5-14 DAY FULLY-GUIDED TRIPS
Adventure to the heart of New Zealand’s great outdoors on one of our fully-guided tours and hike, bike and kayak at your own pace through the North and South Islands with your local Kiwi travel experts.
Share the experience with a small group of like-minded travellers and discover off-the-beaten-track locations, unique accommodation and experiences that you’re unlikely to ever have on your own.
Each trip is fully-inclusive of your local guides, comfortable transport, excellent accommodation, most meals, hikes and other activities, leaving you to focus on the joys of New Zealand adventure travel.
100% NEW ZEALAND EXPERTS
Owned and operated by New Zealand travel experts, we have designed our 5 itineraries to ensure you eat, sleep and breathe our fresh air, unique culture, friendly people and stunning scenery for 5 to 14 magical days.
Choose from our 5 Fully-Guided Trips
World Heritage Walking Tour
The finest way to enjoy New Zealand
13 Days | South Island | Activity Level = Easy | 4-Star Accommodation
Our most popular itinerary will see you ending each adventurous day in style, enjoying fine dining, excellent wines and laying your head to rest in luxury 4-star accommodation each night. The finest adventure trip there is.READ ABOUT THE WORLD HERITAGE
Experience it all and find the heart of New Zealand
14 Days | South Island | Activity Level = Moderate | Comfortable Lodging
This original itinerary is designed for those who’d like to take their time, get involved and experience the New Zealand pace of life. Replenish your mind and body as you immerse yourself in nature, devour healthy meals and discover new things.READ ABOUT THE MASTERPIECE
An action-packed hiking adventure
14 Days | South Island | Activity Level = Challenging | Comfortable Lodging
A classic itinerary that offers you every opportunity to physically challenge yourself and reap the rewards of taking the not-so-easy-route. Each stunning vista will have you pushing yourself harder the next day and enjoying your down-time even more at night.READ ABOUT THE KIWI CLASSIC
Short on time? No worries.
8 Days | South Island | Activity Level = Challenging | Comfortable Lodging
A shorter but action-packed trip designed to give you the best week possible if that’s what your time will allow. You’ll hike, swim, kayak, jet-boat and fly your way through 8-days of outdoor adventures.READ ABOUT THE SHORT SOUTH
The North Island – complete your adventure
5 Days | North Island | Activity Level = Moderate | Comfortable Lodging
Our North Island tour stands confidently on its own or makes for an exceptional add-on to any of our South Island guided tours. Experience more of New Zealand’s people and culture, thermal wonderlands and completely unique geology and scenery.READ ABOUT THE SWEET NORTH
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Read what our guests say
I’ve been raving about this trip…
Marianne Corr USA
New Zealand has long been a “bucket list” destination for me, and this trip exceeded even my high expectations. Even at the end of two weeks on the road, I was sorry that it was over! Our guides Courtney and Will were terrific, very helpful, knowledgeable, supportive and fun. They did so much work behind the scenes to make everything seem easy, and they did a great job of melding our group into a cohesive, friendly unit in just a few days. I‘ve been raving about this trip since returning and wish I could go back!See Marianne's trip
John McMahon Australia
This trip was a lot more than what I expected. Milford Sound left me speechless. Our Guides Shona and Libby could not have been more helpful, and the food they produced was amazing. I will come back again and I have highly recommended this tour to friends of mine. AWESOME!!!!!
A true vacation
Ann Senkevich CA, USA
I can't wait to recommend New Zealand as a destination and will highly recommend New Zealand Trails. It far exceeded my expectations. It was a pleasure to have Dave make all the arrangements, confirmations, drive, etc. It was a true vacation not to be concerned about any timetables or make any decisions except what wine to drink with dinner. It was just the right amount of activity, relaxing, driving and sightseeing. I was the 'good' tired every night.Photos of Anne's trip
The best experience of my life!
Rasa Pachutko Spain
The Short South tour was amazing. I enjoyed every moment of it! It was the best experience of my life and the guides were awesome!See Rasa's trip here
The best guide we have ever encountered
Paul & Paula Knox Milwaukee, USA
My husband and I have been on many guided hiking tours and Josh was by far the best guide we have ever encountered. He was friendly, attentive and made sure everyone on the trip got what they wanted out of the trip. He made it look easy and did everything behind the scenes when we weren't around. He is truly a professional and was a great ambassador for your company.See more from Paul & Paula's trip here
We would like to thank you for our recent trip of a lifetime.
Tom & Louise Rhode Montana USA
“We would like to thank you for our recent trip of a lifetime. Tom and I recently returned from the 13 day tour of the South Island with Shona and Holly and it exceeded everything we expected. The food, accommodations and activities were unbelievable but by far the most amazing was the hospitality and support of our guides. Through their guidance and direction I was able to complete all the activities (kayaking especially) and end smiling and having a fantastic time. God bless their patience! I have a great deal of respect for all the quides knowledge and your choice of staffing. Everyone we met was unbelievable.Photos of Tom and Louise's trip
Take this vacation!
