Waiau Uwha Valley:
Looking north upvalley from Saddle Spur. The bridge is at bottom right. St James Walkway curls around the flats at left, and the St James Range is in the distance.
Photograph: Matthew
Nau mai, haere mai
Hiking or backpacking: here in Aotearoa / New Zealand, we call it tramping. Tramping is heading off into the backcountry with everything you need on your back, and doing it safely so you can get home again. Experienced tramper, visitor to the country, or simply thinking about getting into tramping, find the information you need here to plan your adventure.

Classic walks

Abel Tasman Coast Track
Abel Tasman Coast Track  •  3 – 5 days. Easy. One way.
Easy, sunny coastal track with golden sands and excellent swimming. The busiest track in the country, following the length of ...
Dusky Track
Dusky Track  •  8 – 10 days. Medium. One way.
This journey explores the glacial valleys and mountains of Fiordland from Lake Hauroko to Lake Manapouri, visiting Dusky Sound along ...
Heaphy Track
Heaphy Track  •  4 – 6 days. Easy. One way.
A classic crossing of the geologically and biologically diverse northwest corner of the South Island. The track is also open to ...
Hillary Trail
Hillary Trail  •  4 – 6 days. Medium. One way.
A spectacular coastal walk in the Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland. ALOT OF THIS TRAIL IS CLOSED FOR KAURI DIE BACK ...
Hollyford Track
Hollyford Track  •  4 days. Medium. One way.
The Hollyford Track is a classic lowland Fiordland route from the Hollyford Road out to the coast at Martins Bay.
Hump Ridge Track
Hump Ridge Track  •  3 days. Easy/medium. Loop track.
The Hump Ridge Track links the Waitutu coastline west of Invercargill with the subalpine landscape of the Hump Ridge. Historic ...
Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk)
Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk)  •  1 – 2 days. Easy/medium. Return by the same track.
An overnight trip past old kauri dams to The Pinnacles, on Coromandel Peninsula.
Kepler Track
Kepler Track  •  3 – 4 days. Easy/medium. Loop track.
Popular loop track providing access to the mountains around Lake Te Anau.
Lake Waikaremoana Track
Lake Waikaremoana Track  •  3 – 4 days. Easy/medium. One way.
"The Lake Track." Busy track in summer with swimming and fishing along the lake-side.
Milford Track
Milford Track  •  4 days. Easy/medium. One way.
The Milford Track is an alpine journey through Fiordland National Park, and New Zealand's most renowned walking track, visited by ...
North West Circuit  •  10 – 12 days. Medium. Loop track.
The classic Stewart Island coastal journey known widely for its mud. Links with the Rakiura Track.
Paparoa Track
Paparoa Track  •  3 days. Easy/medium. One way.
New track located in Paparoa National Park, and still under construction. The track is scheduled to open late 2018. This track ...
Queen Charlotte Track
Queen Charlotte Track  •  3 – 5 days. Easy. One way.
A long but easy walk along Queen Charlotte Sound. This track offers hostel and resort accommodation as well as basic ...
Rakiura Track
Rakiura Track  •  3 days. Easy/medium. Loop track.
An historic walk through almost deserted, pure podocarp forest.
Rees-Dart Track
Rees-Dart Track  •  3 – 4 days. Medium/hard. Loop track.
Alpine circuit along two river valleys at the head of Lake Wakatipu.
Routeburn Track
Routeburn Track  •  2 – 4 days. Easy/medium. One way.
An internationally renowned and popular alpine crossing between Fiordland and Lake Wakatipu.
St James Walkway
St James Walkway  •  5 days. Easy/medium. One way.
A long and easy walk on St James Station near Lewis Pass. Beech forest, mountain scenery, farmland, wild horses, mud.
Te Araroa Trail
Te Araroa Trail  •  95 days. Medium. One way.
Te Araroa is a walking trail running the entire length of the North and South Islands. The trail opened 3 ...
Te Paki Coastal Track
Te Paki Coastal Track  •  3 – 4 days. Easy/medium. One way.
Explore the Far North coastline around Cape Reinga / Te Rerenga Wairua.
Tongariro Northern Circuit
Tongariro Northern Circuit  •  3 – 4 days. Easy/medium. Loop track.
This circuit on the Volcanic Plateau passes close to the summit of Tongariro in a spectacular, active volcanic landscape of ...

