When: Why book now?
October 2016 to February 2017
The South Island has some spectacular treks, but you need to book accommodation, trail permits and places on small group tours now to ensure availability during the hiking season.
Explore (explore. co.uk) offers several departures on its 20-day Walking in New Zealand holiday. Maximum group size: 16. The tour which departs on October 22 has three places left and both the November and January departures have limited availability. Prices start at £3,495, without flights. Highlights include Milford Sound, Wanaka (right) and the Kepler Track at Te Anau. The January departure offered by Exodus (exodus.co.uk) on its 22-day Trails of New Zealand itinerary is sold out; the December and February departures have some spaces left, from £3,849, also excluding flights.