Patrick & Judy Ongena Dallas, TX
“We planned for a year to travel New Zealand. Every single aspect of our trip was incredible. The attention to detail that NZ Trails works in to their tour is the best. Our guides were the fantastic, the route and timing throughout the 2 weeks of our various hikes was well thought out and logical, and the experience: Once in a life time, day after day. Reserve your time now and experience a trip you did not see coming. We cannot put in to words how pleased we were with this trip. Take this vacation!”Photos of Patrick & Judy's trip
Great people, great life stories, great humour, brilliant company.
Nigel and Dawn Johnson UK
“Quality food and accommodation, great guides and the whole trip was very organised. Like with all these types of trip that we have done over the years, the success normally depends on the other members of the group. On our trip we had 13 guests and 2 guides and it took about 36 hours to gel together and then our whole group just bonded and encouraged each other to get the most out of the trip. The whole group were just a great credit to humanity, and we felt it a privilege to be part of it. Great people, great life stories, great humour, brilliant company.”Photos of Nigel & Dawn's trip
Like I was a visiting a magical land with some friends
David Nelson Utah, USA
“I’ve been on guided tours before where I'm a number, and we move in a herd. This is not that kind of trip. It didn't feel like we were on a guided tour. It felt like I was a visiting a magical land with some friends who just happen to be locals. I cannot recommend it enough!”Photos of David's trip
Every day was magnificent
Nerida Liedloff Australia
“Loved all the hikes and cycling through the vineyards in Marlborough. The shearing quarters at Ohau were fabulous! Awesome meals. If anything, just too much good food! New Zealand is undeniably the most beautiful country on earth! Every day was magnificent”Photos of Nerida's trip
It was wonderful. A fantastic trip; so glad I went with NZ Trails.
Helen Herzberg California USA
“My guides totally exceeded my expectations. They were incredibly knowledgeable about the flora & fauna & agriculture and the trails.... absolutely amazing. And cheerful, great cooks, good drivers. Could not have had a better experience. Of course, I was ‘solo’ and I was incredibly spoiled”Photos of Helen's trip
We are still reeling from the stunning views
Shawn Aebi Washington, USA
“Thanks so much for all of your help in preparing our family holiday tour. We all had a wonderful time and we are still reeling from the stunning views at Milford Sound, Lake Pukaki, Mt. Cook and the fun of Queenstown, Christchurch, and Nelson. Our guides Bruce and Kim were stellar - prepared, informed, helpful and of course fun!”Photos of Shawn's trip
Enjoyed the size of the group…
Lesley Clark Canada
“I really enjoyed the tour. The scenery is amazing. I did like the variation in the activities. Enjoyed the size of the group, with only five, it was easy to please us all.”Photos of Lesley's trip
I was so impressed
Nerida Liedloff Australia
“I had the best holiday of my life. I can't fault New Zealand Trails in any way and I'll be spreading the word in Oz.”Photos of Nerida's trip
I would definitely travel with you again
Tammy Koontz USA
“We enjoyed all the activities, all the hikes were great, we especially loved the Routeburn Track. Would definitely travel with you again! I am already thinking of a follow up trip, perhaps explore a little more of the North Island.”Photos of Tammy's trip
Jack and Maureen Larmour California
“This is truly a unique trip with amazing scenery, first class accommodations and food, combined with diversity of fun physical activities (hiking, boating, kayaking, helicopters, and cave tubing. Wow!). Our guides were fantastic and made this already amazing trip extra special. Thank you Emily and Kate!”Photos of Jack and Maureen's trip
Our guides were FABULOUS!!!!
Tammy Koontz USA
“This trip was everything we expected and more! We absolutely loved New Zealand, and your company was a big contributor to that. Great guides, great, itinerary, great travel companions. It really was just fabulous!”Photos of Tammy's trip
Donal Cahill Florida, USA
Emily and Shona went out of their way to make the experience as amazing as possible. Can't say enough about their enthusiasm and attention to detail.See photos of Donal's trip here
Kim was adorable…
Judy Ongena Dallas, TX
“Kim was adorable, well spoken, knowledgeable, and with worldly travels way beyond her age. She has done more than any 10 of us on the trip combined. She handled a van load of ‘A’ personalities with charm and professionalism. Always with never blinking an eye. She added little surprises every now and then that set both herself and New Zealand Trails miles ahead of anyone else in the industry. I deal with people in marketing and personal contact every day, Kim is an enormous plus to your organization and I know that you all recognize that fact!!”Photos of Patrick & Judy's trip
We thoroughly enjoyed our Sweet North tour
Linda and Joe Miller Colorado, USA
“We thoroughly enjoyed our Sweet North tour… enjoyed the Marae visit and Rotorua!! All the meals were great! Dave did a great job with cooking breakfasts and we all enjoyed the last night barbecue!! Loved the picnics!!”Photos of Linda and Joe's trip
A holiday I will remember for life
Julie Attwood UK
“You certainly fulfilled your mission statement – I will remember my holiday with New Zealand Trails for life. Our tour guide, Marilyn, proved to be excellent and had amazing knowledge of New Zealand. Nothing was too much trouble and she made sure everyone's needs were catered for - Marilyn made a great holiday even better! For me, the highlights were visiting Milford Sound, Martins Bay and the Hollyford track. The walking was simply spectacular, the hosts were warm and welcoming and the food was beautiful. Thanks for an unforgettable trip!”Photos of Julie's trip
The World Heritage Tour was fantastic in every way
Carol Elfverson Australia
“I've done a number of trips with other tour companies in a number of countries including U.S.A. Canada, Alaska, South America, Europe, Asia and here in Australia but your guides Bruce and Dave were by far the best I've ever encountered! Nothing was too much trouble for them. Their initiative and thoughtfulness combined with a great sense of humour enhanced the trip for the whole group. I’ve already recommended it to my family and friends.”Photos of Carol's trip
Nerida Liedloff Australia
“Courtney is a legend - a fantastic guide. Organised, full of energy, brilliant cook, well informed, super friendly, just fantastic. Blake too. I felt super safe with him behind the wheel and he was fun and engaging. They were a dynamic duo.”Photos of Nerida's trip
This was the best vacation experience we have ever experienced.
