding and the whole tour group made the trip very memorable. Not only were the "adventures" amazing, but having great company to do it with really made it the trip of a lifetime. I would highly recommend Active Adventures! Thank you for an epic trip!”
    Ashley Jordan – Tennessee, United StatesApril 2016
  • Who knew.......

    “....that a group of strangers could have so much fun together? Our guides Rachel and Jasmine deserve the lion's share of the credit for making our two week trip memorable and fun. Laughter against stunning visual landscape backdrops was the theme of our group, with each individual admired and accepted for what they contributed. Rachel skillfully took care of our nourishment needs (this was a lot of work) and Jasmine safely delivered us from one amazing place to another. Her stories provided wonderful context to wherever we were visiting. They both knew just how much to challenge the group physically and allowed for a wide range of stamina and abilities. One thing I loved about our guides, Rachel and Jasmine, is that they are incredibly proud to show off New Zealand and share their own stories. Terrific people!”
    Nibs Nichols – Maine, United StatesApril 2016
  • Rimu Feb 2016

    “What a trip! Great adventures, great guides, great group, great weather! So many highlights, Mt. Cook, Angelus hut, Milford Sound, the list is endless. Thank you Active for over delivering with those little touches that you do so well!”
    Joanna Clarke – Alberta, CanadaMarch 2016
  • A very fine time was had by all

    “Loved my New Zealand trip with Active Adventures because not only do they know the best places to visit, as they are or, they are well organized and safe when it comes to all events, lodging, and managing the myriad personalites and abilities of our challenging group. And our guides Katie and Kirsten were great cooks/bakers, strong, patient, and mostly fun! Then there are the contact gals, Ellie And Lynette, who took care of my fiance's crazy Valentine wishes from back home in the Rockies to finding and mailing my favorite old shoes back to the states. The personal care each staff/guide gave us made it all worth flying over there and exploring an extremely unique and beautiful country. The folks at Active are a wonderful, prime example of the rest of their fellow country kiwis, friendly and helpful! I highly recommend this team of experts!”
    Diana Dear – Colorado, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Steve's March 2016 Rimu Review

    “I have to start this review with my comments on the guides, Vanessa and Holly. They far exceeded any expectations I had prior to the trip! No matter whether they were cooking, driving, or leading our activities, they did it all with expertise, enthusiasm, and a smile. They were the best!

    We were unable to join the beginning of the trip due to our schedules and travel issues, but the 8 days we were there were wonderful. We saw some of the best New Zealand has to offer and are already talking about returning in the future when we have more time. As their name suggests, an Active Adventure trip is active! But they combine the hikes, biking, etc. with some well-deserved pampering, along with the opportunity to learn about the country you're seeing. I highly recommend an Active Adventures trip.”
    Steve Jordan – Tennessee, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Steph's Rimu Review

    “This trip was wonderful from beginning to end! Though I wasn't able to join the group until the evening of Day 6, due to time and travel constraints, the Active Adventures team made it work. Guides Vanessa and Holly were warm and welcoming! They know New Zealand and provided information and fun along the way. They took care of all aspects of the trip from packing bags in the trailer (Kermit), to driving (Ernest), to cooking and serving healthy meals, to listening to us "foreigners", good-naturedly! Thanks!!”
    Stephanie Jordan – Tennessee, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Rimu Trip 2016

    “This trip was a great overview of the South Island. Our motto on the trip was "Live the movie, don't watch it." With all of the activity and sights I felt like we were doing just that. The guides did an excellent job making the trip seamless and enjoyable, and the group itself was fantastic. ”
    Tarn Ostrow – Washington, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Rimu 2016 (South)

    “The Rimu trip was lovely. We had a congenial group and two wonderful guides. We had a few weather issues which cannot be avoided but the company and the guides made the best of them. I enjoyed the company and the sites. I was especially enamoured by the Braemar Sheep station and the Mt Cook hike. The logistics were superbly managed. Some of the days were a bit long and it would be great if they could be shortened a bit. ”
    Christine Harrison – Ontario, CanadaMarch 2016
  • Beautiful Action-Packed Trip

    “I found the trip to be a wonderful exploration of South Island New Zealand. DK and Elder were very competent and professional guides, as well as fun-loving and personable. The trip was challenging and fun and adventurous and beautiful. We really explored all that the South Island had to offer. I didn't like the backpacking segment - too rugged and risky for me. I loved everything else about the trip. The group size of 12 was perfect.”
    Kathy Berryman – Arizona, United StatesMarch 2016
  • First-class leaders created an unbeatable experience!

    “This was our first guided tour and after 20 years of making all of our own reservations, it was a dream. The only decision to make was what to have for dinner...everything else was planned beautifully, down to the minute. Our group's pacing was terrific - we never felt rushed yet accomplished so much each day! Because AA NZ has been around so long, they know of the best places to go at the optimal times to avoid crowds and maximize enjoyment of the experience. Our thoughtful leaders paid close attention to our needs and even surprised my husband with a cake on his birthday!”
    Judy Gross – New Hampshire, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Wonderful trip highly recommend it

    “What a lovely trip. We didn't have to lift a finger. The guides were very knowledgeable and kept everyone engaged. The areas we visited were just astounding. I would recommend this tour to family and friends who want a little taste of everything on the South Island.”
    Stacey Gray – Hawaii, United StatesMarch 2016
  • South Island is beautiful!

    “I really enjoyed the trip. Details are nailed down! I especially loved the variety of accommodations which were in beautiful locations. The food was incredible and the guides knowlegable and friendly. ”
    Nancy Pfeifer – California, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Great trip!

    “Great guides and great scenery! Very well organized trip.”
    Mike Munsey – Alaska, United StatesMarch 2016
  • How to make a trip into an adventure?

    “How to make a trip into an adventure? Have Gary and Holly be your guides.
    New Zealand is an amazing country, but what made this trip an amazing adventure were, Gary and Holly. They were incredible, always had positive outlooks, quick with a smile, and a Maori legend. They took a sincere interest in every member of our group. They also have incredible patience. Active Adventures is extremely fortunate to have guides of that caliber. ”
    Denny McConnell – New Jersey, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Truly and Amazing Vacation

    “Marilyn and I were amazed by the friendly outgoing people we met up with during our travels. The "Kiwis" really enjoy showing off their beautiful country to the diverse groups of visitors who come here each season. We can see why so many travelers fall in love with these breathtaking mountains, lakes and oceans when you are surrounded by a fun loving, polite and congenial people. ”
    Marilyn Glenn – Washington, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Words Cannot Describe

    “I have wanted to see New Zealand for several years. My hope was to see it first-hand--outside! We were outside and adventuring daily. There was much that challenged me but I wouldn't trade a second of it. The trip was exceptionally well-organized. Every detail was taken care of. The guides were helpful and engaging and extraordinarily hard working. Their joy in taking us through New Zealand was contagious. Thanks!!!”
    Jo Dee Ahmann – Washington, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Christmas with Rimu!

    “A brilliant 2 weeks spent exploring the South Island - could not be more grateful to our guides for making the trip so special! ”
    Rachel Munns – Greater London , United KingdomMarch 2016
  • A once in a lifetime experience

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    David Anderson – New Jersey, United StatesMarch 2016
  • “If you are interested in experiencing the high points of the South Island this is the trip for you. ”
    Al Reynolds – Rhode Island, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Rimu Feb. 2016

    “What a wonderful trip we had! The South Island is magnificent! Where ever one looked the scenery was fantastic. We had a awesome group, fabulous guides and great weather. ”
    Kathy Pratt – Rhode Island, United StatesMarch 2016
  • lived it! loved it!

    “loved the whole trip.

    first off, we had the best guides ever. they set the tone for the group - and made sure that we made the most of every moment. they have different styles but the same passion for life and shared that with us.

    second - new zealand is just an amazing place. thank you for sharing your home with me! i get now why the govt requires you to have an exit ticket when you come - I certainly didn't want to leave! :)

    last - we had so much fun together as a group. I think the company attracts a certain personality type which just makes this kind of trip super fun.

    thanks! :)
    Connie Chang – Massachusetts, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Rimu southbound 2/16

    “This trip was incredible! New Zealand is otherworldly, and the trip was planned to showcase much of its best. It was physically challenging for me, but always rewarding. Our guides were superb, and our group bonded tightly. The logistics were incredibly smooth - lots of kudos all around. Visiting New Zealand had been at the top of my list for years, and I will definitely go again. Many thanks to Katie and Joe, who worked incredibly hard, were always upbeat and pleasant, and whose contribution to our enjoyment can't be overestimated.”
    Leslie Kahl – Oregon, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Great Adventure

    “I really enjoyed my Rimu trip with Active Adventures and especially enjoyed our guides, Gary and. Holly. They both went out of their way to guide us, take care of us, keep us entertained, and cook for us. Gary drove our bus down winding roads and over one-way bridges, sometimes through the pouring rain.


    This is a very active trip, and you should be in good shape if you want to do it! Many of the hikes are not easy and most involve climbing. It is a workout, and I was very tired by the end of our trip. I thought the meals and lodgings provided by Active were excellent. In some places we had to share bathrooms, but these were remote lodgings in beautiful places that we would not have seen if traveling on our own.

    This trip is well worth it if you are in decent shape and are ready for some tough hikes. I describe our 3-day hike in more detail on my blog: http://www.robinbarefield.com/blog ”
    Robin Barefield – Alaska, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Believe the active in "Active Adventures"

    “This was our second visit to NZ. The AA itinerary gets you to so many amazing places on the South Island in a relatively short amount of time. . Does help to be in shape for this tour but our guides, Katie and Joe did a great job getting us through the tough parts. Loved the challenge and met a great group of people on the trip. ”
    Mary Reynolds – Rhode Island, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Fiords, friends, food and fun

    “This was my first visit to NZ and after spending two weeks on the North Island I joined the RIMU group for a truly memorable trip. Our outstanding guides, DK and Elder, often kept us busy from 7:00AM to 7:00PM. I was surprised by the diverse landscape; it is not just green hills and sheep or glaciers. Beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, lagoons, vineyards, arid areas, grasslands, alpine ridges - New Zealand has it all. The 3-day trek is a great bonding experience. It may be more challenging than you think if you are not used to hiking in rugged alpine terrain. The entire trip was very well organized, or as someone in the group said, it runs like a well oiled machine. In no small part, this was due to our two guides. They managed to be laid back and professional at the same time. They are also excellent cooks and prepared many of the groups' meals. I say without hesitation that some of those dinners could have been served at an upscale restaurant. Finally, the camaraderie among the travellers was wonderful. But it all starts with the guides' attitude and spirit which will be reflected back by the group. Well done guys! ”
    Irene Fritschi Nelin – British Columbia, CanadaMarch 2016
  • Active Adventures

    “As the title says, you are active all day, dawn to dusk. Most days there is no time to even sit back and read a newspaper. Breakfast 7-7:30 am, on the road by 8:30am........some days more time spent on the bus travelling to certain destinations. Supper is somewhat late in the day but that can't be helped. I found no time for anything but bed after eating....early bird gets the worm!! Kudos (sp?) to the guides and their cooking skills. The food was great, healthy and never-ending....better than any of the restaurants we went to. The comraderie on the bus between everyone was great....I miss my "family"! I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
    Susie Armishaw – British Columbia, CanadaMarch 2016
  • Nelson Lakes

    “The Nelson Lakes National Park is spectacular. The views on the trails are so vast, there are no words to adequately describe them. The Angelus hut is well worth the effort up the Cascade trail. I saw the Southern Cross and Milky Way just before dawn. This place was the highlight of the trip for me and will stay with me forever.”
    Liz McCarthy – Massachusetts, United StatesMarch 2016
  • 2016 Rimu with Kate Brown and Kirsten

    “The guides--Kate and Kirsten--make or break a trip and in the case of our trip, they MADE the trip. I have total admiration for these gals.”
    Pamela Woodward – Washington, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Rimu Southbound!

