Adventure Junkies
Adventure Junkies
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Adventure Junkies deliver 1-10 day guided adventure and adrenalin tours on the South Island of New Zealand. Our small group tour products cater to both extreme sports enthusiasts and families looking for softer adventure experiences. Experience safe, fun and professional tours with the adventure specialists since 2005.
Queenstown, New Zealand

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TL
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
I completely enjoyed the tour led by Ryan, a phenomenal guide and amazing human being. The guy knows everything. We were lucky the weather cooperated since much of the activities were weather dependent, something I did not think of when booking this trip that occurred at the beginning of fall. New Zealand fall can be cool to cold. I was mostly in down jackets while local Kiwis were in shorts when the sun was out.

Ryan knows the best places to eat, the fastest routes to go, when to see the southern aurora, etc., basically saved me a bunch of time and energy if I did it myself. I enjoyed New Zealand without the stress of driving a car, searching hotels, and mindlessly searching for a decent place to eat. He did it all and I was grateful.
Written 30 April 2023
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Kathryn T
Charlotte, NC12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
I went back-and-forth on whether to book a guided tour or plan a trip on my own. Booking a tour just seemed so frivolous, and I figured I could save a lot of money doing it on my own.

I was so wrong… booking this trip was the best decision I made, and it was SUCH a good bang for my buck.

Reasons this tour is great:

- length of trip: most guided tours I researched in New Zealand or Australia were 12+ days. I only wanted to take two weeks off work, so finding a 10 day trip was such a win. Majority of our group stayed in New Zealand longer than 10 days, but I love that this trip accommodated people like me who didn’t have as much time

- inclusivity: activities, accommodations, travel, breakfast, lunch, snacks…. The ONLY things I spent money on during my trip were flights, dinner, beer, 2 additional excursions, and a few souvenirs. Normally when I travel, I either end up penny-pinching or spending more than I’m comfortable with and feeling guilty for it. The fact that this trip was so all-inclusive made it easy to know what I was spending before I even got there. So when I was there, I could just enjoy myself. The schedule is also so jam-packed (in a good way) that you don’t have a ton of free time to go off and spend your money on other things.

- size of group: our group was 7 people, and it was perfect. It was just the right size where we could get to know everyone and do everything together, but also split up if we were craving two different things for dinner. It was also nice because we were able to move efficiently from place to place. Rather than wait for 25+ people to take pictures, buy souvenirs, etc., we were easily able to keep moving!

- food: the website mentions that breakfast and lunch are included… what it doesn’t mention is how freaking good the food is. For breakfast and lunch, Ryan would either take us to his favorite spot or give us a couple options to pick between. Once we got there, we could order anything we wanted off the menu. Sandwich with a side of a milkshake? Eggs Benedict and an oat milk latte? Savory pie with a side of a sweet pie? The world is your oyster. I promise you won’t go hungry!

- the guide: Ryan!!! My expectation was that our guide would drive us around, keep us safe, and give us recommendations. What I didn’t expect was that he would also be the most generous, funny, compassionate, and arguably the most knowledgeable person I’ve ever met. Learning about the history of New Zealand and the Mouri culture was such a highlight of the trip, and I didn’t even know I was looking for that. Ryan was able to answer all of our questions about animals, culture, history, plants, etc., and it added so much to the overall trip experience. He was also so generous and would go out of his way to lend me his towel or an extra pair of pants when I was freezing.

- accommodations: similar to the food, I expected the bare minimum (which would’ve been fine), but that was not the case! The places we stayed far surpassed my expectations. We always had more than enough space, and I slept in some of the comfiest beds!

- activities: last, but not least… the itinerary! Whenever I met someone in New Zealand and told them what we were doing, their first response would be “wow, you’re really hitting everything!” We crammed all of the highlights into 10 days, but it didn’t feel too rushed. And if there were any activities that our whole group wanted to do or some people wanted to do but others didn’t, Ryan and Russ were so quick to accommodate and tailor the schedule accordingly. If there is something you are interested in doing, just let them know, and they will do everything they can to make it happen! The only “iconic” thing this trip didn’t include (but the Explorer one does) is Abel Tasman national park. I wish I had one or two extra days on my own to make it happen, but the places we went were still incredible! The only one I might have replaced was Christchurch. The only thing we did there was zip line, and unfortunately 3/4 of our zip lines were canceled due to the wind. And in my opinion, zip lining is a pretty common activity that I can do in other places, unlike bungee jumping, skydiving, hanggliding, etc. which are more worthwhile to do in the “adventure capital of the world.” But it was still fun to walk around the city the night before the trip started since we flew into the Christchurch Airport.

