Reviews

The most important bit! While we could hang around all day telling you how wonderful our New Zealand trips are, the best people to listen to are our travellers themselves. We get a huge amount of feedback from our clients, all of which we read, process and use in the ongoing process of constantly improving our trips.

Feel free to drop us a line and we can put you in touch with one of our past clients. We have a long list of people who would be delighted to share their experiences with you if you’re thinking of coming on an Active trip. It’s a great way to get the nitty gritty straight from the horse’s mouth and find out what it’s really like to travel with us!

In the meantime, here’s a selection of our reviews:

Review ratings for our individual trips

Kauri 4.49
65 reviews
Kea 4.64
172 reviews
Kiwi 4.71
75 reviews
Manuka 4.36
708 reviews
Rimu 4.49
3636 reviews
Tui 4.58
1137 reviews
Winter Rimu 4.60
424 reviews
  • “Great adventure! Everything I expected and more, Ken and Nick were more like family than tour guides. I would not hesitate to book another Active New Zealand adventure tour.”
    – California, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • Rimu

    “Great itinerary, scenery, weather (lucky) & guides, who took us to areas we wouldn't have done on our own. I also loved the sea kayaking in Marlborough Sounds.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, April 2014
  • 11 day Kauri

    “Loved the new far north section, including the sand boarding (rivals Queenstown activities). Great guides again. The Tongariro Crossing was the highlight - I felt so lucky to have done it.”
    – Ontario, Canada Kauri, April 2014
  • Great trip!

    “Didn't know what to expect when booking this trip. I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. The people, country, food, accommodations, etc were great. Our guides were outstanding and very accommodating. Hikes were doable for a 67 year old in good shape. Highly recommend this trip for all age groups.”
    – Hawaii, United States Kiwi, April 2014
  • Amazing

    “Our Tui trip was amazing. It was physically challenging and we felt so accomplished after each activity. We didn't worry about anything. The entire trip, it was so nice to be told what time to meet up in the morning and thats all you had to worry about. Even when our helicopter ride to the glacier got cancelled due to weather, they had a plan B and we went straight to another hike. The guides were great and were always talking with us and telling great stories. We got to experience such beautiful places and I am looking forward to doing another active adventure trip!”
    – Florida, United States Tui, April 2014
  • Outstanding Trip!

    “This trip was amazing! Everything about it was first class. We were not looking forward to all the time in the bus, but we understood that in order to see so much of the country, it was going to be required. As it turns out, the bus ride was great. Our guides (Ben and Christina) had fresh fruit and snacks and made lots of stops at out of the way places (where only locals would know) for coffee, shopping or photo ops. We were rarely in the bus for more than an hour or so. Not to mention, the scenery along the way was unbelievable! Ben and Christina treated us like we were family visiting and really made the trip special. They took care of every detail, allowing us to do nothing more than enjoy the trip. We were also concerned about the activity level, but there were people on the tour that ranged from 21 - 67 years old, somehow Ben and Christina were able to cater to every one of us according to our capabilities. Some went for the rigorous mountain hiking, while others kayaked. We were very impressed how they could keep everyone happy at the same time. We stayed in out of the way lodges most of the time and they were all awesome! The food was outstanding, we didnt have a bad meal the entire time, however, we were partial to the meals prepared by our guides, some of the best food Ive ever had! The trip really was an Active Adventure, we mountain biked, kayaked, jet boated, white water rafted, hiked a glacier, helicoptered and took several day hikes. We saw lots of wildlife and everywhere you looked was an amazing view. New Zealand is truly an amazing place, if there is somewhere else on earth that is more beautiful, I cant imagine what it would look like. We are experienced travelers, and have visited many places all over the world, but this by far was the best! New Zealand sells itself, but you guys make the experience something special! We thank you for sharing your beautiful country with us and we will come back again!”
    – Texas, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • RIMU, February 2014

    “Our guides were amazing. They were very informative and relaxed and made us feel so welcome in New Zealand. Our weather was over the top. The landscapes were breathtaking. Our activities were the best and got us close and personal to the beauty. And should I mention the food?”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • walking around NZ

    “Seamless delightful trip with great food. Thanks for ordering up the good weather as well!”
    – Alberta, Canada Manuka, April 2014
  • Tui Experience

    “This trip was the perfect length for someone with limited time. You get a great feel of the country's nature beauty and diversity.”
    – Florida, United States Tui, April 2014
  • “This truly was a trip to remember! We are so glad that we combined the longer Kauri trip with the Rimu so that we got a good flavor of both islands.”
    – Iowa, United States Kauri, April 2014
  • “Combining the Kauri and Rimu trips for a month long adventure in New Zealand was the perfect choice!”
    – Iowa, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • Rimu trip

    “Extremely well run and enjoyable trip with excellent guides!”
    – Wisconsin, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • “The Rimu trip exceeded our expectations. We usually like to research areas and travel independently, but we would never have been able to see and do so much on the South Island on our own, nor would we have had the chance to get to know the 12 others who traveled with us. Leaving the day trip planning, accommodation arrangement, driving, cooking, and even the research to our guides, Ken and Nick, made for a "no worries" holiday, without my nose stuck in a guidebook. The kayak option was phenomenal - we recommend it to anybody who enjoys paddling and feels apprehensive about the backpack option (although, we wish we could have done both)! Trip of a lifetime.”
    – California, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • Kauri - March 2914

    “Truly a magical experience. We had a beautiful mix of activity, culture, and history of New Zealand. Duck was a special guide who made New Zealand come alive. We enjoyed his information, encouragement, and cooking. It also helped that the weather was perfect. This trip is a "must do" if you want to appreciate the totality of New Zealand.”
    – Iowa, United States Kauri, April 2014
  • Rimu - March 2014

    “Wow. The Rimu trip is jam-packed with adventure, activity, and scenery. We were awed with every aspect of this trip, and felt challenged by the itinerary. I told Cassie and Amanda every day, "keep this in the trip". I believe you captured the essence of the South Island in the 2 weeks we explored your paradise.”
    – Iowa, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • Trip of a Lifetime

    “This trip was amazing, great guides, gorgeous scenery, my only complaint is that it had to come to an end”
    – Minnesota, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • RIMU, February 2014

    “Our first group tour since we usually book the itinerary on our own. Since this was our first international trip we decided to give Active a go. Wow are we ever glad we did - all the details were taken care of from the lodging (at great locations), food (delicious) and activities (challenging hikes worth every step for the beautiful views) and all we had to do was enjoy it. Our guides GT and Mel showed us to a bucket list type of vacation during the RIMU trip, can't imagine how we could have packed more in on a tour of the south island. One of my highlights was celebrating my 60th Birthday at Angelus Hut - waking up to a warm cupcake with candle on top of the world! Going to be hard to top this trip in the future!”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, April 2014
  • Maria's big 50

    “I really enjoyed the trip. For me it was just the right length. Amanda and Dan really made the trip awesome! Met new friends which is always a plus. Can't wait to do another one in the future.”
    – Florida, United States Tui, March 2014
  • Awesome trip

    “We had a great time on our Active New Zealand Trip. Ken and Nick were awesome tour guides. They fed us well, kept us entertained, answered all our questions, and they were just so easy to get along with. The Rimu trip was beautiful. We had great weather the entire time except for one day where it rained and didn't complete one of the hikes because it was raining and views were clouded in. Otherwise, we had a great taste of the South Island!”
    – Minnesota, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Travels with Ken and Nick

    “I concur with all Karen has written and would especially like to underline the people skills, good cheer, enthusiasm, knowledge and patience of our leaders. We have been on a number of similar adventures in other countries and hands down, Ken and Nick were the finest guides. They enjoy what they do and the people who do it with them. I need to inject just one negative note- you must ditch the pizza and chips meal we had near Milford lodge. Aside from it obviously not having been designed by a nutritionist, it was awful pizza and awful chips. Otherwise the trip was perfection.”
    – New York, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Kauri trip

    “We saw so many amazing beaches, hikes and waterfalls. It was so nice that everything was planned for us but sometimes they changed it up a bit to meet our group needs. Lauren and Sarah were always in a good mood joking around with everyone. The food they cooked was great but when we did eat out they would find just the right spot for us . I loved all the small places we stayed and that they always had milk in the refrig. for you in the morning for your coffee or tea. This trip definitely was a 10. I would not have changed a thing. Thank you, Thank you. I will spread the word about Active Adventures.”
    – Virginia, United States Kauri, March 2014
  • January 2014 Rimu... one highlight after another

    “The variety of activities - kayaking, hiking, biking - in the most beautiful places imaginable, organized and led by knowledgeable, tireless, excellent guides - storytellers, chefs, drivers - sharing their love of New Zealand's outdoor offerings, hidden gems, side trips to amazing gems (coffee shops to beaches to green stone shopping). On the go go go!”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Feb 2014 Kauri...Tops with Lauren and Sally

    “Wonderful beauty, variety: Much more to the North Island than we thought! Starting with Poor Knights and Bay of isles cruise, it felt like a relaxing vacation from the frenetic Rimu we'd just come off! Then it cranked up: great sand dune hikes, evening Maori hike through the kauri forest, hikes up waterfalls and Rainbow Mountain. Lauren and Sally made the Tongariro possible...encouraged the worried among us we could do it...and so glad I did!”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Kauri, March 2014
  • Great Trip, Wonderful Guides

    “Had a fantastic time on the Rimu trip in March. Every location and activity was wonderful. I loved the diversity of locations, lodging, meals and activities. Our guides Kate and Sally couldn't have been better!”
    – Florida, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • What a great time!

    “Kate and Sally were just fantastic guides. They went out of their way to make the trip very special for everyone - even if different people had different needs. Sally was a great cook and instead of losing weight by hiking or kayaking or biking every day, I actually gained a few pounds on the trip!”
    – Texas, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Kauri (5 day)

    “Extraordinary 5 days! Were it not for the Kauri itinerary I wouldn't have chosen to visit the Maori exhibit, Te Puia. Thank you so much for including it as it provided a valuable touchstone for interpreting the rest of my tour.”
    – New York, United States Kauri, March 2014
  • Magical Kiwi Trip

    “We loved our Active Adventures experience! Our guides, Sarah and Duck, really took care of us. They thought of every detail from baking a birthday cake to adjusting the itinerary so we could have the best opportunities to enjoy each destination and hike. New Zealand's South Island lives up to its reputation as a place of beauty and grandeur, unique in the world. We felt the whole experience was magical.”
    – Oregon, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • Tui trip 23 Feb thru 2 Mar 2014

    “Our Tui was a compact adventure-rich introduction to the South Island replete with easy-going companions and guides and perfect weather. We were blessed to have it all!”
    – New York, United States Tui, March 2014
  • Relaxing, invigorating, and packed with fun

    “I think it would be hard to organize a *bad* trip of New Zealand - the natural beauty and the friendliness of the culture are advantages that simply can't be negated - but the Active trip built on them wonderfully. The guides were cheerful and knowledgeable. The hikes were well-planned - never long enough to be boring or exhausting for the hiking neophyte, but always interesting and challenging. Even the drives were packed with interesting stops and activities. It was an awesome vacation!”
    – New York, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • Amazing New Zealand - North

    “Booking an adventure trip like this from the other side of the world can be a real shot in the dark, but I am SO very glad that we found Active Adventures and decided to go with them. My first visit to New Zealand could not have been more "magical" and the care, attention to detail, and general top notch organization -- both of the materials sent beforehand and the planning by the guides along the way -- were truly first class. I would return to New Zealand in a heartbeat ... and when I do, it will be again with Active Adventures! It was truly a pleasure spending time with everyone!”
    – Arizona, United States Kauri, March 2014
  • Amazing New Zealand - South

    “This was the second part of my New Zealand adventure, after having spent the first week plus on the North Island. I had settled in nicely with the group in the North, and very much missed them when we parted. So it took a day or two to reacclimate with the new AA team and group of participants. Having said this, the South Island adventure was every bit as wonderful and magnificent as the North. The islands are so very different, and I am grateful I chose to see some of both areas in order to get a good feel for the country as a whole, something I would highly recommend to anyone visiting New Zealand for the first time.”
    – Arizona, United States Tui, March 2014
  • Rimu - challenging and breathtaking

    “I actually described this trip to my friends at home as the trip of a lifetime. For any avid hiker/backpacker, I would definitely recommend this trip. Our group ranged from 26 to 66 yrs old, with varying degrees of fitness, and the guides were excellent at putting us on the trails that were appropriate for our abilities. To get the most out of this trip, I strongly recommend that you come in with a HIGH degree of fitness, as you will do more difficult hikes, and see more of the breathtaking scenery. Everywhere you turn around on this tour is a WOW moment! I didn't want to nap in the bus for fear I would miss something. I loved how the guides told us Maori stories and cultural traditions, and also about the native plants and animals. Can't say enough about how enjoyable this trip was to me. Thanks Active!”
    – Florida, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Great way to sample New Zealand's South Island

    “Guides did a great job. They adjusted the schedule to meet most needs and weather conditions. The hiking was enough to be able to see many sites as we worked our way around much of the South Island. Food was very good and allowed a chance to try some of New Zealand's fine dishes.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • Awesome awesome trip

    “Our Kiwi trip was definitely the trip of a lifetime. Every day was full of great hikes and other activities, interesting information on New Zealand (geography, history, culture etc.), and fantastic scenery. Our guides were knowledgeable, helpful, just a lot of fun. I could have stayed another week or two! We will definitely be back!”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • Fabulous Trip! Beautiful Country! Delightful Tour Guides!

    “I enjoyed every minute of my active adventure. Sara and Duck were superior guides and very accommodating when it came to meals, activities, etc. Every detail was organized to the Nth degree. Plus the food was delicious, healthy, and always freshly prepared. The Heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier was incredible. I am so glad I took this trip.”
    – Maryland, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • It is Not the Country We Seek, but the Company We Keep

    “We shot roughly 30+ hours of video on this trip and spent over a moth editing it all. Each clip I reviewed and each frame I played returned a fond memory. Each memory made my desire to return burn a little hotter. It is far from common for me to experience such intense longing to return to a place we just traveled. I was attached to New Zealand as if a bond had been forged and flying home had stretched this bond like a rubber band so that I felt the country desperately trying to pull me back. Night and day I obsessed over the time we spent there, reminiscing every laugh we had and every meal we shared. With the memories of its sights, sounds, and smells fresh in my mind I realized exactly why this adventure was so much more meaningful than any other trip I have ever had the fortune to take. It was not merely the fact that New Zealand is one of the most stunningly beautiful places on earth, but also because the people we shared the experience with were some of the most genuine, friendly, and fun people I have ever met. It does not matter where you travel as long as you travel in good company. Active knows how to plan trips and they know how to make them exciting. More importantly they know how to pick good people. The guides, the group, you name it, Active has done it right. This trip deserved every one of those five stars and nothing less. Thank you, thank you for everything!”
    – Arizona, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Great

    “Great active way to explore the South Island, NZ in a small group”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, March 2014
  • Susan's Bucket List

    “NZ has been on my bucket list for years!!! This was a wonderful way to see NZ and just what I wanted. Perfect in every way and excellent guides!!! I am so happy with the trip.”
    – Virginia, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • “We both thought it was one of the best guided tours we have experienced with a lot of prior experience. Well balanced and good traveling group. Christina was wonderful. Every day was interesting.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • “Simply the BEST!”
    – Indiana, United States Manuka, March 2014
  • “I felt the trip was really wonderful with amazing scenery and many great activities. Both guides were so fun and enthusiastic and were always willing to answer our many questions. Dan was obviously very proud of New Zealand and was happy to share everything he knew... something much appreciated by travellers who are wanting to learn about NZ. Amanda was a great cook so our meals were all really good and I particularly appreciated the fruit basket on the bus... small but important! The activities on our trip seemed to be a good mix of hiking, kayaking and biking... somewhat strenuous but not too taxing with lots of rests on the bus. Overall I felt Amanda and Dan did an amazing job of keeping the group engaged, comfortable and happy throughout our adventure.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, March 2014
  • An Off the Planet Experience!

    “As a seventy year plus lady, I anticipated some physical challenges beyond my comfort zone, but with the excellent customized guidance of our two entertaining, superbly informed leaders Lauren and Sally, and encouragement of my fellow trippers, I felt a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day's "active adventure!" Thanks, too, for all the thoughtful packing and travel tips, and your attention to detail prior to our departure for the trip.”
    – Vermont, United States Kauri, March 2014
  • More Adventures on Another Planet

    “After the five days on our Kauri extravaganza, Tui became another "other world" experience! Prior to the trip, when sharing concerns about the physical challenges I might encounter, my friends told me that I didn't have to do activity, but with Andrew and Sarah's thoughtful suggestions, I was able to challenge myself and feel satisfied that I accomplished a few personal feats!”
    – Vermont, United States Tui, March 2014
  • “This was a well designed trip that allowed us to sample the highlights of the South Island. It involved a lot of driving , but Dan and Amanda were able to make it interesting while in the bus. Some of the hiking was very challenging, but doable for us middle aged, slightly overweight, partially in shape tourists. The scenery was amazing of course and well worth the effort. The logistics worked well, Dan and Amanda worked hard at keeping everybody happy, and succeeded. They were just outstanding. It overall was an awesome trip, hopefully we'll make it back some day”
    – Ohio, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Perfectly Wonderful!

    “The Manuka trip with Nicole and Dave in February 2014 was amazing! Great scenery and hiking, wonderful fellow travelers, delicious meals, lots of unique experiences, the BEST guides, and just loads of fun! I couldn't have asked for a better New Zealand adventure!”
    – Colorado, United States Manuka, March 2014
  • 2014 New Zealand trip - Tui tour

    “In February, 2014, we made our first visit to New Zealand. After spending the first week on the North Island with friends, we flew to Christchurch for the start of Active New Zealand's Tui tour. Tui was wonderful - a very nice mix of places we saw, excellent tour guides, a great mix of hiking and other activities, and an exceptional group to travel with.”
    – Maine, United States Tui, March 2014
  • Wonderful

    “The trip met all of our expectations!!! The details were clear, the guides superb!!! They were helpful, clear and caring. They made the group come together and everyone enjoyed the time. The timing of hikes and sights was just right and comfortable.”
    – Virginia, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • “A wonderful hiking holiday”
    – North Carolina, United States Kauri, March 2014
  • great active trip

    “I love the trip and happy that it was as active as it was. We were able to do things that I would have never thought I would be able to do. and with two guides our group was able to adapt to everyones active level.”
    – Minnesota, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Manuka 2014

    “Our Manuka trip exceeded all our expectations. I knew the trip was going to be great, but our accommodations, food, and especially our guides Nicole and Dave were "over the top" fantastic! First class all the way. It didn't hurt that we had outstanding weather too. New Zealand shined in every way.”
    – Indiana, United States Manuka, March 2014
  • Amazing journey through middle earth...

    “Wow what a beautiful pristine country! NZ has been on my bucket list for some time and I'm so happy to have chosen Active Adventures. The Rimu trip was a perfect introduction and exploration of the South Island. Each day was a new adventure; hiking, biking, kayaking, eating and driving through magical countryside. We were lucky to have a dusting of snow on the mountains which made it all the more picturesque. We will definitely be back!”
    – California, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Thanks for the New Zealand adventure!

    “A great introduction to New Zealand. I felt I was in really good hands with our guides: great personalities, competent, patient and they went out of their way to provide personal attention. The itinerary and choice of accommodations was just right. The holiday was very well-organised and co-ordinated but still had a completely relaxed feeling. Thank you Andrew, Nicole and Cassie.”
    – South Australia, Australia Manuka, March 2014
  • Worry free in NZ

    “Without a doubt the best vacation we have taken in 30 years. The island is fantastic and the weather was very cooperative. Being able to sit back and take it all in was a true blessing; no worries about lodging, driving, food, where to go, what to do, and how to make it all fit into two weeks. Daniel and Amanda are top flight guides that really went above and beyond to make the whole package flow from start to finish. They did a great job of making the small adjustments that let individuals set a comfortable pace while keeping the group moving in the same direction, easier said than done. Seems like a dream that you never want to end. Well Done.”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Amazing

    “Everything I was hoping for and more! Great guides, great food, great activities, incredible scenery, and great people.”
    – Maine, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Trip of a lifetime

    “I want to give accolades to the guides for knowing all the neat little extra places to see. The guides attention to all the details made all our activities fun. The meals were great. Most amazing was just seeing the beautiful New Zealand countryside.”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Rimu fun and adventure

    “The Rimu adventure is great overview of what the South Island has to offer. Lots of great sights and activities. Wonderful guides; planned and unplanned activities; great food; glad we went.”
    – Washington, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Well organized and few surprises

    “This is a well organized and detail-oriented tour. I can see that there were thoughts that put in to make this a fun and enjoyable tour. We had two wonderful guides, Daniel and Amanda, they were very helpful and knowledgeable. We even had champagne and strawberries on top of the mountain after a hike. What a luxury...”
    – Washington, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Great trip in a beautiful country

    “We had an amazing time on our Tui Trip. The itinerary brought us to some of the most breathtaking scenery we have ever seen and even getting to these spots was an adventure in itself, whether it was hiking, biking, kayaking, flying, or heli-hiking! Our wonderful guides Cassie & Natalie & our group made an amazing trip even better, everyone got along so well & really enjoyed each other's company. Highly recommended!”
    – Washington, United States Tui, March 2014
  • Hey, Sheep!

    “Absolutely awesome trip! Every individual need catered to by an exceptionally competent guiding team. Perfect mix of pre-planning and flexibility. Wonderful food daily. Felt that we got to see and experience the genuine New Zealand! Go. Do. This.”
    – Virginia, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Meadowbank bill

    “A great trip - once in a lifetime - worth the flight to get to NZ from the east coast of the US. Scenery was great and the adventures and people helped make the adventure what it was.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • Trip of a lifetime

    “This trip not only met but went beyond our expectations. Duck and Sarah, our guides, were wonderful. We saw the best and most beautiful parts of New Zealand, enjoyed great food and made new friends.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • Wow!

    “Active Adventures has set the bar high - it is going to be hard for us to ever best this trip! What an amazing journey we had. Every day was action-packed, full of amazing sights and awesome adventures. We loved our guides, our kids especially. Sarah & Huw really made the trip special. They took care of everything so that we could really soak in all the wonders of New Zealand. I'd book again with Active Adventures in a heartbeat - this was truly a trip of a lifetime.”
    – Virginia, United States Kea, March 2014
  • This trip should be on top of everyone's Bucket List!

    “My husband and I are very seasoned travelers having lived overseas for 20 plus years. Needless to say we have been on countless trips and over one hundred countries so we have a lot to compare this trip with. The Rimu was thoughtfully planned with just the right amount of active adventures and unique places to visit and stay. I love the fact that our guides sometimes prepared the food for us which was better than most restaurants we tried. I would highly recommend both Dan and Amanda as guides as their knowledge and attention to detail were amazing. They both seem to love their jobs and we loved getting to know them. The one piece of advice I would give to those that are very keen bikers is; the bike option looks to be three days but in reality is only really one full days ride which was great, but the other two days are just small 1-2 hour trips. Do the Nelson lakes hike instead! Overall, we loved the trip and made some friends from all over... don't hesitate to sign up!”
    – Texas, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Great trip!

    “The Kiwi trip was challenging for me. I read that it was the 'gentlest' of all the active trips and that it was appropriate for all fitness levels. I also read that hikes were 1-3 hours in length and thought, 'no problem'. It turned out that some of those hikes were 1 hour uphill climbs that I had trouble with. Of course, I was always rewarded with a spectacular view at the top. I cannot adequately express the natural beauty of New Zealand. 'Awesome' takes on a new meaning. Accommodations were adequate, food was good. Guides were helpful and fun. Our group was friendly, and everyone got along well. New Zealand totally met my expectation and I appreciate being able to see it with a small group, guided tour.”
    – Missouri, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • Aotearoa, Afoot and Afloat

    “Or "The South Island for Shits and Giggles". Our guides brought knowledge, competence and enthusiasm, we brought the good weather, an adventurous spirit, and good humor and this awesomely beautiful country did the rest in making this a magical experience.”
    – Washington, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • A great taste of the South Island

    “Our Tui Adventure in February was absolutely amazing! Our guides were spectacular and the itinerary was well thought out and included so many things we never would have gotten to had we done this trip without Active Adventures. Thank you so much for the incredible memories!”
    – Massachusetts, United States Tui, March 2014
  • Marvelous Manuka

    “Active Adventures is certainly the best way to experience New Zealand. The varied landscapes and hiking trails gave a true feel for the South Island. The guides, Dave and Nicole, kept us well in tow and well fed. Loved the trip!”
    – Florida, United States Manuka, March 2014
  • Rimu Excursion

    “What a fabulous trip! It exceeded my expectations. My wife and I (OK, mostly me) were looking for an active vacation and we got this in spades. Everyday there were new sights that just got better each day. Our guides were wonderful and the food we had was plentiful, great tasting, varied and really healthy. I think the South Island of New Zealand (need to come back and do the North Island trip) is probably the most beautiful country that I have visited. I really enjoyed our time with the group we had and our guides. Well done Active Adventure!”
    – Illinois, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • New Zealand done right

    “Active allowed us to experience New Zealand in its truest form - culturally, intellectually, and physically. The company accommodated our special needs and worked hard to make seamless and smooth transitions and transactions before, during and after the trip. Go for it!”
    – New York, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Exceeded Expectations

    “This trip was truly fantastic. I had been anticipating it for a long time and it easily exceeded my expectations. Words can't adequately describe the splendor of New Zealand's natural landscape. I appreciated the variety of locations and activities (even if it did mean more driving than I'd expected). Our guides, Huw and Nick, were fantastic, planning every detail, keeping us stocked with snacks, preparing delicious meals, answering all my (many!) questions about native flora, and staying positive throughout. Their energy was endless! My friends and family followed my adventures through my blog and none of them could believe what an incredible country New Zealand is and all the amazing, fun, cool things I was doing.”
    – Virginia, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Kiwi February 2014

    “A once in a life-time experience taking in the beauty of the South Island of New Zealand, from the sea to the mountain tops, from the glaciers to the lakes and rivers. Hiking New Zealand is a not-to-miss life adventure.”
    – Washington, United States Kiwi, March 2014
  • Rimu Feb 2014

    “Great way to see New Zealand's South Island. Wonderful people, well organized, delicious food. Had a fantastic time and would happily travel with Active again.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Rimu, March 2014
  • Best Vacation Experience

    “This is one of those trips you'll never forget. The tour guides were excellent and complimented the trip and experience perfectly. The only problem was that it wasn't longer! Getting to know the fellow travelers was a lot of fun and we had a great time with everybody. They catered the adventures for the skill level of those in the group, so we'd break off when we wanted more challenges and could sit back when needed. I can't wait to take another Active Adventures trip ... and can't wait to get back to New Zealand!”
    – Florida, United States Tui, March 2014
  • Tui Tour - CG

    “Loved this amazing Tour!”
    – Queensland, Australia Tui, February 2014
  • Incredible Experience

    “This trip was the most amazing time! To see the beauty of the South Island and really see it in slow motion via hikes and kayaking trips was incredible. We enjoyed our guides and the members of our tour. We loved the trip.”
    – Florida, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • Rimu Trip Feb 2014

    “This was absolutely the trip of a lifetime! The attention to detail, the concern for the traveler and the love of their land was more than evident all through the trip. Every venue was beautiful, and every experience was first rate. I could not be happier with Active and their staff.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • Man, what an adventure.

    “It was the most exciting and exhilarating adventure of my life. Daniel was the BOMB as we say it here in Barbados. He thought of everything, and was always surprising us with treats and excellent food. Around every corner was always another post card panorama, and the hikes were to die for. I would say that New Zealand and Active together, are an unbeatable combination. I so look forward to coming back to do the 2 week Rimu, and to experience the wonders of the most beautiful country I have ever visited. Until then, keep up the Kiwi spirit of adventure.”
    – Christ Church, Barbados Tui, February 2014
  • Amazing Country and Trip!

    “My husband and I had a fabulous time on the Tui trip. Cassie and Natalie were amazing guides and made the trip extra special. The places we visited were absolutely gorgeous and we really lucked out with the weather. The highlight of the trip was the night spent in Siberia Valley and hike to Lake Crucible.”
    – DC, United States Tui, February 2014
  • Tui review

    “The Tui trip was wonderful! I saw a lot of amazing new places, tried new things, and met some great people, and I can't wait for my next trip with Active Adventures!”
    – Wisconsin, United States Tui, February 2014
  • Something beautiful to see everyday

    “There was a lot of driving given the amount of the South Island we covered in two weeks but the rhythms of the days were always enjoyable. Katie and Alex, our guides, always arranged stops for coffee, photo ops, and occasionally, shopping making the long drives pleasant. The accommodations were always comfortable and occasionally quite spectacular. ( One night I enjoyed an ocean view!). I loved having 14 days to move - to hike or to bike or to kayak and the scenery New Zealand provides is beyond believable. Katie and Alex were fantastic. I felt they were my friends and well as my guides by the trip's end. I have one criticism. When we arrived at the sheep herder's place, we were told to tackle the issue of room assignments among ourselves. This caused some upset for a brief time but, fortunately, we were all mature enough to work it out gracefully. I suggest having the travelers pull straws. My only regret is that I did not discover New Zealand when I was younger!”
    – California, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • Rimu

    “Exceptional landscape with exceptional guides and wonderful fellow-travelers doing fun activities! Can't imagine another way to get so much out of this stunning island.”
    – California, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • Diane's Rimu trip 2014

    “A trip to New Zealand has been on my list forever so I obviously had high expectations. I came home having had them met and even more. At every step along the way I received lots of useful information and felt the enthusiasm of the staff. And our guides, with whom I had the most contact, were wonderful, helping to make this a most memorable trip!”
    – Minnesota, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • A Breathtaking and Inspiring Experience

    “Before arriving in NZ I wasn't sure what to expect, but was always excited and looking forward to it. Coming from a small country in the Caribbean this trip lived up to and exceeded my expectations. It was well organized and the country itself is awe inspiring, the areas that we visited are like nature's art room.”
    – Christ Church, Barbados Tui, February 2014
  • The time of my life!

