Why walk with us
You will be supported to stretch your comfort zone – Whether you are nervous about walking four hours or doing your first multi-day hike or just want a supportive space to take time out – we will support you to achieve your goals effortlessly.
You can connect with nature – A growing number of studies suggest that spending time in green spaces can rejuvenate the mental resources that man-made environments deplete. Nature grounds us, increases our wellbeing and gives us the space we need to recharge and be inspired. We love facilitating that process.
You will learn something new – Whether you are new to hiking, want to learn about the New Zealand environment, Waiheke Island and the Hauraki Gulf, or want to explore other outdoor activities and enjoy learning new things – we love helping you to have fantastic new experiences and to be curious and open learners.
We are passionate about our environment and committed to caring for it – We love our natural landscapes and our flora and fauna. We’ll demonstrate how you can contribute to local conservation efforts, either here or close to your home. Read about our Commitment to the Environment.
About our Qualmark
Walking by Nature has achieved a Silver Sustainable Tourism Business Award from Qualmark.
“A Silver Award is evidence of a sophisticated tourism business that consistently exceeds visitor expectations. Proactive leadership and management ensure that a culture of high performance is evident throughout the entire business. The business will have a real focus on continuously improving their economic, social and environmental performance to ensure the tourism product they deliver is a genuine, constantly improving sustainable experience.”
Walking by Nature was started in 2015 by Gabrielle Young with the philosophy of the best way to experience ourselves and our environment is to get out in nature, unplug and connect.
Walking by Nature offers guided walks on Waiheke Island for active travellers who want to be in nature and discover the best the Hauraki Gulf and the island has to offer, and for those who want to take time out and refresh and get unstuck.
We offer retreats on Waiheke Island and personalised walks and adventures for women across New Zealand and globally.
Please contact us to learn more about our walks, retreats or adventures for women.