    “Truly a wonderful trip and thrilled to have ventured south first...conquering the Mt. Cook hike before the backpacking trek and Rodgers Ridge!
    The professionalism, passionate, knowledge, class, humor, and unique touches from Andy and Mel along with the wonderful, eclectic group of people with whom I travelled made this the best adventure trip.
    With that said, the South Island of New Zealand is clearly pristine and majestic and was the perfect land for the adventure story to unfold.
    Ah, yes... great food; very important indeed! highly recommend this trip!”
    Grae Garl – New Hampshire, United StatesMarch 2016
  • RIMU 2016

    “We had a wonderful time with Active Adventures during our RIMU trip. Our guides: Ken and Alex were wonderful, engaging, cheerful and fun!”
    Kimberly Weekes – Wisconsin, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Great Experience!

    “Overall the trip was amazing and we were extremely well taken care of by our guides Gary and Holly...they were what made a good trip great!”
    Mike Hofmann – , SingaporeMarch 2016
  • Rimu

    “The Rimu Trip is an excellent way to see the South Island. You will get a honest appreciation of this beautiful, majestic country and the warm, happy people who live there. I won't forget New Zealand, especially the turquoise, glacier-fed lakes, rugged mountains, and the star studded night sky!”
    Jo Powers – Washington, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Mind, Body and Soul

    “Our Rimu trip with eleven people, six in our family, was an over the top adventure every day. My husband and I were the oldest and slowest, but we were encouraged by our enthusiastic and understanding guides, Alex and Jasmine, and we enjoyed the variety of activities. We experienced breath-taking sights and sites, mountains, lakes, rivers and towns. And we were very well fed. We came home on an emotional high. Thank you Active Adventures!”
    Nina Gray – Illinois, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Rimu South Island Adventure

    “The company chose its name well - Active Adventures - and lived up to its reputation as a well-organized, professional tour company that shows you the real New Zealand with plenty of outdoor adventure packed into a short time. I’m a lifelong athlete in above average condition for my age (58) , and the guides were very accommodating to meet the diverse fitness levels of everyone in our group. Many times I ran the trails - and did extra extensions or hikes at the suggestion of the guides. I got in a good 6 - 8 hours of activity every day - whereas other had a more moderate pace and adventure. By being with Active Adventures, you can expend as much energy as you like on the adventures themselves without having to be concerned with logistics (hotels, luggage, weather, cooking, driving the bus, etc.). The Rimu itinerary covers a lot of ground and we saw and experienced the highlights of the entire South Island in two weeks. I enjoyed both the food (about half the meals were tasty & healthy prepared by the guides themselves) & accommodation (a diverse set of charming lodgings). Christmas at the Shearers’ quarters in the Mt Cook area was a special treat - and then everyone got into the holiday spirit to make it a memorable occasion. ”
    Howard Goshulak – Ontario, CanadaMarch 2016
  • Rimu Queenstown Adventures with Amanda and Kim

    “Active Adventures provides detailed information on everything you need to know for your trip and will always any answer questions regarding itinerary or packing lists. The two guides for our adventure were very personable, well versed in the history, culture, geology/geography and local flavor of the sites visited. Always delivered us safely and on time to destinations and dealt with all the human overhead (bathroom breaks, snacks) and prepared delicious healthy meals.”
    Richard Gauvreau – Texas, United StatesMarch 2016
  • It really was an 'active adventure'

    “We saw and experienced a lot with skilled and knowledgeable guides.”
    Theresa Gauvreau – Texas, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Rimu fun

    “Excellent trip. Our guides, Rachael and James pushed us but that was exactly what we needed. The entire group was tremendous with everyone getting along and sharing. ”
    Hank Langhals – Ohio, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Stan's Rimu Trip

    “This was a great way to see New Zealand's South Island! It was great to be on the trip with two guides that were native New Zealanders. I feel like I experienced the South Island like very few people get a chance to. The other travelers in our group were great and there was a lot of fun interaction!”
    Stan Oswald – Nebraska, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Wonderful country-wonderful people

    “I have traveled to a lot of places around the world generally in search of landscapes, wildlife and culture. This trip was highlighted by the people of New Zealand, our guides Kate and Kirsten and the special people that comprised our group. They all made the trip so much better. By limiting this group to 12 we were assured of comfort on the bus, relaxed meals and correct paces on the activities.”
    Scott Woodward – Washington, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Awesome Experience

    “I loved our Rimu tour last month on the South Island! Amanda and Kim were so impressive to me as they thought of everything. They worked tirelessly with smiles on their faces to see to it that our needs were met, and all the details were covered. It felt great to let someone else make decisions and take care of everything! Hats off to those 2 wonderful ladies! ”
    Rebecca Savoie – Texas, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Tramping the South Island with J. A. K.

    “Amanda and Kim my Adventure guides made the trip memorable. New Zealand was awesome! Very impressed with their knowledge and hospitality. It was EPIC!

    Thank you

    Sandra”
    Sandra Mullins – Texas, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Active

    “I am a man of few words!
    The tour was fantastic, well organised, well balanced, ACTIVE, and the same time relaxing!
    As one Indian gentlemen said on our jet boating trip in Queenstown - "lovely".
    Thanks must go to our two guides - they kept us well fed with food and knowledge - with a smile and a joke.
    Our tour team was panoramically great - thanks to all for making it a trip not to forget.
    Let's not forget who organised the weather - it was perfect.
    Active is the best description.”
    Richard Tough – Fife, United KingdomMarch 2016
  • Amazing New Zealand

    “NZ has deeply impressed me by its beauty. Active Adventures has helped me to get to know what I would think are some of the most spectacular places in the South Island. Always trying to avoid the touristy, more crowded places, I've been able to experience contact with Nature in its purest. I'd love to have them again to see the rest of the country some time in the future.”
    Elena Marco-Fabre – Madrid, SpainMarch 2016
  • WONDERFUL TRIP

    “The Rimu trip was such a great way to experience many of the wonders of New Zealand's South Island and its friendly adventurous laid-back culture, and I'll treasure forever sharing it with my daughter!

    The hiking and kayaking were at times challenging but always uplifting, the scenery dramatically changed every few hours, and the comaraderie of the group, - all ages and nationalities- made the 2 weeks comfortable, exciting and fun.
    Being in the exhilarating wild places we visited - besides making me love NZ - reminded me of the importance of loving and being physically and emotionally present in nature.
    Laine Alexander – Maine, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Awesome trip with super knowledgeable guides

    “I really enjoyed the skill and knowledge of our guides. They were able to adapt to all sorts of quirks among the guests and changes in circumstances. They were great cooks and had an over abundance of additional hikes for those who were still energetic. We couldn't have packed more in and for traveling to so many remote places, I appreciated that.”
    Will Mitchell – Texas, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Rimu Trip Following My Kauri Trip

    “Much of what I said in my Kauri Trip applies to my Rimu Trip. My wife and I signed up for both the Kauri Trip that covers the North Island of New Zealand as well as the Rimu Trip that covers the South Island. We knew that we may never get back to New Zealand and wanted to see experience all that New Zealand had to offer. After completing the Kauri trip we did not think the South Island could match the beauty but we were wrong. The beauty of the South Island was amazing also and in different ways making ever day a completely new and amazing adventure. Seeing both the North and South Islands is necessary to get the total view of New Zealand.”
    Phil McLemore – Georgia, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Trip of a life time

    “One of the best trips I have ever done. It was certainly challenging!! but the team spirit and our wonderful guides (Andy and Mel) were there every step of the way. It was certainly demanding at times but it was fabulous that our group were all about the same level of fitness and we all completed everything.”
    Chris Hughes – South Australia, AustraliaMarch 2016
  • Fantastic Trip!

    “The Rimu trip exceeded my expectations. All the activities, guides, and accommodations were amazing. It was a great opportunity to spend time with my mom and see so much. Even long travel days were broken up nicely with hikes. Overall amazing trip... Now I'm looking at Active Adventure trips is South America. ”
    Isabel Alexander – Maine, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Awesome Adventures!

    “Having just completed the "Rimu" trip, I am already missing our daily adventures and activities! It was completely run as advertised, with our excellent guides, Gary and Holly who were phenomenal! They catered to our every need, encouraged us when we needed it, and were tremendous cooks! They constantly checked in with us to make sure we were getting the most out of the trip! We kayaked, swam with the seals, hiked up and down some of the best tracks NZ can offer, saw dozens of waterfalls,and experienced the unbelievable beauty of this country. One word of advice - this trip is best enjoyed if you have a good level of fitness. Thanks Active -I will never forget this trip and hope to return some day!”
    Debbie Broeker – California, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Rimu Winter 2016

    “Kimbo and Amanda were outstanding!!! Many thanks for taking care of my dietary request. Taking another trip with Kimbo and Amanda is a no-brainer.”
    Albert Hunt – Texas, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Wonderful Trip with Terrific Guides and Participants

    “New Zealand is a beautiful and wonderful place. We couldn't have found all the terrific places we saw and visited on our own. Part of what made the trip so successful was the great guides, James and Rachael; a great, well matched group to travel with; and perfect weather.”
    Thomas Cramer – California, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Reflections, Rimu trip Southbound

    “What can I say, words can not express enough the fun that Richard and I have just had on the Rimu South Island trip. This was our first (and hopefully not our last) Active Adventures tour.

    From the moment we were met at the airport on day 1 all aspects of our Rimu trip were immense. Our guides Andy and Mel were great hosts with their knowledge and enthusiasm, their attention to detail in a relaxed enjoyable manner, their passionate and infectious approach to having a great time, provision of snacks, picnics and fantastic evening meals all at perfect spots and even Mel’s ability to make a cheesecake at 1650m at Angelus Hut during our 3 day hike was all fab. Added to that, no walk was ever too rushed. Mel was happy to chat away with me middle of the first week when I was at the back due to my legs still recovering from the decent of Muller Ridge on day 2. And with my fear of heights, Andy was brilliant in guiding me across the rocky parts of Roberts Ridge during our 3 day hike.

    Added to that, our small group of 8 from Scotland, USA and Australia all of similar ability added to the enjoyment. With plenty of fun along the way hiking, cycling, kayaking and snorkeling all with the sun shining made the places we visited very special and hopefully we will be back soon to experience more.
    Mandy Strachan – Fife, United KingdomFebruary 2016
  • Wonderful. Exactly what I was looking for.

    “Was a wonderful trip and exactly what I was looking for. One day into the trip confirmed that I picked the right group. The trip leaders kept things moving at a nice pace fast pace. Very little down time. It was wonderful having the driving and organizing in someone else's hands. ”
    Betsy Rowland – Pennsylvania, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Amazing Natural Beauty and amazing guides

    “We loved our trip to the South Island of New Zealand. The natural beauty took my breath away and the guides, Rachel and James, were beyond professional.”
    Martha Van Orshoven – California, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • South Island Rimu Trip

    “I was expecting an outdoor experience and the chance to see much of South Island. This trip turned out to be much, much more. As I sit back and think about the trip, review my photographs and trip log, each day I relieve the experiences. This trip was much, much more than I had ever expected. It was well beyond my high expectations. I was interdicted to the beauty of New Zealand. I would pack my bag and leave tomorrow to do the trip again. The memories, experiences, friendships will be with me for a lifetime. Okay, there was great scenery, great experiences, but all this was the result of Katie and Kirsten. These two women were the best guides I have even seen anywhere!”
    Rick Giardino – Texas, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Rimu

    “Had a wonderful time. The guides, Jasmine and Alex were great, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. All the activities were well organised and enjoyable. This is my third trip with Active Adventures and their trips are always very well organised and great fun. The South Island is stunningly beautiful with lakes and mountains throughout; my favourite place to visit so far. Would highly recommend.”
    Frances Partridge – Hertfordshire, United KingdomFebruary 2016
  • Awesome adventure!

    “Active Adventures knows how to do it right! Had a great time hiking and experiencing beautiful New Zealand. The guides Michelle and Alex made the trip fun and seamless. I can't wait for my next trip with Active Adventures! ”
    Jennifer Purpero – California, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • And we were where?

