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Trekking in New Zealand - Exodus Travels
Trekking in New Zealand - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Auckland
+20 Destinations
New Zealand South Island
Ends
Christchurch
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Highlights

  • Hike through Tongariro National Park
  • Explore Fox Glacier on New Zealand’s South Island
  • Discover the beauty of Milford Sound
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Camping
Max Group Size
11
Start in Auckland and end in Christchurch! With the hiking & trekking tour Trekking in New Zealand, you have a 20 day tour package taking you from Auckland to Christchurch and through Auckland, New Zealand and 21 other destinations in New Zealand. Trekking in New Zealand is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Trekking in New Zealand reviewer 1
    Written on February 13, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An absolutely brilliant three weeks in the most wonderful country. Everything as described in the trip notes, and more. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Difficult to decide, but some of the highlights were the trip up to Abel Tasman NP, including camping on the beach - watching the sun set across the water, then seeing the southern night sky in all its glory; the helicopter flight in Mt Aspiring NP and the next day a very welcome lift back down the final stretch of river by jet boat, after a 7 hour hike; the stupendous scenery around Mt Cook; and paragliding from 1400m up in Queenstown. And not forgetting rainforests, thermal springs, kiwis, active volcanoes, glaciers and fjords... What did you think of your group leader?On North Island leader Kath - what a character! Really knowledgeable and upbeat even in the face of 50mph winds, hail, sleet and snow on the Tongariro crossing.Chris - great guy too. Arranged for the sun to shine the entire two weeks on South Island and even managed to produce home made scones when we arrived! Do you have any advice for potential travellers?UK citizens need an ESTA visa if transitting via the US (return flight was via Los Angeles) - the Exodus office didn't know this for sure. Anyway it's easy to obtain online - I did it while in NZ.The weather in NZ (see earlier comment above) really can be "all four seasons in a day" - temperatures we encountered varied from freezing to 30 degrees - pack accordingly but try to travel as light as possible as you'll constantly be packing and repacking.Is there anything else you would like to add?Despite the long walks I don't think I lost weight - the Kiwis like to serve generous portions of food. Great bunch of people in our group - we even won the Mt Cook pub quiz! At the beginning, I did wonder what I'd got myself into when I found out I was sharing with a guy who'd bagged all the Monros in Scotland and been up Everest (hi Pete!) but, as a not particularly fit 54 year old, I had a blast.In conclusion, if you are at all considering this trip, just go for it!

  • Trekking in New Zealand reviewer 2
    Written on February 13, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An absolutely brilliant three weeks in the most wonderful country. Everything as described in the trip notes, and more. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Difficult to decide, but some of the highlights were the trip up to Abel Tasman NP, including camping on the beach - watching the sun set across the water, then seeing the southern night sky in all its glory; the helicopter flight in Mt Aspiring NP and the next day a very welcome lift back down the final stretch of river by jet boat, after a 7 hour hike; the stupendous scenery around Mt Cook; and paragliding from 1400m up in Queenstown. And not forgetting rainforests, thermal springs, kiwis, active volcanoes, glaciers and fjords... What did you think of your group leader?On North Island leader Kath - what a character! Really knowledgeable and upbeat even in the face of 50mph winds, hail, sleet and snow on the Tongariro crossing.Chris - great guy too. Arranged for the sun to shine the entire two weeks on South Island and even managed to produce home made scones when we arrived! Do you have any advice for potential travellers?UK citizens need an ESTA visa if transitting via the US (return flight was via Los Angeles) - the Exodus office didn't know this for sure. Anyway it's easy to obtain online - I did it while in NZ.The weather in NZ (see earlier comment above) really can be "all four seasons in a day" - temperatures we encountered varied from freezing to 30 degrees - pack accordingly but try to travel as light as possible as you'll constantly be packing and repacking.Is there anything else you would like to add?Despite the long walks I don't think I lost weight - the Kiwis like to serve generous portions of food. Great bunch of people in our group - we even won the Mt Cook pub quiz! At the beginning, I did wonder what I'd got myself into when I found out I was sharing with a guy who'd bagged all the Monros in Scotland and been up Everest (hi Pete!) but, as a not particularly fit 54 year old, I had a blast.In conclusion, if you are at all considering this trip, just go for it!

