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. Links with the Rakiura 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 ...
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

Multi Day Hike for Kids  •  MumInBoots in Tracks, routes, and huts
Some great advice. We are travelling from Australia, thus so overwhelmed with all the great options in NZ!
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.
Honorar Advanced tramping in Nelson area  •  Honorar in Tramping partners
Hi Pascal I forwarded on your post to my brother who has Swiss connections in Nelson. He says he'll forward your ...
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
Honorar Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre  •  Honorar in The campfire
They have gas canisters at the 4 Square although on our last visit they had none due to supply chain ...
Durable Wool Socks?  •  dreambroom in Gear talk
Neato, will check out farmlands next time I'm there!
Hiking Boots vs Running Shoes  •  caverntours in Gear talk
If you plan to hike for a few miles for about one to two hours, then running shoes should be ...
geeves View Hill Car Park Inaccessible (Wharfedale Track)  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
I went up there a few weeks ago in the 4wd but still in 2wd and it started to bog ...
geeves Unexplored Fiordland Valleys  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
Bound to be some small ones
Ruahine Hut to Shutes Hut  •  Lyneke in Tracks, routes, and huts
Our tramping club has twice planned a trip to Shutes Hut. First time was a long up then a long ...
Beginner crampon-compatible boots?  •  dreambroom in Gear talk
Yeah - I went and had a look at the crampons they usually lend out, they're a flexible kind (and ...
Mate(s) wanted for tramping adventures  •  Kevinthetramp in Tramping partners
68 yr old boy in Tauranga looking for others to share adventures with anywhere in NZ. I mostly go bush ...
Honora Starting to go Off-Track  •  Honora in Beginners and newbies
Maybe I should give the B1 another try. I took an entire bottle daily and despite that noticed Frank was ...
Near New Gear & Clothing on Trade Me  •  antico in Buy / sell / exchange
@dreambroom. Sorry for delay in reply. Just finished a late dinner and dishes. You can send an internal mail message (from ...
Honora Overtrou  •  Honora in Gear talk
My XXL Moa overtrousers weigh 288g and that's with the extensive duct tape repairs on the lower inside seams. I ...
Honora Finally Made It To The Poulter Biv  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi, thanks for your appreciation Bozeman. We created that track from deer trails over many years and finished it recently. ...
Honora Hopefully not another one in the Tararua  •  Honora in The campfire
I recall someone's vizsla and I keeping each other warm on a frosty night at Pinchgut Hut. Symbiosis.
anti souris  •  piegerat in Gear talk
Bait the rat trap without getting your hands dirty. You will hear a buzzer which will confirm that it has ...
Alistair S Portable music players  •  Alistair S in Gear talk
True, usb-c headphones exist! I'd forgotten. Might be an idea.

What's new?

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.
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 ...
As of writing (March '21) 1/3 of this loop is closed due to Kauri Dieback A good two day starter tramp ...
Southern Circuit Stewart Island  •  Article, added
Trip Report
Mount Richardson Track  •  Track, added
Forested climb from Glentui Bush car park to the summit of Mount Richardson (1047m).
Blowhard Track
Blowhard Track  •  Track, updated
Alternative route to the summit of Mount Richardson (1047m) in the Canterbury foothills.


Out in the hills

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
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
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.
matthew walked Blowhard Track
21 February 202121 February 2021
Blowhard Track
East Cape to West Cape - the length of NZ's main divide
Finished at last!
ZoeCarol94 walked Sealy Tarns
31 December 202031 December 2020
Sealy Tarns
Awesome views, lots of steps but not difficult if you pace, cool big rock about half way up that has a nice view (and a good rest stop). Sister & I heard sounds of glacial ice cracking from halfway up to top of tarns track. Well worth the climb!
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