As this tour is like an expedition, we must point out that there may be delays, route changes or program changes – due to unfavourable conditions, bad weather, organisational difficulties, etc. You should bring a spirit of adventure, coupled with a willingness to compromise on comfort and, if necessary, to practice tolerance and patience.
The Department of Conservation in New Zealand does not allow guiding on the Tongariro Crossing, Kepler Track and Routeburn Tracks. However, to give you the opportunity to walk one of the most famous tracks in New Zealand, you will be travelling as “freedom tramper” during these days.Your guide will provide detailed introduction and necessary maps for the tracks.
The groups may be joined by international participants (Europeans, Americans, etc.), so the guide will be fluent in both German and English.
This hike is extremely dependent on the weather and geothermal activities, which are regularly checked and assessed by the relevant authority. Adverse conditions may change the itinerary at short notice!
The New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) does not allow a pre-booking of the Routeburn Track Huts. Therefore, it is possible that these huts are fully booked before the minimum number of participants is reached. As an alternative trekking route the Kepler Track would be available. The Kepler Track is, like the Routeburn Track, part of the “Great Walks” of New Zealand.
You will be hiking with daypack and on multi-day hikes will be required to carry a sleeping bag, clothes and food; you must have mountain hiking experience and be in good physical condition. Hiking daily stages – 4 to 8 hours.
Overnight during the trek
During multi-day hikes, nights are spent in simple huts, which are equipped with mattresses.
A sleeping bag can be rented: $165 NZD, – per sleeping bag.
What to bring – bring sturdy shoes, gloves, hat, multifunction underwear, rain gear, sunscreen, backpack for day hikes. In the huts, meal preparation kitchen duties etc. is shared by everybody.
Food / Breakfast
Breakfast on the day of arrival is included in the price and offers the opportunity to meet the tour guides and group.
On other days you can have breakfast either in the hotel or visit any of the nearby cafes. Prices range between $18 and $30 NZD (e.g. “Continental”or “Cooked” breakfast)
Your guide will give you tips for shopping and usually knows a good restaurant.
Most units have cooking facilities, microwave and sink, partly electric cooker or hob / electric frying pan.
The right choice of overnight stays is very important to us, for at the end of an active day, every guest wants to relax in comfortable and pleasant surroundings. In cities such as Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown, we choose centrally located 3-4 star hotels/motels. In other areas we prefer selected accommodation, “NZ-owned and operated” where possible, combining authenticity with the comfort of good 3-4 star accommodation.