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, abundant birdlife and beautiful beaches. Links with the Rakiura ...
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

geeves Saw cut gorge  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
Had an interesting conversation with an acquaintance about this place. He was unaware that the track is still officially closed ...
Ian_H Crossing snow layer melting underneath  •  Ian_H in The campfire
Thick snow covering a valley stream in summer? You're talking about avalanche debris right? It's usually pretty hard and stable ...
Is 15 too young to do an overnight on my own?  •  Dodgydave in Tracks, routes, and huts
I don't think age alone disqualifies anyone from doing a solo overnight tramp. As mentioned by the above posters, your personal ...
Alistair S 4WD Access through Mt. White Station  •  Alistair S in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks for the info guys. Might give Mt. White a call then. Yes saw the road beyond was legal on ...
Pro-active choosing an NZ hike with kids  •  Pro-active in Tracks, routes, and huts
Can shorten the last day, but that's an easy part of the trip. If going anti-clockwise, then you're going up ...
Whitcome Pass : End of March-April 2023  •  JustinMcG in Tramping partners
Hi I'm looking for someone to partner up with a trip over the Whitcome pass from West to East in ...
hiking shoes ?.  •  NohjMarbo in Gear talk
Hi, I read your above discussion about hiking shoes and I kinda liked it. if you wanna read about the ...
sheralbrade Robust Inflatable Sleeping Matt  •  sheralbrade in Gear talk
I always trust that sleeping is the best thing in the world and I love my sleep which is why ...
Ian_H Unexplored Fiordland Valleys  •  Ian_H in Tracks, routes, and huts
There must be parts of some valleys/side valleys that no one has set foot in, but I think there would ...
Southern crossing Tararua  •  SethJJ in Tramping partners
Interested in this hike too. Currently heading to Queenstown but could meet up on the 14/15th
choosing an NZ hike with kids  •  Rhondda in Tracks, routes, and huts
I second the caution about the weather. I've never done the Paparoa and yes the west coast gets a lot ...
Macpac Traverse Jacket durability  •  waynowski in Gear talk
heavier face fabrics just have more abrasion resistance... whether it delaminates is down more to the quality of the membrane macpac ...
chriss Tin Range GPS Waypoints  •  chriss in Beginners and newbies
sent a link to your forum mail
geeves Water purifier- which one to buy?  •  geeves in Gear talk
Why cant I see a model suitable for hiking on your website?
Advanced tramping in Nelson area  •  Chriscarol in Tramping partners
I got too much interesting stuff on your blog. I guess I am not the only one having all the ...
Multi Day Hike for Kids  •  Rhondda in Tracks, routes, and huts
The greenstone/caples is a lovely 4 day walk for kids. The days are not too long, the track and huts ...
Macpac Anapurna sleeping bag  •  van123 in Gear talk
hi, anyone here remember what the old late ninties macpac anapurna sleeping bags were rated to? these were the reflex ...
OR MicroGravity Shell  •  Moh_Oz in Gear talk
Has anyone had any experience with Outdoor Research's Microgravity jacket or OR's Ascentshell 3L fabric? I'm not expecting it to ...
bernieq What other kiwi tramping forums do people use?  •  bernieq in The campfire
Yeah, this is a really informative & useful website (I've contributed quite a bit considering I'm not a kiwi) but ...
Doc delaying funding for backcountry trust  •  waynowski in The campfire
its all expensive huts in the front country now that soaks up all the money.... encourages too many people to ...
Lake Wilson / North Col / Route Burn North Branch  •  Ararimu12 in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks Ian H and Moh Oz......much appreciated.
Dozens of huts to be removed from Te Urewera  •  waynowski in The campfire
the parks is still open, its just The huts that arent. some roadends are bad for vandalism and theft.... there are ...
geeves Winter Sleeping bags  •  geeves in Gear talk
Light and up to the job has a value that can only be appreciated by those willing to pay. My ...
Honorar Wilderness options  •  Honorar in Visiting New Zealand
2 working pens in the biv and the fire beautifully laid so I suspect that was the hand of Richard ...
Modern light?? 70–90 litre packs?  •  Hogsnort in Gear talk
Many thanks nzbazza — much appreciated! Cheers, Alan

What's new?

