New Zealand hiking vacation
You can't beat NZ for wild and woolly and if you fancy getting a taste of Abel Tasman, Tongariro and Fiordland national parks then walk this way for 3 weeks of pure pleasure.
Auckland Rotorua Taupo Whirinaki Rainforest Tongariro volcanoes Tongariro World Heritage Area Wellington Abel Tasman National Park Murchison Buller River Paparoa National Park Fox Glacier Makarora Siberia Hut Queenstown Fiordland National Park Milford Sound Te Anau Mount Cook National Park Tasman Valley Christchurch Optional activities include guided heli hike in Mount Aspiring National Park as well as white-water-rafting, sea kayaking and glacier walking
US $8799excluding flights
Optional single supplement from £1888 - £2000.
Minimum age 16.
Minimum age 16.
Description of New Zealand hiking vacation
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
Base layer leggings are a must as are a 4-season sleeping bag, 30ltr day pack and 50ltr overnight pack.
Small group. Avg 8. Min age 16.
Moderate/Challenging. 12 days walking between 3-6 hrs per day.
2 nights hotel (en-suite), 7 nights lodges, 5 nights cabins (shared and en-suite) and 5 nights huts/camping (shared facilities).
Accommodation, transport, listed activities and tour leader.
16 brks, 17 lunches, 7 dinners.
Solo walkers welcome. Single room supplements apply.
1 Reviews of New Zealand hiking vacation
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 18 Aug 2014 by Roisin Courtney
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
The scenery, the culture, the tour leader Mayuko was the best leader ever. Very
friendly, helpful, warm, informative she made the vacation.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Travel light there is a lot of moving around between train stations and bus
Food is limiting enough if you don't eat meat/fish.
Be prepared to eat a lot of rice and noodles
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
All of the above yes
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Very good. More traveling on buses and trains than I had anticipated.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
We are committed to putting something back into the New Zealand wilderness and for each client on this trip our local operator contributes $5 per into a Wildlife Research Fund. This fund has contributed to the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust to assist with conservation of Hector's dolphin - one of the rarest marine dolphins in the world, found only in New Zealand waters. These playful dolphins are often seen on our trips and we hope they will still be there in the years to come.
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints and have a strict policy with proper disposal of litter. Our staff are trained with environmental stewardship in mind and protective guidelines are then passed on to our clients through briefings in order to keep our impact neutral.
Water is a really important issue with trekking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should use fresh water springs on the way to re-fill a singular container. These springs are clean and are a wonderful resource for reducing plastic waste, or guests can simply re-fill at their accommodation or from the water tanks in our vehicles.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation & Meals:
The accommodation on this trip is a mixture of hotels, lodges and a majority of cabins- which will help to reduce energy consumption. Many of these housings are part way through or fully completed Qualmark accreditation. Most recently, the YHA Wellington has recieved a gold award for ‘exceeding the highest levels of environmental and social responsibilities’ and representing ‘strong leadership and advocacy.’ There are a mixture of workers here but they are predominantly local to New Zealand and where meals are not provided, we eat locally and spread income to the community.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
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