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  • guided walk
  • 1 night hotel, 5 nights guesthouse


7 daysfrom


Trip Code: GSW

Trip highlights

  • Enjoy sampling a diverse range of local, seasonal produce from gelato and cheese to honey and blueberries
  • Taste wines at an award-winning winery
  • Delicious kiwi-style home-cooked meals using local ingredients
  • Be enchanted by magical rainforest of Pureora
  • Walk to the top of the North Island's highest waterfall
  • Explore Maungatautari predator-free ecological sanctuary
  • Visit Blue Springs with its famously clear, pure water

The Waikato region of the North Island stretches from the west to the east coast around about the middle of the island. It is well known for hobbit film sets and caves but there is far more to this diverse region than even many locals know. Visit spectacular waterfalls, explore magnificent limestone landscapes hidden amongst native forest and walk ancient enchanted rainforest. Wake to morning birdsong at charming guesthouse accommodation and indulge in delicious home-cooked three course meals infused with local hospitality and award-winning wines. Your guide knows the best places to sample local cheese, wine, gelato, blueberries, coffee and more in between liberal doses of nature on a range of picturesque, well-known and not-so-well-known day walks that will have you sleeping soundly every night.



  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Auckland (twinshare) with private bathroom
  • 5 nights guesthouse accommodation (twinshare) with private bathroom (some rooms may have shared bathroom facilities)
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Return shuttle transfers from Auckland
  • Private transport in comfortable air-conditioned vehicle throughout the trip
  • Professional local guide
  • Two or three course evening meals every night (except in Auckland)
  • A glass of New Zealand wine, beer or non-alcoholic drink of choice each evening (except in Auckland)
  • Group food and wine tastings mentioned in the itinerary
  • Water bottle for use on tour and to keep
  • Reusable mug for hot drinks on tour and to keep
  • Group first aid kit

  • Travel to Auckland on Day 1 and onward travel from Auckland on Day 7
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages other than drinking water and those included with evening meals
  • Optional activities, extras and upgrades (such as single supplement, massage, purchases of specialty food items to take home)
  • Items of a personal nature (eg. laundry, shopping, internet)
  • Daypack (large enough to fit a lunch box and water bottle); a limited number of daypacks are available for hire if required (must be requested in advance)
  • Personal hiking gear and walking poles; a limited number of walking poles are available for hire if required (must be requested in advance)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)

Trail Surface




MODERATE - GRADE 5 This adventure involves walking from 3 - 6 hours a day, at a steady pace. There is a 600m altitude gain on the hardest day. You will need a good level of fitness and must be in good health. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions and uneven terrain. Walking each day is over a variety of trails including uneven bush tracks with mud, tree roots and rocks, as well as some well-maintained paths with even surfaces. Care needs to be taken as there are some steep sections that have a loose surface and are slippery when wet. We recommend 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise, three to four times a week for several months prior to travel for adequate fitness preparation. This can include swimming, jogging, hard walking or cycling. Hill or stair walking is also highly recommended at least once a week in variable weather conditions. On the trip you will need to carry your daily requirements such as water, lunch, spare clothing and personal items so it is a good idea to carry a daypack with some gear in it during your training.

Departure dates


Private custom tours available on request for minimum 6 people; price variation may apply

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School groups, friends, family trips, corporate events and even making the trail accessible for everyone. Learn how you can organise a Customised Tour with Great Walks of New Zealand.

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Options & Supplements*
  • Single supplementNZD$570
*Prices listed are per person and also from

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Food Lover's Waikato Guided Walk trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.

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Why walk with us

Self-Guided Experts

Our itineraries have been carefully designed and researched with you in mind.  The logistics are handled for you allowing you the freedom to walk New Zealand at a level of your choosing and in your own stride.


A core Maori value exercising guardianship in relation to nature, flora and fauna and its people, ensuring that sustainability and environment are valued, respected and protected for future generations to enjoy.

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As a small business ourselves, we love supporting and sharing New Zealand with other small and likeminded businesses and communities to showcase for you, what our land and people have to offer.

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