It’s true what they say, ‘The fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy it!” As a general guide, if you have a moderate fitness level, you’ll be well placed to complete any of our guided walks. We’ve arranged our itineraries to include a more challenging walk, usually on Day 2 or Day 3, with easier walks on the remaining days.
We carefully select trails that are of moderate difficulty, with some sections rated as hard. These hard sections don’t last long! The trails range from well-formed paths to tracks broken with tree roots, rocks, mud and small stream crossings. We generally walk anywhere between 3 and 7 hours per day. Our lodge-based walk itineraries can sometimes be altered to provide easier options.
We always let our fast walkers go on ahead and the cheerful ‘plodders’ are welcome to just go at their own pace so you don’t have to feel like you’re holding anyone up. We always have a guide at the back of the group for safety.
For more information on which walk is best for you or further advice on training and preparation, please get in touch with our reservations team or send in an enquiry email.
We offer a mix of either lodge-based walks or hut-based walks. Our two hut-based walks are the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk and the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk. We stay in backcountry Department of Conservation huts along the track. These huts are clean and dry, but basic by nature and located in spectacular natural environments. They have fresh water, bunk beds with mattresses, outside toilets, separate dining and communal areas and wood-fires. There is no electricity or showers making it a genuine Kiwi outdoor experience.
Our lodge-based tours stay in a variety of 3-star boutique lodges that we’ve carefully selected for their location, quality facilities and tranquil atmosphere. We have a range of twin, double or family rooms available. Each one is different so for more information on accommodation for each walk, please visit the ‘Important Info’ section on each walk page.
All of our guided walks are catered. We organise all the meals you’ll need while you’re on the walk, you’ll just carry your lunch and your water bottle. Our meals are carefully planned and prepared so you’ll be nourished and energised for the next days’ walking with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks.
We are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-FODMAPS and vegetarian friendly! Just let us know in advance if you have a specialty diet and we’ll make sure you’re well taken care of.
Most of our guided walks depart from and return to Rotorua – with the exception of our Great Barrier Island Escape, which departs and returns to Claris Airport. We have late model, airconditioned Toyota HiAces with fully-enclosed, lockable luggage trailers. We’ll collect you from wherever you’ve chosen to stay on night before the tour and we’ll return you safely to nearby central town or city centres at the end of the trip. On some of our walks, we depart Rotorua and travel via other town centres, so it’s possible to be collected from places other than Rotorua.
If you’d like to drive your own private vehicle, that’s no trouble – please contact our friendly reservations team for driving directions and parking information.
For specific transport information, please visit the ‘Important Info’ section on each walk page.
Complimentary Hiking Gear Hire
We offer complimentary hire of hiking gear on all our walks, by prior arrangement. We have sleeping bags (with cotton liners), small camping pillows, good quality raincoats in a range of sizes, either 40 or 70 litre packs and pairs of walking poles. Your guides will have any items you’ve asked to borrow with them when they collect you on Day 1.
Gear & Luggage Transport
We’ve designed our walks to make sure you’re not carrying heavy packs. You’ll just need a day pack! Any extra luggage can either be transported in our vehicles, our luggage trailers or on our support boat. For more specific requirements for luggage on a particular walk, please visit the ‘Important Info’ section on each walk page.
Deposits and Balances
We ask just a $300 NZD deposit per person at the time of booking ($600 NZD deposit for the Bucket List Walk). The balance is due around 30 days before departure. We accept Visa, Mastercard and AMEX as well as payments by internet banking. We would accept cheques as well, but our bank gets a bit grumpy.
Cancellations and Transfers
We understand that life sometimes gets in the way of the best laid plans. If you need to postpone or cancel your trip we’ll work with you to find a replacement date or we’ll arrange any refund you might be entitled to. Read our full terms and conditions here.