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

closing off Lake Waikaremoana by stealth  •  Forest328 in The campfire
The media response from Tūhoe: https://www.ngaituhoe.iwi.nz/vdb/document/579 Typical blustering rhetoric from grandstanding bully boy Shane Jones. Some of the finer details are in ...
madpom Tararuas: Marking poles and signage  •  madpom in The campfire
As someone who spends most of his spring standing-back-up high country fences I can assure you both warratahs & flat ...
Resupplying around Kahurangi  •  Moh_Oz in Beginners and newbies
I did a trip in Kahurangi Feb this year. The handful of trampers I met coming up from Karamea and ...
2018 Tarptent Notch for Sale - Like New Condition  •  jmeyer in Buy / sell / exchange
Tent is sold
Honora Thermals that don't pill (as much)  •  Honora in Gear talk
" can't wear knitted wool against my skin (especially on my torso and neck) … doesn't matter how fine the ...
bernieq Google Maps broken  •  bernieq in This website
Yes, indeed - all good again. Thanks, Matthew.
Honora Instant Kumara Mash  •  Honora in Food
I made this with the vegan egg powder. It doesn't bind the dough as well as the egg does but ...
Abel Tasman Coast Track  •  Forest328 in Tracks, routes, and huts
It’s probably more popular travelling south (Marahau) to north due to water taxis only going as far as Totaranui and ...
Body found in search for missing man, West Coast  •  waynowski in The campfire
found in the riverbed, believed to have drowned trying to cross the river
Earnslaw Burn in Winter  •  DinoK14 in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks @Ian_H and @Yarmoss Looks like I'll think about doing this later in the year getting closer to summer.
PhilipW Tararuas track recommendations  •  PhilipW in Tracks, routes, and huts
@izogi Yes that's Pinnacle Spur alright. The contour lines match up perfectly.
Gregor New Zealand - South Island  •  Gregor in Beginners and newbies
How'd it go, Robert?
PhilipW Another missing tramper in Tararuas  •  PhilipW in The campfire
@TararuaHunter I'm not 100% sure of the year now, but I think it was late November 2009. If you know ...
wet_boots Scorn for not having a PLB - your input  •  wet_boots in The campfire
izogi - that's really useful, thank you! I've often come across your blog when researching trips :) Will give those ...
looking for kids osprey ace 38 pack  •  trooper in Gear talk
That's very kind of you FrankB, but the Atmos would be too big, they have 10.5-11.5inch back measurements. I also ...
Looking for Tramping partner early July  •  Tommy 217 in Tramping partners
Hi guys, let’s make it straight. Two of us are planning to do three great walks, starting with Tongariro Northern ...
Looking for a tramping partner.  •  wolf.larssen in Tramping partners
How frequently are you interested in hiking? Where are you based? I'm looking at getting out more but it's hard ...
giuseppe23 Polenta chips - easy, fast and lots of calories  •  giuseppe23 in Food
@Honora Sorry mate I haven't been able to come inside the forum lately. Polenta is definitely an Italian recipe but comes ...
strider Whitcombe valley track condition  •  strider in Tramping partners
We were at Lyell hut at the weekend. There was 200mm of snow around the hut and like Glennj says ...
Honora Where to stay on the te anau  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
I reckon it would be possible as there are no restrictions on camping along the trail except in Northland I ...
geeves Helicopter rescue goes for a spin.  •  geeves in The campfire
The line may of been frayed or not tied properly causing the failure.
Honora The Stewart island Southern Circuit?  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
My understanding is that groups of hunters are only allowed to stay at the hut for 3 days in a ...
Honora Tramper.nz quoted in the ODT, yer famous  •  Honora in The campfire
I had friends kayak L. Hauroko some years ago and remember their talking about the wind roaring down the lake. ...
lewshaw Wangapeka Track Camping  •  lewshaw in Beginners and newbies
A few hundred yards west of Cecil Kings hut,across the river ,is a good sized clearing,visible from the track.I`ve camped ...
A common sense approach to gear weight  •  waynowski in Gear talk
depends on the track too... some tramping you measure progress in hundreds of metres per hour...

What's new?

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 ...
Double Crossing of Mt Thomas into the Pinchgut Hut
Double Crossing of Mt Thomas into the Pinchgut Hut  •  Article, added
Weekend trip in recent snow with the Okuru River running too high for people to cross it and stay at ...
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 ...
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. ...
Mangamako - Casino Biv - Waihua
Mangamako - Casino Biv - Waihua  •  Track, updated
The Ureweras by the Ikiwhenua Range near Galatea are good tramping country but rarely visited by trampers. The country is ...
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.

Photographs

Out in the hills

SimonJ visited Wharepapa Hut
18 June 2019yesterday
Wharepapa Hut
As of 9 June 2019, the hut is in good condition except there is some rising dampness on the floor against the uphill wall under the bunks. On the left as you enter. The hut is now enclosed on two and a half sides by shading vegetation and rank grass. Hence the moisture. Work needed would be dig out all rank grass clumps around the bottom barge board, clear back all the vegetation 5 m from the hut. Coming from the Orongorongo River side, via Papatahi spot height, is clear enough except for the last 2 hours to the hut where it descends down a face rather than a spur. The track isn't just overgrown, it has literally disappeared under fresh growth of mahoe, kie-kie, suatepple jack and nettle. It is unfollowable particularly the last hour. I'd rate it very hard going. The west side of the track up from/down to the Orongorongo River is clear enough and has 20 or so Goodnature traps all marked with the pink triangles. My time from Catchpool road end was 10 hours. 8:45 a.m. to 6:45p.m.
Edwards River, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit
Great circuit with plenty of variation in terrain and vegetation. There are lots of alternatives too e.g. Charlies Saddle/the Racecourse/Stanley Stream and also a low saddle route north over from Stanley Stream to Sandy Stream that leads to the 4WD road east of Maling Pass.
Matthew visited Big River Hut
8 June 20198 June
Big River Hut
Stayed with a group of 4WDers who worried about ghosts and offered me beer. Luckily there's a private three-person room down the end.
MetalCupcake visited Woolshed Creek Hut
8 June 20198 June
Woolshed Creek Hut
In via Rhyolite in waist deep snow. Out via 4WD to mine then continue down miners.
glennj visited Gosling Hut
23 May 201923 May
Gosling Hut
shrimp walked Mangamako - Casino Biv - Waihua
3 May 20193 May
Mangamako - Casino Biv - Waihua
Awesome route! The streams get a bit rocky but they're not too deep. The old logging roads and the track are overgrown in places so look around carefully.
M400-1 walked Mid Taipo Hut to Dunns Creek Hut
27 April 201927 April
Mid Taipo Hut to Dunns Creek Hut
SCRODAM walked Mount Somers Track
25 April 201925 April
Mount Somers Track
sarahlou2 walked Mount Oxford
6 April 20196 April
Mount Oxford
Alex29 visited Te Waiti Hut
6 April 20196 April
Te Waiti Hut
Awesome track in. Plenty of use.
john dutchie visited Bealey Spur Hut
2 April 20192 April
Bealey Spur Hut
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.
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
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