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, exploring the Paparoa Range, gold trails and limestone gorges. Paparoa Track is a dual-use ...
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

Macpac Rain Jacket is pilling ....  •  waynowski in Gear talk
gore tex are bringing out new versions of their membranes and farbrics https://outdoorsmagic.com/article/gore-tex-pro-fabric-reinvented Three New Types Of Gore-Tex Pro The variations? That’ll be ...
aardvark Short easy valley walk / camp near Christchurch?  •  aardvark in Tracks, routes, and huts
Almost exactly that. We encountered a large school group of kids playing field games just before ascending into the bush ...
geeves Hut water warning signage changes  •  geeves in The campfire
I can remember when those benches were galvanized iron often minus the galvanizing. If the bugs didnt get you the ...
geeves Disposing propane/butane canisters  •  geeves in Gear talk
campervans often use those silly clip in long cylinders and those flat stoves. If it isnt a en416 fitting its ...
Honora Track info - Ivory lake  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
This was recently discussed on the permolat email list and I expect Andrew has updated the entry on the Remote ...
madpom ruahines  •  madpom in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks for the clarification @izogi. I was aware that roads were exempt from the good neighbour fencing rules, but did ...
Tramping Partner for Fjordland/Stewart Island  •  Doro117 in Tramping partners
Hi there, I'm Doro from Germany and currently travelling on the South Islands until the 12th of March. I'm looking for ...
Tramping Partner November to March wanted  •  Doro117 in Tramping partners
Hi Conny. Ich bin gerade auf der Südinsel noch bis zum 12. März. Ich würde gerne die 9 tägige Wanderung ...
zoneblue Warning: Etrex 20 rubber deteriation, again...  •  zoneblue in Gear talk
Well, it just a heads up, now we know that this is the failure mode of this model gps. Id ...
lloydy Abel Tasman - North of Totaranui  •  lloydy in Tracks, routes, and huts
Yeah agree steelo comments, should be fine re: tide on the crossings. April's probably a good month to do it, ...
aardvark Car Hire  •  aardvark in Visiting New Zealand
I've used Apex, Ace, Go Rentals. A visit over New Years in ChCh last i used an newer outfit - ...
interesting reading?  •  pseudo in The campfire
> the stats are deceptive Yup, it should be weighted by how many people use the track a year. I last did ...
Looking for tramping Partner Feb 9-12  •  martinraphael39 in Tramping partners
Hi Wendy, I should be in queenstown area at this time and looking for partner too. The gillespies looks tempting also I ...
2 person lightweight tent options  •  Fleurpink in Gear talk
Deliberate tenting will need something a little more substantial, if you want to ensure comfort. This means you can pack ...
Ruahine Waitawheta Hut - Tramway walk  •  Ruahine in Tracks, routes, and huts
*Are the river crossings deep (will have a 7 year old with me)* From memory all river crossings are either bridged ...
Tramping partner based in Wellington  •  Alistair S in Tramping partners
Hi Linda, I might be keen - I moved to Wellington a year ago and have done a couple tramps in ...
The North Face's New Breathable, Waterproof Fabric  •  waynowski in Gear talk
theres less neoshell garments out there now than there was in its early years of release a few years ago. Rab ...
Microspikes  •  graffias in Gear talk
The Kahtoola microspikes sold here now come in two versions: an aluminium and a steel version. I think the steel ...
First tramp to NZ from Michigan USA - Resv at Huts  •  jmeyer in Beginners and newbies
The tracks you’re doing are all very well benched and maintained, but as the last person suggested bring strong sun ...
How to get to Cape Brett from Auckland?  •  manuviswan in Beginners and newbies
Hey guys, A newbie hiker here, but absolutely loving it. Recently completed the Tongariro Crossing - and now, have a solid ...
Yarmoss Howden Hut to McKellar via tops.  •  Yarmoss in Beginners and newbies
I definitely recommend it. The whole ridge is spectacular from Key Summit to 1543, and there’s a bunch of tarns ...
geeves repairing Terra Nova Tent  •  geeves in Gear talk
They came back suggesting it would be cheaper to get a new tent. I will try a few other canvas ...
mikiejhinton Into the Landsborough  •  mikiejhinton in Tracks, routes, and huts
I wanted to include the gladiator but there was too much verglass on the day. Not sure if your route ...
Honora Whitehorn Pass  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
Also the remote huts website has up to date info on the condition of the Styx.
Routeburn car swap  •  laurenemilnes in Tracks, routes, and huts
Looking for a car swap with someone or group starting from The Divide end. 20th, 21st or 22nd April 2020. ...

