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  • Location: New Zealand
  • Duration: 14 Days/13 Nights
  • Departing from: Blenheim, 1:30 p.m. Day 1
  • Tour finishes: Queenstown, morning of Day 14
  • Departures 2021: February 22
  • Price 2021: $7,750 USD per person in double occupancy, minimum group size of six. Single supplement: please click on the "information" tab to see the single supplement as it's a bit complicated. grin One guide accompanies departures of 2 - 8 people. Two guides for 9 or more people.
  • Departures 2022: February 21
  • Price 2022: $7,750 USD per person in double occupancy, minimum group size of six. Single supplement: please click on the "information" tab to see the single supplement as it's a bit complicated. grin One guide accompanies departures of 2 - 8 people. Two guides for 9 or more people.

This tour showcases the best of New Zealand’s spectacular South Island. We take you from the top of the Marlborough Sounds down the east coast to Christchurch, then inland via Lake Tekapo to Queenstown and “The Remarkables,” the aptly-named range of mountains that lines the eastern shore of lake Wakatipu. You will experience the west coast during the Milford Sound day, which combines a scenic flight in a small aircraft followed by a cruise up Milford Sound to iconic Mitre Peak. The last three days of walking are along the famous Routeburn Track, which allows you to get into some of New Zealand’s stunning high alpine terrain while enjoying luxury accommodation at the end of the day. The itinerary is also designed to limit vehicle transfers to not more than 4 hours on any given day.

New Zealand Walking Tour Includes:

Accommodation: 

  • 13 nights accommodation (9 nights in four-star hotels/resorts with en suite bathrooms/showers; 2 nights on the Kaikoura farm track where you have your own rooms but shared WC and shower facilities [singles may have to share a room for these two nights because there are only 5 rooms available]; 2nights in a luxury rental house where most rooms have en suite WC and shower facilities but not all. The en suite rooms are given on a first come first served basis.

Meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, and 11 dinners

Luggage: Bags are transferred starting from pick-up at Blenheim airport on day 1, to drop-off at Queenstown prior to starting the Routeburn Track.

Special events: Scenic flight over the Southern Alps in a small aircraft to Milford Sound, a cruise on Milford Sound to Mitre peak, and jet-boating on the Shotover River in Queenstown

Transport: Private van pick-up from Blenheim airport on day 1, transfer to Picton, all transport as per itinerary including water taxis during the Queen Charlotte hike. Your transfer to Queenstown airport is not included on the last day.

Active days: 12 days of guided hiking

Guides: A Customwalks guide will be present for the whole tour and will accompany you on all walks, while a second Customwalks guide will be present for the first five days. During the three-day Routeburn hike, four other guides will be present on the trail to look after you.

Max group size: Tours are capped at 14 people

Booking: Please e-mail us at info@customwalks.com to receive a booking contract or simply click on the BOOK NOW button or the 'Contact Us' tab. Thanks!

New Zealand Hiking Tour itinerary Request full itinerary

Day 1 -- Feb 22, 2021

Arrive independently in Blenheim, in the Marlborough wine country. Please arrive no later than 1:30 pm. (there is a flight from Auckland which arrives at 1:30 pm). We will meet you at the airport (whenever you arrive before 13:30) and transfer you to Picton harbour for a light lunch and then a boat transfer to beautiful Furneaux lodge. There is time for a swim or a short stroll along the coastal path before dinner on the terrace of the historic homestead building. There are many flights from Auckland and Christchurch to Blenheim. Overnight Furneaux Lodge in luxury waterfront suites. Endeavour Inlet. Airport transfer, overnight, and all meals included.

