Adventure travel specialist World Expeditions has launched a new walking tour company dubbed Great Walks of New Zealand, offering 21 self-guided and guided walks on New Zealand’s South Island.
Crafted to offer flexibility, walkers can choose between a professionally guided, pack-free walk, complete with luggage transfers and lodge/cabin style accommodation; and a self-guided, full-pack carrying trek, with shared accommodation at DOC Great Walk or a private hut.
The walking tours come in varying degrees of challenge and duration, ranging from a four-day introductory-style walk through to a 12-day challenging trek. Customised walks are also available.
Options include six different walks on the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds region, ranging from an introductory-level hike and cruise combination itinerary to a self-guided six-day, extended hike. As well, there are four variations in the Abel Tasman National Park and a five-day self-guided Heaphy Hike.
For off-the-beaten-track walks, the company also offers self-guided hikes on lesser-known tracks including Banks Peninsula, Old Ghost, Paparoa, the Kaikoura Coastal and on the Nydia Track. The range will be expanded to include North Island walks in coming months, according to World Expeditions CEO Sue Badyari.