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Active Adventures: 3 magnificent New Zealand tours you really should try

Active Adventures’ all-inclusive trips explore the most beautiful landscapes of New Zealand (Aotearoa).

As you savour your morning coffee and bask in the endless views that characterise any trip to New Zealand, you’ll come to anticipate the all-encompassing service Active Adventures guides thrive on.

The luxury New Zealand tour company has 25 years of local knowledge. Combine that with the staff’s extreme attention to detail and you have a first-class New Zealand tour.

From your favourite local wine waiting for you at dinner to surprises high on the mountain peaks, Active Adventures New Zealand tours make travel pure joy.

These are the best Active Adventures NZ tours to try.

‘Gecko’ West Coast Adventure

Duration: 5 days
Route: Christchurch to Queenstown
Cost: From AU$3,799 per person

Experience the rugged beauty of the South Island’s West Coast, one of the few places in the world where you can witness powerful glaciers giving way to lush rainforests.

On Active Adventures’ five-day ‘Gecko’ West Coast Adventure you’ll truly immerse yourself in these landscapes as you heli-hike through grand ice formations, followed by wandering among beautiful native forests and past towering waterfalls, pretty beaches, unique rock formations and snowcapped peaks.

Along the way, your guides will talk you through the local flora and fauna, the geology and the history of the areas you visit.

Tour highlights:

  • Scenic flight over Milford Sound
  • Hike Franz Josef Glacier and surrounding rainforests
  • Explore Paparoa National Park
  • Kayak Okarito Lagoon
  • Optional heli-hike (at an extra cost)

‘Powder Days’ New Zealand Ski Adventure

Duration: 5 days
Route: Christchurch to Queenstown
Cost: From AU$3,499 per person

Want to play among New Zealand’s top ski fields? From the fascinating views atop Lake Ohau Snow Fields to the hidden valleys of Cardrona and the wide-open terrain of Mount Hutt, you’ll embark on a ski holiday rivalling those of the Swiss Alps on Active Adventures’ ‘Powder Days’ New Zealand Ski Adventure.

Spend full days skiing or snowboarding, and by evening, you’ll be drinking mulled wine at premium lodges. What’s more, if you need a break from hitting the slopes, guests can opt to spend a day hiking the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere, Aoraki/Mount Cook.

Tour highlights:

  • Hit the slopes of Mt Hutt, Oahu and Cardrona ski fields
  • Hike Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
  • Soak in Tekapo Springs
  • Stay in stunning, scenic lodges

‘Takahe’ Great Walks Discovery

Duration: 5 days
Route: Queenstown to Queenstown
Cost: From AU$4,999 per person

If you want to explore Fiordland’s hidden secrets and most renowned trails, but not forgo the creature comforts, then this option is for you. By letting the professionals do the hard work, you can simply fall into the rhythm of nature as you hike three of New Zealand’s Great Walks and spend the night surrounded by the beauty of Doubtful Sound.

You’ll be left awestruck on the ‘Takahe’ Great Walks Discovery itinerary, which includes spending a night on the Fiordland Navigator in the remote Doubtful Sound, marveling at the lush forest of the Milford Track, standing at the top of the Great Divide and meandering through ancient Beech forest on the Kepler Track.

Tour highlights:

  • Doubtful Sound overnight cruise
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Walk sections of the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Great Walks
  • Explore Queenstown
  • Stay in Milford Lodge Chalets

Active Adventures New Zealand tours come with a few guarantees, given the changing nature of travel in 2021.

Active Adventures Assurance

Feel confident with Active Adventures Assurance. Not only can you change travel dates and plans any time prior to 30 days before departure, but you’re also covered if travel restrictions alter your plans.

Lifetime deposit

Active Adventures understands that plans can change. So, to transfer your $500 deposit to a future trip you can just call or email with the details and they’ll take care of the rest. Must be done at least 30 days before your trip departure.

Change your trip

If your plans change, or if you simply decide to travel to another destination, you can change your trip to any of the company’s departures in any destination up to 30 days out from your original trip start date.

Refund outside 30 days

To receive a refund less your deposit, just let the team know that you’d like to cancel at least 30 days before your trip departure.

Free trip if you’re not satisfied

If you’re less than 100% satisfied with your trip, then the team’s guides, along with the dedicated 24/7 support staff at HQ, will do everything in their power to put it right. If you’re still not satisfied, then as a gesture of goodwill, the company will invite you on another trip, free of charge.

Additional assurance for Kiwis and Aussies

If you are unable to travel on a trip in New Zealand or Australia due to restrictions that are a result of government-imposed COVID-19 levels and your departure is within 30 days from departure, Active Adventures will re-book you onto an alternative trip departure date or will offer you a future trip credit valid on any Active Adventures departure in New Zealand, Australia or overseas until 31 December 2022. The inability to travel must be for reasons outside of your control.

No matter where you’d like to explore, Active Adventures will craft a truly remarkable, all-inclusive trip catered to you. To view all of the company’s trips or to request a brochure, head to their website.

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