Day 2 -- Feb 23, 2021

Today you begin the Queen Charlotte walking track, a relatively easy but long walk amongst the splendid bays and inlets of the Marlborough Sounds. The track is unique for its stunning coastal views, historical landmarks, and wonderful variety of native bush and birdlife. The terrain is undulating with hills ranging from sea level to 400 m (1,200 ft). Most of the track is wide and all major streams have been bridged. We begin our walk from Ship Cove, where Captain Cook rested and replenished during his three historic voyages to the South Pacific in the 1770s. Upon arrival at Furneaux Lodge, enjoy a cold drink on the terrace, or borrow a sea kayak for a paddle along Endeavour inlet. Walking Distance: 18 km (11 mi), about 4.5 - 5 hours of walking. We start the day with a short boat transfer to access the trailhead. 2nd night at  Furneaux Lodge in luxury waterfront suites. Overnight and all meals included.

Day 3 -- Feb 24, 2021

Exit the Queen Charlotte track via water taxi back to the mainland. Time for a "flat white" in Picton village before a 2-hour van transfer to Kaikoura. A beautiful 6 km (3.5 mi) walk along the coast allows us to stretch our legs before continuing along this super scenic stretch of coast which features the towering peaks of the Seaward Kaikoura range on one side and the shimmering blue waters of the Pacific on the other. We soon arrive at the Ngaroma Beach House, a simple but comfortable house located 20 m (60 ft) from the shore that was originally built as the farm's “Shearers Quarters.”  We are now on a private farm track, created by two neighbouring "run-holders" to diversify their farm income. We are joined for dinner by Heather and Bruce, the owners of the Ngaroma farm. They are lovely hosts and they share with us some local lore about this isolated farm and their life here. Walking distance: 6 km (3.5 mi) for Kaikoura walk, and as many as you like along the beach. Overnight at the Ngaroma Beach House, a farm cottage with separate rooms but shared WC and shower facilities. Overnight and all meals included.

Day 4 -- Feb 25, 2021

After a hearty farm-style breakfast we set off on today’s adventure. The “trail” starts along the beach and passes beneath cliffs embedded with 8,000-year-old tree stumps and fossils. You may see seals or dolphins playing in the surf, but chances are you will be too busy beachcombing as the sand reveals lots of natural treasures! Enjoy a picnic lunch at the Circle Shelter nestled amongst coastal bush before climbing up some high terraces for immense views up and down the uninhabited coast. The trail then turns inland and weaves its way through covenanted land that is returning to native bush and forest. Fantails and Bellbirds provide a natural soundtrack as we head for the Medina homestead where we spend the night. We will be joined by farm owners Sally and David who share many colourful stories about their 50+ plus years living a unique lifestyle on this land. We again enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal prepared with T.L.C by Sally and David’s daughter. Walking Distance: 13 km (8 mi). Overnight at Medina homestead featuring a charming 100-year-old all-wood "Shearers Quarters" and “Garden cottage.” Private rooms but shared WC and shower facilities. Overnight and all meals included.

Day 5 -- Feb 26, 2021

Our day starts with a long but gradual climb up a ridge line through native forest and pine plantations. We emerge above the bush line and are rewarded with a spectacular view over rolling hills to the jagged peaks of the Seaward Kaikoura range. Stop for lunch at a hut perched high above the valley, and in some cases, above the soft, fluffy sea mist that burns away during the morning. A gradual descent brings us back to the Ngaroma beach hut where we rest and enjoy a glass of homemade lemonade before hopping into the van for a scenic two-hour transfer to Christchurch. Overnight in Sumner, Christchurch’s popular beach and surf area. We stay in a small contemporary four-star hotel that is in the heart of Sumner village and a 2-minute walk to the beach. Walking Distance: 11 km (7 mi). Four star hotel. Overnight and all meals included.

