Difficulty Ratings

Difficulty Ratings

While the vertical relief in New Zealand rivals that of any where in the world, the effects of altitude are not a problem in New Zealand. Most valleys are 200-400m above sea level. So even after a climb of 2000m (6500ft) you are still at only at the height of a moderate elevation ski area in the Rocky Mountains or Europe. At the summits of the highest peaks such as Mt Aspiring (3,033 m or 9,944 ft) and Mt Cook (12,316 ft or 3,754m) you definitely feel the effects of altitude but there have not been any critical health issues at these elevations recorded in New Zealand. Trekking routes with high passes rarely exceed 1400 - 1600m (4600ft- 5250ft).

Most of our treks are supported meaning you will only carry light packs containing your personal gear, camera. The good news is that we are close to fresh drinking water most of the time so no heavy water bottles to carry.

Average level of fitness. Age 12+. 5-6 hours each day. Light packs. Previous hiking recommended.

Formed tracks perhaps rough or slippery. 6-8 hours each day. Long ascents/descents. Light packs. Previous hiking recommended.

Require a high level of fitness and balance. Hiking days a maximum of 8 hours. The terrain includes areas where there is no trail and footing can be on loose rock or otherwise insecure. Occasionally there is exposure to heights where falling is a possibility if care is not taken. Previous hiking experience required. Large ascents (1000m/3300ft +-) and descents can be expected. Light packs are carried.

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