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About Active Adventures

Active Adventures is New Zealand’s most globally diverse adventure travel company. In typical New Zealand fashion, we applied our pioneering spirit back in the 90’s and began offering incredible, fully guided, outdoor adventures in New Zealand to just a small number of guests. Fast forward 25 years and New Zealand ....more

Reasons to tour with Active Adventures

All-inclusive Pricing

Low Minimum Numbers

Hundreds of departure dates

6:1 guide ratiio

Multiple Activities per trip

End to end, streamlined service

Environmental Sustainability

Our sustainability pledge
'To be a tourism industry leader in corporate social responsibility. In our world that means operating adventure travel trips (here in New Zealand and around the world) which tread lightly on the planet and give back to local communities.'

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at ....more

Our Story

New Zealand Pioneers in Adventure Travel
Active Adventures is New Zealand’s most globally diverse adventure travel company. In typical New Zealand fashion, we applied our pioneering spirit back in the 90’s and began offering incredible, fully guided, outdoor adventures in New Zealand to just a small number of guests. Fast forward ....more

Economic Impact

New Zealand -

New Zealand is where it all started for us, and so it’s where we have implemented many of our initiatives in reducing our impact on the environment, and increasing our contribution to local communities and charities. At HQ in Queenstown we have a Sustainability Team which meets ....more

Cultural Preservation

And empowering others when we can't.

Conservation Initiative - Kea Database
Aside from environmental sustainability, we also contribute to conservation projects close to our hearts, and for the last couple of years that has been the Kea Database, and close affiliates, the Kea Conservation Trust.The Kea Conservation Trust has three main mission ....more

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Hiking Group in New Zealand
Hiking Group in New Zealand
Hidden Gems
Hidden Gems

Associations & Accreditations

Active Adventures Associations Accreditations

Tourism Export Council (TEC) Inbound Tour Operator
Tourism Export Council (TEC) Inbound Tour Operator
Adventure Travel Trade Association
Adventure Travel Trade Association
Forestry Stewardship Council
Forestry Stewardship Council

Responsible Tourism

Our sustainability missions

1. We will implement reducing initiatives in all the destinations that we operate, by 2025.

2. We will achieve Travelife accreditation (world-recognised), by 2021.

3. We will increase our social and environmental financial commitment by 33% for 2019/20, and then cumulatively by 10% (or more) year on year, towards $65,000 ....more

Sustainability

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at Active Adventures. We understand that the only way for us to continue doing what we love - showing you our favourite parts of the world in all of our favourite ways - is to carefully consider how we're impacting the ....more

Social Responsibility

Here’s just a few of the things our Sustainability Team in New Zealand has spearheaded in recent years - for the full list check out our Sustainability Vision, Mission, and Goals document at the link above:

Investigating waste, power, and water usage at all of our premises, and implemented processes to ....more

Covid Policies

In order to protect the well-being of the group, Active Adventures now requires all guests over the age of 12 (i.e. 13 years and above) travelling on trips departing from December 1, 2021, to be fully vaccinated, no matter the destination.

What does 'fully vaccinated' means?
You must have received 2 ....more

Awards

Active Adventures Awards

2019 Travelers' Choice Awards Finalist AFAR Magazine
2019 Travelers' Choice Awards Finalist AFAR Magazine
Best Tours in the Pacific Islands and Oceania 2013 from National Geographic Traveler Magazine
Best Tours in the Pacific Islands and Oceania 2013 from National Geographic Traveler Magazine
Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience 2019 Award Finalist
Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience 2019 Award Finalist

Active Adventures Reviews

Carmelita Perez  

Great Company

20-Mar-2020

Active Adventures is a great way to go if your idea of a perfect trip is getting out and hiking, bicycling and kayaking in some of the most beautiful countryside in the world, with guides who are local, experienced, fun, flexible and take excellent care of their clientele.

Dave, United States  

Northern Italy Adventure, Dolce Vita

01-Oct-2021

My wife and I went on the Dolce Vita trip with Active Adventures and we both feel that it was one of our top 3 holidays ever. We LOVED our guides (Andrea & Enrico - one for the mountains and one for the Lakes Region kayaking). The natural beauty was amazing but the care our guides took of the group was truly beyond our expectations. Bravo to Active Adventures for partnering with such amazing local guides who are not only knowledgeable but funny and a true pleasure to be around. We LOVED this trip and plan to do more!

Jodi, United States  

Tortuga, November 2021

08-Nov-2021

The trip was wonderful – better than ever imagined. Snorkelling was the highlight of the trip. I never thought we would snorkel so close to sea turtles and with sea lions – it was fantastic. Walking near blue-footed boobies and their chicks and stepping around sea lions, it was unbelievable. We even got up close to white-tipped sharks. We had a group of 13 that went In September 2021, and it was a truly remarkable experience for all of us.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

You are covered by our Active Adventures Assurance policy.

