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

Waikaremoana great walk  •  trooper in Tracks, routes, and huts
It would be a sensible idea to remove it from Great Walk status until it is once again Great Walk ...
geeves Pack Cover query  •  geeves in Gear talk
If I have time on the weekend I might empty and weigh my macpac torlese then take to it with ...
Where to set up camp?  •  waynowski in Beginners and newbies
on great walks, at least 200m from the trail or in designated campsites that you have to book depending on ...
giuseppe23 Dusky Track  •  giuseppe23 in Tramping partners
@Pascal.CH awesome pictures! How many days did you spend on the track?
Berend de Boer Something new, and a bit of fun  •  Berend de Boer in This website
Thanks Matthew, maybe next you can fix my profile? Following profiles where the name has a space is broken.
Advice for Newbie please - Best Pack to purchase  •  Orchardhouse in Gear talk
Thanks for sharing this. I will definitely try this. And every people cannot afford much money. They do shopping with ...
Serpentine Hut  •  Dodgydave in Tracks, routes, and huts
Cool. Thanks for going the extra mile @glennj. Very happy to hear the hut is still there.
roysta1 Trekking Poles  •  roysta1 in Gear talk
I don't generally use them (the knees are still going well in their 70th year), but I find they are ...
roysta1 Wilderness magazine NZ  •  roysta1 in The campfire
Gee, I must be on another planet then. I find the magazine is pretty good. There's no comparison between it ...
roysta1 Concern about time Rees Dart Track  •  roysta1 in Tracks, routes, and huts
My understanding is the park boundary is at the swing bridge 12kms in from Muddy Creek. That first/last section is ...
Pack wanted to buy  •  PaulEvans in Gear talk
We've been happy with the Deuters 40l kids pack. Bought for a smaller torso. Really not that pricey new: https://www.outdooraction.co.nz/products/deuter-fox-40-kids-backpack
Gregor When people ask "Can I borrow this from you ?"  •  Gregor in The campfire
In short, bludgers, no; people in need, yes. As per my story in the other current thread about meeting ill-prepared people ...
Unprepared & foolish: stories of idiots you've met  •  waynowski in The campfire
yup double win there, they dont have to carry the weight and they know other people are likely to bale ...
Gaiters Epics / stories against yourself...  •  Gaiters in The campfire
Early voyages off the top of my head. Tramping in steel toe work boots. Four sausages and four slices of bread ...
Honora Gas canisters size  •  Honora in Gear talk
I'll use about 60g a day for 2 so that's 4 days worth. If you're staying in huts and lighting ...
GPS use advice please  •  Aarad in Gear talk
Sounds like you've got it sorted. In case anyone is hunting for those NZTM2000 parameters the link below has sone details. https://www.linz.govt.nz/land/maps/topographic-maps/topo50-maps/using-your-gps-unit-topo50-data
Honora Hip Length Raincoats  •  Honora in Gear talk
Not recommending it because it was pricey but a few years ago, I bought a Marmot jacket that was thigh ...
Pro-active Stretching before and/or after Hiking.  •  Pro-active in The campfire
Yeah. Ha ha guys !. Usually stop for coffees etc when with a car pool. Dragging yourself out of the ...
Dize Kaniwhaniwha free DOC site: newbie questions  •  Dize in Beginners and newbies
I was tossing up if I needed my running shoes or not but will definitely take them now for the ...
Patagonia gear  •  Forest328 in Gear talk
The Atom LT is a really nice jacket as well, I wish I could justify having another jacket in this ...
State of tracks rising from lower Hollyford road?  •  abovebushline in Tracks, routes, and huts
I have to disagree with the above posts regarding Deadmans. I've been down it twice in the last few years ...
Myestery Kaimai/Mamakui huts...  •  BOP Tramper in Tracks, routes, and huts
bumping if anyone else knows about these.
giuseppe23 missing 60yo in tararuas  •  giuseppe23 in The campfire
Just another update in the facebook page LANDSAR new zeland. They showing a video of search and rescue team on top ...
Vehicle parking at The Divide shelter  •  antico in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thank you, all who have contributed to this thread. I feel somewhat reassured by your replies to my concerns.
Pro-active Anybody taking Turmeric ?.  •  Pro-active in Food
Just looked up "" /s "" It's called the 'sarcasm switch' & indicates the presesnce of sarcasm. Didn't know that.

What's new?

