WHY CHOOSE SIDETRACKS WOMEN
Experts in New Zealand
We have been guiding Hiking and cycling tours in our own backyard, stunning Aotearoa, New Zealand for over 25 years. We know all the tricks to make your trip the best one it can be.
Sidetracks specialise in women tours. We are a women-owned and women-run tour company based in Christchurch and we love hiking, biking, kayaking and discovering all our beautiful and remote corners in New Zealand.
If you love the outdoors and want to explore the magic of the South Island of New Zealand’s wild nature but don’t want to do it on your own or don’t have a friend to travel with, join us and enjoy the company of other like-minded women on one of our guided tours.
The women joining us come from different backgrounds, marital status, lifestyles and ages. But they all share a love of adventure, a desire to get something more out of life and are invigorated by hanging out in nature. So it doesn't matter whether you are 30 or 70 plus, you just need to have a healthy degree of fitness to enjoy our tours. And we can help you with your fitness if needed - you don't have to be a marathon runner!
With over 25 years experience travelling up and down the country, we have found places that are never visited by larger tour companies. We have discovered local, hidden gems, which we would love to visit with you. Some of these places are on private properties. Their owners are happy to share with us their wonderful slice of New Zealand. We promise your guided hiking and cycle tour with us will be memorable, adventurous and special. Let us take care of all the details, whilst you enjoy an off-track adventure in beautiful scenery and wonderful company.
We are also about making the wonderful landscapes of New Zealand more accessible and affordable. Our prices are attractive, reasonable, and our small, friendly women-only tour groups make it easy for you to come on your own, or with a friend.
Solo Adventures with a Team
Wanting to try out hiking or cycling overnight, but no one to do it with? At Sidetracks Women we support you with a ready-made, all-female group and an experienced female tour leader to help you make the most of your adventure.
Multi-day trips in the hills lead to new experiences in many ways, new adventures, new passions. But often it’s not easy to get started if you are on your own. To experience new adventures in a small group on an organised tour means sharing the load in many ways. It’s safer, it’s more fun, you are shown the best spots and introduced to hidden gems, it’s a great way to make new friends. Why not just relax - let us do the organising.
We have oodles of experience and love to take care of all the details for you. Our tours are designed to encourage good company, good laughs and good conversations. From the choice of activities to the accommodation, to the food - it is all better in the company of like-minded people, and that’s what we are all about. You won’t be able to resist joining in or making friendships that last much longer than just a few days.
Comfort & Charm
Our accommodation is all about comfort and charm. It’s about amazing locations and breathtaking views, quirky details and unforgettable company. We prefer to stay in carefully chosen and comfortable places everywomen can enjoy and share.
Having a space that allows us to hang together, and talk and laugh, about the day’s adventures is important to us.
We stay in Farmhouses, Track Huts, Holiday Homes, Cottages and sometimes small Apartments in Motels or Holiday Parks. Basically nowhere with a minibar!
All our chosen accommodation are fabulous places to stay and help us to keep down the costs, meaning you spend your hard-earned cash on more adventures and activities!
Enjoy the adventure of a multi-day hiking tour but without worrying about a heavy backpack!
All our tours are designed for you to only walk with a daypack and enjoy the freedom of movement this brings. Your luggage will be waiting for you at your next accommodation each night.
We care …
about people, nature, the environment. You will find this at the core of everything we do.
To us, this means we
aim for you to take home rest and relaxation, new horizons and lasting memories
allow time to travel ‘slow’ enough to take it all in
keep our groups small enough to minimise impact and maximise connection
take special care of all animals, air, water, soil and waste wherever we go
prefer to work with other small, New Zealand owned or family-led businesses,
pay fair wages and fair prices to our suppliers
give $10 for every booking to a New Zealand charity
are always aware of the connection between nature, body, mind, exercise and stress relief
Where’s the fineprint…
Rest assured we don’t do fineprint, hidden costs or extra entry fees, restaurant bills, tickets etc. Our prices are all-inclusive, so what you pay for your trip is all you pay for your trip - no surprise expenses. All our guided tours include all your meals, your accommodation, all the guiding, driving, all the activities outlined in the tour description, any necessary equipment, even your coffee, tea and biscuits. Your gin and tonic is on you, as is the skydive you always wanted, but other than alcohol and optional activities you’re covered. Easy.
Food Glorious Food
Through years of organising and adventuring in New Zealand , we have perfected the art of preparing delicious food no matter where we are. Whether we find ourselves overnighting in a musterer's hut deep in the high country or staying in a stunning bach overlooking the ocean, we guarantee you will want for nothing. World’s best pancakes anyone?
Preparing dinner is always a social event and nothing beats sitting around a table after a day's walk or cycling, with delicious home-cooked food in front of you, sipping a glass of wine and having a good yarn.