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Hiking New Zealand

Hiking New Zealand

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Types of adventures:
Cycling Multi Camping Trekking  +  walking Cruising
Type: DMC
No of tours: 46
Destinations: 2

About company

If you are planning to go hiking in New Zealand or just want to get some authentic New Zealand outdoor experiences then you are making the right choice when you allow the team at Hiking New Zealand to assist with your travel plans.

We offer the complete package

Not only will we provide guidance in choosing the right adventure we are then able to organise your accommodation and land transport throughout the country. We also offer you a number of day activities in key locations.

We are NZ owned & operated by passionate hikers

We are a small and passionate team who get real enjoyment out of matching you to the best possible experience for you. We have a real passion that we love to share for active travel, wild places and their conservation. As avid hikers, mountain bikers, canoeists and "give everything a go" people we are able to use our own personal knowledge and experience to provide guidance on which adventures will ensure your travel expectations are exceeded.

We are safe

An excellent guide can make the difference between a trip of a lifetime and just an ordinary trip. These handpicked professionals come from a range of backgrounds and will ensure that your trip is truly inspiring, a huge amount of fun and safe. Please be gentle with your guide - good guides are hard to find!

We believe in sustainable travel

Hiking New Zealand is committed to environment and contributes $5 per hiking safari client into a Wildlife Research Fund - to date we have donated over $80,000. Thank you for helping us support our environment.

We offer choice

We offer a variety of destinations and departure dates and are open to itinerary adaptations as well as organising customised trips. We offer anything from 3-day hiking jaunts staying in well-appointed lodges to 22-day hiking safaris with loads of multi-day hikes staying in backcountry huts and camping.

We are Qualmark endorsed

As a Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Service provider you can be assured we provide quality information. We have been assessed by Qualmark as trustworthy and professional - it is your guarantee of a successful visitor experience.

We are Department of Conservation approved

Hiking New Zealand has been approved by the N.Z. Department of Conservation to operate in public conservation areas. We passed environmental and safety standards set by DOC, and have been approved to operate in public conservation areas.

Tourism Industry Awards

Hiking New Zealand features in the New Zealand Tourism Awards Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is for companies who are three-time tourism business category award winners (since 1991 and within a 6 year period). Distinction Award winners are recognised and rewarded for continuous excellence in tourism. This prestigious certificate is evidence of commitment to consistently high standards.

We are a Tourism Industry Association member

Hiking New Zealand is a member of the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) as we believe it is important to support and participate in key issues at an industry level.

Destinations

Flag of New ZealandNew Zealand
No of tours: 44
Rating in New Zealand :
Types of adventures: Cycling Multi Camping Trekking  +  walking Cruising
Flag of AustraliaAustralia
No of tours: 2
Rating in Australia :
Types of adventures: Camping Trekking  +  walking

Company tours

$ 5315
New Zealand Uncut
Trekking  +  walking
Trekking + walking

New Zealand

13 days

Rating in New Zealand
$ 2039
Secret South Custom Tour
Trekking  +  walking
Trekking + walking

New Zealand

11 days

Rating in New Zealand
$ 662
Coastal Wanderer
Trekking  +  walking
Trekking + walking

New Zealand

6 days

Rating in New Zealand

Client's Reviews

EAFS_Canada
NZ Uncut
Written: May 20, 2019 | Event date: April 2019 | Source: tripadvisor.com
Hiking New Zealand did a fantastic job with this 13 day tour of both islands. The guides: Justin, Martin, Eva and Andre were excellent as was the accommodations and meals: especially the home made salads at lunch. There was a nice balance of rigourous hiking, rests and driving. This was a "tasting menu" of the diversity of NZ: I'll be back!
Fran from Canada
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AMarieM52
HF New Zealand
Written: May 13, 2019 | Event date: March 2019 | Source: tripadvisor.com
An excellent holiday over both islands. Exceptional leaders in Cath (North Island) and Jeremy (South Island). They were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, encouraging and intelligent, fun leaders. They were very keen on making sure we had a good experience. Would heartedly recommend.
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Jean L
Amazing 13 day tour!!
Written: May 12, 2019 | Event date: April 2019 | Source: tripadvisor.com
We completed the 13 day uncut tour of both N.Z.'s north and south islands this past April and had the most amazing experiences which helped us fall in love with beautiful N.Z. This tour provided an up close and personal encounter with the diverse landscape of both islands through day hikes and drives, as well as a few novel experiences like the Waitomo glowworm caves and Mitai Maori centre.
Their website description was pretty accurate and Magan, in the office was so helpful and prompt in answering questions and allaying any concerns. Our north island guides, Justin and Martin, and south island guides, Andre and Eva, were exceptional, full of knowledge, humour and warmth. I was touched by Justin lending me his sunhat for the alpine crossing, which meant that he went without. The guides were organized and always positive. Our accommodations were just what we needed at the end of a physical day and the food was always excellent, plenty and accommodating of dietary needs.
It's helpful to review their website to get all the info and be relatively fit for the hikes. Also, bring the clothing items suggested in preparation for alpine crossings and inclement weather.
I would highly recommend this tour company and would certainly tour again with them!!
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PaulaM1103
I can't wait to come back!
Written: May 10, 2019 | Event date: April 2019 | Source: tripadvisor.com
So where do I start? I chose the Southern Slice 8-day hiking tour which started on the 16th of April in Nelson. My initial enquiry and BOOKING experience with Hiking New Zealand was easy and simple. Big thanks to Magan who made the process enjoyable and confusion free. Even though the website has all the information you’ll need, her quick, friendly and helpful responses to my questions were much appreciated. Thanks Magan!

