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Strange as it sounds, tramping is the Kiwi word for hiking. One of our favourite areas for tramping is within Fiordland National Park, the largest national park in New Zealand. It has a landscape of sparkling lakes, towering mountains and deep fiords all swathed in dense and unbroken rainforest.
The three most famous walks, Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks, are the Department of Conservation’s premier walking tracks, known as Great Walks, whereas the less familiar Hollyford and Hump Ridge Tracks offer a quieter, different experience. All tracks are clearly marked out and well formed and hut facilities along the tracks are of a high standard.
Walks can be on a guided or self-guided basis depending on confidence and the amount of equipment you intend to carry.
Trips & Tramps
Trips & Tramps are a locally owned and operated company from Lake Te Anau on the edge of Fiordland National Park. Steve & Kate Norris and their team offer small group tours and guided walks by enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides around some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand.
Trips & Tramps have a wide range of tours, from heli-hikes on the Kepler Track to customised walks focusing on specific interests such as bird watching or photography – the options are endless!
A visit to Milford Sound is one of Trips & Tramps specialities.
‘Milford Coach and Cruise’ involves an ‘unhurried’ drive through the spectacular scenery from Te Anau to Milford sound, where a leisurely nature boat cruise on the fiord awaits.
‘Milford Sound Walk and Kayak’ is a tour over two days; the first, kayaking on Milford Sound, is followed by a night on the fiord, before walking in the Hollyford Valley or the Routeburn Track after a laid-back boat cruise to start the day.
Guided walks take you along world famous tracks like Kepler and Routeburn and through alpine, lakeside and other magnificent landscapes.
Walks can be customised depending on your interests so you can organise them to visit specific places, see particular wildlife or plants, etc. and different fitness levels can be catered for.
With such a wide array of choice, Trips & Tramps really do offer walks for everyone.
Queenstown Guided Nature Walks
Guided Nature Walks, Queenstown, aim to give you a ” hands on understanding of every component of New Zealand’s South Island wilderness” in an area teeming with a variety of natural beauty and history.
Able to cater for wide ranges of interests, extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides will take you through some of the most stunning places in New Zealand.
The Routeburn Track and Rob Roy Glacier are just two of the places you can find with Guided Nature Walks and they can also take you to deep valleys and native forests, all the while describing some of New Zealand’s unique wildlife.
The guides not only have expert knowledge of the region and its environment, they also have detailed knowledge of specific areas of interest meaning your own personal interests will be skillfully catered for. One of the tours of specific interest is their “You vs Wild” walk where you can learn how to survive in the New Zealand bush.
There are full day and half day walks available spanning different purposes, depending on what your interests are, whether it be wildlife or simply hiking the famous Routeburn Track, or even a bit of everything.
Guided Nature Walks has a history spanning back 130 years and four local generations of the Bryant family. Peter and Karyn Hitchman are the current owners, with the ongoing support of Richard & Elaine Bryant. They have a vast knowledge of the history and ecology of the beautiful region in which they live.
The whole experience was magical. Everything went to plan. Everything happened when expected. No one was late. Everyone was helpful. How I would love to go back. Thank you for all your excellent organisation. Your ears must have been ringing the night we were in the Catlins. Lots and lots of Brownie Points. Many, many thanks Doris McDougall P. S. How fortunate was I to find you on the internet?