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.

Explore New Zealand's Great 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Paparoa Track
Paparoa Track  •  3 days. Easy/medium. One way.
New track located in Paparoa National Park, exploring the Paparoa Range, gold trails and limestone gorges. Paparoa Track is a dual-use ...
Rakiura Track
Rakiura Track  •  3 days. Easy/medium. Loop track.
An historic walk through almost deserted, pure podocarp forest.
Routeburn Track
Routeburn Track  •  2 – 4 days. Easy/medium. One way.
An internationally renowned and popular alpine crossing between Fiordland and Lake Wakatipu.
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 ...

Classic walks

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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.

In the forums

geeves people-need-to-be-fully-vaccinated-to-use-doc-huts  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
True. I stopped in at Renata hut a few years ago 5 weeks to the most recent entry. If you ...
Hiking boots or other shoes? Also, leaky boots.  •  pseudo in Beginners and newbies
I gave up using heavy padded/insulated hiking boots unless I am tramping the tops. Better to get lightweight ones that can ...
chris1 Head torches  •  chris1 in Gear talk
Thanks everyone for the advice! Another present sorted :-)
Across The Pass  •  jcmck in Gear talk
Hi There was a post started a few years ago on favourite NZ tramping books . To add to that Shaun ...
KetoStoreNZ Lightweight Food Powders now available here in NZ  •  KetoStoreNZ in Food
Thanks for your kind words Honora, we've had positive feedback from trampers already that it's nice to have these options ...
Honora Peanut butter - double bagged  •  Honora in Food
I've discovered the Pics PB slugs. Great with those oversweet muesli bars as it reduces the GI when eaten in ...
Honora Best glue for patching an old sleeping bag? Nylon.  •  Honora in Gear talk
3M transpore is bloody good tape for mending holes in duvet jackets. It tears into the desired size easily and ...
Vegetarian recipes for dehydrater wanted  •  AndyJackson in Food
For any such need, I always refer to iahas.com as their recipes are 100 percent natural and enriched with therapeutical ...
Alternatives to Freeze Dried Meal Packs  •  HansNZ in Food
For some more variety in dehy veggies, beans and soy-based proteins, have a look at HarmonyHouse Foods, website GoHHF.com, which ...
madpom Biggest vertical (tramping) climbs in NZ?  •  madpom in Tracks, routes, and huts
Another one for you - colleague just back from an ascent of Mt Adams. 2140m vertical height difference, most of ...
Makaretu hut  •  Knuaf in Tracks, routes, and huts
CralMarkos Documents leaked to National suggest DoC shake-up  •  CralMarkos in The campfire
Not enough info to draw any meaningful conclusion.
Ian_H Okuru Valley  •  Ian_H in Tracks, routes, and huts
I haven't been up there, I'm just reading Moirs Guidebook (North) and looking at the topomap. The topomap shows a track ...
madpom Sabine Hut to Speargrass Hut to Mt Robert car park  •  madpom in Tracks, routes, and huts
I'd suggest looking at a topomap when planning a trip (and obviously taking one with you when you go). They ...
Focus on improving tramper safety for Angelus Hut  •  pseudo in The campfire
https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/452775/focus-on-improving-tramper-safety-for-angelus-hut-a-hotspot-for-accidents >Fatalities and a high rate of search and rescue incidents near one of the most popular huts in the Nelson ...
geeves Lees Valley rd  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
At the bridge over the Ashley just north of the road the whole place looked like a war zone. Obviously ...
Inspiration for Breakfast food  •  erniec in The campfire
Have thought about using complan for a breakfast replacement. Do you use it and what is your experience of it. I find ...
Hopefully not another one in the Tararua  •  geomatt in The campfire
Interesting place he spent the first night out, on the spur down from McGregor peak to the Atiwhakatu (if the ...
madpom CETCME PLB, any good?  •  madpom in Gear talk
Sitting on the sideboard at home
Honora Longest lasting hard cheese, in supermarkets?  •  Honora in Food
I was given several little wedges of wax-enrobed cheddar and was impressed how it handled the heat. I also had wax-enrobed ...
Frogfeatures Youtube channel documenting huts of New Zealand  •  Frogfeatures in Tracks, routes, and huts
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Is it time to ban alcohol at DOC huts?  •  NadsWinget in The campfire
Very true. If you are enjoying a few beers with some friends though craft beer in London is the way to ...
Chrikka Tramping partner around Wanaka  •  Chrikka in Tramping partners
Hi all, Iā€™m looking for a tramping partner/buddy who has got some experience around Wanaka/Hawea/Mt Aspiring areas as Iā€™m new to ...
mikiejhinton Macpac Olympus  •  mikiejhinton in Buy / sell / exchange
I own several other tents and tend to tramp alone so no longer have a need for this guy. Be about ...
geoffnet Our very own Kreig in the media  •  geoffnet in The campfire
Legend I was going to ask if he still had the man skirt but the article answered that one

What's new?