Patrick and Judy Ongena Dallas, TX
“NZ Trails has done a fantastic job of not missing a single detail. 2 full weeks without a single issue proves this point. The variety of hikes from day to day was fantastic. A perfect trip that we have been talking about every day since we returned home. Thank you to everyone involved. Your incredible attention to detail shows 24/7.”Photos of Patrick and Judy's trip
I had a wonderful time
Kevin Waits Georgia USA
“Thank you so showing us as much of the South Island as possible in our time there. The beauty of the land and the people of New Zealand will stay with me always! It was such an Incredible variety of experiences...all beautiful and worth seeing! Our Guides are knowledgeable, personable, SO much fun and went out of their way to help us have a wonderful time!”Photos of Kevin's trip
The lunches every single day were the BEST!!
Patrick and Judy Ongena Dallas, TX
“Our very favorite dinner and the ‘bonding’ moment of our group was in the town where we all stayed in the house and Kim made our dinner. It was fantastic. Not to mention, she took the time to make a birthday cake for my wife for a surprise!! Again, Kim went the extra mile day after day. We want to adopt her as her home-base American ‘parents’ ”Photos of Patrick & Judy's trip
Our trip exceeded our expectations
Gillian Wood and Charlie Pick UK
“Our trip and our guide ‘Young Dave’ exceeded our expectations. He was excellent, he worked so hard to give us the best trip possible always, and is a real credit to New Zealand Trails. Delicious goodies served in breathtakingly beautiful remote places and beautiful lodges what more could anyone ask for? - A walk will never be the same again without our lovely guide Dave!”Photos of Gillian and Charlie's trip
This trip was my best holiday yet!
Jessica Poon Australia
“This trip was my best holiday yet!! My super friendly and accommodating guides Shona and Dave were a huge reason for the trip being so amazing. It was great to hop on and off the vehicle and not need to drive nor wait public transport. We made such good use of our time, and they always had recommendations for extra activities (eg morning walks, where to watch the sunrise etc.) In addiction to what was on the itinerary so I got to see and do heaps from dawn to dusk. Thanks so much!”Photos of Jessica's trip
New friends & fabulous memories
Andrew and Jocelyn Wood Australia
“We have both had an awesome time with our guide Marilyn and your team, visiting some truly magnificent places in New Zealand. Thanks New Zealand Trails - everything was well organized, right from the initial inquiry until we climbed aboard. Travelling in a comfortable bus, eating delicious meals, staying in special locations - New Zealand Trails organized an itinerary that pleased us all! We have made some new friends and have so many fabulous memories that we will treasure for years to come. Thanks so much for your hospitality.”Photos of Andrew and Jocelyn's trip
We enjoyed every moment
Jack & Stephanie Pettigrew Scotland
“Our experience with New Zealand Trails will be a memorable one for all the right reasons. We enjoyed every moment, the company, activities and hikes. The glow worms especially were spectacular and I enjoyed tubing in the caves. Each day was unique, varied, well planned and interesting. The food was very good and of a very high quality – it was a part of the holiday and I looked forward to every meal! A big thank you to our guide Andrew and New Zealand Trails for such a wonderful time.”Photos of Jack & Stephanie's trip
A most enjoyable and fun adventure
Pamela Anstee Australia
“The unique hiking options, activities and quality accommodation were what originally drew me to New Zealand Trails. I had a great time! This is a most enjoyable and fun adventure trip showcasing a large area of the South Island in comfort. Two standout experiences were the glowworm cave adventure and Milford Sound. I feel like I have learnt so much about New Zealand – geography, history, bird life, glaciers and that ‘funny’ accent! The trip definitely exceeded my expectations.”See all the photos from Pamela's trip
Thank you again for helping us enjoy the vacation of a lifetime
Katherine & Paul Becker California USA
“Our World Heritage tour was absolutely perfect in every way, every detail arranged with care and thoughtfulness, and the best customer service we have experienced in our worldwide travels. We especially want to call your attention to the work done by our guides Josh and Dave to ensure that we were safe, happy, and well taken care of throughout. We are well aware that the behind the scenes logistics required for an itinerary of this magnitude is no simple task! They handled everything in advance so that one activity flowed to the next seamlessly, and maintained a cheerful, enthusiastic attitude while juggling many balls in the air at once.Photos of Katherine & Paul's trip
I will recommend NZ Trails to others with pride
Tim O'Shea Canada
“Keep doing what you are doing...fabulous. Our driver Alex was such a ‘professional’; I don’t say this lightly as I am a commercial driver/instructor. There was never any shortage of delicious food; And our guides were very attentive to dietary needs; also went to lengths to ensure that every guest was comfortable with the NZ cuisine and new foods. Alex and Amanda were an outstanding pair of professionals who were first class ambassadors for NZ Trails and New Zealand. You earned my marks!”Photos of Tim's trip
It really was as promised, the trip of a lifetime!
