Small country, big adventure! Explore the North and South Island on our ultimate walking holiday in New Zealand
See what's planned
- Experience Rotorua with its 6m geysers, thermal springs, cauldrons of burning mud and the best known Maori settlement.
- Explore stunning and remote Milford Sound with its dramatic vertical cliffs, hanging valleys and waterfalls.
- Walk in the Mount Cook region – the highest and most beautiful point of New Zealand.
New Zealand is a small country blessed with more than its fair share of natural wonders. Complete New Zealand (41800) starts in Auckland, a city cradled between the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. We travel south to Rotorua, centre of both Maori culture and the most extraordinary thermal activity. Here you'll find geysers, bubbling mud pools and lakes which fizz with all the colours of the rainbow. Next stop is Tongariro National Park situated in a region of active volcanoes where we stay in the spectacular Chateau. The Tongariro Crossing is amongst the greatest one-day walks anywhere in the world (enjoyed as an optional extra; please ask our sales team for a quote).
From Wellington, we sail across the Marlborough Sound to Picton on the South Island. After walking alongside the Queen Charlotte Sound and visiting a vineyard, we spend two nights at St Arnaud in the beautiful Nelson Lakes National Park. Continue to Christchurch where we'll meet with those joining for South Island Discovery (41809) and explore the city together.
Travel to Franz Josef Glacier via Arthur’s Pass and the west coast route. We walk around Lake Matheson with its incredible mirror-like reflection of the Southern Alps and explore the valleys leading up to either Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier. Then onwards over the Haast Pass to Wanaka and Mount Aspiring National Park where we walk along some exhilarating trails.
From Wanaka, we travel on to Queenstown. You have the option to hike the popular Milford Track (please ask our sales team for a quote) or a walk from Queenstown. We enjoy dinner in the Skyline Restaurant, reached by gondola, with stunning views over Lake Wakatipu and the craggy ‘Remarkables' as a sensational backdrop. The next stop is Te Anau, the base for our visit to the Southern Lake District and the world-famous Milford Sound cruise.
We head north to spend two nights in Twizel, gateway to the peaks and trails of Mount Cook. Here we enjoy the last of our spectacular walks. This really is a holiday of a lifetime.
Please be aware that this holiday can have a total group size of up to 22 people. We also have options to do both the Tongariro Crossing and the Milford Track.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing Option
Heralded as the best one-day trek available in New Zealand, it spans the length of Mount Tongariro covering 12 miles (19.2km) and takes on average 7-8 hours to complete. You have the option to participate in the Tongariro Crossing. A medium to high-level is fitness required. This walk is above the advertised walking grade for this holiday and is a similar walking grade to our challenging grade 7 RWH holidays. We can book the crossing through a local tour operator at the time of making your booking. Please contact our Sales and Reservations department for a quote. The price includes local guide, lunch, trekking/wet weather gear hire and return transfers from the Chateau. Please click the "Read More" tab to download the information guide.
Milford Track Option
The Milford Track is world famous and the finest way to walk to Milford Sound. The first day begins with a boat journey from Te Anau Downs and a 1.6 km walk followed by a short nature walk. The following day we walk up the Clinton valley around 16 km with 200m of ascent. The next day we reach the head of the Clinton Valley and walk over the Mackinnon Pass around 15km but with 720m of ascent. A high level of fitness is required as this walk is above the advertised walking grade for this holiday and is a similar walking grade to our challenging grade 6 RWH holidays. Please contact our Sales and Reservations department for a quote. Please note that the price quoted will be based on you staying in a multi-share room. If you would like a quote for a room on a single basis then please specify at the time of booking. Please be aware that places are limited and on a first come first basis and are non-refundable depending on when you cancel (no name changes allowed). Once the spaces are booked, it is unlikely that we will be able to obtain more so please book early to avoid disappointment! Please ask Sales and Reservations for an information sheet for further details such as kit and accommodation. Please click the "Read More" tab to download the information guide.
Choose either the entire Complete New Zealand route as above, or if you have limited time available, join us for the South Island Discovery only.
- Return flights from Heathrow to Auckland returning Christchurch to Heathrow via Singapore (Singapore Airlines)
- Airport transfers
- En suite accommodation with breakfast
- Twelve dinners taken in the hotels or at local restaurants
- All local transport costs.
