Moraines below the Dogs Range:
Moraines on the glacial till plain that drops from the plateau of the Dogs Range at right. Mystery Lake is tucked in just beneath the Dogs Range in the centre of the picture. Mount Potts (2184m) is the peak off to the left. Viewed from the western spur of Mount Guy.
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
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

Honora Dusky track  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
I've done the NW and southern circuits in sandals which is probably as bad as the Dusky. But these days ...
Honora Kayaking and tramping together  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
I did 5 pack float crossings up the Waiohine Gorge about 12 years ago. It was great fun doing it ...
Tent Options  •  Jacob11 in Gear talk
Now it is possible to find a New Zealand tour packages, in fact, a number of them, that allows you ...
roysta1 Patagonia gear  •  roysta1 in Gear talk
I absolutely agree about Westcomb. A Canadian company that makes excellent gear at good prices.
Ruahine Advice for 3,000m summit (Cook National Park)  •  Ruahine in Tracks, routes, and huts
@JETNZ >All summits over 2,900 m are within a 10-mile radius of Aoraki / Mount Cook. Except Mt Aspiring :smile:
Late-Spring snow - Fiordland  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
mackinnon pass is a wind tunnel, he weather can be vicious... was blowing around 80k when i was there, the ...
giuseppe23 Avalanches - what to do if you get caught in one  •  giuseppe23 in The campfire
@si-dog sounds very sad... Can I ask you what happened ?
'Goblin forest' - Kamahi / Patea or Dawson Falls  •  si-dog in Tracks, routes, and huts
This term "goblin forest" as pointed out above is more attributable to the type of stunted mossy trees that grow ...
Found - large Hunting & Fishing top (Welly region)  •  si-dog in Gear talk
If you can tell me where you think you lost it, I can tell you where it is. Sorry it ...
Honora Packing food for 7 days tramping+emergency food.  •  Honora in Food
I've gone dairy-free so that's a challenge but found a feta made from coconut oil among other things. Thinking of ...
Sidebar "Start a new thread" button in Safari?  •  Moh_Oz in This website
Hi @Matthew Make sense when you think about it. Cheers, Moh
Gregor In general, do I need to treat water in NZ?  •  Gregor in The campfire
"The ash has nothing to do with the smoke taste. It's the filtration method." @Berend, please elaborate.
Gregor Tramping infrastructure  •  Gregor in Tracks, routes, and huts
Yes, I'm casting a spell now to turn agentben into a pile of dog poos... I've had a bit of ongaonga ...
Syncop8r NZMSC Alpine Tramping Series Videos  •  Syncop8r in Tracks, routes, and huts
I have seen the new NZ Mountain Safety Council Alpine Tramping Series videos that are on YouTube ( mentioned in ...
glennj Crossing Dart River above Chinamans Bluff?  •  glennj in Tracks, routes, and huts
I was up the Dart looking at Slip Lake last week. For what its worth I saw one place only ...
bernieq 1080  •  bernieq in The campfire
... and because Australian native animals have co-evolved with naturally occurring 1080, they have a resistance to the poison (at ...
Honora SH73 into Cass Saddle Hut and back again  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
That area has a lot less rain than closer to the main divide. The next valley east, Castle Hill basin ...
DOC recording incidents following spike in violent  •  waynowski in The campfire The Department of Conservation (DOC) is so concerned about threats of violence against staff that it has started taking a ...
bushtrekker Cascade Hut to Boyd Lodge  •  bushtrekker in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks for the info.
izogi Confusing "freedom camping" definition  •  izogi in Beginners and newbies
I haven't checked what gets publicised, but the various bylaws have said 500 metres for ages. eg. Heaphy (in Kahurangi): Abel ...
Pro-active mail formatting  •  Pro-active in This website
Sure is !. The World's a better place. Thanks.
Matthew Tonight only  •  Matthew in This website
Happy halloween!
Clubs based near Rangiora  •  si-dog in The campfire
Good luck with this Geeves - I am thinking of doing something very similar. I'm kinda over wellington. Thank god ...
bushtrekker Mt Ruapehu guided walk  •  bushtrekker in Tramping partners
Hi If you are wishing to make use of the chairlift for some of the ascent, it might pay to ...
Using New Zealand Hosts for Spots and inReach Unit  •  trackMe in Gear talk
Anyone using Spots or inReach in New Zealand should consider using the New Zealand based company TrackMe for hosting as ...

What's new?

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 ...
Silver Peaks Route
Silver Peaks Route  •  Track, updated
Route in the Silver Peaks range from Jubliee Hut to Mountain Road via ABC Cave and Philip J Cox Memorial ...
Kepler Track
Kepler Track  •  Track, updated
Popular loop track providing access to the mountains around Lake Te Anau.
Waimairi Walkway
Waimairi Walkway  •  Track, updated
Farm walking, birdlife, picnicking, swimming, and hydrological ponderings.
Hawea Solitude
Hawea Solitude  •  Article, updated
Who would have thought you could have huts to yourself on a long weekend within an hour’s drive of one ...
Ball Pass
Ball Pass  •  Track, updated
A challenging crossing of the Kirikirikatata / Mount Cook Range between the Hooker and Tasman Glaciers just 5km south of ...
Waitākere and Hunua Ranges closure
Waitākere and Hunua Ranges closure  •  Article, updated
All Waitākere Ranges forested areas are closed to public access from 1 May. 10 high risk tracks in the Hunua ...
Kowhai - Hapuku Track
Kowhai - Hapuku Track  •  Track, updated
This track follows two river valleys between Mount Fyffe and the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges. Since the Nov 2016 earthquakes, times ...
Banks Track
Banks Track  •  Track, updated
NZ's original private walking track. It begins and ends in Akaroa.
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 ...

Out in the hills

Top Leatham Hut
glennj glennj visited Top Leatham Hut 12 November 20183 days ago
South Ohau Hut
monkeysh1ne monkeysh1ne visited South Ohau Hut 11 November 20184 days ago "A welcome site after a fair bit of ..."
Thor Hut
iangeorge iangeorge visited Thor Hut 6 November 20186 November
Speargrass Hut
john dutchie john dutchie visited Speargrass Hut 29 October 201829 October
Mt Barrosa
Matthew Matthew walked Mt Barrosa 21 October 201821 October "Beautiful day up there today. The view into ..."
Kauritatahi Hut
Laurette visited Kauritatahi Hut 13 October 201813 October "Walked up from the BOP side of Thompsons ..."
Waipapa River Track
Fantastic walked Waipapa River Track 15 September 201815 September
Pirongia summit loop via Tirohanga / Mahaukura tracks
M400-1 M400-1 walked Pirongia summit loop via Tirohanga / Mahaukura tracks 15 September 201815 September "Not very wet track, mud above the ankle ..."
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 ..."
Upper Oreti Hut
madpom madpom visited Upper Oreti Hut 30 June 201830 June
Junction Hut (Timaru Creek)
Briar Briar visited Junction Hut (Timaru Creek) 3 June 20183 June
Washpool Hut
diggn visited Washpool Hut 2 June 20182 June "Hut a bit filthy, very smokey. Suspect that ..."
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