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Guided Walks New Zealand - Day Tours

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Address: Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-442 3000
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours


It’s our privilege to take you into some of...


It’s our privilege to take you into some of the most beautiful and spectacular areas in the Queenstown and Fiordland region to experience everything from glacial valleys and majestic mountains to beautiful lakes and pristine rainforest. Our friendly, knowledgeable local guides ensure you have the time to enjoy the whole experience nature has provided.

We’ve chosen our range of walks for their natural history, scenic beauty, remote locations and varied terrain. We’re proud of our company's reputation for providing friendly, informative and personalised guided walks for small groups, and working to make Guided Walks NZ the most memorable part of your New Zealand experience.

Why choose Guided Walks NZ? The answer’s simple – we’re the only guiding company permitted to walk "off track" in the National Park. This means we avoid the crowds and experience a true 'wilderness' walk, letting you see and touch the real New Zealand.

Guided Walks since 1868

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Snow Shoeing

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our 2nd snow shoeing experience. A very special thank you to ML (Moana-Lyn) for providing us with a wonderful adventure. She was extremely... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our 2nd snow shoeing experience. A very special thank you to ML (Moana-Lyn) for providing us with a wonderful adventure. She was extremely knowledgeable about the area and was able to answer all of our questions. ML gave us what we asked for and that was a slow-paced, photographing journey. The morning tea and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

My wife and I undertook the half day 'Lakeshore, Forest & Bird' walk. Our guide Pam was wonderful. Warm, friendly, knowledgeable, and caring about the environment she was keen to reveal to us. Although the cloud cover was persistent, the views were fabulous. Pam instructed us in great detail about the vegetation and the bird life - and we had... More 

Thank 56gc
Wakefield, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

Shaun from Guided Walks New Zealand Queenstown was a professional and knowledgable guide that took us on an amazing nature and bird walk. He answered all our questions and was very cordial. Shaun also prepared hot drinks and snacks for us which added to the pleasure of our morning walk. First day in Queenstown and we were able to capture... More 

Thank Sharon G
naples, fl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

Suzanne, a very knowledgeable guide, led us on this day long trek up to the first hut, about 8km. She did a great job of explaining the area as we went along....like stepping back to the beginning of time! The trip was a little hard on our old knees but well worth the trek over suspension bridges, tumbling rapids and... More 

Thank Larry K
Nokomis, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

The Routeburn is a nice hike. The trail is well marked and great shape (even in the rain!). Our guide 'Jenny' was terrible. She clearly was uninterested, apathetic, and just going through the motions. I would highly advise you ask NOT be put in a group with her. Do the hike, avaid the attitude!

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Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Guided Walks New Zealand - Day Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora, Thank you for your review. The Routeburn Track is definitely one of those 'must do' walks. We appreciate your feedback and are sorry you did not find our guide Jenny to be what you wanted. We have received other feedback from customers on this trip who were very complimentary of Jenny. Safe travels. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Beautiful moderate hike, amazing views and changing landscapes while walking. Rivers, waterfalls, the glacier in the distance, rock paths and bush....A knowledgable and friendly guide. Quite a serious pace walking with not too much stopping. The drive from Queenstown was pretty far, but definitely worth it. Great experience and really satisfying to reach the glacier and have lunch. Lunch prepared... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

Great hike, beautiful vistas. Shaun was great with our group of 5, offering up information as we made the walk and making sure everyone was fully informed of what we would be doing and that everyone was comfortable with the pace. Shaun very knowledgeable and easy to hang with, both on the hike and in the van ride up from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016 via mobile

Took the Routeburn Track with Dion as our guide and loved it. Was with a group of political refugees from different parts of the US and we all got along great, which contributed to the enjoyment. It drizzled off and on throughout the hike but Dion was prepared at every turn for those who did not carry backup gear, be... More 

Thank Hank H
Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

Just completed the Routeburn Track day hike to the Routeburn Falls led by Shaun. Excellent views, well maintained trail, and informative commentary by our guide. The pace was to our liking with our guide providing lunch for us at the Falls. Total time of the hike from the parking lot was about 7 hours. Should be reasonably fit for the... More 

Thank Harv A
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

We were picked up from our Arrowntown location to join 5 other hikers. Jenny, our guide, drove us the hour and a half from Queenstown through Glenorcy to the head of Lake Wakatipu for the start of our hike on the Routeburn Track. We began in a beech forest and climbed to the gorge. We were treated with a special... More 

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