Looking up to point 1603, from Scott's Track. August 2014.
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

Honora Want to buy Craigiburn?  •  Honora in The campfire
Yes, the stations were intended as a source of funding for the University of Canterbury. I've been reading a wee biography ...
Honora What's the most useless piece of kit you've carrie  •  Honora in Gear talk
After a very kind forum contributer gave me the reflective stuff, I've been applying it to markers on trips where ...
Pro-active carribee packs?  •  Pro-active in Gear talk
Comfort would be getting the right fit/size to match yourself, venting between the pack & your back, & how comfy ...
bohwaz Which Pack to Choose?  •  bohwaz in Gear talk
Love the reviews: https://www.amazon.com/Arcteryx-VoLtair-Backpack-Black-Regular/dp/B016JRHP6E?psc=1&SubscriptionId=AKIAIJQOLMEHAHYV4K2A&tag=outdoocom-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B016JRHP6E "great for commuting to work in miami. hopefully will never need the airbag" :)
stunted Ruapehu RTM  •  stunted in Tracks, routes, and huts
Was also on the mountain last weekend. Not much in the way of snow fall till Sunday night then it ...
FrankB Emergency Foods?  •  FrankB in Food
@Richbonn Yes, it is quite clear that each packet supposedly serves 4. But I also noted the serve weights, listed ...
The First Time, no not that, Tramping.  •  TararuaHunter in The campfire
Overnight, first time was to old Dobsons hut I think, in the southern tararuas. About age 13. we were typical ...
Ricochet Missing Mongrel Mob now a real hagiography  •  Ricochet in The campfire
One of them sounded like a nice kid, his sister met us & thanked us all for helping search. Regardless ...
Which is the best water filter to buy  •  waynowski in Gear talk
water filters are made in places like america where they are paranoid about filtering water when its not always necessary. friend ...
Which Party Cares?  •  TararuaHunter in Tracks, routes, and huts
I think Outdoors party is anti 1080. . Being anti poisons use is not a bad thing, but I think ...
Honora Where did Kreig go?  •  Honora in The campfire
He's having a break from the forum. Sometimes people need a bit of time out.
Honora Instant Kumara Mash  •  Honora in Food
I saw a recipe the other day for pancakes made from mashed kumara, flour and salt. Possibilities there too and ...
bernieq Hacks for lighting fires in adverse conditions  •  bernieq in Gear talk
You can - and I've used them previously. I used to have wood heating so had a ready supply of ...
Matthew Ground rules for threads?  •  Matthew in Tracks, routes, and huts
Excellent. Thanks for your ideas. I'll put this on the backlog.
Great walk in-season track closure  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
DOC set their standards on the routeburn and great walks in summer for people who have a low level of ...
izogi Rahui placed on Kaimanawa search site  •  izogi in The campfire
To echo something I've just posted into Wayne's NZ Tramping News group, I've looked up the LINZ data. I'd assumed that ...
FrankB Electric undies  •  FrankB in The campfire
The website states up to 8 hours before needing to be re-charged. Bit difficult in the middle of nowhere and ...
When to branch a thread  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
We have the branch topic option to avoid a thread endlessly going off topic. It's confusing when there is a ...
bohwaz Backcountry hut pass and camping  •  bohwaz in Tracks, routes, and huts
Note that the hut pass is not valid for car accessible campsites either. But it is at car accessible campsites ...
FrankB Getting to pinnacles with current track closures  •  FrankB in Tracks, routes, and huts
Kauaeranga Valley Road closed past the Visitor Centre. This road will remain closed past the Visitor Centre until Thursday 19 October. ...
Ian_H Routeburn September 2017  •  Ian_H in Tramping partners
As Kreig said, Hollyford to Martins Bay. As I said above, up the Routeburn to Routeburn Falls and back. From the Divide ...
Ian_H milford,kepler,routeburn out of season  •  Ian_H in Tracks, routes, and huts
@Pro-active Yes, big change from the conditions Yarmoss reported from up by Lake Harris last weekend, perhaps a metre and a ...
Matthew Search Function  •  Matthew in This website
Sorry should be working now.
Pro-active DexShell waterproof socks  •  Pro-active in Gear talk
Thanks for the info. Can't help you much with the boots, but I prefer something with mesh panelling. You ...
geeves legal blah blah blah  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
The intent is what matters. Taking a photo then some time later selling it is no different to giving that ...

What's new?

Fairy Falls Track
Fairy Falls Track  •  Track, updated
One of the feature walks of the Waitakere Ranges, this track leads easily through kauri forest to the top of ...
Waitakere Tramline Walk
Waitakere Tramline Walk  •  Track, updated
Follow the rails of the tramline and pipeline that serviced the Waitakere Reservoir.
Crater Rim Walkway
Crater Rim Walkway  •  Track, updated
Follow the ridge of the volcanic Port Hills above Christchurch.
Rata Ridge track
Rata Ridge track  •  Track, added
A nice loop out of Piggotts hut and campsite in the Hunua Regional Park.
Excursion to Kauritatahi
Excursion to Kauritatahi  •  Article, updated
Kauritatahi Hut at the top of the Kaimai Ranges has been on my to-visit list for several years and I ...
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls  •  Track, updated
A short, very high standard walk from the road. Well worth taking as the falls are spectacular
Te Araroa Trail
Te Araroa Trail  •  Track, updated
Te Araroa is a walking trail running the entire length of the North and South Islands. The trail opened 3 ...
Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk)
Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk)  •  Track, updated
An overnight trip past old kauri dams to The Pinnacles, on Coromandel Peninsula.
St James Walkway
St James Walkway  •  Track, updated
A long and easy walk on St James Station near Lewis Pass. Beech forest, mountain scenery, farmland, wild horses, mud.
Dusky Track
Dusky Track  •  Track, updated
This journey explores the glacial valleys and mountains of Fiordland from Lake Hauroko to Lake Manapouri, visiting Dusky Sound along ...
Rees-Dart Track
Rees-Dart Track  •  Track, updated
Alpine circuit along two river valleys at the head of Lake Wakatipu.
Hillary Trail
Hillary Trail  •  Track, updated
A spectacular coastal walk in the Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland.
Te Paki Coastal Track
Te Paki Coastal Track  •  Track, updated
Explore the Far North coastline around Cape Reinga / Te Rerenga Wairua.
Welcome Flat
Welcome Flat  •  Track, updated
A frosty West Coast valley leading to good hot pools and magnificent mountain scenery on part of the Copland Track.

Out in the hills

Piggotts Hut
Kauritatahi Hut
Starveall Hut
Mount Oxford
Rangiwahia Hut
Totara Flats Hut
John Reid Hut
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