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.

Explore New Zealand's Great 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Rakiura Track
Rakiura Track  •  3 days. Easy/medium. Loop track.
An historic walk through almost deserted, pure podocarp forest.
Routeburn Track
Routeburn Track  •  2 – 4 days. Easy/medium. One way.
An internationally renowned and popular alpine crossing between Fiordland and Lake Wakatipu.
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 ...

Classic walks

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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.

In the forums

Garmin Instinct Solar - for Great Walks  •  Teljam in Gear talk
Thanks for the advice folks. I’ll try using the gps trek mode for each days walking, and then go to ...
Ian_H Karangarua-Douglas-Harpers Biv-Landsborough  •  Ian_H in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks, Morris. Yes, was on a trip last week with an old friend who had also been through there, his ...
geeves Is it time to ban alcohol at DOC huts?  •  geeves in The campfire
At the time of the post she replied to she was probably comatose under Powel hut just before the booking ...
Rocky Creek Biv  •  Honorar in Tracks, routes, and huts
From studying GPS tracked times, it has been possible for us to do it in 3 hours but it depends ...
Tramping partner Auckland  •  Daniellemuskan in Tramping partners
Kia ora koutou, My name is Danielle and I am seeking a like-minded tramping partner. Ideally, I'd like to meet someone ...
Cascade Saddle route for experienced day-hiker?  •  Moh_Oz in Tracks, routes, and huts
I went over the saddle in the summer of 2014 in good weather. The route was in good order and ...
Mt Garfield in Lewis Pass  •  MichalK in Tracks, routes, and huts
It was marked by pink plastic stripes. I'm hoping to get there this winter so I'll let you know what ...
Taranaki Circuit in winter - solo..?  •  graffias in Tracks, routes, and huts
Useful input, thank you. Waynowski, in answer to your question I just thought I could stick to the high route ...
lewshaw Tough socks?  •  lewshaw in Gear talk
Bridgedale Socks.Tough as an old goats toe.End of story.
Mid winter north island tramps?  •  dreambroom in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks again!
Good overnight bush tramps (no DOC huts)  •  Dodgydave in Tracks, routes, and huts
I wouldn’t be too worried. Obviously the farther from a road end the safer.
Best ~60L lightweight pack?  •  dreambroom in Gear talk
Third vote for the Exped, looks to be the best of the mainstream lightweight brands that retails in NZ. They ...
jonah portable boot dryer  •  jonah in Gear talk
Cheers @Ian_H doing some tests now 😀👍
geeves Kaikoura snow levels & loadings  •  geeves in The campfire
Mount Hut had very little snow below 1900m Still has 30cm at the base but close o 2M at the ...
glennj Boots?  •  glennj in Gear talk
In some areas going for water proof boots just isn't practical unless you only are only going to be on ...
izogi Mystery building on Maymorn  •  izogi in The campfire
I can't immediately find a clear statement on the regular website, but a hunting pamphlet pdf from the gwrc, which ...
Rahui being urged for Waitakere Range  •  waynowski in The campfire
he was walking on a road... he thought the road wasnt actually part of the park. its an access road ...
lloydy MBikers on the Heaphy?  •  lloydy in Tracks, routes, and huts
Did Heaphy both ways back in September, and saw almost as many mountain bikers as walkers, and certainly no bad ...
Pro-active Documents leaked to National suggest DoC shake-up  •  Pro-active in The campfire
""“I received this document from someone who attended the hui and was deeply concerned about recommendations from the He Puapua ...
geeves Downloading GPX Tracks not too intuitive  •  geeves in This website
Maybe an instruction next to the link would help?
izogi introduced mallals effect on native wildlife  •  izogi in The campfire
Based on the first episode, this is going to be a really cool series. I'd seen Dave Hansford indicate a ...
Ian_H Harris Saddle-Deadmans-Hollyford-Cascade  •  Ian_H in Tracks, routes, and huts
It’s doable. I was on the bus to Routeburn Shelter that arrived there about 0940. Got to the original Hollyford ...
Big Trip by Tara Mulvany last summer  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
heres another trip she did there was another vid i cant find online anymore about kayaking around svalbard as well.. lots ...
Ian_H CETCME PLB, any good?  •  Ian_H in Gear talk
I guess it's OK, NZ website states it meets the COSPAS/SARSAT standards and relevant AS/NZ standards. It seems to have ...
Tracks petition  •  petemcd in Tracks, routes, and huts
An MP presented my mapping petition to Parliament yesterday. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/hansard-debates/rhr/combined/HansDeb_20210505_20210505_12 The timing looks likely to coincide conveniently with the imminent formal policy ...

What's new?

