We love receiving feedback from our guests. Here’s a sample of what they’ve been saying.


March 2018

We had THE BEST time on our Awesome Walks trip. From the moment Pip greeted us till the moment we left, we were taken care of (way above what I had anticipated).
We found ourselves taking pictures of the food and sending it to friends and family as it exceeded our expectations. The guidance on the walks was spot on and the caravan was cosy and fun. A++ could not recommend enough!


February 2108

My son and I spent a few days walking the Hillary trail with Pip and Alec’s support. It was a superb experience; wonderful food and support which enabled us to enjoy the walking and quality time together. Would highly recommend Awesome Walks.


February 2018

We had the most amazing time at Awesome Walks, due to bad weather some tracks were closed but Pip and Alec made sure we got some good walks in and great food.  It was a stunning place to stay and I would recommend this unique concept of tramping.


January 2018

Pip & Alec have created something quite exceptional. The atmosphere is warm and supportive; the facilities (including the Uber cool refurbished 70’s caravans) stylish, clean, comfortable and quirky; and the walk is challenging, beautiful and rewarding. We learnt so much from you both. Particularly your sensitive and responsible approach to the Rahui & the need to save our magnificent Kauri.


January 2018

I have never felt more pampered on any of my trekking trips than this. Whilst one can choose to request for delivery of your caravan and all of gourmet meals to your desired destination, staying put on site certainly comes with homely advantages, the least of which were the warm company of Pip and Alec whilst they put your delicious dinner together for you.


November 2017

Two girlfriends and I did the Hillary trail over four days and Awesome Walks built our itinerary to suit. When we changed our plans last minute nothing was a problem and Pip was more than happy to accommodate. Pip and Alec and their knowledge of the surrounding Waitakere Ranges is outstanding.
At the end of each big day our caravan sat waiting for us in the perfect spot and all we had to do was sit back and enjoy.
The food was all prepped and ready to be plated along with gorgeous desert and fresh baking for our next day’s lunch.
We seriously could not fault the professionalism and attention to every detail. Nothing could of made our adventure any better.


November 2017

My Partner and I recently spent 4 days on the Hillary Trail with Awesome Walks. The walking was brilliant – such beautiful scenery and a well-marked (although challenging in parts) trail. But the après-walk was what really set this trip apart – arriving at each campsite at the end of the day’s walk to our fully stocked and beautifully appointed caravan complete with a new gourmet menu each evening (all we had to do was follow the simple instructions). This is the perfect combination of rigorous hiking/tramping and ‘glamping’ all stage managed by Awesome Walk’s Pip and Alec. Could not fault the entire experience.


June 2017

Multi day hiking isn’t always easy if you don’t have all the gear or skills, but some of us want to do the hard walk without then pitching a tent at the end of each day while surviving on dehydrated camping food. Which is what makes Awesome Walks so well – awesome. The Hillary Trail in West Auckland has never been more achievable with Pip and Alex helping choose at itinerary based on their experiences, and then when you finish walking for the day, you’ll find a beautifully appointed caravan waiting for you, all snug and cosy. And what’s more all your food will be waiting for you too. Gourmet delights, a hot shower, it really couldn’t be better thought out. If only all hearty hikes were like this!


May 2017

My parents organised this trip so I didn’t know much about it before I went – I was absolutely amazed by the whole experience. It was a joy to meet Pip and Alec, their two beautiful dogs, two cats, and three chickens! They were so welcoming and had thought of everything we could possibly need. The trip was a perfect balance between adventure and holiday – the walks were beautiful but exhausting (!), so it was lovely to spend our evenings in the comfort provided. The food was truly incredible too! Thanks so much for a wonderful time


April 2017

Fantastic hosts Philippa and Alec made this a 3 day walking adventure to remember! From well planned and stunning views on our walking routes, to delicious and interesting artisan food and condiments, and warm, well equipped caravans with such attention to every detail, this was without doubt the finest glamping and trekking experience. Cannot recommend more highly.


April 2017

Who’d have thought you could experience such a primeval setting only 40 minutes from Auckland? Superb hiking along the Hillary Trail, hosted by a hyper-professional crew at Awesome Walks. Camping with a difference – luxurious caravan accommodation and unbelievable food. You won’t lose weight on this hiking trip. Highly recommended!


April 2017

This is such a great find. A really unique experience coupling comfortable, clean accommodation, with access to the best of the Waitakere’s hikes and walks. There is so much flexibility around what walks you can do and with Philippa and Alec’s great knowledge of the local area this can be adapted for anyone of any ability. We had to change ours because of bad weather but still were able to get out and experience the magnificent bush and coast, followed by truly magnificent home cooked food. The caravans are very comfortable and well equipped to make this an incredible weekend.


April 2017

Awesome Walks was a truly awesome experience, exceeding all my expectations.
The cabins and caravans were charming and comfortable, the food was fresh and delicious and the hosts were friendly and helpful.
Our group of 6 really enjoyed walking in the Waitakeres. The scenery was spectacular and varied and the walks lasted from a few hours to a whole day.
Our stay at Awesome Walks was the perfect “glamping” experience – great hiking coupled with luxury food and accommodation. I highly recommend it.

Gale  – Auckland

March 2017

Just had a girls weekend at Awesome Walks and it was FANTASTIC! Fabulous hosts, delicious food and loved sleeping in the luxury caravan. It was raining but we still managed a great couple of forest walks, and wow what a beach! Will be doing this again.

Carol – Auckland

March 2017

Spent a wonderful long weekend at Awesome Walks in the Waitakeres. The eco-friendly cabin accommodation was very comfortable and charmingly decorated. Phil and Alec are attentive hosts and the food they provided was delicious and plentiful. Beautiful environment and delightful place to stay!

Jane – Taranaki

March 2017

A party of female friends spent the weekend in the capable hands of our hosts Philippa & Alec who not only provided homemade delicious meals & snacks. They used their extensive local knowledge to outwit the terrible weather to put us onto a walk that was not only spectacular but rainless‼ thank you Awesome Walks


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Every now and then we are lucky enough to feature in the media.  Here are a few links to some of the articles.

Waitakere: Tramping goes upmarket

A guide to West Auckland: Wildlife, walks and a spattering of bogans

He Tangata: Creator and host of Awesome Walks

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