Hiking in New Zealand
Why Use Hiking New Zealand
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 organize your accommodation and land transport throughout the country. We also offer you a number of day activities in key locations.
Run by Active Hikers
We are a small and passionate team who get real enjoyment out of matching you to the best possible experience whilst travelling in New Zealand, Tasmania or as far as Antarctica. 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.
Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Service
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.
Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activities
The tours that Hiking New Zealand operate are Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activities. Qualmark endorsed operators can be booked with confidence, because they've undergone a detailed onsite quality assessment, and been found to be professional and trustworthy. As Hiking New Zealand has expanded over the years to promote what we believe are New Zealand's best hikes and adventures we have chosen many Qualmark endorsed tours. Those that are not Qualmark endorsed have been selected by us as they have been providing great adventures for a number of years and we feel satisfied they are professional and trustworthy.
Hiking New Zealand has also been assessed on our environmental performance - with Enviro Awards given to top performers in five key action areas.
- Energy efficiency
- Waste management
- Water conservation
- Community activities
- Conservation initiatives
We are proud recipients of the prestigious Enviro-Gold Award, which means we meet the highest levels of environmental and social responsibility. Our Responsible Tourism Statement details our passion, policies and procedures for conservation and preservation.
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.
You'll only see the DOC Approved label used by businesses with a current legal agreement with DOC.
High quality concession operations offer significant benefits to conservation and recreation in New Zealand. As a concessionaire we ensure our clients leave no trace of their visit, our guides offer a fun safe and interpretative visitor experience of the outdoors which helps visitors to enjoy, understand, love and protect conservation values.
The concession fees we pay go towards the management of all natural and historic resources DOC manages. These fees provide jobs and income for many local communities throughout New Zealand.
Tourism Industry Awards
Tourism Distinction Award winner - 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. Hiking New Zealand was awarded the Distinction Award in 2002. The three awards Hiking New Zealand were awarded with were Service to the Environment (2000), Best Adventure Operator (2001) and Best Eco-tourism Operator (2002). We have chosen not to enter the awards since 2002, however, we may look at entering again in coming years.
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. There are companies that sit back and wait for things to happen. We are not one of those companies; we assist TIA to be a strong and inspirational voice of tourism.
As one of New Zealand's leading tourism companies we were selected to be one of the delegates to travel to the Adventure Travel World Summit in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The New Zealand delegation's trip was initiated by TIA and funded by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) after the summit was identified as one that would provide significant value to some of TIA's leading, internationally active adventure tourism members.
Choosing Hiking New Zealand to help plan your holiday is a safe choice. We are a Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Service and Visitor Activity provider. One of our founding principles is that conservation should benefit through tourism and we hold the Qualmark Eniro-Silver endorsement. We are leaders within the tourism industry having won the Distinction Tourism Award in 2002 and current members of TIA. We are small enough that planning and organising your travel arrangements is a personal experience. We have the time, knowledge and passion to ensure you have a rewarding tailor-made holiday.
Also see Our Story
Did you know?
For every person who joins our trips, we donate $5 to the NZ Wildlife Research Fund! To date we have donated over $65,000 to the conservation of our Hector's dolphin.