  • Trekking in New Zealand reviewer 3
    Written on December 18, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    The trip was an unending variety of activities and experiences; physically tiring but without the stresses sometimes felt in non English speaking countries.  It was a superb trip but 3 weeks is barely enough time and I have returned home with a list of things/places to return and visit again or anew.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I find it difficult to choose a single most inspirational moment of the trip but would include the sceneries around the Tongariro crossing and Mount Cook which were really beautiful and unique.  It was awe inspiring just being there.I also chose to jump out of a plane, skydiving from 12000 feet near Queenstown.  This was our single rest day on the trip, but by this time the adrenaline was flowing.  That was pretty memorable.What did you think of your group leader?We had separate group leaders for the North Island (Kath) and South Isalnd (Chris).  Both were from Hiking New Zealand and were excellent.  They both had the same well balanced mixture of Enthusiasm with Energy, Professionalism with Knowledge.  They were always happy to enthuse but remained flexible in order to provide the best for people on the day.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?On arrival in NZ open your minds to a non stop rush of movement and experience.  On return be prepared to feel shattered from the whole trip.  Enjoy!Is there anything else you would like to add?Take seriously the signs at Auckland airport arrivals point which warn against taking any foodstuffs into the country.  A single apple can cost you NZ$400 fine. I saw it happen.

  • Trekking in New Zealand reviewer 4
    Written on December 18, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    The trip was an unending variety of activities and experiences; physically tiring but without the stresses sometimes felt in non English speaking countries.  It was a superb trip but 3 weeks is barely enough time and I have returned home with a list of things/places to return and visit again or anew.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I find it difficult to choose a single most inspirational moment of the trip but would include the sceneries around the Tongariro crossing and Mount Cook which were really beautiful and unique.  It was awe inspiring just being there.I also chose to jump out of a plane, skydiving from 12000 feet near Queenstown.  This was our single rest day on the trip, but by this time the adrenaline was flowing.  That was pretty memorable.What did you think of your group leader?We had separate group leaders for the North Island (Kath) and South Isalnd (Chris).  Both were from Hiking New Zealand and were excellent.  They both had the same well balanced mixture of Enthusiasm with Energy, Professionalism with Knowledge.  They were always happy to enthuse but remained flexible in order to provide the best for people on the day.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?On arrival in NZ open your minds to a non stop rush of movement and experience.  On return be prepared to feel shattered from the whole trip.  Enjoy!Is there anything else you would like to add?Take seriously the signs at Auckland airport arrivals point which warn against taking any foodstuffs into the country.  A single apple can cost you NZ$400 fine. I saw it happen.

  • Trekking in New Zealand reviewer 5
    Written on December 12, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    We packed so much in the three weeks that it was necessary to come back home and sit down with the itinerary. notes etc. to appreciate just how much we had achieved!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Imposible to single out just one highlight for this trip. We were a small group of  only five people, plus a diferent leader for each of the islands . Smaller groups get things done more efficiently, enabling all of us to pack more into an already busy schedule, combined with exellent knowledge by our leaders Kath & Chris, for whom  nothing was too much trouble.  Their help, imformation and passion for their home New Zealand lead us to efficient use of our time, with many extra side trips , viewpoints and short treks added . What did you think of your group leader?We had one for North & one for South Island! Both knew their country like the back of their hand;  Kath lead us North and Chris lead us South. We all developed team spirit, strange when a group of people are thrown together at random.  Our leaders were passionate about their homeland ,keen conservasionists ,so helpful, full of knowledge and enthusiasm.  Quickly they became our friends rather than a leader. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This N.Z. must be the best action packed ,sight seeing ,thrill seeking New Zealand package available ANYWHERE. OK, you could say OH, we will make our own way, do our own arrangements , No Way, time would be wasted sourcing and organising, you would see and do far less. These guides know their stuff, just who to contact etc. while your kayaking/ trekking/whitewater rafting/sight seeing /jet boating or whatever is your passion these guys are booking /organising the next step! Is there anything else you would like to add?The walk on the Fox Glacier was probably the only slight disappointment.  It was very busy and you were not given a chance to look around much.

