Hiking / Tramping / Walking

Hiking / Tramping / Walking

Walking throughout New Zealand is the best way to see beautiful tramping landscapes and explore vast wilderness hiking areas

Hiking Tramping Tours

Two-hour Tramps

Two-hour tours

From $89

Half-day Hikes

Half-day tours

From $179

Full-day Foray

Full-day Foray

From $269

Weekend / overnight Tramping

Campfires, drinks, stories, meals and camping under the stars makes it all much better

From $899

Multi-day Hiking Journeys

Go further, learn more and develop your full potential mastery in that you choose…

From $1,799

Annual Walking Expeditions

Once a year, something to look forward to and build up for, these are ones to rave about

From $3,149

Navigation and Survival

Find your way using map, compass, sun and moss. Survive with vegetation, fire, ways to collect water and knife skills.

From $89

Foraging foods

Organic, free-range, fare-trade and abundant. Access edibles in your area by picking, pulling and plucking for your palate.

From $89

Guide and Instructor Training

Get knowledge, skills and experience becoming an NZOIA Bush Instructor

From $199

Foraging foods

Organic, free-range, fare-trade and abundant. Access edibles in your area by picking, pulling and plucking for your palate.

From $89

Meola Reef

Auckland’s longest lava flow (11km) from Te Kōpuke / Mt St. John volcano since 28,500-years covers 14 hectares with its two kilometer long tidal tongue basalt reef in the Waitematā Harbour

From $89

Outdoor adventure gear hire / rental

2-4 person Macpac tents $20/day, 3-4 person Trangia cookers $10/day and PLB $10/day.

From $10

Hiking / Tramping / Walking

With thousands of kilometres of New Zealand tracks, there are walking and hiking options to suit all levels of fitness and experience. New Zealand’s well-established and maintained trail network offers a remarkably diverse array of hikes for every ability and interest.

Welcome to a walker’s paradise, where a network of trails winds past rugged coastlines, through farmland, river valleys and towering forest, to dramatic mountain ranges. The diversity of tracks across New Zealand’s national parks and reserves means there’s something for everyone, from leisurely nature trails that bring unique ecosystems into focus, to challenging multi-day adventures in remote, untouched wilderness. 

New Zealand is without a doubt one of the best trekking destinations in the world. A country incredibly rich in natural beauty and opportunities for adventure, and home to some of the friendliest people you’ll ever encounter anywhere, it’s a must-do destination for anyone who loves to hike and travel.

 

History

From the 1950s tracks, huts and bridges were built in the forested areas of New Zealand to support hunters culling introduced deer species which had become a threat to the biodiversity of New Zealand. As tramping became popular these facilities were increasingly used by trampers. In later years tramping has become popular for both local and foreign tourists.

 

The Land of the Long White Cloud, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

No one who visits this magic place ever comes back disappointed. Forming the backbone of the South Island is the Kā Tiritiri o te Moana mountain range, a playground for adventurers who don’t mind being dwarfed by nature. The North Island is itself split in two by epic mountain ranges but is also home to rich volcanic soils, secluded beaches and rolling farmland. There is little wonder that it is nearly impossible to decide where the best hikes in New Zealand lie: the north or the south? 

Both islands offer opportunities to experience multiple landscapes in a single day, with secluded beach coves to your right and towering snow-capped mountains to your left. For aspiring or experienced hikers, just be reassured by the fact that there are no wrong answers.

New Zealand is a land of striking contrasts in its incredible scenery, from white sand beaches and sleeping volcanoes, to temperate rainforest and snow-capped mountain peaks; around each bend, there’s a view guaranteed to impress even the most hard-to-please traveller. What better way to experience this phenomenal nature than on foot? With thousands of kilometres of walking trails stretching to the furthest corners of each island, hiking New Zealand has got to be one of the best ways to discover the country’s outstanding natural beauty.

If you’re planning a hiking trip, then you’ve come to the right place. With varied terrain and somewhat temperamental weather system, it pays to be clued up about what to expect from your New Zealand hiking experience. So, with that in mind, we’ve collated a wealth of research and resources to compile an up-to-date hiking guide filled with everything you could ever want to know about New Zealand hiking trails.

 

New Zealand’s ‘best kept secret’ walks

Looking to walk the very best of New Zealand’s landscapes? From hiking in the Southern Alps to finding the paths less travelled we offer unique NZ walking experiences.

We make sure that you still hike on the most spectacular sections of the famous Great Walks to provide you with a complete experience. All of our New Zealand walks are designed by walkers for walkers. If you’re looking to explore NZ on foot, so you can really soak in its natural wonders, stunning landscapes and magnificent wildlife, check out the various New Zealand hiking tours. Explore the world with your own two feet by embarking on a trekking or walking tour.

There are a million ways to travel, but few resonate in the way that trekking does. Get back to nature, challenge yourself and enter landscapes well beyond our urban environments. Picture yourself embracing unique moments, incredible landscapes and new cultures in some of the most isolated parts of the world.

