Welcome to New Zealand Walking Tours
The home of New Zealand’s finest small group, all-inclusive guided walking tours.
We’re all Kiwi’s here at New Zealand Walking Tours. We’re modest and proud by nature, and we know our pristine countryside better than any offshore tour operator ever could. You may know us from Active Adventures, we pioneered global adventure travel, so for over 20 years now we’ve perfected the process of hand-crafting world-class trips, and we’ve turned that process into an art form. Sure, you might see some parts of our itineraries as being a bit indulgent… but we promise that you won’t find a trip like ours anywhere else in the world.
So grab yourself a hot cuppa, kick your feet up, take a look at our trips and request your FREE brochure now. On all of our guided walking tours you’ll see we’ve identified New Zealand’s most iconic ‘bucket-list’, and ‘off-the-beaten-track’ walking destinations. Then we’ve hand-picked elegant, family owned, 4 star accommodations to stay at along the way. You’ll have to believe us when we say that you won’t be able to catch a taxi there from the airport – some of these hidden gems lie deep in our national parks, accessed only on foot, or by helicopter, or a charter boat. These are the places that created our fondest childhood family holiday memories, places we proposed to our spouses, they’re secret hideaways that we’ve always kept under our hats – until now.
Why Travel With Us?
We’re a modest lot us Kiwi’s, but we really are the only New Zealand-based company to offer this level of service and expertise. With over 21 years of experience running life changing trips – we’ve perfected the art of small group travel, and we’ve introduced a slice of world-class elegance that’ll surpass every one of your greatest expectations.
Unbeatable Local Knowledge
Our team have spent their lives immersed in the places we go. Our trip itineraries are created based on our favourite childhood holiday spots, secret hideaways we’ve kept under our hats, the places where we proposed to our spouses, and areas we’ll keep going back to in our free time, for the rest of our lives. It’s made our New Zealand journeys authentic, timeless and beautifully crafted.
First-Class New Zealand Guides
A good guide points out features, provides information and context, and connects the dots on a trip. A first class guide is a host who pours their heart and soul into the trip, takes it personally, and will move heaven and earth make it all come together seamlessly. That doesn’t happen easily – we dedicate ourselves to selecting, training and supporting the absolute best travel leaders in New Zealand.
Superb Food & Wine
New Zealand is firmly on the map when it comes to fine wine and unique, refreshing dining experiences. We showcase the culinary uniqueness and local wines of the regions we visit. To us, they’re an equally important part of the New Zealand experience, complementing our beautiful landscapes perfectly!
Unique experiences in stunning locations
It’s as much about the ‘where’ as it is the ‘what’ when it comes to a beautiful New Zealand experience. We not only walk through stunning landscapes to unforgettable places, but we make sure the journey is dotted with captivating stories, great food & wine and a few surprises that will have you brimming with stories of your own when you return back home.
Adventure at a leisurely pace
What’s the rush? We’ll slip on our best pair of walking shoes and journey into the most beautiful places in New Zealand. And to soak it all in properly, it makes sense to take our time and not necessarily set ourselves challenges that are a race against daylight hours. That means having the choice to walk, explore and escape at a pace that suits you. Slow down, soak it in, breath in the fresh air, properly feel the ground beneath your feet.
Over 20 Years Experience
Good things take time, including learning to run first class New Zealand journeys. Time to learn and understand how to be amazing hosts, seek out those hidden places that aren’t so easily seen on a map, and bring together every ingredient to create the perfect trip. It’s a journey we’ve taken for the last 20 years, and a path we’ll stay on in pursuit of providing immaculate trips that you’ll never forget.
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.
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
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
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
Thousands of Happy Customers
New Zealand Walking Tours is proudly presented by Active Adventures. 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
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
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…
“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.
“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.
“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.
We love talking wine! New Zealand has around ten distinct wine regions, and here we're discussing the four regions our trips visit. We've also assembled a list of some of our favourite wines, that we think you should try. Top 5 wines to try on a visit to New Zealand:...read more
If you thought it was impossible to really connect with a place and the people in a short space of time, then think again. There’s a big difference between simply visiting a country, and really experiencing it. One of the aspects that we pride ourselves on at New...read more
She’s elegant and alluring – welcome to the South! Learn about our Hollyford experience, a two day journey that takes you from the coast to the mountains via a helicopter ride to Martins Bay, a jet boat ride across Lake McKerrow and a walk along the Hollyford Track…read more
With its hedonistic mix of pristine landscapes, lush green pastures, vast expanses of untouched beach, snow capped mountains and subtropical foliage; New Zealand is an incredible mix of visual diversity. And our Great Walks feature some of the very best parts…read more
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...read more
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...read more