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

Gaiters Pack wanted to buy  •  Gaiters in Gear talk
How old is he
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 ...
Waikaremoana great walk  •  jmeyer in Tracks, routes, and huts
Sorry no, but I've used the Wakairemoana Holiday Park in the past, and they've been reliable. The best way to do ...
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 ...
geeves When people ask "Can I borrow this from you ?"  •  geeves in The campfire
I could eat with 4 foot chopsticks but the person sitting each side of me wouldnt see how its done ...
Honora Wilderness magazine NZ  •  Honora in The campfire
I used to subscribe but can't bring myself to pay the money. I enjoy the free online articles but don't ...
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 ...
glennj Serpentine Hut  •  glennj in Tracks, routes, and huts
I spoke with Andrew B. tonight, the guy who reopened the Hokitika valley track on both sides of Serpentine Hut ...
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
Advice for Newbie please - Best Pack to purchase  •  Neecie in Gear talk
Thank you for all your suggestions. I will go shopping this weekend :)
Trekking Poles  •  waynowski in Gear talk
one is good. two are often too cumbersome to use on all but wide graded tracks in NZ
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 ...
giuseppe23 Concern about time Rees Dart Track  •  giuseppe23 in Tracks, routes, and huts
I managed to convinced my friend for the Saturday booking. Glenorchy transport for some reason doesn’t accept booking on that Saturday ...
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.
giuseppe23 Anybody tried "Radix Nutrition" freeze-dry ?.  •  giuseppe23 in Food
It's crazy how you wrote that. You won't believe it but after I read the this post I went straight on ...
Gillespie Pass Circuit (Jan/Feb)  •  samidalouche in Tramping partners
I called the DOC, and the work planned should not start for at least 2 weeks.
Rescue at kahurangi  •  waynowski in The campfire
neck, theres a soft case for it that lets you attach it on to a belt or strap with webbing ...
Pass hopping in Leatham Conservation Area  •  Dodgydave in Tracks, routes, and huts
I can't have missed some of you guys by much as I was in the Raglan range area Jan 8 ...

What's new?

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 ...
Tunnel Beach
Tunnel Beach  •  Track, updated
A popular coastal walk in Dunedin that explores coastal cliffs and a hand-dug tunnel.

Out in the hills

Routeburn Track
Tsuri minerbi walked Routeburn Track 17 February 2019yesterday
Kapakapanui Hut
dmolnar dmolnar visited Kapakapanui Hut 16 February 20192 days ago
Washpool Hut
smibe visited Washpool Hut 5 February 20195 February "Hut is in reasonable nick but very smoked ..."
Ivory Lake Hut
iangeorge iangeorge visited Ivory Lake Hut 2 February 20192 February
Mt Richardson loop
glennj glennj walked Mt Richardson loop 31 January 201931 January
Te Ana o Matuku Cave
Matthew Matthew walked Te Ana o Matuku Cave 20 January 201920 January "Quite long side tunnel near the entrance."
Totara Flats Hut
Amarok Amarok visited Totara Flats Hut 19 January 201919 January
Camp Creek hut
madpom madpom visited Camp Creek hut 1 January 20191 January "6.5 hrs over from Jacko Flat. Scrubby climb ..."
Peach Cove
M400-1 M400-1 visited Peach Cove 27 December 201827 December "Beware the stairs"
Cameron Hut Wanaka/Makarora
Briar Briar visited Cameron Hut Wanaka/Makarora 4 December 20184 December
Atiwhakatu Hut
monkeysh1ne monkeysh1ne visited Atiwhakatu Hut 2 December 20182 December "Super easy walk in has pros & cons. ..."
Waingongoro Hut
Laurette visited Waingongoro Hut 18 November 201818 November "Only an hr from the carpark, easy walk ..."
Mount Thomas
landdownunder_nz landdownunder_nz walked Mount Thomas 17 November 201817 November "They have closed the Summit Track until 15/12/2018 ..."
Speargrass Hut
john dutchie john dutchie visited Speargrass Hut 29 October 201829 October
Waipapa River Track
Fantastic walked Waipapa River Track 15 September 201815 September
Powell Hut [Replaced]
TealTakahe TealTakahe visited Powell Hut [Replaced] 1 September 20181 September "Pretty awesome hut with a deceiving track! Every ..."
Leaning Lodge
Yarmoss Yarmoss visited Leaning Lodge 12 August 201812 August
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