As youngsters, we both grew up exploring the back country areas around Lake Waikaremoana, Tongariro National Park and the Coromandel Peninsula, and after years of guiding the Great Walks in the South Island of New Zealand, we decided it was time to come home and share this amazing back yard of ours with people in an authentic and personal way - by providing the most incredible guided hikes in New Zealand without the crowds! Since we started in 2003, we've learned what it takes (sometimes the hard way!) to run incredible hiking trips in off the beaten track locations by taking all the right ingredients and carefully combining them.
When it comes to taking an adventure tour, we believe that people will make or break your experience. That's why a Walking Legends hiking tour starts not just with your guides, but from the moment you pick up the phone to talk to us about your holiday. Everyone in our organisation is crazy about hiking, and leading hiking tours in New Zealand. We're pretty selective about who we choose to take on in our dedicated team, so you can rest assured that you'll be coming on a trip with people who's experience, dedication and expertise are second to none. We're proud of our team!
Where to go is by far the biggest question when choosing a hiking holiday in New Zealand. Our country has a fantastic reputation for all things adventure, and hiking in New Zealand's North Island doesn't get any better than the places we've spent years exploring. We know these regions like the back of our hand, and we chose the most scenic, isolated and dramatic places to run our hikes - some are places that most locals don't even know about! So if you're thinking of taking a hiking tour in New Zealand, and ordinary simply won't cut it, then Walking Legends will take you there. While the destination is important, it's an extraordinary journey that will also give you the memories that will last a lifetime - and extraordinary is exactly what we're all about!
Walking Legends started with people who love adventure travel and hiking in New Zealand's wilderness. We know exactly what it's like to arrive in a new place. Hours spent with maps and brochures mean hours you've lost, as your precious holiday ticks by. We take pride in sorting out all those little details and uncertainties of a new adventure so you won't have to, and after ten years in the game we've turned it into a fine art. We travel to some isolated places on our trips, but that doesn't mean you have to compromise on a comfortable bed, fantastic food or amazing service - life is too short for that, so we make it our mission to make sure you take your hiking tour in style.
Over the years we like to think we've come pretty close to perfecting the art of running amazing hiking tours in New Zealand. There's probably no such thing as the "perfect adventure trip", but by listening to our clients feedback, and tweaking what we do, we're constantly able to improve our trips and come pretty darn close to it. After all, the REAL experts in running the kind of trips you want, is YOU!
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We'll see you soon!
Rob, Hilary & the Walking Legends team.