Ellen Goldstein California USA
“I’ve been raving about this trip, it really was as promised, the trip of a lifetime. The service and adventures and beauty of our time there was brilliant. We couldn't have planned all the adventures and lodging and food and adventures ourselves. And it was great not to have to deal with driving. We'd absolutely recommend this trip!!!”Photos of Ellen's trip
Fabulous way to see and experience the magnificent NZ countryside
Catherine Cronin Australia
“This trip was a fabulous way to see and experience the magnificent NZ countryside. The guides were amazing. They had tremendous local knowledge and went out of their way to ensure everyone had a fantastic and memorable holiday.”Photos of Catherine's trip
One of the best trips I have ever been on.
Denice Stouffer California, USA
“The World Heritage Walking Tour was one of the best trips I have ever been on. From the initial inquiries, to planning, to the actual trip itself I couldn't have asked for more. I loved the variety of activities that were offered, the trails were incredibly beautiful and our guides felt like best friends by the end of the trip. I highly recommend experiencing this beautiful country with New Zealand Trails.”Photos of Denice’s trip
We had an absolutely wonderful vacation!
Jim and Joyce Morgan Utah USA
“We loved both of our guides...Bruce and Kate! They are both very knowledgeable, as well as personable and FUN! We enjoyed learning about New Zealand through the eyes of a KIWI!! They worked so hard, and took excellent care of all of us! New Zealand is such a beautiful place, and we feel very fortunate that we were able to experience it through New Zealand Trails! Thank you for the most wonderful memories!”Photos of Jim and Joyce's trip
One that I will never forget.
Rebecca Welbourn UK
“New Zealand Trails made my first trip to New Zealand one that I will never forget. I loved every moment of it and throughout it was so well organised and most of all, so much fun. A fantastic experience. The Masterpiece itinerary is amazing staying in some incredible accommodation in the most beautiful locations. Well done and thank you New Zealand Trails.”Photos of Rebecca's trip
Your guides are amazing…
Jay Naik New Jersey, USA
“What made the trip extra special for me and what I am going to tell all my friends about is my experience with Josh and Ellie – your Guides are AMAZING, unbelievable even, they exceeded all of my expectations. Very understanding, easy going, nice to talk with, learn from, and just all around family feel. I would LOVE to go on more adventures with your company if I know I would be able to hang out with Josh and Ellie. Yes, New Zealand has amazing sights and great food, but without great company (especially when you are traveling solo like I was), the trip wouldn't have been as much fun…...Photos of Jay's trip
Far superior to any guide experience we have had around the world.
Richard and Christine Beebe USA
“ ‘EM’ and Amanda were FANTASTIC!!! ‘EM’s' knowledge of the ecology and environment was far superior to any guide experience we have had around the world. Both she and Amanda added a tremendous amount of personal background knowledge regarding the people, traditions, and territory that was incredibly stimulating and appreciated. Both women were very personable and easy to approach. They made a great team.”Photos of Richard and Christine's trip
Mary Martin Smith USA
“Absolutely fantastic! Well planned out trip. Fantastic food, awesome accommodations and great adventures. Our guides Dave and Kate were the best. No stress at all on this trip!!! Thank you for the trip of a lifetime!!! I highly recommend New Zealand Trails!!”Photos of Mary's trip
Want to spread the word?
Dan Veddern USA
“Our family of 5 had a blast on this trip. We met great people, our guide was fun and engaging and, of course, the star of the trip is the incredible beauty of New Zealand's South Island. We loved the variety of the activities. It's a well thought out, and well-executed, itinerary. I'd highly recommend it to anyone. Happy to talk to others? Yes, sure!”Photos of Dan's trip
Don’t just Google it, DO IT!
