Walking Holidays New Zealand
New Zealand Walking Holidays
Walking in New Zealand's wilderness is one of the most popular activities among visitors to this country. New Zealand has 14 National Parks, 3 UNESCO World Heritage Areas and over 24% of its land area is in protected conservation areas. There are ample opportunities for walking and hiking and it is rare for a track to be crowded. It is in fact quite normal to go for long periods without seeing anyone while walking along many of New Zealand's trails.
Below we show you a number of the New Zealand walking holidays on offer. Some are tours taking you on a number of walks while touring a region of New Zealand. They often include other activities such as cycling, kayaking, caving, viewing wildlife and glacier walking. Other walking holidays involve spending several days with a guide walking a single track. The walking holidays in New Zealand vary in comfort and fitness requirements from carrying only day packs and staying in comfortable lodges to carry overnight backpacks and camping in tents. Click the 'Learn More' buttons on the trips below to find all the details you need.
There are many reasons why 'organized' guided walking holidays in New Zealand are better than trying to do it independently. These include:
- Fitting more into your schedule. Everything is well organized. You won't waste time or get lost finding the start of tracks or finding your accommodation. If your walk ends in a different place to where it starts then your pick up is all sorted.
- Your guide knows the area intimately and will show you many special places you will likely miss traveling alone.
- Your guide has an intimate knowledge of New Zealand's nature, geography and history and will provide you with many insights you would likely never learn when traveling independently.
- Equipment supplied. Much of the hiking and walking equipment you will need is either included in the tour price or available to hire. No need to travel to NZ with all your hiking equipment or buy it once you get here.
- There are many dangers when walking in New Zealand's wilderness. Crossing rivers has caught many people out, people get lost and sudden weather deterioration can cause hypothermia. Doing an organized tour means you have a guide who knows how to manage the dangers and should something go wrong and you suffer an injury your guide is first aid trained and knows how to organize support and evacuation.
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