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

GPS device for newbie  •  onlynay in Gear talk
I've only recently started trekking, and find my internal personal GPS isn't so good! So I'm looking for a device ...
Driving to Mars - live feed  •  addieli00 in The campfire
i am very curious about astronomy and stuff, if u do too check this artcle out, it is nice to ...
bernieq Liquid Fuel vs Gas Stoves  •  bernieq in Gear talk
Fair point, geeves - sloppy thinking on my part. Liquid fuel evaporates to replace the used gas, maintaining the pressure (at ...
Wanderwild Lennox Creek and Lennox Pass  •  Wanderwild in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks Madpom. Your Lennox route worked a treat although there was heaps of treefall heading through the beech forest from ...
Bozeman Huts with mountain/glacier views, 1 day climb?  •  Bozeman in Visiting New Zealand
Cameron Hut at the base of Mt Arrowsmith.
Honora Paratu Stream up to Pfeifer Biv and getting lost:)  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
Look for the large orange triangle at 560m. The main stream turns off to your (climber's) right. The correct route ...
si-dog Power banks for tramping  •  si-dog in Gear talk
Really appreciate this thread. It came just in time after my 5000mAH powerbank crapped out and refused to charge at ...
geeves Where to buy 'white gas' fuel for MSR Whisperlite?  •  geeves in Gear talk
That adapter is available on aliexpress so no need to figure out. However do consider those canisters are straight butane ...
Honora Tin Range GPS Waypoints  •  Honora in Beginners and newbies
There are a couple of good campsites on the route. One is sheltered and it's down where a tarn lies, ...
Army tragedy on Mt Ruapehu - new details revealed  •  waynowski in The campfire
an official investigation was conducted after the incident. it was headed by Graeme Dingle. he said the gear they had was ...
Printing Maps To Scale  •  dreambroom in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi Bernie, I'll have to try that out! It definitely didn't used to print at precisely 50K (as in 2cm ...
Wanderwild Twenty Five Mile Creek  •  Wanderwild in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks trampers This link is helpful: https://www.southernalpsphotography.com/Tramping/Aspiring-Region/Climbing-Lochnagar/
RNZ: Police urge campers, trampers to carry PLB  •  pseudo in The campfire
It's been discussed many times before, but always good as a reminder. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/458674/police-urge-campers-trampers-to-carry-distress-beacon >**Police urge campers, trampers to carry distress beacon** >Police and ...
Sufficient food for 3 day Tongariro Circuit?  •  boland in Beginners and newbies
Thank you everything! Think we're good to go :) @nzbazza Good suggestions, I've got a variety of foods. And she ...
DWR Coating on Rain Jackets  •  waynowski in Gear talk
rely on physical vents for breathability, it trumps breathable membranes hands down
Honora Lightweight Food Powders now available here in NZ  •  Honora in Food
thanks for the reminder!
Honora Hiking boots or other shoes? Also, leaky boots.  •  Honora in Beginners and newbies
And speaking of drying, you don't dry your boots close enough to a fire that it would be too hot ...
izogi people-need-to-be-fully-vaccinated-to-use-doc-huts  •  izogi in Tracks, routes, and huts
From DOC's website: "DOC will provide a full refund for COVID-19-related cancellations including if people are unwell, subject to travel restrictions, ...
Tent advice  •  Travisrex in Gear talk
Thanks for your replies. Yes, sleeping in a wet tent would be a nightmare!. That Nomad tent looks pretty good ...
chris1 Head torches  •  chris1 in Gear talk
Thanks everyone for the advice! Another present sorted :-)
Across The Pass  •  jcmck in Gear talk
Hi There was a post started a few years ago on favourite NZ tramping books . To add to that Shaun ...
Honora Peanut butter - double bagged  •  Honora in Food
I've discovered the Pics PB slugs. Great with those oversweet muesli bars as it reduces the GI when eaten in ...
Honora Best glue for patching an old sleeping bag? Nylon.  •  Honora in Gear talk
3M transpore is bloody good tape for mending holes in duvet jackets. It tears into the desired size easily and ...
Alternatives to Freeze Dried Meal Packs  •  HansNZ in Food
For some more variety in dehy veggies, beans and soy-based proteins, have a look at HarmonyHouse Foods, website GoHHF.com, which ...
madpom Biggest vertical (tramping) climbs in NZ?  •  madpom in Tracks, routes, and huts
Another one for you - colleague just back from an ascent of Mt Adams. 2140m vertical height difference, most of ...

What's new?

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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
Blowhard Track
Blowhard Track  •  Track, updated
Alternative route to the summit of Mount Richardson (1047m) in the Canterbury foothills.
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).
Mount Richardson Bypass Track  •  Track, updated
This track drops from the ridge east of Mount Richardson to the Glentui Bush car park.
Peninsula Walk, Onahau Bay  •  Track, added
A short and easy loop coastal forest in Queen Charlotte Sound.
James Vogel Track  •  Track, added
Short forest walk in Mistletoe Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound.
Ashley Gorge Waterfall Track  •  Track, updated
This popular extension to the Ashley Gorge Loop Track leads to a 10-metre waterfall.
Ashley Gorge Loop Track  •  Track, updated
Short family walk near Ashley Gorge Holiday Park.
East Cape to West Cape - the length of NZ's main divide
A guide to my route from East Cape to West Cape, the length of NZ's main divide.
Youngman Stream Hut to Tarn Hut  •  Track, updated
Track connecting Youngman Stream and Tarn Huts in Puketeraki Conservation Area.
Lillburn Route  •  Track, updated
Direct route up Lilburne Hill to Tarn Hut
Online mapping links  •  Article, updated
A collection of resources to help you plan and explore.


Out in the hills

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
Bozeman visited Lucretia Hut
24 January 2022yesterday
Lucretia Hut
Hut lovingly refurbished in April 2021. Now as sweet as they come.
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
Mt Alford
MistaB walked Tarawera Trail
19 November 202119 November
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
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
Urchin - Waipakihi Hut - Umukarikari Trip
Honora visited Tribulation Hut
25 July 202125 July
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
Meikles Hut
ClarkeKent visited Cold Stream Hut
11 April 202111 April
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
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!
slips walked Urchin - Waipakihi Hut - Umukarikari Trip
16 December 202016 December 2020
Urchin - Waipakihi Hut - Umukarikari Trip
dmolnar visited Carkeek Hut
13 December 202013 December 2020
Carkeek Hut
Track down from McGregor is well marked (permolat markers). The final descent to the Dorset Ck / Waiohine is a little hairy. Might pay for someone to take a short section of rope to permanently attach
Briar visited Coldwater hut
7 March 20207 March 2020
Coldwater hut
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