October 2014: Manaaki Trails

Manaaki is a core Māori value that means to support, give hospitality to, protect, look out for and take care of our manuhiri (visitors). It is this value that underpins these Manaaki Trails.

Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track. Photo: Venture Southland
The Department of Conservation (DOC) have created The Manaaki Trails offering which are complementary to the nine Great Walks of New Zealand. 
As well as showcasing beautiful and lesser known parts of New Zealand, the key selling points of DOC’s Manaaki Trails include:
  • Two to four day guided walks on some of New Zealand’s most special tracks
  • All walks are hosted by guides with expert local knowledge
  • All trails are located within easy access of transport hubs and tourist routes
  • No navigation skills, tramping experience or specialist equipment required
  • Each trail has conservation legacies so visitors know they are helping the New Zealand environment
  • Easy to book
  • All Manaaki Trail operators are Qualmark licence holders – New Zealand tourism’s official mark of quality
Walking and hiking is the perfect way to discover spectacular regions and explore the ‘real’ New Zealand, so what better time to book your clients on a unique and special outdoor experience. Learn more about Manaaki Trails here.

The Manaaki Trails

Rangitoto Motutapu Track
Time: 1 day
Departure point: Auckland waterfront
Season: Year round
Operator: Tamaki Hikoi
A journey through sacred islands. Your clients will experience a world of contrasts as they explore Auckland’s largest and most diverse island sanctuaries. This is a brand new product, starting with a one day guided experience for the Summer season of 2014/2015. Note: A two day guided walk will be offered from November 2015 onwards.
The descendants of those that lived on Motutapu, during the time that Rangitoto emerged from the sea over 600 years ago, share their knowledge expertise and stories. With Rangitoto being New Zealand’s largest Pohutukawa forest and Motutapu the site of one of Auckland’s largest reforestation projects, visitors will be surrounded by the coastal beauty of both islands.
Queen Charlotte Track
Time: 4 days
Distance: 70 km (45 miles)
Departure point: Picton
Season: 01 October 2014 – 29 April 2015 (excluding Wilderness Guides 5 star experience which is year round)
The iconic Queen Charlotte Track, in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds, is a spectacular walking track encompassing lush forest, historic bays and skyline ridges. Accommodation along the track is plentiful and gourmet cuisine, for which the region is renowned for, abounds. Water taxis provide transport to and from Picton.
Hollyford Track
Time: 3 days/2 nights
Distance: 43 km (26.7 miles) 
Departure point: Queenstown or Te Anau
Season: 20 October 2014 – 17 April 2015
Operator: Hollyford Track
The breath-taking Hollyford Track is located in the northern most boundary of Fiordland National Park. During the 3 day walk visitors enjoy first-rate cuisine, knowledgeable guides, personal service and comfortable private lodges. Included in the experience is a wilderness jet boat journey down the Hollyford River and across Lake McKerrow, and a spectacular helicopter flight into Milford Sound.
Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track
Time: 3 days/3 nights
Distance: 52 km (32.3 miles)
Departure point: Queenstown, Te Anau or Tuatapere
Season: 20 October 2014 to 17 April 2015
In the southern reaches of Fiordland National Park, lies the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track. This three day loop track begins with a scenic helicopter ride from Tuatapere over Te Waewae Bay to the start of the track – keep an eye out for whales and other marine life as the helicopter glides over the coastline. Along the track guests stay in comfortable backcountry lodges and enjoy fully catered meals.