    “The guides Katie and Kirsten we the life blood of the trip and the group its vital veins. We had many great adventures. Glaciers, streams, rivers, waterfalls oh my! There can be no more beautiful place on the earth. Everything reminded me of " the Shire " and a Hobbit, could wander by any minute.
    Loved the trip, loved the guides and most importantly loved the group”
    Gerald Peak – Colorado, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Excellent

    “After experiencing three Active trips in South America, I was excited to do the Rimu trip in NZ. Once again, the trip exceeded my expectations. Our guides were very accommodating and informative as they led us around the South Island. I would highly recommend this trip - bucket list trip for sure. ”
    Amy Schliem – South Carolina, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • A trip I'll never forget

    “Hiking up mountains, through rainforests, and across rivers. Kayaking around fjords and swimming with seals. The Rimu trip was like five vacations in one and I loved it!”
    Miriam Maring – New York, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Challenging Adventure

    “Great time. So different from the North Island. Hiking was really challenging but so glad we were up to it. Proved to ourselves that we were as fit as we hoped we were. Kayaking was awesome. Guides were great and took such good care of us.”
    Jane McLemore – Georgia, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Naturalist's Heaven

    “Everything about our New Zealand Active Adventures trip was eye-opening and a delight. I didn't know what to expect or even what I hoped for, but the Active Adventures trip surpassed anything I ever could have imagined. ”
    Susan Knight – Wisconsin, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Truly Awesome Rimu

    “Unbelievably good! Beyond expectations! Expertly planned, superbly executed and thoroughly enjoyed. ”
    Valerie Heslop – Aberdeenshireshire, United KingdomFebruary 2016
  • Beyond our expectations, Rimu tour Southbound

    “What a fantastic trip we had on the Active Adventures Rimu tour of the South Island. Out tour hosts were absolutely brilliant with a very nice balance between friendliness and professionalism. One of the hallmarks of this trip was the outstanding attention to detail, all aimed at the comfort, convenience and enjoyment of the whole group - Details like timing, food choices, availability of snacks and water, safety advice, choice of music on the bus, timing of comfort breaks and so much more.

    Andy and Mel's infectious enthusiasm for everything New Zealand has to offer rubbed off on all of us and it is very likely that we will be back for more.

    On a.practical note, the word 'Active' is not in the company name by mistake! We did the Southbound Rimu and day 1 involves a hike to Muller ridge with a height gain of around 1000m. A tough start (my wife and I are just each side of 60) but the pace was well managed and the picnic spot at half way was one of many spectacular locations we were taken to on the holiday.

    Our fitness levels were definitely enhanced by the end of the trip and if you have a grain of adventurous spirit in your body then we can wholeheartedly recommend the Active Adventures Rimu tour to you.”
    David Heslop – Aberdeenshireshire, United KingdomFebruary 2016
  • Four and a half!

    “A very good trip.
    Firstly, a bit different from several previous trekking holidays. More expensive, but more inclusive. The accommodation varied from very comfortable to posh, hot showers and ensuites, apart of course by necessity from the Angelus mountain huts. Andy and Mel were central to the success of the tour, working tirelessly to keep us extremely well fed, and helping to mould our geographically diverse group into a coherent unit. The tour itself was a well-tailored sample of South Island highlights, diverse and often stunning, often surpassing expectations formed from the trip notes.
    Additionally we were fortunate in several respects. We had outstanding weather, only half a day's liquid sunshine in a fortnight. The group was small (8), and although geographically diverse ( Scots 4, US2, Oz2), were largely of a similar age and fitness. And our leaders Andy & Mel worked very well together, despite this being their first trip together....the group benefitted immensely from this. Their skills were often complementary; Andy shared his extensive knowledge of local natural history, and Mel demonstrated remarkable culinary skills. Finally, the activity selection was varied and well-paced; the tramping of course, but also the kayaking, mountain biking and perhaps most surprisingly, the snorkelling with seals, were all really enjoyable.
    I never rate a trip as 100%, because this implies that it cannot be surpassed, and I don't have that knowledge. But definitely 4 1/2, highly recommended, well done to the entire team!!
    Alan Hughes – South Australia, AustraliaFebruary 2016
  • “The guides were fantastic, coupled with the gorgeous scenery, it made for one our most memorable trips.”
    Jeff Zutz – Wisconsin, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Amazing Adventure

    “I had an amazing time on the RIMU trip; it was the trip of a lifetime... the itinerary was remarkable and the guides were exceptional. I would recommend this highly!”
    Jorge Benitez – Florida, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • An Adventure of a Lifetime

    “I finished my two week Rimu (southbound) journey in late January. We had an amazing trip. I traveled solo but instantly developed friendships with everyone in my tour group. You will not go hungry on this adventure. Joe was a fantastic chef. Vanessa, our Kiwi guide and driver, was amazing - always prepared, full of knowledge, fun, great with recommendations. Everyday was fantastic. Braemar Station was one of my favorite stops. The scenery was phenomenal. Queenstown will fill any adventurer's itinerary. I opted to zipline in Queenstown and heli-bike (Fat Tyre Adventures) - memories I will not soon forget. Lodging accommodations were good. While good weather cannot be guaranteed, my tour group experienced only one day of meaningful rain (Milford Sound). Whether you are looking for an ACTIVE challenge or a change of pace adventure, this is the trip for you. The guides will mold the trip to your skill level, but the trip is quite active - my Fitbit is proof. Amazing, breath-taking, serene, vast, fun, wild, epic, once-in-a-lifetime are a few adjectives to describe my experience. Did I mention the friendships that are possible? If you are thinking about this trip, do it!”
    Michael Alley – Texas, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Well done -- big picture to small details

    “As any seasoned traveler knows, it's not just about getting to the beautiful places and experiences... it's about how you get there: what's the ratio of smooth, no-fuss to aggravation, annoyance and (bad) surprises. No trip is perfect on that score, but it's hard to imagine things going more smoothly than what the folks at Active Adventures assembled and executed for us.

    Big picture, the RIMU trip hits just about as many of the highlights of the South Island that one could hope for in a two-week trip. I'd probably have appreciated another day each on Milford and Routeburn Treks, but not quite sure what to have given up to make it so.

    But that isn't the distinguishing factor for me--you can pick and choose from among the itineraries of the various tour companies, or plan your own, to your tastes. What made the difference was the care and precision with which everything was executed. Both the tour company far in advance, and our guides on the trip (Michelle, Mel(issa) and Dave were organized, let us know what we needed to know in advance, delivered what they said they would deliver, knowledgeable, and were appropriately prepared with contingency plans when weather demanded some improvisation. Two weeks of no worries as a result, which made the enjoyment of the big picture stuff that much more fulfilling.”
    Wayne Davis – Massachusetts, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Wonderful trip on South Island

    “I had a great trip on the South Island with a great group and wonderful activities! At the most days, there are options for those which would like to do more as well as for those which would like to just go for a small walk.

    The trip was greatly organized and I had a very active holiday, but it was anyway a recovering time. It was a wonderful way to experience New Zealand's South Island!”
    Samuel Moser – Schwyz, SwitzerlandFebruary 2016
  • The guides that rule the magical world.

    “From day one all the way through Katie and Kirsten are the reason my trip to NZ forever will be remembered as truly magical. Their proffessionalism and their energy and vibe was impeccable. Katie you do drive that bus like a champ! The group was really great - the weather not so much. Funny though how I already remember the days as being blessed with sunshine where it was needed the most.”
    Marlene Zollner – , DenmarkFebruary 2016
  • Trip of a lifetime...

    “While more physically challenging than I was able to train for - I made it through every day of my adventure with joy and wonder. What a beautiful country and a generous welcoming people I found in New Zealand. Our group was great and our guides Holly and Claire were the 'dream team'! So thankful that I was able to see places like Milford Sound, Punakaiki, Nelson Lakes National Park, Kaikoura, and all the places in between. I would never have been able to put together a trip like this on my own and am glad I found 'Active Adventures'. Thanks for helping me check this off my bucket list!”
    Joanne Lenahan – Arkansas, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Rimu Jan 2016

    “Fantastic trip, the first group trip I've ever done. Spent a bit of time driving every day (the South Island is big by the way), but the guides interspersed the time with great coffee shops, stops at interesting places to take pictures or impromptu walks to stretch our legs. The food was amazing and the guides managed to incorporate all of our requests for New Zealand dishes we heard of on the way. As for the activities - I had a different muscle hurting each day, went to sleep exhausted every night, and woke up each morning excited for our next adventure.”
    Roselynn Gentles – Montana, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Wonderful trip with Active.

    “Wonderful trip with Active Adventures. Katie and Kirsten were amazing and seemed to know what we needed before we knew it ourselves. A great way to explore the South Island and make some new friends.”
    Caitlin Miller – , ItalyFebruary 2016
  • “Overall a great trip. We were able to see a lot of the South Island. Both James and Kirsten were very nice, helpful and informative.”
    Leslie McCormick – California, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Excellent adventure

    “My family and I were blessed to experience New Zealand with Active Adventures. This was our second trip with them (Patagonia) and they delivered an excellent adventure. Our guides were young and enthusiastic. It truly is a wonderful trip for anyone wanting a good combination of trekking, sight seeing and reasonable accommodations. New Zealand is about perfect if there were no Sandflies. But hey I am not complaining. Highly recommend. ”
    Christopher Smith – California, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Uncompromised Beauty

    “Our Rimu trip to the South Island was an experience to treasure. Being a nature lover - I felt that we were immearsed in grand beauty much of the trip. We enjoyed a pleasant balance of activity and restoration - to experience the maximum enjoyment that the South Island has to offer. I thoroughly enjoyed our guides and had a positive experience meeting people whom I would not be likely to cross paths with. I would happily book another Active Adventures trip.”
    Brigitte Hazen – California, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • A beautiful country

    “I was really impressed with the variety of ecoclimates and the beautiful vista wherever you look. Some are without parallel anywhere else in the world. I was most impressed because no matter where we went for two weeks I never saw one piece of litter anywhere. The hikes and activities were varied and always well planned. The guides were wonderful companions as well as guides.”
    Clifton Smith – Kentucky, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Best trip -ever

    “We were traveling as a family of 5 and each one of us had a remarkable time. The knowledge of the group leaders was fantastic. The food and accommodations were great. We relaxed on the bus, walked, kayaked, walked, biked, walked, and walked in total awe at every turn. We loved it! ”
    Louise Hara – Massachusetts, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • 20th Anniversary Adventure

    “There is no way we could have explored so much of the South Island without the great guidance of the Active Adventure team they took all the stress away of finding lodging , eating , driving etc and making sure we experienced all the best locations for hiking, biking and kayaking that we could possibly do it was truly a trip of a lifetime the best ever!!




    Lesa Boersch – Colorado, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • burke's trip

    “The trip was excellent and I felt the group experienced a large portion of the south island. The scenery was beautiful and often breathtaking. The hikes were fun and not real difficult. The guides we fun and very supportive. We were kept very busy, from early morning to night. These long days were seemed necessary in order to see the whole island. ”
    Burke O'leary – Washington, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Great trip!

    “I really enjoyed the RIMU trip! It was just challenging enough to put me out of my comfort zone and still enjoy the trip very much! The group I travelled with were great company and has made this a very memorable experience.

    Our guides Vanessa and Joe were outstanding and very much the reason the trip had been so enjoyable. Their experience, knowledge, kindness and patience as they took care of us for two weeks is very much appreciated. Vanessa was carrying a 22kg backpack on the second day of the Nelson's Lakes (1000m ascend!) hike and waited while I very slowly made my way up to the top! Joe is a wonderful guide dispensing technical advice and a fantastic chef - the group has named him the Man, the Myth, the Legend so that really says a lot! Vanessa and Joe gave really good guidance on the trails, difficulty level and clothing required for all our hikes, so we were well equipped to really enjoy them.

    I couldn't have picked a better trip to explore the South Island with! :)”
    Liu Yi Yeoh – , MalaysiaJanuary 2016
  • The RIMU Extravaganza!