What's new?

Paparoa Track
Paparoa Track  •  Track, updated
New track located in Paparoa National Park, exploring the Paparoa Range, gold trails and limestone gorges. Paparoa Track is a dual-use ...
An Unexpected Ascent of Mt Taylor
An Unexpected Ascent of Mt Taylor  •  Article, added
A day trip to climb the highest peak in the Canterbury foothills.
Double Crossing of Mt Thomas into the Pinchgut Hut
Double Crossing of Mt Thomas into the Pinchgut Hut  •  Article, updated
Weekend trip in recent snow with the Okuku River running too high for people to cross it and stay at ...
Kahutara Biv route
Kahutara Biv route  •  Track, updated
Mostly 4WD drive track along the DOC East-West route, with some off-track travel up over the ridge to the biv. ...
Faulkner's Track
Faulkner's Track  •  Track, updated
Steep track dropping through bluffs to Governors Bay in the Christchurch Port Hills.
Big River Dam
Big River Dam  •  Track, added
Short route from the Big River goldmining town site up to the old dam in open tussock flats.
Big River - Inangahua Track
Big River - Inangahua Track  •  Track, updated
Faded gold miners' trails into the remains of the Big River gold town, past old stamper batteries, rails, mines and ...
Big River Track
Big River Track  •  Track, updated
Following the line of the old road from Waiuta to Big River, this is an easy forest walk between goldmining ...
Mid Taipo Hut to Dunns Creek Hut
Mid Taipo Hut to Dunns Creek Hut  •  Track, updated
The more direct route from Mid Taipo to Dunns Creek, the alternative to heading all the way up Dunns Ck ...
Routeburn Track
Routeburn Track  •  Track, updated
An internationally renowned and popular alpine crossing between Fiordland and Lake Wakatipu.
Hogs Back Circuit
Hogs Back Circuit  •  Track, updated
Great views of the Cass basin and surrounding mountain ranges.
Crosbie's Hut via Booms Track and Wainora Track
Crosbie's Hut via Booms Track and Wainora Track  •  Track, updated
A return trip to Crosbie's Hut from the Kauaeranga Valley
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 2018. 10 high risk tracks in the ...
Mangamako - Casino Biv - Waihua
Mangamako - Casino Biv - Waihua  •  Track, updated
The Ureweras by the Ikiwhenua Range near Galatea are good tramping country but rarely visited by trampers. The country is ...

Photographs

Out in the hills

Dave Johnston visited Daphne Hut
4 January 20204 January
Daphne Hut
aardvark visited Jacko Flat hut
3 January 20203 January
Jacko Flat hut
MetalCupcake visited Carrington Hut
1 January 20201 January
Carrington Hut
Moh_Oz walked Heaphy Track
30 December 201930 December
Heaphy Track
Timothy walked Mount Oxford
26 November 201926 November
Mount Oxford
glennj visited Boundary Creek Hut (Oteake)
15 November 201915 November
Boundary Creek Hut (Oteake)
Kristineleenman visited Catchpool Valley Campsite
12 November 201912 November
Catchpool Valley Campsite
Honora walked Faulkner's Track
17 October 201917 October
Faulkner's Track
Good to see updates as the conditions on these tracks changes quickly these days with fires and all recently. I met Ben a few times. He was a real gent. We both shared the interest of track cutting. Very pleased to see DoC carrying on his legacy. He was very concerned that the brothers' work would be neglected over time. I told him that young folk had written comments in the Monument Hut book that it was haunted. He was highly amused to hear that.
Yarmoss visited Shepherds Creek Hut
12 October 201912 October
Shepherds Creek Hut
There’s six bunks but only 4 mattresses, so you might want to byo.
shrimp walked Tongariro Alpine Crossing
21 September 201921 September
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Geraldine visited Hawdon Hut
8 September 20198 September
Hawdon Hut
mikeyA visited Serpentine hut
30 August 201930 August
Serpentine hut
Flew into hut with a group that were going to walk out. Hut looked good from outside.
madpom visited Crombie Biv
20 August 201920 August
Crombie Biv
SCRODAM visited Makarora Hut
21 July 201921 July
Makarora Hut
JuliaC walked Nina River
6 July 20196 July
Nina River
Very muddy, 33 streams crossed. Hut had 17 people in it
M400-1 visited Tawa hut
2 July 20192 July
Tawa hut
Aarad walked Wairere Falls
29 June 201929 June
Wairere Falls
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