On our Tours New Zealand Contrasts and Southern Treasures you will experience a balanced mix of adventure and relaxation, nature and culture, without having to forgo comfort.
Originally created with "Over 50's" participants in mind, we soon received many requests from travellers who were not in their 50s yet, but were also interested in the idea of combining adventure & comfort while on holiday in New Zealand.
Formerly called 'Over 50's holidays' we now refer to them as 'Walking and Adventure Comfort Holidays' and recommend them to any person who prefers a bit of comfort on their adventures. As with so many things in life, travelling is more about attitude than about age!
Come along and meet active people, be it singles or couples, who enjoy the companionship of like-minded people. Participants on these tours want to experience New Zealand's nature and culture first-hand, they want to laugh and have fun, but also enjoy peace and relaxation with a bit of comfort.
We travel in a small group and stay in comfortable accommodation in beautiful locations, sometimes in cabins, sometimes in a cottage or in a hotel with a stylish and comfortable atmosphere, sometimes in Bed & Breakfast accommodation with a family connection. You will get plenty of chances to meet the locals and experience the wonderful hospitality of New Zealanders.
There will also be plenty of delicious and healthy food which we will cook together or enjoy in one of the many beautiful and stylish cafes and restaurants in New Zealand.
We keep our tour groups deliberately small so that you can really immerse yourselves in the nature and history of the country as well as connect with your fellow travellers. You will enjoy the stories and legends of our enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guides and local guides and experience New Zealand up close and personal.
Spoiled for choice - 'New Zealand Contrasts' or 'Southern Treasures'?
You just can't decide which of the two tours is the right one for you? What is the 'big' difference between the two tours?
On both tours we take you through the unique countryside of New Zealand, experience the local hospitality and explore many beautiful hiking trails.
The tour 'New Zealand Contrasts' has its focus on the North Island - and is intended to wet the appetite for the South Island. The trip is especially suitable for those interested in culture and landscape and those who want to see all the highlights they have heard so much about. You learn a lot about the history of New Zealand's Maori culture and experience it from different perspectives - you will not be just a spectator.
The tour 'Southern Treasures' - as the name suggests - focuses on the South Island and is the 'appetizer' for the North Island. The South Island is synonymous with exciting, varied landscapes and a fascinating, extraordinary wildlife. The two-day hike and some activities in this tour require a higher level of fitness.
Don't torture yourself too long with your decision - almost half of our customers have already been on both trips or are planning the second trip for the near future!
Many of our former customers are happy to give a personal reference and tell you about their experience with Sidetracks tours. On request we can provide you with some contacts.