New Zealand Hiking Tours
Thinking about a guided hiking tour in New Zealand? Hiking is where it all began for Active Adventures New Zealand. We're all Kiwi's here at Active HQ, and we're based in Queenstown, New Zealand. We grew up hiking in our local national parks, so we know them like the backs of our hands. We know the best time to avoid the crowds on the more famous hiking trails, and we love to share New Zealand's hidden gems with people like you - those trails that don't make it onto the list of New Zealand's Great Walks, but they're equally as stunning, and you can hike for days at a time without seeing another hiker. So if you’re even remotely interested in the outdoors, joining the local experts for a New Zealand hiking tour will be an adventure you’ll never forget.
Hiking plays a part in all of our trips here in New Zealand, and we’ve carefully selected the most amazing hiking trails out of the thousands that criss-cross the country, to give you the best hiking trip imaginable. Hiking in New Zealand is an incredible experience and whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a beginner, we’ll make sure you get the best out of your hiking vacation.
Active Adventures hiking tours are not easy tourist walks, nor are they arduous treks into the mountains. Our hiking tours are designed to get you into the most wild, remote and beautiful parts of our pure wilderness, for the New Zealand hiking trip of a lifetime. You don’t need to be an experienced hiker to enjoy our trips, although if you are you won’t be bored. All you need is moderate fitness and a keen interest in the outdoors!Rimu - Ultimate South Island Adventure' hiking and adventure trip in New Zealand.
What's Included in our New Zealand hiking tours?
- Activities (including hiking and hut passes in our National Parks)
- Guides (local Kiwi guides for the most authentic New Zealand experience)
We'll take care of it all, from the moment you arrive in New Zealand. You'll be accompanied by 2 local kiwi guides every step of the way, and you'll be treated to first class kiwi hospitality. So take the hard work out of planning your New Zealand hiking vacation, and join the locally owned company that pioneered hiking tours in New Zealand.
Rimu Ultimate South Island Adventure
- 14 Days
- US$5,299 + tax
This is our signature adventure and a great, outdoorsy way to see New Zealand. We’ve been fine-tuning this perennial favourite since 1996 and it’s simply an awesome trip. You’ll explore the most beautiful, famous and little-known places in the South Island – up close and personal – with legendary hospitality and our unsurpassed attention to detail. For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).
Activity level: The ‘Rimu’ is one of our more adventurous trips, but has options to suit a wide range of ages and outdoor experience. Typically, hikes on the ‘Rimu’ trip range between two and five hours to complete, with longer hikes available on the multi-day option. If you think you’d prefer a more relaxed pace and shorter one to three hour hikes, we recommend checking out our ‘Kiwi’ trip. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to chat about the various options.
Kiwi South Island Explorer
- 14 Days
- US$5,599 + tax
New to adventure vacations or not quite ready to hang up your hiking boots just yet? On this South Island walking tour you'll experience beautiful, famous and little-known places – taking plenty of time to explore along the way! For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5 day 'Kauri' options available).
Activity level: The ‘Kiwi’ suits anyone who enjoys walking and likes to give things a go. The pace is flexible and relaxed with most hikes taking one to three hours to complete on well-formed tracks with some undulations.
Tui Essence of the South Island
- 8 Days
- US$3,999 + tax
This is an action-packed adventure where you’ll explore some of New Zealand’s most iconic and remote wilderness. It works well if your vacation time is limited, since you can fly from North America on a Friday evening, sleep on the plane, and be back at work ten days later to share your photos and stories on Monday morning. For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).
Activity level: The ‘Tui’ suits people of a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience, particularly if you enjoy a variety of activities. Typically hikes on the ‘Tui’ trip range between two and six hours to complete.
Manuka Milford Hiking Adventure
- 14 Days
- US$6,199 + tax
If you wish to concentrate on hiking the iconic tracks of New Zealand and like your creature comforts, we’ve crafted this trip just for you. It has a strong focus on New Zealand’s natural history. Our guides have plenty of time to interpret the flora and fauna and explain the geological and social history of the areas you’ll visit. You also have the choice of a selection of the best day hikes Fiordland National Park has to offer, along with an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound, or hiking the famous Milford Track in its entirety. The ‘Manuka’ really is hiking New Zealand in style!
Activity level: The 'Manuka' is an active hiking trip, but has options to suit a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically hikes on the 'Manuka' trip range between three and six hours to complete, with longer hikes on the Milford Track Guided Walk option.
Kauri Ultimate North Island Adventure
- 11 Days
- US$4,699 + tax
You'll be amazed by the variety of adventures and stunning scenery as we share the iconic locations and best-kept secrets of the North Island. The perfect addition to any of our South Island trips, the year-round 'Kauri' explores the sub-tropical north, a marine reserve, white sandy beaches, unique volcanic terrain, geothermal areas, Maori culture, an underground cave system and arguably the best mountain day-hike in New Zealand. For a great way to see the rest of New Zealand, combine this trip with any of our South Island trips.
Activity level: The 'Kauri' suits people of a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically, activities on the 'Kauri' trip range between two and five hours to complete. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike can take a little longer, though there are shorter alternatives available.
Winter Rimu New Zealand Winter Adventure
- 14 Days
- US$4,599 + tax
May to September is one of the best times to explore New Zealand. Our maritime climate ensures we have relatively mild winters, we’ll almost always have the tracks to ourselves and the snow-capped mountains make an even more dramatic backdrop than in summer – and usually you can get a great deal on flights! Years ago, we adapted our signature Rimu trip to suit the cooler conditions by adding skiing and snowboarding options, along with some of the South Island’s best hikes. This adventure is the perfect excuse to escape the heat!
Activity level: This is one of our more adventurous trips, but has options to suit a range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically hikes on the ‘Winter Rimu’ range between three and six hours to complete, with a longer more challenging hike on the Copland Track.
Kea New Zealand Family Adventure
- 13 Days
- Adult: US$4,599 + tax, Child (15 & under): US$3,799 + tax
Let us take care of every detail so that you and your family can enjoy exploring New Zealand’s iconic places on a fun outdoorsy adventure. The ‘Kea’ is the perfect opportunity for everyone in the family to try some new activities together while our guides encourage, entertain, serve up delicious meals and ensure you make the most of your precious vacation time. You’ll be amazed how much everyone learns along the way and our guides will have you laughing as much as the kids! For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).
Activity level: This trip has been designed to be fun and gently challenging for the young, and the young at heart. The pace is flexible and most hikes range between two and four hours to complete.
Here's a pretty cool video of what it's like to travel with your family, on an Active Adventures trip.
Takahe Great Walks Discovery
- 5 Days
- US$2,999 + tax
Over five days you'll hike on three of New Zealand's nine 'Great Walks', all located in the Fiordland National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage area with mystical coves and dense temperate rainforest. This is a bucket list hiking trip where you need not forgo any creature comforts.
Activity level: The 'Takahe' is a hiking-focused trip, with options to suit a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically hikes on the 'Takahe' trip range between three and six hours to complete.