Moraines below the Dogs Range:
Moraines on the glacial till plain that drops from the plateau of the Dogs Range at right. Mystery Lake is tucked in just beneath the Dogs Range in the centre of the picture. Mount Potts (2184m) is the peak off to the left. Viewed from the western spur of Mount Guy.
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.
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
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

Pro-active Anybody tried "Radix Nutrition" freeze-dry ?.  •  Pro-active in Food
Thanks. Sounds worth a try.
Honora Instant Kumara Mash  •  Honora in Food
That kumara mash has potato flakes in it. A bit pricey for what it is really but despite this I ...
Pro-active Sea To Summit X-Pot & X-Pot-Kettle anybody ?.  •  Pro-active in Gear talk
Thanks nzbazza & Guys. I've had close shaves with cookers being heated off-centre & plastic coated handles copping some heat. ...
nzbazza Is North Mangahao Biv the hardest Tararua hut?  •  nzbazza in Tracks, routes, and huts
@gaiters, Rather eloquently put "an ugly part of a beautiful range". This link has a name and phone number for access ...
publishing locations on the internet  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
look at the australian who was rescued from Mt aspiring recently when he has come over here he has gone for ...
Mt Ruapehu Plane crash site  •  militaris in Tracks, routes, and huts
I am never a fan of private messaging, because if others are interested in a topic and happen upon a ...
geeves "The Most Compact Survival Backpack" illusion  •  geeves in The campfire
No I want the larger model that starts the size of a day pack. That even has the kitchen sink ...
Pro-active Death at Mt Aspiring Park  •  Pro-active in Tracks, routes, and huts
ODT is owned by Allied Press. Not part of the Stuff/Fairfax swamp.
Mt White Station Sale  •  si-dog in The campfire
That would be nice Honora - hopefully the message is trickling down to those (sometimes oblivious) folk at LINZ that ...
Tents for St James over Christmas  •  si-dog in Tracks, routes, and huts
Yup - its very accessible and easy walking - so like Abel Tasman - tends to get very very busy. ...
Lost in the Rainforest Article on Backpacker  •  si-dog in The campfire
"Lost in the rainforest," maaaayte. Seriously, if this guy had taken an Esky and Doona with him, none of this ...
Divide to Mckellar Saddle  •  Yulzman in Tracks, routes, and huts
Yes that is it ,and it's open hunting all way from the divide to the saddle.
geeves Insoles for sole pain  •  geeves in Gear talk
Do you still have the old boots? Have a look to see what the differences are and figure out how ...
lloydy footwear and river fording  •  lloydy in Gear talk
Yeah, I'd agree with Gaiters post, if there's chance feet are likely to stay dry I'd use my Crocs for ...
Pro-active GPS Routes and tracks  •  Pro-active in The campfire
Heavier kit than a paper map, but some people use them. Solar mobile powerbank - can also be line-charged If ...
Man who shot Kaimai hunter blinded by stag fever  •  waynowski in The campfire
its the brain trying to join the dots and fill in the gaps when they see what they think is ...
Berend de Boer Fiordland ideas for 22 April-10 May  •  Berend de Boer in Tracks, routes, and huts
Very nice photos!
footwear and river fording  •  si-dog in Gear talk
I dont have an issue with goretex linings - they seem to help my boots dry out a bit faster ...
Help me choose my next tramp  •  Moh_Oz in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi mikiejhinton. Thanks for the advice & encouragement. Funnily enough, I considered doing an alpine course 4-5 years ago to expand ...
geeves DOC’s culture wars revealed  •  geeves in The campfire
Said pilot was being paid. Despite what he thought about the whole thing you can bet he told his tourits ...
Honora Body of tramper found, Nelson Lakes  •  Honora in The campfire
His name was published 6 days ago. He was a Chinese Malaysian. They still don't know if he fell or ...
Matthew Moving house  •  Matthew in This website
Hurrah! The problem mentioned above was the issue, it took a couple tweaks to resolve. I think it’s right now. ...
Gaiters Route from Alpha Hut to Eastern Hutt Hut  •  Gaiters in Tracks, routes, and huts
Camped on top of mid King around this time of the year a few years ago. She was as cold ...
Location movie Hunt for the wilderpeople  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
surveys still show a reasonale percentage of tourists are here because of lord of the rings and hobbit movies and ...
Ruahines access to Wakarara Road end closed  •  geomatt in Tracks, routes, and huts
Looks like the Wakarara Rd to Makaroro River access is open again: "From the carpark, follow a poled route (marked with ...

What's new?