The TOUR itself was nothing short of amazing. If you’ve never been to NZ before, then this tour is a great taster to see, feel and understand what NZ is all about. An outdoor playground, ready to be explored and experienced. The tour started in Nelson and then made its way down to Queenstown covering some unforgettable scenery in the South Island, which admittedly left me speechless. My highlights included Kahurangi National Park, Lake Tekapo, Aoraki Mt Cook National Park (Tasman Glacier lake boat ride was a game changer!), Castle Hill, all the small quirky towns we visited and the natural flames in Murchison! Plus, the pit stop at Fairlie for pies and sausage rolls was beaut (it’s making me drool thinking about it). Wait was that everything on the tour?!

The FOOD provided on the tour was A+++. I’m pretty sure I had two servings of food at almost every meal and I’m not even sorry about it. They were delicious, varied and plentiful. The snacks of fruit and granola bars before and after hiking was much appreciated too. However the real winner was the beetroot chutney. If only I can get my hands on that in Sydney!

The HOTELS we stayed at were lush. I don’t think I found a fault in any of the places we stayed at. They were clean, cosy and comfortable. I would definitely stay in those places again.

The HIKES weren’t difficult but provided enough challenges to make the experience memorable. Make sure you bring enough memory card storage as the landscape views will surely fill it to the brim. It was the first time my GoPro was almost full of videos!

Last but not least, big big big thanks to our HIKING GUIDES for the trip, ‘Dr Dre’ Andre and ‘Weather Witch’ Eva. My experience of NZ wouldn’t have been as incredible if it wasn’t for these two. Their knowledge about the country, history, flora and fauna and the landscapes were so appreciated (Plant and Fun Fact Of The Day!). It’s evident that not only are they good at what they do but unmistakeably passionate about NZ and sharing that with us. And for that, I’m grateful. They were organised, helpful and professional without being overbearing. Thanks Andre and Eva! Hopefully I’ll see you guys in the near future.

In summary, I could have easily chosen to book with the big tour companies such as Contiki, TopDeck, Intrepid, GAdventures etc but as a big advocate for local businesses, I definitely recommend Hiking New Zealand. Sure, the tour is a little pricey, but you definitely get what you paid for and much more. It’s clear from what I’ve written above how great my experience has been. I would be happy to book again with them! If a tour can make a customer say ‘I can’t wait to come back!’ at the end of their trip, then you know it’s done its job right.
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Debbie B
The Weather Witch Provides a Beautiful Sunny Vacation (inside joke)
Written: Apr 25, 2019 | Event date: February 2019 | Source: tripadvisor.com
We did the New Zealand Uncut 13 day hike of the north and south islands in February. We were tentative about doing a group tour, but we experienced a great adventure with like minded people. We were escorted by some very talented people. Not only were they excellent guides, but also naturalists, and entertainers (Justin). The food and accommodation were everything we needed and the snacks outstanding (thank you Eva). The variation in terrain was well planned and provided ample opportunities to hike at different levels. New Zealand's natural beauty combined volcanoes, beautiful coastal hikes and rugged mountains topped by glacial waterfalls. A once in a lifetime trip - that should be done more than once !!! We would not go with anyone else but Hiking New Zealand.
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MoIndy
Fun and Comprehensive South Island Tour
Written: Mar 31, 2019 | Event date: March 2019 | Source: tripadvisor.com
We just completed a 9-day Hiking New Zealand tour with six friends and couldn’t be more pleased with our trip. Our trip coordinator Magan was helpful, flexible, and creative in designing a tour to accommodate the requests of eight different travelers. Not an easy task! As to our guide Martin, he was knowledgeable, friendly, and a true gentleman with a quiet sense of humor. We were all sorry to have to say goodbye to him when our trip was over, he was that endearing. The trip itself on the South Island was beautiful and comprehensive. Our accommodations were clean and comfortable and high quality. Restaurants were all good and some were even amazing. If you’re looking to tour New Zealand, we feel you can’t go wrong with Magan, Martin, and Hiking New Zealand.
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SandraFe
Custom South Island Tour - beyond expectations!
Written: Mar 29, 2019 | Event date: March 2019 | Source: tripadvisor.com
Our group of eight friends was looking for an itinerary that combined the best sight-seeing and some basic hiking opportunities on the South Island. We worked with Hiking New Zealand, who delivered a custom itinerary that was perfect. All of us had input into what we wanted to see and do, and Hiking New Zealand was able to work it all into a brilliant tour made just for us. Our guide, Martin shared a wealth of knowledge about the areas we visited. It was virtually impossible to "stump the guide" and we peppered him with questions throughout the trip. He handled all of the logistics smoothly and was able to keep us on our timetable. We had a perfect blend of easy hikes that took us to/through amazing scenery, and experiences such as whale watching, jet boating up a remote river (without all the crowds that you see at Shotover River), wine tasting (many excellent vineyards in NZ), visiting the glow worm caves, bird sanctuary and some fun stops in small towns. If you haven't visited New Zealand, GO! Hiking New Zealand shows great resourcefulness in combining experiences, lodging and meals to meet your needs.
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Hiking New Zealand responded to this review
Responded Apr 14, 2019
Kia ora,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a fabulous review. I am thrilled your custom trip was such a success, I know Magan and the team really enjoyed designing your itinerary and incorporating some great off the beaten track activities. Martin certainly enjoyed guiding your trip and it is great to hear you couldn't 'stump the guide', we haven't managed to 'stump' him the office yet either.

