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Best guided trips in New Zealand

Best Guided Trips in New Zealand

In June, 2020 the Wilderness Magazine, New Zealand’s number one magazine for tramping, hiking, walking, camping and enjoying the great outdoors, published what they consider the best guided trips in New Zealand.

Auckland Sea Kayaks’s Sunset tour to Rangitoto Island was number 1. Yes, according to the Wilderness Magazine, its the Best Guided Trip in New Zealand. You should book and see why.

Here is the introduction of the article. Doing a guided trip is not always top of mind when you think about holidaying in your own country. But most people won’t bat an eye to spend a day or more when on an overseas trip to be guided around some ruins or up a high peak or along a trail. And why would you? It’s a unique and often once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see amazing sights and gain a greater understanding of an area, its people, culture and history. It can intensify the enjoyment and memories of overseas holidays.

Why should it be different in New Zealand, especially when it comes to outdoor activities? No matter how experienced an outdoors person you are – at tramping or climbing – a guide can help you achieve more in a day than you would otherwise be able to do on your own. For less experienced people, a guide can provide a safe and more comfortable experience – and that’s important if you want to explore an unfamiliar alpine environment or attempt something entirely new.

During the post-Covid recovery, there will be a lot of talk about getting Kiwis to holiday in their own country. With international travel options limited, and the prospect of a two-week quarantine on your return, it’s logical that more people will be holidaying at home. It’s also necessary if the tourism industry, which represents some eight per cent of the workforce, is to limit job losses – and, in some cases, to survive at all.

But beyond the good samaritan act of holidaying at home, New Zealand adventure operators offer some amazing experiences that can’t be found anywhere else on the planet. And that makes them worthwhile under any circumstances.

We’ve given some serious consideration to how you might be able to holiday in New Zealand and have found what we think are some of the best-guided trips in NZ. They range from getting an alpine experience at Caroline or Plateau huts to spending five days hiking the Heaphy Track or a day sea kayaking in Auckland or skiing the Southern Hemisphere’s longest glacier.

There’s something for everyone – young and old, experienced and novice. I hope you find something worth your while among the 12 trips we’ve highlighted.

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Skills training before next week's multiday trip with Mahurangi College. @burto1 you legend!
It's just Autumn in Auckland today #rangitoto here we come @visitauckland
Finishing the day with an epic sunset from Motuihe island. We are staying here for a multi day trip with a local high school. Amazing place to stay with kiwi, tautara to name a few 📸superguideeric
Sun's out, guns out. Stunning weather for three days of exploring the Cavalli islands in the tropical far north.
Great paddle past the Candy Cane tower (Mackenzie bay light house) while heading to Rangitoto Island. Stunning paddle with a great group of local high school students  @visitauckland
So nice to float up Williams stream in Parau on the Manukau harbor @visitauckland  thanks to @emr_nz for another amazing event
Motukorea /Browns island twilight tour. Stunning evening with a group of local friends @visitauckland @purenewzealand
Amazing adventures with a Duke of Edinburgh group last weekend. We explored loads of sea caves, learnt about sustainable journeys and the 7 steps of leave no trace @dukeofednz
Stunning morning with flat water as we got set up for another @emr_nz day. Loads of locals learning about how amazing Lake Rototoa is. For those that don't about this amazing sand dune fresh water lake which is located at the northern end of the south head of the Kaipara Harbour should go and check it out. Or even better wait until EMR runs another of their legendary experience days @visitauckland
Gift New Zealand's #1 rated guided experience this Christmas. Sunset sea kayak tour to Rangitoto Island. Escape the city to a volcanic island and see why it's a sea kayakers paradise.
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