Generally the hotels/motels
where you are staying will store you vehicle while you are walking
if you are staying on your return. We will confirm this with your
accommodation. In some places we recommend taking public transport
rather than leaving a vehicle in a remote area. Never leave valuables
( passport, cameras etc.) in your vehicle...it is not worth the
If you would like to return your vehicle
we can arrange a shuttle from the nearest depot. Sometimes on long
term rental packages it is just as cheap to "hang on"
On the Guided Walks yes. If you take
a Freedom Plus package on the Hump Ridge or Waitutu walks yes. Otherwise
sorry it's a wash with a wet flannel.
Most of the Guided Walk lodges have
hand washing facilities with soap powder and drying rooms so yes.
Public DOC huts generally have a limited water supply and no separate
basins so no.
Vegetarian, vegan or other special
dietary requirements are catered for on Guided Walks. Otherwise
it's up to you to provide food for your hike.
Bunkrooms sleep 4 - 6 people with
shared bathroom facilities. Private rooms are available on some
of the tracks. Public DOC huts often have larger open plan bunk
No problem if you are doing a Guided
Walk. Otherwise we would not recommend undertaking any of these
Many of the lodges have flush toilets.
Public DOC huts provide Kiwi long drop style! Many of the shelters
along the tracks also have toilets.
on your interests. Most walking is done from November to April.
Some of the tracks are also nice to walk in Winter. Peak periods
are Christmas / New Year, Labour weekend and Easter. Some of the
popular tracks are busy all summer season.
November and December the mountain flowers are just coming out and
there is still snow on the surrounding mountains. Great visuals
for the keen photographers. Generally January and February are warmer
– not necessarily dryer. March is more settled – fresh
mornings, sunny days and crisp cooler nights. The days are getting
Guided Walk lodges are run on solar
and or generator power. Public DOC huts have no power. We recommend
you bring your own small torch or headlamp.