BEYOND THE GREAT WALKS
There is a saying amongst the Ahipara team: "Great Walks, Great Marketing, Great Crowds". For the last 15 years, the team have been putting together spectacular hikes with excellent guides well away from the hype and traffic of the Great Walks - Milford Track, Tongariro Crossing etc. They work with some globally acclaimed trekkers, including Lydia Bradey who was the first woman to climb Everest with no additional oxygen. Other guides specialise in areas where it is easy to escape the crowds, but only with local knowledge.
Ahipara strongly recommend guided hikes over self-guided walking as sudden weather change is a great danger in the New Zealand back country. There are dozens of back country one-day hikes which allow you to return to your accommodation every night. Ahipara are experts at tailor making multi day hikes, taking into account fitness levels, desired walking distance, time, uphills and downhills, river crossings, flora and fauna, food and romantic or rudimentary accommodation. Adding to the adventure, entry and exit points for walks can be accessed via self-drive, chauffeured transfers, helicopter, jetboats, four-wheel drives and even a gondola!