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

madpom Dark Cloud Range Route  •  madpom in Tramping partners
Thanks both. @GeoffM - does that mean you followed the tops round the north end of Long Burn? pt1382, pt1372, ...
For Sale: Vaude Power Lizard Tent  •  ihike in Buy / sell / exchange
dam I see this is now sold. A pity as I am divorced now and need a one man tent:)
Berend de Boer How much snow on Northern Tararuas?  •  Berend de Boer in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi all, looking at doing a Tararuas Northern Crossing (from Herepai), has anyone been at Dundas or Arete very recently? ...
decision-making on deadly Great Walk criticised  •  waynowski in The campfire
with hypothermia, people often go through a stage of being unreasonable or bad tempered, he was angry when he was ...
madpom Jacksons Bay to Martins Bay/Hollyford Trip  •  madpom in Tramping partners
@phillipw. Very keen to hear your route & experience on Dark Cloud Range. Any chance of a summary (prob in ...
Waikaremoana great walk  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
perhaps the problem is the doc site points you at the ngai tahu visitor center and people are getting nowhere ...
Packrafting with a dog  •  Sean64 in Gear talk
Thanks @madpom. I just had a read of that - some good info. Cheers
Sending parcels to NZ without address  •  Sean64 in Visiting New Zealand
Hi Doro, Have a look at the information here https://www.nzpost.co.nz/personal/receiving-mail/poste-restante
zigzig Round The Mountain in late September  •  zigzig in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks for the feedback guys, that's exactly what I needed. I'll keep an eye on the forecast and look into the ...
Waiohine George to otaki forks  •  Walkers in Tramping partners
Hi all ,am a solo paced tramper looking to cross the tararuas sometime end of this year seeing if someone ...
Boots for big feet size 14us  •  Moh_Oz in Gear talk
My experience with Asolo sole delimitation is that it is usually caused by hydrolysis of the PU midsole. The midsole ...
madpom Power banks for tramping  •  madpom in Gear talk
Yes - I use a Mi Boxer battery charger for charging at home. They seem a good quality brand. Probably ...
Honora Cleaning a Down sleeping bag?  •  Honora in Gear talk
Update on my tiny GoLite sleeping bag: I got the bottom seam at the foot converted into a drawstring by ...
madpom Large packs for tramp/packraft  •  madpom in Gear talk
@aardvark's Mont Mountain Guide - he describes it above.
bernieq tramps planned for the holidays?  •  bernieq in The campfire
Well, the plan (see 4 posts above) didn't happen - for the second time, bushfires in SW Tasie closed the ...
glennj hut keepers  •  glennj in The campfire
I noticed that "madpom" and that is why I said largely dealing about Westland.
Felixx Bushcraft skills  •  Felixx in The campfire
Thanks team
ULA Circuit -vs- Granite Gear Crown2  •  waynowski in Gear talk
if you buy the pack here then you've probably never tried it on since those brands dont sell here, so ...
Gregor little gem suggestions south island please  •  Gregor in The campfire
Small red flag for me when you mention you and your family don't have much experience in the snow but ...
madpom Add Hut gives 'Error 404'  •  madpom in This website
All good. Thanks for fixing that @Matthew.
madpom Just wanna say hi....  •  madpom in The campfire
Good cycling loop. Are you connecting alpsToOcean with OtagoCentral via Danseys Pass? Waipori Falls road also makes a good cycle route ...
madpom One man plus one dog tent  •  madpom in Gear talk
Finally tried out my MSR NX lightweight 1-man tent above the snowline last month. Been putting off deliberately using it ...
Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor hipbelt M/L  •  samdesmedt in Buy / sell / exchange
Hello Lempo, Do you stil have it by any chance ? Sam.
Mangorewa track  •  himanshu5 in Tracks, routes, and huts
You will really have a lovely walk and it would be good to go in summer. As the rocks in ...
Sleeping bag or Down Jacket & trousers?  •  landcruiserguy in Gear talk
An inner layer doesn't stop the clammieness, it just gives the moisture somewhere to go that hopefully doesn't feel as ...

What's new?

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 ...
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.

Photographs

Out in the hills

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.
Yarmoss visited Big Hut
24 August 201924 August
Big Hut
madpom visited Crombie Biv
20 August 201920 August
Crombie Biv
MetalCupcake visited Mount Fyffe Hut
3 August 20193 August
Mount Fyffe Hut
SCRODAM visited Makarora Hut
21 July 201921 July
Makarora Hut
shrimp walked Central Whirinaki - Mangamate Loop
14 July 201914 July
Central Whirinaki - Mangamate Loop
JuliaC walked Nina River
6 July 20196 July
Nina River
Very muddy, 33 streams crossed. Hut had 17 people in it
Aarad walked Wairere Falls
29 June 201929 June
Wairere Falls
Briar visited Beebys hut
29 June 201929 June
Beebys hut
Honora visited Cold Stream Hut
27 June 201927 June
Cold Stream Hut
DoC have put in place 2 rat bait traps and replaced the mattress covers. They are planning to do some track cutting in the summer of 2019.
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.
zigzig visited Carrington Hut
25 May 201925 May
Carrington Hut
Only one there. Very wet firewood supply, so a cold night. Great views up the valley.
glennj visited Gosling Hut
23 May 201923 May
Gosling Hut
M400-1 walked Mid Taipo Hut to Dunns Creek Hut
27 April 201927 April
Mid Taipo Hut to Dunns Creek Hut
sarahlou2 walked Mount Oxford
6 April 20196 April
Mount Oxford
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