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.

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  •  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

Pro-active hypothermic tramper rescued from Tararuas  •  Pro-active in The campfire
They 'knew' she was in distress ?. Forecast is cold wet & drizzly for a couple of days. Timely rescue. ...
Search under way for tramper missing in Canterbury  •  waynowski in The campfire
found https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/112178733/search-under-way-for-missing-tramper-missing-in-canterbury-high-country
Partner for Dusky Track (or others) on May  •  Benjamin AU in Tramping partners
Hello Trampers !!! I'm looking to go for a tramp on the Dusky Track, between the 7th and 10th on May. I ...
Te Araroa 200km section  •  Forest328 in Tracks, routes, and huts
I’d like to do the section from Whangarei heads north to Russell one day. Have done plenty of overnight trips ...
Army tragedy on Mt Ruapehu - new details revealed  •  Crashman. in The campfire
I also remember this event quite clearly. On many occasions I marched, ran or swaggered past a memorial to those ...
Best Ultralight piss-take, so good  •  jmeyer in The campfire
This is hilarious for anyone who's been around American long-distance hikers haha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oxpObyS4DE&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0QHNVKdw_UitisIo7Z_HxizBxWlgmwV7LKrJIm73GZsV91sE_zHNQ093I
Mt Ruapehu Plane crash site  •  Crashman. in Tracks, routes, and huts
Going back for another go this weekend. I have been told very recently that most of the wreckage was recovered ...
lewshaw Mount Somers Walkway Facebook page.  •  lewshaw in The campfire
Glen Currie has started a Facebook page called Mount Somers Walkway and made me an administrator.For a number of reasons,this ...
lewshaw What is a pack track?  •  lewshaw in Beginners and newbies
Slightly off the subject.I have oft quoted a story about Braden Currie taking his new bride with MTBs from Comyns ...
stunted Mokai Patea Range  •  stunted in Tracks, routes, and huts
Was wondering what had happened to you, saw your entry in Maropea Forks a day before us. Our route from ...
Best direction to walk these tracks  •  jmeyer in Tracks, routes, and huts
I've done the Wangapeka then Heaphy return twice, both tracks are nice walking and relatively easy however the Wangapeka has ...
M400-1 Christchurch tramps in mid-April, 3-5 days  •  M400-1 in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks all, will head to Carrington on Friday, if weather looks okay I'll try for the three passes route, but ...
Gregor Body found on Canterbury's Mt Lancelot  •  Gregor in The campfire
Here's a bit more info from the SAR section of the softrock.co.nz website. http://www.arthurspass.com/index.php?page=278 Tragic and terrible. I'm almost certain that all ...
Kaima Range - Kauritatahi Hut --> Puketutu Hut  •  avida in Tracks, routes, and huts
Yes the puketutu hit is south of the tunnel line. And there is still an old marked track from the ...
Routeburn - Pass Creek  •  avida in Tracks, routes, and huts
I've been and done it. Due to 200mls of rain two days before it was very muddy in parts, and ...
Gaiters Coromandel Pinnacles  •  Gaiters in Beginners and newbies
Protein powder is a great milk substitute for porridge. One table spoon per packet of instant porridge packet is delicious. ...
izogi Is check-in broken?  •  izogi in This website
Thanks. I refreshed and it worked that time. I'm not sure what was going on previously.
giuseppe23 Food for long Tramps  •  giuseppe23 in Food
I love my red split lentils. Easy to carry..with 500 gr and some rise you have at least 6/7 dinners. Add some ...
gazcan What is appropriate here?  •  gazcan in The campfire
I pick and choose what threads to read. If I don't like the thread or it is of no interest ...
Transport Nelson to Marahau  •  Forest328 in The campfire
Car hire - can work out cheaper than shuttle and infinitely more flexible.
Hidden hut in Tararuas  •  si-dog in The campfire
@Izogi - good to hear - yea I never encountered that part that you ae pictured in - I advised ...
glennj 2019 Flood Damage Westland  •  glennj in Tracks, routes, and huts
Just a quick note for non locals to let you know that there has been quite a lot of damage ...
glennj Three Passes - Advice Welcome  •  glennj in Tracks, routes, and huts
I've just been informed by a mate who was up the Styx yesterday that the river has changed course in ...
Round the Mountain Track (Ruapehu)  •  jmeyer in Tracks, routes, and huts
Nice one Justine, glad to hear it. How would you describe your experience and what advice would you give me ...
Pro-active Hunting & Fishing pulls 'military-style' semi-auto  •  Pro-active in The campfire
With respect to the Moderators tolerance so far, I'm dropping out of this thread. I'm more likely to mail respond ...

What's new?