Day 6 -- Feb 27, 2021

This morning we walk along Christchurch's spectacular crater rim walkway. True to its name, it follows the rim of the ancient and now extinct volcanic crater which gave birth to Banks Peninsula, an area of 1,150 square km (440 sq.mi.). We start with a short van ride to Lyttelton and leave the historic port on foot to climb 400 m (1,200 ft) for fabulous views of Christchurch city to the north and Whakaraupo Bay and Banks Peninsula to the south. Fantastic panoramas abound as we walk through open country to eventually descend the historic bridle path which in pioneer days connected Christchurch settlement with Lyttleton harbour. Lunch today is at Eruption Brewery, Lyttelton’s excellent craft brewery which also serves up tasty food on their rooftop terrace. After lunch, you have the choice of a gorgeous walk along the wild bluffs of Godley Head, or to return to Sumner and hit the beach.  2nd overnight at four star hotel in Sumner. Walking Distance: 12 km (8 mi) in the morning & 6 km (4 mi) in the afternoon. Hotel and all meals included.

Day 7 -- Feb 28, 2021

This morning you have some free time to explore central Christchurch. We have developed a self-guided “urban hike” which hits the highlights of the city. You can enjoy the magnificent botanical gardens, peruse many of the excellent galleries, or chill out in one of Christchurch’s many cafés. After a lunch of your choice (not included) we leave Christchurch and head south to the "Mackenzie country," a unique environment of harsh winters, hot summers, and mountainous terrain which produces the finest Merino wool in the world. We arrive around 4 pm at the historic Grampians Station where we have permission to do a walk into the foothills around the farm. You are rewarded with incredible views of Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, and the snow-capped peaks of its adjacent rivals. We descend down to the shearers’ quarters to enjoy the sunset view and a cold drink with owner Eve Hope who will give you some insights into the challenges of running a 50,000 acre Merino sheep station. We stay tonight at nearby Tekapo settlement, a small community situated on the edge of a glacial lake where the Southern Alps provide a dramatic backdrop.

Tonight our accommodation is in a very comfortable five-bedroom and bathroom holiday home. Dinner is family style at the dining room table. After dinner it's time to look to the heavens because Tekapo is located in the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. This 4,300 sq.km (1,660 sq.mi.) area is the southern hemisphere’s sole dark sky reserve and one of only eight in the world. Light pollution is strictly controlled to provide a unique and unforgettable star-gazing experience. Overnight Tekapo house. Walking distance: 8 km (5 mi) in the morning and 4 km (3 mi) in the afternoon. Drive time 3.5 hours. Overnight, breakfast, and dinner included. Lunch not included.

Day 8 -- Mar 1, 2021

After breakfast head west towards the “Main Divide,” the imposing wall of mountains that runs north-south along the western edge of the South Island. We stop at a farm gate and start our walk along a 4x4 track that enters Braemar station. Permission has been granted to access this spectacular property that overlooks the emerald waters of Lake Pukaki. An hour and a half into the walk we are joined by owner Julia Mackenzie who tells us the fascinating history of the farm as well as the joys and challenges of “high country life.” Our hike finishes at the Braemar homestead where Julia invites us into her kitchen for a delicious home-cooked lunch. The nearby snow-capped peak of Mount Cook is visible from the kitchen window. The afternoon walk takes us along the edge of the braided Tasman river with magnificent views of Mount Cook and the Mueller glacier. Return to Tekapo for a second night at our comfortable home in the village.. Walking distance: 10 km (6 mi) in the morning and 6 km (4 mi) in the afternoon. Overnight and all meals included.

Day 9-- Mar 2, 2021

Say goodbye to the Mackenzie country as we head south along the celebrated scenic drive through the Lindis Pass to Queenstown. During the drive we will stop for a 45-minute easy walk along the edge of stunning Lake Pukaki. We stop for a delicious lunch near Arrowtown at Akarua winery. This afternoon you will experience an exhilarating jet-boat ride through the canyons of the Shotover River before checking into our four-star hotel in Queenstown. Enjoy a late afternoon walk along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to take in the views onto "The Remarkables," the aptly named mountain range that lines the eastern shore of the lake. Queenstown has been blessed with splendid natural beauty but it also features some of the best restaurants in New Zealand. Tonight is a free-night so you can dine where you please. There is much to choose from, including Michelin-starred chef Josh Emmet's "Rata" restaurant. Drive time: 3.5 – 4 hours. Overnight in Queenstown at four-star hotel. Hotel, breakfast, and lunch included. Dinner not included.

