Join us on an unforgettable journey to premier hiking destinations on both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. You will experience stunning, varied landscapes and lush rain forests, gushing geysers, limestone cliffs, and icy glaciers on the snow-capped Southern Alps. More information and important links are found below, and hotel locations and photo pages are linked on the right:

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February 27 and 28, March 1, 2017

See Taupo Hotel Web Site
See Taupo Area Photos


March 2, 2017

See Picton Hotel Web Site

See Picton Area Photos(coming soon)

Maruia Hot Springs

March 3, 2017

See Maruia Hotel Web site

See Maruia Area Photos(coming soon)


March 4, 5, and 6, 2017

See Christchurch Hotel Web Site

See Christchurch Area Photos(coming soon)

Mt Cook/Aoraki

March 7, 2017

See Mt. Cook Hotel Web Site

See Mt. Cook Area Photos(coming soon)


March 8, 9, and 10

See Queenstown Hotel Web Site

See Queenstown Area Photos(coming soon)

Trip base price:

$4,500 (includes round trip airfare LAX/Auckland, all transport in NZ, all lodging above, all guided hikes, all breakfasts, and dinner at the Hermitage on Mt. Cook/Aoraki)





Kent Porter and Cyndi Smith-Porter, Independent Tours Owners, in Florence, April, 2015

Our expert hiking director and itinerary planner Judy Shane

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