Moraines below the Dogs Range:
Moraines on the glacial till plain that drops from the plateau of the Dogs Range at right. Mystery Lake is tucked in just beneath the Dogs Range in the centre of the picture. Mount Potts (2184m) is the peak off to the left. Viewed from the western spur of Mount Guy.
Photograph: Matthew
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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

Kiwis booking on great walks doubles  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
tourism in otago is massive and highly developed, the scenery is as good as you'll find anywhere, the infrastructure is ...
1 in 300 trampers injured themselves last year  •  TararuaHunter in The campfire
cant find where to download it?
bernieq Moving house  •  bernieq in This website
Obviously not a stability issue, but .... Search isn't working - 'xyz' turns up 374 items - same as 'river' !
bernieq Help me choose my next tramp  •  bernieq in Tracks, routes, and huts
... and, as madpom suggested, Kahurangi NP. Eg Douglas Range N to S then connect to the Leslie Karamea track ...
izogi An incoming Tourist Tax  •  izogi in Tracks, routes, and huts
> Therefore whilst we can make a reasonable guesstimate of how much GST tourists pay during their visits there is ...
Pro-active New DOC Booking system for Great Walks  •  Pro-active in Tracks, routes, and huts
No search button to pop up the next available booking on this new version, but pretty easy otherwise. Can book ...
shortlist for new great walks released  •  PaulEvans in The campfire
Woot - no Tararaus!
"Sherpa" - the movie  •  waynowski in The campfire
on demand streaming
Route from Alpha Hut to Eastern Hutt Hut  •  TararuaHunter in Tracks, routes, and huts
mean the spur that leaves quoin ridge bout 500 meters SE of pt 1308
lloydy More track closures coming  •  lloydy in The campfire
Yep, as feared these closures a becoming sweeping. Here the widely proposed closures extended to Coromandel and other areas.. At least ...
madpom SNOW LEVEL SOUTHERN FIORDLND  •  madpom in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks for all that. Walked the Poteriteri loop clockwise so didn't hit the high stuff till today. Snow down to ...
Gaiters trampers not paying their way  •  Gaiters in Tracks, routes, and huts
I've done the inca trail, and the three day trek seemed pretty well sorted. It felt like there was very ...
NSFW Found this sign today  •  fdi4r978fg in The campfire
This sign was at Otaihanga domain where freedom camping is very common. **Dont view this if your at work ahaha** ![](
Gaiters What's your excuse?  •  Gaiters in The campfire
I took my almost two year old to Te papa last week and he absolutely crapped himself in the Gallipoli ...
Matthew Controls to input markdown syntax  •  Matthew in This website
Agreed. Some buttons would be great. I'll get that on the list.
Recommendations for DWR spray  •  waynowski in Gear talk
its hard to get DWR back to what it was when it was applied in the factory. good dwr usually needs ...
How does goretex breathe with a PU lining?  •  waynowski in Gear talk
paclite is terrible for breathability. gore tex isnt the best, various other technologies are comparable or better for breathability gore just put ...
Honora Is MetService the most accurate  •  Honora in The campfire
I often compare MetService with and find MetService are usually more pessimistic with the rainfall. Weather Underground is great ...
izogi man rescued from Ureweras after weeks in the bush  •  izogi in The campfire
> More clarity in how the reporters phrase these things, ability to ask the right questions would be helpful In this ...
hutchk Arc teryx Rain jacket  •  hutchk in Gear talk
Third thumbs up for Arcteryx Atom - I've been climbing with ice coating the outside of my Atom, and stayed ...
Tramp Route possible  •  Parksea in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks Yarmoss, will do. much appreciated
foreigners pay double on southern great walks  •  Mosley59 in Tracks, routes, and huts
As said earlier, I support a border levy and increased money from central government. The split pricing makes foreigners feel ...
What knife do you take with you in the bush?  •  Mosley59 in Gear talk
CRKT Folts neck knife. Minimalist so light weight, cheap but sharp, and comfortable handle. Has a couple of point styles ...
izogi details of Tararau tramping trip fatalities  •  izogi in The campfire
Hi @Bagger. > Skill and experience just improve your odds. They don't neutralise risk. I completely agree, but skills and experience do ...
Route from Carkeek to Dracophyllum knob/hut  •  si-dog in Tracks, routes, and huts
OK thanks all - I obviously got a bit confused re: where the topomap labels the location of the Waiohine ...

What's new?

Ball Pass
Ball Pass  •  Track, updated
A challenging crossing of the Kirikirikatata / Mount Cook Range between the Hooker and Tasman Glaciers just 5km south of ...
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. 10 high risk tracks in the Hunua ...
Kowhai - Hapuku Track
Kowhai - Hapuku Track  •  Track, updated
This track follows two river valleys between Mount Fyffe and the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges. Since the Nov 2016 earthquakes, times ...
Banks Track
Banks Track  •  Track, updated
NZ's original private walking track. It begins and ends in Akaroa.
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 ...

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Lupton Hut
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