In the forums

Kokako Tararuas  •  Kokako in Tramping partners
Hello I have recently moved to Greytown. Looking for tramping buddies to explore the South Wairarapa. Particularity interested in the Tararua ...
Camping near huts advise please!  •  waynowski in Beginners and newbies
Great walks . You can only camp at designated campsites and aren't supposed to use the huts. Although in severe ...
Maps of space and time  •  waynowski in The campfire
What do maps do? That seems easy: they locate you in space. But they can also put you in time. ...
bernieq Kahurangi NP - Mobile Coverage  •  bernieq in The campfire
Aaah, thanks glenn, I hadn't checked the latest info on the Cobb before posting - slack me :(. Have a ...
Yarmoss Aquatabs and cryptosporidium  •  Yarmoss in Gear talk
@bernieq Sorry, I wasn't clear enough in my post above. The "aquatabs" that were being talked about has the active ingredient ...
Tama Lakes to Tongariro Crossing  •  SamMallinson in Tracks, routes, and huts
Great! I’m planning to just follow the crossing track back to Whakapapa. Figure the loop will be a longish day.
Myestery Kaimai/Mamakui huts...  •  BOP Tramper in Tracks, routes, and huts
Been looking on hut bagger and see these huts: Mangaroa Hut -37.928449 175.930437 Crow Hut (Opuiaki Hut) Lat/Long: -37.939648 175.965695 I checked if these are on ...
izogi Tararua plane wrecks  •  izogi in The campfire
One of the bits of trivia about the Shingle Slip Knob wreck is that it was stolen in 2009, by ...
Hidden hut in Tararuas  •  si-dog in The campfire
I will respect the protocol set out above here. Hutbagger is an OK source but seems a bit inconsistent as ...
Syncop8r Couscous dinners  •  Syncop8r in Food
I usually just throw a vege stock cube (Oxo) into the water that rehydrates the couscous.
Ruahines  •  dutchman in Tracks, routes, and huts
Ruahine thanks for your help - much appreciated.
lewshaw Longest tramp ever?  •  lewshaw in The campfire
Maggie & I had 16 days on our backs winter 2013 for the Hollyford/Pyke but extended to 18 days with ...
madpom Gillespie Pass Circuit (Jan/Feb)  •  madpom in Tramping partners
Just a warning: top forks main hut has some major work planned on it for feb-march 2019 sometime. Builders will ...
Kaimais: Motutapere Hut to Killarney Lakes  •  trekkingqueen in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi there, we are planning a trip in the Kaimai Ranges looking for alternative routes off NS track. Is it ...
bernieq Wanted to buy: Cactus Huntaway  •  bernieq in Buy / sell / exchange
No, a 'cactus huntaway' ! Yes, I know, now, it's a pack (a very small one, imo) but before I looked ...
"Poo in a Loo"  •  dave_carmody in The campfire
Took some mates out recently for an overnighter in Aussie. Nothing like NZ and not many loos around. Had no ...
glennj Extra carrybag  •  glennj in Gear talk
What about some front pockets to go with the existing pack if your current gear is too bulky? You could ...
geeves FIRST AID EMERGENZY  •  geeves in Gear talk
cellulitis is always serious and will always require urgent medical intervention. Oral antibiotics probably wouldnt of made much difference except ...
Honora George sound route Fiordland  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
I did the section from Henry Saddle down to L. Hankinson on a Fiordland traverse but it was long ago. ...
Honora Track sections again  •  Honora in This website
Good work. Those red location balloons make it really clear.
Matthew Couple of glitches  •  Matthew in This website
Excellent. Thanks for helping me work through these issues.
nzbazza Difference between a national and forest park?  •  nzbazza in The campfire
David Barnes has written a series of short articles for the FMC website wilderlife.nz about the differences between the differing ...
chriss Blisters under toes  •  chriss in The campfire
I've had mixed success taping toes up too. Currently trying light weight Injinji toe-socks as a sock liner. They are ...
Pass hopping in Leatham Conservation Area  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
i went over from the branch into the Lees. went over between 1965 and 2046, just a steep walk bit of ...
Solo Kayaking in Hauraki Gulf - Am I Nuts?  •  Adstent in Beginners and newbies
Hi JustMe, Are you still kayaking around the gulf? I have a sit on and also want to do some exploring ...

What's new?

