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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 4941 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

4.70 out of 5 (from 262 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

4.60 out of 5 (from 1860 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 1195 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 894 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 565 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 243 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 298 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 891 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 4941 reviews)

Trip of a Lifetime!

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

Why travel with Active Adventures?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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