This hiking tour combines the best of The Great Walks of New Zealand - packaged in such a way that your comfort is as important as the hiking.
With such iconic names as the Milford, Routeburn and Hollyford tracks walk including Arthurs Pass and Mount Cook, National Parks and Fox Glacier. The New Zealand Trails - World Heritage New Zealand Hiking Tour ticked all the right boxes - but was I up for the challenge? I certainly wasn’t anywhere near ready to hang up my hiking boots, although they have been sitting around gathering moss for some time. It was a fantastic opportunity and I had to think hard, after all this was nearly a two-week long hiking tour.
Sure I was a little hesitant, I’m a busy guy, a father of two and yep a proud owner of a couple of minor love handles, however, I don't consider myself unfit, I lead a busy life and just don’t have time to go to the gym. Its incidental fitness that I’m into, you know, walking up the stairs to work, taking the kids swimming (which does require poolside pacing). Decisions Decisions...
I needn’t have worried, as it turns out this trip was designed for people like me, people that love the great outdoors, enjoy a good walk but don’t want to break any speed records and above all enjoy the comforts of home accompanied with great food and wine at the end of a day. And I was in good hands, the guys running the tour were hiking veterans that had guided on all of our significant tracks (Milford, Routeburn included) over the last few decades and enhanced our experience sharing with us a deep insight into the land, its people, history, and the flora and fauna.