New Zealand is an outdoor lover's paradise with volcanoes, mountains, beautiful coastline, forest, beaches and huge lakes to enjoy, in this 3 week holiday we have attempted to include all the hiking highlights of this wonderful and welcoming country and to get ‘off the beaten track’ as much as possible. 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. With only 4 million inhabitants in a country the size of the UK, there's s a lot of fresh air and open space to explore! Starting in Auckland on the North Island, we transfer to volcanic Rotarua and hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing ‘the best 1-day hike in New Zealand'. Then taking a ferry across the Cook Strait from Wellington to the South Island, we enter the famous Marlborough Sounds where we enjoy a 2 day trek to remote and lovely Nydia Bay, a sailing boat journey, and hike part of the stunning Abel Tasman Coastal Track. Heading down the West Coast, we visit the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki and hike up to the Fox Glacier. Looping inland via Lake Wanaka, we reach the gateway to the amazing Fiordland at Te Anau. Here we make a scenic hike on the Routeburn Track and take a cruise on Milford Sound. Making our way north towards Christchurch, our final walks are to the Mueller Hut below Mount Cook and then a final 2 day hike where we will overnight at Rex Simpson hut near Lake Tekapo, which we will book out exclusively. Lake Tekapo has been declared an International Dark Sky Reserve and as we enjoy star-gazing from the hut, we can reflect on our unforgettable visit to this amazing country, far away in the South Pacific.
2 day hike on the Nydia Track, with an overnight at an ecolodge on stunning Nydia Bay
Stay at the remote Rex Simpson Hut, Lake Tekapo, for world-class star-gazing
Trek beneath Mt Cook, and on the Abel Tasman and Routeburn Tracks
Visit Rotorua and trek the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand’s best one day walk
Sail on the Able Tasman, explore the Marlborough Sounds and cruise on Milford Sounds
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of KE Adventure Travel