New Zealand is well-known for its incredible hiking or ‘tramping’ trails and there are thousands of kilometres of tracks to explore.
New Zealand is well-known for its incredible hiking or ‘tramping’ trails and there are thousands of kilometres of tracks to explore. Nine of the hikes have been identified as ‘Great Walks’ which showcase the magnificent and often dramatic landscapes of New Zealand at their best, however there are many more outstanding experiences to choose from.
Abel Tasman Coast Track - 3 or 5 days
At the very top of the South Island the Abel Tasman National Park offers crystal-clear, turquoise water and white sand beaches enveloped by lush forest. The easy access for boats means you can pick and choose whether you do this walk over 3 or 5 days and if you prefer paddle power you can also enjoy this experience with a mix of walking and kayaking. Accommodation is in friendly beachfront lodges with en-suite bathrooms, comfy beds and home cooked meals.
From £831 including twin share ensuite accommodation, experienced guides, all meals, luggage transfer and storage, all kayaking equipment and transfers from Nelson or Motueka.
Milford Track - 5 Days
The Milford Track is arguably New Zealand’s most famous hiking trail and has long been described as ‘the finest walk in the world’. Taking you through the heart of the Fiordland National Park in the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area, this guided walk will immerse you in the natural wonders of a region where the scenery is on an epic scale and the mountains, valley’s and waterfalls vie for your attention. You’ll cross vast rivers and pass glacial lakes, see plunging waterfalls all the while surrounded by simply spectacular views. Your final day is spent cruising Milford Sound before returning to Queenstown.
From £1324 including 4 nights ensuite lodge accommodation, all meals, experienced guides, transfers from Queenstown or Te Anau and a boat cruise on Milford Sound.
Routeburn Track - 3 Days
Linking Mount Aspiring National Park with Fiordland National Park, the Routeburn Track is an astonishing walk where you’ll be surrounded by huge valleys, soaring mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls. It might be one of the shorter multi-day hikes but it has some of the most immense scenery. The walk is varied and on occasion challenging, but the rewards far outweigh the effort. Accommodation is in private, custom built lodges with lounge facilities and rooms with private facilities are available.
From £942 including 2 nights ensuite lodge accommodation, all meals, experienced guides and return transfers from Queenstown.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing - 1 Day
Venturing between Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe in the Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO dual World Heritage area, this walk takes in a whole other world. You’ll tramp through an active volcanic landscape peppered with craters, some of which are steaming, lava rocks frozen in time and vivid, emerald green lakes. If the weather is good the views are outstanding, you might even be able to see Mt Taranaki on the western horizon but whatever the weather the Tongariro Alpine Crossing will be one of the finest one day hikes you ever do.
From £169 including experienced guides, lunch and snacks plus clothing and footwear hire.