Geoff and Natalie Lambert Australia
“New Zealand Trails provided an incredible experience that we have already recommended to others. They did everything possible to make our experience entertaining, challenging, comfortable, informative and simply amazing! As a small group, it just felt like a home away from home – we met some very interesting and wonderful people – and at the end surprisingly it was so hard to say goodbye.”Photos of Geoff and Natalie's trip
I felt like a celebrity!
Sandra Crannage UK
“My favourite bits were the Milford track, the helicopter, the lunch after drop off, the walk to the end of island and boat back to lodge, the overnight stay, jetboat out and the Hollyford track. We have a programme in the UK called I'm a celebrity!! And that is just what I felt like. You can't improve your service it's already amazing and far exceeded my expectations, the best holiday I have ever had thank you x”Photos of Sandra's trip
NZ Trails have set the bar so high!
Susan and Fred USA
“New Zealand Trails was our first group tour, and they have set the bar so high I wonder if any other tour company can live up to this standard. Experiencing New Zealand by hiking is the core focus, supplemented with a variety of other fun activities. We found this mix just right. Our experienced guide was knowledgeable, supportive and enthusiastic. While there was more hiking than I had expected, I was fine with that. I was gently pushed, and with the great leader and the team effect, I accomplished more than I would have alone. Loved it! The hotels are all comfortable and don't worry about going hungry.Photos of Susan and Fred's trip
Loved everything about my NZ Trails tour!
Donna Coster Australia
“Our tour guide Dave was fantastic, and we had a wonderful group from US, UK and Australia. Lots of fun and laughs. The walks were great, the forests, waterfalls, raging rivers, and streams all breathtaking. It was a perfect mix of active days and comfortable evenings with lovely dinners, a glass of wine, and the luxury of the accommodation. All the inclusions - guide, additional local guides, activities, meals and accommodation - made it value for money. Highly recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys physical activity combined with some comfort. Thanks, you did a great job!”Photos of Donna's trip
New Zealand Trails - a 5 star experience!
Nancy and Einar Seadler USA
“We still bask in the afterglow of an extraordinary experience perfectly choreographed and executed by the NZ Trails team. The nature thrills are every bit as wonderful as advertised. What doesn’t come through, largely because the team are quite modest, is the amazing attention to every detail which ensures that all we had to do was enjoy ourselves. Everything is very well thought out and executed to precision. It’s amazing how they are able to keep all of the “back of the house” operations hidden from view so we can enjoy each moment. When Andrew says ‘this is your holiday’, he means it.Photos of Nancy and Einar's Trip
Loved the whole trip!
Gwen and David Cole Canada
“We took a New Zealand Trails tour and loved the whole trip - my best day was the Milford Track, with boat ride, hiking, boat, then helicopter down Milford Sound, picnic lunch, seals and the stay at the lodge which was fabulous! Our guide was amazing - he seemed to anticipate all of our needs and desires. Best guide ever. The trip was great combination of hiking, eating, relaxing and other activities such as kayaking and caving. Highly recommend New Zealand Trails!”Photos of Gwen and David's trip
Completely in love with New Zealand!
Cheryl Hanson USA
“I want to let you know that the Dec 10-22 trip that I was on was absolutely fabulous! The best!! I am completely in love with NZ, the most beautiful country I have ever seen and I have seen many. Em was terrific, numero uno, number 1, a wonderful, knowledgeable guide, a fantastic person, and a total delight to explore NZ with. I have already recommended NZ Trails (and Em) to many of my friends, you may see them next year. I had such a great time, I may want to do it again myself! Thank you also for the lovely book about NZ, every time I look at it...Photos of Cheryl‘s trip
Every day was more exciting than the last!
Anne and Tom Tickell UK
“From the moment we met our guides we relaxed and enjoyed every bit of the holiday. They couldn't have been kinder but also realistic and if they felt an activity would not be a good idea found enjoyable and doable alternatives. We never felt hasselled or a nuisance and the whole group became very companionable. Every day was more exciting than the last, we couldn't believe that there was so much variety in a two week holiday and would highly recommend it.”Photos of Anne and Tom's trip
No better travel experience!
Cynthia Newcomb USA
“There is no better travel experience than walking the land with a congenial group of travelers. This tour gives you a better sense of life in New Zealand than the big, bus tours that visit tourist destinations only. I recommend it to fit, sure-footed people who enjoy the outdoors.”Photos of Cynthia's trip
Sad to come to an end!
Ben and Leslie Wood USA
“This was the first group tour we have ever done. We immensely enjoyed the variety of activities, the boutique accommodations we stayed in and the food establishments for dining. All were first class and exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Marilyn, was awesome and her local knowledge of the island and of the flora and fauna were a great addition. The itinerary obviously has been well thought through and meticulously planned. Everything went so smoothly, no issues with any of the accommodations, food, hikes, or excursions. This was definitely a trip of a lifetime, and one that will be hard to exceed.Photos of Ben & Leslie's trip
Highly recommended – I did not want our trip to end
Barbara Toeppen-Sprigg USA
“Wow! I did not want our trip with New Zealand Trails to end! Such a gorgeous country, with wonderful hikes, boating, animals, etc. And excellent knowledgeable guides throughout – Marilyn was splendid; knowledgeable, perceptive, attentive, and a skilled driver. Definitely would recommend it!”See all the photos from Barbara's trip
The best tour we’ve been on!
