Request a free Brochure

Get a FREE Active Adventures Brochure

Includes info on all of our trips.

By submitting this request, you agree to our Privacy Policy

Home Page Banner

New Zealand Adventure Tours

What are you waiting for? Get off the beaten track with the local experts!

From the rugged snow-capped Southern Alps, to the wild West Coast rainforests, the famous granite peaks of Milford Sound, the tropical beaches of the North and its rich indigenous history, New Zealand has it all. Whether you’re considering exploring the North Island, the South Island, or both you can rest assured that when you book a New Zealand vacation package with us, you’re going to experience the real NZ.

Everything Is Included!

Accommodation, transport and activities… from the moment you arrive to the moment you return home!

Expert Local Guides

We're locals, and this is our backyard. So live like a local when you visit, and explore our favourite spots, with us!

Award-Winning Tours

National Geographic Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime. Over 20 years running the world’s best adventure tours.

Rimu South Island 14 DAYS

Rimu - Ultimate South Island Adventure

4.53 out of 5 (from 4912 reviews)

We'll take you on an unforgettable journey exploring our mountains, coastlines and countryside, on foot, by bike and with a paddle in your hands. Experience our unique culture and wildlife along the way.

Kiwi South Island 14 DAYS

Kiwi - South Island Explorer

4.69 out of 5 (from 254 reviews)

Walk on some of our iconic New Zealand trails and take a cruise at Milford Sound. A great tour for those looking to take things at a relaxed pace.

Tui South Island 8 DAYS

Tui - Essence of the South Island

4.59 out of 5 (from 1827 reviews)

Short on time? On this adventure you’ll hike, bike, kayak, cruise and jet boat in some extraordinary parts of the South Island. You can combine this with our 5-day 'Kauri' to see both Islands in two weeks.

Kauri North Island 11 DAYS

Kauri - Ultimate North Island Adventure

4.38 out of 5 (from 1182 reviews)

Take 5 days or 11 days to hike, cycle, cruise, snorkel and kayak with us around the North Island. The ‘Kauri’ combines perfectly with any of our South Island trips.

Manuka South Island 14 DAYS

Manuka - Milford Hiking Adventure

4.43 out of 5 (from 888 reviews)

On this two week hiking adventure you’ll discover some of New Zealand’s Great Walks as well as lesser known hikes such as the Inland Pack Track on the wild West Coast.

Winter Rimu South Island 14 DAYS

Winter Rimu - New Zealand Winter Adventure

4.64 out of 5 (from 560 reviews)

Visit New Zealand from May to September to hike quiet trails under crisp blue skies. You’ll be surrounded by stunning snow-clad mountains on this multi-sport adventure.

Kea South Island 13 DAYS

Kea - New Zealand Family Adventure

4.68 out of 5 (from 242 reviews)

Join us on a family adventure that you can take year-round. Hike, kayak, raft and jet boat the South Island and visit a wildlife reserve to view kiwi, our national bird.

Weka South Island 14 DAYS

Weka - New Zealand Biking Adventure

4.48 out of 5 (from 297 reviews)

Specifically designed for biking enthusiasts, this 14 day trip explores the very best off-road cycling trails, with a few iconic hikes thrown in for good measure.

Takahe South Island 5 DAYS

Takahe - Great Walks Discovery

4.43 out of 5 (from 888 reviews)

If you're short on time and you'd like to experience some of New Zealand's Great Walks, this is the trip for you.

Award-winning Tours

  • The World's Best Adventure Trips
  • National Geographic Traveler 50 Tours of a lifetime 2013
  • National Geographic Traveler 50 Tours of a lifetime 2015
  • Outpost best trips 2016

What our clients are saying about us

4.53 out of 5 (from 4912 reviews)

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 Review Image
– Missouri, United States
Rimu, November 2016

Why travel with Active Adventures?

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

Get your FREE Brochure Now!
Active Adventures Brochure