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Our Destinations and The Best Time To Travel


New Zealand | South America | Himalayas | Europe

We've hand picked the greatest adventure destinations in the world, and hand crafted the ultimate all-inclusive adventure travel packages. 

If you've ever considered throwing a pack over your shoulder and discovering the most wild and remote parts of New Zealand, South America, Europe or the Himalayas, then you'll know that one of the biggest decisions you'll face is choosing the best time to travel. Some people like the hottest weather, some people like it cooler, some don't mind a little bit of rain if it means having the hiking trails to themselves, and others would rather share the trail if it means they're more likely to stay dry.

As you'll already know, the Southern and Northern hemisphares have opposite seasons. North America's seasons are the opposite to New Zealand and Patagonia for example. But throw a few tropical destinations in the mix and there's no easy rule for when you should travel. So read on to see the best time to visit each of our amazing destinations. If you'd like to find out more, request your free travel brochure and we'll pop one straight in your inbox, or pop one in the mail to you today!

New Zealand

New Zealand

If you ask us, we’d say there’s never a bad time to visit New Zealand! That’s why we run trips here all year round.

During the warmer months of September through April we run trips on both Islands, exploring the absolute best parts of the great Kiwi countryside. The spring time (September through November) sees new lambs being born, wild purple Lupins blooming, longer days and warmer weather – which makes it the most popular time to visit us.

If you prefer the idea of seeing New Zealand under a blanket of fresh snow surrounded by snow-capped peaks, and under crisp blue skies, then check out our winter trips from May through September. We operate a winter ‘Kauri’ itinerary on the North Island, and two South Island adventures; New Zealand family adventure the ‘Kea’, and our wintery adaptation of our signature trip, the ‘Winter Rimu’.

 Video: This is the 'Kauri' trip on New Zealand's tropical North Island. 

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South America

South America is the world’s 4th biggest continent at 17.8 million square kilometres (6.9 million square miles). So the weather systems are drastically different across the continent. Because Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are right on the equator, and Peru also close, their climates consist of wet and dry seasons. Whereas the lower halves of Chile and Argentina are on a similar latitude to New Zealand, and so have four distinct seasons.


Best time to visit Peru

If it’s Peru you’re itching to visit, then you’ll be glad to know we run trips all year round! But having said that, there are very distinct seasons to bear in mind. If you’d like to travel in the driest months, we’d recommend anytime from May to October. This is the most popular time to visit Peru.

April and November, either side of the dry season are also popular choices as you tend to get the best of both worlds with the weather, and trails tend to be a little quieter. You can hike the Classic or Lares Inca Trail’s with our ‘Jaguar’ trips run all year round, except for the month of February when the Classic Inca Trail is closed for maintenance. But our other Peru adventures, the Peru Family Adventure ‘Capybara’ and Peru and Galapagos Explorer ‘Iguana’ trips run all year round.


Best time to visit Patagonia

Patagonia is a region at the southern end of South America, shared by Chile and Argentina, and is sparsely populated. Patagonia’s climate consists of four distinct seasons, with winters being particularly harsh. Our ‘Condor’ trips run November through to March, taking advantage of the warmest, most enjoyable and photogenic weather in Patagonia. When winter arrives, the ‘W Trail’ (which is one of our favourite hikes in the world) in the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park, closes until the snow melts again in the springtime – in the month of November.



Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Best time to visit Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

January through March is considered the hot/wet season. The islands are flourishing with plant life at this time, and the water temperatures are ideal for snorkelling and diving. The period from July to September is the drier/cooler season, where the water temperature drops to 21C/68F. It’s an ideal time to see the marine life as they love these cooler currents.

During the warmer months from January to June, the water is warmer and generally calmer and plant life on the islands is flourishing. However, the cooler waters and nutrient rich currents from July to December bring food and a flourish of activity to the underwater world of Galapagos. During this period, most of the animals which rely upon the ocean for their food will be breeding.

Temperatures range from 69°-84°F year-round, with January through March considered the hottest months of the year. Nevertheless, this is the wild, there is no off-season, expect to see anything, anywhere, any time!

Our Ecuador and Galapagos Islands trips run all year round. We’d recommend November through March for the Galapagos Islands, where you can expect to see sea lions having pups, the bird life is thriving, and of course you’ll see plenty of the famous Galapagos Tortoises! The weather is fairly stable this time of year - not too hot or humid, and the visibility for snorkelling is pretty good.

Ecuador’s weather generally varies based on the regional geography, but June to September tends to be warmest and driest, which is a great time for exploring the Amazon jungle, or biking down a volcano!

 Video: Take a look at our 'Jaguar' trip in Peru - it's the ultimate Peru adventure. 