Old Ghost Road
Old Ghost Road  •  Track, updated
A four or five day tramp from the Lyell Campsite(off SH6 in the Buller Gorge) to the Mokihinui road end ...
Blowhard Track
Blowhard Track  •  Track, updated
Alternative route to the summit of Mount Richardson (1047m) in the Canterbury foothills.
East Cape to West Cape - the length of NZ's main divide
A guide to my route from East Cape to West Cape, the length of NZ's main divide.
East-West Route: 3 day circuit east of Molesworth
East-West Route: 3 day circuit east of Molesworth  •  Article, updated
A circuit taking in Lake McRae, Carters Saddle and then a descent into the head of the Awatere via an ...
Mt Philistine  •  Track, updated
Never get enough rocks.
Stewart Island Southern Circuit Reflection  •  Article, added
A creative reflection on a three-day tramp in February 2021. This is a very tough tramp and requires high fitness ...
As of writing (March '21) 1/3 of this loop is closed due to Kauri Dieback A good two day starter tramp ...
Southern Circuit Stewart Island  •  Article, added
Trip Report
Mount Richardson Track  •  Track, added
Forested climb from Glentui Bush car park to the summit of Mount Richardson (1047m).
Mount Richardson Bypass Track  •  Track, updated
This track drops from the ridge east of Mount Richardson to the Glentui Bush car park.
Peninsula Walk, Onahau Bay  •  Track, added
A short and easy loop coastal forest in Queen Charlotte Sound.
James Vogel Track  •  Track, added
Short forest walk in Mistletoe Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound.
Ashley Gorge Waterfall Track  •  Track, updated
This popular extension to the Ashley Gorge Loop Track leads to a 10-metre waterfall.
Ashley Gorge Loop Track  •  Track, updated
Short family walk near Ashley Gorge Holiday Park.
Youngman Stream Hut to Tarn Hut  •  Track, updated
Track connecting Youngman Stream and Tarn Huts in Puketeraki Conservation Area.
Lillburn Route  •  Track, updated
Direct route up Lilburne Hill to Tarn Hut
Online mapping links  •  Article, updated
A collection of resources to help you plan and explore.
Youngman Stream Track  •  Track, updated
Steady sidle up the Rakahuri / Ashley River from the Lees Valley to Youngman Stream Hut.


Out in the hills

Laurahussey walked Milford Track
30 March 202230 March
Milford Track
Cant wait to explore this beautiful 4day 3night track, first time for me, definitely after the experience may not be the last, lets go!!! any advice would be amazing before i go :) Facebook
iangeorge visited Meikles Hut
25 May 202125 May
Meikles Hut
ClarkeKent visited Cold Stream Hut
11 April 202111 April
Cold Stream Hut
Rats all gone. Hut in good condition. No saw, so difficult to get big bits of fire wood, heaps of kindling around. Two big trees down so if anyone is a hero and wants to take in a saw (or chainsaw). Nice spot and pretty easy walk in.
glennj visited Upper Travers Hut
8 April 20218 April
Upper Travers Hut
Pretty area. Managed to photograph a stag close up about an hour from the hut.
lil50 walked Heaphy Track
4 April 20214 April
Heaphy Track
Honora walked Old Ghost Road
8 March 20218 March
Old Ghost Road
I loved this tramp. The geology, bird and plant life was spectacular. The planning into the track formation and the huts was admirable. Everyone we met was considerate and companionable except for a group of 14 mountain bikers. Their behaviour has prompted me to give The OGR site feedback. As we four occupants were settling down to sleep around 8pm at Ghost Lake Hut on 27/02/21 we were told that a group of 14 mountain bikers were starting to arrive. We initially thought this was a joke. They came in and we made them welcome, letting them know about the shower and how to turn on the gas rings etc. The six other people staying there in the private huts had also settled in for the night. However when we went to bed this group of MTBikers acted as though there was no one else in the hut to show consideration to. They talked in loud voices, banged doors and stomped around on the wooden floor as they cooked their meals. When I heard through my ear plugs that one was planning to light the fire with 18 occupants in the hut on a mild evening, I rose and informed the individual that he was not to light the fire as it would make the hut too warm and people would be unable to sleep. Despite this I realized he had gone off and chopped kindling so I poured 2 kettles of cold water into the unlit ashes (the next morning I cleared out the firebox and left it dry). At 9.30pm an elderly woman got up and requested they keep the noise levels down. By this time I'd gone elsewhere to try and sleep. We were feeling very angry with their behaviour. In the morning we got away early from the very warm hut and were startled by their hurtling down the track without warning, as we approached the Spent River valley. There was only one considerate member of the group (he had a beard) who let us know how many people were following after - as per MTBiker protocol which every other MTBiking group we met had observed. While we were staying at Ghost Lake Hut, a young dark-headed woman entered the lake for a complete immersion swim despite the sign telling her not to do so . Later that evening after the firebox issue I told her she was an environmental vandal and that I would report her. This group didn't have any grown-up women with them and perhaps this is why they behaved so badly. They described themselves as farmers from around Rangiora. If so, their behaviour has given farmers a bad name. The only explanation I can think of why someone would have wanted to light the fire is that they wanted to burn some rubbish they were carrying. It was so hot one of their group chose to sleep in the entrance annex. For this reason I recommend that you book one of the private huts there rather than staying at the main hut as you're at the mercy of potential oafish behaviour.
Bozeman visited Jollie Brook Hut
5 March 20215 March
Jollie Brook Hut
Great hut. Love the two small bunk rooms with closable doors.
matthew walked Blowhard Track
21 February 202121 February
Blowhard Track
East Cape to West Cape - the length of NZ's main divide
Finished at last!
ZoeCarol94 walked Sealy Tarns
31 December 202031 December
Sealy Tarns
Awesome views, lots of steps but not difficult if you pace, cool big rock about half way up that has a nice view (and a good rest stop). Sister & I heard sounds of glacial ice cracking from halfway up to top of tarns track. Well worth the climb!
slips walked Urchin - Waipakihi Hut - Umukarikari Trip
16 December 202016 December
Urchin - Waipakihi Hut - Umukarikari Trip
dmolnar visited Carkeek Hut
13 December 202013 December
Carkeek Hut
Track down from McGregor is well marked (permolat markers). The final descent to the Dorset Ck / Waiohine is a little hairy. Might pay for someone to take a short section of rope to permanently attach
Briar visited Coldwater hut
7 March 20207 March 2020
Coldwater hut
Dave Johnston visited Daphne Hut
4 January 20204 January 2020
Daphne Hut
aardvark visited Jacko Flat hut
3 January 20203 January 2020
Jacko Flat hut
MetalCupcake visited Carrington Hut
1 January 20201 January 2020
Carrington Hut
Moh_Oz walked Heaphy Track
30 December 201930 December 2019
Heaphy Track
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