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

izogi Tramper missing after attempting river crossing  •  izogi in The campfire
Small correction... From the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, which is different from the Ministry and much ...
supersnipe Osprey pack repair @ Bivouac  •  supersnipe in Gear talk
Good to see some backup service in this day and age. Will definitely be a factor when my current 15 ...
Kime Hut  •  Junet in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thank you for this! We are definitely not looking at taking chances and are heading up there with an expectation ...
Couple missing in Kahurangi National Park  •  waynowski in The campfire
more details about the search operation in general https://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/121719880/the-puff-of-smoke-that-led-to-the-discovery-of-missing-trampers
Why do trampers freak out when they get lost?  •  waynowski in The campfire
first time i even came close to being lost i was pretty young.. still at primary school or intermediate was on ...
routeguides  •  geomatt in The campfire
...but the DOC track positions, in the DOC web site or in Koordinates web site, are good enough for trip ...
River crossing rules of thumb ?.  •  waynowski in The campfire
i've been swept down a river once... i wasnt crossing it,,, i was walking down it to avoid bush bashing thick ...
geeves PLB long term hire thoughts  •  geeves in The campfire
The club I used to belong to had 5 plbs and would rent one out if it wasnt required that ...
Syncop8r Bear Hunt on NZ Topo Map  •  Syncop8r in The campfire
I'm loving this - have found 45 bears and friends out of 45 clues so far! :)
Briar Mt Fell / Mt Richmond Huts  •  Briar in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks for all the useful information folks. Not sure that I'll make it up there this long weekend after all ...
Honora Tramping illegal  •  Honora in The campfire
We're finding it hard to get to stay in some huts these days anyway. We have to wait for deep ...
Honora Dogs in Huts  •  Honora in The campfire
I used to give a mate at work a hard time about how he was always going in to Black ...
I shouldnt be alive reenactment documentary,  •  waynowski in The campfire
when the actor took a big slide, it looked like he was holding onto something between his legs that you ...
madpom Where is this?  •  madpom in The campfire
Stepping back about 15 side-tracks. I notice that Redcliff Hut appeared on DOC's maps at some point during lockdown (so ...
Honora Lower Salmon Creek Biv  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
@Bozeman: Thanks for the update.
aardvark Snowy Creek(Dart)  •  aardvark in Tracks, routes, and huts
I wasn't asked for ID when i drank some of the water from Snowy Ck, on my way to Lochnagar. ...
Pro-active Covid  •  Pro-active in The campfire
And partly due to huddling behaviour. The link cites that ""None of the temperatures in badly affected cities dipped ...
Pro-active Full Routeburn & Milford tracks by Summer ?.  •  Pro-active in Tracks, routes, and huts
Geotechnical report still to complete but plans are for Routeburn (end-to-end) & Milford Tracks to be open for Summer. https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/great-walks-recovery-track-summer
R value of mattresses in huts - query  •  Joynz in Gear talk
In the end, I was comfortably warm with the quilt in the huts on the Kepler Track in early February ...
madpom Government pulls forward biosecurity, conservation  •  madpom in The campfire
Looks like mainly wilding pine work. Which is good & worthwhile. But note that as pine control is funded through ...
Landsbrough river  •  Dodgydave in Tracks, routes, and huts
Just checked Moir’s and Zora canyon is descended on the true left though it is quite an in-depth route description ...
geeves Taranaki - North Summit Route in winter  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
You start sliding on that mountain there isnt much terrain that will stop you. Coroners reports have quoted falls of ...
geeves Patreon  •  geeves in This website
How many active members does this forum have?
Honora Track info - Ivory lake  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
The Cropp has the highest recorded rainfall because it has a recorder there but other valleys without recorders might get ...
Garmin inReach explorer +  •  waynowski in Gear talk
not bad, but not as accurate as NZ topos. they look like hte contours have been computer generated and dont ...

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
Tawa hut
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