Mt Torlesse
Mt Torlesse  •  Track, updated
Noteworthy peak east of Porters Pass.
Edwards River, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit
Edwards River, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit  •  Track, updated
This circuit explores the southern portion of the St James Cycle Trail, explores the historic farm country around Lake Guyon ...
Maling Pass, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit
Maling Pass, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit  •  Track, updated
This circuit is a double-crossing of the St James Range, dropping into the deep Waiau Uwha Valley. The first day's ...
Section: Maling Pass - Moki Track
Section: Maling Pass - Moki Track  •  Track, updated
The northernmost section of the St James Cycle Trail, between Lake Tennyson and the Lake Guyon junction on the Waiau ...
Section: Edwards River - McArthur Track
Section: Edwards River - McArthur Track  •  Track, updated
The southernmost section of the St James Cycle Trail, between Tophouse Road and the Lake Guyon junction on the Waiau ...
Section: Lake Guyon - Fowler Pass
Section: Lake Guyon - Fowler Pass  •  Track, updated
A route connecting the Waiau Uwha and Waiau Toa (Clarence) valleys, from Lake Guyon junction on the St James Cycle ...
Tanekaha falls, Puriri track loop
Tanekaha falls, Puriri track loop  •  Track, updated
Following a stream up the valley to a large Puriri tree, then back via some waterfalls, swimming possible.
Langsview track
Langsview track  •  Track, updated
An easy walk overlooking Langs Beach with views out to Mangawhai and inland to Kaiwaka
Lucretia Hut Route
Lucretia Hut Route  •  Track, updated
Lucretia biv via Nina Valley
Upper Whirinaki Loop
Upper Whirinaki Loop  •  Track, updated
An Easy two day loop in the Whirinaki Forest park
Monument Track (south)
Monument Track (south)  •  Track, updated
Climb from the head of the Kaituna Valley to Te Ara Pātaka, and the network of tracks running from Purau ...
Tunnel Beach
Tunnel Beach  •  Track, updated
A popular coastal walk in Dunedin that explores coastal cliffs and a hand-dug tunnel.
Mt Barrosa
Mt Barrosa  •  Track, updated
A volcanic summit (1364m) in the Clent Hills with sweeping views across the Ashburton Lakes basin.
Hillary Trail
Hillary Trail  •  Track, updated
A spectacular coastal walk in the Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland. ALOT OF THIS TRAIL IS CLOSED FOR KAURI DIE BACK ...

Out in the hills

Waiau Hut
glennj glennj visited Waiau Hut 7 January 20197 January
D'Urville Hut
iangeorge iangeorge visited D'Urville Hut 7 January 20197 January
Godley Head Walkway
Matthew Matthew walked Godley Head Walkway 6 January 20196 January
Camp Creek hut
madpom madpom visited Camp Creek hut 1 January 20191 January "6.5 hrs over from Jacko Flat. Scrubby climb ..."
Peach Cove
M400-1 M400-1 visited Peach Cove 27 December 201827 December "Beware the stairs"
Cameron Hut Wanaka/Makarora
Briar Briar visited Cameron Hut Wanaka/Makarora 4 December 20184 December
Atiwhakatu Hut
monkeysh1ne monkeysh1ne visited Atiwhakatu Hut 2 December 20182 December "Super easy walk in has pros & cons. ..."
Waingongoro Hut
Laurette visited Waingongoro Hut 18 November 201818 November "Only an hr from the carpark, easy walk ..."
Mount Thomas
landdownunder_nz landdownunder_nz walked Mount Thomas 17 November 201817 November "They have closed the Summit Track until 15/12/2018 ..."
Speargrass Hut
john dutchie john dutchie visited Speargrass Hut 29 October 201829 October
Waipapa River Track
Fantastic walked Waipapa River Track 15 September 201815 September
Powell Hut [Replaced]
TealTakahe TealTakahe visited Powell Hut [Replaced] 1 September 20181 September "Pretty awesome hut with a deceiving track! Every ..."
Leaning Lodge
Yarmoss Yarmoss visited Leaning Lodge 12 August 201812 August
Trig M
Harrison walked Trig M 4 August 20184 August "Very Cool Walk, would recommend it to anyone ..."
Mansion Hut
Honora Honora visited Mansion Hut 21 July 201821 July "Stopped in for lunch. Needs toilet. Dark little ..."
Glentui Loop Track
zigzig zigzig walked Glentui Loop Track 21 July 201821 July
Round the Mountain: Ruapehu
Berend de Boer Berend de Boer walked Round the Mountain: Ruapehu 2 July 20182 July "Did this as a winter tramp. Takes quite ..."
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