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

strider What not to do  •  strider in The campfire
It’s one of those things that baffles me. Having a gun doesn’t automatically make you a hunter or a bushman ...
Topomap Wallpaper  •  Scottie in The campfire
I would love to do this to a man cave one day
Pro-active Macpac Micro-Stove recall  •  Pro-active in Gear talk
Some problem with the air inlet hole on units manufactured Oct 2019 & sold Oct-Dec 2019. Return for refund & ...
The PCT's Most Iconic Trail Angels Are Retiring  •  waynowski in The campfire
"Why the PCT's Most Iconic Trail Angels Are Retiring Thru-hiker traffic on this western trail is growing faster than the volunteer ...
Honora Kime Hut  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
I know this is getting into how many angels on the head of a pin territory but I was wondering ...
Honora Two sets of poly pros or one?  •  Honora in Gear talk
If there's rain in the forecast, I take a permaloft (synthetic down) jacket as my third jacket this time of ...
$25 million funding boost for conservation tourism  •  waynowski in The campfire
Govt gives $25 million funding boost for conservation tourism https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/govt-gives-25-million-funding-boost-conservation-tourism
Overnight hut North Waikato  •  55555 in The campfire
Thanks and Much appreciated Morris
Ian_H Loaning PLBs  •  Ian_H in Gear talk
It is possible, probably a good move to put a link to that google doc or sheet that you maintain ...
boots  •  Joynz in Gear talk
My new Keen Targhees arrived last week and I did a 15km bush walk in them on Saturday mostly on ...
M400-1 Delaminating tent fly, and remedies  •  M400-1 in Gear talk
Thanks for your comments, I have contacted Macpac about a new fly for this tent, they have been very helpful.
geeves Couple missing in Kahurangi National Park  •  geeves in The campfire
It was wishful thinking not worry
Pro-active NZTA closing canterbury roads when it snows  •  Pro-active in The campfire
""... after an outcry from residents and businesses in the area, the agency has done a full U-turn on the ...
Is the Macpac Minirat tent reliable for 3 seasons?  •  Morris Oxford in Gear talk
My Minaret is still going strong despite being 24 years old. I've used it year round from the Tararuas to ...
Tracks petition  •  petemcd in Tracks, routes, and huts
The list of four track types (Post 10) might need expanding to specifically state the different legal instruments behind the ...
Pro-active Tourism workers swap guiding for weeding  •  Pro-active in The campfire
Used to be Ministry of Works or Railways would soak up the unemployed. Enhanced Task Force Green & a February ...
Hiring out your gear.  •  waynowski in Gear talk
thats the worst part when they wreck your gear they just give it back and walk away and take no ...
Where is this?  •  gh546f in The campfire
Boundary Creek hut?
Car Hire  •  fgh46l7j in Visiting New Zealand
Just checked a 7-day rental on Omega with zero excess, $400 for 7 days = $57/day
aardvark Down Jackets  •  aardvark in Gear talk
Me too but it's nice knowing it's there for an emergency. Even if something goes wrong on a daywalk. It's ...
Gday  •  Scottie in Beginners and newbies
Welcome You have some great hills around you @googe
Te Araroa The New Zealand Trail.  •  Kickinghorse in The campfire
Thanks for the link Wayno. Will enjoy reading. Phil
River crossing rules of thumb ?.  •  waynowski in The campfire
looks like its their wheeled travel packs that shouldnt be immersed in water https://www.osprey.com/us/en/fitting-learning/pack-care
Honora PLB long term hire thoughts  •  Honora in The campfire
Maybe we could put the idea out there that if you've got a loved one tramping, it would make sense ...
Great Walks bookings re-open this week  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
thats certainly how the grape vine amongst freedom campers is passing on the word about tramping huts.. free accommodation. the great ...

What's new?

Gunsight Pass
Gunsight Pass  •  Article, added
With a couple of spare days in South Canterbury the forecast gale nor'westerlies and heavy rain on the main divide ...
Temple Valleys Circuit
Temple Valleys Circuit  •  Track, updated
Tramping the North and South Temple Valleys connecting the two over Gunsight Pass.
Day walks for Alert Level 3
Day walks for Alert Level 3  •  Article, updated
As we head into Alert Level 3, Government advice supports day works on easy trails. Alrighty then! Here's some iso ...
Five Passes via Lake Nerine and North Col
Five Passes via Lake Nerine and North Col  •  Article, updated
A classic tramp north of the Routeburn. Rather than exit via the Rockburn, we extended the trip through Lake Nerine ...
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 ...
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 ...

Photographs

Out in the hills

Briar visited Coldwater hut
7 March 20207 March
Coldwater hut
Honora walked Bob's Camp Bivvy
3 February 20203 February
Bob's Camp Bivvy
Water supply currently dried up. Not even a tadpole to be had! This happens occasionally in summer. Only had 6mm of rain since the 21st of December (6 weeks) but another 6mm on the 4/5th February, 2020 now. Not sure of the state of streams further down both sides of the ridge.
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
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 2019
Tawa hut
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