About Us

About Us

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Active Adventures and Austin Adventures join forces as a global adventures company

United by a powerful belief in the ability of travel to create inspiring, life-changing moments Active Adventures (HQ in Queenstown, New Zealand) and Austin Adventures (HQ in Montana, USA) have come together to create a world of opportunities for global travellers. The partnership will enable more adventure travellers to benefit from a wider range of global destinations and experiences. Both companies specialise in small group adventure trips, off the beaten path, with a personal touch.
About pioneers

New Zealand Pioneers in Adventure Travel

Active Adventures is New Zealand’s most globally diverse adventure travel company. In typical New Zealand fashion, we applied our pioneering spirit back in the 90’s and began offering incredible, fully guided, outdoor adventures in New Zealand to just a small number of guests. Fast forward 25 years and New Zealand is still absolutely at the heart of everything we do, but we now also offer our unique style of Kiwi adventuring across the globe to thousands of guests every year. We grew to meet our guests’ desire for diverse adventures, and many travel with us over and over again.
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Size Matters

We’ve grown a lot, but we’re still small and very ‘uncorporate’. Our HQ is in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital, and our leadership team, HQ crew and guides are all very hands-on. No boardrooms and glass offices for our team; you’ll more likely find us collaborating outdoors and definitely fitting in heaps of hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing and skiing both before and after work. We’re driven by our desire to share our own passion for adventure with our guests.
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About life changing

Always Inspiring, Life-Changing

Active Adventures’ true essence is best captured in our purpose, which is to inspire our guests and lead them to enjoy life-changing experiences. That means something different to everyone we meet, which in turn inspires us to personalise our adventures and make them individually special.
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Our ‘New Zealandness’

It’s hard to explain what makes an Active Adventures experience so special. It’s probably best described as ‘manaakitanga’, a powerful Maori word that encapsulates warmth, hospitality, grace and human connection. Our guides embody manaakitanga, and combine it with the spirit of adventure to deliver incredible personalised service, straight from the heart.
About DNA

Our ‘DNA’ Means the World to Us

We live and breathe our DNA in everything we do, and that’s what keeps our guests coming back again and again. We care deeply, we always tell it like it is, we go hard to achieve excellence and we love life and adventuring. Our guests feel and experience all of these at every touch-point with our team, before, during and after adventuring with us. Our DNA is who we are.

Our Favourite Adventures

New Zealand

Ultimate South Island Adventure

4.85

  • Duration 14 days
  • Activity Level Level 4 
    • Activity Level 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I'll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it'll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

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Experience an unforgettable journey on our signature New Zealand adventure. You'll explore the most beautiful, famous, and little-known places in the South Island with legendary hospitality and unsurpassed attention to detail.

Trip Start: Christchurch Trip End: Christchurch

Central & South America

Patagonia Hiking Adventure

4.84

  • Duration 8 - 14 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Step It Up

      I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings.

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Behold jaw-dropping scenery in Chile and Argentina as you hike, bike, and cruise through Patagonia. Find out why everyone raves about the W Trek and take your own enviable photos of Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre on this 14-day adventure.

Trip Start: Punta Arenas Trip End: El Calafate

Central & South America

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure

4.84

  • Duration 10 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Step It Up

      I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings.

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Get a fresh perspective of life on the Galapagos Islands as you land-hop from island to island, filling your days with hiking, biking, cruising, snorkeling, and swimming. Relax each night on land and get to know the local way of life.

Trip Start: Quito Trip End: Quito

North America

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Adventure

4.86

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Step It Up

      I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings.

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 ADULT ONLY

Explore Gallatin National Forest, hike to Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, horseback ride into the Absaroka Mountains, and spot magnificent wildlife in Hayden Valley as you journey through Montana’s vast wilderness and behold geothermal wonders.

Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana Trip End: Bozeman, Montana

North America

Yellowstone, Glacier & Grand Teton Adventure

4.78

  • Duration 8 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Step It Up

      I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings.

