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Booking your airline ticket to New Zealand

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Once upon a time, if you wanted to fly somewhere international and exciting, like New Zealand, you went down to your friendly main street travel agent, sat down, read a magazine, eventually met with the agent, and booked a ticket. Those days are gone. There are still a few decent agents out there - some examples are Down Under Answers in Seattle and Going Places in San Francisco - but in general, the best way to book your ticket is to do it directly with the airline, using their secure website facilities. Air New Zealand maintains an excellent, very useable website, and, crucially, they *often* have specials on their international flights. We also try to spread the word to people who've enquired about our trips in the past, when Air New Zealand has an especially good deal. The same deal applies for Continental Airlines, for their Houston-Auckland flight, and in fact you can book direct with just about any airline these days.

Before you do that, though, have a trawl though a couple of the more effective airfare consolidator websites, such as Expedia.com, Travelocity.com and Kayak.com, or if you’re in the UK, try www.skyscanner.net or Cheapflights.com. Sometimes you can get a better deal this way - other times, you'll just confirm that you're already getting a great deal with the airline.

On getting cheap tickets                           

Flying to New Zealand isn't usually particularly cheap. It's a low-volume, low-frequency route, so the kind of ultra cheap deals you see going to OTHER places, like Rome, Bangkok or whatever, are generally not available for New Zealand. But you never know! Our clients have often managed to get tickets to NZ from North America or Europe for around US$800, GBP£600, or €720 Euros. If you see a rate like this - grab it! It may not last. As with all airlines, if you leave it till the last minute to book, it'll usually - not always - cost quite a bit more.

Can I use my air points to get to New Zealand?

Yes you can use your Frequent Flyer points to get to New Zealand! All of the main US carriers have a 'code share' agreement with Air NZ or Qantas so check with your travel agent or frequent flier miles provider - and remember the sooner you get in the better, the FF seats are released 335 days prior to departure and people tell me there are only a few seats allocated for each flight, so good luck, and if you don’t have any luck the first time – try again the next day! Occasionally they release more than they let on.

What about business class, premium economy, and so on?

If you've got the bucks or the airpoints to upgrade, we highly recommend Air New Zealand's "business class". They call it business class - but it's not. It's easily the equal of any first class cabin in the world. You have a private "pod", which folds down to a 7 foot lie flat bed....a great menu, with very good quality New Zealand wines....and really, really good service. It's not cheap - but it's totally amazing. You won't want to get OFF the plane, when you arrive in New Zealand! Luckily if you’re coming on a trip with us the excellent service will continue :-).

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Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4983 reviews)

    Exceeded Expectations

    In planning my trip to New Zealand I specifically signed on to the Rimu trip to achieve 3 goals: first to see as much of the South Island as possible in 2 weeks, second to get outdoors and get a feel for the environment and third to have fun with a group of people. My Rimu experience accomplished all three goals and then some. The mixture of driving, and daily activities was perfect. It allowed us to cover lots of terrain while getting us out and active every day. Our guides, Ben and Emma, were terrific. They were tireless workers who not only made us comfortable but created a positive group dynamic that helped bring complete strangers together into a cohesive group. Ben was great at sharing his knowledge of NZ culture and natural history. Emma was a fantastic cook who kept us well fed even at a hut at 1300 meters. Everything about the trip was well organized and well planned. Thank you for such a great experience.
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    – Massachusetts, United States
    Rimu, January 2018
  •   4.44 out of 5 (from 908 reviews)

    An Amazing Experience!

    I loved this trip!! We had a great group of 13, with two guides who were professional, flexible, knowledgeable and just as kind as could be. Every aspect of the trip was developed and planned to maximize our time and enjoyment!! The countryside is so beautiful it takes your breath away!! I highly recommend this trip!!
    Ellen Scopa Review Image
    – Massachusetts, United States
    Manuka, April 2017
  •   4.38 out of 5 (from 1211 reviews)

    Jan 31 2017 Kauri with Andrew and Jo

    Awesome trip. Andy and Jo were excellent guides. Loved Andy's music selection. Themed for the various activities (played Queen Fat Bottom Girls as we drove to mountain biking). He gave us great insight into the history of New Zealand as well as the flora and fauna. And Jo was an excellent cook and companion.
    Ross Gough Review Image
    – California, United States
    Kauri, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4983 reviews)

    An Unbelievable Experience

    The Rimu trip was beyond phenomenal! The sights we saw were breathtaking and the small group size allowed us all to bond and truly enjoy our time together exploring this magnificent country. Our guides were fantastic and provided lots of information and fun facts, along with a large amount of encouragement as we tackled some of our adventures! I'm still searching for words to describe just how great a trip it was!
    McKayla Anderson Review Image
    – Nebraska, United States of America
    Rimu, January 2018
  •   4.44 out of 5 (from 908 reviews)

    2017 Manuka

    Went into the trip not knowing what to expect. Took the trip solo. Was hesitant on taking a guided tour. Felt like i wouldn't have the freedom to do things at my own speed. Not the case at all! Had virtually no restrictions on the hikes. Amanda and Holly let us move at our own paces. Overall trip was a blast! Couldn't have wished for more. Great hikes, great food, good sleeping accommodations, hard charging guides, everything was taken care of, didn't have to lift a finger. I will be back.
    Dan Baker Review Image
    – APO/FPO AP, United States
    Manuka, May 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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