New Zealand's Best Walking Tours

From tropical rain forests to alpine glaciers, New Zealand’s stunning scenery makes it a traveller’s dream destination.

From tropical rain forests to alpine glaciers, New Zealand’s stunning scenery makes it a traveller’s dream destination. Of course, you can enjoy the sights from a lorry seat, the window of your hotel suite or the deck of a luxury liner, but those who want to experience New Zealand up close and personal will relish the opportunity to go on some of the many walking tours available on both the North and South Islands. Get your airline ticket at an affordable rate from, and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.

Walking Adventures on the North Island

Avid hikers will thoroughly enjoy the adventures that await them in Rotorua and the surrounding area. Well-known for its geothermal activity and the lake, its namesake, on which it is built, this spa town is the perfect starting place for hikers interested in exploring the lush dairy land, remains from gold-rush days, kauri forests and breathtaking coast lines of the Coromandel Peninsula. Guided tours are available for beginners and advanced hiking enthusiasts, or you can plan ahead to make your own way through the wilds. Back in Rotorua, you can soak your tired feet in the soothing hot mud pools.

The natural beauty of Abel Tasman National Park is hard to beat, and walking tours here feature some of the most stunning coastal vistas in the world as well as gorgeous forestland. The Abel Tasman Track has earned its place on New Zealand’s Great Walks. Less experienced hikers will enjoy short walking tours that include a scenic cruise along the coastline while hardcore adventurers will want to spend several days on an adventure through the park. Whatever your preferred level of physical activity, the Abel Tasman Track has an excursion you’re sure to remember for a lifetime.

If you plan to visit Auckland, be sure to spend an afternoon learning more about the indigenous people of the North Island with walking tour led by guides from Ngati Whatua, a local Maori tribe. These short walking tours include captivating stories from Maori tradition that make the landscape come alive with legend.

Walking Adventures on the South Island

You have seen New Zealand’s South Island in the movies and perhaps read about it in books, but there really is nothing like experiencing the South Island in person on the Milford Track. This route through the mountains and rainforest of Fiordland National Park was hailed as the “finest walk in the world” by Rudyard Kipling. You can go on an extended walkabout here and cover the full length of the track in four days or take your time exploring and enjoy the park for even longer. If you have only a short time to spend in Fiordland National Park, take a guided day tour that highlights some of the most beautiful portions of Milford Track.

Exploration in New Zealand simply doesn’t get any better than a walking tour of the Rob Roy Glacier. No less inspiring than the rainforests, this alpine adventure features spectacular snowfields, rock cliffs and excellent opportunities to see many of birds native to the region. Travellers interested in photography will find some of the best nature photo ops New Zealand has to offer here.

From north to south, a New Zealand holiday has much to offer anyone who enjoys a good walkabout. Whether you love getting close to nature, seeing new and rare sights or experiencing the history and life of other cultures, a journey here will deliver exactly what you look for in an outdoor adventure.

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