    “If anyone had told us that we would be hiking with packs on our back for 3 days up and down a mountain, I would have laughed out loud! However, this actually happened in the most beautiful place in the world. With the help of our two guides, Jasmine and Kim, who encouraged, pushed and offered hot drinks (or beer) at the end of a long day, we made it.
    We were constantly amazed at the level of professionalism and organization our guides and AA put into the RIMU trip.
    From beautiful views of the Pacific in a bungalow on the side of a forested mountain, swimming with the seals, kayaking in Milford Sound with a hundred waterfalls coming down the mountains, seeing a glacier for the first time, mountain biking in the rain...everything was amazing with flawless execution.
    The food on this trip was exceptional...the guides cooked tasty fare on the top of a mountain in a hut, making all the other hikers jealous:} The restaurants were all very good and the desserts even better. Jasmine and Kim both had specialty treats they liked to make and they were great.
    The off day in Queenstown was not slow! We took a 2 hour perilous bus ride to Skippers Canyon and jet boated, had exceptional Italian food and rode the gondola. We even snuck in a Fly Fishing trip early.
    Overall, if you are in good shape and willing to get up and go everyday...then this is a great trip for you.”
    Machelle Brown – Alabama, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Rimu

    “A great trip which allowed me to sample all the delights the South Island has to offer.”
    Alice Shimmin – London, United KingdomJanuary 2016
  • Rimu south island trip

    “Both Nic and Joe were great guides, the trip could be easily extended as there is just so much to see and do, but I was definitely taken to the best parts. I've travelled with other companies but easily Active Adventures are by far the best. It is obvious that the guides want you to get the best out of your holiday”
    Jo Peebles – , United KingdomJanuary 2016
  • Could not have asked for more...

    “Rimu was a wonderful adventure. Claire and Holly were the dynamic duo as guides: driving, cooking, guiding and encouraging us through multiple days of hiking, kayaking, touring and fun. Highly recommended.”
    Mary Jane Rogan – Pennsylvania, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Awesome trip!

    “Really well organized, beautiful hikes and scenery and the guides were fantastic. This trip was pretty strenuous and even the very fit people were getting tired at some point, but you couldn't help but get excited at the descriptions of the next hike/attraction so we all kept going. Size of the group was perfect, and I can't say enough good things about how everything was taken care of and how great the guides were. ”
    Marlene Merritt – Texas, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Jan 2016 NZ Rimu Trip review by John Schaefer

    “I can't say enough good things about my experience on the Active Adventures RIMU trip on New Zealand's South Island...wow! What an amazing place and led by truly exceptional guides. Melissa, Michelle, and Dave were awesome and made the trip easy and flawless. I thought the trip was very well designed and I particularly enjoyed the lesser known spots/locations we stopped to experience. I enjoyed the camaraderie of my fellow travelers as we tramped all around the island. The mountains, lakes, and coastlines were better than I could ever imagine. NZ is truly one-of-a-kind place in this world.

    I would highly recommend an Active Adventures tour to anyone looking for this type of holiday. I think the value you get is well worth the money as I will most certainly chalk it up as one of the best trips & locations I have been in my lifetime of 45 years!

    Thanks Active NZ team and especially Mel, Michelle, and Dave!”
    John Schaefer – California, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Great overview of the South Island

    “Got to see and do so much on this trip. Each day was jam-packed with activities and breathtaking sights. Guides were informative and fun, and really helped to make this a memorable trip”
    Jody Rosenberg – New York, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • "I never would have thought of this!"

    “So, we are slogging down from Nelson Lakes, along the ridge of....well....almost a crater. Wind coming off Antartica trying to blow us over -- and knocking Stephanie off her feet. But that's ok. Because the views are spectacular, we walk through 3 climate zones, and the scree gives way to lush grasses, hiding birds. We hear the birds. Then we cross a post-glacier bowl, and we drop down onto the overlook for the greenest valley ever seen. We sit miles away, and above. Lunch over all this.

    Active had taken us swimming with seals, tasting exquisite wine in a vineyard, and meandering through a rainforest.

    As I sat down for lunch on that overlook I heard myself saying, to no one in particular "I NEVER would have thought of this".

    Hey, thanks, Active! ”
    Alan Barak – DC, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • REJUVENATING AND GREAT

    “The Rimu trip around the South Island of New Zealand was an awesome feast of nature's never-ending beautiful sights for my eyes, a healing balm for my soul and an exciting action-packed challenge for my body (especially the 3-day backpacking trip). The guides, Kim and Nick...... were the icing on the cake...... down to earth, personable , knowledgeable, attentive and accommodating to ALL our needs. The trip was rejuvenating and great...the best!”
    Cydnei Blackburn – Texas, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • What a Life-changer!

    “Wow, this trip exceeded my expectations! From the quick bonding between my fellow adventurers and me to the SUPERB tour guides, Active Adventures really hit the ball out of the park. It was amazing to be in the middle of such beauty. Thank you Vanessa and Alex for cheering us on, making everything run so smoothly, and for just being so amazing with maintaining the ideal experience. Great driving and tasting cooking, by the way. Many thanks from Texas!”
    Joey Martin – Texas, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • A fabulously active adventure!

    “The trip really did live up to the company name. It was an active adventure from the start to the finish with lots of variety in between. I feel I made the most of my time on the South Island. The guides, Alex and Gary, worked hard to make it a special experience. ”
    Jessica Dabbs – Buckinghamshire, United KingdomJanuary 2016
  • Amazing

    “An absolute awesome trip with Michelle and Alex. Exceptional quality care and thought for each individual on the trip. An extra special thanks for making a memorable birthday experience. As for the scenery, stunning and magical, no filter needed in this place. Keep up the fantastic work. ”
    Tam Pham – Victoria, AustraliaJanuary 2016
  • Wonderful holiday

    “Our Rimu trip 14th-27th December was excellent. We did so much in the 2
    week period, stayed in such lovely accommodations and were blessed by wonderful
    weather most of the time. A highlight was Christmas Day and Boxing Day at
    the remote sheep farm in glorious weather, eating Christmas meal in the
    evening looking out to Mt Cook across the lake with wonderful clear views.

    We also loved the kayaking in Marlborough Sounds and Milford Sound and the
    helicopter ride over the sound too.

    Jasmine and Kirsten were excellent guides and Kirsten a great
    encouragement to me the eldest person on the trip and the slowest. The
    group jelled very well and we had many laughs”
    Sally Munns – Greater London , United KingdomJanuary 2016
  • “So let me start off by saying I hardly ever review things.. But I wanted to make an exception, because the only thing that came close to how impressive the scenery, was the work rate, professionalism and friendlyness of Jasmine and Kirsten. How on earth they managed to do everything they did is beyond me, they certainly made the trip that much more special.

    I am particually thankful to Kirsten for looking after my mother who is of a certain age! And to Jasmine for her consistent friendly laugh and smile.
    These guys deserve a raise or something!

    Thanks once again to both of you,

    Regards,

    Andrew”
    Andrew Munns – Greater London , United KingdomJanuary 2016
  • Excellent South Island Adventure!

    “This trip was a great way to see all the South Island had to offer. The scenery in the South Island was absolutely stunning. From Franz Josef and Mt. Cook to Milford Sound, all of the experiences were amazing! I couldn't have pictured a better place to spend the holidays. Gary and Alex were awesome guides and made this a trip to remember. ”
    Nick Hackett – Illinois, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • RIMU Sounth rip review

    “The guides, Ken and Elder, did an excellent job and provided an outstanding service.
    The food needs improvement and be of a better quality. ”
    Inna Pollak – Colorado, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Andrea's Thoughts on Rimu

    “Most excellent trip. I would not have attempted the hikes I actually completed without the help of our fearless guides. They encouraged me every step of the way with kiwi humor and attention. The scenery is mind boggling. Beauty around every corner. We would not have seen or experienced half of what we did on our own. A lot of meticulous planning was done on AA's part to feed us, drive us and get us to the trailhead. I never got lost. Thank you all!”
    Andrea Halligan – California, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Rimu -The best of an active New Zealand adventure

    “We had great expectations for this trip. It did not disappoint. We enjoyed all of the activities immensely. This is certainly an active trip, but not overly stenuous. We have been fortunate to have done some great trips all over the world. The Rimu is up there with the best of them.”
    Sam Santoro – Tennessee, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Rimu Nov 2015

    “It was a lovely way to experience the Southern Island of NZ and fully lived up to all the pre-trip promotional information. Based on our RIMU experiences we would certainly consider other Active Adventure trips in the future.”
    Roger Croswell – Vermont, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Best Trip Ever!

    “We're active people, and were looking to experience the beauty of New Zealand in an active way. Active Adventure's Rimu trip fit the bill perfectly! Everything about the trip was great: the awesome activities, the stunning landscape, the knowledgeable and fun guides, and the like-minded fellow tourists in our group. You know a vacation was a good one when you find your mind drifting back to it long after you've come home. ”
    Margie Evashenk – California, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Well done!

    “This trip was awesome. Great itinerary and flawless execution. Our guides Claire and Elder were the best. They definitely set the bar high for tour guides. The variety of activities, accommodations and food made the trip a lot of fun. Of course I can't overlook the fact that we had a great group. Made it much more enjoyable. ”
    Srini Narayanasamy – North Carolina, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • "Rimu" Northbound December 2015

    “This was my first professionally organized trip and I must say I really enjoyed it.
    The guides: Jasmine and Kirsten, both young and experienced, they had full control the entire trip and gave us a really good understanding of the "kiwi"(new zealand) ways.
    From the first meeting with the guides to the end everything was well planned. Every evening they give you the plan for the following day, what you are doing, what you should bring etc.

    The "Rimu" trip is spread around most of the south island, even so the driving really didn't feel that bad, this is due to the experience Active has. The drives are split up in lots of small walks and visiting small townships along the way.

    For most of the activities there are options of more challenging things to do if that is what you are after.

    Everyone in our group got to know each other really well and especially the muliti-day-hike was a good bonding opportunity when spending time in a small hut. ”
    Svein Berge – , NorwayDecember 2015
  • Loved every minute

    “Claire and Elder provided us with the best possible tour of New Zealand. They, and the tour itself, exceeded my already high expectations. I have already recommended this trip to many friends and will continue to do that. Thanks for a wonderful time!”
    Peter Ghali – DC, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Fantastic Memories

    “What an amazing trip. The food, the people, the sights, and the trip leaders. Couldn't have asked for a more amazing vacation. Spent two weeks in pure heaven. Would go on the trip again in an instant.”
    Lisa Dulberg – California, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Adventure in an Unfamiliar Land

    “How do you describe a trip like this? Transformative! Majestic! Spectacular!
    We glimpsed the natural world of New Zealand in a deep and personal way, in combination with the wonderful people we met along the way. Our guides showed us a special New Zealand that is only accessible to those who know where to find it. We met amazing people and ventured to amazing places.We took the roads less travelled and roads travelled by all.
    We climbed to exhilerating heights, trekked forests and floated the glassy oceans.
    It all seems like a dream now sitting at home, but every now and then when I feel the sting of the wind on my cheek, the strain of the pack on my back, the rain washing down my jacket I feel like I am there again. ”
    Joe Sheehy – California, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Rimu trip

    “A great way to experience the best of the South Island. Exploring this island is not so simple due to high mountain ranges, huge lakes and rivers and limited roads. With the help of our expert guides, we were able to get to explore remote sites and see the topography and otherworldly flora in a way the few other tourist are able to do in a similar time span.”
    Gary Kravitz – Minnesota, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Active adventures

    “It was really an active trip and full of adventures for me. Got me out of my comfort zone and do things that I really enjoyed. ”
    Teo Geok Sian – , SingaporeDecember 2015
  • As happy as a hobbit in Middle Earth

    “This really was the trip of a lifetime. The accessibility of the most amazing landscapes I've visited was second to none - hats off to the NZ DOC for their great work there! The guides (Andy and Alex) were simply the best. We had a small group (first trip of the season) of only 4 travelers, and we and the 2 guides were all the best of friends by the end. Only disappointment was that my heli-hike on Franz Josef glacier was cancelled due to the weather, but you can't win em all I guess. Highly recommended trip! Get out there and do it! :)”
    Donal Rafferty – California, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Great Adventure!

