Keeping You Safe in the Post Covid-19 Era

Caroline Hickman

By Caroline Hickman

3 minute read

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When it comes to travelling again, it’s almost as if New Zealand is the perfect post-Covid travel destination. We’ve got wilderness and space, quiet hiking trails and the freedom to go at your own pace as you step out and explore the world again.

Preparations are well underway here to welcome visitors back to New Zealand. Our priority is getting the appropriate safety measures in place as we navigate our way to operating our trips in this new era.

So, what will your trip be like?

1. A journey on the paths less travelled

If you travel on your own, it’s human nature to follow the crowds to the hotspots and busier areas, simply because they are the most well-known places.  A New Zealand Trails trip is focused on the outdoors and we’ll be discovering stunning off the beaten track spots where we’ll almost certainly be on our own in the heart of nature.

Cathedral Cove New Zealand

2. Your small group will stick together throughout

You’ll meet your fellow travellers at the start of your trip along with your local guides, and travel with them as a bubble throughout your trip. You’ll travel, walk, eat and take part in activities along the way with your private group. And of course, there’s plenty of down time to enjoy on your own as well. But mainly, this means there is not a lot of constant mixing in with other people, crowds or busy places as you travel around.

Small group trip to Mou Waho Island

3. Your transport and equipment will be regularly cleaned and well-maintained

Throughout your trip you’ll travel in the same comfortable vehicle, kitted out with a consistent supply of hand sanitiser, surface disinfectant spray, disinfectant wipes, tissues as well as somewhere to dispose of used wipes and any other litter. You’ll be allocated a seat in the vehicle each day, allowing you to change around each day as you wish after the vehicle is cleaned each evening.

Any hiking or activity gear used, like hiking poles, will be cleaned daily.

4. You'll stay in privately-run accommodation and eat in small restaurants

We have a close relationship with the accommodation and restaurant owners we use on our trips. They are all adhering to the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health on maintaining a safe and protected environment and will continue to follow the guidelines as we operate our trips. Most of the accommodation and places we eat are small, not attracting great crowds of tourists or visitors. Our guides are also required to hold a Food Safety Certificate and be fully trained in safe food preparation. You can expect to eat well on your trip – the food is always a treat in itself! And as always, we do our best to cater for any dietary requirements.

Group at lunch in Queenstown

5. A remarkable support team

The guides and office team at New Zealand Trails are outdoors professionals, with first-aid qualifications and many years of experience running trips in the New Zealand outdoors. We run an industry leading guide training trip prior to each season for all staff and have added in extra training on maintaining a Covid-safe environment. Our guides all carry advanced first aid kits, emergency locator beacons and satellite phones.

Behind the scenes, an experienced team supports your trip 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The guides constantly check in with their support team and as we are all in-country, we can offer the fastest help with the most local knowledge. With us, you are in the best of hands!

Local New Zealand guide

6. Staying informed and keeping you up to date

We are constantly monitoring what’s happening in the world and how it impacts our trips. The COVID crisis is no exception. We are following all the latest rules from the Ministry of Health, WHO and the New Zealand Government, as well as the more industry specific advice from our Adventure Travel Association. We will stay informed, communicate with you regularly and hope to operate your trip as close to normal as possible.

If you haven’t yet taken the step to booking your New Zealand adventure, you might like to read our pre-booking promise page here and our latest Covid-19 news updates here. And of course, you can get in touch with Jodi to talk things through any time.

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