The biggest myth of the outdoors is that Kiwi’s don’t want to walk with a guide. But, guides are for those who don’t know what they’re doing, I hear you scoff! If you want to ‘do it properly’ you’ll do it yourself, mate. I hear ya, but let me share a little secret with you….your first guided walk unlocks a whole other level of outdoor experience and afterwards, you’ll never want to freedom-walk again.
Considering a guided walk this summer?
Here are the top 6 questions you should be asking before you go.
How big is my group?
Always, always check availability. There’s nothing worse than having your chosen date cancelled out from underneath you because the trip didn’t reach minimum numbers. The fullness of modern life means trying to rearrange all those ducks around a new date is a task for the too-hard basket. You won’t be popular with your workmates either, so have a chat to our friendly reservations team who can help point you in the right direction for healthy group sizes.
Here's what you need to know to show up looking like you know what you’re doing. Let’s go over what to bring and what to wear to keep your packing down to an efficient minimum.
Great Barrier Island really gets under your skin. Once you’ve been, you won’t be able to imagine a holiday spent anywhere else. Bali? Ruined. Rarotonga? No thanks.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll be busting a gut to get out there and travel again, but you want to be safe. Your safety is our top priority. So, here’s what we plan to do to make your experience on our guided walks and hiking tours is the cleanest and safest it can be so you can book your next guided walk with confidence.
Cut through the fluff and get clear answers to when to walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
One look at the legs on Brad Taylor and it’s clear that here is a man who spends a lot of time walking. A proud wilderness enthusiast, Brad holds the prestigious self-awarded title of ‘Most Completed Tours of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk.’ He stopped counting at 100.
Travel insurance seems like such a gamble sometimes. If you’re travelling on a budget, the cost of travel insurance can feel like a burden. But if something happens to you or your stuff in our great Kiwi outdoors, you want to make sure you can recover quickly and get back to enjoying your hard-earned holiday time!
Packing for a multi-day, hut-to-hut Great Walk comes with its own challenges. Unlike a lodge-based tour, the logistics of moving gear in remote areas in a simple and efficient way takes planning! Luckily, we’ve been doing this for 17 years and we have it down to a fine art.
Huge hiking potential on abundant little island near Auckland!