What's not included?
- Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
- Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary tips
- Optional excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Day 1 to 2
Day 1 to 2
Depart London Heathrow for Auckland via Singapore with Singapore Airlines.
Transfer Time = 30m
Day 3 to 4
Day 3 to 4
Day 3 Dinner. Day 4 Breakfast
Accommodation in Auckland
We land in Auckland around lunchtime, where we stay for two nights. We spend our time exploring and sightseeing in the ‘City of Sails’, including the harbour area, the Sky Tower, Albert Park and the Auckland Museum. We'll take the ferry across to Devonport to walk along the magnificent coastline overlooking the skyline of New Zealand’s principal city between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasmanian Sea.
Accommodation in Rotorua
Leaving Auckland we travel south to the Maori and thermal centre of Rotorua where we stay for one night.
Accommodation in Tongariro National Park
Aratiatia Dam to Huka Falls.
This morning we visit hot springs and erupting geysers and experience Maori culture at the Te Puia Thermal Reserve, in the Whakarewarewa Valley. In the afternoon we continue, via the spectacular Aratiatia dam and the Huka Falls (where we have a 2 hours walk in between the two attractions) to the Tongariro National Park. We stay at the Chateau Tongariro for two nights giving us time to walk in the wild country with its active volcanic peaks of Ruapehu (2780m), Ngauruhoe (2277m), and Tongariro (1956m).
Accommodation in Tongariro National Park
Today you may choose to do the Tongariro Crossing day walk. Due to the National Park regulations we are not able to offer the Tongariro Crossing as part of the itinerary, however it is an option which you can book, at a supplement, to add on to your holiday (please contact our Sales & Reservations department for further details).
Those choosing not to walk the Tongariro Crossing can join your tour leader on a walk through Whakapapa Village, before the Taranaki Falls walk, which rewards us with open views of Mt Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro, as well as the Lower and Upper Tama Lake viewpoints. Its a simply breath-taking day out int a striking landscape.
Accommodation in Picton
We have an early start today as we leave the Tongariro National Park and drive south to Wellington; New Zealand’s capital. After a quick visit of the Botanic Garden and the City Centre, we take the ferry across the Cook Strait through the Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton, on the shores of the Marlborough Sound, where we spend one night. The 3 ½ hours crossing and the coastal views from the ferry as we leave Wellington and cruise along the Queen Charlotte Sound are spectacular.
Nelson Lakes (St Arnaud)
Accommodation in Nelson Lakes
Walk to Bobs Bay (Milford Sound)
After a morning’s walk along the Marlborough Sound shore, we continue to Blenheim to visit a local winery before moving on to the alpine village of St Arnaud, for two nights.
Nelson Lakes (St Arnaud)
Accommodation in Nelson Lakes
We have a full day’s walking in the beautiful surrounding alpine countryside of the Nelson Lakes National Park near Mt Robert and Lake Rotoiti. There are a couple of walk options today, which are of different grades and weather dependent. Your leader will select the most suitable for the local conditions and the overall ability of the group. This unspoilt area is rarely visited by tour groups, making it a very special experience.
Accommodation in Christchurch
We leave Nelson Lakes National Park and travel across the ‘great divide’ mountainous spine of the South Island. We stop, en route, at the resort of Hanmer Springs, where we have the opportunity to bathe in the natural hot spring pools. We finally reach Christchurch where we stay for two nights. It is the second largest city in New Zealand, known as the Garden City. Founded in 1850 as a model church settlement, the founders envisaged recreating an English town – echoed in the Gothic architecture of its early buildings and the hundreds of acres of parkland surrounding the city. We explore the city on an orientation walk where we visit the Botanic Gardens, the Cardboard Cathedral, the Bridge of Remembrance and Hagley Park.
Here we meet up with those travelling on our South Island Discovery holiday.
Accommodation in Christchurch
We walk along the Godley Head walkway with lovely coastal views; this headland was where the original English settlers arrived in the 1860s after their 4-month voyage in the middle of the 19th century. We hug the coast for spectacular scenery and enjoy a picnic lunch on Taylors Mistake Beach. Later in the afternoon, there will also be time for individual sightseeing or an enjoyable walk into Hagley Park and Christchurch city centre.