Moria Gate Arch
Moria Gate Arch  •  Track, updated
A short walk in the Ōpārara Basin, exploring the Moria Gate limestone arch.
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 ...
Te Ana o Matuku Cave
Te Ana o Matuku Cave  •  Track, updated
An historic cave on the Paparoa National Park coastline.
Mt Torlesse
Mt Torlesse  •  Track, updated
Noteworthy peak east of Porters Pass.
Edwards River, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit
Edwards River, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit  •  Track, updated
This circuit explores the southern portion of the St James Cycle Trail, explores the historic farm country around Lake Guyon ...
Maling Pass, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit
Maling Pass, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit  •  Track, updated
This circuit is a double-crossing of the St James Range, dropping into the deep Waiau Uwha Valley. The first day's ...
Section: Maling Pass - Moki Track
Section: Maling Pass - Moki Track  •  Track, updated
The northernmost section of the St James Cycle Trail, between Lake Tennyson and the Lake Guyon junction on the Waiau ...
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 ...
Section: Lake Guyon - Fowler Pass
Section: Lake Guyon - Fowler Pass  •  Track, updated
A route connecting the Waiau Uwha and Waiau Toa (Clarence) valleys, from Lake Guyon junction on the St James Cycle ...
Tanekaha falls, Puriri track loop
Tanekaha falls, Puriri track loop  •  Track, updated
Following a stream up the valley to a large Puriri tree, then back via some waterfalls, swimming possible.
Langsview track
Langsview track  •  Track, updated
An easy walk overlooking Langs Beach with views out to Mangawhai and inland to Kaiwaka
Lucretia Hut Route
Lucretia Hut Route  •  Track, updated
Lucretia biv via Nina Valley
Upper Whirinaki Loop
Upper Whirinaki Loop  •  Track, updated
An Easy two day loop in the Whirinaki Forest park
Monument Track (south)
Monument Track (south)  •  Track, updated
Climb from the head of the Kaituna Valley to Te Ara Pātaka, and the network of tracks running from Purau ...

Photographs

Out in the hills

Tsuri minerbi walked Routeburn Track
17 February 20194 days ago
Routeburn Track
dmolnar visited Kapakapanui Hut
16 February 20195 days ago
Kapakapanui Hut
smibe visited Washpool Hut
5 February 20195 February
Washpool Hut
Hut is in reasonable nick but very smoked out. The track there from the pinnacles is well marked and easy to follow, though overgrown with gorse in places. I decided to head back down the river on the same day to avoid staying at the hut because of the smokiness but had I needed to stay overnight I'm sure it would have been fine.
iangeorge visited Ivory Lake Hut
2 February 20192 February
Ivory Lake Hut
glennj walked Mt Richardson loop
31 January 201931 January
Mt Richardson loop
Matthew walked Moria Gate Arch
30 January 201930 January
Moria Gate Arch
Good family walk with an arch to explore. A film crew were also there when we visited (apparently making a documentary about dinosaurs).
Amarok visited Totara Flats Hut
19 January 201919 January
Totara Flats Hut
madpom visited Camp Creek hut
1 January 20191 January
Camp Creek hut
6.5 hrs over from Jacko Flat. Scrubby climb from forks in head of Jacks Str west to tarns but otherwise good.
M400-1 visited Peach Cove
27 December 201827 December
Peach Cove
Beware the stairs
Briar visited Cameron Hut Wanaka/Makarora
4 December 20184 December
Cameron Hut Wanaka/Makarora
monkeysh1ne visited Atiwhakatu Hut
2 December 20182 December
Atiwhakatu Hut
Super easy walk in has pros & cons. Still great hut in great spot on top of river.
Laurette visited Waingongoro Hut
18 November 201818 November
Waingongoro Hut
Only an hr from the carpark, easy walk for families. We did this with as a circuit with Lake Dive hut. Clean, tidy and had it all to ourselves. Another great view of the mountain
landdownunder_nz walked Mount Thomas
17 November 201817 November
Mount Thomas
They have closed the Summit Track until 15/12/2018 due to forestry activities
john dutchie visited Speargrass Hut
29 October 201829 October
Speargrass Hut
Fantastic walked Waipapa River Track
15 September 201815 September
Waipapa River Track
TealTakahe visited Powell Hut [Replaced]
1 September 20181 September
Powell Hut [Replaced]
Pretty awesome hut with a deceiving track! Every little ridge on the climb looks like the last. The hut is fantastic. It's a nice change having gas cookers in a hut. Mice got into our oats and noodles though, even though we had it zipped up in a separate bag. This hut will be demolished in November, so I'm glad we came up to see it. The wind was strong over night and was quite scary. Still, we survived. We'll be back to see the new hut next year!
Yarmoss visited Leaning Lodge
12 August 201812 August
Leaning Lodge
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