Why hike with us?
Take it from two Kiwis who have travelled and hiked many amazing trails around the world, New Zealand has something pretty special. As a hiking destination, we have so much to offer. It's hard to beat being able to hike along the coast one day, up to a waterfall the next. Then, with just a short journey head to completely new views of rolling landscapes and dramatic peaks.
Lonely Planet recently named New Zealand one of the best places to visit in 2018, on the back of our exquisite topography and dramatic scenery.
We like to keep it simple. No big secrets, just some of our favourite hand-picked hikes, paired with delicious local food experiences. Good for the tastebuds, great for the soul.
Beauty in simplicity
You've spent the day exploring new lands by foot. Your legs have carried you up to scenic vistas and down the other side again. Along winding paths and through lush native New Zealand bush. You've chalked up some decent miles, taking it all in and having a few conversations with new friends along the way. Your legs tell the tale of having done a little more than take a few photos. Boots off, feet up. Feels good doesn't it? A glass of New Zealand Sav and platter of local flavours rounds off a day well spent. Simple. Beautiful!
The gift of time
We spent many months hiking the globe, and many more before that researching, planning, and organising, then reorganising and crisis control when things didn’t go to plan. It would have been really handy to have a local planner, someone who could arrange everything for us…
Let us give you the gift of time. Our tours are genuinely fully-inclusive. That means everything is included once you're here - transfers, all meals with a glass of your drink of choice at dinner, tastings, premium boutique accommodation, local guides, logistics behind the scenes and everything in between. So pack a bag and grab your hiking boots. We'll take care of the rest.
Quality over quantity
We believe strongly in taking the time to soak up the atmosphere of new places and cultures. We choose experiences over sights and quality over quantity, rather than trying to cram as many places as possible into an itinerary.
We invested a lot of our time in putting together our tour so that we aren't rushing you from one place to the next. We stay at least two nights at each base before heading to the next corner to explore. Our walks are about more than just getting from A to B. We let the group dictate the pace that best suits them and keep our numbers small (maximum of ten).
Our guides spend most of their spare time outdoors walking New Zealand tracks. They all live in the regions we invite you to walk in. It's their job to keep you safe so you can relax and put your full energy into enjoying the hike without having to worry about checking track conditions or navigating.
We are fiercely proud of our country and our industry. We believe in promoting sustainable tours and have a number of initiatives to ensure we are doing our part. Here are just a few of the ways we do this:
1. Educating our guests on conservation and biosecurity within New Zealand and through a 'take only photos, leave only footprints' approach.
2. Minimising waste and recycling: We are moving towards a paperless office, have reusable mugs we take on tour instead of paper and plastic cups and we insist our suppliers minimise their plastic packaging among other initiatives.
3. Working with our suppliers and partners: We like to work with businesses with strong sustainability cultures, with visions that align with ours.
4. Positive carbon off-setting: From October 1, 2018 we will plant a New Zealand native tree for every tour we run.
5. We support local. All our guides, accommodation suppliers, artisan food and wine producers live and work in our local areas.
6. We are proud to support the Tiaki promise, a commitment to care for New Zealand. More at the bottom of this page.
7. We are so proud to be a Kaitiaki Guardian - special supporter of Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, very special conservation project on an ecological mainland island where we take our guests as part of some of our tours.
A little comfort never hurt nobody
You don't have to compromise on comfort to experience walking some of our most beautiful and back-country tracks. We'll take a hot shower, three-course meal, glass of wine and a warm bed over a sleeping mat on the ground in a tent any day. Certainly makes it easier to roll out of bed the next morning ready to do it all again.
During our tours, you will stay in premium lodges and boutique bed and breakfasts with local hosts. Most of our rooms have ensuites and some even have views. Our luxury vehicles are spacious and comfortable, which makes a difference on some New Zealand roads, trust us!
We have been approved by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) to take guided hiking tours in public conservation areas, meeting their environmental and health and safety standards. We pay fees to DOC that go towards maintaining our walking tracks and wider conservation efforts to protect New Zealand's flora, fauna and environment and keep it beautiful.
We're endorsed as a sustainable business
We've been awarded a Silver Sustainable Tourism Award. Qualmark independently evaluates tourism operators in New Zealand annually to ensure quality across all business areas. Only those businesses that are delivering a quality sustainable experience, who have safe principles and practices, and showcase true New Zealand hospitality, are recognised through a Qualmark endorsement. A Silver Award is evidence of a sophisticated tourism business that consistently exceeds visitor expectations.
We support our industry
We are a member of the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) which allows us to support the sustainable success and have a voice in the key issues of our tourism industry.
We are proud to support the Tiaki Promise, a commitment to care for New Zealand. We teach our guests to care for land, sea and nature, treading lightly and leaving no trace. We ensure they travel safely. We encourage respect of culture and travelling with an open heart and mind.