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COVID-19 Safety Measures

Our plans to keep you safe on tour

At Great Walks of New Zealand, your safety is our first concern. Our specific protocols and safety analysis procedures, in conjunction with updates provided by our local partners and Government Travel warnings, allow us to carefully assess the stability of our trips throughout New Zealand and plan our operations accordingly. Our experienced staff frequently review all aspects of our adventures to ensure we are providing you with the best possible travel experience. 

We have now introduced additional measures considering the COVID-19 pandemic. Naturally you’ll be social distancing while walking, but while at your evening accommodation, we recommend you embrace your own personal measures of safely distancing with other patrons, wash your hands regularly and if you are feeling unwell, discontinue your walk at the soonest opportunity and take steps to visit a local doctor to have yourself tested. The accommodation and transport providers used are also following government recommended measures to mitigate the risks to you.

Our guided departures manage the risk of COVID transmission through:

  • Screening – using a predeparture questionnaire to keep people with Covid19 off trips
  • Providing clients with clear guidelines to follow – more detailed briefings
  • Maintain physical distancing, with a max number of people per group
  • Enabling good hygiene practises – much more cleaning on the buses and in shared spaces, arranging pre-packed snacks and lunches when not dining in cafes or restaurants
  • Registering places we visit, keeping a contact register of people we encounter

Under Levels 1 and 2, we are fully operational.

Should you be in a region where there is a known alert Level 3 or 4 in place when your trip is due to commence, please get in touch with us ASAP prior to your travel commencement to discuss your options.  

Please direct any questions to our team at [email protected] or call 0800 496 369. They will be happy to assist.

In most instances, should you be confirmed to travel and unable to do so due to government restrictions or trips being made inoperable, we will be able to transfer you to a new departure, or offer you a credit towards future travel (less any non-recoverable deposits/payments/expenses incurred).  

Stay safe, be kind and unite against the pandemic.

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