    “I had a blast on the Rimu trip! It was well thought out and planned - there was a good variety and balance to our activities, and the guides always had a fun Plan B if the weather or other circumstances got in the way. I feel like I got to experience the best parts of New Zealand. The local guides were awesome and really added a lot to the trip - they are fun and knowledgeable and love to share stories and information. Overall, it was fantastic!”
    Andrew Davenport – Washington, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Sandy, Denver Colorado

    “Steep glacial clifts, big mountains, pristine vistas, wild west, wild weather, awesome beaches!!! The Rimu trip delivers a fantastic excursion in the South Island including must sees like Queenstown and Milford Sound and less traveled like the Kepler Track and Braemer Station. The itinerary is spectacular and Amanda and Kim were excellent guides and hosts to this wonderful country. I couldn't have asked for more and didn't want to leave!!!”
    Sandy Sauer – Colorado, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Rimu November 2015

    “Beautiful country, excellent companionship and expert guides - couldn't have been better!”
    Raymond Deschamps – Saskatchewan, CanadaDecember 2015
  • Definitely Trip of a Lifetime

    “The Rimu Trip was absolutely amazing. The itinerary included a great variety of activities amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Never a dull moment on this trip. Kayaking Milford Sound was a highlight and lodging at Braemar Station was tops. I can't say enough good things about Active Adventures and the Rimu trip--great locations, scenery, people, food, and some of the best guides ever. This is an award winning trip for good reason.”
    Teresa Morehead – Indiana, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Bucket list trip fulfilled!

    “We have wanted to go to New Zealand for at least 10 years and finally did in 2015. We had a fabulous trip with Gary and Rachael and 6 other new friends. We were lucky that our group was small, so we had lots of fun interactions with our guides and our group. Everything was special--the weather, the hikes, the kayaking, the food, the scenery, of course. Thanks!!!”
    Lin O'leary – Washington, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Assessment of rimu trip

    “Really great trip. Chance to see most of the South Island and to experience a diverse set of activities including snorkeling, sea kayaking, hiking, and cultural activities. Plus, the hut to hut hike in the Nelson range is quite a challenge. A fantastic trip with two amazing guides.”
    Doug Morris – Oregon, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Bucket List Satisfaction

    “Great guides, particularly Rachael, our very personable guide and encyclopedia of everything flora, fauna, sheep, and food. Never a want for a bite and a room with a view with this crew. Couldn't have had a better introduction to the south island and the myriad of trails sampled left me wanting to come back and knock off the Great Walks. Hope to see Active on another tour in the near future...I'm hooked.”
    Don Sommer – Washington, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Thank you!

    “What a wonderful way to spend 2 weeks! The sights were amazing and the company was superb. I couldn't have asked for a better trip! Thank you!”
    Joe Amstutz – Ohio, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Rimu Nov 16 2015--TIME OF MY LIFE

    “My review of the Rimu trip with Active....hands down the single most amazing experience of my life. I can't possibly say enough nice, good, wonderful things about the trip. The sights, the guides, the food, the friends. Start to finish first place all the way. I would go again next week. ”
    Jen Kuck – South Dakota, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Rimu Trip

    “New Zealand's South Island is truly the adventure capital. I highly recommend this trip along with the mountain biking at Queen Charlotte Track and Queenstown if you are a bike enthusiast!”
    Sarah Schlosser – Minnesota, United StatesDecember 2015
  • exceeded my expectations in so many ways!

    “I didn't' know what to expect of my trip as I had never traveled alone, or been on an adventure hike but my guides made me feel right at home...from telling me what to wear, when to wake up and serving me all of my meals...I was quite mothered. They challenged us on some of our hikes, (as did mother nature) but were acutely aware of our capabilities and kept us safe. For every hike there was always a "plan B, C or D" depending on local conditions when we arrived. And, some of the plan B hikes were even more amazing than the original Plan A's. Although the views were varied and stunning at every turn, I really enjoyed what they taught me about the geography, history, flora and fauna of NZ. Although I could have seen many of the sights on a self guided tramping tour, I would have missed out on really learning about your beautiful country.”
    Jennifer Huldin – Michigan, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Most spectacular trip of a lifetime!

    “Amanda & Kim were such amazing guides and friends, full of humor, encouragement, spontaneity and excellent meals and informational skills. Active true to form provided only top rate experiences and equipment. I will def traveling again with Active.”
    Carol Murin – Colorado, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Exceeded our high expectations

    “Going into our trip it was hard to not have high expectations given the exceptional itinerary. But no description could have done justice to our actual experience: the spectacular views, adventurous outings, skilled and professional guides, delicious food, and comfy accommodations. We wanted an active adventure and we go it, our days filled with hiking, biking and kayaking. A perfect antidote to civilization...”
    Nicola Moelter – California, United StatesNovember 2015
  • Southbound RIMU - November 2015

    “Right from the start the Rimu trip was absolutely fantastic. The stunning scenery, variety of activities and the lovely company all made it into a trip of a lifetime. This of course, would not have been possible without the work of our wonderful guides Gary and Rachael. They were truly great hosts, great cooks and knowledgeable about all things New Zealand from its history to its flora and fauna. They really did all they could to make our trip as interesting as possible and made us all feel at home. Thank you. ”
    Oliver Foster – Buckinghamshire, United KingdomNovember 2015
  • amazing!

    “everything was amazing. the guides. the foods. the accomedations. the hikes. how unbelievably helpful and friendly Gary and Rachel was. I usually avoid group trips in general but for Active Adventures I will make an exception. This felt like a trip I planned myself but I couldn't have done it this well! LOVE YOU GUYS =)”
    Shaowen Yao – California, United StatesNovember 2015
  • All that I hoped - and more

    “I'd been looking forward to a trip to the south island for many years, but I tried to temper my expectations before this trip, thinking it couldn't possibly measure up to what I'd envisioned. But there was no need for that. This trip was incredible! I knew the scenery would be magnificent, but what I didn't imagine was how much our guides added to the pleasure of the trip. Our lead guide, Nick, was amazingly knowledgeable about the natural and human history of New Zealand, and I learned so much along the way. And I think we all enjoyed his wicked sense of humor that kept us laughing throughout the trip. Joe was an incredible cook and organizer, and his sense of humor also added a lot to our enjoyment. The trip was a perfect balance of activity and relaxation, with interesting sightseeing from the bus along the way. Added to all that was the fact that we had a fun group of 8 travelers who got along really well. Although we went on to the north island on our own for 5 days after the Rimu trip, and then to Fiji for 5 days, the Rimu trip is, and will remain, the absolute best part of this journey. Bravo!”
    Ann Zeman – Washington, United StatesNovember 2015
  • A wild and beautiful place

    “Had a wonderful time hiking, tramping, kayaking and biking in Middle Earth. ”
    Laurie Hane – California, United StatesNovember 2015
  • “This trip exceeded expectations in every way. Being from Montana, I was not expecting to be in awe over the views, but I quickly learned that this is a place like no other.
    The guides were attentive to the group. James was always sharing his knowledge of the sites, fauna, history, and got us to our destinations, while Kirsten made amazing meals and showed us the true Kiwi spirit on a personal level.
    I felt I experienced the whole of New Zealand's South Island with rainforests, fjords, mountains, glaciers, farms, and dry lands by boot, bike, kayak and bus.
    The only time the trip rated three to four stars was for the backpack part of the trip. It rained and the higher hut was not available so we were not able to hike the planned route and did an out and back instead.

    Sue Maves – Montana, United StatesNovember 2015
  • Wonderful Trip

    “Wonderful! It exceeded my expectations. The company, exquisite scenery and excellent guides made the trip very special. Nick and Rach went above and beyond the status quo to make the trip as care free and enjoyable as possible. Thank you! Looking forward to another trip soon!”
    Holly Cooper – Queensland, AustraliaNovember 2015
  • Trip of a Lifetime

    “We heard about this trip from a review in Outside Magazine. After a few calls from the Active staff, we signed up for the Rimu tour. All I can say is that I understand why National Geographic Traveler magazine rated it one of their 50 tours of a lifetime. Our guides Amanda and Laura were fantastic. We loved all of the activities on the trip, but our favorite was sea kayaking through Milford Sound. We will definitely travel with Active Adventures again. They are first class. ”
    Alan Keister – Texas, United StatesNovember 2015
  • Amazing Holiday

    “Second trip with Active Adventures, amazing scenery and I hope to come back again!”
    Morgan Kelly – New South Wales, AustraliaNovember 2015
  • An adventurous trip around the South Island

    “Truly an unforgettable trip! The Rimu trip does a great job of giving you a taste of all the many things the South Island has to offer. There was always something new and different to explore around the next corner (or on top of the next hill). The guides Andy and Alex were great and their talents and knowledge worked well with our smaller adventurous group. They always knew of a special place to go visit, and every day seemed like we did something a little extra that wasn’t on the itinerary, making for really busy and tiring days! You can rest when you get home! Alex was a great cook and always tried to make sure everyone was happy and had what they wanted. Andy was great with his storytelling on the bus, sharing his love of his country with us visitors. I’ll never forget his jump off the bridge into the cold cold water of the blue pools either! Without the great guides the trip wouldn’t be half as much fun as it was. Accommodations every night ranged from great to awesome, with my favorites being Braemar and Franz Josef. Food was unbelievable, with a great range of New Zealand cuisine and special treats locals enjoy. I looked forward to supper each night! Trip is extremely well planned and put together by a first rate organization, Active Adventures. An amazing experience!”
    Jake Amstutz – Ohio, United StatesOctober 2015
  • “Great Trip. Great Sites. Great food. Great people. Nick and Rachael are great at their job and they accommodate above and beyond. Book your's now! you will not regret it. When you come make every effort to have fun with your group. We had so much fun with the folks that were on our trip and we made memories that we will always be thankful for. New Zealand should only be done through Active Adventures! Aloha”
    Skidge Skidgel – Hawaii, United StatesOctober 2015
  • Amazing Trip!

    “Every day of the Rimu trip was unique and inspiring. The scenery of the South Island is stunning from the sweeping mountainous landscapes to the lush micro-world of its rainforests. Guides Craig and Amanda took great care of our group from making sure we were well prepared to sharing their in-depth knowledge of New Zealand’s history and natural environments. They were also fun, entertaining and genuine. As a novice hiker parts of the trip were challenging, but the views always made it worth the effort!”
    Christina Saylor – Hawaii, United StatesSeptember 2015
  • The Beautiful South Island

    “We truly had a marvelous time on our adventure. The South Island is stunning in so many ways. Nick, our guide, was knowledgeable, pleasant, and flexible. He saw that our needs and desires were met at every turn along the journey.”
    Lana Billeaud – Texas, United StatesJuly 2015
  • Epic

    “The Rimu trip was Epic to me in so many ways. I knew New Zealand was a beautiful place to visit, but, I had no idea how beautiful. As a solo traveler, I was also weary of how the active adventure group and guides would be. But, I couldn't have asked for anything better than the people I got to experience the Rimu trip with! The guides, the group, the accommodations, the active adventures and the weather were all superb. The South Island is a magical place to see. I'm so happy I chose Active Adventures to experience it!

    Liz Eident – Connecticut, United StatesJune 2015
  • Challenging and fun

    “From beginning to end the personal attention and attention to detail from Active Adventures was exceptional. I have been on other organised tours and Active was by far the best company I have dealt with.

    The trip itself was awesome. It was challenging and lots of fun. The NZ scenery is amazing and GT knows so many off the beaten track places that only a local would know.


    Teraesa Ashworth – New South Wales, AustraliaMay 2015
  • Perfect!

