New Zealand trekking holiday

“You can't beat NZ for wild and woolly and if you fancy getting a taste of Abel Tasman, Tongariro and Fiordland national parks then walk this way for 3 weeks of pure pleasure.”


Auckland | Rotorua | Taupo | Whirinaki Rainforest | Tongariro volcanoes | Tongariro World Heritage Area | Wellington | Abel Tasman National Park | Murchison | Buller River | Paparoa National Park | Fox Glacier | Makarora | Siberia Hut | Queenstown | Fiordland National Park | Milford Sound | Te Anau | Mount Cook National Park | Tasman Valley | Christchurch | Optional activities include guided heli hike in Mount Aspiring National Park as well as white-water-rafting, sea kayaking and glacier walking |

Description of New Zealand trekking holiday

On this 22 day New Zealand trekking holiday, we cover some of the most beauteous hiking terrain on both islands, starting in Auckland on the North island and then, after flying to the South island, heading as far south as Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park. In fact we visit no less than four national parks on this holiday, including the one that was founded first, Tongariro, gifted by a Maori leader as a way of protecting their sacred, volcanic peaks. Here we take on a magnificent hike through the elevated grasslands and stony deserts all protected by the three wonderful peaks. Or Abel Tasman National Park, where we hike some of the stunning Coast Track taking in unforgettable beaches such as Onetahuti, Kaiteriteri and Bark, where we camp under the stars.

This trekking holiday is all about the great outdoors that New Zealand is famous for, and so staying in mountain huts or camping by lake or seashores is very much part of the itinerary we have crafted for you. We camp in Paparoa National Park, giving us time to be fully immersed in the country’s largest remaining tract of coastal native forest, with its massive limestone cliffs, caves and creeks which have been home to horse pack adventurers for generations.

Ancient landscapes are, of course, a feature of our trekking holiday in New Zealand, and our hike through the Jurassic-like rainforest of Whirinaki Forest Park best captures this. Home to ancient podocarp trees, as well as giant kahikatea, totara, matai, tawa trees and ferns. With exquisite endemics when it comes to birdlife. We also trek to and hike along the ancient Fox Glacier which has carved its way through these historic landscapes for centuries and is one of the places in the world where you see a glacier segue into rainforest. New Zealand offers this sort of magnificent natural juxtaposition at every turn really.

More of these natural wonders await at Fiordland National Park, the country’s largest, where the vast glacial lakes, ocean fjords and temperate rainforest have rightly claimed World Heritage status. It is hard to take it all in really, but our hike to Key Summit on the famous Routeburn track gives us a good chance to do so, looking out over the Darren Mountains.

With fifteen full days of walking between 5-12km or 3-5 hours a day, with two longer days of 5-6 hours, we cover a lot of ground on this trekking holiday. With some other activities on offer, from white water rafting in Queenstown to sea kayaking this trip really is living New Zealand Kiwi style.

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Our top tip:
Base layer leggings are a must as are a 4-season sleeping bag, 30ltr day pack and 50ltr overnight pack.
Trip type:
Small group. Avg 8. Min age 16.
Activity level:
Moderate/Challenging. 12 days walking between 3-6 hrs per day.
2 nights hotel (en-suite), 7 nights lodges, 5 nights cabins (shared and en-suite) and 5 nights huts/camping (shared facilities).
Accommodation, transport, listed activities and tour leader.
16 brks, 17 lunches, 7 dinners.
Solo walkers welcome. Single room supplements apply.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We are committed to putting something back into the New Zealand wilderness and for each client on this trip our local operator contributes $5 per into a Wildlife Research Fund. This fund has contributed to the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust to assist with conservation of Hector's dolphin - one of the rarest marine dolphins in the world, found only in New Zealand waters. These playful dolphins are often seen on our trips and we hope they will still be there in the years to come.
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints and have a strict policy with proper disposal of litter. Our staff are trained with environmental stewardship in mind and protective guidelines are then passed on to our clients through briefings in order to keep our impact neutral.

Water is a really important issue with trekking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should use fresh water springs on the way to re-fill a singular container. These springs are clean and are a wonderful resource for reducing plastic waste, or guests can simply re-fill at their accommodation or from the water tanks in our vehicles.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

The Impacts of this Trip

Accommodation & Meals:
The accommodation on this trip is a mixture of hotels, lodges and a majority of cabins- which will help to reduce energy consumption. Many of these housings are part way through or fully completed Qualmark accreditation. Most recently, the YHA Wellington has recieved a gold award for ‘exceeding the highest levels of environmental and social responsibilities’ and representing ‘strong leadership and advocacy.’ There are a mixture of workers here but they are predominantly local to New Zealand and where meals are not provided, we eat locally and spread income to the community.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.


1 Reviews of New Zealand trekking holiday

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The scenery, the culture, the tour leader Mayuko was the best leader ever. Very
friendly, helpful, warm, informative she made the holiday.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Travel light there is a lot of moving around between train stations and bus
stations etc.

Food is limiting enough if you don't eat meat/fish.

Be prepared to eat a lot of rice and noodles

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

All of the above yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very good. More travelling on buses and trains than I had anticipated.

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