what to expect

FITNEss levels

A moderate level of fitness and some hiking experience is beneficial for all the walks offered by iWalkWaiheke, but we cater to all levels. Waiheke is very hilly! Parts of the walks are steep and can be a little slippery when wet but we take it carefully. We traverse some narrow single track paths along coastal cliffs and many bush trails with tree roots and rocks. There are also quite a few steps. But it is stunningly beautiful and worth every step! In New Zealand we call this tramping, though throughout the world some of our routes would be called hiking trails, rather than walking tracks. Please come prepared, check the list below for the correct gear, and if you have any questions please contact us.

what to bring

essential items

  • Comfortable day pack with rain cover
  • Re-usable water bottle
  • Hiking boots or hiking/trail shoes
  • Lightweight rain jacket (and pants if desired)
  • Warm fleece
  • Hiking socks
  • Quick dry shirts or T-shirts
  • Quick dry shorts or pants
  • Thermals, hat and gloves for colder days
  • Swimwear and travel towel for hotter days
  • Hiking poles if you use them regularly 
  • Sunblock, sunhat, sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Blister care products
  • Camera and/or cell phone
  • Preferred hiking snacks (nuts, trail mix, muesli bars etc)

overnight stays

For overnight stays and multi-day walks, pack another small bag with: clothes and shoes for casual café dining, personal toiletries & sleepwear. All linen and towels will be provided for you at your accommodation.