Barbara and Gus Savage Australia
“This is definitely the very best tour we've been on for a long time, and we have been everywhere from Norway to Alaska and in between. The people, the places and the scenery were above and beyond all expectations. The very best in the world.”Photos of Gus and Barbara's trip
The trip of a lifetime
Hoshi Tamboli USA
“We have travelled to over 40 countries over the years but this was by far the best and most memorable trip we have been on. It exceeded our every expectation. The itinerary was very thoughtfully planned and included a whole myriad of activities, which enabled us to enjoy this uniquely beautiful part of the world. Our guide Andrew was outstanding and was knowledgeable, caring, safe and paid attention to every detail. My wife and I would unhesitatingly recommend this trip and New Zealand Trails without any reservations whatsoever.”See all the photos from Hoshi's trip
I want to do it all again!
Jill Davies UK
“I would thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone who doesn't want to see NZ through a coach window. It was a lovely mix of activities, and the Heli hike and caves were amazing. The food was excellent everywhere and I enjoyed the wonderful kiwi coffee. I also very much loved having rooms with views. Our guide, Andrew, was great at ensuring we all had a good time and reassuring us that we could go at our own pace. This tour suited my needs and fitness level very well. It has been a holiday of a lifetime and I would love to do it all again!!”See all the photos from Jill's trip
An unforgettable life experience
Sandy & Cameron Godfrey USA
“Our trip to New Zealand was truly an unforgettable life experience, a ‘bucket list’ trip for us. The incredible friends we made, amazing places we saw, the grandeur and beauty of New Zealand and its people will forever be in our hearts. The New Zealand Trails World Heritage Walking tour is perfect in every way.”See all the photos from Sandy and Cam's trip
Fantastic Trip to New Zealand
Joan and Robert USA
“We saw so many places and got to hike all the great walks, my favourite was the Routeburn - lots of variety and beautiful scenery. Amazing food and accommodation made for a great trip and Marilyn was the best guide ever! She went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect and taken care of ahead of time. She made the trip for us and I'm so glad she was our guide.”See all the great photos from Joan's trip
Ode to New Zealand Trails
Dawn & Bob Brubaker USA
“To New Zealand we travelled quite out of the blue, 6 Texans plus 3 with nary a clue Of the fabulous adventure lying ahead, thru thoughtful itinerary from A to Zed Hiking, no - tramping, with M and Andrew, thru Arthur's Pass hail and Mt Cook skies so blue We saw foliage, rocks, flowers, who knew?! Lots-o-birds, some actually flew! Across the South Isle we did some neat hopping, stopped for scenics and toilets but not enough shopping! We traversed via rail, land, sea and air, the lap of luxury, food and accommodations beyond compare The most memorable of holidays - can't say enough, except that we're STAYING And that's...Photos of Bob & Dawn's trip
Elaine Alster USA
“The trip with New Zealand Trails was wonderful. We saw and did an amazing amount of sights and activities during our stay. I don't think I would have been able to find several of the activities if I had come to New Zealand on my own. The helicopter ride to Martin's Bay with the walk to the seal rookery, the trip out to the island in Wanaka Lake, and the glow worm cave tour were especially memorable.”Photos of Elaine‘s trip
Focus on the fun without worrying about the details
Cathy Tanner Canada
“NZ Trails have done a brilliant job of coordinating and organizing the tour, everything came off without a hitch. The guide was stellar and did everything to ensure we were all comfortable and had everything we needed. The lodgings were comfortable, spacious and clean and the meals outstanding. New Zealand is a lovely country and Kiwis are among some of the friendliest and most helpful people I've met in my travels. I would highly recommend New Zealand Trails to anyone contemplating an active holiday which allows you to focus on the fun without worrying about the details.”Photos of Cathy's trip
Bill & Jill Crombie USA
“We had really high hopes that our New Zealand trip would be a good one - and not only was it good - it was fabulous! The group was so easy to be around and our guide was the best. We'll have wonderful memories. Thanks again for the photobook you gave us too.”Photos of Bill and Jill's trip
We were sorry to leave the tour
Val & MIke Sweeney UK
