New Zealand - North to South
New Zealand, Trek & Walk, 19 days - from £3,195 (land only) - from €3,835 (land only) - from $5,275 (land only)
Quality and Value
With all meals included in the price of the trip, this holiday is superb value for money when compared with other New Zealand tours
- Hiking highlights of the `Land of the Long White Cloud`
- The Tongariro Crossing New Zealands best 1 day walk
- Marlborough Sound and the Nydia Track
- Hike parts of the Abel Tasman, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks
- Milford Sound and Mount Cook
Kia Ora! Welcome to New Zealand. To the Maori, New Zealand is Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud and the contrasting North and South Islands have become a patchwork of Maori, European, Asian and Pacific Island history. Geographically, New Zealand is an outdoor lover's paradise with volcanoes, mountains, beautiful coastline, forest, beaches and huge lakes to enjoy. With only 4 million inhabitants in a country the size of the UK, there is a lot of fresh air and open space! Over 3 weeks we have attempted to include the hiking highlights of this wonderful and welcoming country. Starting in the North Island, we arrive in Auckland from where we transfer to volcanic Rotarua and hike the Tongariro Crossing, a traverse of an active volcano and ‘the best 1-day hike in New Zealand'. Then taking a ferry across the Cook Straits from Wellington to Picton on the South Island, we enter the famous Marlborough Sounds where we enjoy a trek to remote and lovely Nydia Bay and then hike part of the stunning Abel Tasman Coastal Track. Driving down the West Coast, we visit the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki and hike on the Fox Glacier. Looping inland via Lake Wanaka, we reach the gateway to the amazing Fiordland at Te Anau. Here we make short and scenic hikes on the Kepler and Routeburn Tracks and have the option to take a cruise on Milford Sound. Making our way back north to Christchurch, we have included a final day hike to the Mueller Hut below Mount Cook and then an overnight hike to the Rex Simpson hut near Lake Tekapo, recently declared an International Dark Sky Reserve. Stargazing from the hut, we can reflect on our unforgettable visit to this amazing country, far away in the South Pacific.
Is this holiday for you?
Putting together this New Zealand North to South hiking holiday, we have picked out many of the highlights of this dramatic country. This necessitates some long journeys to cover the distances required, but we will use a comfortable bus throughout our tour and have designed the itinerary to take the opportunity to stop off and stretch our legs. Starting out on the North Island, we spend time at volcanic Rotorua and also tackle one of New Zealand's foremost one-day walks, the Tongariro Crossing, which is a tough walk taking up to 7 or 8 hours to complete. Crossing by ferry from Wellington to Picton, we make a counter-clockwise circuit of South Island, where we start with a 2-day walk on the Nydia Track in Marlborough Sounds. For the rest of our tour, we stop off to take advantage of unmissable day-hikes and shorter walks along the way, ranging from 2 to 7 hours duration. Most of these walks will follow good trails and tracks. There are a couple of days with a minimal amount of walking and on these days you have the option to take it easy.