Hiking New Zealand
Hiking New Zealand
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From the moment you contact the team here at Hiking New Zealand you will feel reassured that we have the depth of knowledge and experience that make us New Zealand's most comprehensive outdoor adventure specialist.We are here to ensure you choose a wilderness holiday that is exactly what you want - whether its challenge, rest, discovery or simply getting away from mobile networks (and the boss)! We are here to help you choose the best wilderness holiday for you. And that's no small task. Your time is precious and the choices seem endless.We are a small and passionate team who get real enjoyment out of matching you to the best possible holiday whether its travelling in New Zealand, Australia, Antarctica or as far away as Mongolia. We have a real passion for active travel, wild places and their conservation that we would love to share with you. As avid hikers, mountain bikers, canoeists and "give everything a go" people we are able to use our own personal knowledge and experience to provide guidance on which adventures will ensure your travel expectations are exceeded.
Rangiora, New Zealand

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Andreas F
Stuttgart, Germany4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
When I booked this trip, I expected to have a guided experience of some great places in NZ and a fun time with a nice group.
While this was true, this trip exceeded all the expectations I had. We had an amazing diverse group and our guide Malcolm was absolutely amazing. You could always feel his passion and knowledge of the outdoors.

This is not a trip where you get served everything on a silver plate. You will need to work with everybody, cook, clean, maybe set up a tent. But you'll have an amazing time doing it while bonding with the people you're with. Hiking NZ will provide the expertise and itinary for you to see some of New Zealand's most beautiful places. Accomodations are a mix of Camping, Huts and Hostels. Hiking NZ is possible offering an experience here that you won't find anywhere else. There is no question that I'd do it again.

