Tuatara Tours specialises in guided walking and cycling experiences in the South Island of New Zealand. Whether you prefer a hike in the hills or a cycle on the coast, a high country hut or a luxury lodge , we have a tour to suit your level of comfort and fitness.
Our tours include all meals, accommodation , transport , portage of luggage and an experienced local guide to share their knowledge of the region with you. The best in ambience, exercise and relaxation.
Our comprehensive range of tours includes:
The Akaroa Walk-This is a 46km, three-day, guided walk from Christchurch to Akaroa. You travel along the Summit Ridge and across Banks Peninsula, in the Canterbury Region of the beautiful South Island of New Zealand.
The Queen Charlotte Walk-This 72km, four day walk is a truly unique and exciting way to explore the treasure that is the Marlborough Sounds, the shining jewel at the top of the South Island.
The Otago Rail Trail-This popular five day, 150km cycle trail is ideal for cyclists who wish to see some spectacular Central Otago scenery, at an easy pace, on flat,gravelled terrain.
The Tekapo Canal Trail-An unforgettable four day guided bike tour alongside the picturesque glacial lakes and canals of the McKenzie Basin, under the watchful eye of the mighty Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain.
The Mesopotamia High Country Walk-An awe-inspiring, four day guided walk including the historic Mesopotamia High Country Station and the spectacular Peel Forest Scenic Reserve. You will experience soaring landscapes, snow capped mountain ranges and wide open tussock covered tundras.
The Alps2Ocean Cycle Trail-The South Island's newest cycle trail; there's 300km of cycling over 5 days, from the tussocky alpine Mackenzie Country with its turquoise lakes, through delightful rural towns, to the Pacific Ocean in historic Oamaru.
The West Coast Trail-Starting from Christchurch and travelling over the Southern Alps to the West Coast, the trail offers four days of unique West Coast walks. You will experience a diverse range of rugged and dramatic landscapes including tussock lands, alpine bush, West Coast native rainforest and sub-tropical bush.
The Hanmer Cycle Trail- An exciting 170km, four day guided cycle experience that takes you from the stunning Waipara Valley wine region of North Canterbury to the South Island's alpine village, Hanmer Springs, well known for its thermal hot pools.
The Franz Josef Trail- a four day walking tour in the spectacular Te Wahipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. You will experience a number of unique walks incorporating the dramatic ice formations of Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, historical gold trails, wondrous coastal beaches, captivating lakes and luxuriant West Coast rainforests.
The Kaikoura Trail-The four-day Kaikoura Trail runs from Waiau to Kaikoura, from the mountains to the sea, and is the second leg of what has been described as the Alpine Pacific Triangle. It is also arguably the most interesting section of the triangle with a diverse range of landscape, vistas, wildlife and geology.
The Kenepuru Trail-This four day walking and cycling combination traverses many of the small bays and inlets in the Kenepuru Sound,one of the least discovered, and perhaps most exciting areas in Marlborough (at the top of the South Island).
Experience stunning views, dramatic wooded hilltops, a wide range of native birds, and gorgeous water vistas looking into the many sandy bays that dot the landscape.
South Island ▷ Canterbury ▷ Christchurch
We did The Akaroa Walk with this company at the end of last year and I highly recommend them. Our guide Bryan was extremely knowledgeable, we had the most amazing views of the harbours and bays all the way to Banks Peninsula (over three days) Accommodation was lovely each night and the food was super (especially the fresh smoked Salmon, yum!). The highlight was walking from Christchurch to Akaroa and completing it, it was a real buzz and great to share this experience with our group.