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

adverts  •  waynowski in This website
if you are logged on in your browser to something like google with a google account, they will track you ...
geeves Blocking users  •  geeves in This website
One of those people with an unpronounceable name selling degrees?
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@gregor you have the choice to stop reading, no one is forcing you. people are free to speak here but so ...
Meindl Guffert GTX, US10, Comfort Fit  •  viperguy in Buy / sell / exchange
Essentially as-new, just worn around the house and a few hours outdoors while trying to decide if they're for me. Excellent ...
Lowa Tibet GTX, US10, Wide fit  •  viperguy in Buy / sell / exchange
Essentially as-new, just worn around the house and a few hours outdoors while trying to decide if they're for me. Asking ...
Dark Cloud Range Route  •  Dodgydave in Tramping partners
You can not just leave us hanging like that @PhilipW!
lightweight gear  •  waynowski in Gear talk
yes american weather can be worse than NZ, certainly colder, easily as windy at times, it has the windiest place ...
Pro-active Back country cuisine  •  Pro-active in Food
Back Country Cuisine stockists: NZ & Australia (a zoom-in map) https://backcountrycuisine.co.nz/stockists
Like new Thermarest Prolite Plus - Small  •  jmeyer in Buy / sell / exchange
$125 shipped?
Gillespie pass 8th to 11th Dec  •  Vineet in Tramping partners
Hi, I am a solo hiker, 48 years old from Singapore, wanting to do the GIllespie pass trek from 8th ...
Tarptent moment dw  •  jmeyer in Gear talk
Shelters like the Moment are not designed for high wind, they are designed to be livable and light, with campsite ...
$1600 to land on Komodo island  •  jmeyer in The campfire
Gazcan...I did the Tongariro Crossing a few years ago under a full moon, only saw one person the entire time. ...
giuseppe23 Alpine route Mt.Richmond or Traverse-Sabine ?  •  giuseppe23 in Tracks, routes, and huts
@moh thank you my friend. I will definitely bother you !
Berend de Boer Two people found dead after search for light plane  •  Berend de Boer in The campfire
Isn't that review from April 19 2018?
Patagonia and/or Nepal  •  indianomauricio in The campfire
Didn't tramp here, but was on one of the Ayahuasca retreats in Peru. But it wasn't a place where you ...
Looking for a tramping partner late Jan-Feb 2020  •  Dave1963 in Tramping partners
No, I am just more familiar with the country, haven't done alot down south, would love to get to Stewart ...
Yarmoss decision-making on deadly Great Walk criticised  •  Yarmoss in The campfire
The Israeli lady who died in Roaring Creek died in May of 2008. The Ultimate Hikes guide was Feb 2009. ...
Heaphy Trail Car Swap 29/12/19 - 1/1/2020  •  the-o-bot in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi friends We are doing the Heaphy track **East to West**, going in on 29/12, and out on 1/1/20. Looking for anyone ...
Luxmore Hut Kepler Track  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
take away the cooking and dining area at the front and the balconies and the perspex
bernieq Boots for big feet size 14us  •  bernieq in Gear talk
.... and that's where I bought them from :)) Went there to buy sports wash and proofing but also came away ...
chris1 Woolshed Creek Hut during school holidays  •  chris1 in Tracks, routes, and huts
Made it last Friday and had an awesome trip with our 5yo and now 3yo. Weather was PERFECT. Thanks for ...
Kelly's Hut, near Glenorchy. Public & unlocked?  •  CKGYNZ in Tracks, routes, and huts
Kellys Hut is owned and operated by the Dan and Christine Kelly. This small boutique business is on the website ...
How much snow on Northern Tararuas?  •  TararuaHunter in Tracks, routes, and huts
just come out. hardly any snow in northern end. bit around mitre, 3 kings etc still.
Waikaremoana great walk  •  Ben24 in Tracks, routes, and huts
organised in advance. I guess you could take your chances, but I would almost book earlier in the offseason just ...
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:)

What's new?

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 ...
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.


Out in the hills

Honora walked Faulkner's Track
17 October 2019yesterday
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
MetalCupcake visited Mount Fyffe Hut
3 August 20193 August
Mount Fyffe Hut
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.
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
sarahlou2 walked Mount Oxford
6 April 20196 April
Mount Oxford
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