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Best of Hiking New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand

Trip Highlights

  • Stunning Diversity
  • Iconic Hikes
  • 3 National Parks
  • Waterfalls
  • Famous Drives
  • Amazing Hot Springs
  • Exquisite Regional Cuisine
  • Wonderful Accommodations


Our New Zealand Trekking Adventure is the best way to experience the best of New Zealand’s outdoors as well as some of the most famous national parks this amazing island nation has to offer. Together we’ll explore the rain forests and coastlines of the magnificent West Coast. We’ll see up close the wonders of glacial lakes, geothermal mineral waters, and some of New Zealand’s Great Walks.

Each night we’ll stay in a wonderful array of hand-picked accommodations in stunning, iconic settings. With a knowledgeable local guide, you’ll have an insider’s experience of the South Island. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to experience the best of New Zealand!


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$810 Single Supplement  

$810 Single Supplement

The single supplement on this trip provides for single rooms at our hotel stays on all nights. The mountain hut accommodations on nights 6-7 do not allow for single rooms as this accommodation is dormitory style.

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Hiking Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-10 Guests
Trip Length: 10 Days
Distance: 53MI / 85KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip has long days of hiking with significant elevation changes (3,000+ ft is not unusual), but we’re carrying light day packs on good trails with very comfortable night-time accommodations. Expect an average of 6 or 7 hours, with a max of as much as 9 hours, of hiking in a day.

Hiking Distances:

Up to 8 miles

Backpack Weight:

2 days at 17-22, otherwise 10-15 lbs


Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 4055 feet

Heights Exposure:


Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.


  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 10-20 lb backpack for 7-9 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on steep, variable and uneven terrain
  • River and creek crossings
  • Hiking with occasional extreme heights exposure
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this New Zealand hike a solitude 2. You can expect several hours of solitude at a time.

Minimum of 4 Guests

We require a minimum of 4 guests to confirm this trip. If a trip date is not confirmed yet, you can register and will be notified when the trip is officially confirmed. We recommend not making final travel arrangements until your trip meets the minimum number of guests and is confirmed.

In most cases, if a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 45 days before the departure date.

Private Trips

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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 4-5 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 6-10 People: Rate x 1.15
  • 11-12 People: Rate x 1

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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Day 1

  • Hiking Mileage:  1-2 miles (1.6 – 3.2 km)

On this New Zealand hiking adventure, your guide will pick you up at Christchurch International Airport. After getting settled into our first nights’ accommodation, we’ll meet together as a group for our orientation meeting. We’ll then head out to the famous Christchurch Botanical Gardens for a short walk to shake out the legs after a long flight and to get acquainted with the local flora and unique ecology of the island. From there, we’ll enjoy our first of many delicious meals together. Though you won’t experience much jet lag as there is likely not much of a time difference depending on where you are flying from, you have traveled many hours crossing the international date line. We’ll call it an early night so we are ready to enjoy our second incredible hike tomorrow morning.

Day 2

  • Hiking Mileage: 8 miles (13 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2608 feet (795 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2608 feet (795 m)
  • Drive: 3 hours

After a good night’s sleep and a breakfast to fuel your day, we’ll load the van and begin our journey through the stunning Southern Alps. The Southern Alps are the fastest growing mountain range in the world (rising about 1 cm per year!) and the hallmark of the South Island landscape. Our first hike is along the Bealey Spur Track within this range. This out-and-back trail located within Arthur’s Pass National Park is a gentle climb, through mountain-beech forest with commanding views of the surrounding valley. Your guide will prepare a delicious lunch at the historic Bealey Spur Hut before we descend back to the van. Our second hike takes us to the Devil’s Punchbowl located in Arthur’s Pass. We’ll continue on to Devil’s Punchbowl for a short walk through a lush beech forest to view this incredible 430 ft waterfall.

Our itinerary takes us into Hokitika, on the west coast of the South Island. This area is well known for its heritage of gold mining history, shipwrecks, and pounamu stone hunting. One can find many, unique New Zealand treasures here in Hokitika. Before dinner you’ll have time to explore town and get a taste of more to come in this New Zealand adventure.