    “I did the southbound Rimu trip in Feb-March 2015 with Active Adventures. It was fantastic- pretty much perfect. This tour company is extremely well organized. Everything from the initial inquiry to the registration process to the trip itself went perfectly (even the parts that had to be changed due to weather). Our guides Daniel and Sally were exceptional- the best guides I've ever had. I've done a number of active tours with other companies. All have been good, but Active Adventures stands out as the best, and Daniel (Dan the Man) and Sally (Super Sally) absolutely could not have been any better. So fun, easy to talk to and be with, organized, and full of information. I found out late in the trip that they had actually never lead a trip together before, but we would have never guessed that. They both had their roles down so perfectly that everything flowed like they had done it hundreds of times together before. We awarded them with a cape (for Super Sally) and a crown (for Dan the Man) which were pretty hilarious. They always had special activities to surprise us with.

    The scenery was, of course, spectacular every step of the way. Some days included a lot of driving in the bus, but with the scenery, the music (some of what Dan played for us was very funny, including a song "Sally I love you" which was hilarious due to the fact that everyone in our group was raving about her constantly) and talking and laughing with all of our new friends, it never got boring. We stopped in lots of cute towns and got a feel for New Zealand life. And pies! The motels and inns were quaint and most had amazing views. The food was the best I've ever had (I think everyone in our group wanted to take Sally home as a personal chef). Two of us have some dietary restrictions, and they always catered to them. Meals were healthy too- tons of veggies! There were always healthy snacks available as well- a basket of fruit and granola bars in "Rob" (the name of our bus!) The few things that didn't go exactly as planned ended up being some of the funnest and most memorable parts. Mice in the sheep ranch the first night ended up bonding our group together and creating a lot of laughs. Pouring rain on the Nelson Lakes Hike lead to one of the most amazing and memorable adventures I've ever had. While some of the river crossings were challenging and a bit scary, we always knew we were in good hands and sure enough, Dan and Sally got us back to the mountain hut, soaked but in good health and with frequent laughs and a lot of comments, "that was so cool!" And then they built a fire and served us hot coffee or tea and a delicious hot meal (still better most restaurant meals, even though it was a backpacking meal).

    The day in Queenstown was a lot of fun too. I HIGHLY recommend bungy jumping! It will make you feel so good that you did it! Only negative was the Chinese New Year tourists had taken over the city and we couldn't stay at the preferred hotel. (Where we stayed was fine, just not as centrally located)

    The only thing I can think of that would have made the trip better is maybe more cycling (we only did a few hours one day unless you signed up for the 3 day cycling tour) and if the weather had allowed us to helicopter to the glacier and snorkel with the seals. But there were always great alternative hikes and obviously they have no control over the weather. Besides, they delivered us great weather for kayaking Milford Sound, which is apparently rare.

    I will definitely find another Active Adventures trip to go on again. This is how a well-run tour company works!

    Jen
    Denver, CO

    Jennifer Ayres – Colorado, United StatesMay 2015
  • Just wonderful!!

    “Our two weeks exploring the glorious South Island with Katie and Celia were truly special. They are smart, capable, very knowledgeable and lots of fun. We loved everything about the trip -- tramping, kayaking, biking, eating fine fine food, seeing, learning, and just being with our fellow travelers. Couldn't be better!”
    DeWitt John – Maine, United StatesMay 2015
  • Wonderful adventure

    “I can see why everyone who's traveled to New Zealand absolutely loves it. It is a stunningly beautiful country with diverse topography and no predators to worry about. I especially enjoyed our group that we traveled with, most of which were people who we had never met before. Our guides were absolutely terrific, and both Graeme and Jaclyn were so accommodating, and we loved Jaclyn's meals/food. She really went out of her way to make delicious food for all, including a few vegetarians. Parts of the trip were definitely quite challenging, but gave us all a sense of accomplishment after. Would definitely recommend this tour and will be looking to book with Active again.”
    Jennifer Lee – California, United StatesMay 2015
  • Memories that will last a lifetime!

    “New Zealand is the most beautiful place on earth! We experienced perfect weather, fantastic and entertaining guides, great food, new friends, challenging hikes and scenic active adventure. This trip meant the world to me and I would do it all over again. What a way to celebrate turning 40 and spend quality time with my dad! Honestly, this was a dream holiday! Thank you to everyone involved in the pre-planning and execution. Dan, Ceila, Button and Miriam are gems! ”
    Stacia Gueriguian – Maryland, United StatesMay 2015
  • Great trip

    “This was a fabulous trip. Our guides Kate and Celia kept us entertained, well-fed and outdoors in some truly spectacular locations. Their enthusiasm, knowledge, and energy were wonderful. We loved the hiking. The kayaking in Marlborough Sound and the biking trip into Wanaka were also very special experiences. All in all I wouldn't change a thing!”
    Jane John – Maine, United StatesApril 2015
  • Rimu 2015

    “This is an awesome tour of the South Island. We had wonderful guides (Craig and Amanda) who really did take great care of us. They were attentive, fun and genuinely extremely nice (just what I expected Kiwis to be!). The scenery is stunning (also as expected). The backpacking in Nelson Lakes was the highlight for me. I could have done that for the whole two weeks. There were necessary long van segments but they were made quite tolerable by frequent stops and Craig's awesome monologues which provided us with a lot of history and cultural backdrop for our trip. This is a great trip. I highly recommend!”
    Chip Williams – Massachusetts, United StatesApril 2015
  • Memories for a lifetime!

    “Seeing and experiencing this beautiful country, with its diverse landscapes, with guides (Nick and Rachael)who are passionate about their country and the outdoors--and delivering an amazing experience to their guests--was a trip I will never forget. Really, I can't think of enough superlatives to describe this trip.”
    Leslie Shikaze – Alberta, CanadaApril 2015
  • The Perfect Introduction to New Zealand

    “This organised trip is now the standard by which I will measure all other trips. Jasmine and Amanda were fantastic in terms of guiding us around South Island and getting to our locations within a reasonable amount of time, whether it be driving (Jasmine was flawless in her driving) or hiking (Amanda could probaby do the entire two weeks of walking in her flip flops!) I was thoroughly satisfied. The great weather helped, but even without it, my opinion would not have changed.”
    Nelson Oliveira – London, United KingdomApril 2015
  • Rimu Trip March 23rd 2015

    “My Rimu Trip was simply outstanding. From the moment everyone joined the trip, our two guides Nick and Rachael made sure that everything ran smoothly in a most relaxed way and within a few days we were all the best of friends. Although the trip was very "active" with some early starts and some long days on the road they ensured that we enjoyed our travels keeping us happy, entertained and informed along the way. Nick and Rachael just could not do enough for us, preparing hearty breakfasts, wholesome picnic lunches and some lovely evening meals. They became more like close friends and fellow travelling companions rather than guides. Their understated professionalism was a credit to Active Adventures and New Zealand tourism in general.

    The arrangements for all the activities were extremely well organised and they took place in a "seamless manner". I personally snorkelled, hiked / climbed, trekked, sea kayaked and mountain biked over the course of the trip. Every single day of the trip was very special and a highlight for different reasons. I enjoyed every single day of the trip but one needs to be energetic to enjoy the trip to the full.

    We stayed in some excellent accommodation ranging from homesteads to hotels (and DOC Huts on the Trek in the Nelson Lakes National Park) I slept well, rested and ready for the next days adventure! We also dined out in some nice restaurants along the way.

    On the last day of the trip we had a wonderful visit to Morlea sheep farm where we had a lovely final lunch together which was a very personal and fitting end to a truly outstanding trip. Sadly the trip was for only 2 weeks. I did not want it to finish! Ideally it would have been nice to have had a few extra days along the way to have had even more "adventures".”
    Graham Crocombe – UK, United KingdomApril 2015
  • Inspiring

    “A beautiful & inspiring trip. The guides were the best, Nick & Rachael! Would suggest to anyone to do this trip in a heart beat!”
    Debbie Brown – Hawaii, United StatesApril 2015
  • Outstanding!

    “Your company is an outstanding organization. From initial contact right through to dropping us off in Christchurch your PEOPLE are 10 star individuals. You are incredibly well organized, and your service is beyond compare. How two 22 year old guides can be as good as Nick & Rachel is beyond me. To say they did a fabulous job is an understatement. They are absolutely amazing individuals.”
    Geoffrey Bourne – Hawaii, United StatesApril 2015
  • “Truly, this was a trip of a lifetime for me and my family. We enjoyed the time together we never seem to find the time for as our lives are so busy. New Zealand was the most picturesque, friendly, clean, comfortable and breath-taking country I have ever been to. I have always dreamed of doing an adventure travel like this and it was all it promised. Exciting, beautiful, challenging, comfortable and inspiring all at once. We were busy and active and experiencing new and wonderful sights and activities every day. The food was wonderful. The guides were absolutely great with all of us, no matter what our capabilities. Sally and Logan made the trip memorable and I so appreciate their expertise, fun, and patience. New Zealand is a place everyone should go to. My only regret is I wish I could have stayed longer. ”
    Cathy Kemmer – New Mexico, United StatesApril 2015
  • The BEST of South Island New Zealand and much more!

    “Activity started the first day, swimming with the seals in Kaikaroa and ended on the last day with an incredible sheep shearing and lunch visit to Morelea Farm. In between, kayaking Marlborough Sounds (Kenapuru and Queen Charlotte) and being completely spoiled at Tanglewood by Linda and Steve with gourmet food and very comfortable accommodations. Then on to Punakaiki's Pancake Rock via scenic Lake Rotiti, kayaking Okarito lagoon with herons, Franz Josef with up-close and far views of the glaciers and cycling to Lake Wanaka via Lake Hawea. Queenstown was a buzz of activity and a free day. On the way to Milford, a hike on the Routeburn with more glacial vies ending with a drive through the tunnel to be stunned by the cliffs at Milford as the NZ national anthem was sung by (I believe) Haley Westenra. Returning to Lake Manapouri after an early morning Milford kayak to walk the Kepler Track. The last stop Aoraki for more hiking bliss. We experienced many more stops along the way to enjoy the natural wonders of South Island. All the above was made exciting and fun by the extremely competent guides. We will be back for more!”
    Irene Brown – Hawaii, United StatesApril 2015
  • Finding myself through tree ferns

    “I have been on a lookout for a fine and exhilarating way to get both physically and mentally fit. I love to see new countries and hear new lore. Wit and wandering should always go hand in hand. I found good stimulation along this South Island quest with two marvelous guides. I am certain the two lasses could not have been better. I was also lucky to have fallen into a group of 11 fine outdoorsy types. Not all was smooth sailing for there was one very rough go at the start. Whether it was jet lag or those simply impossible stairs at Mt. Cook I will never know but they can take that one off the list... However every thing after was a dream. Of course the Angelus Circuit won me through and through and I only wish we could have kept on walking that ridge into the future.”
    Jennifer Mackey – California, United StatesApril 2015
  • Trip of a Lifetime*

    “My friends and I planned this trip for over a year. We thought it would be a great chance to push ourselves doing multiple activities and see amazing sites. Certainly it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Now, I find myself looking at the pictures I took and wondering when I can return - this time with my family!

    The trip was so much more than just a series of adventure activities. It was a group of strangers coming together to form a rather tight group. It was a constant lesson on the history, geology, flora and fauna of New Zealand. It was learning that "there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad choice in clothing."

    I knew the adventure would be fun, but the people, especially our guides Craig and Amanda, put this trip over the top!

