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

Hunting & Fishing pulls 'military-style' semi-auto  •  Dodgydave in The campfire
Definitely need a firearms license to buy ammo. Back in the day (25+ years ago) when we had rifles on the ...
Glueing tramping boots - is it all over....?  •  si-dog in Gear talk
Thanks all - cheers Glenn - I will try looking for those other places - I need these boots to ...
Egg Powder  •  si-dog in Food
Thanks Glenn. It seems bizarre that its so hard to get hold of in NZ.....apart from the highly expensive Backcountry ...
phil21 Epics / stories against yourself...  •  phil21 in The campfire
Forgetting toilet paper
Hiking Boots vs Running Shoes  •  Noahoscar986 in Gear talk
For running I must suggest you dont buy boots, because hiking boots are not for running so plz dont think ...
Sharing Heaphy with MTBs (May 2019)  •  Dodgydave in Beginners and newbies
Just to echo the previous experiences, I went through over Queens Birthday several years ago. Saw no trampers, had Mackay Hut ...
marian Mattress advice appreciated  •  marian in Gear talk
I'm on the second version (keep the old ones in Europe for hiking in Carpathians, they are wonderful mattresses) : ...
Hidden hut in Tararuas  •  si-dog in The campfire
Hmmm. I've recently become aware of one that may still be around, in the Tauherenikau..... I've also heard of one near ...
glennj Why is Caroline Hut there? On lake Hauroko  •  glennj in Tracks, routes, and huts
Quite possibly! Parts of the bush adjacent Hauroko used to be quite good going and other places you used to ...
Round the Mountain Track (Ruapehu)  •  Justine1 in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks Phil, Am leaving mid week next week. Lucky.Hmm, am not too sure about my navigational skills - might check ...
Mt Ruapehu Plane crash site  •  Crashman. in Tracks, routes, and huts
I've just been on my 2nd attempt to locate the Kaka. I have done extensive research, which leads me believe ...
Honora Cotton pants?  •  Honora in Gear talk
I've been coping with the heat by wetting my head and allowing the water to drip onto my prolite shirt ...
Honora ZPacks.com Arc Blast Ultralight Backpack  •  Honora in Gear talk
My Exos has. A few years ago, a hunter commented on how old it was. I'd just given it a ...
Honora Tramper with dislocated shoulder airlifted ...  •  Honora in The campfire
All the best with the shoulder recovery. I heard that ski field first aid posts could relocate a shoulder by ...
Honora Layering Sleeping bags.  •  Honora in Gear talk
The silk liner helps keep you warm when you gather it around your neck. It can be pulled up over ...
Honora Sunglasses or Goggles for winter hiking?  •  Honora in Gear talk
I've taken ski googles once on a climbing trip. That was on a trip where a white-out was predicted. With ...
1 in 300 trampers injured themselves last year  •  waynowski in The campfire
the stats in the report arent much use, they dont discriminate on the severity of the injury and they don't ...
Pinnacles Hut in April  •  4Tuataras in Beginners and newbies
Many thanks for all your comments!
Hugh vN Edwards - Otehake  •  Hugh vN in Tracks, routes, and huts
as of dec 18 the track is clear and followable from the hut to the hot pools. The hut is ...
Mid King Bivouac  •  AndrewTaylor in Tracks, routes, and huts
Awesome. Thanks so much. Seems like the ex NZFS guys are doing a great job1
M400-1 Christchurch tramps in mid-April, 3-5 days  •  M400-1 in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi there, I will be down in Chch in mid-April and would like to get an adventure in. Can anyone recommend ...
Ruahine Mokai Patea Range  •  Ruahine in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hey Dutchman. I haven't been in there for about 4 years but from memory it is poled across the tops so ...
Blackwater Hut  •  AndrewTaylor in Tracks, routes, and huts
Can anyone give me info or website links to about this hut as I know very little about it. Much appreciated ...
Is North Mangahao Biv the hardest Tararua hut?  •  si-dog in Tracks, routes, and huts
Made it this weekend. Fricken nightmare. Getting to Punga was easy - ironically the most well-marked part of the track ...
geeves Unprepared & foolish: stories of idiots you've met  •  geeves in The campfire
A trip leader from a previous tramping club I was in some 30 years ago lead us astray quite spectacularly ...

What's new?

George Sound Track
George Sound Track  •  Track, updated
Remote travel over a lake and along an historic track to the sea.
Moria Gate Arch
Moria Gate Arch  •  Track, updated
A short walk in the Ōpārara Basin, exploring the Moria Gate limestone arch.
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


Out in the hills

M400-1 visited Oamaru Hut
25 March 2019yesterday
Oamaru Hut
madpom visited Robin Saddle Hut
17 March 201917 March
Robin Saddle Hut
stuso672 walked Castle Hill Peak
3 March 20193 March
Castle Hill Peak
Beautiful Weather. Took around 5 Hours. Very stiff legs after the long ascent down. Saw a number of people attempting Foggy Peak with 1 tourist who struggled to get down in a quick manner.
Moh_Oz walked Mount Owen - northern approach from Courthouse Flat
28 February 201928 February
Mount Owen - northern approach from Courthouse Flat
ShazDavis walked Mt Barrosa
23 February 201923 February
Mt Barrosa
Great day - beat the weather and didn't need the GPS to get down
glennj visited Turkeys Nest Bivvy
20 February 201920 February
Turkeys Nest Bivvy
Tsuri minerbi walked Routeburn Track
17 February 201917 February
Routeburn Track
dmolnar visited Kapakapanui Hut
16 February 201916 February
Kapakapanui Hut
smibe visited Washpool Hut
5 February 20195 February
Washpool Hut
Hut is in reasonable nick but very smoked out. The track there from the pinnacles is well marked and easy to follow, though overgrown with gorse in places. I decided to head back down the river on the same day to avoid staying at the hut because of the smokiness but had I needed to stay overnight I'm sure it would have been fine.
iangeorge visited Ivory Lake Hut
2 February 20192 February
Ivory Lake Hut
Matthew walked Moria Gate Arch
24 January 201924 January
Moria Gate Arch
Good family walk with an arch to explore. A film crew were also there when we visited (apparently making a documentary about dinosaurs).
Amarok visited Totara Flats Hut
19 January 201919 January
Totara Flats Hut
Dodgydave visited Greig's Hut
9 January 20199 January
Greig's Hut
Briar visited Cameron Hut Wanaka/Makarora
4 December 20184 December
Cameron Hut Wanaka/Makarora
monkeysh1ne visited Atiwhakatu Hut
2 December 20182 December
Atiwhakatu Hut
Super easy walk in has pros & cons. Still great hut in great spot on top of river.
Laurette visited Waingongoro Hut
18 November 201818 November
Waingongoro Hut
Only an hr from the carpark, easy walk for families. We did this with as a circuit with Lake Dive hut. Clean, tidy and had it all to ourselves. Another great view of the mountain
landdownunder_nz walked Mount Thomas
17 November 201817 November
Mount Thomas
They have closed the Summit Track until 15/12/2018 due to forestry activities
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