Join us for a New Zealand hiking holiday on the West Coast packed full of highlights including a hike through beech forest, past limestone sinkholes and across tussock-covered mountain slopes in Kahurangi National Park. Watch the antics of New Zealand fur seal pups at a breeding colony. Hike through lush rainforest in a limestone canyon, wade across crystal clear rivers, and explore glowworm caves in Paparoa National Park. Take a guided walk on the spectacular Fox Glacier and marvel at its crevasses and ice caves. Kayak the tranquil Okarito lagoon and watch native birds feeding in the shallows. Hike through podocarp forest to natural hotpools surrounded by mountain peaks in Westland National Park. Throughout your New Zealand hiking vacation, you should keep watch for dolphins as you stroll along isolated beaches.
This tour offers 11 days of diversity spanning the length of the West Coast, with three multi-day walks ending in the renowned playground of Queenstown.
We take part in hikes daily between two and seven hours. There’s the opportunity to take part in optional activities including Okarito kayaking and a guided walk of Fox Glacier.
Everybody is involved with the preparation and cooking of meals: barbecues, salads, pancakes, curries, pasta, stir-fries, hangi…Vegetarian meals are no problem. When you are on overnight hikes the group will usually eat pasta and rice meals. There is always a lot of hiking food – chocolate, peanuts, raisins, biscuits. The vehicles carry a full range of cooking equipment including gas burners, woks, frying pans and billies. When you go on an overnight hike the group will carry a portable stove.