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

Heaphy Car swap Nov 30-Dec 3  •  fishntramp in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi, my wife and I are doing Heaphy in reverse from Kohaihai to Brown hut. We start Nov 30 and ...
Heaphy car swap Chch based  •  fishntramp in Tramping partners
Hi, my wife and I are doing Heaphy in reverse from Kohaihai to Brown hut. We start Nov 30 and ...
bernieq Also looking for advice and/or a partner in May  •  bernieq in Visiting New Zealand
Phones (tablets, etc) are not a good choice for navigation. Use a GPS. The NZOpenGPS link above gives you access to ...
Forest823 Latecomers  •  Forest823 in The campfire
Last couple of trips we’ve come across people asleep in huts at mid day. Without evening discussing, we were quiet ...
gazcan Who knows the Smith Creek Track (Tararuas)?  •  gazcan in Tracks, routes, and huts
For a major Tararua Route (The Southern Crossing) some sections of track from the puffer turn off to Dobsons is ...
Adopting a hut  •  Airway Spies in The campfire
Thanks everyone, I'll start here and see how we get on.
PhilipW Which Pack to Choose?  •  PhilipW in Gear talk
@ bernieq Yes Aarn Tate has been working on his designs for about 18 years or so. I still have one ...
geeves Boots?  •  geeves in Gear talk
I think it would be better to go up a size rather than down and wear 2 pair socks
hikurangi anytime in the summer  •  jacpot78 in Tramping partners
Gaiters thanx you a lot for this information can you send me their contact in private message I will come ...
Where to tramp in May ??  •  marian in The campfire
Ok let me elaborate, First I was looking at Milford Track (although not sure about the flies and the rain). Then I ...
Where to tramp in May 2018?  •  marian in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi, I could have been posted on the wrong forum: https://tramper.nz/?view=topic&messageid=65317#message65317 Ideas and hints appreciated, thanks!
Forums changes  •  waynowski in This website
all good, its always worth the wait for the improvements. glitches are par for the course. an impressive amount of work has ...
taranaki deaths 2013  •  TararuaHunter in The campfire
@izogi yep, that's the one
Berend de Boer Mt Owen  •  Berend de Boer in The campfire
Mt. Owen is on my wish list so haven't been there yet! Having said that, have watched a few youtube ...
Macpac Cascade 75l and Microlight  •  AntonyLowe in Buy / sell / exchange
Hey! Check out this pack on trademe. If someone from this group purchases with buy now, mention you've seen this ...
What's on your hit list for the summer?  •  TararuaHunter in The campfire
wandering the central Tararuas and Ruahines (lots, I hope) and 3 weeks in west coast/lake Sumner FP
Matthew Plan my trip  •  Matthew in The campfire
A new tool coming online from MSC. Could be handy. https://medium.com/@nz_msc/coming-soon-plan-my-trip-686829672b7d
FrankB Missing Mongrel Mob now a real hagiography  •  FrankB in The campfire
To anyone offended by my comments, please accept my apologies. Goodnight.
Gaiters The First Time, no not that, Tramping.  •  Gaiters in The campfire
My Koro used to take me up the kawhatau for fishing trips since as long as I can remember. Pitching ...
Lastrite Tramper  •  Mosley59 in Buy / sell / exchange
Hi all, I have a brand new pair of Lastrite Tramper boots for sale. These were made to measure for ...
Tasman river crossing  •  rumpy12 in Tracks, routes, and huts
@rockman1 Looking at heading up around the end of Oct/early Nov. You may be there before me. Thanks radup.
geeves Human waste is littering the Milford track  •  geeves in The campfire
maybe this contractor is on a work visa and thinks milford road is the track
DOC vehicles sabotaged  •  waynowski in The campfire
https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/97389645/department-of-conservation-calls-in-police-after-alleged-vehicle-tampering The Department of Conservation (DOC) says its vehicles have been tampered with in what's thought to be an effort to ...
carribee packs?  •  brettwalk in Gear talk
Thanks everyone, really good advice. I haven't yet tried one on but if it fits I will get one. The ...
Honora Want to buy Craigiburn?  •  Honora in The campfire
Yes, the stations were intended as a source of funding for the University of Canterbury. I've been reading a wee biography ...

What's new?

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.
Hillary Trail
Hillary Trail  •  Track, updated
A spectacular coastal walk in the Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland.
Te Paki Coastal Track
Te Paki Coastal Track  •  Track, updated
Explore the Far North coastline around Cape Reinga / Te Rerenga Wairua.

Out in the hills

Piggotts Hut
Kauritatahi Hut
Starveall Hut
Mount Oxford
Rangiwahia Hut
Totara Flats Hut
John Reid Hut
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