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    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

Walking in New Zealand

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Amanda Skingle

 

Picture courtesy of Chris Sisarich

Picture courtesy of Chris Sisarich

 The beautiful and diverse landscapes of New Zealand lend themselves to the idea of putting on the hiking boots and getting out there to explore. From rolling farmland, boiling mud pools and pristine beaches to dramatic mountains, glaciers and lakes there are almost endless possibilities for walkers in New Zealand.

Whether you prefer to take a short walk to a scenic spot or overlook, or whether you enjoy the adventure of a multi-day hike (or tramp as the New Zealander’s call it) there is something for everyone here, and most are easily incorporated into a self-drive tailor-made holiday. Below I have mentioned just some of the possibilities.

On the north island, the Tongariro Crossing is a popular option – this is a full day fairly strenuous walk that involves part of the ‘Tongariro Northern Circuit’ Great Walk, across active volcanoes and with stunning panoramic views. Whilst this can be self-guided, our recommendation is to book a trip that includes a guide – providing the opportunity to learn about the flora and fauna of the region.

On the south island, there are a number of iconic Great Walks to consider. The Routeburn Track is a three day walk that links Mount Aspiring National Park and Fjordland National Park, weaving through meadows and alpine areas with beautiful vistas along the way.

The Milford Track follows an historic route through FjordlandNational Park over four days that can only be walked in one direction. This is quite a challenging track, but rewards walkers with incredible scenery throughout.

The Abel Tasman Coastal Track is quite different to those I mentioned above, with views of idyllic beaches, bays and coves, and with parts of the walk involving walking along the beach. The full walk takes five days, although a three day section can be taken instead.

The Rakiura Track is a three day route on Stewart Island – this is perhaps the most remote of the walks I have mentioned, and with some of the most pristine wilderness to explore. If you’re lucky enough, you may even spot a kiwi in the wild – Stewart Island is one of the only places this is possible.

For more information on these walks, and how they could be incorporated into a tailored holiday in New Zealand, give us a ring on 01323 446550 or email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk.

Picture courtesy of Miles Holden

Picture courtesy of Miles Holden



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