As featured on Forbes.com

As featured on Forbes.com

As featured on Forbes.com

Pair Wine With Walking On New Zealand's South Island




Ali Wunderman is a freelance journalist who joined our 'Matai' trip in November 2018. Here's her story: New Zealand, or Aotearoa, is not an easy place to leave, and it has nothing to do with the multi-hour journey home. It’s home to wildly diverse landscapes, the oddest flightless birds on the planet, and more sheep than seems possible.

Despite its relatively diminutive size, it would take several lifetimes to see and taste everything New Zealand has to offer, which is why it’s ideal to pick and choose activities, focusing on what’s doable in a reasonable time...

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Yellowstone in Winter - February 2024

Incredible wildlife

"The wildlife was outstanding in winter. Our guides, Steve Rogers and Bryson Shafer were exceptional in taking care of us and making a hard job seem easy. They had our well-being and safety in mind and made our experience fun. We laughed a lot.

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"The wildlife was outstanding in winter. Our guides, Steve Rogers and Bryson Shafer were exceptional… read more

"The wildlife was outstanding in winter. Our guides, Steve Rogers and Bryson Shafer were exceptional in taking care of us and making a hard job seem easy. They had our well-being and safety in mind and made our experience fun. We laughed a lot. read less

5 Stars (28 reviews)

J John | February 2024

Yellowstone in Winter - February 2024

Yellowstone in the Winter, A lifetime adventure

"This trip was perfect from beginning to end because of the wonderful guides we had. Steve and Bryson were not only knowledgeable about the park and where to go, what to see, but paid such attention to the extras as having a lunch in the park set out by Bryson. The park is just such an incredible work of God's creations, with wildlife, geysers, mudpots, fumaroles and settings so beautiful a camera just can't capture the site. Our weather was perfect and we were so lucky to see all the wildlife we did. Bisons of course, wolves, big horned sheep, prawn horn antelope, Bald eagle, swans, and a skunk. Thank you again Bryson and Steve, we couldn't have had a better time, and you guys just were the icing on the travel cake!

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"This trip was perfect from beginning to end because of the wonderful guides we had.… read more

"This trip was perfect from beginning to end because of the wonderful guides we had. Steve and Bryson were not only knowledgeable about the park and where to go, what to see, but paid such attention to the extras as having a lunch in the park set out by Bryson. The park is just such an incredible work of God's creations, with wildlife, geysers, mudpots, fumaroles and settings so beautiful a camera just can't capture the site. Our weather was perfect and we were so lucky to see all the wildlife we did. Bisons of course, wolves, big horned sheep, prawn horn antelope, Bald eagle, swans, and a skunk. Thank you again Bryson and Steve, we couldn't have had a better time, and you guys just were the icing on the travel cake! read less

5 Stars (28 reviews)

J Jeannette | February 2024

Yellowstone in Winter - February 2024

Yellowstone in Winter

"Had a wonderful trip. Guides were wonderful and things went very smoothly. Going to Yellowstone in the winter had been on our bucket list for a while. The trip exceeded our expectations!

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"Had a wonderful trip. Guides were wonderful and things went very smoothly. Going to Yellowstone… read more

"Had a wonderful trip. Guides were wonderful and things went very smoothly. Going to Yellowstone in the winter had been on our bucket list for a while. The trip exceeded our expectations! read less

5 Stars (28 reviews)

A Ann | February 2024

Yellowstone in Winter - February 2024

Winter in Yellowstone Trip

"We had an amazing time during our Winter in Yellowstone trip. Our guides, Steve and Bryson were great and made the trip very enjoyable. They were very organized, knowledgeable, and had great senses of humor. We appreciated all their hard work making our experience in Yellowstone wonderful and unforgettable.

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"We had an amazing time during our Winter in Yellowstone trip. Our guides, Steve… read more

"We had an amazing time during our Winter in Yellowstone trip. Our guides, Steve and Bryson were great and made the trip very enjoyable. They were very organized, knowledgeable, and had great senses of humor. We appreciated all their hard work making our experience in Yellowstone wonderful and unforgettable. read less

5 Stars (28 reviews)

L Lee | February 2024

Ultimate North Island Adventure - February 2024

Mr K Siseman

"My ultimate north island trip was outstanding. The trip was extensive, well thought through and as promised 'Active'. A good trip was made exceptional by the contribution of our guides Luke and Noah. Thier knowledge, insight, attention to detail and helpfulness could not have been better.