  • Trekking in New Zealand reviewer 6
    Written on December 12, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    We packed so much in the three weeks that it was necessary to come back home and sit down with the itinerary. notes etc. to appreciate just how much we had achieved!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Imposible to single out just one highlight for this trip. We were a small group of  only five people, plus a diferent leader for each of the islands . Smaller groups get things done more efficiently, enabling all of us to pack more into an already busy schedule, combined with exellent knowledge by our leaders Kath & Chris, for whom  nothing was too much trouble.  Their help, imformation and passion for their home New Zealand lead us to efficient use of our time, with many extra side trips , viewpoints and short treks added . What did you think of your group leader?We had one for North & one for South Island! Both knew their country like the back of their hand;  Kath lead us North and Chris lead us South. We all developed team spirit, strange when a group of people are thrown together at random.  Our leaders were passionate about their homeland ,keen conservasionists ,so helpful, full of knowledge and enthusiasm.  Quickly they became our friends rather than a leader. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This N.Z. must be the best action packed ,sight seeing ,thrill seeking New Zealand package available ANYWHERE. OK, you could say OH, we will make our own way, do our own arrangements , No Way, time would be wasted sourcing and organising, you would see and do far less. These guides know their stuff, just who to contact etc. while your kayaking/ trekking/whitewater rafting/sight seeing /jet boating or whatever is your passion these guys are booking /organising the next step! Is there anything else you would like to add?The walk on the Fox Glacier was probably the only slight disappointment.  It was very busy and you were not given a chance to look around much.

  • Trekking in New Zealand reviewer 7
    Written on January 23, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    An action-filled three weeks. The trip was well organised to fit so much in the time.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I enjoyed the two days in Siberia the most; as well as Milford Sound and around Holyford.What did you think of your group leader?We were guided by exhuberant Kath and wise and understanding Graham. Both were gregarious, and gave of themselves fully.Is there anything else you would like to add?The minibus was cramped for 11 +1 persons and its windows lacked height for seeing the amazing scenery.An arrangement initiated by the guides to rotate the sitting in the front seats would contribute to greater fairness and reduce tensions.

  • Trekking in New Zealand reviewer 8
    Written on January 23, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    An action-filled three weeks. The trip was well organised to fit so much in the time.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I enjoyed the two days in Siberia the most; as well as Milford Sound and around Holyford.What did you think of your group leader?We were guided by exhuberant Kath and wise and understanding Graham. Both were gregarious, and gave of themselves fully.Is there anything else you would like to add?The minibus was cramped for 11 +1 persons and its windows lacked height for seeing the amazing scenery.An arrangement initiated by the guides to rotate the sitting in the front seats would contribute to greater fairness and reduce tensions.

  • Trekking in New Zealand reviewer 9
    Written on January 20, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fantastic jam packed three weeks in the wonderful New Zealand. The trip was more than I could have hoped for, New Zealand would be a great back drop for any visit. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?So many great days, so many great moments. Camping on the beach at Able Tasman and watching seals playing in the evening surf. All sitting on a rock in silence watching the sun go down on the volcano tops in the Tongariro Park. But when your birthday falls on the day that you have a dramatic flight by helicopter to the Siberia Valley that has to come tops. How they managed to smuggle cake into the hut to surprise me I can’t guess. The walk up to Lake Crucible later was hard work, perhaps it was the cake. Must mention the bird life, be quiet and still and you will be amazed how tame they are.What did you think of your group leader?Both the leaders were fantastic but differant in their own ways. Great but real people who brought their own personalities to the job. Very hard working and if you do go on this trip please chip in with the household jobs. You will enjoy the trip more as the team builds.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Sand Fly deterrent is not optional it is a must. Also you will want to stock up on itch relief. Long sleeves and long trousers are also needed to help keep the evil things off you. They bite and it hurts, try to not scratch because it make them flare up again. Get the local snake oil from the first chemist you find, don’t bother with the stuff you can find in Boots in the UK. The walks to the huts are hard work due to the weight of gear that has to be taken along. As well as all your own gear there are the shared items which add up. Everybody has to help and it only works if the team all pull together. It was not clear that there was a short hop from the North to South by a tiny one prop plane. Great trip as it does not get high and the view is stunning. But there is a strict 20Kg limit on all luggage. That includes hand luggage of which there is none because it can’t fit inside. So that’s everything has to add up to 20Kg maximum. Wash and wear is the way to go and many of the motels have laundrettes but getting it done when you arrive late and have an early start is not easy. I will not go into my experiments with microwaves and hairdryers due to health and safety.Is there anything else you would like to add?Take some music for the van; in the north the CD collection is abysmal and Kath needs help. In the south Graham has an Ipod/mp3 connection and too large a collection of Country and Weston. We organised guest DJs for the front seat and that helped pass the long journeys. The New Zealand people are lovely and you should make time to chat, they will be very willing and interested. Thank you Exodus, a fantastic trip I could not have won a better prize or shared it with a better group.

