New Zealand is an island nation blessed with a rare diversity of landforms. Pacific island beaches, rolling farmlands and volcanic plateau characterise the North Island while rugged wind-lashed coastlines, soaring snow peaked mountains, vineyards and tranquil fiords are synonymous with the South Island.
For over twenty years, Adventure South’s unrivalled range of active holidays across the North and South Islands has helped travellers to journey to the very heart of these wild and mysterious landscapes.
Our unique range of guided small group active holiday’s travel well beyond the standard popular trails to help you discover the true essence of New Zealand’s famous wilderness.
Thank you for choosing to explore New Zealand’s landscapes with us.
From Discovery and CruisingTo Advanced Mountaineering Expedition
Entry Level Mountaineering or Exploratory Treks
Discovery and Cruising
Intermediate Mountaineering Expedition
Adventure South NZ offer more supported trips along more of the Nga Haerenga Cycle Trails than anyone else. Travelling along a dedicated Cycle Trail is a great introduction to cycle touring with shorter, less demanding and very affordable options.
We offered our first cycling trips in 1992. As a result, our knowledge of the routes and secret NZ wilderness spots are second to none.
Our experienced team in Christchurch takes care of all of the logistics, ensuring you enjoy a seamless adventure in New Zealand.
While some of our hiking itineraries include the best sections of the more famous walking tracks, we thrive on creating engaging hikes in spectacular surroundings that provide travellers with the excitement that only real off the beaten track opportunities provide.
Our tours range from introductory walks and cycles to multi-activity trips and even the toughest guided walk in New Zealand.
Keen cyclists need look no further; our road touring trips are ideal for those who relish greater distances and don't mind occasionally sharing the road with traffic and tackling a hill or two.
No one offers a more comprehensive range of quintessential Kiwi destinations than we do. From the magic of the mountains and vineyards of the South to the volcanoes, geothermal regions and Maori culture of the North; we explore both islands and everything in between.
We reduce the environmental impact of our travel by restricting group size, using fuel efficent vehicles, minimsing the use of aircraft, recyling, composting, avoiding consumerism, using minimal impact huts and bulk buying food supplies.
We employ local New Zealand guides and crew who provide authentic and expert support and leadership.
Our annual donations made to the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust is used to fund the continual upgrade of the Rail Trail.
Hotels offer twin share accommodation with either en-suite or shared facilities. They are well located and have been chosen for their reflection of local character.
Stay with a Kiwi families in idyllic remote farm locations and learn more about the local lifestyles and landscapes while being spoiled by sumptuous homemade meals.
Some trips stay in environmentally sensitive lodges or semi-permanent structures that extend sustainable creature comforts thanks to the sun and the rain. Meals are prepared from quality local produce and enjoyed with excellent local wines.
The style of private hut accommodation varies by destination, offering twin or multi-share rooms with shared ablutions.
Spend your nights at sea in well-equipped, twin share cabins. Depending on the vessel, ablutions are either shared or en-suite.
Born in the Netherlands, Bas was literally raised on a bicycle. At the age of 16 he cycled with a friend from Holland to Spain and Portugal; the start of a life full of cycling adventures. Bas loves sharing his cycle expertise and speaks Dutch, English and German and is proficient in French and Spanish.
Louise is camp mum. She ensures our clients are re-energised with delicious meals and can rest their weary bones in a comfortable bed after each day's activities on tour. She also organises any pre and post tour accommodation, and in the winter months, guides cycling tours in Peru with her husband Rudy.
The reward of a terrific meal, a bottle of wine or a block of chocolate are likely to be found in any adventure where Peter is involved. Having left the corporate world behind years ago, nowadays he spends his time amongst the mountain peaks and hilly roads with his wife Angela in between guiding in New Zealand and Australia.
Born in Holland and raised in Kenya, Lebanon, Canada and New Zealand, Wanda developed her love for travel early on. She loves nothing more than sharing her passion for New Zealand, its history and stunning landscapes with visitors to the country. Wanda is an avid cyclist, hiker, skier and lover of the Himalaya where she has visited and guided for 15 years.
Rossco loves all things sporting and the great outdoors, encompassed with an appreciation of photography and wine. His interests include multi-sport, sea kayaking, hiking and biking as well as discovernig new places. Between tours he can be found with his 'waterfront apartment', also known as a campervan, at the Marlborough Sounds.
Liam graduated university with a degree in Criminology, hung that expensive piece of paper on the wall and immediately pursued his career in the outdoors. He worked as a guide in Canada before making the move to New Zealand. While guides whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, mountain biking and cycle tours, his favourite activity is being on the bike.
Ange began her guiding career in her home of Colorado, in the highest peaks of the Rocky Mountains. She has since made the Southern Hemisphere her home, guiding in both New Zealand and Australia. She is fortunate enough to share her passion for mountain climbing and road cycling with her husband Peter.
Guiding allows Steve to continue his lifelong interest in the outdoors including mountaineering, tramping, skiing, fishing and cycling. When he's not guiding he is still lucky enough to be working outdoors in his own beekeeping business. Steve's overseas travel includes trips touring Europe and climbing in Tibet, Nepal, Chamonix and the Italian Alps.
A custom made itinerary is the ultimate way to see the world how YOU want. They are created especially for you, giving you complete freedom to choose what you want to see, where you want to go and when you want to do it. If you love our current itineraries but want to customise it privately as a couple, a group of friends, family, club, business or school, you have the freedom to add or remove as many elements as you like to suit the interests of your group. Alternatively, you can start with a blank canvas and create a new and exciting itinerary from scratch! Our well-travelled consultants can give you firsthand suggestions and eliminate any uncertainty with trip planning to ensure you maximise the quality of your experience and get truly off the beaten track. Simply email, phone or visit us to start planning your dream adventure.