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Get off the beaten track to places in National Parks that no other companies (and few individuals) ever get to. We sleep in high mountain huts, camp beside rainforest streams, sea kayak remote coasts, and cook over campfires. This is the real New Zealand far from maddening crowds.
Our new look. After many years of working together successfully, active earth and Hiking New Zealand have officially merged. New logo but nothing else changes, same trips, same people, same excellence!
You'll travel with like-minded people, enjoy some great food, laugh lots, learn lots, but most of all you will get stuff done!
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North Island ▷ Auckland Region ▷ Auckland
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I had been looking forward to the Eastern Epic Safari since I booked it more then half a year before and it totally lived up to my expectations. Hiking to three different mountains we got to see many different facets of New Zealand nature. We hiked through native beech forest along big lakes and fast flowing rivers. Bubbling mountainstreams lead us up narrow valleys and steep scree slopes took us to gratifying, panoramic views of the surroundings below us. Going down Mt. Fyffe after a cup of coffee while watching the sun rise, we were circled by chattering alpine keas and while taking a break on our hike out from Mt. Angelus we saw a native falcon hunting for prey. Native alpine flowers grew in abundance on Mt. Owen making it look like a beautiful garden, and several types of orchids were spotted in the forest below. The hikes were an absolute heaven for nature lovers. We were also lucky enough to see both fur seals and the small blue penguin playing in the waves on the day we went kayaking. The food was great and the company of fellow hikers and our excellent guide John,made the safari pretty much perfect! It was definitely an experience that will have you come back for more.
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My husband and I went on the Far North trip. It was amazing. Our guide, Justin, had so much information about everywhere we visited. Price was affordable and included almost all meals.
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Nz Uncut is truly a most awesome and active way to explore and experience the best that both islands of New Zealand has to offer. This 21 day tour took us on a fantastic rollercoaster of diversity in terms of landscapes and activities i.e from the golden beaches of the Coromandel Peninsula to the volcanic lava flows of Tongariro to Jurassic like rainforest of Whirinaki to the breathtaking Alpine region of Aoraki/Mt Cook. While this tour provider is predominantly a hiking tour, NZ Uncut provides amble opportunity to indulge in a host of other adrenalin pumping activities such as Kayaking, White Water Rafting, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding and even Bungee Jumping in Queenstown for the more outrageous. This tour was topped off by being led by two superb guides (Mo - North Island & Dan - South Island) whose chillaxing manner had the group at total ease from the get go. NZ Uncut - A must for the energetic all rounder outdoors lover.
Scotty B. Moore picked us up at Queenstown and it was action packed adventures from the word 'go'. We tramped through beautiful, rugged and various terrains, saw huge sealions lolling around on the beach, watched yellow eyed penguins waddle to their nests after a big day out fishing, ate well, laughed lots, slept under the stars and in quaint 'cribs', took the low road on the Otago rail trail, kayaked along the Milford sound, watched amazing sheep dogs in action and swam in (freezing) tarns - of our own choice!! This tour, called 'secret south' surpassed my expectations, it was amazing view overload! Our guide was friendly, safe, knowledgeable and inclusive. Thanks Scotty, Thanks Hiking New Zealand.
I have just spent 9 weeks in NZ and the highlight of my holiday was the two trips I did with Active Earth. The Northland trip is full of variety, day walks, sand dune surfing,stunning beaches, kayaking and sleeping under the stars. The volcanoes and rainforest is more physical and has some multi day walks. The scenry is amazing and we went to places I never would have got to by myself. The key to both trips was the guides Michael and Justin. Very knowlegable and friendly. I can only give Active Earth an A+ rating. Fantastic!!
Did the Far North and the Volcano andRainforest tours. They were awesome with fantastic guides who really know their stuff. The areas we went to were magical, wild and just about every adjective you can think of. We had a great group of people. The whole experience was incredible.
I can only echo what others have said. These tours are the best I have experienced anywhere in the world. You get to go places you'd never find on your own. The guides are really knowledgeable and they helped the group bond. These tours, especially the Volcano and Rainforest one, are best for people who are fairly active and fit, but we didn't have to carry heavy packs so it we could enjoy the experience rather than grit our teeth to slog out each step. Saying that, we were exhausted at the end, but luckily had decided to do the rest of our NZ tour in a campervan. We just pulled into a camp ground and slept for a couple of days!
We are already saving to come back to NZ and do more. Active Earth tours are an amazing experience and definitely should be on the list of 100 things to do before you die.
I have just completed the active earth hiking adventure Volcanoes and Rainforest and I must say I was impressed from the very beginning. The places we visited were outstanding. A hike into the Whirinaki Forest Park followed by kayaking on Lake Tarawera then on to Tongariro National Park, caving at Waitomo and finishing climbing part of Mt. Tatanaki. At the end of the 10 days I was exhausted but thoroughly enjoyed the excperience and would like to thank our guide Justin. His knowledge on the areas and his experiece guided us through this tough terrain. I can recommend this type of trip to anyone who has a passion for outdoor activity. Paul
I did the Far North trip in February 2011. It was a great trip - well organised and thought out, a good mix of activities (walking, kayakking, swimming, sandboarding), some spectacular places (Cape Reinga, 90 Mile Beach - sleeping under the stars - magic), a great guide (informative, accommodating, great sense of humour, willing to share himself). Plus a great group of people and great weather. Particularly good for those who like activity and adventure but who would struggle to walk with a pack for 3 days. Highly recommended.