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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.

Auckland sea kayak sunset



Ain't no office better than the Hauraki Gulf 💯☀️
Dinner al fresco. Do the guides deserve a Michelin star? @dukeofednz #dukeofedinburghaward
Team New Zealand @emiratesteamnz training on the Hauraki Gulf yesterday. They tried to keep up with our kayaks but I think they had the wrong foils on 😂
Beautiful jellyfish found on the shoreline at Motukorea. Any marine biologists out there have some intel on this cool creature? @emr_nz
Motunau Bay, Ponui Island. Everyone enjoying an afternoon swim at high tide on the Autumn Equinox, Wed, 20 Mar 2024.
For our tinier Auckland Sea Kayaks whanau | here's an epic colouring in sheet to celebrate Te Ika o te Tau - Fish of the Year competition! Complete this comp and be in to win some amazing prizes including:
- A sunset kayak to Rangitoto for two 
- An eDNA kit or eRangers card game kindly donated by Wilderlab 
- A family pass aboard Perfect Day (NTL) kindly donated by @divetutukaka 
- A mask and snorkel kindly donated by @wettie.spearfishing 
- One of two Marine Invaders card games kindly donated by Marine Invaders 
- A Doon River Fishy Pin kindly donated by @doonriver 
- An @emr_nz  goodie bag, and more!

Tag us and EMR so we can see your masterpieces  #teikaotetau2024 😎
Chloe and Bennett have been going hard at @vectorwero practicing their white water skills. Epic to see their continual progression!