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

One man plus one dog tent  •  jmeyer in Gear talk
What kinda dog do you have?
Bagger Kashmir Road  •  Bagger in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks for the advice. I haven't tried DoC yet as my success rate has been low over the years (often ...
ULA Backpacks from the US  •  landcruiserguy in Gear talk
I don't know about ULA but I have a Gossamer Gear pack (marisopia 60) and love it. I used to ...
Tangihua Forest  •  jafatramper in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi there, I'm looking to do some tramping in the Tangihua forest within the next few weeks. Has anyone been ...
nzbazza Hump Ridge track to be next "Great Walk"  •  nzbazza in Tracks, routes, and huts
Te Paki starts/finishes at Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) DOC campground then heads W to Cape Reinga. Both Te Paki and the ...
Honora Sewing an extension onto synthetic sleeping bag?  •  Honora in Gear talk
I recommend Twin Needle too. They do such a professional job. I got them to convert the bottom seam of ...
nzbazza Gillespie Pass Circuit in Winter  •  nzbazza in Tracks, routes, and huts
@giuseppe23 easy mistake to make when you look at @madpom's avatar photo... :smile:
izogi FMCquits NZ Mountain Safety Council  •  izogi in The campfire
I'm not sure how it's an income stream. If anything it spends government money, from DOC and from Police and ...
closing off Lake Waikaremoana by stealth  •  trooper in The campfire
Regarding the road seal story source. last november while i was waiting at the info centre for my ride to ...
Concessions for social media  •  waynowski in The campfire
Photographer accidentally runs afoul of conservation rules with pics of Mt Taranaki https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/114191801/photographer-accidentally-runs-afoul-of-conservation-rules-with-pics-of-mt-taranaki
chris1 Woolshed Creek Hut during school holidays  •  chris1 in Tracks, routes, and huts
Kids sick these holidays :-( but we will try for a Sunday in August and bunk school on the Monday ...
Briar For Sale: Vaude Power Lizard Tent  •  Briar in Buy / sell / exchange
I'm selling a Vaude Power Lizard SUL 1-2 person tent. Acquired this tent second hand but never got around to ...
West Coast Price Range rescue  •  waynowski in The campfire
it mentioned in the article he thought he couldn't go forwards or back the way he came
GPS  •  rp1790 in Gear talk
I have a Garmin Oregon 600/650 I'm not using anymore if you're still looking. It has the NZ Topo and ...
bushtrekker Round the Mountain Track (Ruapehu)  •  bushtrekker in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks Phil. had been thinking about a weekend there shortly but weather not looking so great now.
glennj Small fix required  •  glennj in This website
Hi Matthew I see you have used one of my photos to illustrate the track "Big River to Inangahua" but ...
Berend de Boer Power banks for tramping  •  Berend de Boer in Gear talk
@madpom, sorry, should have added I used 4.2V for charging. That's the value you mentioned as you seem to have ...
Honora New book covering Tararua Tramping Club centenary  •  Honora in The campfire
thanks for the link. I caught a bit of the interview and it was really entertaining.
Thermals that don't pill (as much)  •  jmeyer in Gear talk
Ignore my comments I just found single blend pilling on some leggings
Honora Cold Stream Hut - Lake Sumner FP  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi Gregor I remember the trig on the summit of Phyllis Fell and I see there is a trig marked on ...
geeves A common sense approach to gear weight  •  geeves in Gear talk
At the end of the day if we are doing what we enjoy in the manner that is safe and ...
Abel Tasman Coast Track  •  jmeyer in Tracks, routes, and huts
I've done the track twice and both times hiked north to Wanui Bay from Marahau, but would actually recommend the ...
Polenta chips - easy, fast and lots of calories  •  alangrin in Food
thanks for the recipe! that's what I was looking for
Gregor Tararuas: Marking poles and signage  •  Gregor in The campfire
Thanks to all who posted. Wonderful insights, thoughtful proposals, stimulating discussion. Cheers~
Gregor New Zealand - South Island  •  Gregor in Beginners and newbies
"o" for owsum! Look forward to hearing about your adventure next year. And you know where to find the forum ...

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.


Out in the hills

SCRODAM visited Ben Rudd's Shelter
13 July 20195 days ago
Ben Rudd's Shelter
MetalCupcake visited Packhorse Hut
8 July 20198 July
Packhorse Hut
Camped outside hut. Moderate winds
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.
glennj visited Gosling Hut
23 May 201923 May
Gosling Hut
shrimp walked Mangamako - Casino Biv - Waihua
3 May 20193 May
Mangamako - Casino Biv - Waihua
Awesome route! The streams get a bit rocky but they're not too deep. The old logging roads and the track are overgrown in places so look around carefully.
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
Alex29 visited Te Waiti Hut
6 April 20196 April
Te Waiti Hut
Awesome track in. Plenty of use.
john dutchie visited Bealey Spur Hut
2 April 20192 April
Bealey Spur Hut
izogi visited Snowy Hut / Snowy River Hut
31 March 201931 March
Snowy Hut / Snowy River Hut
Snowy's a wonderful place on a sunny day. Beware of onga onga hanging around the hut and nearby areas. I thought the river was in low flow, but we certainly still required a short pack-float (or swim) in a gorgey bit *just* downstream of the confluence between the East and West Waiotauru. I've heard informally that there are some old logging tracks around which might make it possible to avoid this section... particularly on the true right of the river. We didn't see any obvious way up the side for anything like that, but also weren't looking too hard.
madpom visited Robin Saddle Hut
17 March 201917 March
Robin Saddle Hut
stuso672 walked Castle Hill Peak
3 March 20193 March
Castle Hill Peak
Beautiful Weather. Took around 5 Hours. Very stiff legs after the long ascent down. Saw a number of people attempting Foggy Peak with 1 tourist who struggled to get down in a quick manner.
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