  • Trekking in New Zealand reviewer 10
    Written on January 20, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fantastic jam packed three weeks in the wonderful New Zealand. The trip was more than I could have hoped for, New Zealand would be a great back drop for any visit. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?So many great days, so many great moments. Camping on the beach at Able Tasman and watching seals playing in the evening surf. All sitting on a rock in silence watching the sun go down on the volcano tops in the Tongariro Park. But when your birthday falls on the day that you have a dramatic flight by helicopter to the Siberia Valley that has to come tops. How they managed to smuggle cake into the hut to surprise me I can’t guess. The walk up to Lake Crucible later was hard work, perhaps it was the cake. Must mention the bird life, be quiet and still and you will be amazed how tame they are.What did you think of your group leader?Both the leaders were fantastic but differant in their own ways. Great but real people who brought their own personalities to the job. Very hard working and if you do go on this trip please chip in with the household jobs. You will enjoy the trip more as the team builds.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Sand Fly deterrent is not optional it is a must. Also you will want to stock up on itch relief. Long sleeves and long trousers are also needed to help keep the evil things off you. They bite and it hurts, try to not scratch because it make them flare up again. Get the local snake oil from the first chemist you find, don’t bother with the stuff you can find in Boots in the UK. The walks to the huts are hard work due to the weight of gear that has to be taken along. As well as all your own gear there are the shared items which add up. Everybody has to help and it only works if the team all pull together. It was not clear that there was a short hop from the North to South by a tiny one prop plane. Great trip as it does not get high and the view is stunning. But there is a strict 20Kg limit on all luggage. That includes hand luggage of which there is none because it can’t fit inside. So that’s everything has to add up to 20Kg maximum. Wash and wear is the way to go and many of the motels have laundrettes but getting it done when you arrive late and have an early start is not easy. I will not go into my experiments with microwaves and hairdryers due to health and safety.Is there anything else you would like to add?Take some music for the van; in the north the CD collection is abysmal and Kath needs help. In the south Graham has an Ipod/mp3 connection and too large a collection of Country and Weston. We organised guest DJs for the front seat and that helped pass the long journeys. The New Zealand people are lovely and you should make time to chat, they will be very willing and interested. Thank you Exodus, a fantastic trip I could not have won a better prize or shared it with a better group.

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  1. Day 1: Start Auckland
  2. Day 2: Travel to Rotorua
  3. Day 3: Visit the Waiotapu Thermal Reserve; hike through the Jurassic-like rainforest of Whirinaki Forest Park
  4. Day 4: South to Tongariro; trek east to west through park
  5. Day 5: Trek through moonscape of scarlet lava flows and alongside surreal turquoise lakes
  6. Day 6: To Wellington; free time
  7. Day 7: Short and scenic flight to Picton; to Abel Tasman; water taxi to campsite
  8. Day 8: Walk Abel Tasman NP coastal track; to Murchison
  9. Day 9: To Paparoa N.P.; hike up Fox River to the Ballroom Overhang
  10. Day 10: Hike out of canyon; drive to Punakaiki, Pancake Rocks, Hokitika and Fox Glacier
  11. Day 11: Fox Glacier trek; optional glacier hike; to Makarora
  12. Day 12: Heli-flight into Mt Aspiring NP; land in remote Siberia Valley; hike up valley to a glacial lake
  13. Day 13: Hike above the Siberia River; jetboat trip down Wilkin River; transfer to Queenstown
  14. Day 14: Free day in Queenstown
  15. Day 15: To Te Anau; afternoon hike on the Kepler Track
  16. Day 16: Drive to Milford Sound; optional boat cruise into the fjord; to Te Anau
  17. Day 17: Drive through Mackenzie Country to Aoraki/Mt Cook
  18. Day 18: Hike Mueller Ridge to Sealy Tarns
  19. Day 19: Hike small lakes of Tasman Glacier; transfer across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch
  20. Day 20: End Christchurch

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    Covering a total distance of approx 2,193 km.
    • Auckland (New Zealand)
    • 194 km
    • Rotorua (New Zealand)
    • 69 km
    • Whirinaki Forest Park (New Zealand)
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    • Taupo (New Zealand)
    • 72 km
    • Tongariro National Park (New Zealand)
    • 242 km
    • Wellington (New Zealand)
    • 156 km
    • Abel Tasman NP (New Zealand)
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    • Kaiteriteri (New Zealand)
    • 103 km
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    • 77 km
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