Walking and Hiking in New Zealand

We’ve been taking people walking and hiking on some of New Zealand’s most beautiful trails for more than 20 years. We’ll often show off trails that are less well-known, and therefore quieter – ‘off the beaten track’ is how we like to refer to them. When you come walking with us you come with the local experts, and you’ll learn some of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. We can tell you everything you need to know about walking and hiking in New Zealand.

No matter what kind of challenge you’re looking for from your walk or hike in New Zealand, there’s a trail here to suit your needs. New Zealand’s popularity as a destination for keen walkers has exploded in the last few years, and it’s easy to see why. New Zealand has no land-based predators to worry about for a start! On top of that its South Island is home to the Southern Alps, whilst up on the North Island you’ll find some fascinating geothermal landscapes to explore under your own steam! We also have 9 ‘Great Walks’ (soon to be 10), glaciers amongst rainforests, and according to Rudyard Kipling the 8th wonder of the world – Milford Sound.

So if the Great Walks are your reason for visiting New Zealand, you’ve come to the right place. Our itineraries explore sections of four of the Great Walks, plus the Hollyford Track – and we’ve selected the best sections of each to take you on. Go ahead, grab your free New Zealand Hiking brochure today, or read on to learn about New Zealand’s Great Walks, and our best day hikes.

Milford Track

We’ll walk to the Giant Gate Falls, from Sandfly Point, the traditional end point of the Milford Track.

Milford Track

We’ll walk to the Giant Gate Falls, from Sandfly Point, the traditional end point of the Milford Track

Kepler Track

On this track we’ve chosen a couple of relatively flat walks amongst beech forest and beside rivers and lakes.

Kepler Track

On this track we’ve chosen a couple of relatively flat walks amongst beech forest and beside rivers and lakes.

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Hollyford Track

We’ll walk two sections of the Hollyford Track, and spend the night at the remote and beautiful Martins Bay Lodge.

Hollyford Track

We’ll walk two sections of the Hollyford Track, and spend the night at the remote and beautiful Martins Bay Lodge.

Routeburn Track

We’ve picked two beautiful sections of the Routeburn Track to show you, one at either end.

Routeburn Track

We’ve picked two beautiful sections of the Routeburn Track to show you, one at either end.

Abel Tasman Coast Track

On the Abel Tasman Track we’ve picked a couple of sections which take in beautiful, golden sandy beaches.

Abel Tasman Coast Track

On the Abel Tasman Track we’ve picked a couple of sections which take in beautiful, golden sandy beaches.

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Other Beautiful Day Walks…

On top of the Great Walks we’ve included some of the country’s best day walks, in our favourite national parks.

Other Beautiful Day Walks…

On top of the Great Walks we’ve included some of the country’s best day walks, in our favourite national parks.

More Information About New Zealand

These pages are a great place to find more information about New Zealand. Whether you’re a keen hiker, a foodie, a wine-lover, a photographer, or all of the above, these pages are full of useful information.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit New Zealand will often depend on what your priorities are from a visit. Here we’re talking about the seasons and what you can expect.

About New Zealand

If you’re not sure where to start in planning your trip to New Zealand, head to this page – it’s the best place to find all sorts of information about New Zealand.

Photography

New Zealand is a popular destination for photographers. Here we’re talking about where and when you’ll find some of the most popular photo subjects.

Wine Regions

New Zealand’s reputation as a producer of some of the world’s best wine is always growing. Here we’ll tell you about the regions you can visit on trips with us.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound is one of the most famous destinations in New Zealand. Here we’re talking about the gem of the Fiordland National Park, and why it’s so special.

Local Fare

New Zealand produces a lot of its own delicious fresh produce. On this page we’re talking about Kiwi delicacies, and the the best place, and time of year, to try them in.

 

Our Trips

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

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.

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.

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

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