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The Himalayas


Our Nepal adventures run August through November (which is the autumn, or fall in Nepal), and March through May (spring). In northern central Nepal we take adventurers to the Annapurna and Mustang regions. And further south we head to Everest Base Camp, near the border with China.

The months of December through February are the winter months, which are far too harsh for hiking in the Himalayas. But come March, things are warming up and the rhododendrons are blooming, then right through to May you’ll see climbers beginning their summiting attempts of Everest… which creates a real ‘buzz’ at base camp.

June, July and August are the monsoon months, meaning the Everest and Annapurna regions are too wet to enjoy hiking. But on the northern side of the Himalayas near the border of Tibet, the Mustang region sits in a dry weather pocket. So August is the best time to visit the Mustang region.

September sees the beginning of autumn (fall) which brings green, lush landscapes that are blooming from the recent rains, and crystal clear views of the mountains. From September right through to November you’ll be able to enjoy quieter hiking trails (quieter than the more popular spring months), and the local mountain villages are full of festivities.

 Video: If you're a lover of the mountains, then Everest Base Camp (EBC) is surely on your radar! 

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The weather in our Europe destinations is relatively stable and warm during the dates we run our trips (May through to September). July and August are the peak summer months – so expect the warmest temperatures (comfortably 70's and 80's Fahrenheit), but you can still expect a bit of snow cover on the higher mountains – which makes for epic photography.

May, June and September are a little cooler (which actually make for the best hiking conditions) and generally the trails are less crowded.

The Active adventures we offer in Europe are the Tour du Mont Blanc, the Italian Dolomites, Iceland and the Italian Lakes District. Each itinerary takes in the best bits of Europe’s scenery and culture. From green meadows, to towering granite peaks, forests, fine food, and fine wine. You can’t choose the wrong time to visit Europe during the summer season we operate.

Video: Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc Circuit is a classic must do!

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Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15866 reviews)

    Incredible experience

    We had an amazing time in the Galapagos!
    Everything was perfectly organized for us. All we had to do was show up - just as it said in the description of the tour.
    Our tour guide Zambo would always tell us well in advance what we would be doing on the next day, what we had to bring, what we should wear.
    The food was always organized for us; they would always ask us beforehand what we wanted to eat.
    Everywhere we went they were expecting us and everything went smoothly.
    Zambo was an amazing guide! He was extremely knowledgeable. He had an answer for everything and he was very patient with our kids. One could see that he enjoyed showing his home to us.
    The encounters with the animals were truly amazing. We saw blue footed boobies, frigate birds, hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, sting rays, penguins, hundreds of sea lions, sea iguanas, etc.
    The animals seemed at ease with the humans around them in some cases almost curious.
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    – Sai Kung, Hong Kong
    Tortuga, April 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15866 reviews)

    Memorable South Island NZ

    This is one active trip with never a dull moment. We experienced real rain forest rain and snow capped mountains from afar and close up and personal. The contagious energy of the guides created a fun and physically challenging adventure.

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    – Ontario, Canada
    Weka 13-day, February 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15866 reviews)

    South Island Rimu Trip

    My South Island trip was outstanding, even with the cyclone that came ashore on the second day! The itinerary needed to be changed because of all the washed out roads to places that we were suppose to venture to. Our guides, Jackie and Carrie, came up with new plans that were great. A mark of a good company is when they can handle unexpected events, such as a cyclone, and still provide their guest with a trip of a life time. Thank you A.A. for a great and safe trip!
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    – Connecticut, United States
    Rimu, February 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15866 reviews)

    Have to Experience it to Believe it

    Don't know where to start and don't want to write a book but want anyone who is considering this trek to do it with Active Adventures. Why? I'm 62, still in good health and shape. Have experienced two other treks over the past ten years with other outfitters. Machu Picchu in Peru and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. There was a huge difference in personal care and attention to expedition details. What impressed me the most was the attention to every detail required to make this trek to Base Camp not only successful but an enjoyable one too. There was not one negative experience that Active Adventure was in control over (lodging, food, permits etc). My mind was put to ease every day when our daily heart rate and oxygen levels were tested and medication was made available to you should you experience the effects of altitude sickness. Our guide’s knowledge of the history and culture of the Nepalese people added to the enjoyment of our journey.
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    – Ontario, Canada
    EBC, January 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15866 reviews)

    Great trip

    My experience with Active Adventures in NZ was so fun! The guides were really nice and perfect to play games with. Steve was also really nice and funny. I had such a fantastic time and I'm glad I got to go with Active Adventures.
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    – California, United States
    Kea, January 2017



Why travel with Active Adventures?

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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