Day 10 -- Mar 3, 2021

Today is chock-o-block with stunning scenery. This morning we take a high-wing propeller aircraft flight from Queenstown over the magnificent mountains, waterfalls, lakes, and fiords of Fiordland National Park. We land at the head of Milford Sound to board a launch to cruise the full length of the fjord to the base of Mitre peak, whose 1,683 m (5,551 ft) spire rises straight from the sea. Return to Queenstown by scenic flight over the world-famous Milford Track and Sutherland Falls. The excursion lasts 4 hours so we’ll be back in Queenstown in time for lunch followed by some free time, so you can choose to chill out by the lake, enjoy a spa treatment, or try a parachute jump, or a bungee jump, or white-water rafting! Your Customwalks guide will happily accompany you on a serene walk that skirts the turquoise waters of Lake Wakatipu and features the craggy peaks of the Remarkables range. Queenstown is not only famous for its scenery and adventure sports, but also for the excellent wines that come from the “Central Otago” wine-growing region. Before dinner you can visit an ingenious wine bar where you can sample some of the highest-rated Pinots on the planet. Tonight is another “free night” dinner in Queenstown. 2nd Overnight Queenstown in four-star hotel. Hotel, breakfast and lunch included. Dinner not included.

Day 11 -- Mar 4, 2021

We have an early departure from Queenstown to access the start of the Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand's GREAT WALKS.  The track passes through two national parks, Fiordland and Mount Aspiring, and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage area. You will be walking amongst mountainous peaks, sheer rock faces, alpine basins, pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls, luxuriant forest, and aquamarine rivers. The track is equipped with several huts and shelters but you will be staying both nights in luxury lodges where you can enjoy a hot shower, clean towels, crisp linen and a three-course meal, not to mention a cold beer at the end of the day. We will be joining other like-minded hikers on this route, and you will have an additional four guides to look after you on the trail. Today's hike starts with a climb up a wide path to Key Summit for a huge vista. Here you can sit among the alpine flora and gaze down upon three valleys from which water flows to three different coasts. You then descend to the Lake Howden hut for a hot drink and picnic lunch before gradually climbing through a lush silver beech forest to the base of Earland Falls. You will look over the Hollyford Valley to the ice-capped Darran Mountains before descending to the lodge at Lake Mackenzie. Morning bus transfer: 3 hours.  Walking Distance 15 km (9 mi). Overnight Lake Mackenzie. Hotel and all meals included.

Day 12 -- Mar 5, 2021

Wake up this morning to a chorus of native birds then enjoy a hearty breakfast before seting out for one of the most scenic alpine walks in the world. You leave the ancient forest draped in moss and lichen and enter the world of daisies, buttercups, gentians and edelweiss as you gain altitude. At the top of the pass, revel in a full vista of the Darran Mountains across the Hollyford Valley, which slices through Fiordland to the distant Tasman Sea at Martin's Bay. On a clear day you can see the white froth from the rollers breaking on the coast. Lunch is at Harris Saddle hut, where flush toilets are available (this is sophisticated hiking!) in addition to the awesome panorama. A gradual descent takes you into the upper basins of the Routeburn Valley with towering mountains above you. We sleep tonight at the beautifully located Routeburn Falls Lodge. Chances are you will get a visit from a Kia, the world's only Alpine Parrot, and surely the cheekiest too. Walking Distance: 15 km (9 mi). Overnight Routeburn Falls. Hotel and all meals included.

