Looking up to point 1603, from Scott's Track. August 2014.
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

Yarmoss Dusky treck  •  Yarmoss in Tracks, routes, and huts
I remember sitting in Loch Maree reading the hut book and entries talking about the 3 Wire across the Seaforth ...
geeves Adopting a hut  •  geeves in The campfire
When you sign the contract you become a volunteer worker and therefore liable to the same h&S as regular employees
gazcan Macpac Wanaka Tent User  •  gazcan in Gear talk
Kiwi Camping have a good range of affordable tents for all occasions. They would be my first stop for tents ...
Is it time to ban alcohol at DOC huts?  •  waynowski in The campfire
i think there were more fit boozer in the past than there are now, who would pack the booze into ...
Sock Liners  •  pseudo in Gear talk
Picked up some Bridgedale liner socks and just come back from doing the Tongariro crossing. They work as advertised ... ...
lloydy Waterproof Tarp for NZ rain  •  lloydy in Gear talk
Thanks for the original link, I didn't realize those guys delivered to NZ, or least didn't when I looked to ...
Rahui being urged for Waitakere Range  •  waynowski in The campfire
pigs will spread it anyway. its too accessible to too many people the other thing is there is a bird sanctuary ...
Kreig Visiting tapu / culturally sensitive places in NZ  •  Kreig in The campfire
'Holy Rock'...... Which was graffitied. As an Aussie who has done many of the more well-known walks in Australia, I ...
reidpaulnz 1920-1949 NZMS15 maps on mapspast  •  reidpaulnz in The campfire
@ Madpom, i totally agree with the sentiments of the other forum users. Your ‘maps past’ website is excellent, as ...
Webtogs website and day track.  •  giuseppe23 in Gear talk
Thank you so much all your reply... I appreciated your suggestion.
bernieq 'Definitive' Gear List  •  bernieq in Gear talk
FrankB : ... because with out them you may as well just set your own arse on fire. ..... just had ...
Rain jackets for Routeburn track  •  waynowski in Gear talk
the rab kinetic is actually waterproof
Kreig Which Pack to Choose?  •  Kreig in Gear talk
Sounds exciting!
Kreig Also looking for advice and/or a partner in May  •  Kreig in Visiting New Zealand
If the day you cross the Harris Saddle happens to be a clear day, please allow for - and do! ...
Lastrite Tramper  •  Morris Oxford in Buy / sell / exchange
Friends; I've just listed my surplus Last Rite boots on Trademe here: https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1457948171 Brand new LastRite trampers, size 7. Check Last ...
Heaphy Car swap Nov 30-Dec 3  •  fishntramp in Tramping partners
Hi, my wife and I are doing Heaphy in reverse from Kohaihai to Brown hut. We start Nov 30 and ...
nzhiker For Sale: Brand New Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 $440  •  nzhiker in Buy / sell / exchange
Willing to sell for around $440, will listen to offers. Retails in NZ for between $750 and $950. The tent ...
Some questions about DOC campsites  •  skijump in Beginners and newbies
Thanks for the feedback. We will have a non self-contained campervan, so I think that we will alternate between simple ...
Honora Sorting out tramp out transportation  •  Honora in Beginners and newbies
You might be able to zip 2 sleeping bags together. This would make extra room that accommodates an infant. Another ...
Gaiters deer released into taranaki forests risking TB  •  Gaiters in The campfire
Just considered a highly prized trophy for deer hunters. They are considered more elusive than red. But they are not. ...
Babysitting at Tongariro Crossing  •  JulesOhakune in Buy / sell / exchange
Dear all I dont want to use this site to advertise but would like to highlight that I offer babysitting at ...
looking for a fellow tramper  •  waynowski in Tramping partners
all comes down to the weather on the day
Honora Latecomers  •  Honora in The campfire
As a snorer, I'm gonna have to check out this snorex. I've been known to sleep in the woodshed if ...
Honora Colin Rolfe  •  Honora in Gear talk
He sounds like a delightful character and a big loss to all who knew him. Not sure what the natural ...
What's on your hit list for the summer?  •  brettwalk in The campfire
Really looking forward to two weeks in march in the south island with my wife and two children, 6 and ...

What's new?

Old Ghost Road
Old Ghost Road  •  Track, updated
This new trail links the ghost town of Lyell with the Mokihinui River. The first section is open from 2 ...
Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit
Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit  •  Track, updated
A good introduction to travelling across the tussock-covered tops of the Tararua Ranges, crossing the lofty Mt. Holdsworth on your ...
Mt Sunday / Mt Riley Track
Mt Sunday / Mt Riley Track  •  Track, added
A circuit track on the Richmond Range, visiting two forested summits.
Fairy Falls Track
Fairy Falls Track  •  Track, updated
One of the feature walks of the Waitakere Ranges, this track leads easily through kauri forest to the top of ...
Waitakere Tramline Walk
Waitakere Tramline Walk  •  Track, updated
Follow the rails of the tramline and pipeline that serviced the Waitakere Reservoir.
Crater Rim Walkway
Crater Rim Walkway  •  Track, updated
Follow the ridge of the volcanic Port Hills above Christchurch.
Rata Ridge track
Rata Ridge track  •  Track, added
A nice loop out of Piggotts hut and campsite in the Hunua Regional Park.
Excursion to Kauritatahi
Excursion to Kauritatahi  •  Article, updated
Kauritatahi Hut at the top of the Kaimai Ranges has been on my to-visit list for several years and I ...
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls  •  Track, updated
A short, very high standard walk from the road. Well worth taking as the falls are spectacular
Te Araroa Trail
Te Araroa Trail  •  Track, updated
Te Araroa is a walking trail running the entire length of the North and South Islands. The trail opened 3 ...
Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk)
Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk)  •  Track, updated
An overnight trip past old kauri dams to The Pinnacles, on Coromandel Peninsula.
St James Walkway
St James Walkway  •  Track, updated
A long and easy walk on St James Station near Lewis Pass. Beech forest, mountain scenery, farmland, wild horses, mud.
Dusky Track
Dusky Track  •  Track, updated
This journey explores the glacial valleys and mountains of Fiordland from Lake Hauroko to Lake Manapouri, visiting Dusky Sound along ...
Rees-Dart Track
Rees-Dart Track  •  Track, updated
Alpine circuit along two river valleys at the head of Lake Wakatipu.

Out in the hills

Tailings Hut
Old Ghost Road
Old Woman hut
Home Hill Hut
Upper Caples Hut
Slip Flat hut
Mid Caples Hut
Hurunui Hut
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