Hurunui Swingbridge:
Gateway to adventure, near Hurunui Hut.
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.
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
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

Those new Great Walks  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
the no of great walks has been unchanged for years , i think the wanganui river was the last one ...
Route from Carkeek to Dracophyllum knob/hut  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
I opted to sidle the gorge, it was slow going for me. had to climb a few hundred metres up ...
Queenstown to Wanaka options  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
yup you can point a camera uphill or downhill, but without something in the background to add context, it can ...
geeves State of Waiotauru and Renata Huts?  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
That trumps all other comments
izogi Powell and Jumbo hut  •  izogi in Tracks, routes, and huts
I like the concept of how Te Araroa promotes connected places through walking. As in, you can get between any ...
Lempo Newbie questions  •  Lempo in Tracks, routes, and huts
@waynowski It's not that I really wanted to stay in huts, but we didn't know what other options were at ...
geeves Ruamahanga: the story of a river  •  geeves in The campfire
Storm water is a different problem to sewage. It should be relatively clean although road water is often contaminated with ...
madpom Can't add rock biv's  •  madpom in This website
Seems good @Matthew. Just added Worsley Rock Biv without issues.
Heaphy plans?  •  David K in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi, Is anyone keen on a Heaphy key swap in the next month or so? I am Chch based but ...
Tiraumea hut/ mole saddle?  •  brettwalk in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi there, can anyone report on what the track from the mole saddle down to the tiraumea is like? And ...
Tasman river crossing  •  Pageix in Tracks, routes, and huts
Anyone have any updated info on crossing the Tasman?
round the mountain track conditions, stream crossi  •  sirex2 in Tracks, routes, and huts
hmmm ok. We'll bring hats/gloves & extra socks for sure, but it's just those water crossings that make me nervous. ...
This website: what's next?  •  sirex2 in This website
the forum on widescreen monitors is only making use of about 50% the available space, which is kinda annoying - ...
Kreig G'Day!!  •  Kreig in The campfire
Well, for starters, I'm getting a certified self-contained camper. And Auckland recently opened up a bunch of freedom camping spots; ...
Cobb Bridge destroyed by Cyclone Gita  •  si-dog in Tracks, routes, and huts
Whoa. Its lovely in the Cobb Valley .
Gaiters Garmin GPS reliability  •  Gaiters in Gear talk
I have had a Garmin 62s for around 7 years I'm guessing. Never had a problem and it is an ...
geeves Boots?  •  geeves in Gear talk
And tinea
Buying merino gears in NZ  •  si-dog in Gear talk
I think you'll find that Icebreaker being a NZ brand wont mean its any cheaper here in NZ. Like most ...
Forest823 Rahui being urged for Waitakere Range  •  Forest823 in The campfire
That’s going to be interesting to enforce. Have to say I’m glad the ambiguity of the messages has been removed. ...
Parking Ruapehu Round the Mountain Track  •  sirex2 in Tracks, routes, and huts
we were told by doc via email just 4 days ago to park in whakapapa village.
aardvark 230 gas canisters  •  aardvark in Buy / sell / exchange
I thought you had pretty much answered your own question with the first post. I've always visited an outdoor ed centre ...
Pro-active Driving to Mars - live feed  •  Pro-active in The campfire
"“Previously launching 1kg of materials from earth to space was around $US20,000 ($25,100) plus,” Professor Saydam told Stockhead. “Elon Musk dropped ...
Honora Dobson - Hopkins via Sth Reticence Col  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
@biship: I'm sure the last 2-3km in the dark will be fine.
Honora Three Passes - Advice Welcome  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
You need sufficient shelter to protect yourself from hypothermia if you're injured, until rescue. For me that would be a ...
Honora Dome Shelter to be removed  •  Honora in The campfire
My memory of Dome Shelter is that on an instruction weekend with the WTMC, our instructor had us have our ...

What's new?

Kirwans Track
Kirwans Track  •  Track, updated
This classic circuit explore Reefton's gold history, starting from the site of the Capleston gold town and leading up to ...
Lake Wilson and the Valley of the Trolls
Lake Wilson and the Valley of the Trolls  •  Track, updated
An overnight or multiday scenic diversion from the Routeburn Great Walk. The Valley of the Trolls is easily accessed from ...
Walking the length of NZ's main divide
Walking the length of NZ's main divide  •  Track, updated
A guide to / summary of my progress on one possible route from East Cape to West Cape, the length ...
Milford Track
Milford Track  •  Track, updated
The Milford Track is an alpine journey through Fiordland National Park, and New Zealand's most renowned walking track, visited by ...
Not The Routeburn
Not The Routeburn  •  Article, updated
A six-passes trip through the Humboldt Mountains from Glenorchy to the Milford Road. Six untracked rocky passes. Seven little-visited catchments. The ...
Matukituki to Paradise by roads less travelled
Matukituki to Paradise by roads less travelled  •  Track, updated
A rough, tough crossing from Raspberry Flat (Aspiring Road, Wanaka) to the Earnslaw Burn (Glenorchy-Paradise road) via Shotover Saddle, Lochnagar, ...
Cardrona - Cromwell Pack Track
Cardrona - Cromwell Pack Track  •  Track, updated
This route over the Criffel and Pisa Ranges leads from Cardrona to the Lowburn Valley. The route features golden tussock ...
Three Mile Stream Circuit
Three Mile Stream Circuit  •  Track, updated
A loop around Macs Knob next to Lake Sumner. This route makes for a long overnight trip.
Crater Rim Walkway
Crater Rim Walkway  •  Track, updated
Follow the ridge of the volcanic Port Hills above Christchurch.
Hauhungatahi Track
Hauhungatahi Track  •  Track, updated
Hauhungatahi, also called Baldy, is the prominent hill just outside National Park. It is in a remote experience zone so ...
Kahutara Biv route
Kahutara Biv route  •  Track, updated
Mostly 4WD drive track along the DOC East-West route, with some off-track travel up over the ridge to the biv. ...
History in the hills: Stamper batteries
History in the hills: Stamper batteries  •  Article, added
Stamper batteries were massive iron machines, hauled into remote locations in the search for gold. Many are still there today.
Kelly Range - Hunts Saddle Circuit
Kelly Range - Hunts Saddle Circuit  •  Track, updated
A challenging circuit route traversing the Kelly Range and returning along Kelly's Creek. The direction described is the easiest option.
Fraser Creek
Fraser Creek  •  Track, updated
One of several valleys that cut into the southern Humboldt Mountains. It passes through many kilometres of beech forest, river ...

Out in the hills

Lake Emma hut
Kerin Forks Hut
Glaisnock Hut
Paua Hut
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Heaphy Track
Edwards Hut
Montgomerie hut
Wairoa Shelter
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