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Over the next month we’re going to be introducing you to the Manaaki Trails – a new set of guided walks in some of New Zealand’s most special places.
The Manaaki Trails take you through beautiful and culturally important spots in New Zealand, but without the hassles of traditional tramping/hiking. No more heavy packs, soggy maps or cold baked beans for dinner – the Manaaki Trails include expert guides, full catering and cosy accommodation. They’re a great option if you’re looking for an outdoors adventure but enjoy a glass of wine and a hot shower at the end of the day.
Manaaki Trails also let you get to know New Zealand just that bit better, with local guides sharing their knowledge with you along the track. The trails are underpinned by the traditional Maori value of Manaaki, which means to support, take care of and give hospitality to visitors.
Maori values – Manaaki
We’ll be sharing more about Manaaki Trails over the coming weeks, but today we thought we’d introduce you to the four places that currently operate Manaaki Trails:
Queen Charlotte Track – Marlborough
Enjoy unsurpassed views of the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds, comfortable accommodation, and gourmet cuisine, on the spectacular Queen Charlotte Track in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds.
Hollyford Track – Fiordland National Park
Follow the Hollyford River, from the mountains to the sea, while enjoying first-rate cuisine, knowledgeable guides, personal service and comfortable private lodges.
Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track – Fiordland
This 3 day loop takes you along the south coast of New Zealand up to the sub alpine Hump Ridge zone, over historic viaducts in the heart of native forest, and home to comfortable back-country lodges.
Rangitoto Motutapu Haerenga – Auckland
Discover the cultural and spiritual significance that has shaped the ancient landscape of Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands on a one day guided walk.
More information about the Manaaki Trails can be found on the DOC website.