Walking & Trekking in New Zealand

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The beautiful landscapes and abundant national parks make for perfect walking holidays in New Zealand, whether you are looking to incorporate short day walks or multi-day treks into your tailor-made itinerary.

Walking the Hollyford Track in Queenstown.

Walking the Hollyford Track in Queenstown.

New Zealand offers some of the most enjoyable walking in the world. The Kiwis call it ‘tramping’, and it is possibly the nation’s favourite pastime.

It is perfectly feasible to take yourself off into the wilderness on one of many day walks, but it is the longer multi-day tramps that really get to the heart of the country.

Is walking and trekking suitable for me? 

  • Selected routes offer the option of being accompanied by a local guide; passionate and knowledgeable, they will help unlock the secrets of the unusual flora and fauna you encounter.
  • On such organised treks, accommodation is in simple yet comfortable lodges, often in bunk-style rooms, and hearty meals are provided at the end of every day.
  • In most instances your luggage is transported for you so all you have to carry is drinking water and your camera. Track options cater for all ages and fitness levels, and the only prerequisite is a trusted pair of walking boots.
  • Trails are graded by the Department of Conservation, leaving you free to decide whether to set off solo or join a guided group.

Walking & trekking in New Zealand video

Helen, one of our Audley specialists offers her top tips and views on why New Zealand is an ideal destination for walking and trekking, no matter what your ability (sound required).

Day walks

Discover some of New Zealand's day walks.

Great walks

Read about some of New Zealand's great walks.

Itinerary ideas

Find out how to incorporate walking into an itinerary.


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