    “I know it is a song title, but how else to describe a trip that includes wonderful landscapes, daily adventures, delicious food, culture and information, all with the two greatest tour guides ever (and in many cases, guardian angels)?”
    – Sao Paulo, Brazil Rimu, February 2014
  • AMAZING

    “The past two weeks in New Zealand brought some of the most incredible experiences of my life. The guides made everything seem effortless and I was amazed at the beauty around every corner. Absolutely one of the best decisions I ever made!”
    – Alabama, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • “Jax and DK were amazing guides for a beautiful country and action packed trip! Best lamb chops of my entire life. I'd travel the 24 hours just to get those again.”
    – New York, United States Kauri, February 2014
  • Amazing country and amazing times!

    “I have always wanted to see New Zealand and the pictures on the site truly do not do justice to how beautiful it is. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I loved every minute of it.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • “The South Island trip was truly amazing. We loved all the activities and all the great meals that Kate and Graeme prepared for us. Fantastic cooking that provided great meals, and enjoyable conversations while dinner and lunch were being prepared each day. I liked that we could ask either guide many questions about the area, and found them to be very knowledgeable. Kate and Graeme were excellent guides that enjoyed their jobs, and were amazing with all of us. This was a trip of a lifetime for us, and we do not have any concerns or complaints about this trip in a negative way... only wonderful memories that I do not want to forget, and two individuals that I will always remember and wish that someday in our future our paths may cross again. Loved this experience, and hope that we can someday return to New Zealand.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, February 2014
  • Rimu Janaury 2014

    “The wonderful weather and excellent guides combined to make this trip a true New Zealand adventure.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • KIWI TRIP 2014

    “GREAT TRIP AND THE SCENERY WAS SO MUCH BETTER THAN I IMAGINED IT COULD BE. GUIDES WERE GREAT AND THE PEOPLE WARM AND FRIENDLY.”
    – Michigan, United States Kiwi, February 2014
  • New Zealand Jan 2014

    “I really liked the kayaking and most of the hikes were great! The time in the buses was a little longer than expected because the roads do not allow for high speed travel.”
    – Michigan, United States Kiwi, February 2014
  • Wonderful New Zealand

    “Fantastic trip for fit people of all ages. We were a group of 8 senior adults and the guides made the trip enjoyable for everyone, no matter what their level of fitness. I would highly recommend the Kiwi trip for anyone who doesn't want to just see New Zealand from the bus window.”
    – Michigan, United States Kiwi, February 2014
  • “A trip of a life time in an exquisite country. Two charming, knowledgable, warm, enthusiastic, fun loving, efficient guides. Thank you to them and you for affording us this view of New Zealand”
    – Michigan, United States Kiwi, February 2014
  • Rimu February 2014

    “An Active New Zealand Adventure trip is a wonderful way to see the highlights as well as some of the lesser known areas of New Zealand. From the first phone call, the staff of Active were thoughtful and helpful. Specifically, Matthew was very creative in getting our trip organized. Our dates did not align with any trip offered and he made it possible for us to join a trip in progress that suited our needs perfectly. Graeme and Kate were fantastic guides that made our trip unique and memorable; and they are both excellent chefs! Their enthusiasm and attention to detail made every day a thrilling adventure. Thanks for a wonderful holiday!”
    – Georgia, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • Takin it to the max!

    “The Rimu trip was clearly designed for those who like challenges & a variety of activities. Guides Ken & Mel made this trip for me a pleasure & offered much support as well as local knowledge. Having celebrated a birthday during the trip made it even more memorable.”
    – British Columbia, Canada Rimu, February 2014
  • Barb and Greg

    “This trip was all we hoped it would be, and more. You promised an active schedule, and our days were filled with great hikes. You promised good food, and it was gourmet quality, cooked to group and individual needs. You promised a memorable trip, and it truly was.”
    – Colorado, United States Kiwi, February 2014
  • Sea kayak Malborough Sounds

    “I've never seen such a beautiful and peaceful place for kayaking, and staying at Lochmara Lodge. Just impossible to describe how many special places I visited for my retirement vacation in New Zealand with classy, superb, fantastic guides. And mountain hiking and beach walking with incredible views. I will long remember this special trip. And also, we were very well fed. In addition, mountain hiking and beach walking with incredible views! I'll never forget. No question, this was the trip of life time!”
    – MD, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • “Beautiful country, amazing guides, everything exceeded my expectations.”
    – Kentucky, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • You gotta do this trip!

    “Amazing scenery. The guides were incredible. Lots of challenges and fun.”
    – DC, United States Rimu, February 2014
  • HEAPS of fun and HEAPS of memories for a lifetime!

    “To summarize in a small paragraph cannot do justice to the amount of joy this trip brought to our family! We travel a lot, all over the world, and like to pretty much do it on our own, not afraid to be adventuresome! We have two college age boys that have been raised doing outdoorsy things all their lives. Soooo when I signed on for a two week, group guided trip, I sort of, kind of held my breath! Please, please let this not be a mistake, I repeated to myself. Kate and Natalie Active Adventure guides extraordinaire!!! The places we went, the adventures we experienced, the meals we shared, the friendships we found, the landscape we awed over, the seascapes we coveted, the laughs we had, the conquest of Angelus Circuit we cheered for and the memories etched in our hearts that will last a lifetime says it all. Our Rimu trip was the greatest trip of all!”
    – Arizona, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • This is not your standard adventure trip!

    “I think the ability of our guides to refine our activities to achieve maximum enjoyment for all of us was a credit to them and the Active Adventures organisation. They observed, listened well and executed changes when needed to make sure the excitement was non stop.”
    – Vermont, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • This is not your standard adventure trip!

    “I think the ability of our guides to refine our activities to achieve maximum enjoyment for all of us was a credit to them and the Active Adventures organisation. They observed, listened well and executed changes when needed to make sure the excitement was non stop.”
    – Wisconsin, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • “Our guides were fantastic, and we loved every minute! The Nelson Lakes backpacking trip was definitely the highlight of our trip but we really enjoyed everything - the hiking, biking, kayaking, and the food!”
    – Alabama, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • “New Zealand's South Island is unbelievable - the juxtaposition and continual change of the diverse scenery is jaw-dropping; it was impossible to rest your eyes on the minibus otherwise you missed something spectacular. I absolutely have to come back.”
    – , United Kingdom Rimu, January 2014
  • Worth every penny

    “Lauren and Nicole MADE this trip! Funny, knowledgeable and willing to do anything to meet our needs. NZ is a beautiful country with lovely people.”
    – Iowa, United States Tui, January 2014
  • Rimu 2014

    “The trip exceeded my expectations in all ways. Our guides Ken and Mel were fabulous sharing their passion for New Zealand and the outdoors. Stunning scenery, great variation in hiking, kayaking, and biking. Loved the ability to customize the trip with alternative activities. Mt. Cook and the overnight stay at the shearer's quarters was a highlight. The guides, the other group members, and the trip activities made this a most memorable experience.”
    – Minnesota, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • Rimu with Ken and Mel

    “NZ Rimu with Ken and Mel was wonderful in every way! We had amazing adventures, made new friends, got great exercise and ate very well! All together a very well planned and managed trip in a beautiful country. Thanks!”
    – Minnesota, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • A Very Kea Christmas and New Year

    “Our family of five (16G, 14G and 9B) thoroughly enjoyed our trek through NZ's South Island on the Kea celebrating both Christmas and New Year. Lauren and Mel were fantastic and knowledgeable guides each with a sense of humor. Mel was a great cook, and we never went hungry. The hiking, rafting, jet boating and the activities were great even if the weather did not always cooperate. The long weekend in Queenstown was great to explore, rest and be with the family finishing with bungy jumping in the rain on the bridge where it was invented. It was a very memorable vacation and the pre-planned itinerary made for a very relaxing vacation. It would have been a much different vacation if we had had to drive, cook and schedule all the activities. Would definitely do another trip like this again!”
    – Bangkok, Thailand Kea, January 2014
  • “The incredible beauty of the New Zealand landscape took center stage at every turn. Active Adventures allowed us to enjoy it from remote locations, without crowds.”
    – New York, United States Tui, January 2014
  • Kauri trip

    “We had a great honeymoon in New Zealand and the 5-day Kauri with Active was definitely part of it! Amazing landscapes and hikes, wonderful guides and a great group, makes an unforgettable experience. We had nothing to worry about and just enjoyed every moment. Thank you!”
    – , France Kauri, January 2014
  • Tui trip review

    “It was an amazing trip and even with the rain I wouldn't have traded it for anything. Dave and Sally were great guides getting us to where we needed to go and ensuring it was all safe. The whole trip was great, my favorite part of the trip was going to the Siberia Valley. The whole trip from the plane ride to the hike (almost to Lake Crucible), to the stay in the hut and the jet boat ride. I was disappointed that we weren't able to make it all the way to Lake Crucible but that was only due to the weather. I also really enjoyed kayaking in Milford Sound. The trip overall wasn't entirely what I was expecting. I expected there to be more hikes like the one up to Lake Crucible. The only thing that I don't feel I got my whole money's worth was the heli ride to the glacier. The original plan was to ride the heli to Franz Josef glacier and hike the glacier, but because of weather the helis were not flying. Later at Milford Sound we got a heli ride and did a snow landing and had a great view of a glacier. I really enjoyed it; however, I don't feel it had the same monetary value. I am really glad I found Active Adventures and I look forward to my next trip.”
    – California, United States Tui, January 2014
  • So very happy...

    “Jacs and DK were phenomenal hosts for our short five days in the North Island. Accommodations were great and the food was plentiful. Our hikes and bikes were well planned and had options for all skill levels. We are looking forward to our next Active trip!”
    – Washington, United States Kauri, January 2014
  • Kauri with DK and Jacs

    “Our time in New Zealand and with DK, Jacs and the 'Kauri gang' was nothing short of absolutely amazing. The facts about New Zealand and stories of Maori culture were a great accent to all the beauty New Zealand has to offer. The hikes, the accommodations and the food provided were superb. This is a trip I have already recommended to friends.”
    – Washington, United States Kauri, January 2014
  • 29 Dec 2013; Tui Tour with Dave and Sally

    “Even the rain did not effect the quality of our trip. The Tui trip was great. Dave and Sally were super guides.”
    – Washington, United States Tui, January 2014
  • TUI

    “Thanks to Active Adventure and our fantastic guides, Daniel and Jackson, for a great trip! This trip was more than I could have imagined. My favorite parts included a hike to Lake Crucible and a chance to swim in a glacier lake; my first time, but hopefully not my last. The food and lodging exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed the opportunity to partake in the external activities, I loved bungy jumping the Nevis! This trip was fantastic, and I could not have asked for a better group to enjoy this amazing adventure across the South Island of New Zealand with!”
    – New York, United States Tui, January 2014
  • Rimu December 2013

    “Andrew and Nicole were excellent! They showed us an amazing time through the South Island with vast knowledge, great food, and lots of laughter.”
    – California, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • “Trip was wonderful. Our guides worked hard and were extremely efficient.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Tui, January 2014
  • South Island trip

    “This trip is a fantastic way to tour the South Island and see key highlights of the stunning nature and scenery of New Zealand. The trip is well planned and structured so that you really maximize your time and get a taste of so many things - kayaking, hiking, biking and wildlife. The guides are amazing - really dedicated, tireless and do a great job keeping the group cohesive and encouraging people with diverse fitness and travel backgrounds. And great cooking! I highly recommend and rate this trip.”
    – Washington, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • Unlike anywhere else

    “Very organized, outstanding guides whom were not only knowledgeable and proud of their country but could discuss in detail the entire New Zealand eco-system. I must admit these same guides could cook an amazing meal. I really enjoyed the accommodations and various activities scheduled during the Tui trip, many of them being first time experiences and memorable.”
    – Illinois, United States Tui, January 2014
  • AMAZING!

    “Amazing country! Ben and Cristina were wonderful as well. We would recommend Active NZ to anyone. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
    – Colorado, United States Rimu, January 2014
  • “Great guides (Dave and Nick) to complement the great outdoors and activities.”
    – Texas, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Wow!!

    “Wow!! I think that was my most frequently used word on my two week Kiwi trip! Amazing country, kind of overwhelming sometimes so much to see, you just don't know where to look. The company was great and our guides (GT and Kate) were awesome! Thanks Active, definitely a trip of a life time and one I won't forget in a hurry!”
    – , United Kingdom Kiwi, December 2013
  • Tui Dec 15, 2013

    “I had a blast on the Tui trip. Our leaders, Dave and Nick, were very knowledgeable about New Zealand's history and different animals and plant life we encountered. They were extremely professional and addressed any and all questions and concerns. The range of activities from hiking, mountain biking, boating, and an airplane ride provided new and exciting experiences.”
    – Illinois, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Delightful Rimu

    “The Rimu was a delightful eyeful. We visited many wonderful places. I will go back and spend more time at several of them. The Nelson Lakes backpack was the highlight. Amanda and Ben were superb guides. They were very well prepared, energetic and always on time.”
    – Alberta, Canada Rimu, December 2013
  • Awesome trip! I will go back to NZ

    “One of the best trips I have ever been on! Well organized, beautiful places to visit and stay, super active itinerary, friendly and knowledgeable guides ... I felt like I was part of a big fun group of friends traveling around and seeing the highlights of the South Island. The right mix of back roads and tourist jaunts, it was fabulous.”
    – California, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • Fantastic trip in a magical land

    “Our Rimu trip was stunning at every turn and full of adventure. It was no mistake that we saw the brightest single and double rainbows I've ever seen. Apparently the end of a rainbow does not contain a pot of gold, but rather the Rimu trip, which was even better. Our group was fantastic and Jacs and DK (aka Mom and Dad) couldn't have been more fun, enthusiastic and helpful guides. The forests were magical and I can't think of anything as cute as the little seal that kept pausing below me in the water to check me out with those huge, adorable eyes as I was doing the same. What a unique and beautiful trip! I can't wait to go back.”
    – Tennessee, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • Truly was a trip of a lifetime

    “The Rimu trip exceeded all of my expectations. I had an amazing time with my fellow travelers and our guides Duck and Sarah! They rocked! I traveled solo and felt super comfortable and at ease the entire time. The activities were fun, some more difficult than others... all in all a nice balance. New Zealand is a special place, memories to last a life time!”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, December 2013
  • A most memorable adventure! :D

    “Physically challenged nearly each day of our trip, this adventure was not only a sensory fulfillment but one which inspired us to reach for greater heights! With our intimate group of 8 and our fun, witty guides Ben and Cristina, we certainly had a whale of a time trampling in beautiful New Zealand! It would be even more enjoyable though should there be a few more variety of activities such as offering a hot air balloon ride.”
    – , Singapore Rimu, December 2013
  • “The South Island trip now tops the US as the most beautiful place I have ever been to. Andrew's stories made this all the more interesting. I have been reliving experiences every day for two weeks so far.”
    – New York, United States Kiwi, December 2013
  • Beautiful Location and Incredible Guides

    “We enjoyed the beautiful hikes, waterfalls, geysers, culture, lodges and landscape. The guides were first class and the lodging was first class! It was unfortunate that our flights were delayed getting into New Zealand so we missed the first two days of our trip but the management, staff and guides worked together to help us meet up with the rest of the group and enjoy the remainder of the vacation.”
    – Ohio, United States Kauri, December 2013
  • Most amazing landscape, guides, accommodations EVER!!!!

    “This is by far my favorite vacation EVER because it had the most amazing activities, landscape, guides, accommodations EVER!!!!!”
    – Ohio, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • Definitely a once in a lifetime trip!

    “Overall I would have to say that this trip was amazing. Because of the information on the website I was well prepared and knew what to bring. The food the guides prepared was amazing. Light for the hikes and deliciously satisfactory for dinner. The highlights of my trip would probably be the three day hike. I wish there were more summits to climb along the way. And the helicopter tour in Milford Sound. The only complaint I can think of would be non-cooperating weather and some snoring roommates along the way. Thank you guys so much for providing a tour with plenty of action and a ton of adventure.”
    – Texas, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • Bucket List Item Fullfilled to the Max

    “The trip was exactly as described in the itinerary EXCEPT for the exceptional service we received from our guides; they made the trip outstanding. The group we were with was equally wonderful and the vacation was exactly what my husband and I wanted.”
    – Texas, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Loved it - our favourite holiday to date

    “Tour guides DK and Jacs are awesome. It was so refreshing to have a great holiday that fits our lifestyle yet be so carefree - not having to worry about transportation, hotels, meals and fun. It was like being a teenager again - no worries.”
    – Saskatchewan, Canada Rimu, December 2013
  • Family of 5

    “Ended up that we, as 3 siblings and two spouses, were the only ones on the trip. Loved being able to spend the trip of a lifetime with family. Our guides, Alex and Andrew, were absolutely relentless in their pursuit of our sheer enjoyment of our trip. New Zealand is our new most beautiful country we have ever been to. The trip was worth every penny we paid. The country is stunning, the food and lodgings were very delicious and comfy and I cannot say enough wonderful things about our guides. We were leaving friends behind when we got dropped off at the airport. Alex and Andrew, we miss you already. We would definitely consider another trip with Active Adventures. Thanks for all the lasting, wonderful memories we have of your country.”
    – Michigan, United States Kiwi, December 2013
  • Amazing trip for hikers

    “This was by far the most comprehensive trip of the South Island we found when researching tours. It didn't disappoint. The guides were incredibly knowledgeable, down to earth, and totally willing to cater to our fitness and comfort levels with the different activities (biking, kayaking, hiking). It was great knowing that they were there to help, but I still felt like the hikes were challenging. The accommodations and food were much better than I was expecting as well. The hikes themselves were amazing and I was really grateful that the guides found time in our schedules to sneak in extra stops where they could. The highlight for me was staying in the Siberia Hut - I've never been that remote in wilderness before, and the hike to Crucible Lake was incredible. I would recommend this tour in a heartbeat to anyone looking to experience the South Island!”
    – Alabama, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Challenging!

    “Fantastic scenery every day and very challenging for me! Our group of hikers were great companions with which to share this adventure. As one of the oldest in our group (more than twice the age of half the group), it often was a struggle for me to keep up ... but I did. Our 3 guides were delightful in every way, well informed and supportive with a great sense of humor which helped immensely. Doubt if I'll ever do this adventurous and rigorous tour again but am ever so glad that I did this one. The marathon of my life!!”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Best ever

    “One of my best vacations ever, excellent hikes, great food.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, December 2013
  • North Island

    “Enjoyed this 5 day visit around North Island - so very different than the South. It was interesting to see how volcanic activity has and still is influenced the development of the country.”
    – Bucks, United Kingdom Kauri, December 2013
  • Awesome trip

    “Although it started out with a shooting in LAX putting us hours behind schedule and luggage lost for 6 days, Tim and Sally worked very hard to ensure I had a great trip. Sally is a top notch chef. Both Tim and Sally made sure we all had a great experience.”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • The best guides you could ask for

    “We had three guides and they were an awesome team! We loved the Maori stories from Daniel while driving 'Bert', the special occasion desserts by Amanda, and river crossings and mountain hut meals with Cassie! Our group was great, and we hope we might travel with them again some time!”
    – Connecticut, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Trip with Ken and Nick

    “Nothing short of FANTASTIC! Truly the trip of a lifetime that could not be duplicated. The guides Ken and Nick were awesome (where do you find these folks???!!!), knowledgeable, hospitable and just great to be around. They both gave an amazing energy to the entire trip. There is no way I would have ever found the places to visit or stay by myself at double the price and time. It was great just to speak with them together or individually as they always had some interesting fact or insight about their country that they were willing to share and were extremely proud of. Amazing individuals.”
    – Georgia, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • Great adventure trip!

    “The trip was super well organized. Nothing was left unplanned. The guides followed the schedule without making us feel rushed during the various activities. 'Active' is an understatement. It was more like HYPER-Active, but in a good way. It was challenging and exhausting, but fun. The outdoor activities were immersed you, allowing you to enjoy the surroundings. This tour definitely takes you off the beaten track so it was nice to have time to relax between activities at the lodges of the different towns that we visited.”
    – Florida, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Blue water, gorgeous views, great service!

    “This trip was absolutely everything I expected. I felt like every day was full of activities and I had so many great experiences. Each day was long but the week was short! The food and accommodations were not luxury, but we stayed in comfortable and clean places and the food was great, especially the food the guides prepared. The group we went with was amazing. In fact, the whole experience was so great I'm looking at the Galapagos trip! I would travel with Active again in a heartbeat.”
    – Wisconsin, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Short and comprehensive

    “This was a great way to see the North Island! I had a blast and it was the perfect addition to the Tui trip. I would love to try the extended version of this trip as well!”
    – Wisconsin, United States Kauri, December 2013
  • North Island Fun!!!

    “Great trip on the North Island! Hiking the Tongariro Crossing and black water rafting at Waitomo Caves were the highlights for me.”
    – California, United States Kauri, December 2013
  • Trip of a lifetime

    “This was a trip of a lifetime.......we hiked to fabulous vistas off the beaten path not known to most tourists. I noticed in the Angelus Hut guest book that there were only 12 other Americans there all year! Although somewhat demanding, the level of exercise was right up my alley and I felt challenged and exhilarated. Our guides, Amanda and Ben, met our every need and were lovely young people. They possessed great cultural and geographic knowledge of New Zealand and were truly skilled at making our trip the best possible. This was my second Active trip and I would definitely go again, perhaps to the Himalayas next time. Thank you Active for a spectacular adventure!”
    – North Carolina, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • I'm in love!

    “I fell in love with New Zealand and with Active Adventures. New Zealand was even more beautiful than I had imagined. The South Island is roughly the size of my home state of Illinois, and yet it has glaciers, ocean beaches and rainforest - and we saw it all on the Kiwi trip! Our guides Sarah and Graeme made it so enjoyable. Of course they were informative, but even more important, they were just great people to be around - funny, encouraging and attentive. I loved the quirky motels we stayed in and the large houses we shared. It was so nice to stay in and enjoy Sarah's cooking rather than having to go out to a restaurant every night. This is my fourth hiking trip with four different companies. I definitely prefer Active Adventures' approach to housing and food, more adventurous and more relaxed at the same time. Our last two nights at the shearer's quarters at Braemar Station were amazing! I'll never forget rounding the bend of the driveway and seeing the view for the first time. It's simply stunning! What a wonderful way to end the trip.”
    – Illinois, United States Kiwi, December 2013
  • Yeah!

    “This was by far one of the best adventures I have ever been on. Tim and Sally were an amazing team and they are both as cool as. The organization, timing and backup plans through the entire trip were spot on. We were quite lucky as the weather was in our favor the entire trip. It was awesome to have good home cooked food for the majority of our trip...thanks Sally! I must say that I miss New Zealand and our Active team Sally and Tim. I am already looking into returning in 2015. This trip was worth every penny and I cannot wait to return.”
    – California, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • Best trip ever!

    “Even after travelling in over 30 countries, New Zealand and this trip in particular rank right at the top. I've never been on a more diverse trip in terms of activities, landscape, food. We were able to see so many different sites in just 7 days. Very well organized, and the smallest details were looked after by our excellent guides. A great mix of physical activity, sightseeing in our van, great food, and wonderful conversations with our fellow guests and guides. Can't say enough good things about this trip!”
    – Florida, United States Tui, December 2013
  • Kauri trip October 2013

    “This was truly the trip I will never forget and the people that I shall always cherish in the fact that I was able to meet them and learn something of their lives. Sally and Lauren were great not just as tour guides but as hosts and ambassadors of a spectacular nation. I hope to return soon if only to attempt to replay the adventures and experiences of the first. Many thanks to Lauren and Sally.”
    – Georgia, United States Kauri, December 2013
  • Rimu trip Nov 2013

    “This has to be one of my all time trips of a lifetime. The tour was extremely well organised, the places visited were amazing and the tour leaders were incredible. If only I could do it all over again.”
    – , United Kingdom Rimu, December 2013
  • Kauri and Rimu

    “OUTSTANDING!!!!! Kauri and Rimu back to back - what an experience. Thanks to Lauren, Sally, Andrew and Mel (chef extraordinaire), our respective guides who took such good care of us catering to our every need. It was great not having to eat in a restaurant all the time. While due to weather/snow conditions we were unable to complete all hikes, we trekked as far as we could, the challenges and scenery no less spectacular. The Kauri with its volcanic and thermal activity, the glow worm caves, the farmland, learning about the Maori culture, the Rimu's amazing mountains, Franz Josef and Milford Sound were breathtaking. Would we recommend this trip...you bet!!!”
    – Ontario, Canada Kauri, December 2013
  • Oh my freakin' goodness!

    “Well, this truly was the trip of a lifetime. We got to see the most beautiful country (and I have been to many beautiful places) led by two amazing guides (Sarah and Graeme were stellar) with a wonderful group of fellow trekkers. It was so nice to have everything planned out for us so that all we had to do was relax, enjoy the scenery and get our hike on! We will definitely be doing another Active Adventure... the big question is where?”
    – California, United States Kiwi, December 2013
  • First time for group travel!

    “The Rimu trip was awesome! Great variety, great activities, great guides.”
    – Washington, United States Rimu, December 2013
  • Awesome!

    “Our Tui trip was awesome. Our guides went to the extra effort to give us more hiking and biking options to make our trip even more enjoyable and tailored to our specific level of activity.”
    – Michigan, United States Tui, November 2013
  • Spectacular scenery

    “Our Rimu trip was incredible. We got lucky with amazing weather for all of our activities (even the rain in Milford Sound didn't stop us). The trip definitely challenged me and it felt great each time I accomplished a climb, a bike ride or a morning of kayaking. GT and Nicole took great care of us and the meals were outstanding. I couldn't have asked for a better adventure.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, November 2013
  • Tui trip November 2013

    “Our trip could not have been better. New Zealand is so very beautiful, the people kind and welcoming, the country so clean. Cassie, Dan and Sarah made the trip fun, interesting and different every day. They were all amazing hikers, great sources of knowledge and so very gracious about every detail.”
    – Texas, United States Tui, November 2013
  • Rimu flavor

    “Active did an excellent job encompassing the full flavor of the South Island. I really feel I saw it all. The variety of locations and activities maintained excitement through the entire trip. Andrew and Mel were the best guides I've ever had on a tour and I have traveled the globe. I would recommend Active!”
    – Colorado, United States Rimu, November 2013
  • Our guides were awesome

    “Every night I went to bed thinking it wasn't possible to be any more stunned by the scenery and diversity of New Zealand and everyday, I saw more. Words can't do justice to how special this place is. Not just the scenery but some of the warmest people I have ever met.”
    – Ohio, United States Rimu, November 2013
  • Our Trip of a Lifetime!!

    “My partner and I went on this trip to celebrate her retirement. We so looked forward to going off the beaten track and being active on our vacation and with Active Adventures help we did that and more. Expert, kind, supportive and fun guides, incredibly beautiful country, well planned hikes, biking and kayaking all added up to eight days we will never forget. Worth every penny and more!!!”
    – California, United States Tui, November 2013
  • Wow, just wow!

    “What an absolutely breathtaking country! We saw everything from bubbling mud pools and geysers to a hail storm on top of Tongariro Crossing. We had a blast on this trip and we created new friendships that will last a lifetime! Cheers!”
    – Ohio, United States Kauri, November 2013
  • Memories for a lifetime!

    “I didn't want it to end!!! New Zealand is an amazing country, and the best way to experience the most you can in two weeks is to take the Rimu trip with Active Adventures!”
    – Ohio, United States Rimu, November 2013
  • Tui Trip

    “This trip was truly a trip of a lifetime. The combination of hiking, biking and kayaking was such fun in the midst of constantly changing but gorgeous scenery. Our guides were superb. They were friendly, warm, funny and created opportunities for those at different fitness levels to get the most out of the trip. We had a blast in one of the most scenic and spectacular places on earth: the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. I highly recommend this trip!”
    – California, United States Tui, November 2013
  • Everything I hoped it would be!

    “I had never done any group travel before, so I wasn't totally sure what to expect. The trip was everything I hoped it would be an more. It felt like being on a vacation where someone has done all the planning, selected all the right locations to visit, then expertly organizes your days for you. I was also travelling solo for the first time and the guides and group members all made me feel very welcome.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Tui, November 2013
  • Perfect Honeymoon

    “My husband and I had such a great time on the Rimu trip. I truly believe we saw all of the highlights of the South Island, and because our group was so small we were able to sneak in a few other stops too. Our tour leaders were top notch. Andrew (lead guide) gave us such a rich history of New Zealand that when we were on our own for another week after the trip, we were telling other people about the things we learned. Mel is such a fantastic cook, I felt like we were treated with restaurant-worthy meals every night she cooked! Definitely recommending to others and will also look into other places Active Adventures goes...”
    – Massachusetts, United States Rimu, November 2013
  • “The Kauri trip was great, and in true Active Adventures fashion, the guides were awesome. We were lucky when it came to the weather, and our guides pulled no punches in letting us know what to pack and what to expect if the worst happened. They also did not hesitate to make a decision when the 'bad weather' never came urging us to press on and continue the adventure.”
    – APO/FPO AP, United States Kauri, November 2013
  • Epic adventure!