    *Until I come back!!!”
    Ted Heffernan – Ohio, United StatesApril 2015
  • South Island Adventure of a Lifetime

    “Loved traveling for 2 weeks on the South Island! So many beautiful places to see and wanted more time in each!The right size group and what an adventurous itinerary, keeping us more than busy and looking so forward to what lay ahead each day for us. The guides always had plan B and C when the group needed choices due to weather changes or whatever. Amazing guides!”
    Kathleen Conklin – Colorado, United StatesApril 2015
  • A definite must

    “Going into the vacation I did not have any expectations or even really know what to expect. I'm glad I didn't because it made it even that much better. The whole trip was so well planned out, thought out and executed. Active has clearly figured out what works. I would take this trip again in a heartbeat! ”
    Robin Kwiatek – Missouri, United StatesApril 2015
  • Rimu: South Island Adventure Review

    “It was an active, beautiful, challenging and breathtaking adventure. In two weeks my wife and I saw more places and did more things than we could have possibly done on our own. The guided trip was definitely active, well thought out, organized and well executed. Our guides were knowledgeable, skilled, helpful and proud to share their country with us. We had so much fun! This was a trip of a lifetime.”
    Bruce Newton – New Mexico, United StatesApril 2015
  • Fabulous Rimu Trip

    “Our Rimu trip was wonderful from start to finish. Spectacular scenery, great hikes, kayaking, great food, comfortable accommodations, excellent planning and logistics. Our guides, Katie and Celia, were amazing. They were both so personable, knowledgeable, talented and fun! They worked so hard and did everything they could to ensure that each member of our group was comfortable and having a great trip. We enjoyed meeting and spending time with our fellow travelers. Two weeks flew by. We were sad to see our trip come to an end and say goodbye. My husband and I would highly recommend Active Adventures and the Rimu trip. ”
    Judith Parsons – New Mexico, United StatesApril 2015
  • Just what the doctor ordered

    “(warning - this is a little long :)
    We’re active Coloradans who summit high peaks and log lots of miles on the trails in our beautiful state. When we got married last fall, we decided to “go big” for the honeymoon and head to the hiker and adventurer’s place of paradise: New Zealand. Unfortunately, between the wedding date and our trip, I found out that my cancer had returned and I would need to undergo a 3-month cycle of treatment—which overlapped our trip dates. The doctors said I would just have to wait and see how the side effects would impact my travel plans. We of course had trip insurance, but I really didn’t want to use it. Thankfully the treatments were very tolerable and the few side effects would not impact my ability to hike or bike or kayak—we were still able to take our dream vacation! The trip was unbelievably amazing and went above and beyond my expectations. It was so great to let Dan and Sally take care of all the logistics and food (we often spend hours researching trails and routes) and I wanted none of that hassle or responsibility on our honeymoon! Everything was fantastic – from the food to the glorious views. Not only were my husband and I able to enjoy the great outdoors and soak up the adventurous spirit that embodies New Zealand, but it was certainly a great break from our reality back home. And I believe the awesome beauty and power of Mother Nature provided more healing than any treatment could possibly offer. We are so grateful we were able to experience the magnificence of New Zealand and we plan to return soon and often! Thank you for the trip of a lifetime. ”
    Rochelle Finzel – Colorado, United StatesMarch 2015
  • New Zealand is a MUST DO!

    “WOW! Where to start? The RIMU South Island tour is amazing. From swimming with the seals to Milford Sound, our guides took great care of us. The 2 night backpack to Angelus Hut was difficult but well worth the effort. The views from the Robert Ridge Trail will take your breath away. Do bring a waterproof camera for your kayaking portions and in case of rain. The upper portion of Okarito Lagoon is almost tropical and then, the Heli Glacier trip is incredible. On our day off, we went rafting and the experience was unforgettable. After the Milford Kayak, we stayed at a peaceful little place next to Lake Manapouri. What a great place to wind down prior to heading to Mt. Cook. And the Shearer's Quarters are quite unique. I've never walked out to see sheep wandering around my porch before.”
    Edwin Oto – California, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Active Rimu

    “Truly a bucket list trip! Great guides (Alex, Logan, Lina), and great new friends. We are still on an adrenalin high from this trip. Just be ready for some serious hiking and the reward of spectacular views and experiences!”
    Bob Goodman – Ontario, CanadaMarch 2015
  • Bucket List Worthy

    “A truly remarkable trip! Before I even booked the trip, the staff I talked with were extremely friendly and were able to answer all of my questions. The only concern as the trip date approached was that I was unable to kayak for the multi-day option (lack of interest from the rest of the group), I am extremely happy that I went backpacking instead because of the family-like atmosphere that was quickly created with Jasmine, Button, and everyone in the group. Both Jasmine and Button were knowledgeable and helpful beyond belief. They greeted me with smiles at the airport at the beginning of the tour and those smiles never disappeared. The food everywhere was delicious, nutritious, and necessary for every aspect of the trip. I rarely, if ever, needed supplemental snacks. When I returned home, I felt that I needed to change my dietary habits to try to replicate how I felt all trip. All accommodations were gorgeous in their own unique ways and I could not believe how magnificent the night sky at Braemar Station was (we were lucky to have 2 clear nights there!). The drive into Milford Sound is one experience that was so moving to me that I did not remember to take pictures, but that experience will always be in my memory. Thank you for the best vacation of my life (so far)! I look forward to booking another trip with Active Adventures!”
    Kristopher Graf – Pennsylvania, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Trip of a lifetime

    “I had to write to let you know how wonderful our Rimu trip was. The Activities consisted of a good mix of challenge and relaxation. Of course, the stunning New Zealand scenery made it well worth the effort. Jasmine and Button were professional and friendly guides who kept us safe, informed and and well fed-
    Not to mention very encouraging when the hikes got tough. We had a great mix of people - couples and singles ranging in age from late 20's to early 70's - and we were all sad at the end Of two weeks to say goodbye to our New Zealand traveling family!
    Karen Maczuga – Michigan, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Awesome vacation, awesome guides

    “From the challenging Angelus circuit hike, hiking Franz Josef glacier, kayaking Milford Sound to our last nights at Breamer Station, it was an excellent trip. The guides, Jasmine and Amanda (Button) added to our experience. I cannot say enough about their service and how they made us feel like we were home. I strongly recommend the RIMU trip to anyone who wants to see and experience the South Island.”
    Frank Kwiatek – Michigan, United StatesMarch 2015
  • It's worth it. Sign me up again!

    “Our South Island Rimu trek was the trip of a lifetime for me and my son, Jack. Our guides and fellow travellers made the experience uniquely fun. Each day was a new adventure, a breathtaking view, an adrenaline rush, a good conversation, a challenge, and a strong sense of accomplishment. And this doesn't take into account the great food and local wines, hilarious inside jokes, and actually sleeping in a hut with people you've never met before. ”
    John Craddock, Jr. – Texas, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Trip of a lifetime !

    “The Rimu adventure provides a variety of ways to be active. Our group really liked the kayak option and enjoyed the biking, hiking AND eating as well.
    The guides were informative and fun! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend or use Active Adventures again! ”
    Sharon Ginsburg – Missouri, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Frank Chan FEB 2015 NZL Rimu Trip

    “We (My spouse Stephanie and I) enjoyed the 2-week loop around the South Island. There were sufficient variety of activities, we are glad we kept a log daily so that we can have an 'official' record to remember a wonderful endeavor.”
    Frank Chan – Connecticut, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Alan Fisser review

    “Our Rimu trip with Dan S and Sally was awesome! The scenery and activities were second to none. Dan and Sally were consummate professionals that added significant layers of pampering, information, fun, fellowship, and safety that we would not have had by doing this sort of trip on our own. ”
    Alan Fisser – Colorado, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Amazing!

    “More than I imagined! The views, the hiking, the service...all wonderful!”
    Susan Spencer – Michigan, United StatesMarch 2015
  • I was thrilled with our trip.

    “Dan S was an amazing lead guide whose stories of New Zealand each day on the bus were amazing. He not only educated us about the daily life of the people, animal population, and history but he told wonderful stories about the Maori tribes. (I always felt like I was listening to a story that was being read to me from a book.)
    Daniel kept us safe and was always able to work with our group on a plan "B" when plan "A" did not work out. Our change of plans at Nelson Lakes with the flooding and using the swing bridge worked really well... I never once felt worried about our change in plans.
    Sally was an amazing guide as well. We were continually amazed that Dan and Sally had never worked together as they could read each others minds. Sally was an amazing cook and continually provided us with "gourmet" dining catering to gluten free, no dairy, and vegetarian diets. We named her "Super Sally" and made her a cape.
    Sally and Daniel helped each and everyone of us with any assistance that we needed at anytime, from drying our clothes to helping us to adjust our packs.
    Our trip moved along like a well oiled machine and although we did not get to do everything at the end because of the weather we were not disappointed with any part of it. The accomodations were comfortable and provided us with what we needed.
    Thank you so much for making this experience so wonderful. Dan and Sally showed such pride when they shared their experience and knowledge of the NZ countryside. You have a wonderful country and you should be so proud.”
    Pat Huntington – New Hampshire, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Challenging and Rewarding

    “I thought about the title for awhile but clearly not long enough. I considered Really Intense and Mostly Up or even Ridiculous, Insane, Mad Undertaking but both of these failed to take into account the true feel of this adventure. We had a great trip and were so happy to have had a chance to see the breathtaking (in more ways than one) beauty of the South Island with a wonderful collection of fellow travelers. Our guides were incredible and extraordinarily hard working. Alex produced miraculous dinner after dinner in the middle of nowhere. Logan's humour was infectious and I have no idea how he packed up the weight that he did on the hikes. Lina came in our second week and provided fun, strength, kindness, patience and encouragement, all at the exact time that they were needed. This trip has a few days of hiking that will challenge you but also reward you with amazing views. The mountain biking was fun and the kayaking spectacular at Milford. To really enjoy this trip you need to come fit and it would help to have done some stair work. After that, all you need is a positive attitude. I highly recommend the trip.”
    Duncan Laidlow – British Columbia, CanadaMarch 2015
  • Totally AWESOME trip!

    “I totally enjoyed my trip! The Rimu tour is the way to see the South Island of New Zealand. The 2 weeks were filled with great activities and spectacular scenery. Our guides were amazing! Alex was full of energy & her smile was contagious! Boy, could she prepare food! No losing weight on this tour! Logan, I will remember for his devilish laugh when he would be explaining our upcoming hike. Walk fast to keep up with him! Lina, our celebrity guide - sorry Lina, had to say that - was outstanding and a real motivator plus quick witted to deal with our group! Our tour was made up of 5 couples. We meshed early on & enjoyed each others company. I would love to do another tour with our fellow travelers and our guides! Great memories!”
    Vi Laidlow – British Columbia, CanadaMarch 2015
  • Rimu trip with Dan and Sally 2015

    “If you are an active person and want to see some of the best sights in New Zealand this has to be the trip to take. We were doing something everyday with just enough rest thrown in to enjoy it all. The guides were awesome. Hiking at Nelson Lakes, night hiking to see glow worms, Mountain biking at Lake Wanaka, Kayaking at Okarito, and Milford Sound. One of these was my favorite, I just can't decide which one.”
    Ross Huntington – New Hampshire, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Yes, It's all that and more!

    “My wife and I seek out adventurous and "off the beaten path" trips, and the Rimu itinerary was all that and more! We loved the Kiwi people, culture, and spirit. Active Adventures provided us a grounded experience that gave us the best of the South Island. So much so, that we started planning our next trip on our first flight back home:-) Till next time, please keep both Active and Adventure at the top of the list… Cheers!”
    George Gott – Arizona, United StatesMarch 2015
  • What an adveneture!

    “Katie was a spectacular leader. I sent a note to your webpage chat room - hoping that mngmnt would get it so they know what an asset they have in her. Katie was helpful, knowledgeable about the area, our cheerleader when we really didn't want to get out of the bus in the rain(!). She encouraged us to complete tasks we didn't think we could do (day 2 and 3 at Nelson Lake) and she waited on us hand a foot. She made the trip. The only thing I didn't like was the 3 hour partial day in Queenstown after being in Milford Sound. We were already there for a day and a half - but then I don't like cities and would much prefer being in the wilderness. I know Katie and Celia had things to do or supplies to get to prepare for us, but I would have much rather been dropped off at a trailhead. But overall, it was a fabulous trip!”
    Bev Koslow – Arizona, United StatesMarch 2015
  • AMAZING

    “This was an incredible trip on all dimensions. I can't say enough glowing things about the places we visited, the activities we did, the food we ate, the guides (Daniel and Sally), and the rest of the group. Active Adventures has nailed the itinerary and logistics. Each day was action-packed and the driving seemed to be distributed well across the two weeks; it was fine to have a couple of longer driving days. And because the scenery at every turn in NZ is absolutely spectacular, there's no getting bored while driving. Plus all of Daniel's incredible knowledge of NZ history and culture (and fun music) being piped into the van contributed to the learning and entertaininment along the way.