The only negative thing is that you might become friends and saying goodbye will be hard ;).
Written 13 April 2024
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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us here at Hiking New Zealand! We're thrilled to hear that your trip exceeded all expectations and left you with unforgettable memories. Malcolm and all of the team, take immense pride in curating experiences that blend excitement, learning, and camaraderie. We appreciate your feedback and are delighted to have provided you with an experience you won't find anywhere else. Happy hiking! Anne Murphy
Written 8 May 2024
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Simon B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
53yo father & 20yo daughter had a fantastic time on this trip. Our tour guide, Malcom,
was great at preparing us for what lay ahead, had a great knowledge of all things NZ as well as a great ability to interact, converse and encourage all members of our diverse group. His energy levels throughout were top notch.
From bathing in thermal pools, to tramping through stunning rainforest to an alpine crossing the highlights were quite stunning.
I wouldn't describe the hiking as easy - but nothing technical, meaning that as long as you had a reasonable level of fitness you would make it to the end.
We had a great group of people. Everyone chipped in for the carrying and preparation of meals and snacks. Accommodation was basic but a good mixture of trail camping, huts and hostel which provided a perfect break between the walks.
I would highly encourage anyone who wants to have the security of a first class tour guide to see these amazing sights to join Hiking NZ on one of their tours.
Written 12 April 2024
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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us here at Hiking New Zealand! We're thrilled to hear that your trip exceeded all expectations and left you with unforgettable memories. Malcolm and all of the team, take immense pride in curating experiences that blend excitement, learning, and camaraderie. We appreciate your feedback and are delighted to have provided you with an experience you won't find anywhere else. Happy hiking! Anne Murphy
Written 8 May 2024
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Vern H
Incline Village, NV39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
I made this trip with our hiking group from Lake Tahoe (USA). Hiking Zealand created a well designed and thorough plan for sampling hikes on both the north and south island over a 17 day period. Logistics were flawless and hotel / meals were more than satisfactory. The guides were knowledgeable and able to adapt our plans to changing weather conditions. Wonderful hosts and excellent hiking guides.
Written 9 April 2024
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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us here at Hiking New Zealand! We're thrilled to hear that your trip exceeded all expectations and left you with unforgettable memories. Malcolm and all of the team, take immense pride in curating experiences that blend excitement, learning, and camaraderie. We appreciate your feedback and are delighted to have provided you with an experience you won't find anywhere else. Happy hiking! Anne Murphy
Written 8 May 2024
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Kiersten M
Gig Harbor2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Wow what a trip! We did the 5 day Northern Portion and 3 day Abel Tasman trips. This is by far the most fun, interesting and beautiful trip my husband and I have taken in a long time! As a person that typically says no to a group tour situation I can tell you that we had such a great time with these guys and our group that we are already planning our trip back to do The Milford Trek next year. Our guides Mo and Vince were organized, fun and made transporting 7 people through the North Island on many hikes and scenic spots seem effortless. Mo's encyclopedic knowledge of New Zealand's history and land made the van rides from spot to spot fly by. By the end of the second day we felt like we were on a road trip with close friends. I especially appreciated all of the "off the beaten path" hikes we did that only a local would know about. Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing was by far the highlight of the trip. It's really too hard to describe just how beautiful and at the same time desolate and Mars like the landscape is. Just sign up and do it. Make sure you wear good hiking boots, and say yes to the poles if you have knees that get sore. 19.4km is a lot but sooooooooo worth it! Truly a wonderful journey and I can't wait for the next trip with them:)
Written 27 March 2024
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We're thrilled to hear that your Northern Portion and Abel Tasman trips were such a hit and that you're already planning your next adventure with us. We understand the hesitation some may have about group tours, so it means the world to us that we could provide an experience that surpassed your expectations. Mo and Vince are indeed incredible guides, and we're delighted that their passion for New Zealand's history and landscapes shone. Thanks again for taking the time to write a review as they are so valuable for possible future hikers to read. Happy hiking! Anne Murphy
Written 8 May 2024
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lonestarnw
Seattle, WA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I planned a last minute trip to New Zealand and called Hiking NZ. They were professional and detail oriented from start to finish! We booked the 5 day Northern Portion followed by the 3 day Abel Tasman. Our guides Mo and Vince made the trip memorable. They have so much knowledge about their country and their environment and they are passionate about sharing it with their guests. This was our first experience with a small group tour. We had so much fun and made new friends for life. Highly Recommended!!!!
Written 27 March 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us! We're thrilled that your experience exceeded your expectations. Mo and Vince are indeed treasures, and we're delighted that their knowledge and passion for their homeland left such a lasting impression on you. We pride ourselves on being professional and detail-oriented, especially when it comes to crafting seamless experiences for our guests. Thank you for your glowing recommendation! Kind regards, Anne Murphy
Written 8 May 2024
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JamesCK C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Excellent experience very knowledgeable guides and we saw a diverse set of landscapes from forests to waterfalls to volcanoes in a short amount of time. Experiencing Maori culture was a great bonus as well.
Written 19 March 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're thrilled to hear that you had an excellent experience exploring New Zealand with us. Our team takes great pride in showcasing the diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage of our beautiful country. It's fantastic to know that you enjoyed the variety of landscapes, from lush forests to majestic waterfalls and awe-inspiring volcanoes. Kind regards, Anne Murphy
Written 8 May 2024
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Bill C
San Jose, CA209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
New Zealand is a beautiful country with many spectacular sights and wonderful people; you'll really need to spend time on both of the big islands to get a feel for what the country offers. This 24-day trip with Hiking New Zealand is a fantastic way to experience it. We had 5 great Kiwi guides along the way. They led hikes, picked the amazing itinerary (not only hiking, but also kayaking and biking), cooked meals, drove the van, and engaged us in a lot of great conversations about the native flora and fauna. This was a trip of a lifetime and I wanted to thank Hiking New Zealand for their expertise and friendship.
Written 13 March 2024
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Thank you for your glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that your Ultimate New Zealand adventure with us provided a comprehensive and unforgettable experience of beautiful New Zealand. Our team takes great pride in crafting diverse itineraries that showcase the best of our country, from hiking to kayaking and biking. We're delighted that our knowledgeable guides were able to enrich your journey with their expertise and engaging conversations about our native flora and fauna. Here's to many more memorable hiking experiences in the future! Kind regards, Anne Murphy
Written 8 May 2024
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Ronald S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Fantastic adventure. The guides were amazing. They were extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of New Zealand, geology, geography, hiking tips, history, food, plants, animals, and more. And the friendliest most engaging people to boot. And every detail of the trip from every lodging to a comfortable van to every meal was beautifully planned and timed ideally. And perfect itinerary for introduction to hiking the top spots in the South Island. Can’t wait for more.
Written 8 March 2024
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Thank you so much for your fantastic review! It is rewarding to read that your adventure with us was filled with knowledge, engagement, and seamless planning. Our guides take immense pride in sharing their expertise and passion for New Zealand with our guests, and we're delighted that you found their insights enriching. Creating unforgettable experiences is what we're all about, and we're thrilled that every detail of your journey was meticulously planned and executed. Kind regards, Anne Murphy
Written 8 May 2024
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carolyn t
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We did the 5-day tour of the north island and it was the best tour we’ve taken in the 25 years we’ve been traveling. Our guide, Mo, was organized, extremely knowledgeable, patient, and a joy to be around! He genuinely wanted us to have a remarkable experience. We saw gorgeous scenery, and Mo provided background information and cultural insights. My only regret is that we didn’t sign up for the full tour of both islands!
Written 21 February 2024
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Wow, thank you for such an amazing review! We're thrilled to hear that your Ultimate North Island with Mo was the highlight of your 25 years of travel. We'd love to have you join us for the Ultimate South Island in the future! Until then, happy travels, and warm regards from all of us here at Hiking New Zealand. Anne Murphy
Written 8 May 2024
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Jack H
Waikoloa, HI14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous experience on 15 day hiking tour. Our North Island tour guide Malcom and our South Island guide Andy were both knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and were responsible for making this tour outstanding.

The food was excellent, the tracks chosen were all scenic especially Tongariro Alpine Crossing in the north and the Sealy Tarns hike in Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

My wife and I had never done a hiking tour before but this was so well supported we felt like pros. The small group, the lodging, the meals and the New Zealand hiking people made it great.
Written 19 February 2024
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience on the New Zealand Uncut. Malcolm and Andy are indeed exceptional guides, and we're delighted that their knowledge, friendliness, and support made your tour outstanding. It's fantastic to hear that you enjoyed the excellent food and breathtaking tracks. We're thrilled to hear that, despite being new to hiking tours, you felt like pros with our support. Creating memorable experiences for our guests is what we're all about, and we're grateful for your kind words. Cheers, Anne Murphy
Written 8 May 2024
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