We see that you are hooked on discovering our favourite New Zealand locations! If you have customers looking to discover off the beaten track routes, heading to the deep south of New Zealand will create an unforgettable trip. Remember to head on over to our 100% Pure New Zealand Specialist Programme to discover more of these amazing locations.

Experience a true taste of southern hospitality in two of New Zealand’s least explored locations. New Zealand’s final frontier is the ‘deep south’ – a significant chunk of the southern South Island and a region of outstanding beauty, rugged landscapes and vast green tracts of untouched rain forest.

Take a walk on the wild side along The Hump Ridge Track or on the pristine beaches of Stewart Island – both places are guaranteed to satisfy your inner explorer as you experience some of the most breathtaking landscapes that you’ll ever see.


Hump Ridge Track


Tuatapere, Southland. Credit: Graeme Murray

On the fringes of the spectacular Fiordland National Park, the Hump Ridge Track begins just outside the historic timber town of Tuatapere. The three-day, 61km trail leads hikers on a journey of natural discovery across remote landscapes typical of this rugged south-western coastal region – endless panoramas guaranteed to have you reaching for your camera as each new vista appears.

Doing the Hump Ridge offers a variety of adventure options and price points whether self or fully guided, catered or not, in private or shared rooms. And if you want a lighter walking distance, there are options that include a helicopter flight in and jet boat ride out with the Wairaurahiri River Jet.

Hikers can have a fully guided experience or opt for the freedom walk option, staying in backcountry lodges along the way. The Okaka and Port Craig lodges are fully-equipped for up to 40 people and accommodation includes premium upgrade rooms. Both lodges have a licenced bar so a cold beer or wine at the end of a long day’s walk is always on the menu.


Stewart Island


Ulva Island, Stewart Island. Credit: Miles Holden

Stewart Island or Rakiura is the third island in New Zealand’s main chain and one of the country’s undiscovered gems.

Stewart Island is sparsely populated, with less than 400 full-time residents. Human occupants are far outnumbered by the local brown kiwi – just one of many native bird species living on the island. There is more chance to see the flightless bird in its natural environment here than anywhere else in New Zealand. Real Journeys Wild Kiwi Encounter takes guests by catamaran to an isolated beach for a memorable up close-up experience of New Zealand’s national icon in its natural habitat.

Oban, the only township on the island, has a variety of accommodation options including the Stewart Island Lodge which hosted Prince Harry during his 2015 visit. There are also backpackers, motels, one hotel, holiday houses to rent, B&Bs and campsites. The local pub is where the community comes together and they are more than happy to welcome visitors for a drink and a meal.

For wilderness explorers looking for the ‘end of the earth’, the Rakiura Track is the place to go. One of New Zealand’s Great Walks, this trail has the most birdlife and least predictable weather, but planked walkways keep feet dry and ensure the three-day walk is possible year-round.

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