Waitākere Ranges: CLOSED
“Areas that are permanently closed, that will be intergenerational.”
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

madpom Trampers flown out of Tararua Range  •  madpom in The campfire
Speculation - but they were presumably aiming for Dundas that night (Sunday) and failed to make it. If I were ...
geeves Hip belt keeps sliding down my belly  •  geeves in The campfire
The reality is that a strap will always slide to the loosest point. Thats why socks fall down and shorts ...
madpom Communications in the backcountry  •  madpom in Gear talk
A few updates on my experience with inreach. The smartphone app that goes with it has become somewhat buggy since ...
Two dead in the Tararuas  •  waynowski in The campfire
seddon bennington was at the other end of the spectrum, extensive relevant experience but from what people who knew him ...
Pro-active Fiordland ideas for 22 April-10 May  •  Pro-active in Tracks, routes, and huts
""Snow closed the Milford Road overnight, and MetService issued road snowfall warnings for the Lindis Pass and Crown Range Road, ...
Sawcut Gorge  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
yeah gamble to go there, especially with all the heavy rain, could be a stream gets blocked or is already ...
bernieq April 2018 updates  •  bernieq in This website
Another glitch it would seem - photos are again grey boxes (in samsung browser but ok in chrome) on the ...
geeves Is it too late to do the Mueller Hut this season?  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
You could always go to Tasman Saddle Hut . A balmy -23 this morning. Just the thought of that causes ...
Forest823 Rahui being urged for Waitakere Range  •  Forest823 in The campfire
Walked the Hillary Trail over Easter with my 13 yr old girl and her friend. They did really well, the ...
Gunsight Pass  •  si-dog in Tracks, routes, and huts
This is a great trip but if its been raining the water comes right down the narrow gut that you ...
Pro-active Driving to Mars - live feed  •  Pro-active in The campfire
Good to see the jpg pic function working again. Thanks Matthew. 10th Feb is the telescope photo of the distant ...
Routeburn track and Matukituki valley report  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
mesh or loose knitted fabric that lets a lot of air through open pockets into the jacket
Also looking for advice and/or a partner in May  •  AffordableWind in Visiting New Zealand
Yes, it's a very good time for going any cool place
aardvark Tararua Rescue on southern crossing  •  aardvark in The campfire
It's just another tool in the kit which may or may not be of assistance . There are so many ...
Berend de Boer Disposing propane/butane canisters  •  Berend de Boer in Gear talk
Another option is to drop off non-empty canisters at hostels (call first obviously). Many have a hiker box. We always ...
madpom Drones in National Parks  •  madpom in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks for the link @izogi. For those in a hurry caa have a summary here: https://www.caa.govt.nz/rpas/ And a faq here which includes ...
bernieq Overland Track  •  bernieq in Tracks, routes, and huts
www.bushwalk.com has a forum devoted to the OT; a good source of important info and somewhere that specific questions can ...
Honora Large are of High country land could be privatised  •  Honora in The campfire
thanks for the link for status of pastoral leases, Matt. I've bookmarked it. Very useful.
Bamboo I'm back (not that many will have noticed).  •  Bamboo in The campfire
Hi guys, @Kreig and I must have been on some kind of similar "forum break" as I noticed he's back too. Not ...
aardvark Five passes with lake Nerine on Easter weekend  •  aardvark in Tramping partners
I'd love to help. It's a walk i have enjoyed three times and in different ways. I will probably touch ...
izogi Antipodes pest control operation starts  •  izogi in The campfire
There's an excellent Stuff feature, from this month, on the motives for the mouse eradication at https://interactives.stuff.co.nz/2018/03/the-island/
Those new Great Walks  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
the no of great walks has been unchanged for years , i think the wanganui river was the last one ...
Route from Carkeek to Dracophyllum knob/hut  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
I opted to sidle the gorge, it was slow going for me. had to climb a few hundred metres up ...
Queenstown to Wanaka options  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
yup you can point a camera uphill or downhill, but without something in the background to add context, it can ...
geeves State of Waiotauru and Renata Huts?  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
That trumps all other comments

What's new?

Banks Track
Banks Track  •  Track, updated
NZ's original private walking track. It begins and ends in Akaroa.
Waitākere Ranges closure
Waitākere Ranges closure  •  Article, updated
All Waitākere Ranges forested areas are closed to public access from 1 May.
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.
Hauhungatahi Track
Hauhungatahi Track  •  Track, updated
Hauhungatahi, also called Baldy, is the prominent hill just outside National Park. It is in a remote experience zone so ...
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. ...
History in the hills: Stamper batteries
History in the hills: Stamper batteries  •  Article, added
Stamper batteries were massive iron machines, hauled into remote locations in the search for gold. Many are still there today.

Out in the hills