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"My ultimate north island trip was outstanding. The trip was extensive, well thought through and… read more

"My ultimate north island trip was outstanding. The trip was extensive, well thought through and as promised 'Active'. A good trip was made exceptional by the contribution of our guides Luke and Noah. Thier knowledge, insight, attention to detail and helpfulness could not have been better. read less

5 Stars (373 reviews)

K Keith | February 2024

Classic South Island Adventure - February 2024

Greatly Exceeded Expectations!

"This trip was outstanding! I cannot think of a single thing that could have been better. I loved our guides. They were delightful and showed personal care for each one of us. They made every single moment of the trip fun.
Unfortunately I injured my ankle early on and the guides were able to accommodate me and help me continue safely with the activities.

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"This trip was outstanding! I cannot think of a single thing that could have been… read more

"This trip was outstanding! I cannot think of a single thing that could have been better. I loved our guides. They were delightful and showed personal care for each one of us. They made every single moment of the trip fun.
Unfortunately I injured my ankle early on and the guides were able to accommodate me and help me continue safely with the activities. read less

5 Stars (529 reviews)

A Andrea | February 2024

Ultimate North Island Adventure - February 2024

Wow, just Wow!

"I've been impressed with the customer service at Active Adventures from the very beginning- from the basics of setting up a trip to the crazy
tour shifting in March 2020 to changing our 2023 trip to 2024. And our just completed Ultimate North Island Adventure continued to surpass all
that. Our guides, Braden and Katie, were exceptional in every way, going the extra mile to make our trip special and accommodating the varying abilities and desires of the group. There was always a good alternative if you weren't up to the main activity, and their "home town" knowledge added a special personal touch to the tour. They looked out for me and my bum knee, always making sure that things were OK, and finding ways of making it work. And I won't even start on the wonderful food- absolutely amazing, especially the guide prepared spreads with all the NZ specialties! The highest kudos and deepest thanks for their tireless efforts.

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"I've been impressed with the customer service at Active Adventures from the very beginning- … read more

"I've been impressed with the customer service at Active Adventures from the very beginning- from the basics of setting up a trip to the crazy
tour shifting in March 2020 to changing our 2023 trip to 2024. And our just completed Ultimate North Island Adventure continued to surpass all
that. Our guides, Braden and Katie, were exceptional in every way, going the extra mile to make our trip special and accommodating the varying abilities and desires of the group. There was always a good alternative if you weren't up to the main activity, and their "home town" knowledge added a special personal touch to the tour. They looked out for me and my bum knee, always making sure that things were OK, and finding ways of making it work. And I won't even start on the wonderful food- absolutely amazing, especially the guide prepared spreads with all the NZ specialties! The highest kudos and deepest thanks for their tireless efforts.

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5 Stars (373 reviews)

B Barbara | February 2024

Ultimate North Island Adventure - February 2024

The answer is always yes

"I'm not usually a "tour" type of traveler. I joined the North Island Adventure trip because I was traveling solo through NZ and thought Active Adventures would help get me to places I couldn't get myself. Over the ten days, there was not a moment I questioned my choice. Our guides -- Katie and Branden -- were all about generosity of spirit, pride, and knowledge about the country they lovingly call home. Every activity, accommodation, and meal was seamlessly organized and full of joy -- and in some cases mischievous surprises. There was even laughter on the long bus rides. What I really appreciated the most about the trip was the flexibility and thoughtfulness. I never felt like the "extra" as a single traveler and I, or any other of my fellow trip mates, wanted to change up our day or try something different, the answer was always "yes". Should you join an Active Adventure trip? My answer will always be "yes"!

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"I'm not usually a "tour" type of traveler. I joined the North Island Adventure trip… read more

"I'm not usually a "tour" type of traveler. I joined the North Island Adventure trip because I was traveling solo through NZ and thought Active Adventures would help get me to places I couldn't get myself. Over the ten days, there was not a moment I questioned my choice. Our guides -- Katie and Branden -- were all about generosity of spirit, pride, and knowledge about the country they lovingly call home. Every activity, accommodation, and meal was seamlessly organized and full of joy -- and in some cases mischievous surprises. There was even laughter on the long bus rides. What I really appreciated the most about the trip was the flexibility and thoughtfulness. I never felt like the "extra" as a single traveler and I, or any other of my fellow trip mates, wanted to change up our day or try something different, the answer was always "yes". Should you join an Active Adventure trip? My answer will always be "yes"! read less

5 Stars (373 reviews)

W Wendy | February 2024

Ultimate Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Adventure - February 2024

Peru and The Sacred Valley

"I went on this trip to see Machu Picchu and ended up being amazed by The Sacred Valley, the people (Incas) of the Andes and our Guide Salvador. Our guide brought the people and the land to life!

