West Coast
South Island
Itinerary
Here's a handy travel guide to the West Coast of the South Island, answering common questions like what's the best time to go, what are the best walks and activities, what's the weather like and where should I stay?
South Island
Walking
Want to explore New Zealand’s South Island on foot without spending days hiking?  Then this guide to the South Island’s best day walks is for you. All the must-see destinations are covered like Abel Tasman National Park, Mt Cook, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier and more.
National Parks
South Island
Abel Tasman

You've probably heard of Abel Tasman National Park, it's one of the most beautiful spots in New Zealand.  Here are our picks for what to see and to do in and around Abel Tasman.  Perched at the top of the South Island, Abel Tasman National Park is famous for its stunning coastal vistas. Bursting with playful wildlife, jagged granite headlands and golden stretches of sand, there are so many ways to fully experience this coastal paradise.

South Island
Itinerary
Queenstown

As Kiwis born and bred in New Zealand, the natural wonderland of the South Island is our backyard and favourite playground. Thinking about a trip down-under? We’ve put together what we think is the best New Zealand South Island Itinerary for our tours – and it’s brimming with glaciers, lakes, rainforests and mountains.

North Island
South Island
Itinerary

Picture this: you are in a pretty seaside town, where down-to-earth kiwis greet you like they’ve known you forever. Next minute you’ve travelled back in time – Maori are cooking a hangi in a traditional earth-oven. Born & bred in New Zealand, we know that a top-notch New Zealand vacation includes experiencing all of these things, and more. To help you plan your trip ‘down under’, we’ve put together what we think is the Ultimate NZ Itinerary. 

activities
National Parks
South Island

At the very tip of New Zealand’s South Island, Abel Tasman National Park is known for its picturesque coastal beauty. The spaces between trees and tide line are filled with calm, golden beaches; marble headlands jut out into the ocean and clear streams tumble lazily towards the beaches. It’s a coastal paradise where visitors can paddle, hike, swim, snorkel – or simply relax and admire the view.

activities
National Parks
South Island

Linking Mount Aspiring National Park with Fiordland National Park, this famous hike – one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks – offers an epic adventure in the Great Outdoors. At 32km long (19.8mi), hiking the Routeburn Track takes around 3 days. Popular among visitors and locals alike, the track is famous for its crystal-clear rivers, Middle-earth like Beech forests, awesome mountain vistas and impressive waterfalls.

Wanaka
South Island

Perched on the shores of an expansive lake and nestled amongst grand mountains, Wanaka is one of New Zealand’s prettiest and most down to earth towns. It’s a great place to spend a little time, and there's ample fun to had - both on the water and in the surrounding landscape. Here are a few MoaTrek suggestions for making your leisure time in Wanaka even more magical.

West Coast
South Island
NZ History

The West Coast of New Zealand is wild place with a fascinating and colourful heritage. We’ve put together a brief history of some famous West Coast settlements – how they came about and what makes them tick, from gold and coal to glass, greenstone and wild venison recovery. 

South Island
Meet Locals

Time and time again, our visitors rave about those special tour experiences that reveal the quintessential New Zealand, and down in Ashburton in the South Island, there is a little corner of paradise we'd love to introduce.