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Venture Off the Beaten Path in New Zealand

Chai Pyle, Hiking New Zealand
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Chai Pyle, Hiking New Zealand
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  • Discover the underground world of bioluminescent Waitomo Caves, take a swim in Lake Tarawera and explore the Tongariro National Park. The park, which is one of the oldest ones in the world, safekeeps the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a challenging hike along which you’ll find green lakes, glacial valleys, lava flows and more. Excellent ensuite rooms in quality hotels and lodges and an eclectic mix of restaurants will make your evenings just as enjoyable as your days spent outdoors.

    • Meet your guide and your group at the Heritage Hotel in Auckland at 7 am. Drive south and enjoy the passing scenery of lush countryside greenery alongside the Waikato River, the longest one in New Zealand. Arriving at the 30-million-year-old Waitomo Caves, journey down to the depths of the world-famous Ruakari Cave—a magical universe offering a bioluminescent experience like no other place on the planet. Thousands of tiny glowworms glittering like stars in the night sky will dazzle you, as will the crystal tapestries and subterranean waterfalls you’ll find along the way. Surfacing back to sunlight, go on a loop trail through a limestone canyon. Final stop of the day is the volcanically active area of Rotorua, the center of Māori cultural tourism and your accommodation for that day in which you’ll have your evening meal and see a cultural performance.
      Accommodation: Distinction Hotel, Rotorua
      Meals: Lunch and dinner
      Hiking: 2 hours, 0.6-1.2 miles/ 1-2 km

      Glowworms in Waitomo caves.
    • Hike alongside Lake Tarawera, the largest lake surrounding the eponymous volcano. If the canopies of tree ferns aren’t providing you enough shade, dive into the lake at any one of the pumice beaches along the way and cool off while drinking in the views of the vast volcanic area. Rotorua also features geothermal phenomena, which you’ll have the chance to explore in the afternoon—blow off any steam you might have by strolling along bubbling mud pools and lakes. Moving onto the lakeside town of Taupo and the mighty Huka Falls, you’ll hear, feel, and see huge amounts of water erupting from a natural gorge and thundering into the Waikato river. Spend the night in Taupo.
      Accommodation: Beechtree Hotel, Taupo
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
      Hiking: 5 hours, 5 miles/ 8 km

      Geothermal pool in Rotorua
    • Spend your morning exploring the Tongariro, the oldest national park in New Zealand where you’ll hike through mountain beech woodlands around the volcanic peak of Mount Pihanga and stroll around the peaceful Lake Rotopounamu. Take a leisure walk to Taranaki Falls, possibly encounter some of the park’s fauna along the way and go see a waterfall cascading over a 15,000-year-old lava flow. Settle in the hotel at the gateway of Tongariro where you’ll stay for two nights and have a well-deserved meal with your group.
      Accommodation: Hotel at the gateway to Tongariro National Park
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
      Hiking: 2-4 hours, 5 miles/ 8 km

      Lake Rotopounamu in Tongariro NP
    • Regarded as one of the best hiking trails on the planet, trek across the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Expect a challenging full-day hike and steep climbs, and your effort will be awarded with a profusion of natural phenomena: tour the strikingly green Emerald Lakes, the flaming Red Crater, steaming vents, glacial valleys, lava flows, alpine flora, and vivid crater lakes. If you prefer to take it easy, there’s plenty to do at the village—you can tour the Soda Springs walk and Taranaki Falls walk, or you can learn more about the area at the Park Visitor Center. Recuperate with a glass of wine and enjoy your second night in the village.
      Accommodation: Hotel at the gateway to Tongariro National Park
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
      Hiking: 6-8 hours, 14 miles/ 23 km

      Emerald Lakes in Tongariro National Park.
    • Relax and rest while driving through verdant rural landscapes on your way to the capital city of Wellington. Choose what you want to do or see—discover New Zealand’s history at the interactive national museum Te Papa, ride the historic Wellington cable car, get your coffee fix in whichever of the vibrant cafés you choose, or saunter down the promenade. At the end of the day, take a few last photos and say farewell to New Zealand!
      Meals: Breakfast

      Cable car in Wellington.
    • What you get on this adventure:

        • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
        • Five days of hiking and exploration
        • Accommodation for 4 nights in quality hotels and lodges
        • Luxury minibus transportation for the duration of the tour
        • All activities outlined in the itineraries
        • All meals outlined in the itineraries
        • Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland
        • Māori Village Experience
        • First aid kit
        • Drinking water
        • Safety equipment & maps
        • Walking poles — let us know if you’d like them upon booking

      What’s not included:

        • Transportation to Auckland
        • Transportation from the endpoint of the tour
        • Accommodations before and after the tour
        • Meals not outlined in the itineraries
        • Travel insurance
        • Guide gratuities — optional
    • The best thing about the New Zealand guided hiking tour is that there are options for all skill levels. The hiking tour suits all skill and fitness levels, but keep in mind that you’ll be doing around 4-5 hours of physical activity per day. The most you’ll hike is on day 4, when you’ll walk 23 km (14 miles) through the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. However, there is an option for a more restful day where you can choose how you want to spend your day. You’ll also be carrying your daypack (25-40L).

    • New Zealand’s weather is very changeable and cold weather can be experienced any time of the year, especially in the mountains. Lightweight and breathable fabrics while hiking are recommended. Merino or polypropylene underwear is great in cold weather and will keep you warm when it gets wet (unlike cotton). Don’t bring jeans for hiking!

      Hiking gear and personal items you should bring:

        • Hiking boots or shoes
        • Daypack (25-30L)
        • Water bottle (1L)
        • Waterproof raincoat (gore-tex or similar)
        • Warm fleece/wool jersey (not cotton)
        • Thermal underwear (top and bottom, wool or polypropylene)
        • Socks
        • Warm hat or balaclava
        • Long-sleeved shirt (sun protection)
        • Short for hiking (or lightweight hiking trousers)
        • Gloves or mittens (wool or fleece)
        • Spare lightweight shoes or sandals
        • Insect repellent
        • Causal clothing for travel and evenings
        • Dry bag for clothes/valuables

      Recommended items

        • Sunscreen, sunhat, and sunglasses
        • Rain trousers
        • Camera
        • Swimsuit
        • Towel (lightweight travel towels are great)
    • During this 5-day tour, you will spend four nights in cozy hotels and lodges. These are all quality lodgings and all rooms have ensuite bathrooms. Some lodges have units with two bedrooms per unit. Rooms are twin shared or doubles.

      This trip has been created for those who appreciate a high standard of accommodation after a good day of hiking.

    • Almost all meals are included in this tour, but when staying in cities, your guides let you do your own thing and try some of the excellent local restaurants. There are plenty of opportunities to graze the local cafes you would prefer to explore in the morning.

      Guides will usually set out lunch food for you and you simply help yourself. Healthy and wholesome food is provided, and there’s lots of fresh produce. Your guides’ customized trailers have a fold-down table and a cooking area, just perfect for preparing picnics at all those secret places they’ll take you! Included dinners are frequently in lodge restaurants (either set menu or a-la-carte), or in a restaurant in town, but occasionally somewhere out of the ordinary!

    • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this tour, the groups consist of up to 13 people, with a usual 13:1 guest-to-guide ratio.
      • It takes a minimum of 4 participants for the tour to run.
      • If you happen to be a solo traveler, you’re more than welcome to join the group! Travelers will be added until the minimum group size to confirm the trip can be guaranteed.
      • There is a possibility of a single supplement and it costs $320, in case you would like to ensure a room to yourself, and not share it with anybody.

      Hiking in New Zealand can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

      Min. age requirements:

        • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
        • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

      If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    • To start this tour, most people fly into Auckland International Airport. From there, you can take a bus, shuttle or taxi to Auckland city center. You’ll meet your New Zealand hiking guide and the rest of the group in the Heritage Hotel foyer at 7am on Day 1 of your tour.

    • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

      Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. 

      We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in New Zealand, please refer to the official New Zealand travel website.

      If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

    • Tours are scheduled to fit with the seasons and ideal hiking conditions. When the weather does not cooperate, your guide will know the correct course of action to take. Whether that’s shifting to a more favorable location or postponing until conditions approve, your guide will know just what to do. In New Zealand, there are plenty of backup options for rainy days. In the event of predictably bad weather, you will be contacted prior to the trip to discuss suitable alternatives.

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