Hawea Solitude
Hawea Solitude  •  Article, updated
Who would have thought you could have huts to yourself on a long weekend within an hour’s drive of one ...
Ball Pass
Ball Pass  •  Track, updated
A challenging crossing of the Kirikirikatata / Mount Cook Range between the Hooker and Tasman Glaciers just 5km south of ...
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. 10 high risk tracks in the Hunua ...
Kowhai - Hapuku Track
Kowhai - Hapuku Track  •  Track, updated
This track follows two river valleys between Mount Fyffe and the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges. Since the Nov 2016 earthquakes, times ...
Banks Track
Banks Track  •  Track, updated
NZ's original private walking track. It begins and ends in Akaroa.
Kirwans Track
Kirwans Track  •  Track, updated
This classic circuit explore Reefton's gold history, starting from the site of the Capleston gold town and leading up to ...
Lake Wilson and the Valley of the Trolls
Lake Wilson and the Valley of the Trolls  •  Track, updated
An overnight or multiday scenic diversion from the Routeburn Great Walk. The Valley of the Trolls is easily accessed from ...
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 ...
Milford Track
Milford Track  •  Track, updated
The Milford Track is an alpine journey through Fiordland National Park, and New Zealand's most renowned walking track, visited by ...
Not The Routeburn
Not The Routeburn  •  Article, updated
A six-passes trip through the Humboldt Mountains from Glenorchy to the Milford Road. Six untracked rocky passes. Seven little-visited catchments. The ...
Matukituki to Paradise by roads less travelled
Matukituki to Paradise by roads less travelled  •  Track, updated
A rough, tough crossing from Raspberry Flat (Aspiring Road, Wanaka) to the Earnslaw Burn (Glenorchy-Paradise road) via Shotover Saddle, Lochnagar, ...
Cardrona - Cromwell Pack Track
Cardrona - Cromwell Pack Track  •  Track, updated
This route over the Criffel and Pisa Ranges leads from Cardrona to the Lowburn Valley. The route features golden tussock ...
Three Mile Stream Circuit
Three Mile Stream Circuit  •  Track, updated
A loop around Macs Knob next to Lake Sumner. This route makes for a long overnight trip.
Crater Rim Walkway
Crater Rim Walkway  •  Track, updated
Follow the ridge of the volcanic Port Hills above Christchurch.

Out in the hills

Leaning Lodge
Yarmoss Yarmoss visited Leaning Lodge 12 August 201812 August
Rangiwahia Hut
TealTakahe TealTakahe visited Rangiwahia Hut 11 August 201811 August "Great first hut experience for the kids! Very ..."
Paske Hut
iangeorge iangeorge visited Paske Hut 10 August 201810 August
Totara Flats Hut
monkeysh1ne monkeysh1ne visited Totara Flats Hut 29 July 201829 July "Fantastic, big capacity, serviced hut. Had fire cranking ..."
Mansion Hut
Honora Honora visited Mansion Hut 21 July 201821 July "Stopped in for lunch. Needs toilet. Dark little ..."
Glentui Loop Track
zigzig zigzig walked Glentui Loop Track 21 July 201821 July
Big River
glennj glennj walked Big River 5 July 20185 July "Removal of windfall and track upgrades are in ..."
Round the Mountain: Ruapehu
Berend de Boer Berend de Boer walked Round the Mountain: Ruapehu 2 July 20182 July "Did this as a winter tramp. Takes quite ..."
Upper Oreti Hut
madpom madpom visited Upper Oreti Hut 30 June 201830 June
Junction Hut (Timaru Creek)
Briar Briar visited Junction Hut (Timaru Creek) 3 June 20183 June
Washpool Hut
diggn visited Washpool Hut 2 June 20182 June "Hut a bit filthy, very smokey. Suspect that ..."
Lupton Hut
john dutchie john dutchie visited Lupton Hut 26 April 201826 April
Mount Oxford
MightyCanes walked Mount Oxford 25 April 201825 April "Don't think that is 6 hour track - ..."
Lake Waikaremoana Track
rkstr626 rkstr626 walked Lake Waikaremoana Track 25 April 201825 April "Did this walk 10 years ago to the ..."
Daly's Clearing Hut
benwah benwah visited Daly's Clearing Hut 21 April 201821 April "First trip here to introduce a friend to ..."
Hauhungaroa Track (Southern Section)
SkaraBrae walked Hauhungaroa Track (Southern Section) 7 April 20187 April "Worth noting that the road end marked on ..."
Acland Falls
Matthew Matthew walked Acland Falls 31 March 201831 March
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