Day 13 -- Mar 6, 2021

A leisurely and easy hike this morning leads us along the banks of an emerald green stream. The track continues to shadow the river as it roars through a magnificent gorge before plunging beneath the unyielding rocks at the Sump. From here it is a gentle walk through the beech forest to the Road End at Routeburn flats where the bus takes us to Glenorchy pub for a welcome drink before the 45-minute drive to Queenstown. We get back to Queenstown around mid-afternoon so you have time to relax and pack, or explore more of  Queenstown village before dinner at Eckhardt’s Grill, one of Queenstown’s premier restaurants. Walking Distance: 10 km (6 mi). Overnight, and all meals included.

Day 14 -- Mar 7, 2021

The tour has ended. Sorry! Many people choose to pick up a rental car in Queenstown to continue their explorations of the South Island, others spend an extra night in Queenstown, while others fly out today. There are regular flights from Queenstown to Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, and Melbourne. Your guide will help you make arrangements to get to the airport

The Routeburn Track

On the last three days we walk the Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks,” and as such the government has invested in upgrading the trail to make it safe and well maintained. This allows people without mountaineering and bush skills to experience the beauty of this high alpine area. The government maintains four huts along the route for backpackers, and has also given concessions for two luxury lodges to be built along the track. This means you don’t have to carry food and bedding for three days of hiking. It also means you get a comfortable bed, clean linen and towels, a hot shower, and a three-course meal at the end of the day, even in this remote alpine setting.

Please note that there are rooms with en suite WC and shower available, which are the rooms that we book, but if you want to save a little money you can stay in a four-person room with shower and WC facilities around the corner. The en suite rooms sell out quickly, and are allotted on a "first come, first served" basis.

You have to carry with you your clothes for three days of hiking, and a picnic lunch which is provided each morning. Your daypack will thus be slightly heavier than what you are used to since you’ll have to carry a change of clothes and some flip flops or light shoes for post-hike relaxing and evening wear. The evening scene is very, very casual. During the Routeburn portion of the tour we will be joining other like-minded hikers on this route, and we will have an additional four guides to look after us on the trail.

 

Single Supplement: This is a bit complex. Read carefully! 
Single supplement: $750 USD
The single supplement is for single occupancy in Furneaux Lodge (2 nights), Christchurch (2 nights), Tekapo (2 nights), and Queenstown (3 nights). If there are rooms available for single occupancy during the two nights during the Kaikoura farm track, you may also get single occupancy there, but you may have to share a twin room since there are only 5 rooms available in total.

The Routeburn Track segment: Single rooms are very rarely available during the two nights on the Routeburn track. You can request a single room with private ensuite WC and shower, and if they are available a further $630 USD is required for those two nights. If a twin share is not available during the Routeburn section of the tour (if there isn't another single on the trip, for example) and we are unable to provide a twin room with ensuite WC and shower, you will share a quadruple room with WC and shower facilities down the corridor. If you are in a quadruple room you will receive a $250 USD discount on the single supplement.
To recap:
a) Base single supplement is $750 USD, single occupancy for 9 nights but with a twin share during the Routeburn Track (2 nights), and maybe a twin share during the Kaikoura Track (2 nights)
b) Base single supplement $750 USD + Routeburn Track single occupancy room with ensuite WC and shower $630 USD = Total supplement $1,280, and you may have to share during the Kaikoura Track (2 nights)
c) Base single supplement $750 USD minus discount of $250 USD if you opt for -- or are required to -- share a quadruple room during the Routeburn Track Segment = $400 USD single supplement including the discount for sharing a quadruple room on the Routeburn Track.

