22 days of hiking (or what they call tramping) North and South Islands of NZ and I have to say it was more than I expected! Having guides who really love their job fuels the Wild adventures!
It was a no brainer for me to book with Hiking NZ...no driving, enjoying the scenery and going to places off the beaten tourist path. The Ultimate NZ trip gave you a true feel for this relatively new dynamic country.
It will allow you to get to really know NZ for it's natural beauty which the KIWI'S are determined to keep even though tourism has skyrocketed in the last 3-5 years. I come from the USA and we have some of the most beautiful National Parks in the world...but NZ is a small country that offers almost as much.
The only thing that is missing is the animals. NO Fears in NZ Hike/Tramp away! No creatures, snakes, ticks, or poison ivy to threaten your wilderness romps just the sand fly who secretly visits at dusk.
Special shouts out to the 2 best guides Dan and Jessi. Thank you for your chill vibes! You made it so much FUN!!!!!! I am 60 years young and I prepared for this trip so I wouldn't be left in the dust.
You always have options on this trip so everyone can participate. It is challenging at times but all of these sights off the beaten path are worth every step.
Last but not least the Maori culture is heavily embedded in NZ and Hiking NZ gives you a real experience of how 2 cultures can work together to keep the land and it's beauty in harmony.
The Abel Tasman WAKA experience was empowering and hopeful that this land may stay true to it's origins.
Michele - USA, March 2019, Facebook
Fantastic way to experience New Zealand
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.
Regina - Canada, January 2019, TripAdvisor
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.
A special thank you to Justin, Howie, Eva, and Dan.
Mark & Janet H - March 2018, TripAdvisor
Great trip, great guides, great value!
I did the Ultimate New Zealand trip which our amazing guides took us all over New Zealand. True to their words, we went to places where only the locals or the selected few know about, and the places are amazing! What looked like a random stream on the road and it is in fact a thermal stream which people can enjoy free hot baths! While the name of the company is Hiking New Zealand, the trip does a vast variety of activities, from hiking in 'Mount Doom' Tongariro track, to sea kayaking in Abel Tasman sea, bird viewing tour in Okarito Lagoon on a kayak, mountain biking, and explore Fox Cave which is in complete darkness! The guide of North Island, are very knowledgeable of wildlife and Maroi history, we found we didn't learn much new when we reached the Wellington Musemum because he already told us everything! The guide of South Island, Eigil, is very humorous and keep all of us laughing all the time, I am so in awe of his knowledge in New Zealand historic events and geology! He also knows a lot of good places to get best food and beers which only the locals know! We even had the company owner, Dan, to accompany us, who has such a energetic spirit and great stories to tell! If you are up for awesome experience in wild New Zealand, this is a must-go tour! Don't worry, they don't hiking for 22 days straight, they in fact arrange one to two nights in civilization before or after each long hike, which is very well balanced trip and good time to have beers with the guides and fellow hiking mates!
Chung Wing L - December 2016, TripAdvisor
Ultimate New Zealand at it's best
The "Ultimate New Zealand" was one of the most remarkable experiences of our life. One would never manage to get to know so many beautiful places on both island within 22 days!
Reichlmuc - Germany, February 2016, TripAdvisor
Booking this tour was one of the best travel decisions I have made. I did the North and South and was pleased with both. It was three weeks full of hiking and other awesome activities that kept you busy and a great way to see the country. We had a different guide for each of the islands and I don't think we could have had better guides.
Chiara R - January 2016, TripAdvisor