Southern Wilderness New Zealand

Southern Wilderness specializes in ‘Gourmet Guided Walks’ on the Heaphy Track, Old Ghost Road and throughout the Nelson Lakes NP


A Gourmet Guided Walking Trip enables you to experience the great outdoors in our region with relative ease and luxury – without the burden of carrying your own food and equipment or the time consuming task of organizing all the logistics of your trip. We take care of your transport, meals and safety planning. You will carry your personal clothes and belongings, we do the rest.


We pride ourselves on hiring the best people with the best smiles. Let our friendly and experienced guides bring your walking experience to life with a depth of knowledge that is refreshing, fun and informal. Ask us about conservation, local history and culture, as well as New Zealand native flora and fauna. You get to set the parameters of what you want to learn or get out of the trip, and we do our utmost to meet and exceed your expectations. We have also been known to tell terrible jokes and play a nearly unbeatable game of Pictionary.


We love fresh, colorful food and enjoy providing gourmet meals in a remote setting where tinned and dehydrated food is the expectation. We believe in providing our guests with fresh nutritious food to fuel their bodies for their adventure with us.

We will where possible choose to buy local produce, supporting local business and promoting product freshness.

Our vision is to move into using purely organic ingredients over the next few years. We are beginning to build relationships with local organic businesses and incorporating their products into our menus where we can.

Our guides advanced cooking and creating skills ensure that our meals are fresh, vibrant, tasty and attractive. At meal times all you need to do is relax and enjoy your surroundings.


Our guides are all well trained in all aspects of safety and risk management. All guides employed by Southern Wilderness hold current first aid certificates and food handling certificates. They are equipped with up to date knowledge and safety/communications equipment, and have excellent critical thinking skills. Southern Wilderness has an outstanding, blemish free safety record.


Ask us about Upgrading Your Holiday with our custom package options, we are happy to work with you to meet individual needs. There are plenty of ways we can customize each trip, including helicopters, water taxis, porters, extended trips and combination packages.


We collect you at your accommodation in Nelson or surrounding areas, and return you to your accommodation at the end of your Southern Wilderness experience.


We would be happy to organize your accommodation for you. We also have a number of favorite hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts in town we recommend, who offer our guests discounted rates. Let us know how we can help you with this today.


Come and experience the top of the south in Southern Wilderness style where you can be sure of staying safe, satisfied and entertained throughout your trip.

Tours offered are quality New Zealand wilderness experiences with an emphasis on your enjoyment. Once you have hiked with us we consider you a part of our Southern Wilderness family. We like to keep in touch and love to see our family holiday snaps on our facebook, instagram. Be sure to like our facebook page and tag us in pictures. We value the shared memories and the unique differences you bring to our trips.


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