    “Our guides were awesome, Lauren and Sally, we couldn't ask for 2 nicer people. They were so organized, great food, and safe driving of course. We were looked after extremely well. Visited some fab places and just had a great time. We were also blessed with a great bunch of travelers. Cheers!”
    – Victoria, Australia Kauri, November 2013
  • Kiwi Trip October 2013

    “It took just a few days into the trip to realize that I had never felt quite like I was feeling on this trip. It was a wonderful feeling. All the pesky details were being taken care of and we were being delighted by wonderful sights, great activities, great food and lovely company. It was like being a kid again without any of the negative aspects of being a kid. Our guides, Sarah and Graeme were wonderful. They worked so well together to create a true trip of a lifetime. It couldn't have been better.”
    – California, United States Kiwi, November 2013
  • Perfect in every way

    “"If the trip is as good as the pre-travel customer service, these vacations will be amazing" was my thought before boarding the plane. Well, Active Adventures New Zealand team Jacks and Loren managed to surpass my highest expectations. I really hope I can go back. What an amazing trip in every sense; food, adventures, and fun.”
    – Florida, United States Tui, October 2013
  • Tui with Ken

    “We loved our Tui trip. We covered most of the South Island with Ken leading the way. We hiked (tramped), biked and kayaked in your beautiful country. Haast Pass had been closed due to weather so Ken changed our trip and we saw a few places not on the itinerary including a hike in an abandoned gold mine filled with glow worms. One highlight was sea kayaking in Milford Sound with two Fiordland crested penguins.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Tui, October 2013
  • Spring Tui trip with Lauren and Jacs

    “We really had great time! Lauren and Jacs were wonderful with my 14 year old daughter! They provided encouragement to her throughout the trip and she was able to accomplish tasks that I would never have been able to get her to do (e.g. bike ride and cold water!) They provided a wonderful energy to each day that was infectious! We hope to return for another adventure!”
    – Hawaii, United States Tui, October 2013
  • Best trip ever

    “I knew it at the time and coming home hasn't changed my view that it was two of my favorite weeks on this planet. I think it was a combination of the wonderful scenic country of NZ, the well organized Active NZ, the activities, and last but not least the expertise of our guide Ken and the company of my fellow travelers. Every day was full of fun, laughter, adventure, good food, exercise, and great company. Who could ask for more? Ken as a guide is professional yet playful, knows how to challenge each individual, anticipates the needs of everyone, and is always available to answer questions or chat or share a laugh. We couldn't have been luckier than to have him as our guide. Active NZ is great value for the money and a definite for anyone looking for a combination of nature, adventure, exercise and fun. I can't wait to come back. Cheers.”
    – VI, Virgin Islands (U.S.) Winter Rimu, September 2013
  • A perfect trip to maybe the most beautiful place on earth!

    “I couldn't have been happier with my trip to New Zealand with Active Adventures! The country is absolutely amazing and the trip was well planned, organized, and had the perfect balance of activity, adventure, flexibility, free time, and local flavor. Our guide Ken was the best! He made the trip so much fun, accommodated all of our individual interests, and made adjustments as we went. This is one of my favorite trips that I've ever taken and will be recommending it to anyone who'll listen.”
    – Virginia, United States Winter Rimu, September 2013
  • Fresh air and views galore!

    “I'm so glad I picked coming to New Zealand in the winter. The views and outdoor activities on the South Island were spectacular and the temperatures were perfect for being active outside. Our guide provided the best customer service I have experienced and was very knowledgeable and helpful in teaching us about the activities, areas, and wildlife.”
    – , Guam Winter Rimu, September 2013
  • As good as it gets

    “Shortly after returning to the States I said to my 19 year old son, "I think the Winter Rimu trip was as close to a perfect family trip as I could have imagined." He responded that he totally agreed. We loved every aspect of the our recent trip. The hiking was beautiful and was different every day. The kayaking and biking was also great fun. Our guides, Mike and Lauren, ensured that the trip met everyone in the group's expectations, keying in to every individual's needs and doing everything in their power to meet those needs. Thanks so much for everything.”
    – Colorado, Peru Winter Rimu, September 2013
  • Awesome Winter Rimu!

    “We had an amazing adventure on our Winter Rimu trip in July and will definitely be back to New Zealand. Our guides were Lauren and Jax and they were fabulous every single day. We were excited to see what each day would bring and we thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. Every day brought a new adventure, either hiking somewhere incredible, or kayaking, or driving through scenery that blew your socks off. Lauren and Jax also adapted the trip when weather caused issues, or to make sure we saw as much as possible - more than the brochure promised! We loved our trip and would do it again in a heartbeat.”
    – California, United States Winter Rimu, August 2013
  • Kea July 2013

    “We had a great time on our Kea trip with Duck and Dan! They were great with my kids, catered to our every whim, and were awesome hosts for a beautiful country.”
    – Wisconsin, United States Kea, August 2013
  • “My trip was fantastic! I didn't really know what to expect beforehand (not being used to travelling in groups) and was a little nervous, but everything was lovely. The guides were incredibly helpful and friendly, and made sure that everyone had fun, even when the weather didn't cooperate (which did happen, although very rarely). The places we went were absolutely breathtaking, and it was amazing to visit New Zealand at a time when there were so few people on the tracks.”
    – , United Kingdom Winter Rimu, August 2013
  • Active Adventures New Zealand rocks!

    “Great food, beautiful country, wonderful guides! I would give this trip an A+!”
    – Oregon, United States Winter Rimu, July 2013
  • I love you guys.

    “Seriously, I do. Thank you so much for the most amazing and well put together tour I have been or probably ever will go on.”
    – Virginia, United States Kea, July 2013
  • Best Trip Ever!

    “Guides Mike and Dan did an excellent job with keeping us entertained with stories about the culture and history of New Zealand. They not only love their jobs, they loved showing us what their country has to offer. Delayed flights, lost bags and several feet of new snow on the first day of our Winter Rimu trip didn't phase them. The food was some of the best I've had and the scenery of the South Island Alps and the West Coast - just awe inspiring.”
    – California, United States Winter Rimu, July 2013
  • Wonderful trip

    “What a fabulous trip! Duck and Lauren were unbelievably good guides: funny, knowledgeable, skilled, patient, and great with everyone in our group. The Kea itinerary is well designed for children and adults alike. Looking back, I can't believe how much ground we covered, and how many different activities we enjoyed. Thank you, Active Adventures!”
    – Virginia, United States Kea, July 2013
  • Wonderful Experience

    “What a great way to be introduced to such an amazing location. The guides really seemed to want to share all New Zealand had to offer from the food to the sports to the incredible views. We really felt like we experienced everything we would have hoped for and then some. While many of the excursions seemed to be cancelled or altered due to inclement weather or huts being closed for renovations, there were always suitable alternatives and back up hikes and excursions planned so we were kept busy and happy. Mike and Dan did a fantastic job and if you have them as your guides, you are in great hands.”
    – California, United States Winter Rimu, July 2013
  • Kea Family Post-trip Survey

    “Overall, the trip was amazing. This was the first sort of tour I have taken and was not sure what to expect. Our guides were some of the most knowledgeable, accommodating and patient people I have ever met. The active parts were exciting and at a pace where we could stop and appreciate New Zealand for what it is, beautiful. And if you're wondering whether or not we would go through Active NZ again? We started planning our next trip before we left Christchurch airport.”
    – APO/FPO AP, United States Kea, July 2013
  • NZ Chamber of Tourism Wish List

    “Top of the line guides, equipment, facilities, fellow travelers and perfect weather made this a trip of a lifetime that I hope to repeat with my upcoming trip to Peru (Jaguar Trip 4/14) with Active S. America.”
    – Kentucky, United States Manuka, June 2013
  • Perfect Adventure

    “This was our first trip with Active Adventures and we will defiantly do another one in the future possibly South America, who knows. We were totally impressed by our two guides. They met every expectation and then some. They were knowledgeable, hard working, and lots of fun. We saw and did many wonderful hikes and activities all over the South Island but more importantly we had a lot of fun, met amazing interesting people, and felt like we had had the experience of a life time. We originally thought 8 days would be a long time but if possible I would recommend one of the 14 day adventures. I also have to say that the hotels, travel lodges, cabins, and hostels that we stayed in were in some of the most enchanting locations with very few people and not tourist central. We so appreciated those one-of-a-kind locations.”
    – California, United States Tui, June 2013
  • The trip was excellent.

    “We had good hosts and the other participants were fun. The trip hit the right level of "active". Good hikes and the like but still a vacation. The accommodations varied from fancy to rustic, but that was part of the charm, as the "out of the way" places were in super locations.”
    – California, United States Tui, May 2013
  • There and back again...

    “OK, so no hobbits were seen on this adventure but the vistas were magical enough to understand why Peter Jackson filmed in New Zealand. This trip, just like the Jaguar trip I took last year, was exactly as advertised! Fantastic and fun and a great excuse to take thousands of pictures. The guides were excellent and my fellow travelers made it an unforgettable experience. The combination of everything (including the marginal weather) made this another priceless adventure, one that I am still re-living a month after my return! And although now I have already been there, I am sure I will be back again...”
    – California, United States Rimu, May 2013
  • Trip of a lifetime!!

    “The Rimu trip was exceptional! My guides Jacs and Ken were terrific and very knowledgeable about the country's regions and wildlife. The scenery topped the charts, particularly on the 3-day hike option. I am recommending this trip to ALL of my family and friends.”
    – New York, United States Rimu, May 2013
  • Rimu trip - this trip was fantastic.

    “Our leaders were both extremely knowledgeable and always tried to give us the best trip possible. Including the biking, kayaking, wine tour, and free day added new dimensions to the trip. The scenery is awesome.”
    – Wisconsin, United States Rimu, May 2013
  • A million times more than what I expected

    “I knew it was going to be a worth-while trip, but it exceeded my expectations. The group of people on the tour and the two guides made the whole experience unforgettable and I can't thank them enough.”
    – Texas, United States Rimu, May 2013
  • Rimu in mid April - A Quiet Beautiful New Zealand

    “It was great to see the country in the off season and not overrun with tourists. It drizzled occasionally during the trip, which added to the cloudy mystique of Fiordland and Milford Sound, waterfalls poured down canyon walls. When was the last time you saw a blue mushroom? Hikes came in all kinds...in lush green mossy temperate forests, along wide expanses of driftwood-littered beaches, up steep slopes of Mt. Cook and Nelson Lakes National Park, over roots and high stepping to a grand view of a glacier. The food is tasty. Dolphins joined us while snorkeling off a seal colony and we watched 100 or more seal pups frolic in a pool under a waterfall by Kaikoura. The cloud formations and sunsets are gorgeous! We spent 2 beautiful nights at Braemar Station with a bright moon illuminating snow-covered mountains and a lake sparkling in the foreground. So much beauty in one place, that is, South Island New Zealand.”
    – Arkansas, United States Rimu, May 2013
  • Amazing Rimu

    “This was my second trip with Active and once again it was extremely well organized and a "trip of a lifetime". Rimu was an amazing adventure with lots of challenging activities and spectacular scenery. The trip highlighted all the best of the South Island. The accomodations at off the beaten track locations were great. Ken and Jacs were the perfect guides and I can't say enough about the food. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone looking for an active adventure!”
    – Nova Scotia, Canada Rimu, May 2013
  • Rimu April 13

    “Active New Zealand...something for everyone. Commune with nature, snorkel with dolphins, wine taste, kick back with new friends, kayak through the sounds and enjoy the solitude of a beautiful land.”
    – Illinois, United States Rimu, May 2013
  • Exceeded our expectations by far!!

    “The trouble w/ a review is where to start when ALL of it was fun, new, exciting and w/ gorgeous scenery! The guides, first off, were Ken and Jacqueline, and they were so upbeat and jovial it was hard not to laugh and smile all the time. Plus Ken's knowledge of the country - culturally, geologically and politically - was astounding and informative. We all learned so much more, saw things we never would have, if it were left to us to read it from a book and plan the trip ourselves. Both guides were so competent and capable that it made everyone feel comfortable and safe. We had great fun with all the various forms of exercise and exploration every day. We ate well every meal. We slept well every night. We were kindly known as "the family" as we were a family of 3 kids (ages 16,14 and 11) and w/ a grandpa as well. We all had a ball. The beauty of the trip is that they really do cater it to your level of ability. If you were wanting a more mellow day, the guides allowed for that w/ no questions asked. Very warm and positive culture at Active Adventures.”
    – New South Wales, Australia Rimu, May 2013
  • Lots of fun on New Zealand's South Island!

    “I have done quite a bit of foreign travel, but this was my first trip to New Zealand. The Tui trip is a great introduction to this beautiful country. There was a lot of variety in only eight days, both in the places we went and the activities we did. The trails we hiked and biked on were in excellent shape and very scenic. One unexpected pleasure was the gorgeous fall leaves (in April). I would definitely recommend this trip for lovers of the outdoors!”
    – Arizona, United States Tui, May 2013
  • Physically challenging, but the scenery spectacular.

    “The hiking was at times physically challenging, but the scenery spectacular. Amelia and Mel were well organized and attended to details especially the food and driving, so we could just enjoy.”
    – Maryland, United States Rimu, May 2013
  • I had an awesome time on this trip!

    “New Zealand is amazing and Ken and Jacs are fantastic tour guides.”
    – New York, United States Rimu, May 2013
  • Great trip with Great Guides

    “Dan and Amanda were great guides. Took care of every need, made sure everyone had a good time, there can't be better guides than Dan and Amanda. This was my 4th Active New Zealand trip, 2nd time with Dan. Dan is the best. On prior trips I had complained about the poor condition of the mattress in several hotels, on the TUI all the mattress and beds were in great shape.”
    – Missouri, United States Tui, May 2013
  • The trip of a lifetime

    “Amazing scenery, fantastic activities, incredibly well organised, superb leadership from our guides Amelia and Mel, well chosen accomodation, excellent food and great company. The balance of challenge, rest and travel was just right. Many happy memories - kayaking up Milford Sound with snow on Mitre Peak, sunset at Mount Angelus, swimming in Lake Rotoiti, puddle jumping at Franz Joseph glaciers, star gazing at Braemar. I loved every minute of my trip and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone seeking an active holiday in New Zealand. Thanks for the experience.”
    – SURREY, United Kingdom Rimu, April 2013
  • Fantastic Trip

    “The experience and service provided by Active New Zealand was absolutely superb!”
    – British Columbia, Canada Rimu, April 2013
  • Fantastic adventure with yummy food

    “The weather gods smiled down upon us as we hiked, biked and paddled our way around the South Island. Our guides, Amelia and Mel, made sure things ran smoothly while providing lots of fun facts and laughs along the way. The plentiful food was super yummy, scenery was stellar and I truly felt like part of a family. Thanks for an amazing adventure - it certainly was the trip of a lifetime.”
    – New Jersey, United States Rimu, April 2013
  • Wonderful trip!

    “Our guides / chefs were awesome, the weather was excellent, the sites gorgeous, the activities were challenging (especially the hike to Angeles) but we survived and enjoyed them. Highlights were the food, the Nelson Lake trek, and the approach to and time in Milford Sound.”
    – Maryland, United States Rimu, April 2013
  • What could be better?

    “The trip allowed us to see so much of the amazing New Zealand terrain but also spend 2 weeks in the outdoors. Really wonderful. Amelia and Melissa were very good to us. How often does one eat vegetables in a hut above sea level. The sequence of activities was excellent.”
    – Alabama, United States Rimu, April 2013
  • Manuka a great introduction to the wilds of the South Island

    “A great introduction to the wilds of the South Island, with lovely hikes and the opportunity to do the fabled Milford Track. Accommodations are comfortable, clean and charming, if sometimes a bit on the basic side. Food is good, with a combination of guide-prepared fare and restaurant food. The hikes are the highlight, and provide a good workout each day, and a good night's sleep as a reward.”
    – California, United States Manuka, April 2013
  • Really enjoyable trip

    “Really enjoyable trip, Angelus Trek the highlight together with my fellow trekkers. Hard work but rewarding.”
    – New South Wales, Australia Rimu, April 2013
  • Phenomenal vacation in a incredible country

    “It's hard to put into a few words the wonderful trip we shared with Mike and Ellie in the South Island. We continue to talk about it to our friends and family. We traversed a lot of territory in a relatively short period of time, saw amazing scenery, got up close and personal with your marvellous country and overall had an amazing vacation. Our group was also very compatible, which of course added to the good times. A lot of laughter, a lot of shared experiences, very well taken care of. Can't recommend the trip, Mike and Ellie and Active Adventures New Zealand enough.”
    – Michigan, United States Kiwi, April 2013
  • Great - would recommend this trip and this company to anyone

    “Great trip. We really enjoyed the Tui trip. New Zealand is a beautiful, scenic place and this tour company did a great job of organizing the trip. Would recommend this trip and this company to anyone”
    – British Columbia, Canada Tui, April 2013
  • Highly recommend for the adventurous and less "touristy" types!

    “Kathy's Rimu Adventure: The Rimu trip was beyond my expectations, from our safe and efficient transportation, our friendly guides, the delicious and healthy meals, the unique and comfortable accommodations and of course the rugged beauty of the South Island! Highly recommend for the adventurous and less "touristy" types!”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, April 2013
  • Top 3 trips ever

    “I had high expectations for this trip as New Zealand has a wonderful image. I also had high expectations for Active as a colleague of mine has done two trips and was highly complimentary. Still, the trip surpassed my dreams. I was stunned by the New Zealand visuals, impressed by the knowledge of our guided and warmed by the friendliness and compassion of the guides as they sought to accommodate the needs of the eager hikers and the tourists. All the logistics were virtually invisible. We were left with great activity, huge fun on Bert (the bus), and technically competent guides. Food and lodging were great, loved the fresh fruit Bert provided! Would highly commend Active! Duck and Elle were very complimentary and independently interesting, helpful, and competent.”
    – New York, United States Tui, April 2013
  • Collectively Kiwi

    “Wow, what an amazing adventure trip! Active NZ does a great job choreographing the itinerary to make the tour action packed. My two favorite locations were Siberia Valley and Queenstown, NZ. Dan and Elle were excellent guides and cooks, and we all enjoyed spending time with them and learning the Kiwi culture. My favorite meal prepared by the Active Chefs was the BBQ at Lake Manapouri within Fiordland National Park. The accommodations were much appreciated after a busy day ... from a hut in Siberia Valley to the Crowne Plaza, nicely done. Finally, it was fun to spend a week with other "trampers" from all over the world ... awesome group! You will be happy you booked with Active NZ!”
    – Hawaii, United States Tui, April 2013
  • MY AWESOME ADVENTURE MANUKA MAR 2013

    “First off I had a great time!!!!!!! This trip was one of a kind. The guides Dave and Sarah where very professional and I had a great time with them on this trip. GOOD JOB, Dave and Sarah!!!! This was one of my most enjoyable trips that I have taken so far in my life. I love the scenery and the hiking was A-ONE. I would recommend this trip and New Zealand to all my friends in Canada. I will be planning to return to New Zealand again for sure. It was hard leaving everyone after the trip was done. You get close to all the people on the tour and saying goodbye is hard. My photos hardly do the country any justice. Pictures and words just cannot tell you truly beautiful the country is. I have so many memories of this trip. All I can say that I will be coming back!!!!!!!!! Cheers from CANADA....”
    – Ontario, Canada Manuka, April 2013
  • Rimu - The experience was a very positive one

    “My Rimu trip represented a personal challenge designed to determine if I could travel and create memories without my beloved husband. Bill. I succeeded and will be forever grateful to Lauren and Elle for their unfailing support and encouragement. I was the oldest person in our group but that didn't seem to bother anyone. The experience was a very positive one and I'm glad I was up to the challenge.”
    – Louisiana, United States Rimu, April 2013
  • Amazing New Zealand

    “Everything I thought New Zealand would be, it was and more.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Kiwi, April 2013
  • Rimu trip - Excellent trip. Well organised and smoothly executed

    “Excellent trip. Well organised and smoothly executed! Guides very helpful/encouraging/knowledgeable. Overall went beautifully”
    – Victoria, Australia Rimu, April 2013
  • Rimu Trip with Mike and Amanda

    “Fantastic scenery, awesome guides, well organized and good food...lots of memories to be shared....thanks!”
    – New Hampshire, United States Rimu, April 2013
  • The guides and staff at ANZ

    “It was everything I had hoped for. The locations we went to - Siberia Valley, Southern Alps, Lake Crucible - were breathtaking.
    But, most of all, I want to acknowledgw the level of professionalism in your guides. They stayed away from "gossip," assisted others to make sure everyone felt involved, passed on wonderful information but was never the center of attention, and, there was never a feeling of "This is just one more set of clients". It's an incredible balance. Congratulations to the entire ANZ staff.”
    – California, United States Tui, April 2013
  • Dave's Rimu trip - It was an excellent tour.

    “It was an excellent tour. Locations of accommodations got us right out there. The sheep shearers cottage at Braemer Station was perfect.”
    – Maryland, United States Rimu, April 2013
  • Boats and bikes and flying things... oh my!

    “South Island is a lot of land to cover in a week, but I think we made the most of it. There are many stunningly beautiful places to see, including the Siberia Valley, Milford Sound and heaps more in between. I was thrilled to have my first helicopter ride, to be flown in a 4-seater plane, ride in a jet boat and paddle a kayak, walk on a glacier and ride a bike along (and into) a river. Hikes and other activities were well balanced with a bit of "downtime" along the way. An excellent adventure!”
    – British Columbia, Canada Tui, April 2013
  • I really enjoyed seeing the South Island

    “All in all, I really enjoyed seeing the South Island - the scenery is spectacular; the beaches special. Really liked the Routeburn and Keplar tracks. I also had fun trying to identify the colorful birds that populate New Zealand.”
    – Maryland, United States Rimu, April 2013
  • Amazing, New Zealand is a special place on our planet.

    “New Zealand is a special place on our planet. Every turn provides a new, breathtaking vista. The people are friendly and they clearly take care of this special place. Our guides on Manuka, "Diggity" Dave and Sarah were wonderful and made the trip fun and light - and they were a wealth of knowledge about the plants, animals and areas we traveled.”
    – Oregon, United States Manuka, March 2013
  • Awesome trip

    “Guides were terrific! Group we traveled with was great. NZ is a terrific place for hiking, biking and kayaking.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, March 2013
  • Great trip in one of the world's best playgrounds!

    “We had a fantastic trip, made all the more so by our guides, Mike and Amanda. We loved the activities, the accommodations, the food, the scenery and the company. Best of all, we strongly feel that we experienced the "real" New Zealand.”
    – North Carolina, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Sweet As!

    “What an experience!? An amazing country, new found friends, fun adventures, RIMU and New Zealand had it all. We did not want it to ever end. The guides, the culture, the country are simply the best.”
    – North Carolina, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Magnificent New Zealand

    “The unimaginable beauty of this country has to be experienced to be believed. From the West Coast beaches to the Southern Alps, the awesome Milford Track and the mighty Mt. Cook, there are no words to capture the experience. Drop eveything and buy a ticket ... now!”
    – DC, United States Manuka, March 2013
  • Bucket List item

    “An adventure-oriented vacation has been on my Bucket List for many years. After talking with friends who had already toured New Zealand, we set a time of the year when the weather looked favorable, and decided on a 6-week stay. I researched most of the travel tour operators and decided on Active, mostly because their itinerary looked like fun.

    The February 2013 Rimu was our choice, and we made our own arrangements for the following 4-weeks. It turned out to be the adventure of a lifetime.

    Active's choice of locations and accommodations was spot on. We undoubtably lucked into the best guides they had, and that made the trip even that much better. Informative, entertaining, and great cooks, our guides set the tone for a fun filled two weeks that all our crew will cherish forever.

    Thanks to Lynette, Ben and Sarah for a fabulous adventure.”
    – Florida, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Active trip

    “We little time to "relax", but I chose the Rimu trip to be active! I especially liked the hiking and kayaking opportunities.”
    – California, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Tui - My second trip with NZ

    “My second trip with Active NZ which was as awesome as the Weka. Again the guides Ken and Nicole helped to make the trip an absolute memorable one. Everybody gelled together and although it was only eight days, it seemed much longer because we packed so much into each day.”
    – Greater London, United Kingdom Tui, March 2013
  • Michael and I give this trip an A+ !

    “Our travels with Lina and Amanda B. We enjoyed the hikes, conversations, the history & stories by Lina, and the wonderful energy of the group.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Manuka, March 2013
  • An Adventure A Day....

    “.....keeps boredom away! Our RIMU trip was magical, and vastly exceeded our expectations. Kudos to your organization for the planning, and to our guides for the execution of a thirteen-day smorgasbord of delightful activities and delicious meals. Our trip to NZ culminated thirty years of reading, listening, studying, and yearning - to visit our 'dream destination'. The RIMU trip did not disappoint!
    The itinerary was balanced and challenging, exactly what we signed up for - but the most impressive aspect was the quality of 'guiding' provided by Ben and Sarah.
    The ability to meld a group of nine strangers into a genial group, while providing sumptuous meals and competent transportation around the entire country; this is, indeed, a talent. They were excellent.
    We will be recommending Active NZ to many people, and look forward to the possibility of another trip to "The Edge Of Beyond".”
    – Florida, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Trip of a Lifetime - No Doubt!

    “Everything about our Rimu trip was outstanding. The scenery was stunning, the itinerary had a perfect blend of physically challenging activities and rest, and our guides went above and beyond to make everything seamless.”
    – California, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Great way to see New Zealand.

    “Great way to see New Zealand. Close to the ground and on the move. Excellent guides and spectacular scenery.”
    – California, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • I highly recommend this trip

    “8 day Tui South Island Trip: Awesome views, countryside, snow capped mountain peaks and water ways. The trip was made even more enjoyable, fun and easy by our two friendly, helpful and overall genuinely hard working and tireless guides Lina & Mel. I highly recommend this trip as a great way to see the South Island of New Zealand.”
    – Victoria, Australia Tui, March 2013
  • We did things and saw things we never would have on our own.

    “Great trip with wonderful guides. Lina and Mel made us feel very welcome. We did things and saw things we never would have on our own. Accommodation was very good considering some of the out of the way places we stayed. There was always enough food and healthy snacks available. Several anniversaries and a birthday were celebrated in style. Thanks Active New Zealand, Lina and Mel for a fun trip.”
    – Victoria, Australia Tui, March 2013
  • A perfect way to experience the beauty of the South Island

    “Excellent adventure. A perfect way to experience the beauty of the South Island. A great blend of activities, creature comforts and active adventures. Great fellowship with all in our group.”
    – North Carolina, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • AMAZING!! Ready to check out the next trip!!

    “The overall trip was AMAZING!!! Each day was filled with so many great memories! The athletic challenges were great, the scenery - fantastic, and the guides (Mel and Lina) were AWESOME!!! Ready to check out the next trip!!

    Thanks!!”
    – Texas, United States Tui, March 2013
  • Awesome! Hikes were challenging but rewarding!

    “Mel and Lina were great! Hikes were challenging but rewarding! I definitely enjoyed myself. Something for everyone!”
    – California, United States Tui, March 2013
  • Absolutely AMAZING!

    “Thank you so much for sharing both your beautiful country and staff with us on our Tui trip! We were blown away with the variety of this trip ....from the landscapes, to accommodations, to the activities, to the wide array of meals. The service from Lina. Mel and Elle was simply impressive! We so much enjoyed the stories of New Zealand, the challenges of the activities, the laughter and the delicious meals.... everything was just perfection! We still can't stop talking about our incredible journey and look forward to visiting again soon and definitely with ActiveNewZealand!”
    – Texas, United States Tui, March 2013
  • Outstanding - Your logistic planning rivals that of the military

    “The Rimu trip was everything I expected and more. I specifically chose your company based on how you organize your trips. I simply showed up and all was taken care of. The small group dynamic, multiple choices at each destination, short bus stages, etc. allowed me to simply enjoy the natural beauty of New Zealand. Your logistic planning rivals that of the military. At no point did I see the bus being fueled or the guides purchasing food. Yet, this was obviously happening. Your planning afforded the guests time to focus on their own interests. Although these items made the trip enjoyable, the best asset you have is your guides.
    Both Dave and Melissa are awesome guides. Their positive and fun attitude continued throughout the entire trip. They pushed us when necessary, yet supported us when necessary. Their knowledge of New Zealand is great. They created a family atmosphere and all guests got along — and this is rare for group dynamics. Melissa is an outstanding chef. Although we were exercising regularly, I gained weight. I could not pass on seconds. Leg of lamb, venison, fresh salmon, pavlova, etc. the quality and preparation rivals that of a 4-star restaurant. If/when I take another trip to New Zealand, I will be requesting to join Dave and Melissa’s group!
    In addition to Dave and Melissa, Sean, the sea kayaking guide, was equally great. I understand you outsource this portion of the adventure. I recommend you continue to use this company. Their standards are consistent with your company. If I was not told Sean worked for a subcontractor, I would not have suspected. In all, I would repeat the Marlborough Sound sea kayaking option. I will recommend your company to others. I understand you run trips in South America, and I will be contacting you when I plan a trip there.
    Thanks for the experience”
    – APO/FPO AE, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • As an avid cyclist...

    “I definitely enjoyed the trip and that includes the optional choices. As an avid cyclist, I was able to utilize the mountain biking option. Having optional choices
    as you did was smart and made the trip more compelling.

    Lauren and Elle were fantastic guides and greatly added to the overall enjoyment of the trip! Lauren was very informative regarding the history,
    geography, applicable stories, etc. wherever we were in New Zealand. Elle
    handled the food preparation function during the trip very efficiently.

    Regarding the van that was used for transportation, the van was too small
    and too cramped in view of the fact our group size was 16. The van was
    my only complaint about the trip. Given the size of the group, we were fortunate that everyone got along with everyone else very well. A very delighful group of people on this Rimu trip.”
    – California, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Far exceeded my expectations

    “Our Rimu trip not only met but exceeded all of our expectations! Our guides (Amelia and Nick) were great and took such great care of all of us. All of the activities were great. The scenery was breath taking. The beauty of New Zealand is out of this world. I would recommend this trip to anyone thinking of traveling to New Zealand. Active New Zealand got us into those remote and beautiful places. A once in a lifetime vacation!”
    – Virginia, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Fun, Fantastic scenery and much more

    “The trip was terrific. Duck and Amanda did a really great job guiding us, feeding us and taking care of us. I felt it was a well organized trip and was all I could have hoped for. Will highly recommend ANZ to friends!”
    – Massachusetts, United States Kiwi, March 2013
  • Great trip - Will definitely recommend you to friends.

    “Beautiful country. Hikes and kayak trips were wonderful and Active guides did a great job in meeting the needs of all members of the group. Duck and Amanda were fun, upbeat, and handled problems professionally. Will definitely recommend you to friends.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Kiwi, March 2013
  • More focused on tailoring the trip than sticking to set plan

    “Fantastic time - great weather, good itinerary, chill places to stay and best of all, guides that were more focused on tailoring the trip to us than sticking to the set plan.

    Kate and Nick did an awesome job together with our rag tag group. Even hauled some wine too! :)”
    – California, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • A Memorable Vacation

    “Daniel and I enjoyed our 2-week Rimu trip! It will be vacation we will never forget because of the scenery, activities we participated in, the food, the friends we made and how we enjoyed each other's company. Most of all...Daniel and I came home happy and it will be a memorable vacation for us!”
    – Washington, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Active NZ really knows how to run the ultimate trip.

