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

Good RNZ Interview  •  waynowski in The campfire
a lot of the backcountry huts were originally put in place for deer cullers as well as trampers
Coroner emphasizes carrying emergency shelter  •  waynowski in The campfire
four people with hypothermia rescued from Ruahines https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/ruahine-ranges-rescued-tramper-was-one-hour-from-death/A2SJZROPW6T5PL2TTQJQUVMCIA
Clothes for NZ sun?  •  dreambroom in Gear talk
Poor wind proofing isn’t a negative attribute of anything that’s not an outer shell in a layering system. Whether it’s ...
Emergency shelters?  •  dreambroom in Gear talk
Yeah. The high flys are why some aren’t great in exposured weather. But many also have designs which allow the ...
madpom Backcountry Navigator off-line topo maps  •  madpom in The campfire
I've run off some up to date 'atlases' for the Backcountry Navigator app - if anyone is interested. These allow ...
madpom Edit hut failing  •  madpom in This website
Edit hut failing with error: === I don't understand this location: "NZTM2000 E1210740, N4932060". === These are the existing coordinates from the previous version ...
Anyone around Wairoa?  •  dreambroom in Tramping partners
I’ve long been doing the “have the worst option in the area” as a theft prevention tool. Not because I’m ...
Ian_H Crossing Dart at Daleys Flat?  •  Ian_H in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks Waynowski, yeah, I looked through a few images that came up on google and it didn't look too bad ...
New to Tramping  •  waynowski in Beginners and newbies
How to find a tramping club https://my.fmc.org.nz/find-a-club
More active and useful content  •  Dodgydave in The campfire
Thanks @Honora — sounds like a great adventure!
Honora Pack (home-made and lightweight)  •  Honora in Gear talk
I was so impressed when I saw your pikau, Longtack. You sent me photos but I couldn't figure how you'd ...
One for the Old Timers  •  moirsmate in The campfire
Follow up. The bivvy/camp in the head of the Tutoko River was named Kakapoop Camp. It was a sheet metal ...
geeves Mangahao Flats Hut  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
Cant tell you specifically but if the lake is low walking up the gravel flats is quicker than the track ...
Pro-active Current Routeburn conditions 26/10/20 ?.  •  Pro-active in Tracks, routes, and huts
No. Didn't go McKenzie Hut this time. Short on days. People looking fairly shagged arriving at Harris Shelter from that ...
Personal Locator Beacons  •  Dodgydave in Gear talk
Each person’s individual mileage will vary but personally if I ever need to set my PLB off I don’t want ...
New Minister of Conservation , Kiri Allan,  •  waynowski in The campfire
Kiri Allan Minister of Conservation https://www.labour.org.nz/kiriallan
geeves Rakiura Track - Drinking water?  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
Mossey water is good for you. Sometimes a little crunchy but still good. I remember my school days tramping in ...
NZ Topo maps online  •  alanadavid in The campfire
I hope your problem is solved.
two rescued on ridge in Kahurangi park  •  waynowski in The campfire
A locator beacon has proved to be a lifesaver for a father and son stranded in Kahurangi National Park. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/123164922/locator-beacon-lifesaver-for-father-and-son-stranded-on-freezing-national-park-ridge
glennj Bug Sept 2020  •  glennj in This website
18th Oct and Check In's still not working.
Alternative route to get into Otaki Forks  •  waynowski in The campfire
update has no date for when or if the road will open, DOC looking at alternative route on foot https://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/your-council/projects/otaki-gorge-road/
Ngamoko Range-Toka high point (1519m)  •  dutchman in Tracks, routes, and huts
Leon Kinvig Hut to Toka summit track. Anyone able to enlighten me on this track's current condition? Thanks.
Kaweka: crossing Tutaekuri up via The Rogue  •  waynowski in The campfire
Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter Service "In the early hours of yesterday morning, the team were sent into the Kaweka Ranges ...
ian-silver Didn't book Milford on time, now it's full. HELP  •  ian-silver in Tracks, routes, and huts
No worries, you just did your job to protect your forum and I respect that.
Berend de Boer Snow on Kaweka ranges?  •  Berend de Boer in The campfire
Update: There was indeed no snow on the Kaweka's, the only snow that was there was current, i.e. what was ...

What's new?