Jacks Pass Track
Jacks Pass Track  •  Track, updated
A quick subalpine route onto Mount Isobel.
Leslie-Karamea
Leslie-Karamea  •  Track, updated
Joins onto Wangapeka Track.
Section: Edwards River - McArthur Track
Section: Edwards River - McArthur Track  •  Track, updated
The southernmost section of the St James Cycle Trail, between Tophouse Road and the Lake Guyon junction on the Waiau ...
Circuit from Stanley Vale to Glenrae Saddle/Lake Hill/Lake Guyon
A day's tramping to an seldom visited picturesque area near the St James Cycleway.
How to interact with packers and movers in rt nagar  •  Track, updated
Looking for green flags on how to interact with the best packers and movers in rt nagar? Here are some ...
North West Circuit  •  Track, updated
The classic Stewart Island coastal journey known widely for its mud, abundant birdlife and beautiful beaches. Links with the Rakiura ...
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 ...
Kelly Range - Hunts Saddle Circuit
Kelly Range - Hunts Saddle Circuit  •  Track, updated
A challenging circuit route traversing the Kelly Range and returning along Kelly's Creek. The direction described is the easiest option.
Hut bagging Stony Stream Biv
Hut bagging Stony Stream Biv  •  Article, updated
A weekend trip into the Hamner Conservation Area to visit a wee biv in good condition. A much appreciated track ...
Te Kiekie route - Mt Somers
Te Kiekie route - Mt Somers  •  Track, updated
New marked route linking the summit of Mt Somers with the Mt Somers track.
Casey/Castle Hill Return
Casey/Castle Hill Return  •  Article, added
A weekend trip with the Peninsula Tramping Club where we ascended to Castle Hill from the Surprise/Casey Stream junction and ...
Three passes + Pope's pass  •  Article, added
Variant to standard three passes from Klondyke corner back to SH73 via the Taipo. Watch out for the lower Julia ...
Thesis Pk – indiretissima  •  Article, added
A wander up the attractive Centre Creek off the Avoca valley to climb Thesis Pk the longer way.
Walking, hiking, tramping in fjordland
Walking, hiking, tramping in fjordland  •  Article, updated
“Done”(tick) the Kepler? Tackling the Dusky? . . . . . . . . . . . . also @: https://photos.google.com/?tab=mq&pageId=none&pli=1
Mount Bovis
Mount Bovis  •  Track, updated
Day trip to a 1252m summit off the Paparoa Range behind Bullock Creek farm.
Casey Saddle - Poulter River - Binser Saddle
Casey Saddle - Poulter River - Binser Saddle  •  Track, updated
A brief circuit crossing one open saddle and one bush saddle in the southeastern corner of Arthur's Pass National Park. ...
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 ...

Photographs

Out in the hills

otapine visited Marauiti Hut
10 February 2023in 3 days
Marauiti Hut
matthew walked Jacks Pass Track
21 January 202321 January
Jacks Pass Track
Clouded in, no views, nice walk.
Gunnaer walked Packhorse Hut Track
16 April 202216 April
Packhorse Hut Track
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
bigpaul tried Pureora Forest Park
11 March 202211 March
Pureora Forest Park
A Blustery day but fun as usual
Bozeman visited Poulter Bivvy
10 March 202210 March
Poulter Bivvy
Biv in perfect condition. 12 hut book entries for 2021.
pmcke walked Jane Peak, Eyre Mountains
8 March 20228 March
Jane Peak, Eyre Mountains
You may presume that Jane Peak is a wry reference to Jane Eyre in the novels but I have always understood Jane Peak and Helen Peaks to be named after the wives of two brothers who were the first settlers on the Waimea Plains near Lumsden.
glennj walked Mt Turiwhate track
4 January 20224 January 2022
Mt Turiwhate track
Dave W. came along. Climbed up through cloud but tops were clear.
SimonJ visited Snowy Hut / Snowy River Hut
2 January 20222 January 2022
Snowy Hut / Snowy River Hut
I visited on 27/12/2021 via the 'true right logging roads' noted by Madpom.
lil50 walked Mt Alford
4 December 20214 December 2021
Mt Alford
MistaB walked Tarawera Trail
19 November 202119 November 2021
Tarawera Trail
If you are staying at Hot Water Beach camp, you definitely have to book first. $30 per site (2 pax)
Honorar visited Old Bridge Hut
14 November 202114 November 2021
Old Bridge Hut
Came over Charlies Saddle but couldn't visit the hut b/c the McArthur bridge is completely removed since damage ?in the July flooding. The Waiau looked to be too high to attempt a crossing.
Caretaker walked Urchin - Waipakihi Hut - Umukarikari Trip
5 November 20215 November 2021
Urchin - Waipakihi Hut - Umukarikari Trip
Honora visited Tribulation Hut
25 July 202125 July 2021
Tribulation Hut
Access is fine now. Some parts of the track have disappeared but it's quite navigable. You may prefer going directly up Redcliffe Stream as it's full of silt and easy to walk up rather than following the usual route with its occasional 4WD tracks. Best to start on the true left of the river as the foot track has been wiped out on the true right and there's only thick scrub there! The route down to Cookies Hut is fine as well. The toilet at Trib Hut is lying downstream on its side!
iangeorge visited Meikles Hut
25 May 202125 May 2021
Meikles Hut
ClarkeKent visited Cold Stream Hut
11 April 202111 April 2021
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.
East Cape to West Cape - the length of NZ's main divide
Finished at last!
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