Activity Level 3 = Moderate:
In general: This is a Moderate tour for fit hikers, and will be a little challenging but do-able for less fit hikers.
Terrain: Rolling to hilly terrain with frequent climbs and descents, often over rocky terrain. May have some short, relatively steep climbs and descents. 
Actual walking time: between 2 - 5 hours per day, mostly in the morning but also in the afternoon.
Distances: Usually between 8 - 12 km (5 - 7 mi). Max distance is 14 km (8 mi).
Surfaces: Trails consist mainly of compact earth and/or gravel and sometimes gravel roads, with occasional rocky and uneven trails
Footing: Good, but on occasion you have to pay attention to where and how you place your feet. Proper hiking shoes with thick soles with good treads are required. Sport sandals, running shoes and tennis shoes are not adequate.
Specifics: We designed this trip to explore the best of the South Island. As a result, we have to spend more time than we usually like transfering by van. On some days we walk for a half-day and then have an afternoon transfer (the longest one is 3.5 hours). The first day has the longest hike (18 kms/11.5 miles) along good, wide trails on rolling coastal terrain, so it's not too demanding. The paths on the Routeburn track are good, but we'll be in the mountains so you should expect sustained climbs and descents, but never too difficult. Please see the supplemental information below about the Routeburn Track.
Hiking Poles: Recommended but not required, but if you habitually use hiking poles then you will find them helpful
Compared to the Cinque Terre: These tours are easier than the hikes in the Cinque Terre
Other: This tour is appropriate for fit, first-time “hikers” who enjoy walking and who have good balance
Moderate Tours: Tuscany Chianti, Dordogne Walk, Sicily Walk, Spain Andalusia, Lake Como Hike, and Corsica Hike

Getting There: the trip starts on February 15 (2021) with your independent arrival at our pre-booked hotel in Blenheim, which is well connected by air with Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington. See this website for handy information on getting to New Zealand, with links to all airports and airlines.

Air: You can fly directly into the Woodbourne Airport, which is only 8 km from Blenheim. Air New Zealand has up to four flights a day from Auckland, eight flights from Wellington and three flights daily from Christchurch. See all flight schedules and shuttle booking at the airport’s website.

Getting Away at the End of the Trip: the trip ends after breakfast on Sunday February 28, 2021 in Queenstown. There are international flights between Queenstown and four Australian cities (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast), operated by Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia. Domestic flights are operated by Air New Zealand and Jetstar, linking Queenstown with Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. There are several flights a day to all of these destinations, so consult the airport’s website or your favorite airline for current schedules.

If you book a trip with us you will receive detailed information about how to get to the start of your trip, or e-mail us with any specific travel questions.

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Average ratings
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Guides
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Quality of itinerary
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Food quality & variety
4.0
Value for money
4.5
Right amount of activity
4.8
Overall satisfaction

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by Leo S.
Posted May 21, 2020

What an incredible trip! The scenery was spectacular but the knowledgeable guides and the chance to share meals with locals made the experience that much more meaningful. The variety of hikes was impressive - I particularly enjoyed the alpine terrain around Mt Aspiring, although I won't easily forget walking along the stunning Kaikoura coast and exploring the fern forests in the Sounds via the Queen Charlotte track. Hat tip to the leaders for navigating and smoothly resolving unforeseen logistical challenges (two weather events and a vehicle malfunction). Five stars!

4.8
by Chandra S.
Posted Apr 18, 2020

This hiking tour was incredible! No crowds, excellent walks, wonderful food, well planned, beautiful scenery, excellent local guides, wonderful people, quaint accommodations, good wine, beautiful skies. I would go again in a heart beat!

4.8
by Cathy S.
Posted Mar 27, 2020

What an introduction to the South Island of New Zealand. Each part of the trip was unique and beautiful. We had a few schedule changes, but the changes were all wonderful.This trip had it all: tropical forests with unique tree ferns, fine dining, the alps, rustic lodges on sheep stations with locally grown lamb for dinner. We hiked in some of the most remote areas of the South Island. We also got to visit Christchurch and see the recovery since the 2011 earthquake.I can't say enough good things about our guides and dinner hosts. This was my second Customwalks hike and I can't wait for the next one!

