Adventure travel specialist, the World Expeditions Travel Group, has launched a new Great Walks of New Zealand brand, comprising 21 self-guided and guided walks of varying degrees of challenge and duration on New Zealand’s South Island.
Crafted to offer active adventurers maximum flexibility, walkers can choose between a professionally guided, pack-free walk, complete with luggage transfers and carefully selected lodge/cabin style accommodation and a self-guided, full-pack carrying trek, with shared accommodation at DOC Great Walk or a private hut.
Ranging from a 4 day introductory style walk through to a 12 day challenging trek, there is something for every level of fitness in the Great Walks of New Zealand range and, with customised walks also on offer, it’s possible to include virtually any combination of walks into the one itinerary.
Well known regions feature in the range, with 6 walks on the magnificent Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds region, ranging from an introductory level hike and cruise combination itinerary to a self-guided 6 day, extended hike. There are 4 variations in the Abel Tasman National Park and a 5 day self-guided Heaphy Hike.
Lesser known regions also feature, with self-guided hikes including Banks Peninsula, Old Ghost, Paparoa, the Kaikoura Coastal and on the Nydia Track, on offer.
According to World Expeditions New Zealand Manager, Natalie Tambolash, the concept for a dedicated New Zealand walking range was inspired by the success of the company’s Australian walking brand, when it became a founding member of the Great Walks of Australia.
“We registered the Great Walks of New Zealand domain name more than 5 years ago and we’ve been in actively researching and developing the new range for the last 18 months,” Ms Tambolash said.
“With a focus on affordability and flexibility, there are options for couples, small groups of friends and families,” she said. “We expect the rang to be highly sought after within the domestic market.”
“The range will be expanded to include North Island walks in coming months,” she said, “and the entire range will adhere to COVID-safe protocols.”
Great Walks of New Zealand is the 12th member of the World Expeditions Travel Group and the third New Zealand brand, joining the long established and successful cycling brands, Adventure South and Trail Journeys there.
More information at www.greatwalksofnewzealand.co.nz or call +64 9 368 4161.