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1. Posted by Monkey74 (Budding Member 65 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


Just wondered if anyone could offer some feedback on hiking tracks.
I plan to do the milford/routeburn/kepler/abel tasman coastal/rakiura/hollyford/whanganui river journey/franz josef glacier(not in this order)
What Im not sure is whether to do on my own or with a tour group, Ive done alot of day hikes around europe and north africa but most of the above are 3-5 days so Im not 100% confident in myself but the tours are pretty expensive(especially milford).
So Im looking for some advice from people who have done treks either independently or with a guided tour, and their thoughts on them.
Also if any other good treks Ive missed

cheers in advance

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Of those, have done Routeburn, Abel Tasman and a day walk on Franz Josef.

Routeburn and Abel Tasman - absolutely no need for a guide whatsoever, really well signposted, obvious places to stay (make sure you book in advance on Routeburn). If you give yourself 3 days to do Routeburn and 4/maybe 5 to do Abel Tasman you'll be fine, at a leisurely pace. You could definitely do either route faster if you're really fit and determined.

Franz Josef - different kettle of fish - as it's on a glacier, unless you've got serious mountaineering experience you're not going to have any option but to join a guided walk. The guided walk we did was exceptionally good though, an experienced and insightful guide and a good standard of equipment.

Also, if you're going North Island don't miss out the Tongariro circuit (or at least the 1 day crossing) - it's just stunning.

3. Posted by Monkey74 (Budding Member 65 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

cheers for reply,

gives me abit more confidence, and cheers for tongariro, it looks amazin so wil be puttin on itinery.