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

izogi Tramping illegal  •  izogi in The campfire
@Ian_H: > Penalties are specified in section 72 Thanks. That answers my earlier question about penalties. Section 72 also prescribes up to ...
bernieq Where is this?  •  bernieq in The campfire
take more photos :)
PLB, again.  •  waynowski in The campfire
he didnt know that metal affects compasses? lucky it hasnt happened to him earlier....
Pro-active Inserting photo into a thread ?.  •  Pro-active in This website
True dat. Then I was a little concerned about how much of a gateway that might be to the rest ...
bernieq Free GPS Topo Maps for Garmin - Mac Compatible  •  bernieq in Gear talk
Have you searched these forums? Try "garmin" and "nz topo", do some research then maybe ask some targeted questions?
DOC closing some facilities due to COVID 19  •  waynowski in The campfire
most of the infectioned in NZ are under 65 yo, most who die are over 65.
Honora Cleaning a Down sleeping bag?  •  Honora in Gear talk
Yeah I guess they wouldn't be mean enough to manipulate punters into ruining their bags so they have to buy ...
banff film festival free online  •  waynowski in The campfire
https://civictheatre.ca/blog/banff-mountain-film-festival-online
A downside of trip planning  •  waynowski in The campfire
theres a lot of nice people to mix with on the great walks. they are all willing to pay top ...
Pro-active South Island Hike in September.  •  Pro-active in Tracks, routes, and huts
My Christchurch tramping club cancelled multi-day tramps earlier this week. By end of week they have now suspended all group ...
Honora Smaller pack  •  Honora in Gear talk
I had a pack with a drawstring enclosure so I used a very light roll-top packliner and this also extended ...
Honora Tents on the Dusky - viable option?  •  Honora in The campfire
Maybe a hammock would be the go? Have to say I could always find a place to put up a ...
International Travel to NZ  •  Ameliaburns in The campfire
Pro-active It is a nice way to plan your trip. I also do the same thing when I travel to ...
Aircraft Wreck near Jumbo Hut  •  bairdo in Tracks, routes, and huts
Don't remember the exact details but something along the lines of. There's a scree chute on the northern side, go down ...
geeves Hollyford track status trip report  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
Good question. I would say council but there is a big issue. Not many people in that area so not ...
What is your favoutire Back Country Cuisine meal?  •  Ameliaburns in Food
Back Country Cuisine Vegetarian Stirfry. The only vegetarian meal in my selection and only one of three in the range. ...
Mr Finch Rat infestation in Pool Hut, St James Cycle Trail  •  Mr Finch in Tracks, routes, and huts
I don't think there is ever 'only one rat'
geeves Google to map remote NZ trail  •  geeves in The campfire
Give them a big ladder so they can trek to the Sea Of Tranquility
glennj Hura Saddle / Hura Creek - advice wanted  •  glennj in Tracks, routes, and huts
I've been from Mudflats Hut up and over to Julia Hut and been on the Campbell Range tops further south. ...
Key Swap on Heaphy? Open to either direction  •  AlecA in Tramping partners
Hi! My partner and I are planning on doing the Heaphy, but haven't booked anything yet as we wanted to sort ...
nzbazza McGregor Falls Tararuas  •  nzbazza in Tracks, routes, and huts
The TTC have a couple of trip reports on their website: https://ttc.org.nz/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/TripReports/2017-12-02-McGregorFalls https://ttc.org.nz/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/TripReports/2014-02-23-McGregorFalls In both cases the parties seem to have approached the ...
Kaimai OLD North South track from Kauritatahi hut?  •  BOP Tramper in Tracks, routes, and huts
Will do, Not sure when I will make it back there but will keep you updated. I do intend to ...
Pinnacles Hut - any cancellations on 4 April 2020?  •  jenks1 in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi there. A friend and I were hoping to do the Pinnacles walk in the Coromandel on Saturday, 4 April ...
Back country cuisine  •  BOP Tramper in Food
They dont have as many calories in those BCC meals as I thought! I was just looking at what an OSM ...
geeves Peanut butter - double bagged  •  geeves in Food
I like peanut butter but the thought of eating it by the tablespoon makes my teeth stick together. Maybe I ...

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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