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, exploring the Paparoa Range, gold trails and limestone gorges. Paparoa Track is a dual-use ...
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

aardvark Car Hire  •  aardvark in Visiting New Zealand
I just can't make price my first and only consideration when choosing car hire.
Personal Locator Beacons  •  waynowski in Gear talk
register your beacon with the authorities,, they will try and ring the contact n's first if the beacon turns on ...
Pro-active Altra trail runners for the Kepler & Rakiura?  •  Pro-active in Gear talk
Could be you might benefit from more conditioning in wearing the low-cuts ?. Like going barefoot for the first time, ...
Into the Landsborough  •  TararuaHunter in Tracks, routes, and huts
@phil21 your not going get your ass shot off, especially out in the open. AFAIK, theres been one accidental shooting of ...
Colorful long underwear (thermals) - where to buy?  •  Joynz in Gear talk
It looks like more of a fashion site - but nice non-thermal leggings.
chris1 Overnight camping with Toddler and Baby  •  chris1 in Beginners and newbies
Maybe look to set up your own trailbabies group... or at least ask around everyone you know and put notices ...
SebWarneke Part of the rees dart track is closed .  •  SebWarneke in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hey guys - because of the track closure, I received this reply yesterday from the Queenstown VC: "A bridge was destroyed ...
Aircraft Wreck near Jumbo Hut  •  boardmanl in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hello all, I was hoping someone might be able to provide some advice on how to get to the aircraft wreck ...
Stewart Island, Tin Range - Doughboy Bay  •  Dodgydave in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks @Honora. Much appreciated. How long did it take you to get through to/from Doughboy? Any options for campsites once you ...
aardvark Powdered Egg  •  aardvark in Food
I think many people miss the point of the frame on those toasters. Putting the toast on the gauze WILL ...
Gregor First tramp to NZ from Michigan USA - Resv at Huts  •  Gregor in Beginners and newbies
Please be mindful of the weather. Big system hitting the South Island this Sunday. http://www.metvuw.com/forecast/forecast.php?type=rain&region=nzsi&noofdays=10
Who delivers Amazon ?.  •  waynowski in Gear talk
the mail forwarders have a good choice of courier companies to choose from, dhl. fedex, TNT.
giuseppe23 Nepal trek  •  giuseppe23 in The campfire
Hello people. I have been away for a while and I would love to share with you my latest experience. I recently ...
Experience using two way sat communicators  •  TararuaHunter in Gear talk
@madpom having same problem with my InReach Mini. (Garmin) use phone to send messages. but usually does not show my ...
Milfor area affected by the weather.  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
photos https://www.doc.govt.nz/extreme-weather-fiordland
Three Passes Conditions  •  Mike Sheridan in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thinking of doing the Three Passes route in a couple of weeks. Does anyone have an update on the snow ...
geeves Bob's Biv water supply currently dried up  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
Little bit of rain today in Rangiora and thunder from the Mount Thomas direction so this might be fixed
Macpac repair/parts  •  pseudo in Gear talk
The plastic lining the battens have disintegrated and harness is quite well worn. I'd be happy just for the plastic to ...
Kaweka Forest Adventure Feb 6th-9th 🏞  •  Outdoorsman Dave in Tramping partners
Hi, hiking community. I’m heading from Hamilton into the mighty Kaweka Forest for a four-day adventure starting from Makahu Hut ...
Ian_H South Fiord Lake Te Anau  •  Ian_H in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks for that, Madpom. I'l lost my older paper topomap with the boundaries on, the current online topomap doesn't show ...
Abel Tasman - North of Totaranui  •  jmeyer in Tracks, routes, and huts
Why not get the shuttle to drop you at Wainui and then hike back towards Marahau? That's what I would ...
Tramping partner based in Wellington  •  Linda Liu in Tramping partners
Hey Alistair, sounds good. I am pretty keen to do some off the route navigation-heavy tracks such as the Dundas loop ...
glennj Microspikes  •  glennj in Gear talk
I've worn out quite a few pairs of instep crampons over the years (they don't last long with lots of ...
Ian_H Cascade Saddle - Whitbourn - Arawhata Saddle  •  Ian_H in Tramping partners
Where: More or less the route Danilo Hegg documents here, perhaps without the deviations for peak bagging: https://www.southernalpsphotography.com/Tramping/Aspiring-Region/Whitbourn-Arawhata/ When: Just after Easter, leaving Easter ...
Briar Howden Hut to McKellar via tops.  •  Briar in Beginners and newbies
I thoroughly enjoyed this Ridgeline trip! Navigation is definitely easier from McKellar -> Howden as there is an informally marked ...

What's new?

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 ...
An Unexpected Ascent of Mt Taylor
An Unexpected Ascent of Mt Taylor  •  Article, added
A day trip to climb the highest peak in the Canterbury foothills.
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. ...
Faulkner's Track
Faulkner's Track  •  Track, updated
Steep track dropping through bluffs to Governors Bay in the Christchurch Port Hills.
Big River Dam
Big River Dam  •  Track, added
Short route from the Big River goldmining town site up to the old dam in open tussock flats.
Big River - Inangahua Track
Big River - Inangahua Track  •  Track, updated
Faded gold miners' trails into the remains of the Big River gold town, past old stamper batteries, rails, mines and ...
Big River Track
Big River Track  •  Track, updated
Following the line of the old road from Waiuta to Big River, this is an easy forest walk between goldmining ...
Mid Taipo Hut to Dunns Creek Hut
Mid Taipo Hut to Dunns Creek Hut  •  Track, updated
The more direct route from Mid Taipo to Dunns Creek, the alternative to heading all the way up Dunns Ck ...
Routeburn Track
Routeburn Track  •  Track, updated
An internationally renowned and popular alpine crossing between Fiordland and Lake Wakatipu.
Hogs Back Circuit
Hogs Back Circuit  •  Track, updated
Great views of the Cass basin and surrounding mountain ranges.
Crosbie's Hut via Booms Track and Wainora Track
Crosbie's Hut via Booms Track and Wainora Track  •  Track, updated
A return trip to Crosbie's Hut from the Kauaeranga Valley
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 2018. 10 high risk tracks in the ...

Photographs

Out in the hills

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
Mount Oxford
glennj visited Boundary Creek Hut (Oteake)
15 November 201915 November
Boundary Creek Hut (Oteake)
Kristineleenman visited Catchpool Valley Campsite
12 November 201912 November
Catchpool Valley Campsite
Yarmoss visited Shepherds Creek Hut
12 October 201912 October
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
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Geraldine visited Hawdon Hut
8 September 20198 September
Hawdon Hut
mikeyA visited Serpentine hut
30 August 201930 August
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
Crombie Biv
SCRODAM visited Makarora Hut
21 July 201921 July
Makarora Hut
JuliaC walked Nina River
6 July 20196 July
Nina River
Very muddy, 33 streams crossed. Hut had 17 people in it
M400-1 visited Tawa hut
2 July 20192 July
Tawa hut
Aarad walked Wairere Falls
29 June 201929 June
Wairere Falls
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