Accommodation in Franz Josef
We cross the Great Divide again, traversing spectacular gorges and the ancient forest of Arthur’s Pass National Park, where we enjoy a short walk in the park before continuing to the West Coast and Hokitika with its wild windswept beaches covered in driftwood. From there, we enter Glacier Country and stop in the tiny village of Franz Josef.
Accommodation in Franz Josef
We start the day with an early morning walk around Lake Matheson, famous for its postcard-quality reflections of the Southern Alps. We had anticipated a walk to view the glacial face of Fox Glacier, however due to some recent adverse weather in the area, the road leading up to the glacier is closed and access is not currently possible. Instead we return to Franz Josef (which has the more spectacular and interesting scenery of the two glaciers) and walk to the face of this breathtaking glacier before returning to our hotel.
Accommodation in Wanaka
We continue our journey south along the coast, turning inland over the Haast Pass and through wonderful country (with stops at the startlingly blue Lakes Hawea and Wanaka) arriving in the charming town of Wanaka (known affectionately as ‘Queenstown’s little brother) where we stay for two nights..
Accommodation in Wanaka
Today we walk in the Mount Aspiring National Park. Here we may hike either the Mount Roy Track, or the Diamond Lake and Rocky Mountain track. Both tracks offer some of the best mountain & lake views that New Zealand has to offer.
Accommodation in Queenstown
We continue south to Queenstown, where Ben Lomond and the ‘Remarkables’ mountain range tower above Lake Wakatipu. We stay for three nights. En route, we visit Arrowtown, a pretty gold rush village with a ‘wild west’ feel to it. We enjoy a walk around the river before exploring the town with its long-forgotten Chinese Settlement, followed by lunch. Once we arrive in Queenstown, we will have an afternoon orientation walk to include a lakeside walk and the memorial gardens. Dinner for our first evening in Queenstown is spent high above the town, taking the gondola up to Bolos Park and the ‘Skyline' restaurant.
Please note that if you choose to take the option of hiking the Milford Track (see the information below for the Milford Track option, days 1-5), you leave the main group to start your adventure tomorrow. A high level of stamina and fitness is required as this walk is above the advertised walking grade for this holiday and is a similar walking grade to our challenging grade 6 RWH holidays. Please contact our Sales and Reservations department at the time of booking to request this optional extra. At the time of booking, you must pay in full for your permit and there are no name changes allowed once a permit has been reserved. If you were to cancel, the following charges apply to the permit: outside of 90 days the penalty is £50, 89-60 days the penalty is £100, 59-21 days is 50% of permit cost, and 20 days or fewer results in 100% cancellation being charged. This is out of the control of RWH.
Accommodation in Queenstown
Ben Lomond - return to the saddle
Today we catch a gondola cable car to above the tree-line, then hike up a good mountain track towards the summit of Ben Lomond (with options of reaching the ‘saddle' or the top, as this is an out-and-back walk). There are far reaching 360 degree views throughout the day and you can relax after the walk at the Skyline restaurant and cafe by the upper gondola station before riding back down to town and the hotel.
Milford Track option day 1: You'll be picked up at our Queenstown hotel and transfer to a wharf on Lake Te Anau. You'll take an afternoon scenic cruise to the start of the famous Milford Track long distance trail. A short walk of just 1 mile brings you to Glade House for an overnight stay. The local guides will show you some interesting flora and fauna along the way.
Accommodation in Queenstown
You will be ready to enjoy a free day to yourself! Queenstown is the outdoor activity and sightseeing capital of New Zealand and your options include a lake trip on the SS Earnslaw steam ship (built 1912), an exhilarating jet boat ride, a self-guided local walk, or simply a lie-in followed by a relaxing ‘day out' – perhaps enjoying a lunch in one of the many eateries in this lovely town.
Milford Track option day 2: You'll cross the Clinton River and walk through mountain beech forests and open clearings to the Hirere Waterfalls. You then continue onto a grassy plain (known as the Prairie) where the views open out into Clinton Canyon. A rocky but well-made path takes you up to Marlene's Creek and then to Pompolona Lodge. A good day hike with 10 miles distance over an ascent of 400m.