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 ADULT ONLY

From the ever-wowing Old Faithful to the deep backcountry along Going-to-the-Sun Road, you’ll glimpse Mother Nature at her finest. Hike, raft, relax, and more on this grand adventure, full of bucket-list moments and endless beauty.

Trip Start: Jackson, Wyoming Trip End: Whitefish, Montana

North America

Glacier National Park Adventure

4.88

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Step It Up

      I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings.

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 ADULT ONLY

Spend your days discovering the pristine lakes, forested valleys, grand meadows, and endless jaw-dropping scenery of Glacier National Park. Spend your nights in quaint towns; waking up to the sounds of nature just outside your door.

Trip Start: Whitefish, Montana Trip End: Whitefish, Montana

Europe

Tour du Mont Blanc

4.81

  • Duration 12 days
  • Activity Level Level 4 
    • Activity Level 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I'll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it'll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

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Experience Mont Blanc in an unparalleled way – by hiking, biking, and kayaking your way around the massif. You’ll delve deep into the history, culture, and cuisine of France, Italy, and Switzerland with plenty of time to soak in the views.

Trip Start: Geneva Trip End: Geneva

Europe

Dolomites Adventure

4.87

  • Duration 9 days
  • Activity Level Level 4 
    • Activity Level 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I'll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it'll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

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Explore the charming villages and breathtaking landscapes of Italy’s Dolomites. Spend your nights in enchanting refugios and indulge in local cuisine each day as you explore one of the most stunning mountain ranges in the world.

Trip Start: Venice Trip End: Venice

North America

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure

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Operated by our sister brand Austin Adventures

4.94

  • Duration 8 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Step It Up

      I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings.

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 ADULT ONLY

Seek out epic scenery, thriving wildlife, and untamed beauty on this true Alaskan adventure. Cruise the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park, raft the Kenai River Canyon, hike to Exit Glacier, and explore the Denali wilderness.

Trip Start: Anchorage, Alaska Trip End: Anchorage, Alaska

New Zealand

Great Walks of New Zealand

4.78

  • Duration 5 days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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Hike sections of three of New Zealand's Great Walks (Kepler Track, Routeburn Track, and Milford Track) and enjoy all the creature comforts each night, including an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound.

Trip Start: Queenstown Trip End: Queenstown

Central & South America

Costa Rica Tortuguero Adventure

4.78

  • Duration 9 days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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Discover untamed landscapes and embrace the ‘pura vida’ (pure life) over the next nine days as you hike, raft, and kayak through the Tortuguero National Park and the Cahuita National Park. By evening, relax at premium eco-lodges.

Trip Start: San Jose Trip End: San Jose

Europe

Ultimate Iceland Adventure

4.80

  • Duration 11 days
  • Activity Level Level 4 
    • Activity Level 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I'll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it'll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

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Roam Iceland's vast landscapes on this 11-day adventure, hiking to view puffin colonies, exploring a lagoon in Vatnajökull National Park, and admiring famous waterfalls, before starting a three-day hike through the Eastern Fjords.

Trip Start: Reykjavik Trip End: Reykjavik

New Zealand

New Zealand E-Bike Adventure

4.83

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 4 
    • Activity Level 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I'll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it'll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

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Set off on a New Zealand bucket-list ride from the foot of Mt. Cook to the Pacific Ocean, including a scenic flight. Enjoy six days of stunning landscapes, mountains, lakes, rolling countryside, and us taking care of every detail.

Trip Start: Christchurch Trip End: Christchurch

North America

Yellowstone in Winter

4.96

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Step It Up

      I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings.

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 ADULT ONLY

Step into a winter wonderland complete with snow-covered bison, frosted pines, frozen waterfalls, and steamy geothermal features – all without the crowds. Relax each night in cozy lodges, in and nearby Yellowstone National Park.

Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana Trip End: Bozeman, Montana

New Zealand

West Coast Adventure

4.50

  • Duration days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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From the picturesque Pancake Rocks and the otherworldly Tatare tunnels to the dynamic Franz Josef glacier and the wildlife-filled Okarito Lagoon, you'll discover why the West Coast is an ever-changing geological marvel.

Trip Start: Christchurch Trip End: Queenstown