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 ...
Old Ghost Road
Old Ghost Road  •  Track, updated
A four or five day tramp from the Lyell Campsite(off SH6 in the Buller Gorge) to the Mokihinui road end ...
Blowhard Track
Blowhard Track  •  Track, updated
Alternative route to the summit of Mount Richardson (1047m) in the Canterbury foothills.
East Cape to West Cape - the length of NZ's main divide
A guide to my route from East Cape to West Cape, the length of NZ's main divide.
Mt Philistine  •  Track, updated
Never get enough rocks.
Stewart Island Southern Circuit Reflection  •  Article, added
A creative reflection on a three-day tramp in February 2021. This is a very tough tramp and requires high fitness ...
As of writing (March '21) 1/3 of this loop is closed due to Kauri Dieback A good two day starter tramp ...
Southern Circuit Stewart Island  •  Article, added
Trip Report
Mount Richardson Track  •  Track, added
Forested climb from Glentui Bush car park to the summit of Mount Richardson (1047m).
Mount Richardson Bypass Track  •  Track, updated
This track drops from the ridge east of Mount Richardson to the Glentui Bush car park.
Peninsula Walk, Onahau Bay  •  Track, added
A short and easy loop coastal forest in Queen Charlotte Sound.
James Vogel Track  •  Track, added
Short forest walk in Mistletoe Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound.
Ashley Gorge Waterfall Track  •  Track, updated
This popular extension to the Ashley Gorge Loop Track leads to a 10-metre waterfall.
Ashley Gorge Loop Track  •  Track, updated
Short family walk near Ashley Gorge Holiday Park.
Youngman Stream Hut to Tarn Hut  •  Track, updated
Track connecting Youngman Stream and Tarn Huts in Puketeraki Conservation Area.
Lillburn Route  •  Track, updated
Direct route up Lilburne Hill to Tarn Hut
Online mapping links  •  Article, updated
A collection of resources to help you plan and explore.
Youngman Stream Track  •  Track, updated
Steady sidle up the Rakahuri / Ashley River from the Lees Valley to Youngman Stream Hut.


Out in the hills

Laurahussey walked Milford Track
30 March 202230 March
Milford Track
Cant wait to explore this beautiful 4day 3night track, first time for me, definitely after the experience may not be the last, lets go!!! any advice would be amazing before i go :) Facebook
MistaB walked Tarawera Trail
19 November 202119 November
Tarawera Trail
If you are staying at Hot Water Beach camp, you definitely have to book first. $30 per site (2 pax)
Honorar visited Old Bridge Hut
14 November 202114 November
Old Bridge Hut
Came over Charlies Saddle but couldn't visit the hut b/c the McArthur bridge is completely removed since damage ?in the July flooding. The Waiau looked to be too high to attempt a crossing.
Caretaker walked Urchin - Waipakihi Hut - Umukarikari Trip
5 November 20215 November
Urchin - Waipakihi Hut - Umukarikari Trip
glennj visited Mt Greenland Hut
10 August 202110 August
Mt Greenland Hut
Woodburner & flue have been replaced since last visit by SINDA members.
Honora visited Tribulation Hut
25 July 202125 July
Tribulation Hut
Access is fine now. Some parts of the track have disappeared but it's quite navigable. You may prefer going directly up Redcliffe Stream as it's full of silt and easy to walk up rather than following the usual route with its occasional 4WD tracks. Best to start on the true left of the river as the foot track has been wiped out on the true right and there's only thick scrub there! The route down to Cookies Hut is fine as well. The toilet at Trib Hut is lying downstream on its side!
iangeorge visited Meikles Hut
25 May 202125 May
Meikles Hut
ClarkeKent visited Cold Stream Hut
11 April 202111 April
Cold Stream Hut
Rats all gone. Hut in good condition. No saw, so difficult to get big bits of fire wood, heaps of kindling around. Two big trees down so if anyone is a hero and wants to take in a saw (or chainsaw). Nice spot and pretty easy walk in.
lil50 walked Heaphy Track
4 April 20214 April
Heaphy Track
Bozeman visited Jollie Brook Hut
5 March 20215 March
Jollie Brook Hut
Great hut. Love the two small bunk rooms with closable doors.
matthew walked Blowhard Track
21 February 202121 February
Blowhard Track
East Cape to West Cape - the length of NZ's main divide
Finished at last!
ZoeCarol94 walked Sealy Tarns
31 December 202031 December
Sealy Tarns
Awesome views, lots of steps but not difficult if you pace, cool big rock about half way up that has a nice view (and a good rest stop). Sister & I heard sounds of glacial ice cracking from halfway up to top of tarns track. Well worth the climb!
slips walked Urchin - Waipakihi Hut - Umukarikari Trip
16 December 202016 December
Urchin - Waipakihi Hut - Umukarikari Trip
dmolnar visited Carkeek Hut
13 December 202013 December
Carkeek Hut
Track down from McGregor is well marked (permolat markers). The final descent to the Dorset Ck / Waiohine is a little hairy. Might pay for someone to take a short section of rope to permanently attach
Briar visited Coldwater hut
7 March 20207 March 2020
Coldwater hut
monkeysh1ne visited Kahurangi Keepers Hut
27 January 202027 January 2020
Kahurangi Keepers Hut
Fantaastic spot with easy access to mussels at low tide =)
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