Accommodation in Te Anau
We walk the Frankton Arm, a pleasant level shoreline walk to the Frankton Tavern where we can enjoy the Boatshed cafe en route. We then continue south to Te Anau; set on a lake of the same name, where we stay for three nights. We're in the heart of the Southern Lakes region from where we can walk alongside the Lake and explore the magnificent Fjordland National Park.
Milford Track option day 3: Today you will reach the head of the Clinton Valley and walk over the Mackinnon Pass. This is around 9 miles but with 720m of ascent. You'll have a chance to visit the Sutherland Falls, the world's fifth highest waterfall with a drop of 580m.
Accommodation in Te Anau
Today we visit the world-famous Milford Sound. Our drive there is along one of the most spectacular roads in the world, with dramatic lakes, cliffs and mountains. We enjoy short scenic walks en route, then a boat trip on the Milford Sound simply takes your breath away. We sail out on deep waters between towering spires of rock surrounding the narrow inlet, with unforgettable views of the sheer mile-high Mitre Peak and the thundering Lady Bowen Falls. This region has around 6.5m of rainfall every year making it one of the wettest inhabited places in the world.
Milford Track option day 4: Today's walk gives you a wonderful view of the Lady of the Snows, a distinctive mountain at the head of Green Valley. The 13-mile walk covers a long distance but is comfortable with only 125m of descent. The interest never wanes as you pass various hills, flats and waterfalls on our way to the end of the Track at Sand Fly Point. From there, we are collected by motor launch across the Milford Sound to Mitre Peak Lodge.
Accommodation in Te Anau
Rainbow Reach to Moturoa Hut (Kepler Track)
Today we visit the National Park Visitor Centre, then walk some of the famous ‘Kepler Track' – a fabulous hike through New Zealand rainforest with all the sights and sounds that make these areas so special. In the afternoon, we visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves. We take a cruise across Lake Te Anau to the caves where we have a guided tour to see the spectacular light show.
Milford Track option day 5: Take a boat trip on the Milford Sound out on the deep waters between towering spires of rock surrounding the narrow inlet, with unforgettable views of the sheer mile-high Mitre Peak and the thundering Lady Bowen Falls. You'll then enjoy a scenic coach ride back to Te Anau where you'll rejoin the main group before visiting the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.
Accommodation in Twizel
We leave Te Anau and travel north through the centre of the island into the sparsely populated MacKenzie Country, our gateway to the Mt Cook region.
Accommodation in Twizel
We spend today walking in the area around Mount Cook (3741m), which dominates this spectacular alpine region. We walk up the Hooker Valley, crossing three swing bridges, towards the base of Mt. Cook with views of the hanging glaciers of Mount Sefton and Mount Footstool. Our walk reaches the glacier terminal moraine where we take some unforgettable photographs of the icebergs in the glacial lake.
Today we leave Mount Cook and travel north, stopping briefly to admire the astonishing electric blue Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo. We then continue on to Christchurch airport to check in for our flights home to London Heathrow via Singapore.
Walks & Excursions
You may choose to take a day off from the group arrangements and follow your own itinerary, and if this is the case, we would suggest you allow between £20-30 per person per week to cover any additional costs. Should you wish to participate in any activities not connected with the itinerary, please be aware that this is at your own risk and please ensure that your insurance policy covers you for any activity which may be considered a dangerous sport by your insurer.
We have a dedicated driver in addition to our tour leader. The driver is very experienced and offers great knowledge of the local area.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator.
We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by
us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price,
non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or
additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Tour Leaders & Local Guides
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Your Travel Details
Flights are from London Heathrow to Auckland and return from Christchurch, via Singapore (in both directions) with Singapore Airlines.
Travel within New Zealand is by road.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Legislation in New Zealand requires that all walking boots and footwear taken into the country need to be clean and free of soil (which may contain living organisms). Immigration authorities may insist that you produce your walking boots for inspection on arrival. To avoid unnecessary delay on arrival please ensure that all footwear is clean and easily accessible. If your footwear is not clean you will be required to clean it at the airport before being granted entry into New Zealand!
No fruit is allowed in for the same reasons of bio security and small traces can lead to delays.