You can choose from a range of introductory treks to challenging treks designed to bring you closer to the culture and wilderness of a country. Your presence on one of our trekking trips means that you are helping the local community grow and develop both economically and environmentally.

 

Guided walks

Although a wealth of maps, trail information and track signage makes independent walking possible on major tracks, guided walks offer a more immersive experience. There are a huge number of trips, from half-day to multi-day, with transport, food, and accommodation ranging from basic to luxurious. What’s more, passionate local guides enrich the journeys, bringing landscapes to life with stories of natural and human history. 

 

Why walk with SNM?

Because you can still experience the beauty of New Zealand’s landscapes with the support of our experienced guides. We’ll take care of the logistics too.

No matter where you are, or how long you’ve got, there’s a walk for everyone. Take a break in the outdoors and get in touch with nature. Take a walk, a Great Walk, through some of New Zealand’s most awe-inspiring landscapes on premier walking tracks.

New Zealand’s Great Walks are premier tracks that pass through diverse and spectacular scenery. From native forests, lakes and rivers to rugged mountain peaks, deep gorges and vast valleys…there’s a Great Walk for everyone! Great Walks tracks are well formed and easy to follow. While most people prefer to explore on their own terms, guided trips offer a bit more comfort. Great Walks are accessible from major towns that are well serviced by local operators and accommodation and transport providers.

Hiking Tours offer an excellent way to see large portions of New Zealand and hike in a number of National Parks. A guide enhances your understanding of the natural beauty and history that surrounds you on your journey and they help you make the most out of every moment on your New Zealand adventure.

Your journey is enriched by all the little extras that make for a hassle-free holiday. Your dining needs are all planned and well catered for as well as having opportunities to sample local cuisine at your leisure on some nights.

Relax at the end of each day at well-appointed accommodation and wake up refreshed knowing your day’s adventure is prepared and planned ahead by your guide(s).

If you enjoy walking in the wilderness, meeting likeminded people and appreciate your creature comforts then a Hiking Tour is the right choice for you.

 

What is a Kiwi-Style hiking Trip?

Kiwi-style hiking trips venture far away from the maddening crowds and into the real New Zealand. Most trips mix multi-day hikes (in different National Parks) with vehicle-based touring. 

These trips are a combination of “wild nights”, which are the nights where you are truly in the wilderness staying in backcountry huts or camping in locations that may be several hours walk from the nearest road or populated area, versus nights in civilisation where you may stay in cabins or camp by the vehicle at Department of Conservation campsites. The nights in civilization are twin/double or occasionally triple rooms – some have ensuites whilst others have a shared bathroom.

Small groups – maximum group size 11 with participants ranging in age, nationality and work background, but all share an enthusiasm for outdoor adventure and an appreciation of nature.

On these trips everyone lends a hand: whether it’s cooking over a campfire, collecting firewood or pitching a tent together. There’s nothing quite like wrestling a tent in the wind to get to know your fellow travellers.

No multi-day hiking experience is needed but you need to be a good walker and able to carry a backpack. And yes, occasionally you might just get your feet wet!

 

Where SNM guides walks in NZ:

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park;

Arthur’s Pass National Park;

Coromandel Forest Park;

Craigieburn Forest Park;

Egmont National Park;

Fiordland National Park;

Great Barrier Island/Aotea;

Hihitahi Forest Sanctuary;

Kahurangi National Park;

Kaimai Mamaku Conservation Park;

Karangahake Gorge;

Kaweka Forest Park;

Lake Sumner Forest Park;

Manawatu Gorge Scenic Reserve;

Mount Aspiring National Park;

Mount Richmond Forest Park;

Muriwai and Te Henga area;

Nelson Lakes National Park;

Okura Bush Scenic Reserve;

Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve;

Pureora Forest Park;

Rakiura National Park;

Remutaka Forest Park;

Ruahine Forest Park;

Ruataniwha Conservation Park;

Tangihua Forest;

Tararua Forest Park;

Waima & Mataraua Forests;

Westland Tai Poutini National Park

 

Where I come from, it is called…

  • Hiking – a universally recognised term to describe something more than a stroll around the park. A hike is typically off-road on a purpose-built or naturally-occurring trail and can vary in length from an hour or two to a multi-day hike.
  • Backpacking – commonly used in North America to describe an overnight hike where you carry your gear on your back. Here though, a ‘backpacker’ is typically considered a tourist travelling on a tight budget and carrying all their worldly possessions with them in their very large backpack.
  • Rambling – an expression used in the UK to mean a walk or hike in the countryside. People who join ‘rambling clubs’ are charmingly referred to as ‘ramblers’.
  • Bushwalking – heralding from Australia, the term ‘bushwalking’ describes the act of walking in natural areas. It sounds best when spoken with an Aussie twang!
  • Trekking in New Zealand – trekking is a term used widely to refer to a long hike, perhaps several days or even weeks long. It’s often used to describe iconic hikes such as the trek to Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas, or the famed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.
  • Tramping – a term that broadly covers all the above. In New Zealand, a ‘tramp’ is referring to a hike, not a homeless person.