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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.

New Zealand Hiking Tours

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!

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Video:Take a test drive, check out our 'Rimu - Ultimate South Island Adventure' hiking and adventure trip in New Zealand.

Take a look at our all-inclusive, New Zealand hiking tours:

What's Included in our New Zealand hiking tours?

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Transport
  • 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. 

 

Trip Reviews

  •   4.48 out of 5 (from 297 reviews)

    Wonderful Adventure around the South Island

    We do a lot of travelling and this was one of the best trips we have ever done. the guides - Elder and Nick - are top notch. Their attention to detail, sense of humour and advanced cooking skills made the trip. The weather made it a bit of a challenge, particularly on the west (wet) coast, but they kept our spirits up and all of us safe and sound. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who wishes to see and experience the most of what the South Island has to offer. In slightly less than 2 weeks. If you are mentally prepared for some coolish, wet weather, so much the better. This was an active trip, with many options for additional cycling and hiking, which we took advantage of - which made it all the better. Fitness helped a lot. A must do.
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    – Ontario, Canada
    Weka 13-day, February 2017
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1887 reviews)

    Beautiful, perfect trip!

    The Tui trip was a perfect way to see parts of New Zealand on a short time frame. I was concerned traveling by myself, and this trip was the perfect way to do it. Between the the most spectacular scenery, the knowledge of the guides, and the varied and incredible itinerary, this really was the trip of a lifetime for me.
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    – New York, United States
    Tui, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4983 reviews)

    Best trip I have ever taken

    There are many layers to this trip
    1. The Group - It was really fun being in a group, and our group was really fun! Sometimes I hung out with people in my family, sometimes I hung out with someone else in the group. This variety and freedom was very enjoyable.
    2. The Guides - Koru and Ash were sooo great. Koru is a polished, learned and experienced leader. Ash is a fabulous cook, so much fun, and cared about each of us on the trip.
    3. The Country - Stunning! We covered so much of the South Island that we were able to see many sides of it's weather and terrain. Really great route.
    4. Activities - It was great sharing a physical activity with others, something I know brings people together. Hiking was great. At the end of a long hike was a fabulous surprise, like a glacial lake with ice burgs, or a beautiful high-mountain vista, or a glo-worm tunnel. Biking was super fun, and I wish there had been one more day of it. In hind site I personally would have selected the biking 3day excursion. The kayaking was great. Heavy chop or glassy lakes, we kayaked in it.
    5. Accommodations - These were just great. As nice as it can be being out in the countryside. I loved how we all ate together every meal.
    5. Pace - I thought the trip was very well planned. Just when we needed a break in the beginning from jet lag, and our trip activities, a two day respite was there in Queenstown where we could recharge. I recharged and my family bungy jumped! Also, activities were structured so that the not so keen could bail out at a stopping point.
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    – Maryland, United States
    Rimu, January 2017
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1887 reviews)

    Guided Trips are the Way to Go!

    I had been wanting to hike in New Zealand for some time, and finally had enough time off. Trying to figure out the hut system, what to see and how to get around seemed a bit overwhelming. Even moreso since I was traveling solo. Active looked to be a great way to travel without having to stress about the planning, travel, etc. Though I had never traveled like this before, I saw the places I wanted to travel to, and others I would have likely not have found alone. Everyone on the trip was pleasant and easy to talk to, friendly and, like me had a great time. Our guides, Katie and Astrid, really made the trip with their upbeat attitudes, informative revelations on everything we saw, continual answering to our sometimes badgering questions and always being ready to help out.
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    – Louisiana, United States
    Tui, March 2018
  •   4.38 out of 5 (from 1211 reviews)

    Perfect

    The trip was perfect and our guides, Jo and Andy, are awesome!
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    Kauri, December 2017

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Why travel with Active Adventures?

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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