Day 3

  • Hiking Mileage: 8 miles (13 km)
  • Elevation Gain:  846 feet (258 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 846 feet (258 m)

The focus of today’s hike is the splendid Lake Kaniere. After breakfast the trail will take us along the photogenic bays of the lake. The route will afford us plenty of options for swimming holes. Eventually we’ll come upon a loop through the Hokitika gorge. While on the hike we’ll see plenty of examples of Rimu and Podocarp forests. Our afternoon drive will take the scenic route down The Great Coast Road to Punakaiki. Here we’ll enter the Paparoa National Park where our beach front lodgings will be waiting for us replete with self-contained cottages, hotel rooms, and an in-house restaurant.

Day 4

  • Hiking Mileage: 8 miles (13 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 380 feet (116 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 669 feet (204 m)

Today will be a day of exploring Punakaiki’s offerings consisting of Pororari River Loop, Pancake Rocks, and the Truman track. The Pororari River loop takes you past limestone cliffs and through iconic, sub-tropical forests. Pancake rocks are limestone formations made up of unique shaped rocks. We’ll also catch a glimpse of blowholes and surge pools. The Truman track is a shorter walk through pristine subtropical forest that will bring us to a magnificent coastline with cliffs, caverns, a waterfall, and blowholes.

If weather cooperates, a bonfire awaits our tired muscles as we watch the sunset over the Tasman Sea.  As the dusk gathers, we’ll head back to our cozy accommodations for the evening.

Day 5

  • Hiking Mileage: 7.4 miles (12 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1555 feet (474m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1365 feet (416 m)

Today we head north to hike up the Fox River Gorge. Here we’ll encounter west coast rain forest, stunning limestone gorges, and spacious caves. On this hike we’ll have lunch beneath the Ballroom overhang, which is one of the South Island’s crown jewels. After lunch our hike continues as it follows the river out of a limestone canyon to the coast. During this hike we’ll have ample opportunity to practice our river crossing skills with aid from our fantastic guides. Upon arriving at the mouth of the Potikohua and Fox rivers we’ll head inland toward the small alpine village of St. Arnaud, tucked away in the heart of the Southern Alps.

Day 6

  • Hiking Mileage: 6.2 miles (10 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 4055 feet (1236 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 410 feet (125 m)

Today is the start of our two-night hut section on the Angelus Circuit! The morning starts with a short boat ride across Lake Rotoiti to our trailhead and has us climbing steadily up from the Travers River, beech forests, and the Hukere Stream. Tonight, we’ll be staying next to a stunning alpine lake at the Angelus Hut. This alpine lake is rumored to be the prize of this New Zealand adventure and is a local favorite. Angelus Hut provides a more communal experience with 2 large rooms, each with 14 bunk beds, and a shared pit toilet.

Day 7

  • Hiking Mileage: 3 miles (5 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1906 feet (581 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1906 feet (581 m)

Today we’ll awaken to the sunrise, coffee in hand, and our objective for the morning in sight above us. With day packs we’ll begin the hike to the summit of Mt. Angelus. The summit block will afford us sweeping views over the surrounding Nelson Lakes National Park. For those looking to take a morning off from hiking, this is an ideal time to enjoy the glorious alpine lake and Angelus Hut.

Day 8

  • Hiking Mileage: 6.8 miles (11 km)
  • Robert Ridge Elevation Gain: 945 feet (288 m)
  • Robert Ridge Elevation Loss: 4829 feet (1472 m)
  • Speargrass Track Elevation Gain: 735 feet (224 m)
  • Speargrass Track Elevation Loss: feet 3235 (986 m)

This morning presents us with two hiking options. Depending on weather, we can choose to take on Robert Ridge which provides dramatic views of Tasman Bay and Kahurangi National Park in the distance. This trail has some exposed sections before we descend below tree line into the native beech forest. Our other option is the equally stunning Speargrass Track that follows the valley along Speargrass Creek. We’ll then catch our shuttle to Lewis Pass, the northernmost pass of the Southern Alps.