Mt Hiwiroa
Mt Hiwiroa  •  Track, updated
An energetic return day trip. The first half follows relatively easy tracks but the second half is overgrown and more ...
Thompson's Track to Kauritatahi Track
Thompson's Track to Kauritatahi Track  •  Track, updated
From a very muddy Thompson's Track to an rough North South Track, this can't be described as the greatest of ...
Mt Enys - Finally!
Mt Enys - Finally!  •  Article, updated
An account of our 4 attempts to climb Mt Enys directly via Deadman Spur.
An Unexpected Ascent of Mt Taylor
An Unexpected Ascent of Mt Taylor  •  Article, updated
A day trip to climb the highest peak in the Canterbury foothills.
Hut bagging Stony Stream Biv  •  Article, updated
A weekend trip into the Hamner Conservation Area to visit a wee biv in good condition.
Mt Plenty, Ghost Creek Circuit  •  Article, updated
A day trip involving a 700 m climb then descending a creek with 2 challenging sidles past waterfalls.
Chummies Track  •  Track, added
Marked tramping track to John Reid Hut and the Arthur Range tops. NB - the start of the track requires ...
Annavale Circuit from Benmore Hut  •  Article, updated
A new track enabling a circuit as a day trip or an easy weekend trip. Plenty of tracks to explore ...
Gunsight Pass
Gunsight Pass  •  Article, added
With a couple of spare days in South Canterbury the forecast gale nor'westerlies and heavy rain on the main divide ...
Temple Valleys Circuit
Temple Valleys Circuit  •  Track, updated
Tramping the North and South Temple Valleys connecting the two over Gunsight Pass.
Day walks for Alert Level 3
Day walks for Alert Level 3  •  Article, updated
As we head into Alert Level 3, Government advice supports day works on easy trails. Alrighty then! Here's some iso ...
Five Passes via Lake Nerine and North Col
Five Passes via Lake Nerine and North Col  •  Article, updated
A classic tramp north of the Routeburn. Rather than exit via the Rockburn, we extended the trip through Lake Nerine ...
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 ...
Paparoa Track
Paparoa Track  •  Track, updated
New track located in Paparoa National Park, exploring the Paparoa Range, gold trails and limestone gorges. Paparoa Track is a dual-use ...
Double Crossing of Mt Thomas into the Pinchgut Hut
Double Crossing of Mt Thomas into the Pinchgut Hut  •  Article, updated
Weekend trip in recent snow with the Okuku River running too high for people to cross it and stay at ...
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. ...
Brasenose, Flag Peak circuit  •  Track, updated
Short ramble with a bit of off-track scramble of a couple of hours' duration which can be extended by lunch ...
Croisilles Hill, Marborough Sounds  •  Article, added
A day trip for our top of the topo's project from Okiwi Bay.


Out in the hills

Briar visited Coldwater hut
7 March 20207 March
Coldwater hut
Honora walked Bob's Camp Bivvy
3 February 20203 February
Bob's Camp Bivvy
Water supply currently dried up. Not even a tadpole to be had! This happens occasionally in summer. Only had 6mm of rain since the 21st of December (6 weeks) but another 6mm on the 4/5th February, 2020 now. Not sure of the state of streams further down both sides of the ridge.
Dave Johnston visited Daphne Hut
4 January 20204 January
Daphne Hut
aardvark visited Jacko Flat hut
3 January 20203 January
Jacko Flat hut
MetalCupcake visited Carrington Hut
1 January 20201 January
Carrington Hut
Moh_Oz walked Heaphy Track
30 December 201930 December
Heaphy Track
Timothy walked Mount Oxford
26 November 201926 November 2019
Mount Oxford
glennj visited Boundary Creek Hut (Oteake)
15 November 201915 November 2019
Boundary Creek Hut (Oteake)
Kristineleenman visited Catchpool Valley Campsite
12 November 201912 November 2019
Catchpool Valley Campsite
Yarmoss visited Shepherds Creek Hut
12 October 201912 October 2019
Shepherds Creek Hut
There’s six bunks but only 4 mattresses, so you might want to byo.
shrimp walked Tongariro Alpine Crossing
21 September 201921 September 2019
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Geraldine visited Hawdon Hut
8 September 20198 September 2019
Hawdon Hut
mikeyA visited Serpentine hut
30 August 201930 August 2019
Serpentine hut
Flew into hut with a group that were going to walk out. Hut looked good from outside.
madpom visited Crombie Biv
20 August 201920 August 2019
Crombie Biv
SCRODAM visited Makarora Hut
21 July 201921 July 2019
Makarora Hut
JuliaC walked Nina River
6 July 20196 July 2019
Nina River
Very muddy, 33 streams crossed. Hut had 17 people in it
M400-1 visited Tawa hut
2 July 20192 July 2019
Tawa hut
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