“This tour perfectly matched our requirements for comfort, adventure, outdoors/hiking and experiencing the country. The guide was first rate, he took care of us from day 1 and went out of his way to ensure we had a great time. We were sorry to leave the tour at the end and wished we had booked the 13 day tour to go star gazing and hiking at Mount Cook.”Photos of Mike and Val's trip
Fantastic itinerary which got better and better
Andy Gardner USA
“With only a short time available for travelling in NZ, I was looking for a tour which took care of everything and showed me the best the country has to offer and New Zealand Trails delivered in every way. The itinerary was fantastic, it just kept getting better and better. The guide was friendly, always available and really knowledgable, which meant I learnt so much in the short time I was there. My favourite place on the whole trip was Punakaiki and favourite activity was the jetboat up the Hollyford River, which was awesome. Keep up the good work New Zealand Trails.”Photos of Andy's trip
The highlight of my holiday in New Zealand
Julia Lindemann Germany
“The accommodation, guides, hikes and organisation throughout the trip were exceptional. There was not a single hike I didn’t enjoy! Along the way, it was wonderful to have such good guides – they were knowledgable, great fun to be with, highly professional and dedicated. Everything was talked about or presented with enthusiasm and a lovely sense of humour. Many thanks to New Zealand Trails and Marilyn for a wonderful group hiking tour. It was the highlight of my holiday in New Zealand. ”Photos of Julia's trip
An active holiday with a bit of luxury
“An active New Zealand holiday adventure for anyone who also enjoys a bit of luxury. I loved the walk on the Milford Track and the riverside hiking at Punakaiki. The glowworm caves were great, the drive into Milford Sound was quite spectacular as was the helicopter ride into the Hollyford Valley where the lodge at Martins Bay was one my favourite places on the whole trip. Our group gelled really well, Andrew looked after us well and kept us informed and entertained. Memories to last a lifetime and seeing the photos has bought it all back. Many thanks New Zealand Trails.”Photos of Moya's trip
The top vacation we‘ve ever been on
Bob McBroom and Kathy Flynn USA
“This is probably the top vacation my wife and I have ever taken. The sights, the hikes, the food, our guide Andrew and the accommodation were all first class. The boat rides and the helicopter flight made more exotic destinations possible without having to hike for days to get there. If you like the outdoors and you want to see New Zealand (and you should - I knew it would be wonderful, but it still exceeded my expectations), I would not hesitate to recommend New Zealand Trails. Absolutely a first rate tour.”Photos of Bob and Kathy's trip
Frances Mahon Australia
“The guide on our tour was exceptional - friends asked me what the highlight of the trip was, for me it was learning so much about the history, culture, geography, fauna and flora of New Zealand. This trip was a special treat for myself with very good accommodation and amazing food. For a little luxury with your walking - New Zealand Trails is the one.”Photos of Frances' trip
Genuine holiday of a Lifetime!
Mike and Ann Wood UK
“This trip was everything we hoped for and our guide made it even more unforgettable. The Routeburn and Hollyford were the stand out hikes, the glow worm caves were amazing and we loved the helicopter flight and jet boat. The vehicle was spacious, relaxed and comfortable and everywhere we ate was a joy. Thanks again for all you did to give us a genuine holiday of a lifetime!”Photos of Mike and Ann's trip
Constantly delighted by the little extras.
Melinda Correll USA
“The trip is a great overview of the South Island and you come away having learned so much and with wonderful friends and memories. The guide looked after us so well and anticipated our every need so that I always felt completely relaxed and comfortable about leaving everything in his capable hands. I was constantly delighted by the little extras that were not mentioned in the itinerary. 13 days very well spent!”Photos of Melinda's trip
A holiday that ticked all the boxes
Elizabeth Nairn Scotland
“This holiday ticked more boxes than I even knew possible. The walks, accommodation and food were first class from start to finish and our guide, Marilyn, was a real star - her enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for your country shines through in everything. She has antennae for picking up on clients' interests and tailoring, pointing out or making suggestions to make sure they get the maximum out of the trip. Thank you again for the planning, attention to detail and obvious love of New Zealand which went into our trip.”Photos of Elizabeth's trip
Out of five stars, I give this tour a six!
