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From South to North Island on the Best Trails of the Te Araroa

Hiker’s Journey to New Zealand

New Zealand

12 Days

From $8,295

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    Overview

    The 1,900-mile-long Te Araroa trail (Maori for “Long Pathway”) traverses New Zealand from the bottom of the South Island to the top of the North Island—it takes hardy “through-hikers” about three months to hike this great route. For our own Te Araroa adventure, we've selected some of the best sections on both the south and north islands, including the lush Queen Charlotte Track, the panoramic “Stairway to Heaven” staircases high above the Kapiti Coast, and the memorable Tongariro Alpine Crossing, known as the best one-day hike in New Zealand. Many delights await along the way, including swimming with dusky dolphins, jetboating on the Whanganui River, sampling superb cuisine and wines, and enjoying the friendly culture of one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

    Arrive: Christchurch, New Zealand

    Depart: Taupo, New Zealand

    Highlights

    • Snorkel with dolphins on the Kaikoura Coast
    • Walk the tranquil paths of the lush Queen Charlotte Track
    • Climb the Stairway to Heaven for high panoramas over the Kapiti Coast
    • Jetboat on the Whanganui River, with optional canoeing
    • Hike the epic volcanic landscape of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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      From Christchurch, we take the scenic Coastal Pacific train to Kaikoura, where we’ll board a boat and snorkel with playful dusky dolphins (wetsuit, mask, snorkel, and fins provided), or just watch their leaps and backflips. We’ll also stretch our legs on a hill hike above the coast.

      The spectacular Queen Charlotte Track, part of the Te Araroa Trail, stretches from historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa, passing through lush coastal forest, around coves and inlets, and along skyline ridges with breathtaking views of Queen Charlotte Sound. Scenic water taxi rides take us from our lodge to our daily trailheads, and one of our hikes brings us through private farmlands to the beautiful coast at the village of Anakiwa.

      We fly to Wellington for a visit to the fascinating Te Papa Museum, then hike the Te Araroa Trail’s spectacular “Stairway to Heaven,” a breathtaking path above the Kapiti Coast. Day 9 finds us in Whanganui National Park, where we’ll jetboat along the pristine Whanganui River.

      For a grand finale, we make the challenging full-day hike known as the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, navigating a volcanic landscape of steaming vents, glacial valleys, vividly-hued crater lakes, and ancient lava flows. Easier hikes are offered for those who don't want to make the crossing, and the next day we'll relax with a soak in the warm geothermal waters of Otumuheke Stream. Depart Day 12 via Taupo.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders
      • Accommodations in hotels and lodges
      • All meals included except 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

      Christchurch, New Zealand

      Day 1 (1 night)

      Right in the center of Christchurch's Cathedral Square, this modern hotel is an easy walk to all the local shops and restaurants as well as the popular Riverside Market. There is a restaurant, bar/lounge, and fitness center.

      Sudima Kaikoura

      Kaikoura, New Zealand

      Day 2 (1 night)

      The brand new Sudima Kaikoura is a lovely hotel located within a one-minute walk to the beach and center of town. Guest rooms have comfortable beds, large bathrooms, and lots of natural light thanks to the big windows overlooking the beach or town. The hotel has a nice restaurant and...

      Furneaux Lodge

      Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

      Days 3-4 (2 nights)

      Located at the head of Endeavour Inlet in the Marlborough Sounds, the family owned and operated Furneaux Lodge is a beautiful oasis overlooking lush lawns rolling down to the sea. Cozy one-bedroom guest rooms feature king-sized or two twin beds and a private deck or patio. Lodge amenities include...

      The Portage Hotel

      Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

      Day 5 (1 night)

      Based near the Queen Charlotte Track at the top of the Marlborough Sounds stands the lovely Portage Hotel. The Tui Terrace guest rooms overlook tranquil Kenepuru Sounds and have specious decks, nice bathrooms, and either king or two twin beds. The hotel restaurant offers hearty meals seasoned with herbs from...

      Picton Waterfront Apartments

      Picton, New Zealand

      Day 6 (1 night)

      The Picton Waterfront Apartments offer spacious, modern one- to four-bedroom apartments in the heart of the village. They offer stunning views of Picton Harbor from their own private balconies, with Picton's cafes and bars just a two-minute walk away. Guests...

      Sofitel Wellington

      Wellington, New Zealand

      Day 7 (1 night)

      Set in the downtown area, Sofitel Wellington offers a wonderful stay with nice rooms, spacious bathrooms, and amenities like complimentary WiFi and in-room coffee and tea. If you have time and want to explore, the hotel is a short walk to the waterfront and its many delights.

      Powderhorn Chateau

      Ohakune, New Zealand

      Days 8-9 (2 nights)

      The name may spark images of wintertime activities, but Powderhorn Chateau is equally wonderful in the summer. Set in the Ruapehu region, the hotel pays homage to its ski-lodge legacy, with cabin-like wood accents, a wonderful restaurant named after Switzerland's famous peak (The Matterhorn), and has amazing access to outdoor...

      The Reef Resort

      Taupo, New Zealand

      Days 10-11 (2 nights)

      Set on the lakefront of Lake Taupo, The Reef Resort is a welcome place to stay while hiking the Te Araroa trail through Tongariro National Park. Guest rooms are clean and modern, and most come with breathtaking views of the lake or surrounding mountains. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 4, Moderate to Strenuous, according to our trip grading system, and is for people who enjoy a real hiking challenge. The trails vary from well-maintained tracks to more challenging, unmodified trails. Some trails can be muddy and slippery and require a certain level of coordination and hiking ability. New Zealand is mountainous and trails include ascents and descents ranging from 300-3,750 feet, depending on hiking option, so we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition.

      Review Trip Level Details
      The Te Araroa Trail from the tip of the North Island to the very bottom of the South Island connects some of the country's iconic hiking trails, such as the Tongariro Crossing, but often follows paths that range from flat and paved roads to barely discernible routes through nearly impenetrable bush and steep climbs of extended duration. We have selected hikes that are within the description of a “Level 4” Wilderness Travel trip, but we also sample the incredible diversity of the Te Araroa Trail. Although you carry only a daypack, there are some steep ascents and descents and many sections that cross rough or rocky trails. Many trails are not “groomed” but follow the natural contours of the land and are therefore uneven. We will no doubt experience every conceivable type of weather on this trip, so it's best to be prepared.
      Temperatures on the North and South islands in midsummer are generally warm and pleasant with averages in the high 60s and low 70s and minimal rain, but it can get much colder. Since the weather in New Zealand is often variable so we may occasionally have to wait for it to change in order to participate in our planned activities or change our activities to suit the weather. In such a case, we may rearrange the daily itinerary to accommodate the weather conditions. Note: On the Tongariro Crossing (Day 10), you will be hiking in alpine conditions, so be sure to bring the recommended clothing layers.
      We spend our nights in small, picturesque inns, full of Kiwi charm and ambiance. The rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.
      One of the highlights of this trip is the chance to enjoy the fresh local food New Zealand is famous for. We'll be close to the source of much of the food we eat, experiencing a variety of dining experiences, most of which will also be memorable for the location and the company. Most lunches will be either a picnic or packed lunch on the trail.
      Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need during the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day).

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      Client Testimonials

      "Every aspect was excellent: my fellow hikers, the guide, the itinerary. I liked that there were some non-hiking days (swimming with the dolphins!, Wellington museum and bird sanctuary, Whanganui river) interspersed with mostly rigorous hiking days -- plus the New Zealand people and landscape, and the food and wine."

      Tom H.

      Portland, OR

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}