    “Awesome trip. Active NZ really knows how to run the ultimate trip. They are organized, professional and deliver on all fronts. I got to experience the South Island in all of its extreme beauty - from the tops of mountains, sea kayaking, biking, beaches - and all in good company. The guides were knowledgeable and made each of us feel 'taken care of'. Mel was an accomplished cook and all our meals were delicious. I felt exhilarated every day of the trip. I loved whole experience. Delightful ~”
    – New York, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Absolutely breathtaking!!!

    “Absolutely breathtaking!!! And I'm not just talking about the Kawarau Bungy jump.
    The hospitality and friendliness of Ken and Nicole, the VERY well organized trip, getting off the beaten track, the cold water plunges, trying new stuff like sea kayaking and heli-hiking, and the jaw-dropping scenery were 'off the charts' as billed.”
    – California, United States Tui, March 2013
  • Wish I was still there

    “Ken and Nicole were wonderful, great enthusiasm and energy. They never seemed to get tired or out of sorts. New Zealand was the most beautiful place I've ever seen.”
    – Louisiana, United States Tui, March 2013
  • Exceeded Expectations!

    “I did the Rimu Trip in Feb 2013 and had a blast! I had fun hiking, kayaking, biking, running, bungy jumping, and backpacking in some of the most beautiful places I've ever been. I recommend this trip for anyone who wants to see much of the South Island while staying active. The three day backpacking trip was a challenge but so worth every step. The views from Angelus Hut were unbelievable. My trip was made even more special by the amazing guides, Amelia and Nick. Can't recommend this trip enough!!! JUST DO IT!”
    – California, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Tui Feb 2013 - Wish we could have stayed longer.

    “Mind boggling wonderful! Wish we could have stayed longer.”
    – Wisconsin, United States Tui, March 2013
  • Many wonderful activities that I would never have done on my own

    “An adult outdoor playground. Active New Zealand offered many wonderful activities that I would never have done on my own. I would recommend this company to anyone looking to push their comfort zone. They offered hiking, biking and kayaking in places that were beautiful and challenging. I also met a lot of wonderful people and will have memories to last a lifetime.”
    – Ohio, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • This mother/daughter adventure fit us both perfectly

    “Absolutely Perfect - I never did quite believe I wasn't dreaming. A stunningly beautiful country expertly highlighted by Lauren and Elle; two strong, independent, smart, patient, diplomatic, and all around lovely young women with simply amazing work ethics and incredible energy. The 3-day backpacking trip was challenging for me, but somehow motivation just appeared from the endless blue sky (how do they do that?). Ultimately this was my favorite part of the trip, though the competition was fierce for this honor. This trip was just plain fun (!) even when it was hard; not a moment was left unlived; not a step was wasted. Milford Sound was misty and mysterious; Aoraki wouldn't show itself until we approached the ridge (cloud piercer, indeed, it made us climb to find the sun). I ate everything placed in front of me and enjoyed every morsel. This was a mother/daughter adventure for us and if fit us both perfectly -- thank you, Active NZ for this memory. Finally, the Seattle-ite in me must admit, they make excellent cappuccino's in those south island towns....”
    – Washington, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Rimu rocks!

    “I really enjoyed the Rimu trip, even though the 3 day Angelus Circuit backpack was a bit more active than I'd anticipated. Elle and Lauren were a big part of making the trip successful. They were patient, efficient, encouraging, and helped you get through the parts of the hike that were toughest for each of us. Their expertise and efficiency and good humor allowed us to relax & enjoy being active in the landscape without sweating the logistical details. I returned home rested, reinvigorated physically and mentally, and full of good memories of the land and the people I met.”
    – Wisconsin, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • This trip was a wonderful adventure - relaxing and exhilarating

    “Rimu de-brief. This trip was a wonderful adventure - both relaxing and exhilarating. We're left savoring the beauty and variety of the country, appreciating the wonderful people we met, and feeling gratified by conquering the physical challenges we faced.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, March 2013
  • Rimu (Just keeps getting better)

    “If the Kauri trip only approached the "WOW" factor, Rimu certainly got there, over and over again. From the picturesque accommodation at Braemar Station, to the rugged climb up to Mueller Hut, the exploration of Milford sound by kayak, the heli-hike and climb on Franz Josef Glacier, the serenity and charm of Okarito, to the adventure of a 3 day hike (Angelus Circuit) along a mountain crest, kept me in wonder and delight. Truly and trip of a lifetime. Special thanks to Ben C. and Sarah for their excellent guiding "above and beyond all expectations".”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, March 2013
  • Rollie's Rimu adventures

    “In a land far, far away with snow capped peaks and clear running streams a 14 day adventure began at the Christchurch airport where we met some of our tour mates while waiting to meet our fearless guides. The guides took us out and introduced us to our transportation (Ed) and the remaining adventurers. We were whisked away to Braemer Station. This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. The view of the mountains across the lake was stunning followed by a stunning star gazer's sky. Every day had new adventures from hiking, cycling, and kayaking. Far too many to mention here. Orkarito had great kayaking and the hike to 3-mile lagoon and the mountain lookout were amazing. The Nelson Lakes National Park 3-day backpack trek was a great highlight at the end with the stunning views and sunrise and sunsets. Our guides Nick and Amelia took amazing care of us and made sure we were well fed and challenged each day. It just couldn't have been any better. When can I sign up for another adventure??”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, March 2013
  • Awesome Trip!!!!!

    “An amazing trip from start to finish. Cannot pick one highlight from this trip as everyday was AWESOME!!!! From the great website and brochure, you got our attention and kept us interested. The amazing front office staff were so well- organized, friendly and prompt with answering our questions that we knew we were dealing with a reliable, organized and efficient company. The Rimu trip itself ran like clockwork, the itinerary was spot on and packed with great activities. Our guides, Amelia and Nick were AWESOME!!!!! Their enthusiasm, friendliness and hardwork was appreciated during our 14 days - always answering our questions, driving and making delicious meals after an enjoyable yet challenging day of hiking, biking or kayaking. And last but not least our group was the BEST. We all got along and enjoyed each others company. This trip was a trip of a lifetime for us and I want to say THANK YOU for such a great time!!!!”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, March 2013
  • AWESOME - It's a shame it wasn't longer.

    “The trip was awesome and unforgettable. It's a shame it wasn't longer. I didn't want to go home after 2 very short weeks. Thanks for a wonderful experience.”
    – Ohio, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Surpassed our high expectations

    “It has been a few weeks since our Rimu adventure on the South Island, and we are both still captivated with the entire experience. We were blessed with exceptional variables during our 2 week trip - from impeccable weather to a wonderful group of travellers, smooth logistics and great timing. But the exceptional constant was our amazing guides, Mike and Natalie. They truly made all of the difference, and were impossibly kind, energetic, knowledgeable, fun and hospitable. We would like to thank them for making this the trip of a lifetime. New Zealand is a beautiful country, and Active New Zealand has seemingly perfected the art of seeing the countryside and adding fun and adventure into such an active trip. The food, itinerary, travel routes, lodging, type & length of each activity, preparation and organization were all impeccable. We know that writing a review is helpful for improvement purposes, but we would not have changed a thing. Thank you for the wonderful memories!”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, March 2013
  • No Worries

    “The Manuka trip to the west coast of the South Island was a treat in every respect - great scenery, great hiking, great guides, great food - and, in our case (mid to late Feb.), great weather! Most of us did the Milford Track hike and we all enjoyed it, including 70+ year olds. I think we challenged ourselves and felt pretty good about the results! Go for it!”
    – California, United States Manuka, March 2013
  • Outstanding from start to finish!

    “Rimu Northbound Feb 11 - 24: If you're looking to tour the South Island of New Zealand, this is THE trip! Outstanding from start to finish!”
    – Georgia, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Rimu - excellent guides, very well planned.

    “Excellent guides, very well planned. 3 day hike was very strenuous, but worth the views. Food was very well prepared and plentiful. Bikes for the ride needed a little help as they did not shift well.”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Challenging, inspiring and beautiful

    “My Active New Zealand Experience: I was pleased with the trip because it was challenging, inspiring and beautiful. The guides were prepared, knowledgeable and supportive. Beyond that, the scenery was incredibly beautiful and the food was absolutely fantastic.”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Awesome!

    “Couldn't have been any better: awesome ever changing landscapes, stunning variety of trails for hiking & biking, fun & relaxed "inns", the best picnics and home cooked dinners, amazing & wonderful guides and never a drop of rain!”
    – DC, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • A trip I will never forget!

    “Great trip - awesome guides, met some really nice people from the trip and the scenery is amazing!
    Lauren taught us how to cross a river barefoot. My first time staying in a hut and saw the most beautiful sky in my life at night. Definitely recommend it to everyone who's looking for an adventure.”
    – Hung Hom, Hong Kong Tui, March 2013
  • It doesn't get better than this!

    “An extraordinary trip; one week later I'm still replaying the images and experiences in my mind! Outstanding places, superb guides (Mel and Dave), compatible and congenial group. Everything in the South Island that I wanted to do and more: Paddling in Marlborough Sound, Okarito Lagoon and Milford Sound; hiking to Mueller Hut near Mt. Cook; walking Franz Josef glacier: It doesn't get better than this! Thanks for putting together such a well-crafted trip and providing such capable guides.”
    – Illinois, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Great Trip

    “We really didn't know what to expect, but from the minute we were picked up, we felt very comfortable with our guides (Lauren and Dan) They really did a great job. We met a lot of great people on our trip and enjoyed the time we got to spend with them. New Zealand is fantastic and this really was a great trip. The only complaint I have is that we couldn't spend more time in a few of my favorite spots.”
    – Nebraska, United States Tui, March 2013
  • WOW!!! Wonder Of Wonders..

    “Upon arriving back to work from this truly amazing adventure, I couldn't stop smiling and talking about this great experience I had. This adventure was truly amazing. Our group had the famous Ken Dixon along with wonderful, warm Amanda. These two leaders really made the experience above and beyond my expectations -- They were always positive, informative, energetic and had a great sense of humor! First, of all about Ken Dixon (famous and experienced) -- the group tried to use his famous name in different locations in NZ (stores, pubs etc...) and we were quickly escorted out the of establishment!!! (just joking) Ken is a wonderful, crazy and experienced guide. We had a blast with him and Amanda B.! I started to call Ken and Amanda (F.O.K and A.= Friends of Ken and Amanda..)
    What an adventure, this trip was E.P.I.C!!
    (Experienced, People friendly, Involvement, Culture)
    This was my first trip with Active Adventures and I hope there will be more Active trips in the future.”
    – Colorado, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Out of the way places we would never have booked on our own.

    “We really appreciated getting to out of the way places we would never have booked on our own.”
    – Northwest Territories, Canada Kiwi, March 2013
  • Beyond expectations

    “From beginning to end our trip exceeded our expectations! The guides were amazing! Dan and Amanda did everything in their power to ensure all the group were taken care. Our accommodations were very comfortable and meals provided and prepared by Amanda and Dan were delicious. Both guides were extremely knowledgable about everything to do with New Zealand. Dan's driving skills were impressive so everyone was comfortable and only needed to watch the passing scenery. By the end of our tour we truly felt we had experienced and seen everything the South Island had to offer. And to top it all off the weather was incredible. We felt so lucky and will never forget our Rimu trip! The South Island of New Zealand is a spectacular place and we would recommend Active New Zealand to everyone wishing to experience it.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, March 2013
  • The Best

    “I thoroughly enjoyed the Rimu tour with Ben and Sarah. They are excellent guides who paid attention to each one of us and were very adaptive. The days were packed with activities and food was delicious! Sarah is a great cook and I was very surprised at the variety of dinners we had. Ben helped me through a challenging hike up Mt Cook, when I froze and didn't think I'd be able to go on at a point where the path disappeared and I was faced with boulders at the edge of the mountain. Scary. But with his encouragement I went on.

    NZ of course is gorgeous. I didn't realize so many different micro climates existed on the South Island. Loved the changes from rain forests to beaches to drier areas to mountains and glaciers.

    The only thing that took me aback was the difficulty of the 3-day backpacking option. After Mt Cook I realized I was not able to do the backpacking option. My knees are bad and the downhills would have been way too challenging for me to attempt. But, I completed the 1st day segment of the hike and spent the night in the hut. I would suggest that backpacking is not something everyone can handle, especially people with knee issues and it would help to include this in the tour description.

    I definitely would like to return to NZ and spend more time in some of the places we visited.”
    – Colorado, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Non-stop New Zealand

    “I enjoyed the endless energy and good cheer of the leaders, Ken and Nicole, who are both excellent leaders who made it easy to follow a very busy schedule. I saw so many iconic new zealand highlands in a short period of time, which made my 6 days very efficient and the group was composed of great/funny people, which also made the trip worthwhile.

    The one slow up, which could have been improved on the trip, was the lack of the extra plane to get to the Siberian Wilderness so that slowed the start of our long hike and prevented us from reaching the hiking goal, so this might be an area that could be addressed if possible.
    However, overall the trip was wonderful and I would highly recommend it to all who want to consider taking a trip of a lifetime.”
    – Ontario, Canada Tui, March 2013
  • Kayaking on Milford Sound was awesome

    “Kayaking on Milford Sound was awesome, even as we wore our Dr. Seuss striped long underwear and kayak top.”
    – Ontario, Canada Tui, March 2013
  • Close Enough to Perfect for Me -- A Trip of a Lifetime!

    “For years, I'd been hearing about the wonders of NZ from my sister. Could a country really be this magical? I had to find out. Well, it turns out it is! I explored the North Island on my own for a week and thoroughly enjoyed it, but the focus of my trip was the South Island. I wanted to challenge myself physically and explore the glorious remote places I had read about. After doing research, I decided that the two-week Rimu adventure with Active New Zealand was the right fit. I'm delighted to say that it exceeded my expectations in every way. Our guides Amelia & Nick were delightful, the itinerary was just right, and the weather was spectacular. I absolutely loved it. Thank you so much!”
    – North Carolina, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Most fantastic scenery in the world!

    “My Rimu trip took me to many less travelled areas of New Zealand. New Zealand has the best scenery in the world that I have seen and I have been in many places, on many continents. Rimu is definitely a hard-core active trip with some challenging hiking and conditions, but was accessible to even those with limited backpacking experience.”
    – New York, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • The Rimu Trip was a fabulous experience

    “Note the bristly needles of the male Rimu tree...

    Dan and Amanda led our companionable group of eleven travelers on 14 days of bush, mountain, stream, and seaside adventures that not only challenged us physically but also provided endless stunning photo ops as well as memorable natural history lessons that added depth, knowledge, and enjoyment to a flawless trip.

    It would be impossible to get this much out of a 14-day trip planned on our own.
    Besides scheduling all the best outdoor activities and tramping opportunities, Active Adventures has transportation, accommodations and meals down to a science.

    After hiking, biking, snorkeling, or kayaking, our group rolled into our lodgings, got a key or room assignment without fuss, hit the shower and then enjoyed a glass of wine and munchies while Amanda whipped up one of her amazing meals. She fed us like lumberjacks—tasty dishes as diverse as baked fresh farm salmon and Moroccan tagine. (And, yes, there was always dessert.)

    A safe, skillful driver of our comfy van, trip leader Dan was also a font of ecological, geological and historical detail, as well as Maori lore. We especially loved his telling of the tale about how the kiwi came to live on the forest floor. On the occasions when we finished our scheduled activities early, Dan always had a bonus jaunt up his sleeve that led us to some unexpected and breathtaking location.

    Our three-day Angelus Circuit backpacking adventure in the Nelson Lakes National Park was the highlight of our trip. It ran the gamut of challenge from pleasant hiking through a rolling beech forest, to a steep climb to a mountain-top cabin (hufff, puff), and then to an early morning scramble across rocky, wind-swept Robert Ridge with its unparalleled top-of-the-world views. Once again, meals, even on this remote stretch of the trip, were tasty and satisfying. And they were HOT thanks to the efforts of irrepressibly cheerful Active Staffer Dave who joined the trip briefly for the sole purpose of backpacking a sizable canister of propane up the mountain.

    Along the Angelus Circuit, we got to sample the “nectar” exuded in droplets on beech bark by wood-boring insects as well as see a pair of black swans gliding on Lake Rotoiti. Elsewhere we learned to distinguish male from female rimu trees by the feel of their needles and to identify the tui bird by his white “bowtie.”

    The Rimu Trip was a fabulous experience led by professional, knowledgeable and hard working guides who made every effort to insure our needs and expectations were met and exceeded.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Tui - Truly the trip of a lifetime!

    “The scenery was spectacular, the activities were appropriately challenging, the guides were knowledgeable and helpful. Truly the trip of a lifetime! The guides helped us celebrate our 35th anniversary in rustic style!”
    – Wisconsin, United States Tui, March 2013
  • Rimu Southbound - great mix of adventure and comfort

    “This trip was a great mix of adventure and comfort. We were well taken care of, especially considering the varied interests and abilities within the group. I feel like I saw the best of New Zealand and I really appreciated the emphasis on the beautiful scenery and wilderness of the South Island and not the more commercial aspects (ie not a tour of a jade or glass blowing shop, with subsequent pressure to buy).”
    – British Columbia, Canada Rimu, March 2013
  • The memories will be life long.

    “Fabulous trip, enthusiastic guides, unbelievable scenery. The memories will be lifelong.”
    – California, United States Tui, March 2013
  • Awesome adventure package with impeccable & insightful service!

    “Superior experience from the start of planning to the return home! Website is easy to navigate and communication from Active, both phone and email, is non-comparable. The service throughout the trip cannot be beat from the transportation to the food to the lodging to all that is part of the adventure! And trip leaders who genuinely love what they do and are so happy to help ensure you have the trip of a lifetime.”
    – New York, United States Tui, March 2013
  • It was well organized and lived up to the company name

    “ANZ,
    Enjoyed the trip very much. It was well organized and lived up to the company name of Active NZ. Accommodations were fine, meals prepared by Kate and Nick were delicious and bountiful. Information pertinent to the sites,areas provided by Kate was very good (this is of great value on all my trips). These two gave us great service and worked hard to make sure all our needs were met. All daily departure times were on schedule through out the trip.

    Points to consider:physical condition required for this trip is accurate for all but the hike up to and down from Angelus Hut. My group was in condition and managed the task, but I could see where someone not in really good condition could cause separation of the group and create a problem for your 2-person team to manage. There were times when we felt Kate and Nick needed a third person to assist them. Occasionally they would have to separate as one would have to leave us to prepare for our next lunch or move the bus or whatever. Another thought is the need for water shoes of some sort or flip flops in your gear list. I would say water shoes or whatever one needs to cross streams is a must. Flip flops are great in camp, but not for forging streams. And, wet hiking boots for me is not an option to start the climb to Angelus hut.

    These are a few of my thoughts and others concurred as well. We all loved the trip and enjoyed working with both the field staff and those in the office who showed patience in working with our crazy group of friends and family.

    All the best,”
    – California, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • Tui Feb 2013 - Never a dull moment.

    “It was a great trip, very well organized. Never a dull moment.”
    – Maryland, United States Tui, March 2013
  • Guides were amazing, as was the whole package

    “guides were amazing, as was the whole package”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Manuka, March 2013
  • Loved every minute

    “loved every minute -- loved Lina and Amanda, as well as the entire trip -- would recommend to friends”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Manuka, March 2013
  • The Active New Zealand Manuka trip exceeded my expectations

    “New Zealand February (winter/summer) 2013. The Active New Zealand Manuka trip exceeded my expectations, probably because of our guides, Lina and Amanda B, who were smart, witty, nice, accommodating, fun and very competent. They went out of their way to be helpful and supportive of all our needs. Also, the itinerary and hikes were well planned and the country very beautiful. The food was good and the accommodations generally good, especially in Queenstown. Lina's handling of the handover to Ultimate Hike for the Milford track part of the trip was well done; we appreciated her meeting us on our return. Really great trip.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Manuka, March 2013
  • Mel and Dave were excellent guides.

    “Mel and Dave were excellent guides. They are great representatives for Active New Zealand.”
    – Ohio, United States Manuka, March 2013
  • Impossible to imagine a better trip!

    “It would seem to be impossible to construct a trip that covers so much of the South Island, includes a significant level of activity (hiking, kayaking, and some biking), and not too much bus time, but this trip does it. Combine that with guides that were friendly, accommodating, extremely professional and capable, and high-energy, and this was an amazing trip all the way around. In two weeks, we experienced a great deal of what the South Island has to offer, and we did it without becoming part of the bus-load hoardes. The small group size and the more remote lodging choices really enhanced the experience. Finally, traveling with our own custom chef really was a bonus - not only was the food terrific, but we didn't spend a lot of time trying to get into and out of restaurants. The logistics of the trip were seamless, allowing us to spend the most time possible enjoying the landscape and activities. Can't say enough good things!”
    – Virginia, United States Rimu, March 2013
  • They made the trip!

    “Ben and Cristina were awesome. They made the trip!”
    – California, United States Tui, March 2013
  • Fantastic South Island experience

    “Amazing guides, swimming, kayaking, mountain biking, backpacking, mountains to the beaches -- this was a fantastic South Island experience. We took in some optional adventures, like the helicopter to the glacier, bungy jumping, jet boating and luge. The sky is the limit, all the fun and adventure you'd ever want.”
    – British Columbia, Canada Rimu, March 2013
  • Clearly New Zealand's best!

    “The whole experience was amazing. This is one of those out-of-the-ordinary, trips that only a few (if any) can offer. The guides shared their vast knowledge and love of the island with us and hidden treasures that few "tourists" will ever see. I feel privileged to have been a part of it.”
    – Missouri, United States Kiwi, February 2013
  • Awesome - everything exceeded our expectations

    “Everything exceeded our expectations and they were pretty high to begin with! Beautiful scenery. Fun adventures. We took close to 500 pictures in New Zealand and have completed putting a photo album together on-line. Wow did that take some time! Cristina and Ben were super, food was great and they were so accomodating. Even for us middle-aged flatlanders in Kansas! THANK YOU TO ALL THE STAFF WORKING WITH US AT ACTIVE NZ!!!”
    – Kansas, United States Tui, February 2013
  • Turning it over to the Kiwis

    “Early risers, breakfast ready, bush coffee to charge our brains, smiling, cheerful "good morning, Grace" from DK & Amelia. Can you imagine herding cats, in this case Americans & Canadians, through a schedule of any kind? Well, our patient, knowledgeable, funny, loveable guides did. Our summer Rimu trip gave us a great taste of the scenic beauty of the South Island and many of the adventures waiting to be had there. If you like walks/hikes challenging and strolling, getting wet in water of all temperatures, sea kayaking, biking on moderately challenging tracks/trails, visiting village pubs and city restaurants, eating healthy and well, and meeting new friends -- then turn your trip to New Zealand over to Active NZ. They made it so easy to have a wonderful time. Thanks, you guys!”
    – New Mexico, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Rimu is Spectacular

    “This trip was absolutely amazing! It's hard to describe in a few words, but I must say that although I was challenged everyday, I would do it all again in a heartbeat. Active, true, with a feeling that you've seen quite a bit of New Zealand; leaves you thirsting for more.”
    – New Hampshire, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Our introduction to New Zealand was a memorable one

    “Our exploration of the South Island of New Zealand was an excellent overview of the what this great country has to offer the outdoor enthusiast. We covered a lot of country in a van, but it was interspersed with great outdoor adventures and activities. Kate and Nick are excellent guides and became an integral part of our group very quickly. They made sure our introduction to New Zealand was a memorable one. The treks, biking and kayaking were great ways to get off the beaten path and not compete for position with others enjoying the NZ outdoors. The meals Nick and Kate prepared were outstanding. After completing our trip, I knew I would need to return someday so my wife could experience NZ as well.”
    – California, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Rimu January - What a wonderful way to see the South Island.

    “What a wonderful way to see the South Island. The 3-day hike was exhilarating and a highlight of my trip... crazy weather including snow at the top... but it all made it such a great adventure! Ben and Cristine were fabulous!”
    – British Columbia, Canada Rimu, February 2013
  • Epic - it felt as if I were apart of a big family

    “The Rimu Trip was truly an epic experience! Even though I was traveling solo it felt as if I were apart of a big family enjoying our adventures together and creating memories. Ken and Amanda were spectacular guides. Trip was absolutely golden and I can't wait to go on another!”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Loved the trip!

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    – Maryland, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Awesome - Thank you for a trip we will always remember!

    “Charles (64), Brady (20) and I (43) were were all absolutely thrilled by our trip. We couldn't have imagined being more active or more adventurous and even all bungee jumped! Our guides were fantastic, brought together a disparate group of people into a cohesive whole, showed us things we would never have done had we been traveling by ourselves, let us be crazy, and were just out and out fun. Thank you for a trip we will always remember!”
    – Arizona, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Fantastic Active NZ - This was the best trip we have had.

    “This was the best trip we have had. I'm sure there was no activity or adventure we didn't jump into. The organization left nothing to chance and Ken and Amanda were professional but warm and friendly.”
    – Arizona, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Awesome Adventure

    “Asked by customs if I liked New Zealand, I told him it was grand. He remarked that he would put me on the list to come back! Our guides Lauren and Dan on the February 3rd Tui trip were patient, knowledgeable, and humorous. They were resourceful and made the trip run smoothly even when liquid sunshine and gusty winds played havoc with the schedule. Our group of twelve could have won a congeniality contest any day. New Zealand is truly the land of sheep, snow-capped mountains, streams-braided, swaying ferns, and sand flies and I loved every minute of our Tui adventure... even though we wimped out of the full cycling adventure, we enjoyed cheering everyone else on to the finish line and some icy treats! The meals, accommodation, activities, schedule, and personnel exceeded my expectations - Good Job!!!!”
    – Arizona, United States Tui, February 2013
  • We felt so cared for by them

    “We had a great time on our trip. New Zealand is a beautiful country and the hikes were just right. Mel and Dave were wonderful guides and really enhanced all aspects of our trip. We felt so cared for by them - wonderful food, great driving, very entertaining and informative, flexible and unflapable. They are a great asset to your company.”
    – Ohio, United States Manuka, February 2013
  • Rimu with Ben and Amanda - This trip was spectacular

    “This trip was spectacular, particularly the Nelson Lakes hiking and the Milford Sound kayaking. We had great support from Ben and Amanda and they made the whole trip enjoyable, as did our traveling companions who all were friendly and fun!”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Hard to find the words... This was the best trip I've ever taken

    “This was the best trip I've ever taken. New Zealand is incredibly beautiful and diverse and it just keeps coming. Our Guides, D.K. and Amelia were fantastic, filling us in on everything from local flora, geo-history, evolution, and local legends to a reverent explanation of Maori culture and heritage.

    The trip was incredibly well-planned with absolutely magnificent choices of trails and tracks to explore. The "active" in Active New Zealand was no joke as we were on the go Monday through Friday with a nice break over the weekend in Queenstown.

    We had a large group and the chemistry worked. We all cheered on Daniel, who took his bucket list Bungy Jump at the world's first commercial bungy jumping bridge. We biked, kayaked and hiked together and ate and drank like there was no tomorrow (one of the benefits of all the activity).

    I can't recommend this tour enough - I will remember it forever.
    Thanks D.K., Amelia and Active NZ.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Loved Tui trip - this trip was everything I had hoped for.

    “This trip was everything I had hoped for. My husband and I are in our mid sixties and we love hiking, biking and being outside in nature. Active NZ gave us the opportunity to see and do more than we could possibly have done on our own. The Tui trip was challenging, but we were able to participate in all the activities fairly easily. Christina and Ben work very well together. Christina is very warm and outgoing and she kept us fed and organized. Ben worked very hard managing logistics and he kept us laughing with his stories and his dry sense of humor.”
    – California, United States Tui, February 2013
  • The group got along so well and our guides were fantastic.

    “This trip was amazing. Each hike/kayak/cycle was incredible and showcased a gorgeous part of NZ. The group got along so well and our guides were fantastic. They made everyone feel like they were part of a big family, as well as were extremely informed about the surrounding environment.”
    – Michigan, United States Tui, February 2013
  • Fantastic

    “Cannot think of a better way to see the South Island. Really WOW.”
    – , South Africa Tui, February 2013
  • Wonderful Experience on Tui Trip

    “This was an excellent and well-planned trip, expertly hosted by Ben and Cristina. The scenery, activities, and itinerary were nicely planned. This was further enhanced by the hospitality and extensive knowledge imparted by our guides . . . not to mention their exceptional culinary skills.”
    – California, United States Tui, February 2013
  • Awesome - I have never done a group tour before...

    “I have never done a group tour before and this was certainly one that inspires me to do more! Guides were absolutely fantastic and activities were great. Would recommend this trip to anyone.”
    – New South Wales, Australia Rimu, February 2013
  • Double WOW! So glad we chose ANZ.

    “My first trip with ANZ was great! The guides, the others on the tour and the scenery were fabulous! So glad we chose ANZ.”
    – California, United States Manuka, February 2013
  • Rimu - came with the hopes of having a lifetime's experience...

    “I told Mike and Natalie when we were have dinner late in our trip that each of us came with the hopes of having a lifetime's experience and that they as leaders had provided that for us.

    Mike was an exceptionally skilled leader. He put his heart and soul into taking great care of each person in the trip group to assure that we were each having the best possible experience. He has an in-depth knowledge of all things of interest from birds to plant life to peaks to cultural history and current events. He makes a huge difference and he is a great driver and packer and cook!”
    – California, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • My best vacation ever! Everything exceeded my expectations

    “My best vacation ever! Everything exceeded my expectations: the beautiful NZ scenery, the comforts of my small group (people who became instant friends!) and of course our truly awesome guide "DK". Thanks for the memories guys!!”
    – Florida, United States Tui, February 2013
  • New Zealand is a special place of beautiful scenery.

