What is a Kiwi-Style hiking Trip?


Kiwi-style hiking trips venture far away from the maddening crowds and into the real New Zealand. Most trips mix multi-day hikes (in different National Parks) with vehicle-based touring. 

These trips are a combination of “wild nights”, which are the nights where you are truly in the wilderness, staying in backcountry huts or camping in locations that may be several hours walk from the nearest road or populated area, versus nights in civilisation where you may stay in cabins or camp by the vehicle at Department of Conservation campsites. The nights in civilization are twin/double or occasionally triple rooms, some have ensuites whilst others have a shared bathroom.

Super small groups - maximum group size 11 with a range of ages, nationalities and work backgrounds. Everyone shares an enthusiasm for outdoor adventure and an appreciation of nature.

On these trips everyone lends a hand: whether it’s cooking over a campfire, collecting firewood or pitching a tent together. There’s nothing quite like wrestling a tent in the wind to get to know your fellow travellers.

No multi-day hiking experience is needed but you need to be a good walker and able to carry a backpack. And yes, occasionally you might just get your feet wet!


Read what previous hikers thought about their Kiwi-Style Hiking Trip 


“The trip was an incredibly efficient way to see most of the top sites of the island, get in some great hikes and overnight trips without any of the planning or driving you would need to do on your own.”  Mospicy - US, February 2018, Trip Advisor


“Everything about this hiking adventure was excellent. Our guide Linda was just brilliant and the hikes we did were varied, interesting and challenging and the group were just the best fun ever. I would highly recommend it.” Chris F – November 2017, Trip Advisor


“My husband and I would highly recommend this company. They took us to so many great places on our 22 day adventure. Our guides were wonderful. Even a landslide did not stop them from giving us a great experience. They were great in accommodating my husbands dietary needs. A tropical storm threatened to stop us from getting from the north to the South Island. Without their quick actions, we would have not made it without barely a hiccup.

Hiking New Zealand is worth every bit of money and time. If we make it back, we will definitely travel again.” Mark & Janet H, March 2018, Trip Advisor

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