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
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.
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

lloydy Light weight rain jacket  •  lloydy in Gear talk
I'd recommend the Rab Spark, lightweight breathable and good value, performs well https://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/mens-clothing-c1/mens-waterproof-shell-c51/waterproof-jackets-c203/spark-jacket-p4986 Alternatively maybe less features, but difficult to go wrong ...
drone and smart phone has become essential  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
ITS ILLEGAL TO FLY A DRONE IN NZ CONSERVATION PARKS WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL BEING GAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION. THIS ...
Gregor Drones in National Parks  •  Gregor in Tracks, routes, and huts
If anyone thinks this situation will improve before it gets way worse; if anyone thinks the increasing numbers of people ...
Matthew September 2018 updates: Profile pages and more  •  Matthew in This website
Kia ora koutou, Just to note that blocking users is now functional again. If you block a user... - You don't see ...
Jet boil...  •  Scottie in Gear talk
I have a Jetboil and I do love it. The piezo's on them break real easy, so always have another way ...
Kerikeri/waipapa/paihia area  •  si-dog in Tramping partners
Are there any meetup groups up that way that would meet your needs? These gyuys may also do walks in ...
Hunter who shot his buddy can't avoid conviction  •  waynowski in The campfire
in a dark forest you tend to become colour blind, it can be hard to tell what the real colout ...
Pro-active Cape Brett track  •  Pro-active in Tracks, routes, and huts
No camping allowed. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/northland/places/cape-brett-and-whangamumu-area/things-to-do/cape-brett-hut/
Mt Pirongia overnighter  •  M400-1 in Tracks, routes, and huts
Which track are you speaking of PhilipW? I have heard a number of nightmare stories about Bell track before I ...
Ian_H Routeburn Winter  •  Ian_H in Tracks, routes, and huts
Yes, I'd say early spring - September - October is generally the worst time to try going through there. Plenty ...
Pro-active Sea To Summit X-Pot & X-Pot-Kettle anybody ?.  •  Pro-active in Gear talk
Bivouac had a "20% off" promotion. Scored the kettle/pot combo, which was already cheaper than buying each seperately. Kettle sits ...
monkeysh1ne Garmin route (gpx?) for Tararuas - Waitewaewae  •  monkeysh1ne in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thx si-dog. Will check out for sure. Found doc map little misleading (old track no go unfortunately as massive slip) ...
Whanganui Jouney - Drop-Off/Pick-Up Service?  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
taumaranui canoe hire https://www.google.co.nz/search?num=50&newwindow=1&rlz=1C1CHBF_enNZ807NZ807&ei=h1SXW8LfLaCCk-4PpJ294Aw&q=taumaranui+canoe+hire&oq=taumaranui+canoe+hire&gs_l=psy-ab.3...3883.5671.0.5966.11.8.0.0.0.0.405.405.4-1.1.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..11.0.0....0.ETflpd8oxFU
nzbazza Two huts you won't be visiting any time soon  •  nzbazza in Tracks, routes, and huts
Diggers hut is now Divers hut...
Pro-active The 'floating' backpack  •  Pro-active in Gear talk
""A “floating” backpack may make hiking a tad easier on your back. The HoverGlide is a backpack that bounces up ...
marian Fiordland ideas for 22 April-10 May  •  marian in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks again everyone! Who wants to come to Canada and hike the Rockies together (I'll host you), if you accompany me ...
Te Araroa South To North - Jan ~ April  •  JenMarsden in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks for the feedback guys. Much appreciated.
Honora A couple of questions about track to Pinchgut Hut  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
DoC, bless them, have rebenched the track around that hole so it is now back to easy though there are ...
Honora Buying pierce type gas cannisters in Wellington?  •  Honora in Gear talk
I sometimes see these canisters abandoned in huts. And no one else wants them.
Ian_H Tramper attacked by flying sheep in Ireland  •  Ian_H in The campfire
>World wide nearly 5 times as many people are killed by herbivorous animals than by carnivores. I would disagree. Mosquitos are ...
Ivory Lake Hut to Top Tuke Hut:how dangerous is it  •  Ararimu12 in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks glennj. Very helpful. I also enjoyed viewing your photos. The Haystack photo was of particular interest as we're aiming to go ...
Prescription antibiotics in first-aid  •  waynowski in Gear talk
my understanding is fosamax, kills the bone... it can stop further osteoporosis but the bone can't repair itself from further ...
Bagger Is North Mangahao Biv the hardest Tararua hut?  •  Bagger in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks si-dog. Read somewhere that there is a trail down the spur to the west of 686 that reaches the ...
Good zipped rainproof pants?  •  si-dog in Gear talk
Thanks Honora - I bought an ESS jacket at the recent welly sale, but couldnt also afford the pants they ...
Those new Great Walks  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
i started most of my tramping in the tararuas in the eighties... then i went to abel tasman national park, talk ...

What's new?

Kepler Track
Kepler Track  •  Track, updated
Popular loop track providing access to the mountains around Lake Te Anau.
Waimairi Walkway
Waimairi Walkway  •  Track, updated
Farm walking, birdlife, picnicking, swimming, and hydrological ponderings.
Hawea Solitude
Hawea Solitude  •  Article, updated
Who would have thought you could have huts to yourself on a long weekend within an hour’s drive of one ...
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 ...

Out in the hills

Jubilee Hut
Matthew Matthew visited Jubilee Hut 16 September 20185 days ago "Lots of pig damage around the hut."
Waipapa River Track
Fantastic walked Waipapa River Track 15 September 201815 September
Waitewaewae Hut
monkeysh1ne monkeysh1ne visited Waitewaewae Hut 9 September 20189 September "Old track in ends abruptly at large slip. ..."
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
Paske Hut
iangeorge iangeorge visited Paske Hut 10 August 201810 August
Trig M
Harrison walked Trig M 4 August 20184 August "Very Cool Walk, would recommend it to anyone ..."
Mansion Hut
Honora Honora visited Mansion Hut 21 July 201821 July "Stopped in for lunch. Needs toilet. Dark little ..."
Glentui Loop Track
zigzig zigzig walked Glentui Loop Track 21 July 201821 July
Big River
glennj glennj walked Big River 5 July 20185 July "Removal of windfall and track upgrades are in ..."
Round the Mountain: Ruapehu
Berend de Boer Berend de Boer walked Round the Mountain: Ruapehu 2 July 20182 July "Did this as a winter tramp. Takes quite ..."
Upper Oreti Hut
madpom madpom visited Upper Oreti Hut 30 June 201830 June
Junction Hut (Timaru Creek)
Briar Briar visited Junction Hut (Timaru Creek) 3 June 20183 June
Washpool Hut
diggn visited Washpool Hut 2 June 20182 June "Hut a bit filthy, very smokey. Suspect that ..."
Lupton Hut
john dutchie john dutchie visited Lupton Hut 26 April 201826 April
Mount Oxford
MightyCanes walked Mount Oxford 25 April 201825 April "Don't think that is 6 hour track - ..."
Lake Waikaremoana Track
rkstr626 rkstr626 walked Lake Waikaremoana Track 25 April 201825 April "Did this walk 10 years ago to the ..."
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