5
by Ali B
Posted Jun 03, 2019

I really enjoyed the local content that was part of the itinerary. This included day walks on isolated beaches with abundant wild life, including seals, and paths up into the high country on sheep stations, ending up back at the Shearers’ Quarters, where accommodation was adequate . On these days, dinner and breakfast were supplied by the landowner who joined us for meals, a glass of wine and contributed local knowledge.The Milford flight to and from Queenstown was definitely a highlight, and we ‘lucked out’ with the weather, which can be very unpredictable. The 3 days and 2 nights on the Routeburne Track were fabulous days, with stunning scenery, and an average degree of difficulty. The optional hikes were challenging! This experience highlighted how committed the NZ Government is to eradicating invasive species and protecting their parks. Restaurant choices were excellent, and the wines wonderful. Packed lunches were more than adequate. It was an excellent idea to take along a cooler, Esky, chilly bin. Accommodation overall was good. The van was comfortable and roomy, and no drives were more than 4 hours, with coffee and lunch stops in nifty little cafes along the way. All the guides were excellent company, well organized and able to rapidly adapt to a change in plans or weather. I would do it again in a heartbeat, and my heartbeat has been around for a few years.

4.6
by Gerry W
Posted Jun 03, 2019

This NZ walking tour was incredibly well planned to really see and appreciate a lot of NZ in just 12 days. I especially liked meeting the people who owned and operated the sheep stations that we stayed overnight and had dinner with, this was a very unique opportunity to learn more about NZ first hand from natives and gain access to some beautiful beaches to walk along. Our guides Bill and Brett were exceptional having extensive first hand knowledge of the places visited and their great company and sense of humor was key to spending so much time together. This is my third Customwalks walking tour and will not be my last, I like their style and plan to walk through my retirement with Customwalks! With regards to the NZ walk I really loved that we got to see the Milford Sound area by both air and sea, which was great as the tour only allowed for hiking the Routeburn Track in that region; so beautiful! I would definitely recommend this tour and others.

3.5
by lrjames
Posted Apr 28, 2018

Wonderful trip in a lovely country! Especially enjoyed the visits with the sheep farmers and the incredible scenery everywhere. The Routeburn Trek was an experience not to be missed and so glad we did it. The hikes were very challenging though and as one of the oldest on the trip was glad to know my younger traveling mates were also challenged. We were blessed with good weather for the most part and company was fabulous as well as the guides. Much to remember and relish!

4.5
by DDoka
Posted Apr 10, 2018

Beautiful Country. Especially like the Routeburn trek and visits to the home farms.

3.8
by C Groome
Posted Apr 05, 2018
4.8
by E. Farr
Posted Mar 22, 2017

My first time in New Zealand--great introduction to a beautiful place. The trip included varied landscapes and hiking experiences including the Queen Charlotte Track, Kaikoura Coast Track, and the Routeburn Track and well as walks in farmland and areas where the native vegetation is being restored. Accommodations, food and logistics were excellent. A good hiking experience.

4.5
by df
Posted Mar 21, 2017

This trip provided a great overview of the South Island of New Zealand from the north to the south. The lush sub tropical rain forest of the Queen Charolette Track, the mountainous Roteburn Track, the Kaikoura Coast Track and the Grampians Sheep farm were all marvelous examples of the varied habitats in New Zealand. The hikes were moderate and within the abilities of those that enjoy hiking. Food was excellent, guides were knowledgeable and personable providing insight into the New Zealand way.



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What an incredible trip! The scenery was spectacular but the knowledgeable guides and the chance to share meals with locals made the experience that much more meaningful. The variety of hikes was impressive - I particularly enjoyed the alpine terrain around Mt Aspiring, although I won't easily forget walking along the stunning Kaikoura coast and exploring the fern forests in the Sounds via the Queen Charlotte track. Hat tip to the leaders for navigating and smoothly resolving unforeseen logistical challenges (two weather events and a vehicle malfunction). Five stars!
by Leo S.


This hiking tour was incredible! No crowds, excellent walks, wonderful food, well planned, beautiful scenery, excellent local guides, wonderful people, quaint accommodations, good wine, beautiful skies. I would go again in a heart beat!
by Chandra S.


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