New Zealand Walking Tours

Walk, dine and wine with us and discover the true New Zealand

Kia ora, you’re now in good hands. Choose to join our small group walking tours, and rest easy knowing we’ve got 21 years under our belts, helping people to experience their very own trip of a lifetime. You may know us from Active Adventures. Here, you will find four brand new walking tours, designed with real care, by folks who’ve pioneered global adventure travel.

And the best part? We’ve come to realize that sometimes it’s nice, and in fact necessary, to slow down and enjoy the finer things in life. So on our new tours you can expect shorter, gentler trails, less bus time, and fine cuisine matched with local wine. You’ll stay in beautiful lodges and be led by first-class New Zealand guides every step of the way.

Why Travel With Us?

There are plenty of options out there, but with over 21 years experience, we’ve perfected the art of small group travel.

Unbeatable Local Knowledge

We’ve spent a long time exploring the hidden treasures of our beautiful country, and weaving them into exquisite trips.

First-Class New Zealand Guides

To us, a first class leader is so much more than a knowledgeable and capable guide – they’re a humble, responsive host, dedicated to making sure it all comes together seamlessly.

Superb Food & Wine

So much more than lush forests, mountains and isolated beaches – we’ve made sure the finer things in life are an integral part of your New Zealand experience.

Unique experiences in stunning locations

Beautiful lodgings, incredible surroundings & timeless experiences. There are plenty of incredible places to experience in New Zealand. But it’s the timing, elegance and added extras that make it unforgettable and unique to your vacation.

Adventure at a leisurely pace

There’s no need to rush. We make sure we take the time to really soak in our surroundings with great walks at your pace and the chance to kick back and relax as you see fit.

20+ Years Experience

Experience matters. It has given us the foresight and ability to create beautifully crafted walking adventures in New Zealand, ensuring our guests have a first class trip of a lifetime.

Our Trips

North, South, or both islands – we’ll take you on a boutique journey filled with just the right amount of walking, indulging in the finer things in life, and take in stunning scenery, all blending into a fine, relaxed trip.

Elegant South

A walking experience that takes in the best of the South Island from top to bottom. From the picture perfect inlets and hidden coves of the Marlborough Sounds, pristine golden sands and lush forest of Abel Tasman, to wine country of Queenstown and grandeur of Milford Sound.

US$6999 + TAX10 Days

Timeless North

When it comes to variety, the North Island delivers superbly. Sample fine wine, walk in incredible geothermal landscapes in the volcanic central plateau and Rotorua area. Take a lake cruise surrounded by ancient podocarp forest and discover the wild west coast and iconic volcanic cone of Mt Taranaki.

US$6599 + TAX10 Days

Beautiful South

The far south of New Zealand is defined by dramatic and beautiful mountain landscapes waiting to be experienced on foot, in the air, and from the water. Relaxing, adventurous and comfortable in a location like no other on the planet – the Wakatipu basin, Fiordland and the Great Walks of New Zealand are all on show in this incredible trip..

US$5999 + TAX10 Days

Pristine New Zealand

Experience both islands in all their grandeur. This trip is the quintessential fine walking adventure, seamlessly blending beautiful landscapes with comfort and style.

US$8499 + TAX13 Days

Thousands of Happy Customers

With years of experience and learning, we’ve perfected the art of relaxed adventure, sending people home with memories to last a lifetime.

I can't begin to describe my experience, from the amazing guides, to my fellow travelers and the detail that you put into everything we did. I was able to see the most amazing untouched scenery, completely decompress and completely check out from my daily life. If you want to see the South Island the way it was meant to be seen, take this trip!

Amazing guides, attention to detail, untouched scenery

Company : Pam Lin (San Francisco, CA), Dec 2016

We can see why so many travellers fall in love with these breathtaking mountains, lakes and oceans when you are surrounded by a fun loving, polite and professional team of people.

Breathtaking and professional

Company : Marilynn Glenn (Bellingham, WA), Feb 2016

Outstanding Local Guides

Being a first class host requires experience, humility, and a broad set of skills. We carefully select and train our team to ensure your experience is unique, personalised and fulfilling in every way. Meet just a few of our guides…

Andrew Prill

“The Jack of all Trades”

Andrew is a Kiwi lad from Howick. Like many Kiwi blokes he’s a keen surfer, snowboarder and swimmer and he’s travelled the world. Andrew has led trips in New Zealand and all over Europe for many years now, and takes a keen interest in language and New Zealand’s native flora. He’s one those people who seem to be a jack of all trades – from speaking multiple languages to playing a variety of musical instruments and sports.

Ken Dixon

“The Elder Statesman”

Ken is probably one of the most sought after guides in New Zealand, and has been for many years. His experience, knowledge of New Zealand and infectious enthusiasm have made him a client favourite. When Ken isn’t guiding our trips in our summer, he spends his time in Boise, Idaho, hiking.

Holly Adams

“Local knowledge personified”

Born and raised in the South Island, Holly is as local as you can get, and knows her backyard as well as anyone. Her experience growing up on the doorstep is enormously valuable when it comes to running our trips, but she’s also explored many remote corners of the globe. This worldly experience comes through in her calm demeanor and ability to relate to folks from anywhere in the world.

Tales from our Trips

Dig a little deeper into New Zealand, and what you could typically expect on our trips. Our travel blog features stories, photos and insights into the areas we travel through.

Bare feet is fine

There’s a section of the Abel Tasman track on our “Elegant South” trip that is best walked in bare feet, as we make our way across an estuary at low tide. It’s something special - you feel the sand between your toes, and you find yourself gently hopping over the...

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North vs South

For so long, it has been assumed that the South Island should take up more time on a trip down here to New Zealand. Historically, the south has dominated the coverage, due to the mountain ranges, forest and coastline all coming together in unison with very few people...

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New Zealand Walking Tours is proudly presented by Active Adventures, global leaders in delivering adventure trips of a lifetime.

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