Rob Franklin and Hilary Sheaff founded Walking Legends in 2003. We are both New Zealanders who are in love with, and inspired by, the New Zealand outdoors. It's been a source of enjoyment, employment and self development throughout our lives.
Our experience in tramping and guided walks in the New Zealand wilderness is combined with a huge amount of enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, New Zealand's natural environment and history. Walking Legends' philosophy is to share this knowledge and experience in a friendly and personal way. Our aim as guides is to help others enjoy experiences such as ours in a safe and meaningful way.
We both grew up in the Bay of Plenty, with Te Urewera National Park featuring as a large, exciting playground in our backyards. We have travelled, worked and walked all over New Zealand and the world - Our desire to return to our roots and live near our families led us to developing our own guiding walking business, and so Walking Legends was born.
In 2008, we took on super-guide Brad Taylor and with his expertise set up two exciting new tours; the Coromandel Explorer & the Great Barrier Island Escape. Brads energy and drive matched our own and we've brought Walking Legends into a new, exciting era of growth.
We have carefully assembled a small, highly dedicated team of legendary guides, who will ensure you have the time of your life on our walks!
We look forward to walking with you...