    “This was a great trip -- the maturity, leadership, support and cooking of our two guides, Dave and Mel were outstanding. They made the trip special and hassle free.
    We were blessed with almost perfect weather so we carried our foul weather gear for exercise only. The hikes were great and New Zealand is a special place of beautiful scenery.”
    – California, United States Manuka, February 2013
  • Beyond our wildest dreams

    “I would say "ditto" to everything Jim wrote. The trip was run beautifully, thanks to Mike and Nat. Mike taught us so much about the flora and fauna of NZ and Nat fed us like kings. They both gave us a lot of insight about Kiwis and we were impressed with the overall passion for the country and the environment that seems to be prevalent there. Around every corner was a more beautiful sight. I have heard my husband describing NZ to people saying, "it's like putting all of our national parks into a place the size of Florida, without the people"! For me, the dramatic beauty of the fiord lands was the highlight. We were well advised to have plenty of memory in our camera and to take the heli-hike option to see the Franz Josef glacier. And half our group took the leap at the Kawarau Bungy jump - I think we're all still amazed that we did. We were very fortunate to have a great group and perfect weather... we'll be back!”
    – South Carolina, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Rain in a Rainforest :)

    “After the nice drive and the opportunity to catch a nap so we could be all rested for the start of our adventure, we got off to a crazy start with a rain-filled day but did not let it dampen our spirits. This is kind of the way our trip went, but our guides took good care of us and adjusted things where they could to keep our trip on track. We took this trip to enjoy the challenge and the beauty of New Zealand and can say we were not disappointed. Thanks Lauren and Dan for a great trip.”
    – Nebraska, United States Tui, February 2013
  • Incredibly wonderful vacation

    “Outstanding adventure. Tour was very well organized, and the guides were truly professional. The events were challenging, but they all offered rewards of beautiful views and great workouts.”
    – California, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • I hope it always remains the way it is...

    “Weather was perfect, just like a postcard! Love New Zealand, would love to live there. I love the feeling of isolation, the feeling of the great outdoors, it has so many outdoor activities to offer, you could spend a lifetime hiking, cycling all the tracks & never repeat any. I hope it always remains the way it is, unspoilt by the rest of the world.”
    – New South Wales, Australia Rimu, February 2013
  • The trip was amazing!

    “Dan and Lauren were incredible! They wanted us to be happy at all times. They were knowledgeable, funny, hard workers and just great people. The trip was amazing!”
    – California, United States Tui, February 2013
  • Perfect organized trip to amazing places

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    – , Germany Rimu, February 2013
  • The trip was just what we were looking for.

    “We learned so much about the country and its people, as well as the flora and fauna. The days were packed with vigorous activities in beautiful environments. The guides were tireless and did all the food preparation and clean-up with efficiency and politely deflected all offers of assistance. I loved that the more vigorous hikes were out and back, so anyone who was getting tired could rest and then turn around and return. I have already recommended Active to friends.”
    – North Carolina, United States Tui, February 2013
  • Tui - The most 'pampered' trekking trip I've ever taken.

    “AWESOME trip. The most 'pampered' trekking trip I've ever taken.”
    – Indiana, United States Tui, February 2013
  • An excellent trip to showcase the South Island's highlights.

    “Manuka Trip Jan/Feb2013 - An excellent trip to showcase the South Island's highlights. The guides, Mel and Dave, were exceptional and greatly contributed to the enjoyment of the trip.”
    – West Yorkshire, United Kingdom Manuka, February 2013
  • Not a bad way to turn 26!

    “What a wonderful trip! Fantastic walks, great guides, great weather! The trip really did capture New Zealand from seeing its beauty, listening to the guides' anecdotes and being welcomed by the warm Kiwi hospitality. Thank you for making it a birthday to remember!”
    – 34 Buccleugh Street, New Zealand Manuka, February 2013
  • WOW, all I can really say is "WOW".

    “All I can really say is "WOW". This was an amazing trip. We saw so much more than if we went on our own. The level of activity was just right and varied enough to keep our interest. Our guides, Ben and Christina, were amazing. They were knowledgeable about the various (and there were a lot) of areas we visited, they were very attentive to the needs of the guests and made sure we got to do everything we wanted to. If you want an action-packed adventure where you see every corner of the South Island, this is the trip.”
    – DC, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • A week of sunshine and not a drop of rain

    “The exceptional weather was the icing on the cake.”
    – , United Kingdom Tui, February 2013
  • Tui Goodness

    “Our Tui trip with Active was an absolute blast. Our group size was great and our guide, D.K. was a revelation. I would recommend this trip to anyone that would want to experience New Zealand in a more personal and meaningful way than the standard bus tour or staying in the big cities.”
    – California, United States Tui, February 2013
  • Tui - fabulous experience!

    “Fabulous experience! Lina and Ele were wonderful, true professionals! Thank you for sharing New Zealand with us!”
    – California, United States Tui, February 2013
  • Dynamite trip thanks to Mike and Natalie

    “Codger's View of Rimu 01-21-13: Dynamite trip thanks to Mike and Natalie and the wether gods giving us the best weather ever. Even the sand flies cooperated!”
    – Alabama, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Don't think about it just go!

    “This is a great run around the South Island.”
    – Tennessee, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Kiwi - I had really a great time!

    “I had really a great time! Lauren - best guide ever - and Sarah - best cook of all - made the trip a great experience. The tour took us to incredible places. NZ, I like to come back!”
    – , Germany Kiwi, February 2013
  • Better than I thought it would be

    “Lina and Elle made a really good trip great. Very professional and very helpful. We thought the venues were very well selected by whoever designed the trip. It gave us a taste of just about everything we wanted to do. It helped that we had great weather the whole time. We began our trip on Jan 27.

    We would both book again with Active.”
    – California, United States Tui, February 2013
  • The thing we loved the most was there was no down time.

    “We absolutely loved the Tui Trip and our guides, Lina and Elle. The thing we loved the most was there was no down time. We were kept busy all day long. That's the kind of trip we love. Also, the service given to us from our guides. They were awesome to be with and we enjoyed the group we were with. It felt like family, and we were all so sad to leave each other. But, we got emails and promised to keep in touch. We can't say enough good about Active New Zealand. It definitely goes down as one of the best trips we've ever had. Thank you Active New Zealand !!”
    – California, United States Tui, February 2013
  • An exceptional trip to the South Island

    “Having returned home just yesterday, I am still thrilled by the experiences provided by the Rimu trip. This adventure provided a well organized and pretty comprehensive overview of the South Island. The activity level proved to be challenging at times but interspersed with down time while traveling. We opted for the mountain bike 3-day adventure and, although inexperienced at mountain biking, were challenged and thoroughly enjoyed the experience with the outfitters and the exceptional Bed and Breakfast. The hiking was again challenging at times but most rewarding for the views and varied ecosystems. The Okarito kayaking was very interesting, especially from a birders perspective. If I am to pick a highlight of the highlights, it would be the kayaking at Milford Sound. We were fortunate to have exceptionally fine weather almost the entire trip and this was especially fortunate driving to and at Milford Sound.
    I cannot say enough about the capabilities, work ethic, knowledge and social skills of our leaders Mike and Nat. We had a pretty compatible group made all that much better by the way these two interacted with us. Many thanks”
    – Washington, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Amazing trip to the South Island

    “Our trip was fabulous! From the time they picked us up to the day we were dropped off, both my wife and I had a amazing experience. When planning initially, I debated on doing the trip on my own without using Active New Zealand but by the end of the first day I quickly realized I would have missed out on so much. We were on the go from morning to night and I was fearful that there would be to much down time or that others in the group would be less experienced hikers. My fears went away quickly when I realized that everyone could go at their own pace and they had number of options if you wanted to do something different.
    Our Active guides were the BEST! They were kind, thoughtful and incredibly helpful. They worked hard to meet every person's expectation. We had a group of eight and ages from young 30's to mid 60's. We got along great and the guides help facilitate the relationships from the first day. I have nothing but the highest regards for staff at Active New Zealand. They earned a 10 out of 10 in my book!”
    – California, United States Tui, February 2013
  • Fantastic honeymoon adventure

    “My wife and I really enjoyed the Rimu trip as part of an amazing month long honeymoon! The guides (Amelia and Ellie) were fantastic fun, did well organising the group, getting us to the various locations and cooking incredible meals. However, they also went above and beyond and made sure that we got to experience as much as possible - even rearranging some activities so we got to go on the heli-hike (our best bit) a day early to avoid a torrential down pour.

    This was a once in a life time trip that we would recommend to anyone.”
    – Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom Rimu, February 2013
  • Our guides(ing) light made our vacation an experience to cherish

    “Our Guides (ing) Light
    Your trip guides made our vacation an experience to cherish forever. Their spirit and enthusiasm day-in and day-out helped to bond our group together. There was never a down day for them, they were with us 24-7, making breakfast, lunch and dinner, and everything in between. Their knowledge and antidotes of all places visited were both amusing and informative. And we did it all safely!”
    – California, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • I felt like I could turn off my brain

    “This trip was fantastic. Our leaders were outstanding. They did their jobs with confidence and humor. When we were stranded, they kept us informed and busy. I felt like I could turn off my brain, enjoy the people and the scenery and leave all the decision making and cooking to them.”
    – DC, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Guides were awesome

    “guides were awesome”
    – Ohio, United States Tui, February 2013
  • Rimu trip - Awesome, great guides.

    “Awesome, great guides. "All good" and Sweet As".”
    – Montana, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Wonderful Introduction to the South Island - excellent value

    “Manuka was well planned and enjoyable from beginning to end. The variety of experiences was great. We saw most of what the South Island offers, and got plenty of walking every day. The food was excellent. The hikers in our group were all interesting and enjoyable people, and I felt that we were all able to do things at our own pace, with choices to do longer or harder hikes depending on individual preference. I hope we will come back in a year or two to do a North Island trip. We felt we got excellent value for the money we spent.”
    – California, United States Manuka, February 2013
  • The wonderful service, a very pleasant bonus!

    “The Rimu was just fabulous. Our lively group and beautiful activities led to some pretty sound sleep! While we saw all of the described sights and off the beaten path locales, we also experienced first-hand how incredibly responsive Active NZ is when nature takes an unusual turn (washed out bridge). As if our tour guides were not impressive enough, we had the power of well-connected team moving mountains (or raging rivers) on our behalf. The breathtaking scenery, we expected. The activities, as described. The wonderful service, a very pleasant bonus! We definitely plan to travel with Active again!”
    – Colorado, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Incredible - Really above and beyond.

    “Every day was better than the last, the food was delicious and the guides were amazing. Really above and beyond.”
    – Virginia, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Rain + Milford Sound = Amazing!

    “This trip was amazing, wonderful, brilliant, etc! We had really great luck on this trip too. We had perfect weather for each place, rain at Milford Sound, sun in Queenstown, etc. Our group was small and we all got along famously. Our guide was awesome, DK was knowledgeable, friendly, a good cook, and had the patience of a saint. Each spot we stopped/stayed at was amazing. My favorite was staying at the Milford Lodge (who knew that "basic" accommodations could be so comfortable!) and being able to kayak Milford Sound first thing in the morning before the droves of tourist hit was wonderful. It rained the entire time, which sounds bad, but was actually perfect! The cliffs were covered with waterfalls and is something that I will never forget. I recommend this trip to anyone who loves the outdoors and won't cry at a little rain.”
    – California, United States Tui, February 2013
  • NZ South Island is a magical place...

    “NZ South Island is a magical place and Rimu tour takes you to the most magical places. I've been back 3 weeks and I can often be found gazing into the distance lost in my memories - an all round, life-affirming, wonderful trip! I highly recommend it.”
    – New South Wales, Australia Rimu, February 2013
  • I recommend Rimu to anyone looking for a life-changing vacation

    “Wow - what a trip! Between the beautiful scenery; my fearless, fun and knowledgeable leaders; the rest of the group and the itinerary - I could not have hoped for a better trip. I recommend Rimu to anyone that is looking for a life-changing vacation!”
    – New York, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Excellent trip.

    “Excellent trip. The adversity created by the weather was handled professionally by Dan and Amanda.”
    – Queensland, Australia Rimu, February 2013
  • This was definitely a wonderful trip of a lifetime.

    “This was definitely a wonderful trip of a lifetime. My Active New Zealand guides were superb - energetic, funny, helpful, welcoming, organized, etc...
    I can not say enough about this trip in terms of the perfect balance of activity, downtime, socializing with other trip members, and overall customer service. I recommend this trip to anyone wanting to see the unique aspects of New Zealand while traveling solo.”
    – Colorado, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • They were both so great, sweet, hardworking, tireless and fun!

    “We nick named Kate "kiss me Kate" and Amanda "Amazing Amanda" they were both so great, sweet, hardworking, tireless and fun! We even added a plane ride to our itinerary which turned out really great cause I got some amazing pictures.”
    – Missouri, United States Rimu, February 2013
  • Exceeded my expectations

    “Overall, the trip exceeded the images in my mind's eye regarding the pristine beauty of this magnificent country. This trip had a well-thought-out itinerary and great hikes that were perfect and matched my ability. Our guiding leadership duo were outstanding professionals, and great weather is always the secret sauce.”
    – New Jersey, United States Kiwi, February 2013
  • I will be back to do more hiking in New Zealand.

    “My trip was great, my guides were the best and my room mate for the trip was a lot of fun. The Milford sound, Mt Cook and the west coast were the highlights for me. The 'pavlova' was great but the argument is still open to who made the first one - Australia or New Zealand! I will be back to do more hiking in New Zealand. Thank you”
    – Victoria, Australia Manuka, February 2013
  • Tui trip is amazing experience

    “Great trip and great group. Really enjoyed it. It would have been impossible to do so much and see so much on my own. Looking forward to future trips with Active...worldwide.”
    – Maryland, United States Tui, January 2013
  • Great time in New Zealand

    “We had a fabulous time in New Zealand with our whole family of 4. Our kids are 20 and 18 years old. We were hoping that all of us would enjoy this trip and we did. Being in a group with two wonderful leaders and experiencing this amazing country in an "active" way was really worth it.”
    – Connecticut, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • You don't always have to be first up the mountain!

    “Of course it's nice to be a totally fit 30-Something jock, but it is also OK to enjoy this trip as a retired teacher with two hip replacements! There are so many different activities with varied physical challenges. My patient guides, Reon and Sarah, were always encouraging and fun. There were often choices for the group. Near Mt Cook some of the group hiked about 1000 steep rock steps up the mountain, while the rest of us did a valley hike to a glacial lake complete with icebergs. It was raining, cold, and foggy and we had a blast! At the end we all stripped off our wet layers and enjoyed a memorable warm drink in the beautiful coffee shop at the base of the mountain. Active NZ sends you a list of physical activities to do to prepare for the trip, and you will enjoy yourself more if you have taken those suggestions to heart. I did the 3 day kayak in Marlborough Sound, and although there were some serious waves to contend with, arriving at our comfortable, remote lodge, in a lush green forest ,was worth every paddle stroke.”
    – New York, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • The company that made miracles happen

    “Our trip was phenomenal!!!! Not only were our guides the best and most flexible, the staff you had backing them up to help when unexpected things arose could not have performed better. They all performed miracles. Who else could have pulled a helicopter out of their hat, which actually saved our friend's life.
    Thanks so much for a fabulous trip.”
    – Indiana, United States Tui, January 2013
  • Awesome/Fantastic Adventure/Rimu with Guides: Kate & Amanda

    “This was a trip of a lifetime :-)! Highly recommend this tour for anyone. Our guides worked with each individual in our group to make sure we were all happy with the schedule/activities. You could be as active or inactive .... many options and opportunities. Do not hesitate to book this trip!”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • 2 great Kiwis led our Kiwi adventure

    “Our trip was wonderful with positive, professional, enthusiastic guides. We saw so much of the South Island that we could never have covered on our own. The Kiwi trip was a "just right" combination of sight-seeing while driving, hiking, and occasionally kayaking. We stayed in truly unique places that showcased the real New Zealand.”
    – Washington, United States Kiwi, January 2013
  • Dec. 31st Northbound Rimu - Our Awesome Adventure!

    “Our recent Rimu adventure allowed us to cross one off of our bucket list. We originally thought that we could visit New Zealand and Australia in the same trip. After looking at the tour itineraries on the Active NZ web site, it became obvious that there was too much to do in just New Zealand for one visit. Friends of ours in Nashville, Tennessee, were organizing a trip and had decided on the Rimu. It sounded perfect, and we immediately decided to join in. They were doing a stopover in Tahiti, which also happened to be on our bucket list... perfect! We got out of Michigan just before a snowstorm arrived, but our Nashville friends were not so lucky. Their plane was delayed by an ice storm (in Texas, of all places) and they arrived a day late in Tahiti, but were able to make the flight to NZ. Kate and Amanda met us at the Christchurch Airport, and we were off. We had many challenging activities, but our group was always up for it. The weather challenged us a bit too, but remarkably the trip was minimally affected. Our three-day kayak in the Malborough Sounds ended up a two day as severe winds came through the sound. We were able to substitute an amazing hike on Day 2 and that night capped it off with some play time with 'phosphorescence' in the bay, and Glowworms in the forest. Wow! On Day 5, torrential rains (60 cm or around 24 inches!) fell overnight to our south, washing out the Wanganui River bridge, blocking our route to Okarito. Active came up with a novel solution. They hired a pilot and Cessna to fly our group and luggage across to another airport south of the bridge. On the return flights a stranded Southbound Rimu group was ferried back, after which we swapped tour buses. This allowed both groups to continue on their way - thanks Jon! After a couple more great days of hiking and kayaking, it was time to head to the Franz Josef Glacier. Luckily the wind had dried the trail enough to hike all of the way to a glacier overlook. What a view! Next it was on our way to Queenstown with an epic mountain bike ride in between. The layover day in Queenstown provided some well needed rest, along with some fantastic meals. Can you say 'Fergburger'? The weather came into play again as we were preparing to drive to Milford Sound. A second major rainstorm came through and the road was closed out of concern for landslides. Kate and Amanda did everything possible to work around this obstacle, but it was not to be. It just means we'll need to return to see Milford Sound another time. The weather gods smiled on us for the last stop though. We stopped along Lake Pukaki on the way into Braemar Station. We were blessed with an unbelievable view of Mount Cook and the surrounding peaks, with the glacial blue waters of the lake in front. Amazing! The sheep farm was the icing on the cake. What a way to wrap up a fantastic two weeks of adventure. We couldn't have had a better time - the guidance of our trip leaders Kate and Amanda, including the preparation of most of our awesome, varied meals. The graciousness of our many hosts at our overnight stops. The friendliness of the local Kiwis, and who could forget the variety of tasty NZ beers. The list goes on. Highly recommended to anyone considering a true New Zealand adventure.”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Obviously, Active NZ has done its homework.

    “Lauren and Sarah were a terrific pair. Obviously, Active NZ has done its homework. The locations were awesome and even if the weather did not always cooperate, Lauren and Sarah were glad to make allowances for us "not so seasoned" hikers. I have been with numerous outfitters and I will have to say that the quality of the food was excellent, no matter how remote our location happened to be. I give Lauren and Sarah a big "thumbs up" for being so enthusiastic and helpful with all aspects of the trip. They were the icing on the cake.”
    – Virginia, United States Kiwi, January 2013
  • NZ Wonderland!

    “We fell in love with your country thanks to the excellent service from Ben and Nick as well as the entire Active NZ crew! You made sure we did not miss one step of our journey despite our tragedy with our team. We are so grateful for your support. The details that Ben and Nick provided made the trip so special, such as the surprise [removed so as not to ruin the surprise!], the tim tam slam, bridge jump, Black Seeds concert, plus all the memory photo sessions. Ben and Nick became part of our family. We miss them already. We think they would do a fantastic job on your Patagonia trip!! Many thanks to you all for a wonderful time. Until we meet again. Happy Tramping! Vickie Firkins”
    – Indiana, United States Tui, January 2013
  • Well worth the price! 2 or 3 times more NZ than if on our own.

    “Amelia and Elle facilitated a wonderful vacation for us. They were happy all the time and very responsive to our wishes and the idiosyncracies of the weather. They always had a Plan B, and sometimes a Plan C. Amelia's commentaries were very informative, and Elle's cooking ... well, I wish I'd taken her home with me. Deliciously healthy and as well as accommodating various dietary requirements. We could never have seen as much of NZ on our own in 4 or even 6 weeks by the time we sought out accommodation, restaurants, activity opportunities and trailheads. Also a big thanks to the other 14 vacationers on our tour. A fantastic bunch of up-beat folk from all stages of life. We lucked out majorly with respect to these travel companions.”
    – Alberta, Canada Rimu, January 2013
  • Wow, did we actually do all that!

    “Activity packed tour. Our guides who were more like guides, friends, cooks, handy persons, and chauffeurs, made it possible to rise early, have active days, crash late and repeat with out wearing us out.”
    – Washington, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • The Lofty but Mel(low) Ride

    “Trip was marvelous - sights and history were spectacular. Accommodation and food were super for such a family trip; our guides made it a lot of fun for the kids and put up with the antics of the adults. A trip that was enjoyable with very few disappointments. I would recommend all windows to have screens on them!”
    – Virginia, United States Kea, January 2013
  • The Perfect Trip

    “This trip was exactly what I wanted. Something active and different every day. Not all hiking or all biking, but a nice mix of everything. I even welcomed the time on the bus, which gave us an opportunity to talk to other people on the trip as well as to rest up for the next adventure. Our guides, Lina and Nat, were fantastic and of course you just can't beat the South Island for scenery! Even had the opportunity to go hang gliding - a lifelong item on my wish list.”
    – Wisconsin, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • A trip I'd repeat in a heartbeat

    “The Kiwi trip with Active far exceeded our expectations. New Zealand is stunningly beautiful (even more than we thought), the weather was fabulous, and our guide, Lina, was terrific. Lina knocked herself out to ensure that we were comfortable and had great experiences. She went far out of her way to accommodate our various dietary requirements and preferences. She paid close attention to our questions and interests, and made sure to get us answers and show us things we wanted to see.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Kiwi, January 2013
  • Completely beyond any expectations I could have had!

    “This trip was very well organized, and yet had the flexibility to react to unexpected conditions – particularly weather conditions. I was really impressed with our guides, who prepared and cooked delicious well-balanced meals, drove our bus, looked after our luggage, etc. with incredible good-humour, efficiency and patience. Completely beyond any expectations I could have had!”
    – Alberta, Canada Rimu, January 2013
  • Rimu 2012 - This trip was exceptional.

    “I was very fortunate to have Ken and Nick as my guides. The sights were outstanding, the food was incredible, and they both made me feel secure - even in the most remote locations. I recommend the Rimu trip for anyone looking to explore this great country, while getting a good amount of exercise in.”
    – California, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Great adventures, great people

    “I very much enjoyed this trip. After a slow start on the kayaking option due to rainy weather, we quickly picked up steam and enjoyed the lovely NZ landscapes though a mix of strenuous and relaxing activities. The trip was well organized and executed, the food generally good and sometimes great, and I met many interesting people and shared good stories. While I have suggested a few improvements that would make the trip even better, I want to thank Active New Zealand for a great experience. And...oh yes...I took 2200 pictures!”
    – New South Wales, Australia Rimu, January 2013
  • Tui trip, Jan 2013 - This was a great trip.

    “This was a great trip. The only downside was the weather, above average rain and very high rivers, but we have to blame Mother Nature, not Active NZ! Our guides Dave and Nicole were absolutely fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!! They always had a "plan B" for the weather. The scenery in Mt. Aspiring National Park was to die for, especially from the bush plane trip in. The rain seriously interupted our hikes at Makarora and Ben Lemond in Queenstown, so I can't comment on them. Milford sound was really spectacular, and I love to sea kayak, so the morning there was really fun. I REALLY can't say enough about Dave and Nicole. They are the nicest people, and very competent and good at managing groups with all the usual group dynamics! Thanks for a great trip, I'll be back!”
    – Utah, United States Tui, January 2013
  • Couldn't have been more accommodating to the needs of the group.

    “Ben and Nick couldn't have been more accommodating to the needs of the group. And the behind-the-scenes support from the home office was visible from day 1 when a bridge on our route was washed out, but a helicopter was there to take us across the river. A new van was waiting on the other side, driven there over many hours by a staff member so that we could continue on our journey. We had a couple of other weather-related complications, and in each case, adjustments to the schedule were made so that our adventure was not compromised in the least. Ben and Nick made it all look so easy -- from providing our meals to getting us up and down the mountains and in and out of the motels -- but it seemed to me they must be working 20 hours a day to have everything work so seamlessly. They really hustled! Kudos to everyone at Active New Zealand.”
    – Indiana, United States Tui, January 2013
  • An absolutely fabulous trip in every respect.

    “An absolutely fabulous trip in every respect. Recommended it to friends who are doing it in February.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, January 2013
  • Oh brave New Zealand that has such people living in it!

    “Friends, Kiwis, Antipodeans! Pin back your lugholes.
    I came to admire New Zealand not to abuse it.
    They say that the good of a country is oft interred with its stones,
    while its bad rots on.
    That may be so with Britain, but let it not be so with New Zealand.

    What an irrelevent name!
    A sewer by another name would smell as sour but I would prefer NZ to be called by its original name, Aotearoa. Not that NZ smells sour. It's as sweet as... a rose, which somebody said would smell as sweet by any other name.

    We few, we happy few, we happy band of brothers (and sisters) had a great time. but there were two amongst us who deserve special mention. Not only did they join in almost all the activities but also drove us safely around the island and looked after us handsomely. Thank you Lina and Nats for your sterling work and for looking after me and my diet so well. You shall not be forgotten and will always be appreciated. Oh brave New Zealand that has such people living in it!”
    – Worcestershire, United Kingdom Rimu, January 2013
  • Great trip with excellent guides

    “Great trip with excellent guides in Amelia and Amanda. Given that the trip is catering for different folk with different goals and expectations from the trip, I do not think it could be improved upon. Well done and thanky ou to all concerned at Active New Zealand. Kind Regards, Mark Gordon”
    – UK, United Kingdom Rimu, January 2013
  • Bucket List Trip!!

    “The Rimu trip was everything and more than I hoped for. The guides were truly outstanding - everyone should hope to get Ele and Amelia!! Thank you both for making a great trip really special. All the guides we were involved with went the extra mile. Active NZ has a great capacity to think on its feet when weather made planned activities unsafe. Alternates were found, schedules were juggled with nary a glitch. The sites we visited, and the places we stayed were unique, and I think a great representation of what NZ has to offer. Might have to come again and do a different trip!”
    – Virginia, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Tui Terrific!!

    “Having done many adventure/climbing/trekking trips over the past few decades, I don't think any company has impressed me more than Active New Zealand. Our two guides (Ben & Nick) worked tirelessly to insure we all had a fabulous time. Their competence, humor, and knowledge greatly added to our trip. Active New Zealand also demonstrated outstanding back-office support regarding changing weather conditions and trip itinerary. We will definitely use Active New Zealand on future trips... THANKS, David Thurman”
    – Indiana, United States Tui, January 2013
  • Summer Rimu - We had a great trip.

    “We had a great trip. Toni & I gathered 10 of our friends for our Rimu adventure. We want to thank ANZ for working through some weather difficulties, such as the air bridge after 2 feet of rain on the Wet Coast. Our guide Kate was willing to drive as long as she could to get to Milford Sound, but unfortunately the road did not open in time to attempt a visit.
    The South Island was as magnificent as we had been told. We stayed at places with awesome views. Our guides "Darling Amazing Amanda" & "Kiss Me Kate" were exceptional. They worked extremely hard to make our adventure a great trip.”
    – Tennessee, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • An awesome tour!

    “Nicole, Switzerland
    A great groupe, professional guides and a varied and memorable trip with biking, hiking and kajaking. On kayaking we were nearly crashed by an orka, I will never forget it. It was a great time and I can really recommend the Rimu tour.”
    – , Switzerland Rimu, January 2013
  • Trip of a Lifetime

    “The Rimu trip was more amazing than I ever imagined it could be. The guides were awesome and entertaining and the views were spectacular! I will never forget the views of Mount Cook from Braemar Station or those darn sandflys from Milford Sound :) I can't wait for our next ACTIVE adventure!”
    – Hawaii, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Most Fun Ever

    “By far my favorite trip I've ever been on. The guides were great and handled everything, not once was I worried about anything. Not to mention the hikes, kayaking, and cycling was so much fun and the views ridiculous.”
    – Hawaii, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • We loved it, we loved every hike and every experience

    “New Zealand is an incredibly beautiful country and seeing it "on foot" certainly gets you up close and personal with the amazing views and the diversity of the environment. The weather didn't exactly cooperate - torrential rain for four days - it didn't "dampen" our enjoyment of hiking the rain forests. We appreciated Dan and Sarah's backup hikes to those that had to be cancelled. We loved it, we loved every hike and every experience, we did not want to come home!”
    – Alberta, Canada Tui, January 2013
  • New Zealand is like Hawaii on Steroids

    “New Zealand is like Hawaii on Steroids; Amazingly beautiful and exciting. Mahalo Lina and Natalie! Lina and Natalie's passion made the South Island come alive, I can't imagine it could have been any better. It's been said over and over but this truly is an amazing adventure with top-notch guides. Mahalo!”
    – Hawaii, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Rimu trip - right up there with the best.

    “Our guides, Lina and Nanette, met our every need, and went the extra mile, always anticipating needs we didn't know we even had!! We felt we received extra attention (maybe age related). Safety was their highest priority. Judgment and leadership skills that Lina posesses are of the highest level. They both work very hard. Little things, like special snacks and the fruit basket hit the spot. We have experience on similar great adventures, and this was right up there with the best.”
    – Montana, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Everything I hoped for, and more

    “What a great trip. I feel like I saw so many amazing places in New Zealand that I never could have found on my own. It's also a great mix of activities, and the guides do everything possible to make it a safe and enjoyable trip.”
    – Maryland, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Amazing Tui trip

    “Active New Zealand really knows how to put on a trip. We had an amazing experience in the South Island, and we will forever remember our honeymoon because of it.”
    – Colorado, United States Tui, January 2013
  • Guided life

    “Oh the guided life
    To the morn
    On foot for fowl to see
    A group is born

    Each day full of fruit
    To tramp, to step, to paddle
    Each eve, questions of our suit

    New friends with guides
    To the bus we go
    Rides and rides

    Wonders pointed to
    Green forever to the sky
    Rivers and ice so blue

    Ah The Guided Life
    How I miss you”
    – Hawaii, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • A brilliant trip

    “A really memorable trip with experiences I could never have attempted on my own.”
    – London, United Kingdom Tui, January 2013
  • Rimu 2012 - the best trip our family has taken.

