From the get go, we’ve been dedicated to delivering unique, authentic and genuine experiences in the great New Zealand countryside. That journey started over 20 years ago, with Active Adventures, and it’s just as exciting today as the day we started.
Over the decades, we’ve taken the process of creating world class adventure travel packages, and turned it into somewhat of an art form. We’ve learnt that our Active Adventures trips suit a lot of people, but they’re not for everyone. We understand that sometimes it’s nice, and in fact necessary, to slow down and enjoy the finer things in life. That means less bus time travelling between destinations, gentler walks that have the flexibility to extend or shorten as you desire, while staying at world-class 4 star accommodations that will immerse you in a life-changing wilderness experience, with a slice of luxury.
It’s important to remember that here at New Zealand Walking Tours, we’re all Kiwis. We’re modest and proud by nature, and we know our pristine countryside better than any offshore tour operator ever could. We are the locals, and we’ve identified New Zealand’s most iconic ‘bucket-list’, and ‘off-the-beaten-track’ destinations, then hand picked the most elegant, family owned, 4 star accommodations to stay at. 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.
We believe in indulging in the finest local fare along the way – whether that means the rich red meats of the southern high country, complemented by your Central Otago pinot noir… or the freshest seafood in the world famous Marlborough Sounds, complemented by your award winning Marlborough sauvignon blanc.
And what good is the finest food and wine in these world-class escapes without connecting yourself with the great outdoors? We’ve chosen these elegant locations based on their location to New Zealand’s greatest walks – which more often than not, begin at your doorstep! Both of your local Kiwi guides will be there with you every step of the way – ensuring you unwind and enjoy the most tranquil walks, and soak in the grandeur of New Zealand’s timeless countryside, at your own pace.
We challenge you to find a trip like ours anywhere else in the world. With this level of personalised service, combining expert local knowledge with extraordinary wilderness experiences and a slice of luxury, we can promise that you’ll leave for home absolutely spell-bound by this beautiful country.
The concept for New Zealand Walking Tours began in the early years of our two founders Robin Wiseley and Phil Boorman.
Growing up in the central North Island of New Zealand, Rob discovered sailing, skiing and hiking through the most beautiful oceans, mountains, lakes and forests that help define the region. His appreciation of New Zealand’s finest wine and cuisine worked its way into the creation of New Zealand Walking Tours.
Phil discovered the joy of walking in the New Zealand wilderness as a young boy, accompanying his father on multi-day walks in the Tararua mountain ranges of the Wairarapa region. The idea of escape, recharging, soaking it all in, and sharing it with great friends led him to team up with Rob to create the New Zealand Walking Tours experience that you see before you today.