"YOU HAVE TO GET LOST BEFORE YOU CAN BE FOUND."
How fit do I need to be?
A basic level of fitness is required, you will be walking approximately 8-12 km per day, and this will involve some climbing. We cater for different levels of fitness, be sure to let us know if you have any concerns when you make your booking so we can best meet your needs.
How long and how far are the walks?
Total duration of the full day walk is approximately 6 hours, and within this expect to be walking approximately 3-4 hours, covering 8-12 km on average. The half day walk duration is 4 hours, with 2-2.5 hours walking time.
What sort of footwear and clothing do I need?
Good walking shoes, warm clothing, a jacket and sun hat are essentials. New Zealand is very seasonal, so in the summer you will be more comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt, and in the winter you might prefer long pants. Either way we recommend bring layers as the weather can be changeable, and you can always leave unwanted items in the locked vehicle.
Can I book if I am traveling on my own?
Absolutely. This is a great way to meet other travelers. Availability depends on numbers on any given day, it is always best to book in advance to ensure your spot.
What if there is a group of us?
We cater for group bookings for between 10 - 30 people, please get in touch to discuss your requirements and to arrange a quote.
Are your walks suitable for children?
For families with children under 12 we have a special family package, and will plan a very special excursion suited to your family and the ages of your children. We have some very special excursions popular with families including swimming beaches, ferry rides, hunting for crabs, picnics, and generally exploring off the beaten track with a shortened walk. Tried and tested with our own little ones, we will make this a trip highlight for the whole family. Book here.
Do you do guided walks for Corporate Functions?
Absolutely, we can arrange anything from just a guide to the entire package including transport and catering . Please get in touch with your details so we can tailor the perfect day to suit.
Do you connect with cruise ship arrivals?
For guests arriving into Lyttelton Port, we can meet you at port and have several fantastic guided walks that depart directly from Lyttelton. Please get in touch directly as these walks are by prior arrangement only. For guests arriving into Akaroa Port, there is a 9:30am shuttle you can get into Christchurch arriving outside the Canterbury Museum at 11am. You can book a Luxury Half Day Crater Rim Walk departing at 11am and we will have you back by 3pm in time to get back to Akaroa by 4:30pm. Please get in touch for more details as these times can be adjusted to meet your personal requirements or ship departure times. Contact Us.
How far in advance do I need to book?
Advanced bookings are recommended to ensure we can arrange a guide for the date you require. A minimum of 24 hours notice is needed in most circumstances, but we will endeavor to include you when ever possible on the day of choice or the next available day.
What if I do one day's walk and want to do more the following days?
Speak to your guide on the day, and if space allows we can book you in for any additional days on our other walks on the day of choice or the nearest available day.
Is the walk available all year round and what will the weather be like?
We walk 12 months of the year, there are very few days in Christchurch that the weather prevents us from enjoying a fabulous walk. During the winter months of July and August some of the walks may be unavailable due to the tracks becoming wet. Our guides will identify the best walk for the conditions of the day. If the weather conditions prevent us from walking, we will reschedule for another day to suit, or you will receive a refund.
What is your cancellation policy?
We require 48 hours notice for a cancellation for bookings of 1 - 4 guests. For group bookings of 5 or more guests we require 7 days notice. If cancellation is made within this time frame you will receive a refund less any expenses incurred.
What food and drink will you supply?
On our full day walk we provide hot drinks, morning tea, lunch and water. This is all included in the price you have paid for the trip. On a half day walk we provide either morning or afternoon tea along with water. We can cater for special dietary needs, please let us know when you make your booking.
What if I have special dietary needs?
No problem. Please let us know when you book if you have any allergies or intolerance. We have excellent vegetarian, gluten and dairy free food options available.
Why do I need walking poles?
We include walking poles in the price, and recommend them for everyone. Our tracks occasionally become wet, and poles will lessen any chance of injury. Using walking poles reduces accumulated stress on the feet, legs, knees and back by sharing the load more evenly across the whole body.
Protect knees, especially when walking down steep hills
Improve your power and endurance when walking uphill
Aid balance on uneven trails
Improve posture, making walkers more upright as they walk and in turn this can help breathing
Increase speed, especially going downhill
Provide extra stability
Reduce fatigue and improve endurance
Burn more calories by providing an upper body workout as well as a legs workout
Strengthen muscles that support the spine
Build muscles in arms, shoulders and neck
How do I pay for the walk?
Payment needs to be made via our website at the time of booking. We require 24 hours notice to ensure we can provide a guide and meal to suit your needs, but please get in touch in any situation and we will include you wherever possible.