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‘A generation of hikers: Old but not out’


‘A generation of hikers: Old but not out’

The number of travellers in their 50’s and 60’s who are seeking an active holiday is on the rise. With the baby-boomer generation entering their retirement years, not only do older travellers have more time to travel than ever before, they are also in better health than previous generations.

PureTrails New Zealand has recognised this trend and has specifically developed guided hiking trips of the South Island of New Zealand for the older active traveller. Founder Sue Weller says, “This age group may be getting older, but that’s not to say they’re ready to put away the hiking boots just yet. It’s not uncommon to arrive at backcountry hut after a long hike to find a group of older hikers already relaxing on the deck!”

Older travellers still seek an active experience, but are also looking for ways to make the experience more enjoyable. “By doing mainly day hikes, our clients don’t have to walk with the uncomfortable burden of a heavy pack” says Sue. Transport, accommodation and meals are taken care of, and the tours even include a selected few adventure activities.

“With our huge network of hiking trails across the South Island, you see so many different landscapes on day hikes. In one day you can go from a rugged driftwood strewn west coast beach to native mountain beech forest to open alpine tussock” says Sue. “For older hikers, it’s the perfect place for an active holiday.”

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