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"I went on this trip to see Machu Picchu and ended up being amazed by… read more

"I went on this trip to see Machu Picchu and ended up being amazed by The Sacred Valley, the people (Incas) of the Andes and our Guide Salvador. Our guide brought the people and the land to life! read less

5 Stars (65 reviews)

D Dennis | February 2024

Ultimate Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Adventure - February 2024

Machu Picchu and Galápagos Islands

"There were so many wonderful things so see. We loved every day of this trip. Our Peru guide, Salvador, was outstanding, and so very kind. It was great to see Peru through his eyes! Our Galapagos guide Pablo was also very knowledgeable.

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"There were so many wonderful things so see. We loved every day of this trip.… read more

"There were so many wonderful things so see. We loved every day of this trip. Our Peru guide, Salvador, was outstanding, and so very kind. It was great to see Peru through his eyes! Our Galapagos guide Pablo was also very knowledgeable. read less

5 Stars (65 reviews)

D Donna | February 2024

Patagonia Hiking Adventure - February 2024

A precious memory

"From the first moment, we felt in good hands. We were fortunate with other group members being friendly as well. We had agonised over challenging vs comfort and we’re so glad we chose challenging for the immersion. Yes we had to share but our group was with us. Bonus. It was bonding

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"From the first moment, we felt in good hands. We were fortunate with other group… read more

"From the first moment, we felt in good hands. We were fortunate with other group members being friendly as well. We had agonised over challenging vs comfort and we’re so glad we chose challenging for the immersion. Yes we had to share but our group was with us. Bonus. It was bonding read less

5 Stars (369 reviews)

D David | February 2024

Great Walks of New Zealand - February 2024

Our guides

"Ashley and Alisha were amazing. We were very lucky to have only 6 in our party of the same relative ages.

They looked after our every need.

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"Ashley and Alisha were amazing. We were very lucky to have only 6 in our… read more

"Ashley and Alisha were amazing. We were very lucky to have only 6 in our party of the same relative ages.

They looked after our every need. read less

5 Stars (27 reviews)

L Lynn | February 2024

Patagonia Hiking Adventure - February 2024

Spectacular Patagonia

"Incredible experience visiting the wonderful National parks of Patagonia in both Chile and Argentina. Spectacular scenery, great leaders and a lovely group of people. Perfect

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"Incredible experience visiting the wonderful National parks of Patagonia in both Chile and Argentina. Spectacular… read more

"Incredible experience visiting the wonderful National parks of Patagonia in both Chile and Argentina. Spectacular scenery, great leaders and a lovely group of people. Perfect read less

5 Stars (369 reviews)

J Janet | February 2024

Patagonia Hiking Adventure - February 2024

Excellent logistics handling

"For those considering if booking with Active is worth it... Well, in short, yes. They absolutely handle the logistics during the trip and handle them well. The booked transfer services, lodging, and guides were excellent and worth the cost. My particular trip was to Patagonia. Doing privately would / could have been challenging and potentially frustrating. There are a lot of complexities in Patagonia and the Active team absolutely handled that very well.

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"For those considering if booking with Active is worth it... Well, in short, yes. … read more

"For those considering if booking with Active is worth it... Well, in short, yes. They absolutely handle the logistics during the trip and handle them well. The booked transfer services, lodging, and guides were excellent and worth the cost. My particular trip was to Patagonia. Doing privately would / could have been challenging and potentially frustrating. There are a lot of complexities in Patagonia and the Active team absolutely handled that very well. read less

5 Stars (369 reviews)

B Bart | February 2024

New Zealand Walking Adventure - February 2024

New Zealand South Island - we saw it all!

"Our trip with Active to see the South Island of New Zealand was amazing in every way. From the excellent guides, gorgeous hikes, beautiful views, delicious meals, story time, to the fitting sound track on the bus - perhaps the best trip I have been on so far. Can’t wait to go on and Active Adventure again.

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"Our trip with Active to see the South Island of New Zealand was amazing in… read more

"Our trip with Active to see the South Island of New Zealand was amazing in every way. From the excellent guides, gorgeous hikes, beautiful views, delicious meals, story time, to the fitting sound track on the bus - perhaps the best trip I have been on so far. Can’t wait to go on and Active Adventure again. read less

5 Stars (230 reviews)

J Julie | February 2024

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