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

geeves Torrential rain washouts Mt Cook & Sth Canty ?.  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
I saw this article the other day. The pictures showed a serious scrabble out of the river. Near vertical climb ...
PhilipW Looking for partners- fiordland off-route  •  PhilipW in Tramping partners
@madpom It's been a while since I looked at routguides. Not only is that one hell of a trip you've linked ...
izogi DOC's new Tongariro Crossing Advisories  •  izogi in The campfire
@waynowski they're almost all 500m I think. Nearly all of the National Parks have bylaws to restrict camping within 500m ...
Looking for tramping Partner Feb 9-12  •  Wendyng in Tramping partners
Hi everyone, I am planning to be in Queenstown area Feb 8-12 2020. Would be interested in any of the hikes ...
Traverse along Kaimata Range  •  Dodgydave in The campfire
No experience in the area but that looks like a doozy of a ridge from the pic. 500m elevation gain in ...
Tramping Partner November to March wanted  •  Wendyng in Tramping partners
Hi Conny, I am planning Gillespie Pass 4 days from February 9-12. Are you interested in joining me? Wendy
izogi Entering Closed DOC areas an offence?  •  izogi in The campfire
I agree. The map seems to show part of the closure as being in Paparoa Range South Conservation Area, so depending ...
Heaphy track car swap 22/12/19- 26/12/19  •  EmilyKing in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi Everyone, we're walking the Heaphy east to west, starting 22nd Dec and finishing on Christmas day but staying in ...
Gregor Ideas for week long tramp with easy transport?  •  Gregor in Tracks, routes, and huts
One last chime from me: Be sure to check out DOC's NLNP Visitor Centre in St. Arnaud before embarking on your ...
Rain Jacket for NZ conditions  •  waynowski in Gear talk
garments wont remain waterproof with DWR alone columbia havee waterproof clothing that is a toughened polyeurethane with no other face fabric ...
Babysitting at Tongariro Crossing  •  VickySeymour in Buy / sell / exchange
Hi Jules. I know this is an old thread but do you still offer this? I'm hoping to do the ...
John Saunders FOMO!  •  John Saunders in Visiting New Zealand
Our alpine country can get savage weather any time of year; if you are at Waiau Pass, make sure you ...
geeves Waistbelt chaffing issues  •  geeves in Gear talk
clothing can be a big factor. Have you replaced your shorts. Mine chaff a little under the waist belt but ...
Nelson Lakes NP DOC track times  •  RedDragon in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks madpom and waynowski. I’m feeling that the DOC suggested times for Mt Misery and Mt Cedric routes are probably ...
Powell Hut 16 Nov 2019  •  Junet in The campfire
Awesome!! Thanks! Yes, we’ll see you there @PaulEvans 😊
Cooking equipment for groups  •  PaulEvans in Gear talk
No issue. When I take it along it means the party is large enough that we have economies of scale. ...
Routeburn pass and huts for sale  •  Forest328 in Buy / sell / exchange
Let us know how you get on as we also have a booking for a child who no longer wants ...
Looking for tramping partners  •  Conny in Tramping partners
I’m in Invercargill. Where are you?
Interpreting weather forecasts for Tararuas  •  TararuaHunter in The campfire
Those wind conditions arnt too bad for tramping powell to Jumbo.A typical day really. . but, most mountain forecasts (metservice ...
Honora Mt Somers Walkway Huts on Online Booking System  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
As per the FMC webpage: https://www.fmc.org.nz/2019/09/14/mount-somers-huts-on-doc-booking-system/ DOC has now confirmed that both huts will be on the booking system for the ...
Honora Water warning signs  •  Honora in The campfire
Regarding Fire exit signs above the single door to a hut: I imagine some people wake up disorientated and that ...
Where to buy camping gear  •  waynowski in Gear talk
if you can get to nelson there will be a better choice of shops there or even better christchurch
madpom R value of mattresses in huts - query  •  madpom in Gear talk
My impression of DOC mattresses (or anything that gets its R through a large bulk of material like they do) ...
Gunsight Pass  •  restless in Tracks, routes, and huts
Has anyone been over Gunsight Pass this season? Just wondering about conditions and also feasibility of doing the trip without ...
Making that phone last  •  waynowski in Gear talk
other way around batteries in hot environment lose charge faster cold temps just temporarily reduce the speed the battery can discharge making ...

What's new?

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 ...
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.


Out in the hills

MetalCupcake visited Jollie Brook Hut
14 December 20192 days ago
Jollie Brook Hut
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
Honora walked Faulkner's Track
17 October 201917 October
Faulkner's Track
Good to see updates as the conditions on these tracks changes quickly these days with fires and all recently. I met Ben a few times. He was a real gent. We both shared the interest of track cutting. Very pleased to see DoC carrying on his legacy. He was very concerned that the brothers' work would be neglected over time. I told him that young folk had written comments in the Monument Hut book that it was haunted. He was highly amused to hear that.
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
Briar visited Beebys hut
29 June 201929 June
Beebys hut
SimonJ visited Wharepapa Hut
18 June 201918 June
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.
Matthew walked Big River Dam
8 June 20198 June
Big River Dam
Beautiful walk at 7am on a clear winter's day. Heavy frost on the flats.
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