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Employment

Our adventure vacations and hiking trips are one of a kind, and it’s our people that make the difference.

We believe in hiring the very best people to deliver the Active Adventures experience both behind the scenes and on the road. The objective of our thorough selection and recruitment strategy is to recruit the highest possible calibre of staff. By choosing the right people, we maintain a low staff turnover, a happy and knowledgeable team and excellent feedback from our clients. We are very proud of our team. 

NZ guide

The Active Adventures HQ is located in Queenstown, New Zealand, with operational bases in Christchurch (New Zealand), Lima and Cuzco (Peru) and Kathmandu (Nepal). Seasonally, we hire local Lead Guides and Co-Guides in New Zealand each year. In our other destinations we hire Trip Leaders and Guides on demand.

Here are some useful links to information about our team, both in the office at HQ, and our guiding team out on the road. We've also included a link to our videos page so you can get a better idea of what we do here at Active Adventures.

What we are looking for in our Guides and Trip Leaders:

New Zealand Lead Guides:

  • Full Class 2 licence and current passenger endorsement for small and large vehicles
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Food Safety Certificate
  • Safety conscious at all times
  • Great people skills, the ability to empathise, and recognise what a group or individual needs.
  • Organised, hardworking, tidy and efficient
  • Calm under pressure
  • Punctual
  • Enthusiastic
  • Well-groomed
  • Caring
  • Motivated
  • Professional
  • Reasonably fit with a healthy personality
  • Mature persona and excellent people skills
  • Pass a pre-season drug test, support & be a part of our drug free workplace and safe working culture
  • Experience, knowledge & a keen interest in the outdoors, especially hiking
  • The ability to be away from home for extended periods (e.g: 2 weeks at a time)
  • Leadership skills
  • Group management skills
  • Clear verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience of New Zealand’s flora, fauna, culture and history
  • Ability to relate to people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds
  • Exceptional customer service
  • Outgoing, positive, friendly and able to stay that way for the whole trip
  • Team players with a huge amount of common-sense and patience

New Zealand Co-Guides:

  • Food Safety Certificate
  • First Aid Certificate 
  • Safety conscious at all times
  • Great people skills, the ability to empathise, and recognise what a group or individual needs.
  • Organised, hardworking, tidy and efficient
  • Calm under pressure
  • Punctual
  • Enthusiastic
  • Well-groomed
  • Caring
  • Motivated
  • Professional
  • Reasonably fit with a healthy personality
  • Mature persona and excellent people skills
  • Pass a pre-season drug test, support & be a part of our drug free workplace and safe working culture
  • Experience, knowledge and a keen interest in the outdoors especially hiking
  • The ability to be away from home for extended periods (e.g 2 weeks at a time)
  • Confident in the kitchen
  • A flair for food presentation
  • Empathy when catering for mixed dietary requirements
  • Leadership skills
  • Group management skills
  • Clear verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience of New Zealand’s flora, fauna, culture and history
  • Ability to relate to people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds
  • Exceptional customer service
  • Attention to detail
  • Outgoing, positive, friendly and able to stay that way for the whole trip
  • Team players with a huge amount of common-sense and patience

Active Adventures New Zealand guide roles are advertised in a number of South Island publications and on SEEK each year, generally from mid-June. Alternatively you can email: guidejobs@activeadventures.com with your application and detailed cover letter explaining what you could bring to the Active Adventures New Zealand experience.

 

South America Trip Leaders:

  • Local Guide Qualifications
  • Previous guiding experience
  • A commitment of 2 years
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Safety conscious at all times
  • Organised, hardworking, tidy and efficient
  • Calm under pressure
  • Punctual
  • Enthusiastic
  • Well-groomed
  • Caring
  • Motivated
  • Professional
  • Physically fit with a healthy personality
  • Mature persona and excellent people skills
  • Experience, knowledge & a keen interest in the outdoors especially hiking
  • The ability to be away from home for extended periods (Eg: 2 weeks at a time)
  • Leadership skills
  • Proven group management skills in an outdoor setting
  • Clear verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience of Peru, Ecuador or Patagonia’s flora, fauna, culture and history
  • Ability to relate to people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds
  • Exceptional customer service
  • Outgoing, positive, friendly and able to stay that way for the whole trip
  • Team players with a huge amount of common-sense and patience

Active Adventures South America Trip Leaders are hired and trained as required locally in Peru, Ecuador and Patagonia. If you’re interested in applying then please email: guidejobs@activeadventures.com with a detailed covering letter explaining what you can bring to the Active Adventures South America experience.

Himalayan Trip Leaders are New Zealand guides that are trained to guide in Nepal. They work closely with our operational team in Nepal to deliver our Active Adventures Himalayas experience.

European Qualified Guides are hired and trained as required locally with New Zealand trip leaders joining the operational team in Europe on the ground from time to time.

Active HQ team

Behind-the-scenes Team

As we continue to grow and evolve, occasionally roles become available in the office. We have a small team of hard working staff made up of sales, client services, marketing, accounts, IT and operations staff. We advertise these roles on SEEK and in local publications. Our head office is based in Queenstown, New Zealand. Our recruitment and selection process involves an assessment of different factors, including a very thorough interview, practical testing, written assessments and a trial in the office.

If you’re interested in working for Active Adventures then please keep an eye out on SEEK or local publications or feel free to get in touch for any current vacancies: amanda@activeadventures.com. They are fairly few and far between; our staff have a great habit of sticking around!

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15866 reviews)

    Great Adventure

    Elder took such great care of everyone on the trip and made us all feel like family. The boys were amazing with the care they took in making sure our every need was met. Shree has a wealth of knowledge about Nepal and the mountains that is invaluable.
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    – Florida, United States
    AST, November 2017
  •   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.
    Pirko Hamer Review Image
    – Sai Kung, Hong Kong
    Tortuga, April 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15866 reviews)

    Professionalism and Exceptionalism Beyond Expectations!

    Our recent Tui trip of the South Island was absolutely the trip of a lifetime and more than I could have ever hoped for! As a very seasoned, frugal, independent, tour-averse traveller, signing up and spending the money for this trip was a bit out of character for me. However, that being said, this was probably the best travel investment I have ever made in my life! We packed so many amazing adventures into eight days, with the kindest most knowledgeable and most professional guides ever, that I seriously doubt I could have recreated it on my own. I cannot recommend Active Adventures and our guides Claire and Rachael highly enough and am already looking forward to and planning my next adventure this year with them!
    Chris Gan Review Image
    – Washington, United States
    Tui, January 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15866 reviews)

    Amazing!

    What a great trip! The scenery exceeded our already-high expectations! And the guides were so good (plus the fact that we would like to see New Zealand in the winter), we are already thinking about our next trip with Active Adventures!
    Ron Clark, III Review Image
    – Virginia, United States
    Weka, February 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15866 reviews)

    Kauri

    I combined the Kauri trip, last 5 days, with the Tui trip on the South Island. I did not have enough time to do the full 11-day trip. I am really happy with my decision to do the last 5 days. Crossing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing was an amazing experience! I loved everything about this trip... Andy and Jo were absolutely awesome!
    Andrea King Review Image
    – Connecticut, United States
    Kauri, March 2017

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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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