If you are at all considering this trip, I cannot recommend it enough! You won’t regret it!
Written 8 April 2023
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Alyssa Ford
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Russ has put together the perfect trip around the South Island for the Adrenalin Tour. You get to visit several different cities/towns and do so many of the activities that New Zealand has to offer. The group is small enough that there’s room for customization, so everyone added in a couple different activities. I would have had no idea what activities to plan if I was organizing this trip myself, but the itinerary is the the quintessential New Zealand trip and I wouldn’t change anything. Our tour guide Ryan was amazing and knows so much about New Zealand and its history and its wildlife and is so excited to share his knowledge with the group.
If you’re considering a trip on your own rather than I guided tour, I would recommend the guided trip because there’s so much booking that has to go on and Russ crushed it and we didn’t have to worry about it at all. Also we just got to ride in the passenger van all week, which was great not having to deal with a rental car and we could sleep during travel if we could take our eyes off the views. I think it truly would have cost about the same for me to do all my own bookings and figure out my travel around the island as it did to pay Russ to do that and then an added bonus was being lead by a local who is very committed to keeping everyone safe and happy. And we also got to be friends with everyone in the group which was great because more friends is more fun. To summarize, this is my favorite trip I’ve ever been on!! You should go too!!
Written 29 March 2023
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Kari In Alaska
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
This was an epic trip! I’m not normally a “tour person” but this was the perfect blend of active exploring and adventure that I was looking for. I’m not into the 20-something drunken daily bus activity, but I wanted something more exciting than a standard walking tour. Adventure Junkies was exactly what I wanted: Great accommodation, an amazing local guide, and super fun adventures. We went on hikes that I would have overlooked, and many of the tour operators were extremely personal and engaging. I can’t recommend this trip enough. It’s also easy to customize if you want a more challenging (or easier) day. Zip-lining, kayaking, hiking, rafting, biking, canyoning… each day was a blast.
Written 19 February 2023
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Bede Worthington
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
Absolutely life changing experience!

Talking to Russ in the lead up to the tour was easy and Ryan the guide went above and beyond to make sure we had the epic adventure we were looking for.

Can’t recommend this experience enough!
Written 14 February 2023
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Chilewebbs
Adelaide, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Great guide (Ryan). Great organisation (Russ & Ryan). Great adventures.

This tour was so much fun. We travelled with our older teens and we all loved the daily adventures, the group dynamic, the food and the all the amazing scenery that NZ has to offer.

Personal favourites - Dart River jet boats, caving with the glow worms and canyoning.

Adventure Junkies did all the planning and so we could just relax and enjoy the adventures and the camaraderie of the group.

Thank you so much for making our family trip such a memorable one.
Written 5 February 2023
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BL
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Going with this tour group was the best decision made. If you would like to have a fuss free, thrilling and fun NZ trip, Adventure Junkies is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Everything (from high adrenalin activities, clean accommodation, meals, transport) will be planned and taken care for you.

Russ, the owner, made sure every part of the itinerary was well thought out. He was very communicative during the lead up to the trip and made sure our queries were addressed. He was also accommodating with any requests so that we could have the best adventure trip ever.

We also couldn't ask for better guide, Ryan. He made the trip just much more fun and memorable. He made sure we well taken care of (he sure does top up snack supplies in the van very quickly) and most importantly, ensured we embarked on our activities for the day safely. He constantly took feedback along our 10 day journey. Ryan even went beyond his call of duty and helped us all with even the smallest things like having insect repellant on hand (man, those sandflies!), and helping us with luggages etc.

All activities are multi level (i.e. persons with varying experience and comfort level). The benefit of having an Adventure Junkies local guide with you the whole trip (as opposed to signing up for discrete activities on a self drive journey) is so that an experienced local who knows you better (everyone travels together on the 10 day trip - you'll be sure to get acquainted to everyone) can advise and make sure each activity can be tailored to your level of experience and need along the way.

Adventure Junkies is also flexible with the itinerary. If there are additional activities which you would like to try, the team will try their best to fit it in. (Sky diving is highly recommended!)

Many thanks to Russ and Ryan and our super fun group for this memorable trip once again!
Written 5 February 2023
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gazbail
Gold Coast, Australia22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Daily adventure every day with gr8 food
Ryan our guide exceeded our expectations
Given if you have done some experiences before you may find some like rapids a bit tame eg grade 3 and under
Canyoning don’t go with a large group
But with mountain bikes, zip lines , kayak, hang gliders, jet boat, hike , glacier, all easy with family.
Written 29 January 2023
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Sarah
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
I recently joined adventure junkies 10 day explorer tour with Ryan as our guide he went above and beyond to make sure our group of 8 was always big smiles at the end of each day. It really was a trip of a lifetime. If your thinking of doing an adventure tour solo I really recommend it although there was only two of us solo travellers on this tour we all got along really well and was a much more personalised tour compared to a contiki. Russ the owner of the company is always willing to help you out any problems, questions you have are all answered promptly. Can’t recommend this adventure tour enough it was absolutely amazing cheers guys!
Written 9 January 2023
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Garry B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Thought the tour was very active and covered a lot of adventure the guide (Ryan) made sure everyone and everything went as smoothly as possible.
Nothing was too much trouble and made sure we experienced fully what was on offer.
Thought some tours were too crowded, some tame , but never dull.
Breakfast, lunch and accommodations exceeded my expectations, along with constant snacks of fresh fruit and drinks.
WOULD LOVE TO EXPLORE THE NON TOURIST VERSION 🥳🙏
Written 29 December 2022
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