Ken Olsen USA
“My New Zealand walking tour with NZ Trails was the trip of a lifetime - truely excellent. Our guide Andrew was fantastic, he was extremely knowledgable, friendly and well organized. Our tour included a great mix of trail hiking and other fun activities (kayaking, glowworm cave, glacier hiking, winery visits etc.) I don't normally travel on guided tours like this but was so glad I did and it was absolutely worth every penny. The accommodation and meals were also excellent. Out of five stars, I give this tour a six!”Photos of Ken's trip
A Fantastic Trip – Thank You
Ray Ducker UK
“I wanted the opportunity to see a lot of the South Island, to get off the beaten track and to have an active and exciting holiday. On this tour I did all of these things. I also had great food, stayed in excellent accommodation and had knowledgable, friendly guides to explain so much about the country, the flora and fauna. Each day seemed to be better than the great day before. It was the holiday of a lifetime. A fantastic trip – thank you.”Photos of Ray's trip
Recommending it to our friends
Ray and Pamela Bryars USA
“We thoroughly enjoyed our New Zealand walking tour with New Zealand Trails. Our guide Andrew was outstanding and his knowledge of geology, history and the environment made every day a learning experience. The hiking trails were amazing and we did so many things like riding in a jet boat and a helicopter for the first time. Everything was very well planned, with outstanding accommodation and excellent restaurants. We have very fond memories of our trip and are already recommending it to our active friends.”Photos of Ray and Pamela's trip
A holiday to remember
Phyllis and Ron Williamson Australia
“Our tour with New Zealand Trails showcased a very special side of the country that we didn’t know existed. We especially enjoyed floating through glowworm caves on rafts and the helicopter flight over Milford Sound to Martins Bay. The Mou Waho nature trek was a real highlight – we loved the 360 degree views over Lake Wanaka. Excellent accommodation and meals and a fantastic small group made this a holiday to remember.”Photos of Phyllis and Ron's trip
One of the best trips we have done
Jim & Gillian Anderson Canada
We travel extensively and this is one of the best trips we have done thanks to our guides Shona and Libby. They worked everybody's ability into each days' activity without making weaker ones feel a burden.Check out Jim & Gillian's trip here
The trip couldn’t have been any better
Art and Maura Keene USA
“We had a wonderful time with New Zealand Trails and would recommend the tour enthusiastically. The itinerary was fantastic – just about perfect – and everyday felt rich and fulfilling. Marilyn was an excellent tour guide and was impressively attentive to our needs and interests. Accommodation was excellent, the food was well done and we had a delightful group of amiable folks. All in all, the trip couldn’t have been any better. Thank you for a wonderful experience!”Photos of Art and Maura's trip
Every detail of the trip was perfect.
Lisa Edenhofer USA
I cannot express enough how much I enjoyed my trip to New Zealand, how I admire the beauty of New Zealand, and what a great tour New Zealand Trails provided. Every detail of the trip was perfect.See Lisa's trip here
Our trip of a lifetime
Jane Gleason USA
We absolutely loved the Short South trip and call it “our trip of a lifetime”. I have shown our itinerary to a few of our friends and they all have said what an exciting trip and that they’re going to look at the website because they want to experience it for themselves! When I tell people about the flight/hike/wilderness jet boat day they are just amazed. And when the pictures come out, they are enthralled! New Zealand Trails has really outdone itself with the Short South trip!Check out Jane's trip
Diane Brososky Canada
The trip was well organized, we experienced a bit of everything, saw the highlights doing things we enjoy doing. Our guides Shona and Courtney became good friends and we felt we bonded so easily with them – made our trip most enjoyable. They rocked their job!Diane's trip is here…
Special and Spectacular
Anne Payne USA
Having everything planned but flexible based on the group was the perfect balance. If I had the time to plan everything, I still never would have found all those charming accommodations. And having guides with such deep personal knowledge and experiences to share made it so enjoyable. I loved the home cooked meals and would have been happy with more. They were delicious and so much better and more relaxing than restaurants for every meal… Getting to know the other guests and guides while seeing such a beautiful country really made this a special and spectacular trip.See Anne's trip here
An active and fun New Zealand holiday
“As a normally independent traveller it was wonderful to experience small group travel with New Zealand Trails. I was able to participate in many unique and interesting activities that I may not have done if travelling by myself. I particularly enjoyed the helicopter flight, as I hadn’t flown in one before. Having everything meticulously organised for me meant that I was able to relax and truly enjoy my time in New Zealand. The trip was great value, and I feel that I had an active, involved holiday. Thanks again!”Photos from the trip
Laura Salvay USA
The personal attention and ease of traveling will never be matched. My 20 year old daughter and I felt like we were on a private trip. Josh thought of ways to challenge her on the trip so she had the opportunity to push herself physically. Josh was such a great guide that I may never be able to go on another tour!See Laura's trip here
Unique accommodations and activities
Tom & Sarah Francis USA
Everyone on the trip remarked that New Zealand Trails did an excellent job behind the scenes in finding unique accommodations and activities. We were amazed at how much of New Zealand we were able to see!See Tom & Sarah's trip
Exceeded our expectations in every way
Dave & Nancy Johnson USA
“The trip was great! New Zealand Trails exceeded our expectations in every way. Food, lodging and itinerary were all very much First Rate! Marilyn is a superb guide – she really did amplify the fun and quality of our experience. Thanks again.”Photos of Dave & Nancy Johnson's trip
Terrific all round
Stewart Wood Australia
Terrific all round and the guides made it from being a really good trip to a great trip.
Surpassed my expectations
Marti Szramek USA
I had a great trip and New Zealand surpassed my expectations in terms of beauty. I was lucky to be with such a small group… Most of the hotels were so great I wish I could've stayed at least one more night.See Marti's trip here
Connecting with people
Sri Narsipur USA
As expected, New Zealand was incredibly beautiful. But what surprised us was how nice the people were and the connection they had with their country and the environment. We enjoyed talking and connecting with people wherever we went. Sam delivered outstanding service and was very helpful. He gave us great insight on culture, sports, and growing up in NZ. We really enjoyed his knowledge of music and karaoke!