    “The trip was the best trip our family has taken. The food was always excellent and our guides were top-tier. I could not recommend this trip more to anyone who is on the fence. The trip explored some of the more remote parts the South Island of New Zealand and saw some of the most amazing scenes and sights this world can offer. Our activities varied daily along with our food. Our travel group and guides truly became our extended family. A+ trip!!”
    – California, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Still Grinning!

    “So sorry it took me so long to write this but I have been traveling nonstop for the past several months leading up to and following this trip. What can I say but....AWESOME! The trip was very well planned and packed with so much activity and breathtaking scenery in such a short time. DK and Jacs were knowledgeable, personable, and the coolest guides you could hope for. The first couple of days were more physically challenging than I was planning on but no complaints here. The fact that you had less challenging options for some was awesome. After a physically challenging day it was so nice to sit down to a wonderful meal that Jacs had put together. I'm planning on doing your Himalayan trip with DK sometime this year and coming back to New Zealand every 12-24 months for another one of your adventures. You guys ROCK!”
    – Florida, United States Tui, January 2013
  • Sweet as. I had never taken any guided adventure trips...

    “I had never taken any guided adventure trips before and didn't really know what to expect. I was really pleased with the level of professionalism from the day I inquired about Active NZ, throughout the booking process and the whole of the trip. The itinerary for the TUI is well organized and our guides were excellent. It was a wonderful visual, cultural and spiritual kiwi experience!”
    – Ontario, Canada Tui, January 2013
  • Awesome Start to the New Year

    “I've been wanting to explore New Zealand for some time and this trip didn't disappoint. The itinerary gives a chance to see a lot in a short amount of time. I also liked the flexiblity of adjusting activites to the groups' needs. I might be a little more fit than average as I just came off of 6 months of ironman training... but I was able to get push myself with another ironman competitor in the group.
    Our guides were first class. We had a few challenges during the trip but they never let them impact our experience. In fact, we didn't even know of some when they were occuring.
    I will certainly be back... hopefully next year to do Ironman Taupo and do some more hiking in your great country!”
    – New Jersey, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Beautiful country - Great people

    “New Zealand is a beautiful country, it offers challenging paddling, hiking and
    cycling. On our trip we experienced good weather and little bad weather. It was
    during the bad weather that our guides really came through.”
    – Missouri, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Everything that I Wanted

    “Our trip was just what I was looking for--just-right hikes to fabulous places; an amazingly well-organized and caring guide; food and accommodations that exceeded my expectations.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Kiwi, January 2013
  • Sad to Leave

    “This trip will definitely be a highpoint in our family memories. Our family of 6 (ages 12-56) could not have had a better experience in NZ. We are an active, outdoor family and would never have thought we would go on a tour, but Active provided the perfect experience for us. With only two weeks to travel, we did not have to waste time figuring out where to stay, what to do, where to buy gas and food, or exhaust ourselves driving. Our guides, Duck and Amanda, were the best and could not have worked harder. Our family enjoyed traveling and laughing with our tour mates. Some of the favorites mentioned on the way home were backpacking in Nelson Lakes and hiking to "Duck's" Peak at the end of the day, sleeping in a mountain hut and slamming Tim Tams, kayaking in Milford Sound, biking along Lake Hawea amidst the lupines, and just sitting around the "big" table in Okarito eating all together. Good Job Active. Now you know why I shed a few tears when we left...”
    – California, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Inaugural 'Kiwi' Adventure

    “We were part of the first group of travelers on the Kiwi adventure and loved every minute of it. Our group leader Lina was terrific, the places we visited and walks we took were majestic, or fun, or interesting, and even our weather was great!”
    – Colorado, United States Kiwi, January 2013
  • Fantastic active trip!

    “I really enjoyed the trip! Lofty kept us all entertained with his humor and endless energy. Mel kept us all very well fed and did a great job accommodating the different dietary needs. An expected bonus was the education about the plant and animal life native to NZ. The bus/van was a comfortable shuttle around and the lodging worked well, clean with room to spread out and for kids to play, with nice separate rooms for the kids to sleep.”
    – Virginia, United States Kea, January 2013
  • Absolutely perfect honeymoon.

    “Absolutely perfect honeymoon. The Rimu trip allowed us to experience all our favorite outdoor activities (hiking, biking, photography, camping, kayaking) without all the hard and time-consuming work (driving, grocery shopping, cooking, dealing with problems along the way, such as car trouble, hotel reservations, etc.). We met some really interesting people, and we still had plenty of alone time to ourselves.”
    – Virginia, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Amazing trip, memorable moments

    “Travelling with ACNZ was really amazing. The country itself is gorgeous and the guides made the difference.
    I highly recommend!”
    – , Brazil Rimu, January 2013
  • VACATION OF A LIFETIME!!!

    “Where do I begin? There are not enough adjectives to describe our Rimu adventure. This was a trip of a lifetime! Everything was beyond spectacular. Your country is beautiful…from the snow-capped mountains to the pristine lakes to the driftwood-lined beaches.
    Our tour guides, Ele and Tim, went above and beyond in their guiding duties. They were patient and caring, especially since my age and fitness level was very different from the rest of our group—I was definitely challenged! Ele’s meals were so delicious. I felt like I was being served a meal in a fine restaurant just about every night with our own personal chef.
    The three other couples in our group were hilarious. We had such a good time with them; they added so much to our trip. You did a great job in choosing the people we would be spending two weeks of our vacation with.
    The accommodations were quaint and charming, each in their own way. My favorite place was Braemar Station because of the spectacular views. I thought I was in The Sound of Music with the snow-capped mountains, the rolling hills of grass, and the lake—absolutely beautiful.
    There is just one thing I hated—the sand flies. I still have welts as reminders of their furious bite. I know you cannot control them, but if that is the only negative, and it is, you did an outstanding job!!!
    It’s obvious you have done this trip 14 years. The organization was impeccable. I would highly recommend Active New Zealand to anyone. It ranks as one of my best vacations ever. Because of all the above, we are already looking into other tours you sponsor. Thank you for a fabulous two weeks! We will carry these memories with us for the rest of our lives.”
    – New Jersey, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • This was my first trip to the South Island...

    “This was my first trip to the South Island and everybody had said it was beautiful but it was even more than that, stunning, amazing and a beautiful place. Active NZ did a great job of making the trip unforgetable. I had considered planning my own itinerary, however I saw far more with them in the time frame than if I'd travelled alone plus they know all the hidden nooks off the beaten track, which makes it more interesting and exciting. The trip was an excellent combination of active exercise, travelling and relaxing. I would highly recommend this trip to anybody looking to achieve as much as possible in the shortest time. The guides were amazing.”
    – London, United Kingdom Rimu, January 2013
  • Great Honeymoon!

    “Couldn't plan for the weather, but truly enjoyed the trip. Great way to get off the beaten path and see some of the amazing views that the South Island has to offer while not worrying about the details.”
    – Virginia, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Manuka Magic

    “My wife and I will long remember our two weeks on the South Island of NZ. The experience exceeded our very high expectations. Hopefully, we shall return.”
    – New York, United States Manuka, January 2013
  • Loved the Active New Zealand South Island Trip!

    “This trip was amazing! It provided a great experience across the South Island. The guides were fantastic!”
    – Illinois, United States Tui, January 2013
  • New Zealand Love

    “This tour and country exceeded my expectations greatly! When our tour guides arrived at the pick-up location I knew that it was going to be an awesome tour. "DK" and "Jacs" were two of the most awesome tour guides I've ever had, and I've been on a lot of tours all over the world. Their outgoing personalities, knowledge filled brains, and excellent cooking skills made every day absolutely amazing! I will definitely recommend Active NZ to my mates. My NZ tour will be tucked away as a very happy experience. Thanks Active NZ!”
    – Michigan, United States Tui, January 2013
  • The Wilds of South Island: Surviving in Style

    “All adventure trips tell you about how great your trekking, kayaking, and bicycling trip will be. But few would venture to tell you what happens when Mother Nature darkens the picture. Torrential rains flooded out the only bridge, an avalanche blocked our only other route. And all cellphones and landlines were cut off. No problem, mate. Our intrepid guides Duck (Dan) and Amanda worked around the obstacles, gave us plenty of things to do, fed us great food, and managed to ferry us, via a small plane, out of harm's way. We even had enough wine and beer to keep us fortified. Bravo to our guides and their ingenuity in coming up with Plan B, Plan C, and Plan D when necessary. That's what made our Active New Zealand trip such a special adventure.”
    – DC, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Tui - Overall a fantastic adventure.

    “New Zealand is a beautiful country. The pace was fast, but very manageable. Your guides know their country and could not have been more accommodating. Despite the inclimate weather the first 3 days, they kept our spirits up. They went out of their way to ensure we were having a good time and our needs were taken care of. Well done!”
    – California, United States Tui, January 2013
  • Fantastic way to tour the South Island

    “My husband and I did the Rimu as part of a month-long trip to New Zealand and the Cook Islands. After spending a week on our own in the North Island, it was great to be able to leave the driving, logistics and catering to our wonderfully competent guides, Tim and Elle, and just enjoy ourselves. While we initially were disappointed about doing the Southbound version of Rimu, my conclusion is that it was the best option for us and for our group. We were a smaller (8) and perhaps relatively older group (average age mid-40s) and we forged tight bonds through shared experiences like the hike to the Mueller hut, kayaking in Milford Sound in the pouring rain, and especially the magical Christmas Day we spent in Okorito. Even during our free day in Queenstown we kept running into each other! I think we enjoyed the backpacking trip more, doing it at the end rather than the beginning, because we were so close.
    Our guides were fantastic, displaying not just competence in moving us from place to place and feeding us marvellous meals, but also humour, flexibility and warmth. Adding in a few treats and surprises along the way made the trip even better!
    The beauty of the South Island and the warm hospitality of all the Kiwis we met along the way make this a trip I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.”
    – Quebec, Canada Rimu, January 2013
  • Well organized.

    “Daniel and Sara were excellent, patient, hard-working, efficient, fun and great guides. Kudos to them both for their excellence. Sara's cooking was grreat. Her baking deserts for us was a special touch. Impressive how they did all the "work" behind the scenes (gassing up, shopping, making phone calls) so we just glided along and their efforts seemed effortless (even though I am sure it was plenty of work). They really were great at keeping things moving, keeping spirits up, despite the rain and our constant question: "do you know what the weather will be tomorrow?" I was the slugglish one of the group and both were attentive and patient with my slowness and made sure I wasn't left behind.

    I enjoyed the accomodations and the services offered. Always pleasant and clean. Having two nights in the middle at the Crowne Plaza was a nice touch.

    Suggestions:
    1. When we met in Christchurch it was beautiful, clear and warm. My daypack was not fully packed for inclement weather and it didn't occur to me we would encounter torrential rainfall a few hours latter. Prior to the trip, I was told our suitcases were readily accessible, so I didn't worry about packing my daypack (I also arrived at midnight the night before). Suggestion: Either before the trip or the morning of pick-up, that the client knows before they set out exactly what should be in the daypack and readily accessible (water bottle filled, rain jacket, rain pants, etc). I felt some annoyance at our not being fully at-the-ready for ALL our needs.
    2. I would have liked a little more downtime -- not to feel so rushed at town stops and a little time to relax. I appreciate that the rain impeded progress and plans and that scheduliing was important, yet it sometimes felt rushed (I also was the hiking slug of the group so I needed more rest. The others seemed fine with it).

    I am VERY positive about Active New Zealand and the quality of the trip and services provided. My giving a "good" instead of "excellent" is more about my me and my own expectations, not about anything that ANZ did poorly.”
    – California, United States Tui, January 2013
  • Fantastic Anniversary trip

    “The South Island of New Zealand was truly epic, and our guides were friendly, encouraging and made the most amazing food. What a fantastic way to celebrate our anniversary.”
    – California, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Completely different experiences than I had before.

    “Before my Rimu trip started, I had spent 5 months in Christchurch studying at the University of Canterbury. I had done a lot of traveling with my friends so I was nervous that I would be seeing the same things over again, but that was not the case. We went to little known, secluded places that provided completely different experiences than I had before. The trip allowed me to see NZ in a new and beautiful way. It was the perfect way to end my 5 months abroad in the most wonderful country!”
    – Tennessee, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Outstanding!!

    “Our Manuka trip was sensational in every way...an itinerary that took us to the South Island's adventure high spots and hot spots, eye-popping scenery, incredible guides. We came home feeling that we had an unbeatable Kiwi experience.”
    – New York, United States Manuka, January 2013
  • Christmas 2012! Highly recommended.

    “The trip was definitely not "Rest New Zealand " :)
    I enjoyed the entire trip. A great mix of physical activity, family time, time meeting fellow trampers all in the awesome South Island!

    Highly recommended.”
    – Illinois, United States Tui, January 2013
  • The Best way to see New Zealand

    “This trip introduced me to the most exceedingly awesome place! I loved the way Active ran the trip. We were always doing something and never bored. I was a little tired on day 3, but after that it was pure enjoyment. I love the food cooked by Heather - yum - and Lauren was awesome with all her knowledge and stories. She is the most nice guide I've ever had. She could handle anything. The hikes were great and she always had plan a b or c ready to go.”
    – Colorado, United States Manuka, January 2013
  • A great way to spend the holidays

    “Traveling around the South Island of New Zealand was the perfect way to get away from the stress of the holidays and everyday life. We were well taken care of, the scenery was incredible, and the activities were a blast. Kayaking in Queen Charlotte Sound and hell-hiking at the Franz Josef glacier were highlights, definitely worth the additional cost.”
    – California, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • I had a wonderful time.

    “Could have not imagine it would have turned out as good as it did. My compliments to both Amanda & Duck. They were both amazing an professionals. Active is fortunate to have to such great individuals representing. I will definitely recommend to anyone who would look into visiting your amazing country to use Active. I will definitely look to your company for other adventure opportunities in the future.”
    – Florida, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Rimu - This really was a trip of a lifetime.

    “Our guides, Daniel and Sara were awesome. They were great hosts, kept us informed about the areas we were traveling in, always allowed enough time for us to see the spectacular scenery and the meals were all delicious.”
    – California, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Exploring?!

    “The trip was amazing and it really gave me a sense of the S Island of NZ. A highlight for me was kayaking Queen Charlotte Sound and biking along the wildflowers and the lake. Ken and Nick were pretty amazing. They had us pushing ourselves, enjoying ourselves, and laughing at ourselves throughout.”
    – Western Australia, Australia Rimu, January 2013
  • Active Downunder

    “Thank you everyone who had anything to do with the organisation of our Manuka trip. From the very start the professional information sent via OBI, emails and personal phone calls from both Lynette and Jodi was excellent. And our two beautiful leaders - Lauren and Heather - were just awesome. Both worked far beyond the call of duty. Always ready to support, share information, give us a variety of beautiful fresh and healthy food and magical driving and arrive at our destinations still smiling was amazing after some very long days and yet still be there to walk with us on the treks. I was blown away by them both. Not easy to put a whole bunch of strangers together and please everyone. Yet they did. I can't wait to hear from all my fellow travellers and have enjoyed writing to them all and sending photos. Thank you again. I hope one day to do the Active Nepal trip. Regards, Chrissie”
    – Queensland, Australia Manuka, January 2013
  • Manuka Trip - Thank you so much for such a great experience

    “Thank you so much for such a great experience - the trip was well organised and allowed me to experience the real New Zealand. What a beautiful country you have and I value your approach to a sustainable ecology. Lauren and Heather are a great team - they looked after us exceptionally well. I am looking forward to joining you on another Active journey in the near future.”
    – Queensland, Australia Manuka, January 2013
  • Best Vacation Ever

    “On behalf of our entrire family I want to thank Active New Zealand and especially our guides Lofty and Mel for the best vacation we have ever had. The scenery was stunning and Lofty and Mel did a great job making sure everyone had fun, learned a lot and was generally well taken care of throughout the trip. It is obvious how much they enjoy spending time with the kids and they made it a lot of fun for them.”
    – Illinois, United States Kea, January 2013
  • Tui - magical!

    “As we viewed Franz Joseph from the peak of our hike, my family and I asked each other how you might be able to adequately convey what we were experiencing. The consensus was "You can't." Day after day, the scenery was magnificent, the activities delightfully challenging and the comrodary of our group cheerfully engaging. A special thanks to our guides who ensured we worried about nothing.”
    – Illinois, United States Tui, January 2013
  • The Trip of a Lifetime

    “If you want to experience the beautiful outdoors of the South Island, have exciting and challenging activities and be in the presence of guides who are full of positive energy, encouragement, and wonderful ideas about suitable adventures for any age, then this is the trip for you. Oh, did I mention the fantastic food that was beautiful to look at, wonderfully tasty and healthy. This trip had everything.”
    – Oregon, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Rimu - fantastic trip, fantastic guides, and fantastic adventure

    “Sally and Colin's Adventure....

    For those who may read this and are short of time, the only words you need to read are fantastic trip, fantastic guides, and fantastic adventure!
    For those of you who have more time to read and are thinking of travelling New Zealand (The land of the Long White Cloud), then we can thoroughly recommend the Rimu Trip provided by Active New Zealand.
    From start to finish the service and support provided by Active New Zealand was honestly, second to none. Having arrived at Christchurch airport, we were promptly greeted by our guides and mentors, Lina and Natalie. These are two of the nicest, caring and funny people you could hope to meet (that's funny, ha, ha and not funny weird:¦ or maybe not ;-) ).
    Both girls were quick to put us at our ease and reassure us that we had definitely made the right choice. It was clear that both Lina and Nat were both passionate about their work and proud of their heritage, which they put to good use when storytelling or answering questions about history and surroundings.
    In short order, we set about our adventure and were pleased to note that such was the planning and experience of the girls, that any questions or concerns we might have had, were answered by Lina's introductions and directions ahead of asking. This continued throughout the trip to the very end and our final sad goodbye.
    As the days progressed, our group was given new challenges of varying difficulty, which members could adapt to suit their own strengths or requirements. All of which were achieved with the subtle encouragement and support given by our guides.
    Without doubt, we have far too many favoured parts of the trip to mention them all but of particular note was our first climb out of Braemar Station, by Mount Cook, white water rafting in Queenstown and in particular the three day hiking trip at Nelson Lakes.
    Throughout, the magic hands of Nat and Lina, provided snacks galore and delicious meals that always "hit the mark" and appeared just when needed. It was particularly pleasing to note that Nat took the time to ask the group as to preferences etc. and adapted her tasty meals to suit.
    Having arrived as strangers, the Rimu Trip gave ample opportunity for us to bond closely with our fellow travellers and as such we have made good friends, who we remain in contact with and hope to meet again.
    In its own right the Rimu Trip is excellent and should not need selling but what really made it for us was the tireless attention to detail, support and humour provided by both our guides. To Lina and Natalie, we take our hats off to you both and thank you for the brilliant time you gave us.
    Such was the adventure, we are now planning our next trip with Active, to South America.
    Thanks again to all at Active New Zealand.”
    – Bedfordshire, United Kingdom Rimu, January 2013
  • Awesome trip. Great scenery.

    “Awesome trip. Great scenery. Despite the distance covered (2600km), the activities and scenery of the South Island are very impressive.”
    – New South Wales, Australia Rimu, January 2013
  • This trip was awesome!!

    “This trip was awesome!! Both guides were great and all the activites were great too.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Awesome! Looking forward to doing another one.

    “A successful trip is this wonderful mixture of fellow trip members, guides, itinerary, and the behind-the-scenes folks that put it all together. When we decided to go to New Zealand we knew we wanted to do alot. We also knew if we tried to put a trip together on our own, we would return home disappointed, knowing we had missed more than we had seen. What we didn't plan on is how the group experience has a multiplier effect. Everybody brings their unique sense of humor, point of view and music to make the experience so much richer than two people trudging along a trail alone. If you want to sleep in till 10, or you don't want get dirty or wet, this is not the trip for you. However, if you want to get out of the hotel lobby and have a fantastic experience with some new found friends, Tui rocks.”
    – Colorado, United States Tui, January 2013
  • The Rimu trip: Breathe, see, and do the South Island in 14 days

    “The 14 day Rimu trip is a great way to experience the South Island without the stress and uncertainty of planning your own itinerary. Everyday is an adventure to be experienced with a group of like-minded people while ending each day with a hearty and delicious meal. While hiking to see a glacier, biking along a lakeshore, snorkeling with the seals, or paddling through breath taking scenery we were learning about the culture, plants, animals, and history of New Zealand. I came home with hundreds of photos and awesome memories of the trip.”
    – California, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Sensitive to our every need, even the ones we didn't know we had

    “What a wonderful time we had in New Zealand with Lofty & Mel. They were awesome guides and were sensitive to our every need, even the ones we didn't know we had :) The day hikes on the first week were great conditioning for the 4 days on the Milford track. The day hikes were a good combination of interesting places to see, physical challenge, and fun! The meals and accommodation were outstanding, especially since they were off the beaten path, which was exactly what we wanted and we loved tasting all the home cooked NZ fare. The best part was that we didn't have to worry with any logistics the whole time there, Lofty and Mel had where to stay, what to eat, what to see well in hand and the weather cooperated too :) It was a trip of a lifetime!”
    – South Carolina, United States Manuka, January 2013
  • Rimu - went to places where other tourists would not go

    “Ken and Nicole were great hosts and worked extremely hard during the 14 days.
    We were unable to snorkel with seals as the weather was bad and perhaps this is the norm at this time of year?
    We certainly explored and went to places where other tourists would not go so that was really a good feature.
    Perhaps there was too much time spent in the bus but appreciate its a long way to Milford Sound !
    Ken had a lot of local information and he and Nicole were great fun. Nicole prepared some great meals with the most basic of facilities. When we eat out at Punakaiki, the fish & chips were the only disappointment”
    – Bristol, United Kingdom Rimu, January 2013
  • Fantastic Rimu Trip

    “We loved everything about our Rimu trip -- the guides (Duck and Amanda) were amazing, food was plentiful and great, the activities were fantastic! We saw so much of the South Island and loved all the hiking, biking, kayaking etc. Our group was a lot of fun. We were lucky to have another family with young adult-aged kids on the trip to hang out with our 24-year-old daughter. It was great to meet and travel with other outdoor adventure oriented people. We had such a good time. Duck and Amanda made sure that everything moved along seamlessly. They were so knowledgeable about New Zealand, its culture and history as well as the nature and wildlife. Great trip!”
    – California, United States Rimu, January 2013
  • Great Job

    “I really enjoyed my trip... The scenery, the people, and all the once in a lifetime experences I had... Highly recommend”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, December 2012
  • Ultimate New Zealand Road Trip

    “Thank you for a wonderful experience in my favorite country! I've been fortunate to visit New Zealand 3 times, and in this latest trip I saw much more, experienced new places, and definitely got off the beaten track. As I wrote on my Facebook page, New Zealand was a combination of California, Colorado, Idaho, Vermont and Norway, all packaged in a pristine, beautiful, relaxing environment. I looked forward to waking up each day to a new adventure.”
    – Maryland, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • It's hard to put into words how amazing our trip was

    “Trip of a Lifetime. It's hard to put into words how amazing our trip was with Active New Zealand. My wife and I had heard wonderful things about New Zealand and the Kiwi locals, so our expectations were high coming into this trip. Not only were they exceeded, they were blown away. From the jaw dropping scenery to the amazing group we had, everyday was a new adventure with a lot of laughs and highlights along the way.

    Beyond that, our guides, DK and Jaclyn were simply incredible. Their attitudes, sense of humor, taste in music and positive outlooks on basically everything made the trip that much better. Active is lucky to have two representatives like them on your team and I genuinely mean that. DK and Jaclyn were so much fun to be around and we will for sure be looking at future Active trips, hopefully with them as guides.

    The Tui trip was the best week I've ever spent traveling and I am so happy to have found Active and stumbled into the group we had. It was sad to see it end but with all the great memories we will take away it's highly likely we'll see you again soon!

    Thanks again,
    Cole Dunlop

    PS - Jaclyn and DK are the best, make sure you let them know how much fun we had with them :)”
    – Arizona, United States Tui, December 2012
  • Sweet as!

    “This trip went above and beyond all my expectations! A new, exciting adventure and view of a lifetime at every corner. Expert planning, perfect execution, and memories to last a lifetime. The trip alone would have blown my mind, but add in the absolute IDEAL guides and you have an experience of a lifetime.”
    – Arizona, United States Tui, December 2012
  • Exceeding expectations

    “Active's South Island New Zealand tour far exceeded my expectations in terms of the extreme natural beauty in remote areas and the intense variety of daily experiences.
    Our group owes a lot to Dan K and Jaclyn for their inspiring leadership, caring guidance, bubbling enthusiasm, always warm and friendly, including interesting commentaries, stories and history, and the delicious healthy meals.”
    – Victoria, Australia Tui, December 2012
  • Awesome, truly awesome.

    “Of course that can be said about NZ's incredible mountains and glaciers, and also about the spectacular coast line, lakes and rivers. But that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about our guides, Ken and Nicole. Awesome, truly awesome.

    One might expect your guides to be friendly, funny, outgoing, helpful and supportive, and certainly Ken and Nicole were all that. But that's just the beginning.

    One might also expect a guide to know a fair amount about the geology, vegetation and wildlife of a country, but the scope and depth of Ken's knowledge was utterly amazing. As we traveled from region to region, and indeed from valley to valley, Ken would have a story, frequently many stories: something unique about the birds or trees or rocks or brush in this valley; or something insightful and fascinating about an historical, cultural or political event that had a lasting impact on this community or completely altered the social, political or economic fortunes of that region. This information would just spill out spontaneously as Ken was driving along. No need to consult a guidebook or carefully prepared notes. The names and dates and events would casually roll off his tongue as he down-shifted his way through yet another hairpin bend in the highway.

    And Nicole; what a sweetheart. Constantly vigilant about ways to make a person's day a little bit better. She knew every person's food allergies, but went on to try to elicit everyone's likes and dislikes. Frequently additional dishes were added to meals to provide alternatives to main courses that some couldn't or preferred not to eat. She devoted the same careful and considerate attention to sleeping arrangements, apparently mindful that some of us older travelers were likely to suffer from nature's annoying nocturnal summons to the toilet. The toilet trips couldn't be avoided, but Nicole's room assignments for us always managed to minimize their inconvenience and discomfort.

    And what a cook! The best meals of the trip were those prepared by Nicole.

    The Rimu trip was great, and it certainly was active. I haven't slept as well in years even though we had new and unfamiliar beds just about every night. Our days were long, but not nearly as long as those for the guides. They started around 6:00 AM getting the coffee and tea out for the early risers in the group. And frequently they were still going after 9:00 PM, cleaning up after dinner when most of us travelers had already gone to bed. And there was no such thing as a mid-day coffee or work break for either of them. They had to be exhausted, but they always had smiles and cheerful, encouraging and energetic words for each of us.

    Awesome, truly awesome.”
    – California, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • The trip was well organised and everything ran smoothly.

    “Ben and Cristina are a fantastic team - friendly, accommodating of everyone's needs and extremely knowledge about NZ. The trip was well organised and everything ran smoothly. I doubt we could have found the daily destinations or packed as many miles into a trip if we did a self-drive. The food was delicious and plentiful. We had a mix of ages traveling on the tour and we all enjoyed listening to each others traveling stories.”
    – Victoria, Australia Rimu, December 2012
  • Thanks for showing me beautiful New Zealand!

    “What an amazing trip! Our guides, DK and Jacs, were so passionate and organised and made this trip so much fun. The places we visited were just mind blowing, with every day producing multiple postcard-worthy scenes. Trip of a lifetime!”
    – Victoria, Australia Tui, December 2012
  • Loved it!

    “I was telling friends about the tour, they were surprised that we had seen and done all these things in just two weeks. Highly recommendable, I will definitely be back!”
    – New South Wales, Australia Rimu, December 2012
  • Rimu - We had a lot of fun.

    “Having just completed a great North Island tour I did not think that Rimu could compete. But it outshone the Kauri trip. What a beautiful island. The trip was longer so there was more opportunity for the group to get to know each other. The guides were exceptional. Food was sensational. We had a lot of fun.”
    – Dorset, United Kingdom Rimu, December 2012
  • I'll be back, with friends.

    “What's next? Travel is an addiction and usually the more remote, the better but Tui was tops for everyone and everywhere (except that 2-3 weeks of NZ would be 3X more amazing of course). The variety is absolutely stunning: mountains, glaciers, rivers (braided even, a new concept), lakes, farms, oceans, beaches, wildlife, just a super-abundance of breathtaking scenery that photos don't begin to capture. Instead of the usual race to review pics on returning, it has been so tough because it makes me wish so much to be back and they are pretty, but just not the same as being there. The funniest thing I tell friends is about the text message the night before kayaking Milford Sound when the rain was coming down hard, telling a friend here in the states that I was skipping the kayak outing because of the dreary weather (the ONLY ugly day the whole time BTW). Next morning, I drag tail down and gear up, thinking the whole time that this could be the longest 4 hours of my life. What do you know--45 min later, the sun is out, we have a penguin, seals and finally, DOLPHINS jumping around. Jumping up and down in a kayak is a bad idea but you get the idea. Finally the feeling of looking up and up and up for a mile to the tip of Mitre Peak and miles more down the sound to the waterfall and realizing just how magical a place this is and how tiny you are was boggling. Every single person in our group got it, the guides get it, the whole Kiwi population gets it and is so generous and happy to share. I'll be back, with friends.”
    – Texas, United States Tui, December 2012
  • Perfect

    “Absolutely amazing! The perfect combination of unsurpased scenery, fresh air, and physical activity blended masterfully with just the right amount of local flavor and laughter. Ben and Nick couldn't have done anything more to ensure we got the most out of every minute. The days my daughter and I spent adventuring in New Zealand with you will provide a lifetime of shared memories and a deep understanding of what a true "get away" should be.”
    – Tennessee, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • Manuka, - Wonderful beyond wonderful.

