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

madpom Application for Helicopter landings in westland  •  madpom in The campfire
Well - I was wearing a green Swazi top with orange hi viz panel - discount stock from when DOC ...
madpom Winter Tramping  •  madpom in The campfire
Reply received from QE2 rep. Key points below (I didn't ask for permission to post the response publicly so will ...
Tahr, deer numbers ‘out of control’ on West Coast  •  TararuaHunter in The campfire
Tahr are a problem , but deer are not "out of control" on the west cost. Its nonsence
geeves Mount Ruapehu+Tongariro Crossing  •  geeves in Tramping partners
I dont know how many people are on this forum but I will guess 1000 of which maybe 100 post ...
aardvark Tongariro crossing in winter  •  aardvark in The campfire
Wounded in Action and Killed in Action.
Trial by social media  •  waynowski in The campfire
i emailed the president of the club.... i got a response within minutes...
geeves highway end of Otaki gorge rd closing for 2 months  •  geeves in The campfire
If heading from Wellington School road was the quicker way to the road end anyway. They were always going to ...
Pro-active Couple missing in Kahurangi National Park  •  Pro-active in The campfire
Helicopter = air ambuance. Charged thousands of dollars ?. You're lost or injured but choose not to hit the button ...
izogi Colorful long underwear (thermals) - where to buy?  •  izogi in Gear talk
Carrying on from @Ian_H's comment, I'm not sure if they were made from scraps but even as recently as 10-15 ...
Syncop8r Topomap Wallpaper  •  Syncop8r in The campfire
I'm planning to make a coffee table with a glass top and just the right size to slip a topo ...
M400-1 Taranaki - North Summit Route in winter  •  M400-1 in Tracks, routes, and huts
Oosh yeah she was steep, featureless and icy.
PLB battery replacement  •  waynowski in Gear talk
inrech use iridium non geostationary satgellites. depending on where in the sky is open you may have to wait for ...
Microspikes  •  graffias in Gear talk
Have you looked into Kahtoola's flexible crampons? They have two versions; one made in aluminium with smaller teeth, and the ...
Ice axe for Kawekas in winter?  •  graffias in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks everyone. Crampons AND ice axe it is!
Cost of rescuing lost trampers in Kahurangi  •  waynowski in The campfire
cost for the NH90's ws less than $ 60k some claims were they were costing over $20k per hour, which ...
Ian_H Locating Grid Reference on online Topomap  •  Ian_H in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks, Morris Oxford, I was sure there had to be a quick and easy way!
Tracks petition  •  petemcd in Tracks, routes, and huts
Reminder: the petition on track symbols remains open until 31 December 2020.Thanks to all the people who have signed it. ...
strider What not to do  •  strider in The campfire
It’s one of those things that baffles me. Having a gun doesn’t automatically make you a hunter or a bushman ...
Pro-active Macpac Micro-Stove recall  •  Pro-active in Gear talk
Some problem with the air inlet hole on units manufactured Oct 2019 & sold Oct-Dec 2019. Return for refund & ...
The PCT's Most Iconic Trail Angels Are Retiring  •  waynowski in The campfire
"Why the PCT's Most Iconic Trail Angels Are Retiring Thru-hiker traffic on this western trail is growing faster than the volunteer ...
Honora Kime Hut  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
I know this is getting into how many angels on the head of a pin territory but I was wondering ...
Honora Two sets of poly pros or one?  •  Honora in Gear talk
If there's rain in the forecast, I take a permaloft (synthetic down) jacket as my third jacket this time of ...
$25 million funding boost for conservation tourism  •  waynowski in The campfire
Govt gives $25 million funding boost for conservation tourism https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/govt-gives-25-million-funding-boost-conservation-tourism
Overnight hut North Waikato  •  55555 in The campfire
Thanks and Much appreciated Morris
Ian_H Loaning PLBs  •  Ian_H in Gear talk
It is possible, probably a good move to put a link to that google doc or sheet that you maintain ...

What's new?

Mt Enys - Finally!
Mt Enys - Finally!  •  Article, updated
An account of our 4 attempts to climb Mt Enys directly via Deadman Spur.
An Unexpected Ascent of Mt Taylor
An Unexpected Ascent of Mt Taylor  •  Article, updated
A day trip to climb the highest peak in the Canterbury foothills.
Gunsight Pass
Gunsight Pass  •  Article, added
With a couple of spare days in South Canterbury the forecast gale nor'westerlies and heavy rain on the main divide ...
Temple Valleys Circuit
Temple Valleys Circuit  •  Track, updated
Tramping the North and South Temple Valleys connecting the two over Gunsight Pass.
Day walks for Alert Level 3
Day walks for Alert Level 3  •  Article, updated
As we head into Alert Level 3, Government advice supports day works on easy trails. Alrighty then! Here's some iso ...
Five Passes via Lake Nerine and North Col
Five Passes via Lake Nerine and North Col  •  Article, updated
A classic tramp north of the Routeburn. Rather than exit via the Rockburn, we extended the trip through Lake Nerine ...
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 ...
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 ...

Photographs

Out in the hills

Briar visited Coldwater hut
7 March 20207 March
Coldwater hut
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 2019
Makarora Hut
JuliaC walked Nina River
6 July 20196 July 2019
Nina River
Very muddy, 33 streams crossed. Hut had 17 people in it
M400-1 visited Tawa hut
2 July 20192 July 2019
Tawa hut
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