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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

  •   4.48 out of 5 (from 83 reviews)

    A stellar bucket list trip with outstanding guides. The Peru part of our trip was complicated by a local strike causing havoc with our original itinerary but Zac and the Active Adventures folks were amazing in rearranging the itinerary, lodging, meals, etc. Pepo was super in the Galagagos. Both parts of the trip were great fun and very professionally run. Very active but doable for four of us in our 60's.
    Jim Miller Review Image
    – Illinois, United States
    Iguana, October 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 5010 reviews)

    Loved it!

    We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and felt we saw and experienced much of the island. Ben and Emma were exceptional guides: friendly, fun, knowledgeable, and hard working! We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary with this trip and they went out of their way to make it even more special. The sites were amazing and to top it off we had outstanding weather.
    Bonnie Mastolier Review Image
    – Alaska, United States
    Rimu, December 2017
  •   4.54 out of 5 (from 991 reviews)

    Worth every penny!

    As someone who mostly travels independently, the thought of signing up for a two week organized group trip was rather intimidating but after reading all the reviews for Active, I thought I would give it a try... and I am so glad I did! Active Adventures made everything flow effortlessly- from the second I signed up until we were dropped of at the airport. The itinerary for the Condor trip is phenomenal, covering lots of different areas of Southern Patagonia and highlighting the most beautiful places. The W trek was one of the highlights of the trip and was even more enjoyable thanks to our guide, Cem, who was a wealth of knowledge about the flora and fauna and brought such a fun energy to the group. Additionally, our tour leader, Zac, had such a positive spirit, strong sense of humor and passion for his work that showed during our two weeks getting to know him. He was so well organized and made sure everything was lined up so we could relax and enjoy our downtime- including nailing a birthday dinner and cake! Would highly recommend this trip and organization to anyone in the future!
    Laura Postles Review Image
    – Pennsylvania, United States
    Condor, December 2017
  •   4.50 out of 5 (from 1973 reviews)

    Amazing Adventure

    what an amazing adventure we had! we enjoyed every bit of our Jaguar trip and would recommend Active Adventures to anyone who asks! The trip was very well organized and the guides were all informative and amazing. Our main guide, Erick Farfan was the best! he always made sure everything ran smoothly and had to deal with many different personalities on this trip but made it all work. The Inka trail was a tough trail for me due to the altitude but what an amazing feeling once you complete it and arrive at the sun gate! We thoroughly enjoyed the jungle as well as the visit to lake titicaca and our local family that we stayed with. look forward to our next amazing adventure with you! Hoping to do Patagonia soon!
    Brigitte Rosson Review Image
    – Texas, United States
    Jaguar 2017, June 2017
  •   4.54 out of 5 (from 991 reviews)

    Challenging and Fun!

    My trip to Argentina and Chile was more than I imagined it would be. I was in awe of the natural beauty of the areas we hiked in. However, the most important thing I take home with me is the personal relationships I formed with my group, especially my leader, and now friend, Mayra Callo. She was amazing. I am a "beginner hiker" so her patience and close attention on the harder treks was appreciated! She knew so much about the area and it was a pleasure learning about South America from her. In addition, her personality made all of us feel like family, with Mayra being the Mother :) She took great care of all of us. We all had so much fun together...it was sad to leave. Anyone who has any reservations about booking a trip should just do it! They won't be disappointed!!
    Tina Avallone Review Image
    – New Jersey, United States
    Condor, March 2018

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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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