Tonight we’ll be staying at a geothermal retreat nestled in the bush called Maruia Springs. Here we’ll be able to soak our muscles before enjoying the local cuisine at this in-house restaurant. This will be an ideal place to treat ourselves for the next two nights.

Maruia Hot Springs Resort offers two different types of rooms: Glamping Pods with shared bathroom or ensuite Lodge Rooms. Please note that we cannot guarantee which room you will be assigned to.

Day 9

  • Hiking Mileage: 3.2 miles (5 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2159 feet (658 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2159 feet (658 m)

This morning we’ll have plenty of time to treat ourselves as Maruia Hot Springs. Hot spring soaks, sauna infusions, and mediation and yoga classes are included in your stay. Once we’ve spent the morning relaxing and taking in the benefits of Maruia Springs, its time to drive to a nearby trailhead. The Lewis Tops Track takes us up through aged beech forest and into open, tussock tops. This hike will afford us plenty of stunning views of the surrounding mountains and nestled, alpine tarns.


Day 10

  • Drive: 2.5 hours

We’ll start our final morning with a soak in the geothermal waters followed by a leisurely and tasty breakfast.  As we make our way back South to Christchurch, we’ll get to reminisce over the incredible time we’ve had on our New Zealand hiking adventure. Your guides will take you either to the airport for flights leaving after 2 pm or to the Mayfair Luxury Hotel if you plan to stay in New Zealand a little longer.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: lodging/campground availability, extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Lodging for the duration of the tour
  • Use of backpack, trekking poles, and sleeping bag
  • All meals from Dinner Day 1 to breakfast on Day 10
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and communication device
  • A Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and dependents to a discount of 10% off any Wildland hiking trip after your first one (must book directly with us to receive the discount)!

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Clothes, rain gear, and footwear (see recommendations) should have ankle support as terrain can be uneven
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills, wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/laundry/spa or sauna)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles
  • Gratuity for guide(s). The industry average for this trip type is 5% of total trip cost. Local currency in New Zealand Dollars is preferred .

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What To Expect

New Zealand “Kwisine” has a wide array of influences and style from land to sea food products with historical influences of British cuisine and Māori culture. You can find fish, lamb, beef, and BBQ. Stewed vegetables and boiled potatoes are common fair as well as fish & chips, meat pies, pavlova, and custard squares.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you’re interested in.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Use of a day pack, sleeping bag for the nights in the hut, and trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency Communication Device(s)

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide at the Christchurch Airport on the first day of the trip. Please plan for your flight to arrive by 1 pm on Day 1. For those who wish to arrive a day early, we recommend staying at the Mayfair Luxury Hotel as that is where you’ll be staying on Day 1. Our New Zealand communications team will be in contact via email approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate and confirm your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.

Travel To/From Christchurch, New Zealand


For this New Zealand Trekking adventure you will need to fly in and out of Christchurch, New Zealand. Flights should arrive by 1 pm on Day 1. Your guide will pick you up at the airport on Day 1. If you’d prefer to get in a day early, we recommend Mayfair Luxury Hotel for convenience. This hotel is central, right in the heart of Christchurch.

On the last day of the trip, guests are together for breakfast and will be dropped off at either the international airport or the Mayfair Luxury Hotel for anyone planning on staying later. Departing flights should be planned no earlier than 2 pm to utilize our provided airport transportation this day. Any airport transportation needs outside of this will be at the guest’s expense.

Flights to and from the Christchurch airport are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into New Zealand from many U.S. and European international airports. Some of the primary U.S. departure cities include Atlanta, Denver, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Dallas and Minneapolis.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

In the interest of your safety, it’s important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

Essential Eligibility Criteria (“EEC”) have been specifically identified to help you understand the skills and abilities necessary to participate on each Wildland trip, and they apply uniformly to all potential trip participants, irrespective of the presence or absence of any disability.

Once you identify a trip in which you may be interested, please carefully review the EEC and itinerary details. If after reviewing the EEC that apply to your desired trip, you determine you need an accommodation in order to meet the EEC, please contact us prior to registering to discuss your requested accommodation.