Thank you for trusting us with designing and delivering your trip to Aotearoa.

Kind regards,

Anne Murphy
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Kelly9242016
Fantastic way to experience New Zealand
Written: Mar 11, 2019 | Event date: January 2019 | Source: tripadvisor.com
22 awesome days on the North and South Islands! Great guides! Well planned hikes in beautiful locations, often on less traveled trails. The pace was varied, well balanced with travel time. The hikes hit the sweet-spot between rigorous/ challenging treks, and short hikes. Choices were provided for daily hikes. The Kiwi guides all had superior knowledge of the natural environment, history, culture, and geology of NZ. The passion they displayed for their country made for a truly authentic experience.
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Hiking New Zealand responded to this review
Responded Mar 19, 2019
Kia Ora,

Thank you for taking the time to write a fantastic review. It is really rewarding to read how much you appreciated our guides' passion for our country and their superior knowledge. We very much value our team of guides and I am thrilled you had a truly authentic experience.

Ngā Mihi

Anne Murphy
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jneville2017
Hiking=Happiness
Written: Mar 6, 2019 | Event date: February 2019 | Source: tripadvisor.com
Get your adrenaline and endorphins rolling with a daily hike. Not sure which one of the hundreds of hikes to pick? Let Hiking New Zealand's experienced guides do it for you. We had a fabulous 8 days, were very lucky with the weather, delighted with the guides, both challenged and gratified with the hikes, charmed by our hiking companions, happy with the accommodations, impressed with the food and even managed to pull in a visit to a vineyard. Go for it!
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Hiking New Zealand responded to this review
Responded Mar 11, 2019
I agree - hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot!

I am so pleased to hear you had a fantastic 8 days with us. Being part of small group has that added bonus of when one activity is canceled due to weather we can make some last minute arrangements for a replacement activity - even better when that happens to be a wine tasting!

Ngā mihi,

Anne Murphy
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Topsailpinky
Let’s give this one six stars!
Written: Mar 2, 2019 | Event date: February 2019 | Source: tripadvisor.com
NZ has been on our bucket list and so we booked these folks to show us around. We were traveling with another couple. We chose the Uncut Tour as we wanted to see both islands. Their itinerary, reviews, and price helped make the choice for us. We could not have been more pleased with this outfit. Our guides were fantastic, accommodations and meals were all great, and they delivered on the hikes.....absolutely stunning landscapes at every turn. One of the owners and a photographer were with us for a few days and this turned out to be an added bonus as Anne and James were delightful to travel with and were always attentive to our needs. Several of the hikes were a bit difficult but were described well so no one was surprised. Easier options were always available. Justin, John, and Eva (aka mom), were some of the best guides we have ever had. They were all super knowledgeable about all aspects of the locations we visited and each had their own style of sharing that information. We found them all to be quite engaging and felt quite safe in their care. We have taken numerous small group tours over the years. This was our first with these folks and they exceeded our expectations. If we are ever fortunate enough to go back, I would for sure rebook with Hiking New Zealand. Thanks guys for a wonderful vacation!!
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Hiking New Zealand responded to this review
Responded Mar 11, 2019
Kia ora kōrua (Greetings to you both),

How can I be impartial replying to this fabulous review when I was so incredibly lucky to join you for a few days?

Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review, it is really appreciated and even more so when I know reading our reviews helped you make the decision to travel with us. Our guides are amazing and they all do such a superb job as the face for Hiking New Zealand, we are very much a big family.

Do please get in touch if you ever come back to New Zealand, we would love to see you. Images and video coming your way shortly, Eva is back in the office next week.

Cheers,

Anne Murphy
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