How long has the tour company been trading?

Since 1996

What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

You are covered by our Active Adventures Assurance policy. So here's what you can expect from us. Lifetime deposit We understand that plans can change. So, to transfer your $500 deposit to a future trip you can just call or email with the details, at least 30 days before your trip departure Change your trip: you can change your trip to any of our departures in any destination up 30 days out

Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

Our trips attract a wide range of people from all different backgrounds, countries and ages, which makes our small group adventures all the more interesting and fun. All our people tend to enjoy active lifestyles, great food, good company and new experiences. If this sounds like you, then you’ll be in good company

What documents will I receive before I travel?

We send online booking information via our club page you’ll gain access to your trip notes, destination information, a detailed gear list and all the information you need for your trip. There are a few things to fill in – medical and dietary information, extra accommodation requests, gear hire requests etc. – to ensure you are well prepared for your adventure vacation.

What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

Travellers Against Plastic

Can I join the tour once it has departed?

No

Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

Yes,

What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

You are covered by our Active Adventures Assurance policy. So here's what you can expect from us. Lifetime deposit Change your trip: you can change your trip to any of our departures in any destination up 30 days out

What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

You are covered by our Active Adventures Assurance policy. So here's what you can expect from us. Lifetime deposit We understand that plans can change. So, to transfer your $500 deposit to a future trip you can just call or email with the details, at least 30 days before your trip departure. We'll take care of the rest. Change your trip For peace of mind, if your plans change, or if you simply

Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

Yes, our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate, which means we'll match you up with another person of the same gender to share a room with. If there's no one suitable to share with, there's no forced single supplement. Having said that, if you specifically request your own private single room, you can opt to pay an additional fare to secure your own room.

What policies are in place for Covid-19?

When it comes to the safety of our guests, it has always been our number one priority. We’ve introduced strict protocols to adhere to current Covid safety guidelines that are relative to the destination, country and location of your adventure – these are dependent on the current rules and restrictions that are in place at the time of your trip.

Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

Health and safety are just as important as the amazing places in the most stunning parts of the world we travel. Another focus of ours is having a good place to rest and rejuvenate at the end of a busy day, and to make sure we are fully charged for the next day’s activities, so you’ll always find yourself in a clean, comfortable room.

Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

No

Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

Our accommodation varies from trip to trip and day-to-day – you’ll stay in a variety of places from jungle lodges to mountain huts, local motels and friendly lodges. Our focus is on getting you out into amazing places in the most stunning parts of the world, so this isn’t a tour of the world’s fanciest hotels! Another focus of ours is having a good place to rest and rejuvenate at the end of a busy

Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

No, but we do contribute funds to support 180 degrees trust, Active Hearts Foundation, Kea Conservation Trust and many other non-profit groups.

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Book With Confidence

  • Free Date Changes

    Active Adventures allows you to make 1 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 90 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Active Adventures allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform Active Adventures, 90 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Active Adventures requires a minimum deposit of 500 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    If you need to cancel your tour, tourhub doesn't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of Active Adventures charges.

    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit
    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of tour cost
    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of tour cost
  • COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination or Testing For trips in the United States:?Vaccination is not required. All guests must adhere to the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations and guidelines.

    For all International trips (all destinations except the United States):?All guests aged 13 years and above must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least fourteen (14) days prior to the commencement of travel.?
    We accept vaccines authorized or recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
    Adults who cannot be vaccinated due to valid medical exemptions will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result (official paper or official electronic record) showing the test was carried out no later than 72 hours before the trip starts. Testing must be performed by an approved entity.
    Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or negative test (where applicable) must be provided prior to the start of your trip (only official vaccination card or electronic record will be accepted).
    Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test must include identifying information (full name), as well as the vaccination or the test dates.
    Proof of Vaccination must demonstrate the final dose of the vaccine was administered at least fourteen (14) days prior to the commencement of your trip.
    You will be required to upload Proof of Vaccination into your Travel Wallet prior to departure.
    If Proof of Vaccination or a Negative Test is not produced at the commencement of travel with us, you will not be allowed to travel. You will not be eligible to receive a refund of any sums paid to us if this occurs.??
    Guests must comply with any additional vaccination or testing requirements and/or additional health and safety measures that are required to travel in their chosen destination. We recommend using?CIBT for up-to-date requirements.?
    We do not grant any exceptions to this vaccination and testing policy.?

  • Secure payments

    All payments are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.

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