I just completed the 7 day Ultimate North Island tour. It was an amazing adventure that was made even better by our knowledgeable guide Justin. He is a former park ranger who kept us well informed (and entertained) on such subjects as local history, Maori culture, flora, fauna and politics. He also had lots of options available whenever the volatile New Zealand weather decided to take a turn for the worse. It was an immensely enjoyable trip and I learned a lot.
Jaspersize - Canada, February 2018, TripAdvisor
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, TripAdvisor
The friendly atmosphere was brilliant within the group while our guides hospitality, knowledge and relaxed nature made an already brilliant adventure even more memorable. The sights you see, people you meet and knowledge you gain was invaluable to me and I’m sure the others in my group also.
What a way to test your limits or just enjoy what nature has to offer. Thanks again Hiking NZ!
MiaSmith7 - Australia, November 2017, TripAdvisor
We had a great experience hiking the northern loop in Tongariro National park, despite bad weather conditions. The scenery was spectacular, the hikes challenging enough but not crazy and with definitely less crowd than the Alpine crossing. Because of bad weather conditions, we were able to experience both the camping and the Hut accommodations, which was a treat. Our guide was well experienced, making sure to meet our needs but always leaning towards safety when appropriate. The packing list was right, as we had warm weather, cold weather and lots of rain. The return at the end of the storm was memorable and we admired many single and double rainbows set on the Tongariro park background. I will work with this company again for my trip to the Southern Island.
Agnes R - January 2017, TripAdvisor
Wow I had a great time with Hike New Zealand!! The web-site has a message system and the person answering was amazing. I was able to quickly locate the trips that I wanted to take. I did the Far North Coastal and Ultimate North. These are very different trips and I loved both of them. Our guides Kath (Far North Coastal) and Linda (Ultimate North) were informative, smart, friendly and very kind. Additionally, both guides were extremely attentive to everyone's safety.
I would recommend this highly to anyone that likes to camp, walk and do a range of outdoor activities. This company has done its research and has a great formulas for these trips that works a treat!!!!! Well done guys.
Santhi W - January 2017, TripAdvisor
My girlfriend and I did the Ultimate North tour with Hiking New Zealand. It was just an awesome trip! If you like to go hiking to the most beautiful sceneries on the North Island while enjoying the company of a small group of great and humorous fellows from different countries as well as very knowledgeable (history, geology, phytology) guides, we can highly recommend this tour.
Olli & Sarah - March 2015, TripAdvisor
I couldn't give a more glowing account of a trek or "tramp" than this. From go to wo, Hiking New Zealand was just brilliant to deal with. They're super experienced, really know the country well and can impart knowledge other guides might not about the places they're taking you to, whether that's local history, geo morphology or a bit of botany here and there. If you go with the right attitude, which is to be positive, flexible and of good humour, I think Hiking NZ and Active Earth Adventures will look after you really well. As a solo female traveller, I have yet to fault the two tours I've done in NZ. The warmth of the people and country's beauty gets me every time.
Kucing M - February 2015, TripAdvisor
Thanks for an amazing tour. Sharing and explaining your beautiful nature, culture and great kiwi snacks to us. Hope to see you guys again.
Sarah S - Germany, February 2015
Linda, our guide, was very knowledgeable, prepared, and personable. Great small group of people on this tour... Very easy going vibe, never rushed or hurried.
If you want to get out and hike the NZ bush in more remote locations you should definitely consider this tour!
Robert C - USA, March 2016, TripAdvisor
I'd like to recommend to solo hiker especially from overseas and it is still good to someone who hasn’t got much experience of hiking. To me Ultimate North brought unique experience of bush walk with Breathtaking views and contrast of desert scenery. Go for it!
Limo - New Zealand, December 2015, TripAdvisor