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