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

geeves Rakiura Track - Drinking water?  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
Mossey water is good for you. Sometimes a little crunchy but still good. I remember my school days tramping in ...
Honora One for the Old Timers  •  Honora in The campfire
Iknow an old hunter who mentioned how he'd heard booming at Wet Jacket Arm back in the day before all ...
Ian_H Current Routeburn conditions 26/10/20 ?.  •  Ian_H in Tracks, routes, and huts
Yes, less snow about than previous years, but still quite unevenly spread. I went up to [Hawke Pass](https://www.topomap.co.nz/NZTopoMap?v=2&ll=-45.136221,168.81566&z=14&pin=1) last Friday ...
NZ Topo maps online  •  alanadavid in The campfire
I hope your problem is solved.
two rescued on ridge in Kahurangi park  •  waynowski in The campfire
A locator beacon has proved to be a lifesaver for a father and son stranded in Kahurangi National Park. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/123164922/locator-beacon-lifesaver-for-father-and-son-stranded-on-freezing-national-park-ridge
glennj Bug Sept 2020  •  glennj in This website
18th Oct and Check In's still not working.
Alternative route to get into Otaki Forks  •  waynowski in The campfire
update has no date for when or if the road will open, DOC looking at alternative route on foot https://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/your-council/projects/otaki-gorge-road/
Ngamoko Range-Toka high point (1519m)  •  dutchman in Tracks, routes, and huts
Leon Kinvig Hut to Toka summit track. Anyone able to enlighten me on this track's current condition? Thanks.
Kaweka: crossing Tutaekuri up via The Rogue  •  waynowski in The campfire
Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter Service "In the early hours of yesterday morning, the team were sent into the Kaweka Ranges ...
ian-silver Didn't book Milford on time, now it's full. HELP  •  ian-silver in Tracks, routes, and huts
No worries, you just did your job to protect your forum and I respect that.
Berend de Boer Snow on Kaweka ranges?  •  Berend de Boer in The campfire
Update: There was indeed no snow on the Kaweka's, the only snow that was there was current, i.e. what was ...
Macpac Minaret or Olympus  •  kuotadriver in Gear talk
Thanks for your help everybody-much appreciated. I ended up going for the Minaret. Looks to be well made and having ...
bernieq Chopper company fined $32,000 for illegal landings  •  bernieq in The campfire
... and $1000 of the fine goes to the tramper who reported the landing. Nice work!
madpom Tramping after TKR surgery  •  madpom in The campfire
Dunno about TKR but my torn knee meniscuses (menisci?) were the end of my kayaking. Can manage sit-on kakay or ...
geeves Lake Dive Hut burnt down  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/122924992/popular-mt-taranaki-hut-burns-down A popular Mt Taranaki back country hut burnt to the ground at the weekend. On Tuesday, Department of Conservation (DOC) staff ...
Topomap Wallpaper  •  Dodgydave in The campfire
I just love that the cost is "plus the maps"!
Honora Wide womens boots  •  Honora in Gear talk
Keen boots are much wider than other brands.
Personal Locator Beacons  •  waynowski in Gear talk
do you have a battery test function on your PLB? if so have you tested it recently? in theory if it ...
geeves Tarn and Youngmans Stream huts  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
Was a good trip. Patchy snow from half a kilometre up the Tarn hut side track pretty much complete coverage ...
pmcke Select GPS paths field  •  pmcke in This website
I have been editing the Hiwiroa trip that I posted many years ago to update the route description. I notice a ...
Great Walks breakdown - SUPER long post!!  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
theres great walks and then theres great walks the routeburn and milford have more money coming in from Ultimate hikes to ...
geeves sound dampner for the MSR Dragon Fly  •  geeves in Gear talk
I know of 3 silent caps that are sold via ebay. The original was the BD dragon tamer next was ...
geeves Methylated spirits as fuel for MSR Dragonfly  •  geeves in Gear talk
Bunnings sell lamp oil under the diggers brand but dont know price. Best bet is look up lubricant wholesalers in ...
Ian_H Rees Dart tramp over September?  •  Ian_H in Tramping partners
Rees side between Shelter Rock and Dart Hut could be a bit hairy this month with avo debris, more coming ...
Pro-active Registering a trip  •  Pro-active in Gear talk
FYI - Outdoors Intention Form provided by AdventureSmart (managed by the New Zealand Search and Rescue Council (NZSAR)). They DO ...

What's new?

Mt Hiwiroa
Mt Hiwiroa  •  Track, updated
An energetic return day trip. The first half follows relatively easy tracks but the second half is overgrown and more ...
Thompson's Track to Kauritatahi Track
Thompson's Track to Kauritatahi Track  •  Track, updated
From a very muddy Thompson's Track to an rough North South Track, this can't be described as the greatest of ...
Mt Enys - Finally!
Mt Enys - Finally!  •  Article, updated
An account of our 4 attempts to climb Mt Enys directly via Deadman Spur.
An Unexpected Ascent of Mt Taylor
An Unexpected Ascent of Mt Taylor  •  Article, updated
A day trip to climb the highest peak in the Canterbury foothills.
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 ...
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.


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 2019
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 2019
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Geraldine visited Hawdon Hut
8 September 20198 September 2019
Hawdon Hut
mikeyA visited Serpentine hut
30 August 201930 August 2019
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 2019
Crombie Biv
SCRODAM visited Makarora Hut
21 July 201921 July 2019
Makarora Hut
JuliaC walked Nina River
6 July 20196 July 2019
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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