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

4.54

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

      Earn Your Lunch

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We'll take you on a journey exploring our mountains in Mount Cook National Park, walking the West Coast rainforest and coastlines, getting up close to glaciers in Franz Josef, cycling incredibly scenic trails, hiking sections of our Great Walks, and even sea kayaking Milford Sound.

Trip Start: Christchurch Trip End: Christchurch

Central & South America

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure

4.59

  • Duration 8 - 10 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation and love the feeling of relaxing after a busy day on the go. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.

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Hike, cycle, snorkel and swim the Galapagos Islands. On this 10-day tour we’ll give you a fresh perspective as we land-hop from island to island, soaking in the Galapagos culture and wonderful wildlife.

Trip Start: Quito Trip End: Quito

Europe

Ultimate Iceland Adventure

4.45

  • Duration 11 days
  • Travel Style
  • 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 our 11-day Iceland hiking tour. With Kiwi guides and local experts leading the way, you'll hike to view puffins colonies, sea kayak on a lagoon in Vatnajökull National Park and admire famous waterfalls, before starting a three-day hike through the Eastern Fjords.

Trip Start: Reykjavik Trip End: Reykjavik

New Zealand

Great Walks of New Zealand

4.46

  • Duration 5 days
  • Travel Style
  • 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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You'll hike samples of three of New Zealand's Great Walks (Kepler Track, Routeburn Track and Milford Track), stay the night not only on the Fiordland Navigator in Doubtful Sound but also in the highly sought after Milford Lodge Chalets and enjoy top-notch service every step of the way.

Trip Start: Queenstown Trip End: Queenstown

Europe

Tour du Mont Blanc

4.66

  • Duration 12 days
  • Travel Style
  • 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 unmatched beauty as you hike, bike and kayak on our Tour du Mont Blanc. While most trips circumnavigate the Mont Blanc massif by foot, we've taken it a step further to also explore the history, culture and cuisine of France, Italy and Switzerland.

Trip Start: Geneva Trip End: Geneva

Europe

Dolomites Adventure

4.71

  • Duration 9 days
  • Travel Style
  • 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 charming villages and breathtaking landscapes on our Italian Dolomites Adventure. You'll immediately fall in love with the enchanting refugios we'll stay in every night and indulge in local cuisine as you explore one of the most stunning mountain ranges in the world.

Trip Start: Venice Trip End: Venice

New Zealand

Alps to Ocean Biking Adventure

4.73

  • Duration 6 days
  • Travel Style
  • 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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A New Zealand bucket-list ride from the foot of New Zealand's tallest mountain (Mt Cook) to the roaring Pacific Ocean at Oamaru, including a scenic flight. Six days of stunning landscapes, vast mountains, lakes, rolling countryside and us taking care of every detail.

Trip Start: Christchurch Trip End: Christchurch

Central & South America

Patagonia Hiking Adventure

4.56

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

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation and love the feeling of relaxing after a busy day on the go. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.

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Find out why everyone raves about the W-Trek and take your own enviable photos of Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre as you hike, bike and kayak Patagonia.

Trip Start: Punta Arenas Trip End: El Calafate

New Zealand

West Coast Adventure

4.5

  • Duration 5 days
  • Travel Style
  • 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 otherwordly Tatare tunnels to the dynamic Franz Josef glacier and the wildlife-filled Okarito Lagoon, you'll discover why the West Coast is a geological marvel changing with time. We'll finish the adventure with a scenic flight to Milford Sound.

Trip Start: Christchurch Trip End: Queenstown

Central & South America

Costa Rica Tortuguero Adventure

  • Duration 9 days
  • Travel Style
  • 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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Starting in San José, you'll embrace the Pura Vida (pure life) over the next nine days as you hike, bike, and kayak through the Tortuguero National Park and the Cahuita National Park. By evening, relax with a cold drink in hand at premium eco-lodges.

Trip Start: San Jose, Costa Rica Trip End: San Jose, Costa Rica

North America

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Adventure

  • Duration 6 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

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Journey through Montana's vast wilderness and geothermal wonders on our 'Bison' Big Sky & Yellowstone Adventure Tour. You'll explore Gallatin National Forest, hike to Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, horseback ride into the Absaroka Mountains and spot magnificent wildlife in Hayden Valley. 

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

Central & South America

Machu Picchu & Amazon Adventure

4.5

  • Duration 10 days
  • Travel Style
  • 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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Hike in the footsteps of the Incas to Machu Picchu via the Classic Inca or Lares Trail, cycle through Andean villages and explore the Amazon jungle.

Trip Start: Cuzco Trip End: Cuzco

North America

Yellowstone in Winter

4

  • Duration 6 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

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Discover bubbling geysers, frozen landscapes, and fascinating wildlife without the crowds while staying in cozy accommodations in Yellowstone National Park.

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

North America

Glacier National Park Adventure

  • Duration 6 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

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Pristine turquoise lakes, forested valleys, grand green meadows and endless jaw-dropping scenery are yours to enjoy on our Glacier National Park vacation.

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

North America

Yellowstone, Glacier & Grand Teton Adventure

  • Duration 8 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation and love the feeling of relaxing after a busy day on the go. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.

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Explore the renowned landscapes of Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks on one grand adventure, filled with bucket list moments.

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

Wyoming

Jackson Hole Adventure

  • Duration days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

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Explore Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks via hiking, biking, rafting, horse riding and kayaking on this incredible 5-day adventure.

Trip Start: Jackson, Wyoming Trip End: Jackson, Wyoming

North America

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure

  • Duration 8 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

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Seek out epic scenery, thriving wildlife and untamed beauty on this Kenai Fjords and Denali National Park 8-day adventure. Raft the Kenai River Canyon, hike to the Exit Glacier, explore the rugged Denali Highway, and more.

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