New Zealand Contrasts

FROM £ 4995

Our popular New Zealand Contrasts itinerary offers a range of exciting day walks in eight of the 14 NZ National Parks. Spend time walking, usually on good trails,  through a wide range of contrasting landscapes: mountains, shoreline, valleys, NZ bush and rainforest and finally volcanic lava.

This ambitious itinerary combines adventure, real walking, good food, and great places to stay, with ‘High Places’ (and New Zealand’s) own informal and relaxed style.

Depending on availability, it may be possible to leave the NZ Contrasts group for a few days to hike the Milford or Routeburn Track. The Milford Track is 3 nights/4 days, Routeburn Track is 2 nights/3 days. Please view the detailed itinerary for more information on this.

The Land only trip ends in Auckland but if you are short of time you can save North Island for next time and end the trip in Christchurch after Mount Cook.

Our High Places NZ Office can also suggest hotels, buses, flights and arrange campervan or car hire. You can contact them on their website:


Walking most days 5-7+ hours. The whole range of New Zealand’s spectacular landscapes. Adventurous but with enough comforts and time to relax. Add cost of NZ domestic flight to Nelson. Option to leave trip in Christchurch before flight to Rotorua. S Island Only

What clients say…

“I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the New Zealand Contrasts holiday with High Places. All the leaders were so knowledgeable about the wildlife, history and areas we walked in and we stayed in some stunning locations. Food was great too! I will definitely be ‘singing your praises’ to others!”

Ros Grant

“The walking in such varied areas – rainforest, ridges and valleys in Mount Cook area, and not forgetting the exciting jet-boat rides! …..Excellent leaders and food – some of the best we have ever had on a trek…..

Clive & Maggie Sweet, New Zealand Contrasts.

Route Map

The variety of accommodation on the trip is a highlight. It includes a B&B guesthouse in Nelson, beachfront studios, cabins deep in the rainforest, a small hotel, an alpine lodge near Mt Cook and some friendly motels, chalets and a ski lodge. Most have a distinctly New Zealand flavour and quite often exclusive to our group. On much of the trip the rooms are twin or double with ensuite and on some nights we use a mix of one to three bedroom houses, chalets or motels with shared facilities and often with a communal lounge.
Mid November - Late March

What is included in the price?

  • Accommodation (Lodges and Chalets, Overnight boat (1 night), mostly en-suite)
  • Meals (Except dinners in towns - see B,L,D in detailed itinerary)
  • Guide (Guided walks as per itinerary)
  • Domestic Flights (Domestic flight Christchurch - Rotorua)
  • Transport (Private bus)

What is not included in the price?

  • Transfer on arrival
  • Optional trips eg. glacier
  • Scenic flight
  • Personal expenses

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