Discover New Zealand on Foot: Hiking & Walking Adventures

Published: June 12, 2024.
Written by: Jason - Destination Specialist, Calgary

If you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure that combines breathtaking landscapes, invigorating hikes, and friendly locals, a trip to New Zealand will deliver!

Known for its diverse terrain, from rugged mountains and lush forests to pristine beaches and rolling hills, New Zealand offers an array of hiking and walking experiences that will leave you spellbound. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a casual walker, there’s something for everyone. Explore our exciting New Zealand tour packages at Downunder Travel and discover the beauty of this incredible country on foot.

South Island Wanderer Tour


The South Island Wanderer Tour is a fantastic choice for those who want to immerse themselves in New Zealand’s natural splendour. This tour takes you through some of the most scenic and diverse landscapes the South Island has to offer.

You’ll start your journey in Christchurch, known as the Garden City, before heading to the stunning Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park via pituresuqe Lake Tekapo with it’s pretty urquoise waters. Here, you can hike the famous Hooker Valley Track, offering breathtaking views of New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook.

One of the highlights of this tour is a visit to Fiordland National Park, home to the world-renowned Milford Track. Often described as the finest walk in the world, the Milford Track takes you through lush rainforests, past cascading waterfalls, and along pristine rivers, culminating in the awe-inspiring Milford Sound.

The Kiwi Way Tour

The Kiwi Way Tour - Discover New Zealand on Foot: Hiking & Walking Adventures

The Kiwi Way Tour is the perfect New Zealand package for those who want to experience the best of both the North and South Islands. This comprehensive tour offers a fantastic mix of cultural experiences, natural wonders, and thrilling outdoor activities.

Begin your adventure in Auckland, the City of Sails, before heading to Rotorua, known for its geothermal activity and rich Maori culture. Here, you can explore the Whakarewarewa Forest, famous for its towering redwoods and extensive network of walking trails. The tour then takes you to the beautiful Bay of Plenty, where you can hike to the top of Mount Maunganui for panoramic views of the coastline.
As you make your way to the South Island, you’ll visit the stunning Abel Tasman National Park. Known for its golden beaches and crystal-clear waters, this park offers some of the best coastal walks in New Zealand. The Abel Tasman Coastal Track is a must-do, providing a perfect blend of beach and forest scenery.

Contrasts of Downunder Guided Tour


For those who seek a guided experience with a rich diversity of landscapes and activities, the Contrasts of Downunder Guided Tour in New Zealand is an excellent choice. This tour highlights the dramatic contrasts that make New Zealand such a unique destination.

Starting in Wellington, New Zealand’s vibrant capital, you’ll explore the city’s stunning waterfront and cultural landmarks before crossing the Cook Strait to the South Island. On South Island, you’ll visit the spectacular Marlborough Sounds, where you can enjoy serene walks along the Queen Charlotte Track, which offers breathtaking views of the sounds and surrounding forest.

The tour also includes a visit to the rugged West Coast, where you can explore the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and the stunning Paparoa National Park. End your journey in the adventure capital of Queenstown, where you can hike the Ben Lomond Track for unparalleled views of the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu.

Trek Through Paradise With a Trip to New Zealand

New Zealand’s incredible hiking and walking adventures await you!

From the majestic peaks of the South Island to the lush forests of the North Island, there’s no shortage of breathtaking trails and scenic walks to explore. If you have any questions or need further suggestions, contact one of our Downunder Travel specialists and start planning your vacation today!