Explore New Zealand's incredible landscapes, predominantly on foot
New Zealand epitomises contrasting scenery and culture and is an ideal country for adventure travel.
Explore both islands as you weave your way through New Zealand on this active trip, visiting all the main highlights and many off-the-beaten-track attractions. Maximise your time in out of the way places and yet still marvel at the iconic destinations.
Enjoy true wilderness campsites followed by comfortable lodges. Trek through Jurassic-like rainforest, kayak with fur seals, hike along a glacier, climb up volcanic peaks and enjoy fish and chips on the beach. It's this mix which makes New Zealand extraordinary - it's majestic but down to earth, otherworldly yet reassuringly familiar.
A range of activities from whitewater rafting to sea kayaking and glacier walking complement the hikes superbly and keep this tour as diverse and exciting as the landscapes travelled!
What makes this trip responsible?
During this tour we spend 5 nights in huts/camps which helps to reduce our energy consumption. We operate a ‘leave no trace’ policy whereby we leave nothing behind, only footsteps! When trekking, we ensure to stay to marked trails wherever possible to reduce erosion and damage to the local ecosystem, and any rubbish will be taken back to the town and disposed of properly.
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New Zealand Wilderness
We are committed to putting something back into the New Zealand wilderness and for each Exodus client on this trip our local operator contributes $5 per into a Wildlife Research Fund. This fund has contributed to the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust to assist with conservation of Hector's dolphin - one of the rarest marine dolphins in the world, found only in New Zealand waters. These playful dolphins are often seen on our trips and we hope they will still be there in the years to come.
Our local team offers Exodus clients the opportunity to have a tree planted on their behalf. Selecting suitable locations for the plantings of native trees and with our partners planting one tree per contribution, our aim for this initiative is to re-establish native plantings within the community and help attract native birds back to the neighbourhoods. The trees also play their part in soaking up some of the carbon emissions that we would all like to reduce.
Our local team will compost food scraps from trips to use on their own vegetable garden at our Christchurch base. Produce can then be used on tours (when their green finger skills permit!). Also, where possible our local team bulk buys food to then divide up, thus cutting back on packaging waste. Our team refuse to use disposable plastic plates and cups that are making our landfills overflow. Instead they have plates and utensils (and the famous spork) that can be reused for many trips. Our guides endeavour to teach hikers about the New Zealand Flora, Fauna, history, cultures and how they can respect these as well as sustain them into future.
Emerald Lakes - New Zealand