A Selection of Hikes
North Island Hiking
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Often rated as the finest one day walk in the World, this spectacular hike covers a wide range of scenery over a distance of approx. 17km. It is a full day hike during which you will be hiking over varied and dramatic volcanic terrain. The walk is also home to steam vents, emerald lakes and staggering views. For those who are keen you can also take a detour up towards the red cratre where you will smell the suplhur and get views of Mount Tongariro (aka Mount Doom). The mesmerising greenish colour of the emerald lakes is caused by the minerals being expelled from the thermal area.
We have time for several short walks in this area. The most famous being the short walk to the largest tree in New Zealand - Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest), New Zealand's largest known living kauri tree. The winding track leads through the shade of the forest canopy to the towering Tane Mahuta. The tree will captivate you as its immense size is hard to appreciate until you are stood up close. Maori legend describes how Tane, the son of Ranginui, was a child that tore his parent's parental embrace and then cloaked his mother in the surrounding forest. All living creatures of the forest are regarded as Tane's children.
South Island Hiking
Aoraki/Mount Cook - Hooker Valley Track
A 4 hour loop from the alpine village. This is one of the most photographed and popular walks as it leads up the Hooker Valley towards Mount Cook. There are some great viewpoints on the way and you will cross the Hooker river before reaching the Glacial lake (a few of our particularly bold/brave/mad clients have taken a dip but it's not overly recommended!).
One of New Zealand's bet great walks this track is highly recommended. The walk covers over 32 kilometres of Mount Aspiring & Fiordland National Parks, a World Heritage Area. The terrain is varied and includes steep climbs, beautiful views, swing bridges and the occassional river crossing. The area is extremely delicate to please ensure you keep the tracks. Your guide will help kit you out with all the equipment you need for your trek and also book the huts in advance. Due to its popularity and the limited number of huts available so we will ask you about this at the time of your trip booking with us so we can pre-book the track huts and provide you with the food for the trek. You will only need to carry sleeping bags, food and clothes. Find out more about the Routeburn Track Hike .
Kepler Track (Te Anau end)
If not walking the Routeburn track you have the option of an overnight hike from Te Anau to the Luxmore Hut, starting from our campsite and taking 5 - 6.5 hours. The track follows the lakeshore through mountain and red beech. From the bushline there are panoramic views of the Te Anau Basin, Takitimu Mountains, and the Snowdon and Earl Mountains. At Luxmore Hut there is an option of a trip to the nearby Luxmore Cave.
Abel Tasman Track
There is a full day here to either do a return hike along the track or a walk and water taxi combination. The Abel Tasman is our favourite national park and the beautiful golden bays, turquoise waters and varied flora and forna are some of New Zealand's most spectaular. You can combine hiking with sailing, kayaking and even water taxi to ensure you explore the park at a pace to suit you.