    “Wonderful beyond wonderful. I loved it.”
    – Oregon, United States Manuka, December 2012
  • A phenomenal way to see that varying landscapes

    “A phenomenal way to see that varying landscapes of the South Island. The food and service was great, and the selected logding focused on the most important amenity -- location.”
    – Nevada, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • 5 Stars: Awesome Amazing Active Athletic Adventure Redux

    “The South Island's Rimu trip leaves the Kauri trip in the dust. The natural features of the South Island, particularly the Southern Alps and the West Coast, and the huge areas of wilderness, just have so much more to offer that it would be difficult not to find activities to fit everyone's desires and tastes. Highlights were kayaking on Okarito Lagoon and Milford Sound; the backpack to Lakehead Hut in Nelson Lakes National Park; mountain biking from Lake Hawea to Lake Wanaka; the hikes on the Routebourn Track and Keplar Track; and the two nights at Braemar Station with the visit to Mount Cook. The view of the Southern Alps from Braemar Station is just knock-your-socks-off stupendous!”
    – Washington, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • Dare to Discover Rimu

    “After completing our wonderful Kauri tour we continued our adventure with the Rimu tour--a great choice to do both. We were delighted to have our same excellent guides, Mike and Jaclyn. They were so skilled in all areas and took good care of us. ACTIVE NEW ZEALAND assisted us with the arrangements to get from one tour to another, even transporting us to and from the airports. It couldn’t have been easier.

    The contrast and diversity of the two islands was fascinating. We had such fun on the Kauri tour and it just kept getting better. On Rimu we snorkeled with seals, visited a lovely winery and backpacked to a hut in the Nelson Lakes area. Even on the backpack we had gourmet meals. The tour was packed with more adventure: breathtaking hikes, especially the Routeburn Track, crossing suspension bridges, mountain biking the gorgeous Hawea trail through fields of beautiful blooming lupine, visiting amazing hidden beaches and waterfalls, kayaking the Milford Sound catching glimpses of penguins and my most favorite: falling asleep and waking to the magnificent view of the Southern Alps filling the windows at the Braemar Station. I can’t think of anything more beautiful than that view. And the bbq and meals at the picnic table atop the hill looking at Mt. Cook !!!!!

    I will so miss the amazing scenery and the anticipation of the next exciting adventure. The most difficult part of the trip was saying good bye, leaving that dream world and returning home. The great rewards are the memories that I will always have and I know that I will return. I’m already looking forward to another ACTIVE tour. They have my highest praise and rating.”
    – Oregon, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • great trip: spectacular scenary, friendly people

    “This was a wonderful, well-planned trip, with lots of activity packed in. I really enjoyed all the hikes and sea kayaking and even the one mountain bike ride (something I had not done before). Most of the accommodations had a lot of charm and/or a highly scenic location; all were very comfortable. Ken and Nicole were terrific leaders/guides/cooks: outgoing, knowledgeable, helpful, and sensitive to individual needs and preferences.”
    – California, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • Lovely New Zealand

    “Active New Zealand gave us all a wonderful overview of the south island. I enjoyed it all with the great support of Jacklin & Mike. They made adjustments as our needs & weather conditions required, always giving us more than one option whenever possible. Always doing their best to include us all on every portion of this 'once in a lifetime trip'.”
    – Oregon, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • I've been on a number of trips and Rimu was the best.

    “Awesome food, great guides (thanks Ben and Christina), very active and, above all, amazing scenery. I will definitely recommend this trip to others.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, December 2012
  • action packed every day

    “Having the same guides for two more weeks was the ticket. They are so happy, smiling all the time, answering every question patiently. I cannot say enough about Mike and Jaclyn.”
    – Oregon, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • Marvelous Manuka

    “The Manuka trip is the most marvelous adventure that enables you to see and do so much while exploring the southern island of New Zealand. This adventure takes you from the rain forest and the glaciers on the West Coast to hiking the Milford Track and exploring Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park. At the end of each part of my trip, I thought nothing could be better than what I just did and saw, but I would always be surprised. Each part of my journey held its own unique beauty and my amazement at being awed day after day is something I will cherish for a lifetime. Thanks for the chance to fall in love with New Zealand, your magnificent country!”
    – Nevada, United States Manuka, December 2012
  • Manuka - trip of a lifetime

    “This really was the trip of a lifetime. Just when you thought the next day couldn't come up with anything better, well it did!”
    – North Yorkshire, United Kingdom Manuka, December 2012
  • Best Manuka Ever

    “We had great guides, a diverse itinerary, yummy food, fine companions. Oh, and really good weather too. It all added up to a better than ever imagined trip...maybe the best Manuka ever!”
    – Massachusetts, United States Manuka, December 2012
  • 5 Star Hiking

    “Our Manuka trip was a comprise between my wife's desire for a vacation with creature comforts - great food, comfortable beds, hot showers - and my wanting to both hike, take photographs, and see magnificient New Zealand.”
    – Nevada, United States Manuka, December 2012
  • Awesome beauty, activities, and service

    “I could not be happier with my Active experience on the South Island. Highly recommend Active New Zealand. Delighted that the guides enjoyed sharing New Zealand with us. I so delighted in hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and biking this incredibly beautiful and friendly country. Would return in a minute.”
    – Oregon, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • A Wonderful Rimu Adventure

    “My partner Judy and I had a great time on the two week Rimu adventure. Ken and Nichole were great hosts for New Zealand and made every turn of the trip another travel experience. Ken is a consumate host with lots of anecdotes about the country he so obviously loves and knows. Nichole provided delicious meals and backed us up on the hikes to be sure all the little chicks got home to roost. And they did it all with good humor, enthusiasm, and patience. They accounted well for the varying levels of experience and fitness, although this is not an adventure that should be taken lightly to really enjoy it, especially the Angelus Track, which we had to do as an out-and-back due to snow: Hard to imagine some doing it as the circuit that was planned. Those "little bit of climbs" described by Ken could be a real challenge! We had wonderful weather in a gorgeous setting, yes, truly a trip of a lifetime and one I hope to expand on sometime in the future.”
    – Oregon, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • Tui: A holiday of a lifetime full of challenges and adventure.

    “A holiday of a lifetime full of challenges and adventure. I particularly enjoyed the more remote areas we visited especially Okarito and Milford sound. The heli and plane ride were spectacular and a fantastic way of seeing the snow capped mountains and glaciers of South Island. During the trip we experienced many wild and wonderful places and met some great people. Our guides Amelia and Kate were energetic and informative and great fun to be with.”
    – Warwickshire, United Kingdom Tui, December 2012
  • Every day felt like it was full of fun and adventure.

    “November 18 Tui - a great adventure. Every day felt like it was full of fun and adventure. Besides being is some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen, I got the thrill of flying in a helicopter and a small plane, walking on a glacier, taking a jet boat ride, biking, and kayaking. Daniel and Elle made the trip special with the great stories, yummy meals, keeping everything well organized, fun, and taking care of even the smallest details. I can't wait to do it all again in a couple of years.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Tui, December 2012
  • Dream trip that lived up to expectations

    “This trip was three years in the making and Active did not disappoint. Lina and Nat were amazing guides that were not only very knowledgeable but funny and approachable and added all of the special personal touches to make this a truly memorable and rewarding experience. I cannot wait to go back to New Zealand and would definitely choose Active again.”
    – South Carolina, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • One of my most memorable trips!!

    “I have been traveling for 25 yrs now, but this trip ranks right up there with some of my best experiences. To be able to go off the beaten track to where the "normal tourists" don't get to... amazing!! We considered doing it ourselves, but after seeing where Active would take us, we knew there was no way we would come close to these experiences.
    And our guides, Dan S and Elle, after one week it felt like we were all family!! They made sure that everyone had an incredible experience no matter what they had to do. I have never experienced such expertise of the guides. I think Dan was stumped one time during the week by a question, and by god, he googled it and found out!! But from flora to fauna, Dan and Elle knew their stuff!! If my pocketbook and body were willing, I'd be back again right now!!! I will definitely do another Active trip!!!”
    – Missouri, United States Tui, December 2012
  • Close to perfect

    “Rimu was the best guided trip I have ever been on -- off the beaten path, staying in small out-of-way places instead of big hotels, challenging hiking, biking, and kayaking, spectacularly beautiful mountains and beaches, delicious healthy food. Ken's love and knowledge of New Zealand are encyclopedic and contagious. Nicole provided incredible meals and a caring, steady presence on all our hikes, taking time for quiet conversation and an encouraging word. They worked so well together and helped build a really cohesive group.”
    – DC, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • Thoroughly well organised and well considered

    “Thoroughly well organised and well considered package - we were in the very capable hands of Amelia and Kate who did everything to ensure we all had a good time and we got the most from our trip.”
    – Warwickshire, United Kingdom Tui, December 2012
  • The hype is well deserved

    “Active New Zealand has a really well-planned trip with its Rimu adventure. However, what really made this trip superior were my fun fellow (4) tour mates and, especially, the super nice and competent tour guides, Ben C. and Nick B.”
    – Washington, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • Great walks/hikes, even better guides who also cook great meals.

    “Manuka with Lofty and Mel: Lofty is very knowledgeable about plants and birds. He was terrific about making sure that I was doing okay on our hikes (at almost 74, I was slower than the rest of our group) and Lofty is a great story teller. Mel made the best poached eggs ever and was also patient with me when we had lots of rocks to climb. Active does a wonderful job of planning the trips and having alternate plans available when necessary. I was very impressed with all the meals they prepared. Having laundry facilities available was a plus. All this, plus New Zealand is a gorgeous country.”
    – California, United States Manuka, December 2012
  • The entire trip was outstanding.

    “In addition to being able to engage in a variety of activities, we were able to see a significant portion of the South Island. Everything was well organized both before and during the trip. The entire trip was outstanding.”
    – Virginia, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • Reon and Sarah's great adventure

    “We had a great time. What a wonderful way to see the South Island! We will definitely be back to NZ and can pick and choose the favourite bits from the tour... A difficult choice... where do we start?”
    – Midlothian, United Kingdom Rimu, December 2012
  • Awesomeness

    “A great taste of the South Island of NZ with loads of hiking, biking, and kayaking on our Rimu trip. Active offered unique and very special accommodations (especially the Shearing Lodge), lots of personal attention from our 2 tour leaders, Dave and Amanda, and a host of hiking, biking, and kayaking experiences giving us a lifetime of wonderful memories.”
    – New York, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • Another Great Active Adventure!

    “All in all this was a wonderful trip. We were happy with our guides and New Zealand is truly an amazing country.”
    – New York, United States Rimu, December 2012
  • Great trip

    “I started my Rimu trip on the last half of this tour. I knew it might not be easy fitting in with a group that had already been together for a week. I was happy to find the people in my group very friendly and helpful. The guides Ben and Mel were wonderful and made me feel comfortable right away.

    My only complaint was not in the trip but in the booking process. I know it's difficult early in the season to know how many people are signing up. As you know my original plans were changed after I had booked flights and scheduled my vacation. I recommend that you offer less trips early in the season or let people know how many are signed up (or not) early in the process and offer backups if that trip does not take place. Once we did have my plans finalized, everyone did what was necessary to make up for my inconvenience.

    Because I enjoyed the tour so much I am thinking of Active Himalayas for next year.”
    – Florida, United States Rimu, November 2012
  • Trip to remember

    “I worked with two different groups and they were both fantastic. I bonded slightly better with this group most likely because we all started the trip together. Also, physically I fit into this group better. The other group had some very competent hikers and I thought I was somewhat slow in that group.”
    – Florida, United States Rimu, November 2012
  • My first adventure tour and solo travel

    “Active NZ was my first adventure tour and solo travel - and I couldn't have enjoyed it more. New Zealand is beautiful and full of fun things to do, and Active provides an amazing service to experience it all. I would readily sign up with Active to do another tour any day, especially if Sarah and Reon are the guides!”
    – Florida, United States Rimu, November 2012
  • Resplendent, fiercely beautiful.

    “Words really cannot give justice to the beauty of New Zealand. Every place we went, even when weather was less than ideal, was filled with beauty. Mel and Ben, our guides, were absolutely amazing - knowledgeable, friendly, and kind. The trip is exactly what you're looking for if your goal is to do rather than look. You earn every photo. I could not recommend the Rimu trip enough.”
    – California, United States Rimu, November 2012
  • New Zealand is absolutely clean and beautiful.

    “New Zealand is absolutely clean and beautiful. Ken was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide and Heather is an amazing cook. Though weather was wet, our guides didn't let our spirits dampen.”
    – Hawaii, United States Tui, November 2012
  • Excellent!

    “Ingredients for this excellent trip: two wonderful guides, ten active travellers, lots of different activities in a beautiful country. Thank you very much, I had a great time!”
    – , Netherlands Tui, November 2012
  • Spectacular, unforgettable, amazing

    “Amazing trip. A dream comes true and much more beyond the expectations. Thanks to Heather and Ken (Our guides) New Zealand became our home during 8 days. They were enthusiastic, active and keep the energy of the group all the time really high. They faced the inconveniences (like weather conditions and avalanches on the route) very fast and look for amazing and fun alternatives routes and activities. The food prepared by our angel Heather was delicious. The activities, information about the country and security were outstanding. The small group was great and the country, woooww NZ is simply SPECTACULAR!!!!”
    – , Switzerland Tui, November 2012
  • Couldn't imagine a better trip!

    “This was a spectacular week! Ken and Heather were wonderful and New Zealand was absolutely gorgeous. Couldn't imagine a better trip!”
    – North Carolina, United States Tui, October 2012
  • Great Adventure

    “It was a great adventure. Pushed you to limits and abilities I do not normally do.
    Very well planned and organized, but still a lot of flexibility. Especially as we had a smaller group.”
    – Iowa, United States Winter Rimu, August 2012
  • Exactly as advertised

    “This was an amazing trip, which was exactly as advertised. Probably one of the best holidays I have ever had.

    I have never been to New Zealand before and chose the Winter Rimu Trip as I was looking for an active holiday somewhere cold. From the moment I arrive in Christchurch I knew this was going to be an experience I was going to enjoy and I wasn't wrong. We were met by the two lively guides, Mike and Jac, who made everyone feel welcome and relaxed from the outset.

    It wasn't long before we passing through beautiful countryside and starting out adventures. Two weeks of tramping, skiing, kayaking, good food and good company.

    It was, however, a trip that you need to be fit for as there was some serious tramping, particularly in the second week, so a reasonable level of fitness and stamina is required.”
    – , United Arab Emirates Winter Rimu, August 2012
  • Going Back In Time

    “Having traveled/camped around the world in many other geographies, I would rate this NZ trip and Active protocols at the top of my travel list. We had a smaller group 7 then 5 plus our wonderful guides Mike and Jac...chemistry was good. Weather fit the trip. Level of difficulty and encouragement excellent!”
    – Minnesota, United States Winter Rimu, August 2012
  • Great guides, Great trip

    “What a great trip! Our guides, Ken and Dan, were incredibly enthusiastic and worked hard to create a fun atmosphere. Always on the go, food was great. Often offered multiple options as to what to do on a particular day. Very appreciative of the additional help and guidance provided, which went way beyond the pre-planned itinerary. Yes, the trip of a lifetime!”
    – Connecticut, United States Winter Rimu, August 2012
  • Outstanding!

    “The trip was so amazing I cannot describe it in words! The guides were a big part of the trip and they made the trip as good as it was, absolutely amazing! There were no lowlights or anything negative about the trip!”
    – Florida, United States Winter Rimu, August 2012
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience

    “Prior to our trip I'd searched all over the internet for New Zealand touring companies, and the decision had come down to Active NZ I was so glad we've chosen this company and couldn't imagine any better alternative.
    My father and I could barely call ourselves hikers since we've never quite done anything quite like this before, but with the passion for outdoor activities plus NZ breath-taking sceneries, we thought we would give it a try. And we were not let down.
    Ken and Dan, our guides, were extremely friendly and enthusiastic. Oftentimes, they were had made major adjustments to the original plan to make the journey the best experience for everybody. For example, because of his age, my father had to opt out of the Copland trail, the longest on the trip, with few others. Ken and Dan accommodated that by separating us into two groups, which was not initially the plan. They were definitely two of the greatest guides we have ever had.
    Five other members in the group came from different parts of the world and they were all awesome people who were willing to share personal experiences and anecdotes with each other.
    It was a fantastic NZ experience we couldn't have asked for more from Active.”
    – , Thailand Winter Rimu, July 2012
  • Well done - quality guides, good itinerary

    “Quality guides, good itinerary, and a country rough on suspension systems and windshields: it all made for an enjoyable time.”
    – Georgia, United States Winter Rimu, July 2012
  • Amazing experience - places I never would have gone to on my own

    “Ken and Dan are very experienced guides and took us to places I never would have gone to on my own. Ken just has so much positive energy and love of New Zealand that it's infectious. And Dan cooked up several amazing meals that I loved. I think the more fit you are, the more fun you will have with this itinerary. However, I liked how Ken and Dan were accommodating and creative with alternate activities when some of the planned activities were too much for me. I also really liked how convenient the entire trip was. All I had to do was sleep, eat, and enjoy the activities. Everything else was taken care of. The only thing that I would have liked better is if the first two days were not so strenuous. It was too much with the jetlag. But I would definitely recommend going on a tour with Active New Zealand.”
    – Georgia, United States Winter Rimu, July 2012
  • Awesome, exhilarating, refreshing.

    “Having wanted to visit New Zealand for years, the beauty of the place and people surpassed my expectations. And what better two people to introduce me to the South Island than Dan and Ken, with all their knowledge, care and energy, the journey was seamless and packed with fun.”
    – New South Wales, Australia Winter Rimu, July 2012
  • There And Back Again ! (I Love New Zealand)

    “Not my first time in New Zealand but definitely one amazing New Zealand adventure that I will never ever forget. Aotearoa did provide the most wonderful backdrop, snow-covered mountains, wild remote beaches, clear lakes, glaciers, lush rain forests and more. Active New Zealand provided the fun. 14 days of smiles and laughter and expert advice from Lead Guide Ken, and tasty food and much knowledge from Dan. Coming back home with many memories, photos, new friends, and the future plans of going back to this amazing land I love so much. Sweet as New Zealand... thank you Active, you are simply amazing !”
    – Surrey, United Kingdom Winter Rimu, July 2012
  • Nothing could be as Sweet As New Zealand.

    “Traveling with Active New Zealand has spoiled me for all future trips. I will compare any vacation I may take in the future with this one and I cannot believe that anything will compare with the incredible scenery and exhilarating physical activity, in the setting of not having to drive, cook, or worry about anything. I ate well, slept well, and had so much fun with new friends. Nothing could be as Sweet As New Zealand.”
    – Florida, United States Rimu, June 2012
  • Enjoyed the trip as a whole with a few bumps in the road

    “I really enjoyed the trip as a whole with a few bumps in the road as sometimes happens with any trip. I would recommend this trip and tour to any one who is active and love the outdoors. Your country is beautiful and in large part because of the people who live there. I was impressed when I had gone into a store one day and returned the next only to be recognized by the clerk as having been there before. It is so nice to have someone ask how you are and expect an answer, that doesn't happen much in the States. Everyone I had contact with while there seemed to really enjoy their work as they were very pleasant and helpful always, no matter what the setting. We stayed for some time past the organized tour and found it very easy to get around do and see the things we wanted to. I am also so very impressed with the cleanliness of the country, not once did I see any trash anywhere but in the trash bin or recycling bin provided. I so wish the people at home respected our country as your people obviously respect yours. Great all around experience.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Tui, May 2012
  • Truly awesome

    “We've been on several active adventures with other organizations, and Active NZ exceeded our expectations. From our great guides, Lina and Amanda, fun group of people and some of the best adventures. Kiwi's know how to do things in style!”
    – California, United States Rimu, May 2012
  • “Great trip, it was nice to see the out of the way uncrowded places.”
    – Texas, United States Tui, May 2012
  • Docs, Dick, and Sucking it!

    “The face of the company is the guides, and both Lina and Amanda are genuine, caring, and decisive individuals. Our group was small enough to prompt an intimate exchange of stories, experiences, and emotions; which past the time on the long drives, filled the kitchen with laughter, and raised everyone's confidence on the trail, such as wading through a river at 7 in the morning.”
    – , Bermuda Rimu, May 2012
  • Exciting, exuberant, exhilarating, excellent

    “The Rimu trip exceeded all of my expectations for an adventure holiday. The website promised a full itinerary of activities in beautiful surroundings. What could not be predicted was the fantastic weather that we were blessed with and also the interesting companions that would share this time with us. Our guides both worked round the clock to make sure that we were fed, watered, sheltered, entertained and educated about our surroundings. Including so many of the best features of the South Island meant lots of driving, but our bus was quite comfortable, snacks were plentiful and our guides stopped at strategic spots for shopping, picnicking and even for short hikes that were not on the itinerary. Hiking, bicycling, kayaking and eating outdoors back home will never be able to compare with the grand Kiwi experience that we recently enjoyed.”
    – Texas, United States Rimu, May 2012
  • More than we could have ever expected!

    “The Tui trip was absolutely amazing! The hikes were beautiful and challenging and our guide (Lauren) was so warm and welcoming. The trip was a wonderful combination of the major sites and hidden gems that only the locals were aware of. I have been very fortunate to have traveled extensively, and I can say without a doubt that the Tui trip is the greatest vacation I have ever had!”
    – Connecticut, United States Tui, May 2012
  • Beyond Expectations

    “Just finished the Tui trip and had a truly incredible experience from the hike up to Lake Crucible, to the glow worm caves, to the kayaking on Milford Sound, and I even enjoyed the van ride bonding! Our guide took us on journey that included one breathtaking view after another, I kept finding myself turning back to my sister with an expression of awe, not believing what I was experiencing. I've traveled quite a bit and certainly have my favorite places, but this past trip now stands at the top of my list!”
    – Connecticut, United States Tui, May 2012
  • Tui Fall Trip

    “We had a terrific trip, early fall weather was clear and with cool evenings. Perfect for hiking and biking. Our only regret is we did not have more time to spend in New Zealand. We would all travel with Lauren anywhere in the world she would take us. (Active Africa?)”
    – New York, United States Tui, May 2012
  • Great Guides, Amazing Scenery & Super Traveling Companions

    “I think the title of my review says it all! It's so true that the guides can "make or break" your travel experience and we were so lucky to have the very best in Lofty and Kate. We took almost 5000 photos on our Manuka trip, with each view being better than the last. The final component to having an awesome time certainly has to do with the group you're with out there and ours was outstanding. Thanks to Active New Zealand for definitely making this the trip of a lifetime.”
    – Illinois, United States Manuka, May 2012
  • Amazing

    “The scenery on this trip is off the charts! We had a fantastic group of people in our tour and great guides who seemed to thoroughly enjoy what they do.”
    – Texas, United States Tui, April 2012
  • Wonderful!

    “What a blast I had on the Tui trip! It was a perfect week-long taste of many of the highlights of the South Island... just enough to whet my appetite to explore even more! I loved the eclectic mix of outdoor adventures that we experienced, seeing gorgeous parts of the south island from foot, plane, jet boat, kayak and bike, not to mention from the bus! Magnus and Lauren were exceptional guides - ensuring we were all taken care of down to the last minute detail. Don't expect to lose weight, though, as they feed you incredibly well (besides, who wants to lose weight on vacation anyhow?!) The ethics of our guides, and those of the whole company, seem to be centered around always providing an exceptionally memorable and personalized active experience for all the guests. Never did I feel herded to the "hot tourist spots" only to take a photo for 5 minutes and then be schlepped to the next big name must-see place. Though the itinerary is fast paced in order to see as much of the island as it covers in only 8 days, it is well structured to give you many different tastes of the wonders that New Zealand has to offer.
    Loved the trip, loved the people I met, loved the guides, and loved New Zealand! I can't wait to visit again!”
    – California, United States Tui, April 2012
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    “I had an awesome time...truly a trip of a lifetime.”
    – Iowa, United States Tui, April 2012
  • Sweet as!!

    “NZ put on awesome weather, but really the highlight was the 2 guides and the structure of the trip, and all the little things that they did to make this a great trip... it's NOT like a "bus tour", it's not inflexible..... the trip just flowed, the food was great, the activities were varied and allowed for various levels of fitness, and they were incredible hosts!!! Thanks Magnus and Dan.”
    – Western Australia, Australia Tui, April 2012
  • A hidden treasure

    “We had a fantastic time with Active, and our guides were fantastic. Between the scenery and the little things the guides did to make it special it is impossible to pick out the biggest highlight.”
    – APO/FPO AP, United States Tui, April 2012
  • Mind Blowing; Life Changing

    “This trip is more a life experience. Valid not only for fitness and nature enthusiasts but also for middle aged desk bound executives.
    Dan and Magnus are very kind and they guided me through activities which were within my capacity, having injured my right knee joint during the Kauri trip.
    They still presented physical challenges and made me challenge my abilities and enjoy my triumph, when I completed a beautiful trek, eg the Keplar walk, or the climb at the homestead.
    Both Duck and Magnus are outstanding gentlemen. I shall never forget them.”
    – , Singapore Tui, April 2012
  • THE one company I am telling everyone about.

    “Active new Zealand is THE one company I am telling - and will continue to tell - everyone about. The office staff is tops; the guides are warm, welcoming, friendly, organized, and so very knowledgeable. The Tui trip, covering so much of the less populated part of New Zealand, gave me the beauty and physical activity I sought (with the bonus of not having to be in the midst of the madding crowd!). I loved everything about the trip! THANK YOU, Lauren, Magnus and all at Active New Zealand.”
    – Kentucky, United States Tui, April 2012
  • Rimu

    “I had an amazing time hiking and swimming in the sun all day for two weeks. Our guide, Ken, was superb. He would try really hard to find all of the best opportunities for us to enjoy ourselves. I have never been so happy as I've been on this trip.”
    – New York, United States Rimu, April 2012
  • Old Guy down under

    “I heard the phrase 'awesome' used many time by our Guide Lauren on this trip, turns out to be more than apt in fact in my words stunning scenery, excellent trekking and damn good food! What more could one want. Flying into Sibera Valley; Jet Boat down the Wilkin; Kayak across Milford, trip of a lifetime no thats an understatement!”
    – York, United Kingdom Tui, April 2012
  • The trip of a lifetime!!

    “Active New Zealand is absolutely the best and then some. The knowledge, friendliness, attention to detail of each guide for each and every member of the group was incredible and superseded any expectations I had. The guides blended with members of the group at the same time keeping their professional position. I don't know how the Active South America can top New Zealand but I can't wait to find out. Thank you so very much for the wonderful memories”
    – Texas, United States Tui, April 2012
  • A great Adventure

    “Fourteen days of getting away from phones and computers and spending time with a great small bunch of diverse people and an enthusiastic guide who lives his job in a country that provides a setting for fun and challenging activities!!!”
    – New South Wales, Australia Rimu, April 2012
  • The greatest travel experience of my life!

    “This trip was everything I had hoped and much more. The Southern Island of New Zealand is every bit as beautiful as I hoped. I found Active New Zealand to be extremely organized. They have this down tight. They don't skimp on anything and they show you everything. Our guide Ken was the most patient, amiable, energetic, slightly crazy companion you could imagine. I have never met a person more suited to his profession than Ken. We could not have been more impressed.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Rimu, April 2012
  • A Dream Adventure Far Exceeding My Dreams

    “I am a seasoned traveller, have lived on several continents, and have been on numerous solo adventures and also organized group tours. There is NO COMPARISON between my prior experiences and Active New Zealand. There is certainly no other lead guide like Ken Dixon in this world. He deserves to be paid in gold. My fiance and I didn't just get lucky with this trip, we won the freaking lottery. Sorry about that near-swear there, but I cannot emphasize enough that we could not have had a more spectacular adventure with the perfect blend of comfort, challenge, adrenaline, fresh air, gorgeous weather, endless vistas, and - because of Ken - delicious soy products galore. Did I mention how lucky we were? Especially with me being vegetarian and lactose-intolerant, I was assuming nothing more than Ramen Noodles for 14 days straight. Hello!? Ken is not only an expert in multiple extreme sports, identifying flora and fauna, a wealth of information on history, a keen card player, has the energy of a teenager, the professionalism of a business owner, but he also happens to be a vegan gourmet chef. Heaven. I would recommend this trip to anyone who is seeking an adventure in a paradise.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Rimu, April 2012
  • Great experience

    “This really is one of those few-in-a-lifetime experiences - a beautiful beautiful country, a well-organized trip, and lots of different activities that strike a fine balance between giving you enough to do and see, and not overwhelming you.”
    – Karnataka, India Tui, April 2012
  • Tui Trip with Tim and Magnus

    “Overall, we had a fantastic time/week in New Zealand! Magnus was nothing short tof magnificent and Tim had superb work ethics. Both tour guides helped in making this trip one of the most wonderful experiences we've ever had.”
    – California, United States Tui, April 2012
  • An Epic Adventure!

    “If you want to see the wonders and beauty of the South Island this is the way to go! There is no better way than to explore this country than by foot, kayak or bike. And you will be given the opportunity to see parts of the island many tourists never do! Even members of my family who live on the South Island thought this would be a great way to see their own country!”
    – Manitoba, Canada Rimu, April 2012
  • A Most Excellent Trip

    “We had a great time. My partner and I have differing fitness levels and our guide, Duck handled this very well. All of the activities were well thought out and very enjoyable. We arrived at most locations with time to add a short run or hike in before dinner or breakfast. As I am in training for a 1/2 Ironman, I needed to get in some training and the schedule was flexible enough for me to run a few times.
    The food was excellent and plentiful. Kate took special care to accommodate everyone's food preferences and is an excellent, creative cook. There were plenty of snack choices as well.
    I took tons of great pictures but never used the zoom lens I brought. I was too busy enjoying the activities to spend time changing lenses. Also, even though it rained on a few days, I never used the rain pants (used the rain jacket a bunch). The gaiters and binoculars were never used either. The bug spray is a good item to have even in the fall.
    We did the biking trip option. Tanglewood B&B is worth a great recommendation as well. Great facilities and Linda was an excellent host. Our bike guide, Aaron, was also friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible.”
    – California, United States Rimu, April 2012
  • Online Trip Reivew

    “I had a great time. It was great to see the beauty of South Island and have some great guides showing us alone and keeping us moving”
    – Utah, United States Tui, April 2012
  • LOTR Adventure to the MAX!!!