Entry Requirements - Medication:
There are some restrictions on bringing medication into New Zealand. Prescription medicines may only be brought in if they fulfil a certain criteria. Please ensure that you visit the New Zealand Customs website (www.customs.govt.nz/features/prohibited/imports) for more information on importing prescription medications and ensure that you have followed the relevant advice. Remember if you arrive in New Zealand with any prescription medicines, you must declare it on your passenger arrival card.
If you are making you own travel arrangements, it is assumed that you will be joining the group at the hotel in Auckland and leaving the group at the hotel in Christchurch unless you state otherwise. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least five weeks prior to departure. You will also need to bear in mind that you will be travelling back from Christchurch, not Auckland. You may need an internal flight from Christchurch to Auckland and then Auckland to London Heathrow on your return journey
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Passports and Visas
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport.
Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents
and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to
ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply
with, such requirements.
General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel
and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.
Passport Information for New Zealand
A valid passport is required (valid for a minimum period of one month from the date of exit from New Zealand).
From 1 October 2019, all travellers entering NZ must have an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). This must be obtained prior to leaving your home country by completing an online application form. Requesting an NZeTA costs NZD $9 through the app or NZD $12 through the website provided. Allow up to 72 hours for processing, although it could take as little as 10 minutes.
There is no need to physically visit the embassy or consulate, the ETA New Zealand online application form takes only 5-10 minutes to complete. Once approved, the ETA New Zealand will be sent to you electronically, you must present a printed copy to border authorities to gain entry. To apply please visit the following website: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta
-a valid passport that you will use to travel to New Zealand
-a credit card or debit card (Visa or Mastercard)
-an email address.
You must also pay an IVL, which funds tourism infrastructure and helps protect our natural environment. You pay the IVL at the same time as you request your NZeTA. The IVL costs NZD $35.
The fastest way to request your NZeTA is by downloading the free app to your mobile phone. If you use the app it will take you less than 5 minutes to complete your request. You can use the app to scan your passport to instantly upload your details and scan your credit or debit card for ease of payment. You can obtain the app from the following website: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta
Breakfasts are provided daily in the hotels. Twelve dinners and one lunch are included in the holiday cost. Your tour leader will be happy to suggest a restaurant for the group on the days that dinner is not included in the holiday cost. This provides some freedom and flexibility for several meals during your stay. You can expect to pay approximately £25-30 for a two course meal, at an averagely priced restaurant. One lunch is included and an additional four lunches are included if you do the Milford Track option. All remaining lunches are at your own account and can usually be purchased at a local shop or cafe during the day. Sometimes lunches are taken as picnics, occasionally we stop in a local village en route or even on the beach during a day of spectacular hiking.
Footwear & Kit List
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
- Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
- Lightweight quick-drying trousers
- Walking T-shirt/shirts
- Walking socks
- Fleece or jumper
- Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
- Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
- Swimwear (if appropriate)
- Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
- Day sack liner
- Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
- Basic first aid kit
- Walking poles (should you find them useful)
- Sit mat
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
- Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
- Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
- Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
- Holiday money
- Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
- Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
- Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
- Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
- Your travel insurance details
- Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
- Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
- A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
- Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is
filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter
such as a Water-to-go bottle available from
Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go
for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website
at www.watertogo.eu and
enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the
discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us
to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information
Maps, Guidebooks & More
Maps & Books:
Maps and books of New Zealand may be obtained before departure from specialist map sellers such as The Map Shop
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
Tel: 01684 593 146
E-mail: [email protected]
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:
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New Zealand Dollar
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Visas and Passports
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Staying Healthy On Holiday
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility
to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on,
and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure.
Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for New Zealand
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to New Zealand.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Diphtheria immunisation is recommended.
You might also like to consider immunisations against Tetanus.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information
on security and local laws for travellers, together with current
passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware.
Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible
precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays
of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches.
Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day,
and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations.
Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence
of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups
not only gives you an up close and personal experience of
your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate
environment. We feel that the most important starting point
to protect the environment is to be out in it.
For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able
to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives.
Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose
aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries
we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long
term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less
developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
See our website for more information and details of some of the
projects we support.
Staying In Touch
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature
of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change
to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and
your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your
attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Ramblers Walking Holidays
Our office is open and our Sales & Reservations team are available to speak to you from:
- 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday
Please quote your Booking Reference number and Tour Code whenever contacting us.
We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
Grade 4 Sightseeing
Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.
Discover more about our walking grades