    The group size was perfect -- we had 11 total, plus Daniel and Sally as guides. We were fortunate enough to go on the "Southbound" version of Rimu, which had the advantage of allowing the group to fully bond (well, that happened on Day 1) before we went off on our separate multi-day options. I know Active has no hand in "choosing" the groups, but there's something special I guess about the self-selection for these trips. We were all very different, and from across the US, but got to know each other well and laughed more than I have laughed in a really long time. Priceless moments.

    As for the "active adventures" themselves, every hike -- large and small -- (and the two kayaking trips and bike ride) exposed us to the beauteous wonder and biodiversity of NZ. We were challenged, we got some serious exercise, and we had tremendous fun even at the ostensibly worst of times, like hiking in the rain for 2 days straight at Nelson Lakes. Daniel and Sally were great at adapting our schedule as needed to the weather conditions to ensure that we were able to make the most of our time.

    And speaking of Daniel and Sally, wow. They were both incredible in their own unique ways. Daniel brought a depth of experience that was apparent from day 1, and we were so lucky to benefit from everything from his knowledge of the natural landscape, to NZ history and culture, to flora and fauna, to pretty much every NZ topic imaginable. He was patient, he was generous, he was entertaining, and he was damn funny. Oh, and he ensured our survival during the Nelson Lakes rain extravaganza, which will go down as one of the highlights of all of my travels ever. Sally was fantastic as well -- endless enthusiasm and optimism, incredible cook, on top of all of the logistics (as was Dan), and just all around wonderful to be around. She was very good about getting to know each of the guests and asking questions, remembering answers, etc.

    I could go on and on about how amazing this trip was. Suffice it to say, I recommend Active to anyone looking for adventure in some of the most beautiful places under the sun. They are top-notch all around.”
    Jessica Watson – DC, United StatesMarch 2015
  • New Zealand Adventure

    “The South Island of New Zealand is a wonderful place with some of the nicest people we have met while traveling. Jasmine and Rachael were amazing guides who definitely were the icing on the cake to a fabulous trip! If there weren't so many amazing places to visit in the world, we would be back. That being said we have already looked at other Active Adventures for the upcoming year. They do a great job with all the logistics and create an adventure where all you have to worry about is having fun! Thank you Active Adventures and Thank you Jasmine and Rachael!”
    Kathy Gott – Arizona, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Rimu Feb 2015 - fantastic

    “Our group was 9 people; 2 couples in their 50's and 5 singles. Our guides, Jasmine and Elder were excellent. The 5 singles did the 3 day back packing trip and the 2 couples did the kayaking trip. Both groups had excellent things to say about their adventures. Our group got along well and we all enjoyed each other. We were lucky and had 13/14 days of beautiful weather; only 1 day of rain. Thank you for a great trip.”
    Cindy Kreutz – Colorado, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Perfect

    “This was honestly one of the best trips I have ever taken (and I have been on many, many great outdoor trips).”
    Frank Reddick – Alberta, CanadaMarch 2015
  • More than a wee bit AMAZING!!

    “This was the most AMAZING and magical trip one can imagine! Outstanding in every way - from scenery, to weather, to fabulous guides (THANKS Ken and Sally!!!), to activity, to company. Never laughed so much in my life - good medicine for the soul in an unbelievably beautiful place. Thanks, AA!!”
    Shearon Roberts – North Carolina, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Excellent NZ adventure!

    “We asked for "active" and Active Adventures provided it! Rimu took us to all corners of the South Island and kept us hiking, kayaking, backpacking, and biking for 14 solid days. The guides were excellent, the accommodations were interestingly varied from casual to city hotel and the activities kept our bodies moving, our hearts pumping and our minds satisfied in so many ways! It was a pleasure to spend 14 days with our fellow guests. The scenery was extraordinary and in some cases only available to us (Braemar Sheep Station). Get in shape and then go!”
    Jim Carpenter – Indiana, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Unforgetable trip. Changed how I want to travel moving forward.

    “This truly was an unbelievable trip. From the guides (Elder and Jasmine) to the weather (13 days straight of sun and warmth) to the food, the terrain, hikes and the lodging (for the most part) I 100% recommend every challenge this trip brings.”
    Holly Lynch – New York, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Trip of a lifetime

    “Words fail and photos don't do it justice! Seeing New Zealand with Active Adventures was the way to go. We loved being active and conquering the mountains and the fiords on our own steam which makes everything so much more rewarding. The trip was incredibly well organized and we felt that not a minute was wasted of our precious days in New Zealand. The guides were supportive and helpful, and bent over backward to make things special for us. Traveling with Active took us to many wonderful places we certainly would have missed if we were traveling on our own. ”
    Nancy Carpenter – Indiana, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Rimu Feb 2015

    “Active adventures led a spectacular journey into the wild forests and waterways of New Zealand. From expansive valleys to vast mountain ranges, the diverse and fantastic ecology of this country will leave your head spinning with childish wonder. Drinking cold water from the untainted rivers of Nelson Lakes National Park, appreciating the sublime nature of Mt. Cook and kayaking along the immense snow capped peaks of the Fiordlands were a few of the many highlights of this trip. Alongside the inspiring views, it's the enthusiastic and personable tour guides that help make this experience so special. The staff will dazzle you with their knowledge of the natural history of New Zealand and work tirelessly to ensure you are happy each day and night! This was an unforgettable vacation! Thank you Active Adventures!”
    Ben Lane – Massachusetts, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Rimu Trip 2015

    “Great trip! We really enjoyed it. The guides were wonderful, the food was great and we could not have met and travelled with nicer people.”
    Tom Weitz – Idaho, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Februrary Rimu

    “Great hiking, great guides, great group.”
    Derek Richardson – California, United StatesMarch 2015
  • The Land of Giants

    “The Rimu trip was truly outstanding with just the right amount of challenging activities and creature comforts. My 2 older children and I had the pleasure of experiencing New Zealand through outdoor adventures with the trained guides of Sarah and Dan. We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the knowledge of your country the guides imparted upon us. The food was wonderful and it was a vacation of a lifetime. ”
    Steve Ahrens – North Carolina, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Sweet As! What an amazing trip.

    “Go Ken and Sally. This trip was the best ever. Outstanding scenery, perfect level of activity, off the beaten path. I could go on and on. Incredible. Not being a group person, I was slightly hesitant about a guided trip. No more - I'd do another with Active any day.”
    Laurel Scherer – North Carolina, United StatesMarch 2015
  • AMAZING!!!

    “I was blown away by the beautiful places that we saw during our trip. Our guides were amazing. At the end of the trip I didn't want leave. Even now I wish I was still there.”
    Kelsey Morgan – California, United StatesMarch 2015
  • They kept us moving

    “This was no resort vacation. We loved the fact that our guides, Cassie and Amanda ("Button"), kept us going and gave us the confidence to do even more than we thought we could. We enjoyed some very vigorous hikes, kayaked (even in the rain!), and tried mountain biking (on a bike trail along a river). Some of us, while experienced day-hikers, had never tried hut-to-hut backpacking. This was one of the highlights of the trip for me, especially with Amanda cooking us delicious meals at the huts and both guides getting us over a tough trail safely.”
    Stephanie Chan – Connecticut, United StatesMarch 2015
  • FEB 2015 RIMU

    “Awesome guides, scenery, and country. New Zealand is a special place that I hope to return to. Dan and Sarah were very professional, punctual, and very well organized. Even the sand flies were cooperative by being far less of a nuisance than the insects here in SC. ”
    Ron Smith – South Carolina, United StatesMarch 2015
  • RIMU 2 - 15 Feb Survey from Karen Kortendick

    “This is my 3rd trip with Active Adventures, and as always, an amazing ADVENTURE! Our guides, Sally and Ken, shared so much of themselves from an energy, knowledge, and just pure "wanna have fun" standpoint! Can't wait to start planning my next trip with you!”
    Karen Kortendick – North Carolina, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • Rimu - February 2015

    “What a fabulous trip. Our guides Vanessa and Elder were fantastic. We can’t say enough about their enthusiasm, humor, patience, cultural knowledge and professionalism. Having thoughtful, experienced guides made all the difference in the world. In addition, we were really fortunate to be in the company of a terrific group of fellow adventurers and the experience in many ways exceeded our expectations. We covered a lot of real estate in 14 days and we would do it again in a minute. While the Mueller Ridge and the Angelus Circuit hikes were physically challenging, the views and experience were well worth the effort. We’re extremely grateful for the time we shared on the South Island and look forward to another trip with Active Adventures in the future.”
    Jim Lane – Massachusetts, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • Pristine!

    “The Rimu rocks! A great adventure in a beautiful place. Loved the combination of seeing all the best sites of the South Island and a few side adventures shared by the knowledgeable guides. Great return on investment!”
    Vic Cavallaro – North Carolina, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • 2015 RIMU

    “My trip was excellent! The guides were great-so knowledgable and helpful.The food that they prepared was delicious.The people that were on the trip were terrific-a really good group to travel with. I would absolutely recommend Active Adventures!”
    Ruth Schultz – New York, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • Rimu January 2015

    “I really can't think of anything that could be better. The trip delivered on everything promised, as well as some additional things that hadn't been promised (Glow worms!). Our guides were the most hard working, caring, and kind people you could imagine. I had sore muscles and joints most of the way, but it's the kind of soreness that you feel good about! My expectations were always met or (more usually) exceeded. Good show!”
    Jonathan Fishman – California, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • Great trip!

    “I thoroughly enjoyed the trip - even the full day hike in pouring rain! Getting to the mountain hut felt like a major achievement in the conditions we had. The view the next day made it all worthwhile!”
    Katharine Hairon – Jersey, United KingdomFebruary 2015
  • Guides make the trip

    “Our guides, Vanessa and Elder, made a very good trip into an excellent trip. Their skill level in so many areas was excellent, their enthusiasm, humor and attitude were awesome! They worked well together as a team and communicated very well with all the guests. Wonderful experience! ”
    Steve Nitsch – Michigan, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • Rimu Trip

    “Great trip with fantastic guides. See all the best the South Island of New Zealand has to offer!”
    Ed Feaver – California, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • Do this trip!

    “Perfectly organized. Great locations. Energetic and fun fellow travellers. Knowledgable guides If you are fit and enthusiastic this is the trip for you. ”
    Leanne Jones – Ontario, CanadaFebruary 2015
  • Our NZ Bucket-List trip

    “We were looking for an active guided trip that would involve us in the country. We like to DO things, not sit and watch, and we found it and more. Our guides were astounding!”
    Ron Scheiblauer – Georgia, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • In love with New Zealand

    “I loved our Rimu trip. Sally and Graeme were excellent guides. Every detail was covered, they were fun to be around, good cooks and very knowledgeable about New Zealand. All of our accommodations were nice and clean, and I enjoyed the range of motels, hotels, homes and B & Bs. New Zealand is a beautiful country and we really did pack a lot of activity into our two weeks. We hope to return some day!”
    Melissa Aerne – Oregon, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • LOVED NEW ZEALAND

    “I have wanted to hike the South Island of New Zealand for over 25 years, and was finally able to do it this year. The Active Adventures team (Cassie and Alex) were absolutely fantastic. For someone like me-- with limited time to plan, but who wants to see the very best of New Zealand-- Active Adventures was the very best way to do this trip. ”
    Brian Brink – Missouri, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • Great trip

    “Thank you for such a terrific experience and vacation. The comraderie and the guides, Craig and Nick made the trip. The adventures and knowledge I gained was incredible and a trip of a lifetime. ”
    Francie Olson – Colorado, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • The guides are gods!

    “Our two guides, GT & Sally, were so fantastic. They made us feel so at home in your beautiful country and so relaxed. They literally catered to our every need and they went above and beyond to