We take regular stops on the trail to refuel |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i>

Work with us

Are you passionate about adventure tours in New Zealand?

We are always on the lookout for people who share our love for experiencing New Zealand's great outdoors, travelling responsibly and encouraging others to explore outside of their comfort zone. Please send all enquiries or applications to [email protected].

Meet the rest of our team here!


Guide with us

Love biking and hiking? Do you have great people and organisation skills? Looking for a fun and rewarding role that you can really make your own? Adventure South NZ operates active holidays throughout New Zealand from October to May, offering guided cycling, trekking and adventure itineraries to clients from all over the world.

We are on the hunt for guides to share amazing adventures with our clients, and we would love to hear from you.

 The key attributes we want are:

  • Ability to work as a team to ensure guests have a wonderful and safe cycling or hiking experience.
  • Planning and flexibility to enjoy variables along the way.
  • Knowledge and experience of Cycling and/or hiking trails.
  • Interpretation - knowledge and appreciation of New Zealand geography, history, culture, politics etc.
  • Driving license (with Class 2 and P endorsements), and First Aid Qualifications. No problem if you need to get these - our season starts in October so you have a little time yet.

We employ people from all walks of life, however we prefer those who are looking at adventure tourism with a longer term view. We’re looking for hosts committed to help guests have great experiences in the amazing landscapes we travel through.

The variety of trips we are able to offer is a big advantage for working with Adventure South – as a guide you’re not just guiding on the same trip or destination. We guide all over New Zealand, and we offer a range of style of trips – cycle trails, hiking, road cycling, gravel, and mountain bike trips. We are also flexible, and enjoy having people work for us who want to guide lots of trips or just a few.

For a position description or to apply for the role, please contact Brett Leyden, Operations Manager: [email protected]. Applications should include a short cover letter and current CV.

Guides making sure our bikes are ready to ride the trails |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i> Angela Sexton, Adventure South NZ guide Bas Kruisselbrink - New Zealand guide

Our Travel Style - What You Can Expect

    A Support Vehicle

    We don't expect everyone to move at the same pace. All of our trips include a late model support vehicle that are well-maintained and safe. Cyclists can ride as far or as little as they feel comfortable knowing that the support vehicle is never far away, while hikers will enjoy the freedom of not having to carry a full pack every day. Our support vehicles will have limited trail access in some areas, but our guides will let you know how far it is until the next stop. We also store and transfer luggage in our purpose built trailers.

    Experienced Guides

    Our dedicated team of guides are passionate about showing you the natural areas of New Zealand and introducing you to the limitless adventure opportunities. Our guides play a huge part in the overall experience of our trips, which is why we provide two experienced guides on any trip with over 7 people.

    Meals and Snacks

    You won't go hungry on one of our trips, that's for sure. Our support vehicle is always loaded with healthy snacks and treats, a coffee or picnic stop is never far around the corner, and our lunch and dinner locations have been carefully selected. Our trips include all breakfasts, and most other meals which are listed on your trips inclusions.

    Comfortable Accommodation

There's nothing better than arriving to your accommodation after a day on the bike, knowing you can relax in comfort. Typically our tours include a mix of 3-4 star motel, hotel, farm-stay, lodge and heritage accommodation. We aim to select locally run accommodation where possible to add to your experience. Most of our rooms are ensuited, but please check our trip page for a more detailed description of accommodation as some of our back-country and heritage accommodation have shared bathroom facilities.

    Small Groups

    We think small is good. Travelling in a group between 4 and 14 people limits the environmental impact, allows you to make life-long friendships, and ensures your travels are fully immersive. Travel like a local, at a relaxed pace and away from the crowds. We couldn't think of a better way to see NZ.


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