Lochnagar/Shotover Saddle/Matukituki Valley
Lochnagar/Shotover Saddle/Matukituki Valley  •  Track, updated
An alpine crossing of a saddle between 2 major river valleys. Usually done as part of a circuit of saddle ...
George Sound Track
George Sound Track  •  Track, updated
Remote travel over a lake and along an historic track to the sea.
Moria Gate Arch
Moria Gate Arch  •  Track, updated
A short walk in the Ōpārara Basin, exploring the Moria Gate limestone arch.
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 ...
Te Ana o Matuku Cave
Te Ana o Matuku Cave  •  Track, updated
An historic cave on the Paparoa National Park coastline.
Mt Torlesse
Mt Torlesse  •  Track, updated
Noteworthy peak east of Porters Pass.
Edwards River, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit
Edwards River, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit  •  Track, updated
This circuit explores the southern portion of the St James Cycle Trail, explores the historic farm country around Lake Guyon ...
Maling Pass, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit
Maling Pass, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit  •  Track, updated
This circuit is a double-crossing of the St James Range, dropping into the deep Waiau Uwha Valley. The first day's ...
Section: Maling Pass - Moki Track
Section: Maling Pass - Moki Track  •  Track, updated
The northernmost section of the St James Cycle Trail, between Lake Tennyson and the Lake Guyon junction on the Waiau ...
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 ...
Section: Lake Guyon - Fowler Pass
Section: Lake Guyon - Fowler Pass  •  Track, updated
A route connecting the Waiau Uwha and Waiau Toa (Clarence) valleys, from Lake Guyon junction on the St James Cycle ...
Tanekaha falls, Puriri track loop
Tanekaha falls, Puriri track loop  •  Track, updated
Following a stream up the valley to a large Puriri tree, then back via some waterfalls, swimming possible.
Langsview track
Langsview track  •  Track, updated
An easy walk overlooking Langs Beach with views out to Mangawhai and inland to Kaiwaka
Lucretia Hut Route
Lucretia Hut Route  •  Track, updated
Lucretia biv via Nina Valley


Out in the hills

glennj visited Mt Curtis Hut
18 April 20194 days ago
Mt Curtis Hut
Stayed two nights.
sarahlou2 walked Mount Oxford
6 April 20196 April
Mount Oxford
izogi visited Snowy Hut / Snowy River Hut
31 March 201931 March
Snowy Hut / Snowy River Hut
Snowy's a wonderful place on a sunny day. Beware of onga onga hanging around the hut and nearby areas. I thought the river was in low flow, but we certainly still required a short pack-float (or swim) in a gorgey bit *just* downstream of the confluence between the East and West Waiotauru. I've heard informally that there are some old logging tracks around which might make it possible to avoid this section... particularly on the true right of the river. We didn't see any obvious way up the side for anything like that, but also weren't looking too hard.
M400-1 visited Oamaru Hut
25 March 201925 March
Oamaru Hut
madpom visited Robin Saddle Hut
17 March 201917 March
Robin Saddle Hut
stuso672 walked Castle Hill Peak
3 March 20193 March
Castle Hill Peak
Beautiful Weather. Took around 5 Hours. Very stiff legs after the long ascent down. Saw a number of people attempting Foggy Peak with 1 tourist who struggled to get down in a quick manner.
Moh_Oz walked Mount Owen - northern approach from Courthouse Flat
28 February 201928 February
Mount Owen - northern approach from Courthouse Flat
ShazDavis walked Mt Barrosa
23 February 201923 February
Mt Barrosa
Great day - beat the weather and didn't need the GPS to get down
Tsuri minerbi walked Routeburn Track
17 February 201917 February
Routeburn Track
dmolnar visited Kapakapanui Hut
16 February 201916 February
Kapakapanui Hut
smibe visited Washpool Hut
5 February 20195 February
Washpool Hut
Hut is in reasonable nick but very smoked out. The track there from the pinnacles is well marked and easy to follow, though overgrown with gorse in places. I decided to head back down the river on the same day to avoid staying at the hut because of the smokiness but had I needed to stay overnight I'm sure it would have been fine.
iangeorge visited Ivory Lake Hut
2 February 20192 February
Ivory Lake Hut
Matthew walked Moria Gate Arch
24 January 201924 January
Moria Gate Arch
Good family walk with an arch to explore. A film crew were also there when we visited (apparently making a documentary about dinosaurs).
Amarok visited Totara Flats Hut
19 January 201919 January
Totara Flats Hut
Dodgydave visited Greig's Hut
9 January 20199 January
Greig's Hut
Briar visited Cameron Hut Wanaka/Makarora
4 December 20184 December
Cameron Hut Wanaka/Makarora
monkeysh1ne visited Atiwhakatu Hut
2 December 20182 December
Atiwhakatu Hut
Super easy walk in has pros & cons. Still great hut in great spot on top of river.
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