    “Tui was literally the time of my life! The action is non-stop. So many incredible experiences packed into eight days it’s impossible to pick the best. Flying into the Siberia valley, hiking to Lake Crucible with all the river crossings truly was a real hard-core adventure. Staying at the hut and the jet boat out the next day was a blast. Kayaking in the beauty of Milford Sound with dolphins and seals close enough to reach out and touch was beyond words! The Kepler track in particular was like being in LOTR – I expected an elf or a hobbit to pop out at any minute. The break in Queenstown even offered a chance to do a bit (maybe more than a bit) of partying! As far as the guides go, there are no words to adequately compliment Lauren and Magnus. I have been on guided adventure trips in the past but Laruen and Magnus are in a league of their own! They filled every moment with fun. Their enthusiasm, knowledge of the environment, and obvious joy for what they do was contagious. And they had a special way of leading the trip without it feeling like we were on some type of tight schedule – they really made us all feel like a real team. I will miss them! If anyone wants a more in-depth reference, feel free to contact me: billycicchino@gmail.com.”
    – New Jersey, United States Tui, April 2012
  • A great trip but more strenuous than I imagined.

    “I think that this tour was well advertised but that I overestimated by own abilities and desires for vacation. While I wanted to explore the outdoors with a few hikes and stay in remote locations, I wasn't able to keep up with the 2-3 hikes and other activities that we did per day. The guides were great and I had a fantastic time getting to know my other trip mates, but I found myself too exhausted to enjoy everything as much as I would have liked. I think that anyone that is looking for an active, beautiful and exciting trip this would be great for you.”
    – California, United States Tui, April 2012
  • “I had great time on this trip. There was something to get out and do every day, and so many walks that I could not have found on my own.”
    – Wisconsin, United States Rimu, April 2012
  • WONDERFUL TUI TRIP!

    “The trip was truly wonderful.

    GUIDES: I felt really taken care of by our guides, Magnus and Tim. They were knowledgeable about the South Island and were able to answer all of my questions. They were also passionate about New Zealand, and I was glad to have people who love New Zealand to introduce and immerse us in its beauty and all that it has to offer.

    FOOD: I was thankful for all the healthy snacks that were available to us each day. Magnus, one of our tour guides, prepared a good variety of foods for us each day. I was pleased with the amount of food that were prepared for us. I felt satiated each time.

    SCENERY: What can I say? The South Island was just stunning! It was amazing to see how much the landscape changes with a couple of hours of driving, from rainforest, to forests, to grazing lands, to ocean views....

    SCHEDULE: I wanted to go on a tour that was active, with a lot of activities. I definitely got what I wanted with the Tui trip. However, I did not feel rushed at all during any time of trip. The trip was planned very well, with varied activities each day, and with a good balance of active and chill time.”
    – California, United States Tui, April 2012
  • RIMU beyond belief

    “We have done very little group travel. However, the ANZ RIMU trip looked like a great way to see the South Island and to participate in the kind of activities that we love. But day after day, the trip exceeded our expectations. The first cup of coffee in the morning (Lina and Daniel always remembered how we like our coffee and handed it to us as we came into the kitchen); the organization of and expectations for the day's activities; the amazing and sometimes challenging activities (we'll never forget days 2 and 3 on the Angelus Track or the hike to the ridge at Mt. Cook); the incredible beauty of the South Island; the amazing meals; our fabulous guides; and much more. It is all a 2 week package of experiences we will never forget and can only hope to equal on some future travel experience. Thank you! THANK YOU!!”
    – California, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • Great!

    “The trip was great - what we'd hoped it would be. The weather gods were with us (i.e. it rained but only when we planned a day under cover). The Southern Alps are magnificent and the tramp through the Milford Track was as advertised - the "finest walk in the world. Many thanks to Katie and Lofty; the logistics were smooth, the accommodations and food fine, and the scenery was amazing.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Manuka, March 2012
  • “guides were great”
    – Arizona, United States Manuka, March 2012
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    “it was great! beautiful place...”
    – New York, United States Tui, March 2012
  • The Best of The Best!

    “Our Rimu trip was everything and more then we expected. The guides, DK and Dan were so attentive and supportive of each and everyone of us. The scenery was spectacular. The accommodations were very unique, but comfortable. We would not have changed a thing. The management staff were very attentive as well, Matte, etc. We had some things that we needed assistance with and the trip lent itself to that type of flexibility. We are glad that there was variety and choices that were somewhat flexible.
    Thanks to all!!

    Cindy & Gary Street”
    – California, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • Hard to put into words....

    “When friends ask how the trip to New Zealand went, I don't know where to begin describing the amazing journey! I am finding it difficult to adequately describe to them not only the incredible beauty of the country that we were able to experience up close, but also the feeling of family I felt within the small tour group. Our guides, Lina and Dan, were an unbeatable team and kept us smiling. The lodgings were "off the beaten path" and absolutely perfect. Dan whipped up a memorable meal every night no matter where we were...even miles from nowhere in the mountain huts of Nelson Lakes National Park! Who can make cheese cake in a mountain hut? Dan can! I am certain that I would not have experienced half as much of New Zealand if I had traveled on my own. Definitely the best trip I have taken!”
    – , Japan Rimu, March 2012
  • Amazing and life changing!

    “This was one of the best things I have ever treated myself to! I cannot recommend it highly enough, it got me out of my comfort zone, but made me feel so safe and proud of myself for the things I accomplished, like climbing a mountain!”
    – Minnesota, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • Couldn't be better in any way!

    “Trip of a Lifetime is a pretty good comment about what we did and what we saw, but it doesn't cover our most awesome guides- LINA and DAN- and the personal attention they gave to each of us. It also doesn't cover their knowledge of, and love for, NZ or the fantastic provided meals. Nor does it cover the attention to details that they and ACTIVE have incorporated. All this combined make it "THE Trip of a Lifetime". Thanks all! Jeanne/Kansas City Missouri”
    – Missouri, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • Above and Beyond

    “Our Active NZ trip was everything you promised it would be but you can never grasp, simply from the trip descriptions or reviews, the full magnitude of what this unique and mysterious country has to offer and how it's going to affect you as you experience it in the way that only Active NZ can show it to you.

    On the practical side, our trip went like clockwork from the moment we were picked up until we were dropped off at our hotel on the final day. Our guides were the picture of professionalism while still being entertaining, engaging and informative. They knew just how to walk the line between keeping everything on schedule and giving us individual space to explore at our own pace. They bent over backward to accommodate our every need and immeasurably enhanced our experience of New Zealand's natural wonders through their own love for the country and their extensive knowledge about New Zealand and its history.

    I learned a lot about myself during our trip. I pushed my limits physically while also constantly being starstruck by the unspoiled beauty that is all around you in this magical place. New Zealand really is one of the world's best kept secrets and we were privileged to experience it in this unique and immersive way.”
    – California, United States Tui, March 2012
  • Rimu Rocks

    “My wife and I wanted a more active trip than our last vacation and ACTIVE NZ delivered. I began to have doubts when my jet-lagged, deconditioned body cried out for mercy during the 1000 meter climlb on day 2 of the Angelus Circuit, but Amanda was there with much appreciated hiking tips, patience, distraction, and encouragement. The next day, when high winds and poor visibility set in, Dan was on the satellite phone, coming up with an alternate route off the mountain, ultimately commandeering a boat, magically replacing the last 3 hours of hiking. We couldn't have done that on our own!

    After Angelus, everything else -- kayaking in Okarito and Milford Sound, cycling along the Hawea and Clutha rivers, and tossing off 2-4 hour day hikes along the way -- was Easy Peasy and great fun. The Sheep Shearers' Quarters at Braemar was an inspired choice for the last two nights' accommodations. After two weeks of Rimu, the Mueller Ridge hike seemed way easier than advertised, and was most rewarding.

    Rimu featured outstanding alpine and coastal views, magnificent sunsets, brilliant guiding, a delightful group of fellow travellers, and excellent cuisine. Highly recommended!”
    – , Rimu, March 2012
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  • Absolutely amazing trip!

    “My husband, Patrick, and I absolutely loved our Rimu trip with Active New Zealand in March 2012! It was the best trip we've ever taken. The details were all planned out for us and the trip ran seamlessly, and even on days when weather put a crimp in our plans, our wonderful guides had great secondary options lined up for us. We loved the 3 day hike in Nelson Lakes National Park and considered it a highlight of the trip, despite my initial apprehension with backpacking! It was such a fun and different experience, and our guides really made us feel like we could do anything! We felt so accomplished after that hike and the views were breathtaking. I also considered the mountain biking a highlight; I absolutely loved feeling like I was flying going down those hills, whooshing past the beautiful scenery! Our guides, Lina and Daniel, were the greatest and really enhanced our experience. They provided fun and informative insights into Kiwi culture and the country and were just a blast to hang out with. They were also very responsible and looked out for our safety, kept us on schedule. Lina also did a good job of breaking up the long driving days with stops in little towns, small hikes, etc. We didn't feel like we were stuck in the bus for hours on end at any time. What we loved about the tour and the guides was that they led gently; they were there when we needed them, but gave us room to do our own thing when we wanted. We did not feel restricted by being with the group. The food was outstanding. Even while backpacking, Daniel whipped up some gourmet camping food! Honestly we ate so well, the hiking barely negated it! We loved the hiking, kayaking, and biking. Unfortunately, our Milford Sound kayak was cancelled due to high winds and rain, but Active hooked us up with a nice boat ride in its place. A few small comments: the bus is very tight with regards to leg room and with a full group of 15 and our packs, it got rather uncomfortable at times. The seal snorkel didn't go very well (no seals and we had to walk over an hour on rocks in wet suits each way), but I think that was an anomaly due to the weather. We were rather bummed that in a few accommodations we had to sleep in twin beds while other couples got queens. That's about it. As for activity, it was a very active trip and we absolutely loved it. I think it's the right amount of activity for most people in decent shape. For us (in good shape, in our late twenties/early thirties), there were days that pushed us, but most of the time it was just fun and the right balance of exertion and relaxation rather than a continuous challenge - the way an active vacation should be! We saw amazing things that I do not think we could have seen if we had attempted this trip on our own. Highly recommend Active NZ and we would love to do it again!”
    – Michigan, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • A wonderful way to enjoy the South Island

    “This north-bound Rimu trip with Dan and Amanda was a memorable collection of days filled with gorgeous scenery and a wide assortment of activities (hiking, biking, kayaking, and plain old walking). The accommodations ranged from comfortable to very comfortable, and their settings from lovely to WOW! Dan was a fabulous guide, driver and grill-meister, while Amanda was a fabulous guide as well as a talented chef. We were incredibly fortunate with the weather (after a doubtful first two days). After two weeks, we knew there was so much more to see and do, but we felt that we seen and done an amazing amount. Our tour was a great introduction to an incredibly beautiful country.”
    – Connecticut, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • NZ rocks!!

    “Overall, a really fantastic trip. Enjoyed kayaking, mountain biking and the heli-hike the most. Loved the three day kayak trip. Didn't care for the seal swimming.
    The scenery became more and more beautiful everywhere we went. Can't wait to go back! Fun to stay in places "off the beaten path".”
    – Ohio, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • Dorothy on the Rimu trail

    “I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of Rimu! Even the hikes in the rain, and at one time seeing the whole mountainside like a giant waterfall! Absolutely spectacular! And to top it all off to have Cristina and Ben make a fabulous supper ready for us after our hot showers at the end of the day!”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, March 2012
  • "Rest and Relax? or Rally and Rejuvenate!" R&R from My Deploymen

    “I got lots of weird looks for only spending 2 weeks vacation in New Zealand. When you’re deployed with the US Army for a year, you get (only) 2 weeks at any location of your choice. Months ago when my cousin asked where I was going to go, before I had a chance to answer, my mom said, "Isn’t that when you’re going to New Zealand?" With no pressure to return home, I took advantage of this chance to head far away from Afghanistan. I’d heard about Active New Zealand through either Backpacker or National Geographic Adventure magazine. When I started to look up ways to be active while exploring the country, the name of the company popped in my head and I googled it. Bingo! Exactly what I was looking for. Better yet, they actually had an 8 day tour right in the middle of my assigned R&R dates. I joke that I’ve only made two calls my whole time in Afghanistan: one, to my best friend, and two, to Active New Zealand to set up this trip.

    New Zealand, and seeing it through Active, was everything I’ve been missing. The vibrant colors of the country, the fresh smells, the varying topography, scenery that changes from oceanside to alps in only a few miles...or kilometers. Juxtaposed with flat, dusty (and sometimes disgustingly smelly) desert, my senses were in overload.

    When my friends/coworkers that I’m deployed with heard about the Active trip I was going on, they told me, "You’ll be more tired after that trip than when you left!" Little do they know, the kind of activities Active NZ organized are exactly what energize me. A 6 hour hike ("tramp") through fields, up a "gnarly," rooted-staircase, through more fields, and up a rocky, winding trail to a glacier lake (Lake Crucible) invigorated me. Scaring myself through a single-track, downhill on the bike, hopping around Hanz Josef Glacier with crampons on, crawling through the ice formations, spending all of my energy to make it across Milford sound on a sunny, but extremely windy day.....all of these things recharged my batteries.

    With this group, I got to meet people from other places and different backgrounds and interests. The tour allowed us to make selections of activities that suited our interests. The guides, Ben and Christina, were extremely knowledgeable about Kiwi culture and the areas we traveled to. If the weather wasn’t good at one location, they knew where we could go just a little further down the road to still have a good tramp or view. They were easy to pass time with and made sure we got the most from the tour. They made sure we were always full with delicious food and well informed about the next day’s activities. Having food, driving, lodging, and activities picked out for me made the trip that much easier to do. I wouldn’t have had the time, the energy, or the knowledge to put this trip together by myself (especially with only 3 weeks and from a place with poor resources). Also, as a single person, it was really easy to jump in with the group.

    I came back to the desert with so many fond memories and mental and digital images. Thanks, Active for giving me a very special get-away. l”
    – , Afghanistan Tui, March 2012
  • Exceeded my expectations

    “My Active New Zealand trip truly was awesome! From our wonderful guides, Lina and Dan, to the incredible scenery, to my great trip companions, to the delicious food, and, of course, the various physical challenges, this trip had it all.”
    – California, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • Anyone can do it.

    “This is a once in a lifetime adventure for young and old. At 73, I worried that it would be too tough for me, but the awesome adventure was within my capability. Well planned, the tour keep us busy the whole time, even with three days of rain. The guides had a plan B for every day. The prepared meals and housing were the best available considering several motels/hostels were the only game in town. New Zealand is by far the most unique country I have ever been in.”
    – Texas, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • New Zealand rocks at any age: do it with ACTIVE NZ

    “I fell in love with New Zealand. The natural beauty was inspirational. I have traveled a lot and I have never been to a country with so much natural beauty and goodness. Active NZ introduced me to some very special places. So much so, that the week after our trip I took my kids back to some of the very same places I had visited with Active NZ because I wanted them to experience the magic and grandeur of the mountains, river, lakes and sky.”
    – Massachusetts, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • February Rimu - all we had to do was enjoy ourselves

    “Beautiful country & amazing experience! A fantastic trip that covered most of the South Island with every day different to the next. Our Guides Dan & Amanda ensured everything ran smoothly which meant all we had to do was enjoy ourselves. And we did!”
    – Kent, United Kingdom Rimu, March 2012
  • Manuka Feb 20, 2012

    “Awesome trip - loved the experience.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Manuka, March 2012
  • Thank you

    “Thank you for giving us such a wonderful view of New Zealand. Our Manuka tour of two weeks managed to provide a picture of NZ's beautiful landscape diversity. We hiked by sparkling lakes, through green and luscious rainforests, along coastal shores with pounding waves, and up onto mountain trails with stunning overviews. With thoughtful and knowledgeable guides, it was an absolutely awesome trip. Thank you.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Manuka, March 2012
  • Most Awesome leaders and most fun group

    “My husband and I did the Rimu as his retirement trip. We had a great time. It was more than we hoped it would be. The scenery, the people, the options.

    We lucked out with the group of people we met and shared our experience with. We also were so pleased with Lina and Magnus. I cannot imagine that you have a better cook (chef) than Magnus. It was always a delightful surprise the culinary wonders he provided. Lina was the best! She was on top of everything. We feel we saw more and did more fun things because of her knowledge of the area and her home country. What a KIWI she is!If anything was even mentioned, photo ops, ice cream stops, thermal pools, it happened.

    Our hiking, biking, kayaking options were perfect. While the weather didn't always co-operate we still had a great time. My thanks to Steve, who showed up with a boat after our Angeles backpack trip. I have to say also, that the coin for the 5 minute shower was almost my favorite thing of the trip!
    We will sing the praises of Active New Zealand.

    While New Zealand is a country which can stand alone in its beauty and lovely warm people, you guys brought it to an extra level for us.
    To Lina and Magnus we say good on ya!”
    – Texas, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • It was great!!!

    “I really enjoyed my Active NZ Trip. The diversity of sights and experiences was incredible.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Tui, March 2012
  • “Enjoyed that everyone was allowed to go at their own pace. Would have liked to do a little more biking, kayaking, snorkeling, etc; not as many day hikes.”
    – Gu, Guam Rimu, March 2012
  • Great adventure and new friends!

    “Up front I want to say Dan and Amanda were the great guides; professional, friendly, thoughtful. Meals were consistently good and on time. After the trip I can honestly say I wasn't craving anything! There
    were unexpected snacks like on the mountain top and after a hike. Perhaps the 3 day hike dinners could have been more creative, but personally, I thought they were fine. I loved the 3 day hike (yup weather and all). I was challenged to my max with the Mueller ridge, I am so glad I did the second half! I wasn't a fan of kayaking the first time, but I did enjoy the scenery. The kayaks at Milford Sound were more comfortable, but the trip was weak, and maybe the only disappointing part of the trip. I enjoyed the bike ride, having never done a mountain bike ride before. I enjoyed the swim in Lake Manapouri, we added that to the itinerary. I appreciated the different types of accommodations, backpackers, sheep station etc. Now we are traveling around on our own, these places which are unique to NZ are places we could try on our own! Our group was multiple national, multiple generational and I felt we bonded like a team in a very special way. Making new friends was certainly a bonus I didnt expect. Finally dropping in Head office was smart marketing, I did enjoy meeting the folk behind the scenes.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, March 2012
  • Amazing trip!

    “This was an incredible trip....unbelievable scenery everyday and always fun things to do! Loved the kayaking, biking, and the sheep shearer's quarters. Definitely recommend the heli-hike, one of the highlights for sure and well worth the extra money. All of the places we stayed at were unique and off the beaten path, making the trip even more special. It was very hard to leave.....would definitely like to come back some day.”
    – Ohio, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • Wow! is what I kept saying on each day of the trip.

    “Wow! is what I kept saying on each day of the trip. New Zealand is incredibly beautiful, and the culmination came on the final day when we went kayaking on Milford Sound. That evoked a WOW! in capital letters. I doubt anything could ever match that experience.”
    – Florida, United States Tui, March 2012
  • Rimu

    “I could not ask for a better trip, with amazing guides and amazing food. My only complain is that it is over. I had soooooo much fun that I wish it never ended. Our guide added stuff such as a dip in the river via a bridge jump to cool off in the middle of the bike ride. I loved the challenge. Did stuff I never would have otherwise done on my own, and plan on challenging myself to do more, and I definitely plan on coming back for round two. Can I have the same Guide again? Outragously lovely time of it!”
    – British Columbia, Canada Rimu, March 2012
  • “New Zealand may be the most beautiful counrty in the world, but on this trip you don't just see the beauty, you get into it and experience it and let it challenge you and become a part of you. Our guides couldn't have done a better job of educating us, encouraging us, watching out for us and being a part of us. Our entire group was great! I would recommend this trip to any one with a sense of adventure.”
    – Wisconsin, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • Too good to be true!

    “I don't have a single complaint during the two weeks I spent with Active. Our two guides, Lina and Magnus, we're amazing in every aspect. So fun, friendly, enthusiastic, informational, GREAT cooks, the list could go on. New Zealand is a beautiful country and I am so thankful to have spent my time with Active. I had an unforgettable experience and the trip definitely exceeded my expectations! Thanks for everything!!”
    – Alabama, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • Best.Trip.Ever.

    “This trip was so super fun and had sooo much to see and do. I was always amazed at the New Zealand culture and just how peaceful and clean and friendly everything and everyone was. I loved our group, all our activities, and even just hanging out and talking with people in the bus during the longer rides. Everything about this trip was taken care of so I never had to worry about any of the details- perfect for me!! After coming back from a stressful deployment, this was the healing and the peaceful environment I needed. Thank you for EVERYTHING!!”
    – Ohio, United States Tui, March 2012
  • Trip of a lifetime!

    “This was an amazing trip! Every last detail was taken care of and we had nothing to worry about! In fact, we were so engaged in the trip that most of the time we had no idea what day it was! It was great that most of the time the activities could accommodate any activity level. Or if you felt like you wanted to take it easy one day, there was an option to do that too! Or if you really wanted to push yourself, you could!
    To top it all of, our guides, Ben and Cristina were phenomenal. Ben kept us laughing and did a great job educating us about New Zealand history. Cristina was an excellent cook and did a great job making sure every last detail was taken care of. I feel so fortunate to have had Ben and Cristina as our guides. I couldn't have imagined it any other way!”
    – Ohio, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • I can't imagine a better way to spend 14 days.

    “14 Great Days. Our guides Ken & Ele took such good care of us. And the best way to see the magnificence that NZ has to offer is with boots on the ground or oars in the water.”
    – California, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • Expensive but worth it

    “My first reaction was that this was a very expensive trip and very far away. My thoughts afterward are that this is a must do trip to a beautiful country filled with people and sheep - all with a great sense of humor. The trip is like combining the Oregon Columbia gorge with waterfalls and moss covered trees and the beaches of California and the mtns of Canadian Rockies. I loved the hikes and our guides were the best. Food and accomodations were great.”
    – Pennsylvania, United States Manuka, March 2012
  • “We had a good time and enjoyed ourselves. We think a lot of planning and forethought had gone into the venture and it worked well. Unfortunatley we had more than our fair share of rain but we do not fault you for that.”
    – Ontario, Canada Rimu, March 2012
  • I want to go back!

    “I have always dreamed of going to New Zealand, and when several of my friends approached me about going I jumped at the opportunity. I couldn't be more glad I did. New Zealand is an amazing country, and the experience exceeded my expectations in every way possible. Our guides Ken and Louise were simply amazing! Ken with his eternally optimistic outlook encouraged us to do many off the wall things like swimming with icebergs (it was 'really' warm!) Louise was a great cook, and was very knowledgeable about New Zealand. In all it was a once in a lifetime experience that I plan to repeat several times. I can't wait to go back to New Zealand!!!!”
    – Wisconsin, United States Tui, March 2012
  • Stretching my abilities!

    “The trip exceeded all my expectations and really stretched my comfort level so that I finished with a huge sense of accomplishment. I was older than the other members of my group and had little experience with elevation. By the end of the two weeks I felt much stronger and definitely more confident. The members of my group and the guides were very special people and we really enjoyed each others company. I felt that Active New Zealand had organized the trip very well and I was surprised and pleased by the quality of the meals.

    I chose the Hollyford Trail which I found to be absolutely magical. Overall I really loved the trip.”
    – Illinois, United States Manuka, March 2012
  • Something cool and different everyday with fun people

    “Hard to pick a favorite day. Every part of the trip was a unique experience. We had fantastic guides and a really fun loving group of people to share the trip with. I think sharing the beauty and adventure of the trip with newly formed friends was my favorite part of the whole experience.”
    – Colorado, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • An amazing adventure . . . .

    “In addition to the amazing adventures and great new experiences, I can't say enough about our guides. They were attentive and helpful and supportive of making this our trip.”
    – Nevada, United States Tui, March 2012
  • Way to go ..... fab trip and a great way to celebrate a birthday

    “I took the plunge and booked the trip for my birthday - and New Zealand was an exceptional place to celebrate it. Thanks to Ben, Cristina and 'the cool gang' for partying on the beach and making 2012 a birthday to remember for me - 'You guys rock!' Birthday celebrations aside, the whole trip was fantastic - great, clean comfortable accomodation, delicious food (thanks Cristina!), glorious scenery, activities for everyone and more laughs than a 'comedy show'. I'm ready to do it all over again ................”
    – Alberta, Canada Rimu, March 2012
  • Kia Ora

    “My wife and I very much enjoyed our Rimu trip. I hesitated to call it the trip of a lifetime, but it most certainly is a trip we will remember forever. I would definitely tell my friends and family to do it. The places we saw were fantastic and out of the way places we would not have seen had we not been on the Rimu. What really made the trip were our guides, Dan and DK. They were always cheerfull and helpful with all our needs. Dan is a fantastic chef and prepared meals that were the best all along the way. DK was a great sport about all our jokes and shenanigans. The two of them were forever patient with us. The two of them made a great team and most certainly enhanced a great trip. They were both very knowledgeable about every area we visited.”
    – California, United States Rimu, March 2012
  • Round 2

    “After going on the Kauri the week before, I found it great to see new plants and animals on the South Island. We stayed in remote areas that really made the trip flexible. I could not stay for the whole trip, therefore the Active NZ staff gave me a great deal on half the trip!”
    – , United States Rimu, March 2012
  • Had a blast

    “Loved the itinerary and guides on this trip. Beautiful scenery, lots of different activities and never boring. The food was amazing. Never thought I could gain 10lbs on an ACTIVE trip!”
    – California, United States Tui, March 2012
  • A leap of faith for this 70 year old outdoor woman!

    “I came away with tremendous pride in my performance, a welcome relief from the anxiety I felt before landing in New Zealand. My last minute decision to join Active New Zealand Rimu gave me little time to bring my fitness level to where I imagined it should be. My guides and members of our group were very encouraging and helpful so I was able to complete this adventure in fine form.

    The magical, mystical weather during the Angelus Circuit hike was so calming and inspiring.
    I focused on the eye-popping beauty rather than the effort. The tasty, hot meals at the conclusion of each chilly backpack day was a reward beyond measure.

    Our guides DK, Ele and Magnus were fun, so free with their knowledge of our surroundings, excellent team mates to each other, tireless in their effort to please us and I think instrumental in bringing our group to the status of "family".

    The hiking, cycling and kayaking gave us perfect opportunities to explore New Zealand from so many vantage points. We not only saw the spectacular variety in environments we felt them through our feet, our butts and our upper bodies. We smelled the smells, touched the plants, walked through the rivers, and joyfully celebrated the occasional sunny day.

    This was a total experience, unlike any I have had in previous adventures. Absolutely outstanding in every way!! Thank you DK, Ele and Magnus. Carolyn Adam”
    – Colorado, United States Rimu, February 2012
  • Hike, bike, paddle, laugh, eat, drink with "Bruce" and the gang

    “An amazing trip! Fabulous scenery and blessed with good weather. Great group and I can't imagine having any better guides than DK and Elle. Some tough hikes, but terrific rewards at the end. A very diverse trip with lots to see and do. Loved the Kiwi culture and fun loving people. Great food and drink as well. Please send group picture from Admiral Creighton's as well. Thanks.”
    – Colorado, United States Rimu, February 2012
  • Amazing Trip!

    “Pieke and Kate, our guides, were fun and informative. Frank, the bus, was comfortable for getting us from one activity to the next. The scenery was spectacular, the hiking challenging but great, and the biking was fun. Truly the trip of a lifetime!”
    – Illinois, United States Tui, February 2012
  • Tui Feb 2012 provided an excellent balance

    “This trip provided an excellent balance of bus tour, hill walking, and adventures with small plane, jet boat and sea kayak. Perfect weather enhanced the two wonderful days in Siberia Valley - for us the most memorable part of the holiday. The friendly and informative guides Ken and Louisa adapted each day to the weather conditions, giving us a spinetingling glow-worm cave experience when low cloud prevented a hike up to a glacier-observing spot. The half-day bike ride was along the (how shall I put this) most unusual bike trail I've ever ridden! As we adapt back to drab Beijing winter we're sorting trough hundreds of pix to keep the memories alive.”
    – Beijing , China Tui, February 2012
  • Kudos to Active NZ

    “I had a fabulous time...met some nice people...ate tasty/healthy food...beautiful lush surroundings...active everyday...didn't have to think if I chose not to...which is my normal on vacations. Our guides Ken & Louise was very personable, approachable, attentive, efficient...easy to be around. I especially enjoyed the treks...even with my swollen ankle...I could still appreciate the activities. I believe in exercise.”
    – Hawaii, United States Tui, February 2012
  • Loved my trip

    “I am a frequent traveler and have tried a variety of approaches with my travel. The Rimu stands out as the perfect way to experience the South Island. The fantastic itinerary combined with energetic and organized guides allow you to do and see a ton of amazing things in 13 days. It's unbelievable how much activity and scenery you'll experience in such a short time. This trip is a must do if you want to fully experience the South Island.”
    – Arkansas, United States Rimu, February 2012
  • NZ is beautiful and very friendly.

    “NZ is beautiful and very friendly. Our guides were outstanding, from Ben's dry commentary as we traveled around the South Island to Christina's guiding and cooking. Before signing up I was concerned whether the trip would be too much or too little activity (I am a fit 70). I was told not to worry. While I wished for more time in a single kayak (I did the three day kayak option), the scenery was so wonderful it did not matter that I did not push myself. I chose the more challenging hikes, but was the last one up and turned around at Sealy tarns on Aoraki/Mt. Cook. The views at every step were spectacular. We spent a lot of time in our van, but you can't see as much of South island as we did without traveling a lot. However, we engaged in some kind of activity each time we stopped and we stopped in a lot of wonderful places. I have become addicted to flat whites, the many one lane bridges, sheep, the many signs of geological activity, the birdlife and flowers in February. We had a good group of participants, both fitter and less fit, and it all worked to my satisfaction. Susan (Andover, MA)”
    – Massachusetts, United States Rimu, February 2012