Active Adventures (NZ)

Active Adventures is a proudly New Zealand owned and operated tour company. We offer trekking tours along with Biking, Kayaking, Caving and Canyoning activities. Active Adventures hire local guides in all of their destinations and look for unique accommodations off the beaten track, which invariably are locally run. Active Adventures also operate in Nepal where we support the Himalayan Trust, with a portion of every client’s trip cost going towards funding local Trust initiatives. The organisation then visits these areas with their clients, such as schools and tree nurseries, so that they can get a better understanding of the local culture and work of the Trust.

Active Adventures has sound environmental policies, such as recycling paper in the office, buying local produce, carrying all rubbish out of the wilderness, and these policies enable us to be members of Qualmark, a quality assurance program in NZ. Each year Active Adventures sends a selection of our Kiwi guides and office staff to international destinations in Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and Nepal and part of the role of these trips is to ensure that Active Adventures are upholding the same sustainable practices at all of our international destinations.

We maintain and strengthen the quality of life in our local communities, including social structures and access to resources, amenities and life support systems, and avoid any form of social degradation or exploitation.We respect and enhance the historic heritage, authentic culture, traditions, and distinctiveness of the community.

In New Zealand our whole focus is on engaging with our guests and introducing them to the ‘real’ New Zealand, interpreting our own culture, history and heritage. In Nepal we are embarking on a project in 2015 to build a library in the local village where our Nepalese guides are from. On all of our tours in Nepal, our kiwi trip leader works alongside a team of Nepalese guides and porters and this relationship helps to bridge the gap and offers an insight for our guests into the Nepalese way of life. In South America we also hire bi-lingual local guides and we have an office in Cuzco run by local staff so we can ensure we’re following local best practises with regards to employment welfare.

We maximise the contribution of tourism to the economic prosperity of the local area, including the proportion of visitor spending that is retained locally. We strengthen the number and quality of local jobs created and supported by tourism, including the level of pay, conditions of service and availability to all without discrimination by gender, race, disability or in other ways. It is our priority to use local operators, suppliers and staff.

We are essentially very low impact on the environment, we use efficient coaster vans to travel around and then we hike, bike and kayak under our own steam to experience a destination. We carry our rubbish out of all wilderness areas and we recycle wherever possible.

We maintain and enhance the quality of landscapes, both urban and rural, and avoid the physical and visual degradation of the environment. We support the conservation of natural areas, habitats, and wildlife, and minimize damage to them. We minimise use of scarce or non-renewable resources in the development of tourism facilities and to minimise pollution of air, water, land caused by the generation of waste by tourism enterprises and visitors.



About the author

Peter Bishop

Peter Bishop – Programme Manager Tourism Concern. Peter became a trustee of Tourism Concern in 2006, stepping down in 2009 in order to work on projects including our DFID-funded ‘Empowering Coastal Communities’ project, the Gap Year and International Volunteering Standard, and research into employment conditions in all-inclusive hotels.

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