The EEC exist for your own safety and the safety and enjoyment of all participants. If you are unable to meet the EEC for the trip, with or without an accommodation, you are not eligible for that trip. If you register and arrive for a trip for which you do not meet the EEC, you will be disqualified from participation on the trip and will be dismissed or evacuated from the trip without a refund.


Our approach to international travel is to combine the best of two worlds: the dialed-in details, professionalism and consistency Wildland trips are known for; and the cultural immersion and intimate regional knowledge that only locals can provide. To excel with this approach, we vet and hire the best local guides, welcome them into the Wildland family and train them to meet our standard of excellence with every aspect of a trip. But along with managing logistics and safety, your guides will teach you about the area’s history and culture, and provide a level of familiarity and intimate detail only locals can.

Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)

Trip Insurance

For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: [email protected]
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

Weather In New Zealand

New Zealand’s climate is rich and diverse, varying from warm subtropical in the north to cool temperate climates in the south. The two islands have 12 distinct climate zones. New Zealand also boasts severe alpine conditions in the Alps. Given that the mountains run the length of New Zealand in a North-South orientation, there is great variation in weather depending on what side of the range you are on. The West Coast of the South Island is the wettest area whereas 100km east of the mountains is the driest area.

The coldest month of the year is July (~35°F/1°C average) and the warmest is usually January/February (~73°F/23°C average). Be prepared for a range of weather, temperature, and precipitation.



Mayfair Luxury Hotel


Centrally located on Victoria Street, the Mayfair Luxury Hotel is a boutique hotel with spacious rooms. This modern, exquisitely designed hotel is close to many local attractions leaving the newcomer with plenty to do and see.



Located in central Hokitika on New Zealand’s West Coast, the Beach Front Hotel is a waterfront oasis on the shores of the Tasman sea. You’ll have an array of modern, luxurious accommodations that will be the perfect backdrop for this new adventure.



Scenic Hotel Punakaiki provides views of Punakaiki Beach and the Tasman Sea. Punakaiki comes complete with an executive lounge, scenic views and an in-house restaurant.



A charming retreat in Punakaiki, this retreat was built by a German horticulturalist in the 1980’s and has been growing in size ever since. It offers self-contained cottages, lodges, private rooms, and backpacker lodges. It’s motto “relax-explore-restore” should dovetail nicely into our trekking rhythm on this New Zealand adventure.



Sitting at 2,100 feet above sea level on the shores of Lake Rotoiti, this alpine lodge is in close proximity to many activities and hosts a full bar and in-house restaurant. The lodge is a great setting to relax while becoming acquainted with Nelson Lakes National Park.



Owned by Pip & Kevin, The Bach provides travelers a quaint landing-pad in the beautiful setting of St. Arnaud. Here you’ll get stunning mountain views, connectivity, and access to a private garden.



The Woodsman’s Den is located on a forested 10 acre property with stunning peaks just beyond the treeline. This two bedroom guest house is on its own secluded section of the property offering outdoor hot-tub, lush forested views, alpine views, and birding.

Panoramic shot of a hut on the bank of a shiny lake surrounded by mountains. New Zealand, Nelson Lakes National Park, Angelus Hut


Panoramic shot of a hut on the bank of a shiny lake surrounded by mountains. New Zealand, Nelson Lakes National Park, Angelus Hut

We find the Angelus Hut nestled onto the shores of Rotomaninitua/Lake Angelus at a whopping 5,400 feet elevation. The hut contains 28 bunks over 2 rooms and has great access to the surrounding wilderness and Angelus Peak. With a dining room with spectacular views and a wood fire to boot, you’ll be sure to create some lasting alpine memories here. There is a shared pit toilet here.



Maruia Springs is an award-winning natural hot springs, day spa, and wellness destination offering cozy accommodations with glimpses of the Maruia River and panoramic mountain scenery. This resort also offers complimentary sauna infusions, meditation and yoga classes. You’ll find that this resort is the maraschino cherry on top of your fantastic New Zealand adventure. This hotel offers two different types of rooms – Deluxe Glamping Pods with shared bathrooms or ensuite lodge rooms. We cannot guarantee which room will be available to you.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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