Three small group Active Adventures to explore NZ’s South Island

The top-selling Rimu, Manuka and Tui in a nutshell


Forget confusing itineraries and complex planning. Let Active Adventures do the hard work.

If you take out a map and circle all the ‘must-explore’ places in New Zealand, you’ll see everything from sand dunes at the top of the North Island to thundering falls in Milford Sound on the South Island. With vast landscapes and some of the longest dead-end roads in the world, planning a trip to visit the many stunning regions of New Zealand without spending the entire time behind the wheel has its challenges.

While no one is claiming they can shorten roads or take clients on secret passageways, Active Adventures has used its 25 years of experience to hand-craft itineraries where guests will spend an unheard-of amount of time out in nature. Bus rides take a back seat as guests’ hike, bike and kayak their way around the country. Top this with stunning accommodations, excellent dining and experienced local guides, and you have an adventure like no other.

See the best of the South Island on the Ultimate South Island Adventure

Active Adventures’ signature trip, ‘Rimu’ Ultimate South Island Adventure, has been a favourite since the beginning, and for good reason. Over 14-days, guests will experience the absolute best of the South Island, under their own steam. Starting and finishing in Christchurch, they’ll explore Nelson Lakes National Park, the West Coast, Queenstown and Fiordland, along with other hidden gems along the way. Whether it’s someone’s first time or 10th time in New Zealand, there’s no doubt they’ll discover new landscapes and fall in love with a different part of New Zealand.

Hike three of New Zealand’s Great Walks and discover empty trails on the Milford Hiking Adventure

As per usual, the Milford Track booked out within minutes for self-guided trips. With such limited permits, it can feel impossible to tick off this bucket list trek. Yet, on the 14-day ‘Manuka’ Milford Hiking Adventure, (there’s also a shorter 5-day version) guests will have the opportunity to hike the full length of the Milford Track. Or, in that same time, hike parts of the Routeburn, Milford and Kepler Great Walks – and enjoy an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound.

The trip is full of wonder, excitement and lasting memories. It boasts spectacular scenery every day, quality accommodation, comfortable travel and carefully balanced activities allowing energy levels to be manageable over five days. The guides are personable, knowledgeable, and great managers of the group dynamics with a mix of abilities and personalities.” Lynda, Auckland, 66 year old.

Short on time? Check out the 8-day ‘Tui’ Essence of the South Island Adventure

Not everyone has the luxury of spending two weeks in New Zealand. However, with the help of some local knowledge, it’s still possible to explore many of the highlights and hidden gems of the South Island in just over a week. If you’ve heard of Siberia Valley, you’ll know it’s a magnificent local secret. A dramatic, glacier-carved landscape deep in Mt Aspiring National Park. In under 48 hours, guests will take a scenic flight into the valley, hike up to the mind-blowingly picturesque Lake Crucible, stay the night in a stunning backcountry hut, enjoy a freshly cooked candlelit dinner and jet boat out the next day. Top this off with an overnight cruise on Milford Sound, an optional Heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier, and walking a section of Routeburn Great Walk, and you have the Essence of the South Island Adventure.

Adventures in New Zealand or abroad, with risk-free bookings

Active Adventures is New Zealand’s largest global adventure tour company. For 25 years, they’ve shared their love of exploration and their outstanding hospitality with thousands of guests on their small group adventures, and now operate on 6 continents. If your clients’ plans change, or they decide to change destination, the Active Adventures Assurance allows them to change their deposit to any trip or destination, up to 30 days out from their trip start date. If they’re unable to come in New Zealand because of government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions, their trip will be moved at no charge as well.

If you are interested in knowing more or becoming a partner, you can browse their new global catalogue, visit or contact Brian Daly, Agent Sales Manager, at


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