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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
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
Roys Peak Wanaka, New Zealand

12 day Ultimate South Island

12 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Food & wine, Adventure, Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, National parks, Classic driving tours, Walking & hiking, Scenic flights
 Explore New Zealand's South Island with adventure and style.  Some great adventures in the glorious Central Otago and the Canterbury High Country.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
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
 Self drive this classic South Island route and enjoy some of the finest day walks in New Zealand. Plus of course, time to enjoy everything else the region has to offer.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 and visits 5 National Parks plus lots more outstanding wilderness areas. 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
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
Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast, New Zealand

South Island National Parks Tour

18 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring, Walking & hiking
  Explore the National Parks and natural areas of the South Island. You begin with a whale watching adventure in Kaikoura, before heading to Abel Tasman National park for a guided kayak and walk. Then you journey down the wild West Coast to Punakaiki, Franz Josef and Westland National Park. Take a heli-hike from Franz Josef before travelling to the alpine village of Wanaka. Mt Cook National Park is next with a full day to explore and a Glacier Explorers iceberg encounter. Heading east you reach Dunedin, before heading to Te Anau and Fiordland National park. You venture deep into the pristine forests and fiords with a Milford Track guided day walk and Doubtful Sound cruise. Then it’s onto your final destination of Queenstown.  more
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