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14-16 Church Street Queenstown 9300 New Zealand
14-16 Church StreetNZQueenstown9300
+64 3-450 0414activeadventures.com
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Active Adventures is a New Zealand-based tour company that offers fully guided, all-inclusive, small group adventures that include hiking, biking, kayaking and other activities.

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Thank you for an amazing experience, exactly a life time trip. We as a small group of four members avail the services of Acitive Addventure, we went for short trek and guide was highly experienced he manage everyone abilities so well. The food were amazing ! at beginning the trek was so hard but our love for mountains and its wonderful peapole brought us together.. We would like to thanks for a wonderful services and will come again !
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Mark Casey
3 months ago
We were with Active in Southern Patagonia for the W trek, El Chalten, El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier, etc. Amazing trip made better by a patient and caring guide Sebastian. The scenery is unmatched and we were well taken care of from start to finish. Guides are knowledgable, allow you to take in the experience at your pace, and helpful in many, many ways. Our tour group was also a pleasure - great people who I hope to see again. Go ACTIVE and you will not be sorry.
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Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Hi Mark! Thanks for your review and we're really happy to hear you had a great time in Patagonia with Sebastian. We look forward to welcoming you on another adventure down the line!
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Will Appelman
6 months ago
Amazing experience, trip of a lifetime! We had a small group and our guides balanced everyone's abilities so well. The meals were amazing and the Nelson Lakes National Park blew me away! At the start of the trip we were all strangers, but our love for the mountains brought us together, we shared stories and laughter and I feel like I've made friends for life. Thanks Active!
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Thanks Will! Hmm... I wonder what trip will be next on the cards for you :-)?
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Miriam Houliston
6 months ago
Best way to see New Zealand! It was great to experience New Zealand through the eyes of our kiwi guides. They know how to make all the little details perfect, and were really knowledgeable about New Zealand nature and history. Take your next trip with Active Adventures!
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Thanks Miriam!
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Dale Hannan
4 months ago
My Rimu trip of December, 2015 exceeded all of my expectations. New Zealand is truly a magical place to visit and seeing and experiencing it with Active Adventures made it a trip of a lifetime for me. Our guides (and driver and cook) Vanessa and Tess were part parent and part coach who saw to every detail, pushing me to accomplish every aspect of the trip in great humor. Coming from someone who loves and lives for the outdoors, I can't say enough great things about Active Adventures.
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Response from the owner - 2 months ago
G'day Dale. It was a pleasure to read your review - thank you for your feedback! We're very happy to hear you had a wonderful time with Vanessa and Tess. Humour is an essential ingredient. See you next time!
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Alan Barak
4 months ago
It is so, so easy to write a great review of these folks. My wife and I spent two weeks with them in December 2015, and a gang of walkers, kayakers, cyclists (well, we also included rock climbers, but didn't do that on this trip), and wine drinkers. THIS is the way to do the South Island. Vanessa and Tess drove us to gorgeous places without gangs of tourists, cooked real good food, and even played some of my music on the bus/van speakers as we zoomed around the country. We swam with seals, walked with weird local birds, and intensely hiked up to high country huts. They drove. You don't wanna drive, at least not your first trip. You wanna look. Steph and I are pretty active. Some of our group were a little less compulsive, so the group split into two for a few days, and half of us packed gear up the big hills, while others paddled. Do let your organizer know how fit you are. As you know from reading their materials, lodgings are not 5-star, but they are clean and comfortable -- Remember, much of the S Island boonies' infrastructure is the USA in the 1950's. Food is good, sometimes real good. But, again, not 5-star, or you would be on a Nat Geo trip, at twice the price and half the activity, wouldn't you? Ah yes.....Their coffee each morning was to die for. They bought from a local roaster from Queenstown or CC. And, of course, we never lacked for superb wine. All those pictures posted on their website: Yep. Real. THAT will be your trip if you hire these folks. Steph and I are happy to discuss our experiences with Active if you want to email or call us. Just ask the person you are emailing with at the company to give you my email, and we can connect. We live in DC. (They did that for us as we were deciding on how to see the country, and a couple of calls to DC locals who were still in Kiwi withdrawal did the trick for us.) BTW, for your flight down, Air NZ runs one of the loveliest lounges in the airport world, at LAX. So, if you use your United miles to upgrade to Air NZ biz class lie flat seats, or spring for round trip paid biz class lie flat seat tickets, your vacation will seriously start when you hit that lounge. And, thanks to Qantas, AA and United, airfare prices will be dropping as all these folks compete with Air NZ for your business. In any event, do try to get a good sleep on the way over there, whether you fly direct from N America, or you substantially cut your costs by buying two loops, with Hawaii as your pivot point.
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Response from the owner - 4 months ago
Hi Alan! Wow, it's so nice of you to write this review - we really appreciate it. There are some great take-out points there - areas for us to improve, which is always very welcome. We hope to host you and Stephanie again on another adventure sometime in the future. Stay in touch. Cheers, Paul @ Active HQ
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Sheila Brandt
7 months ago
My husband and I had the time of our lives. We live in an area in the US that has beautiful vistas and we expected to come home raving about the vistas that we saw on the North Island. They were, indeed, magnificent. What we continue to reflect on, however, are the guides. We were lucky enough to have Amelia and Nick guiding us through the Country. On top of understanding and teaching us about the culture, botany, and history of New Zealand, they talked to us about their own experiences and history. They were very attuned to our needs and, while we thought we were learning about them, they were learning about how to customize the trip around our needs and personalities. We felt very safe with them as we hiked and had no doubts about their outdoor leadership abilities. The food that Ameilia cooked and Nick grilled was well above that of a four-star restaurant and they made dinners an intimate experience that we didn't have to dress up for or feel any sense of formality around. The "icing on the Pavlova" was their sense of humor............jeez they are witty and had us in stitches the whole time. They added little touches to the trip that we will remember-chicken soup at the treacherous and windy top of the Tongariro crossing while we took shelter behind a boulder, New Zealand lemon soda, stories about the Mauri, stopping on hikes to study the local flora, and Pavlova! They learned that we celebrate Thanks Giving in the US and that we were with them on the holiday. Ameilia slyly made a full fledged Thanks Giving dinner for us on our last night. I was very touched. They are solid, good people. They make us want to come again with Active Adventures. Hold on to them Active Adventures.............they are worth their weight in gold.
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Response from the owner - 6 months ago
Hi Sheila, Thank you so much for your review! It's fantastic to hear that you and Bruce had such a wonderful time with us on your 'Kauri' trip. We'll make sure that Nick and Ameilia see this too as they are the true stars as you say. We look forward to welcoming you on another adventure in the future. Cheers, Paul @ Active HQ
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Nadine Varga
a year ago
We spent our honeymoon in October 2008 traveling through New Zealand on an Active Adventures guided tour. It was an amazing trip! We had a small group and three awesome and experienced guides. The photos from the trip are beautiful! There were so many great experiences that my husband and I still talk about and joke about. For instance, our kayak experience was a hoot! It was calm as could be in the lagoon, and then coming across to get to land we hit a headwind and we paddled and paddled like mad and were getting nowhere together. It was so hilarious we could not stop laughing! We are an active couple, and a social couple and this tour was magnificent. The guides were beyond incredible. They made the trip even better with their fun personalities, positive spirit and wonderful knowledge! A shout out and big thank you to Ken, Tim and Zoe, from Nadine & Bob!
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Response from the owner - 6 months ago
Hi Nadine & Bob, Thank you so much for your review! We hope you're both doing well over there in California and we look forward to welcoming you on another active adventure in the future! Cheers, Paul @ Active HQ