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Self-drive tours featuring New Zealand hiking & walking experiences

It is not an exaggeration to say that New Zealand hiking and walking tracks are some of the most spectacular in the world. Multi-day hikes like the famous Milford Track. Short walks like (the 'world's best day walk') the Tongariro Crossing. Shorter walks to spectacular waterfalls and alpine lakes... These fully-customisable tour itineraries offer many chances to get out in your hiking boots or walking shoes.

 

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Fur seals, Abel Tasman, New Zealand

Top of the South Island Self Drive Loop

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Walking & hiking, National parks, Food & wine
  Visit the less explored upper South Island, home to amazing wildlife, including whales in Kaikoura and the delightful seal colony in Abel Tasman National Park.  In Blenheim, you’ll sample the region’s best known export, the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc before heading south to the West Coast and Punakaiki Rocks.  You return to Christchurch via Arthur’s Pass National Park, an amazing place to discover natural New Zealand including the cheeky Kea which is regularly seen in the park.more
Routeburn Track, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Auckland to Christchurch 14 day hiking explorer

14 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Walking & hiking, National parks
  Explore Tongariro National Parks famous Tongariro Crossing day hike, considered one of the finest day walks in the world. Then travel south and cross the Cook Strait and catch the Coastal Pacific Scenic train to Christchurch.  From there you'll head to Mt Cook National Park before venturing deeper south and into the Southern Lakes region. From here you take the 3 day/2 night guided walk on the famous Routeburn Track. Returning to Queenstown you then continue north to the glacier region  before returning to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.more
Stargazing, Mackenzie country, New Zealand

Northbound 31 day Adventure

31 days from Christchurch to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Walking & hiking, Adventure, Scenic trains, Wildlife & nature, National parks
  This extensive month long tour visits all major regions on both the North and South Islands. A relaxed pace allows time to immerse yourself into the local atmosphere. The tour includes a great range of activities such as wildlife tours to view seals, albatross, penguins, dolphins and bird life plus must see destinations such as Milford Sound. An afternoon wine tour in Marlborough, a Maori cultural evening and dinner plus much more make this comprehensive itinerary a great option.more
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, New Zealand

The Central Highlights Walking Tour

9 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Walking & hiking, Adventure, Wildlife & nature
  Explore a variety of landscapes and natural wonders of the North Island on this short walking highlights tour.  Begin with the idyllic Coromandel Peninsula with its white sandy beaches and lush forests.  You then tackle one of the world’s greatest one day hikes, the Tongariro Crossing.  Located in the striking volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park, a world heritage area of outstanding beauty.  You’ll also have time to discover the unique Maori culture in Rotorua and the fascinating limestone caves and glow worms of Waitomo.more
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Auckland to Christchurch 18 day hiking explorer

18 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Walking & hiking, Adventure, National parks
  Explore Tongariro National Parks famous Tongariro Crossing day hike, considered one of the finest day walks in the world. Then journey by scenic train and ferry south to the capital city of Wellington, then south to Christchurch.  From Christchurch you drive to Mt Cook National Park to self explore the many tracks and trails before heading deeper south and into the Southern Lakes region. From here you take the 3 day/2 night guided walk on the famous Routeburn Track. Returning to Queenstown you take the short drive to Wanaka and time to self explore the wonderful tracks of Mt. Aspiring National Park before continuing north to the glacier region.  Take to the ice with Franz Josef Glacier guides before returning to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.more
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Great Northern Land

10 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Walking & hiking, Wildlife & nature
  Starting with a relaxing break on Waiheke Island, you'll explore the boutique wineries on this balmy island.  You then journey south for a Coromandel Wilderness Adventure, Maori culture in Rotorua and  the majestic mountains of Tongariro National Park as you hike the renowned Tongariro Crossing.more
Scenic Flight, Milford Sound, New Zealand

Iconic South Island Tour

11 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Luxury Lodges & hotels
 Interests: Honeymoon, Adventure, Luxury touring, National parks, Walking & hiking, Scenic flights
  Explore the South Island's heart taking in all the iconic scenery that makes this such a beautiful destination.  From Christchurch you cross the Southern Alps on the spectacular TranzAlpine train journey.  On the West Coast you'll travel from the rainforests of Punakaiki to the Glaciers of Franz Josef.  3 nights in Queenstown allow time for a fabulous flight over Milford Sound and Dart River Safari, before returning to Christchurch via Mt Cook National Park.more
Pancake Rocks, West Coast, New Zealand

14 Day South Island Wilderness Encounters Tour

14 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Walking & hiking, Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks
  This 14 day tour explore the best of the South Island's walks and adventures.  After crossing the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train you journey north to the remarkable Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki where you explore Paparoa National Park.  From there you head south for two of the most scenic road trips in the world, the Milford Road and the West Coast Road.  You'll also walk sections of the Milford Track and Routeburn Track.  Be sure to have your camera at the ready for the spectacular wilderness you'll encounter.more
Milford Track, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Southern Highlights and Milford Track Guided Walk

14 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Walking & hiking, National parks
  Starting and finishing in Christchurch this tour allows time to self explore the tracks and trails of Mt. Cook National Park before venturing south and embarking on the world famous Milford Track Guided Walk. This fully guided and supported 4 day hike is with Ultimate Hikes and you spend the evenings in the wonderfully equipped lodges. From Queenstown head north to the West Coast and the glacier region before returning to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.more
Moeraki boulders, New Zealand

The Southern Circle Day Walks

14 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Walking & hiking
  From Christchurch this tour travels the Canterbury Coastline through Timaru, Oamaru and Moeraki to Dunedin. A full day to explore the peninsula, its wildlife and its walks. Cross the rich farmland of Southland toward Te Anau and Fiordland National Park where you experience a guided day hike on the world famous Milford Track. Then venture along the Milford Road exploring the many short trails before spending the night on Milford Sound, without doubt this will be a highlight of your trip. Continue north to the adventure mecca of Queenstown with lots of time to explore the many activities or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere. Next take a fully guided day hike on the incredible Routeburn Track. A short drive over the crown range (the highest sealed road in New Zealand) and onto Wanaka, a walkers paradise. An afternoon self-exploring along the Matukituki Valley is recommended. On to Mt Cook National Park. where you'll enjoy a Glacier Explorer’s trip before an afternoon exploring the trails all easily accessed from the village. There is something for everyone’s ability and every weather condition. Continue crossing the Mackenzie high country through Lake Tekapo and back to Christchurch. Guided Day Hike Walks are only available during our summer months and actual available dates may vary - just contact us to check.more
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