Looking up to point 1603, from Scott's Track. August 2014.
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

Ian_H Lake Fraser  •  Ian_H in The campfire
From Cascade Cove up to that lake at 141m looks OK, but like Wayno, I don't like the look of ...
geeves Camping, food and... possums  •  geeves in Visiting New Zealand
Why not just mix up some orange peel aniseed and KCN and put a dolop 10 meters or so from ...
Emergency Foods?  •  pseudo in Food
Here's a recent article about Wises foods I just read. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-11-22/business-is-booming-for-america-s-survival-food-king They are the big/mass producer in the freeze dried/emergency food market. ...
madpom Sun and skin  •  madpom in Gear talk
Thanks for the links @wayno. They give a good example of why I feel the need to be my sceptical with ...
rkstr626 Where to find topo print of whole NZ with DOC huts  •  rkstr626 in Buy / sell / exchange
Honora Edwards - Otehake  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
BTW my 14 year old brother and his mate did the Otehake Edwards trip way back in 1970 all by ...
Honora Ben Nevis Access, Mt Richmond FP  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
The Nelson Mountain Biking Club - 2,000 members! has really good information on road access. One can drive up to ...
JETNZ Where to buy UPF50 trousers / pants  •  JETNZ in Gear talk
I bought some Outdoor Research Sunsleeves last year and they are fantastic. UPF 50. Keeps the skin cool while prevents burning. ...
madpom Apply your backcountry nutrition knowledge  •  madpom in Food
Thanks for all the replies on this one. Regarding sending food packages I finally tracked down a freight-forwarding company in ...
contour_lines_are_the_enemy Is it time to ban alcohol at DOC huts?  •  contour_lines_are_the_enemy in The campfire
Last season I got invited on a weekend trip to the D'Urville hut, and yes it was a bit of ...
For Sale: Brand New Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 $440  •  sako1952 in Buy / sell / exchange
Hi there, is this tent still for sale? Thanks Matt
nickip Gillespie Pass for New Years  •  nickip in Tramping partners
Yep, I'd actually booked and paid for two bunks before my partner cancelled, so one is available if anyone wants ...
What did you do this weekend?  •  waynowski in The campfire
jammed in a two hour local walk in between domestics and ovetime work
Yarmoss Anyone been up creek south of Routeburn roadend?  •  Yarmoss in Tracks, routes, and huts
Maybe on a sunny day after a long fine spell it might be ok, just sticking to the stream. A ...
Sir Edund Hillary passed away nearly 10 years ago  •  waynowski in The campfire
I saw countless people lining the streets on January 22nd, in silence paying their last respects as the funeral procession ...
JETNZ FS: Outdoor Research Cathode hooded jacket  •  JETNZ in Buy / sell / exchange
We have one each. Great jackets and perfect for on-the-move.
Rahui being urged for Waitakere Range  •  waynowski in The campfire
Too late, they've been closing tracks for years and it hasnt made much difference,, too many people go into the ...
strider Two person/ double entry tent  •  strider in Gear talk
We have two (Zempire) Freedom Sequel 2 Person tents for family tramps and they have been excellent. The Sequel model ...
rkstr626 Kohukohunui circuit  •  rkstr626 in Tracks, routes, and huts
Cool, ill probably park at the campground. As long as i don't leave anything valuable in the ute I should ...
Doc booking system contagious  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
same as the route to powell hut that went over "pig flat" through all the mud,,, which has now been filled ...
madpom Forums changes  •  madpom in This website
Thanks Matthew. The examples I've looked at are fixed.
giuseppe23 Dusky treck  •  giuseppe23 in Tracks, routes, and huts
Your stories are amazing guys. Thank you.
geeves Adopting a hut  •  geeves in The campfire
When you sign the contract you become a volunteer worker and therefore liable to the same h&S as regular employees
gazcan Macpac Wanaka Tent User  •  gazcan in Gear talk
Kiwi Camping have a good range of affordable tents for all occasions. They would be my first stop for tents ...
Sock Liners  •  pseudo in Gear talk
Picked up some Bridgedale liner socks and just come back from doing the Tongariro crossing. They work as advertised ... ...

What's new?

Fraser Creek
Fraser Creek  •  Track, updated
One of several valleys that cut into the southern Humboldt Mountains. It passes through many kilometres of beech forest, river ...
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 ...
Old Ghost Road
Old Ghost Road  •  Track, updated
This new trail links the ghost town of Lyell with the Mokihinui River. The first section is open from 2 ...
Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit
Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit  •  Track, updated
A good introduction to travelling across the tussock-covered tops of the Tararua Ranges, crossing the lofty Mt. Holdsworth on your ...
Mt Sunday / Mt Riley Track
Mt Sunday / Mt Riley Track  •  Track, added
A circuit track on the Richmond Range, visiting two forested summits.
Fairy Falls Track
Fairy Falls Track  •  Track, updated
One of the feature walks of the Waitakere Ranges, this track leads easily through kauri forest to the top of ...
Waitakere Tramline Walk
Waitakere Tramline Walk  •  Track, updated
Follow the rails of the tramline and pipeline that serviced the Waitakere Reservoir.
Crater Rim Walkway
Crater Rim Walkway  •  Track, updated
Follow the ridge of the volcanic Port Hills above Christchurch.
Rata Ridge track
Rata Ridge track  •  Track, added
A nice loop out of Piggotts hut and campsite in the Hunua Regional Park.
Excursion to Kauritatahi
Excursion to Kauritatahi  •  Article, updated
Kauritatahi Hut at the top of the Kaimai Ranges has been on my to-visit list for several years and I ...
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls  •  Track, updated
A short, very high standard walk from the road. Well worth taking as the falls are spectacular
Te Araroa Trail
Te Araroa Trail  •  Track, updated
Te Araroa is a walking trail running the entire length of the North and South Islands. The trail opened 3 ...
Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk)
Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk)  •  Track, updated
An overnight trip past old kauri dams to The Pinnacles, on Coromandel Peninsula.
St James Walkway
St James Walkway  •  Track, updated
A long and easy walk on St James Station near Lewis Pass. Beech forest, mountain scenery, farmland, wild horses, mud.

Out in the hills

Brewster Hut
Makarora Hut
Stanley Vale Hut
Lake Guyon Hut
Carrington Hut
Wairoa Shelter
Mananui Bush
Tailings Hut
Old Ghost Road
Old Woman hut
Home Hill Hut
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