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

2018 Tarptent Notch for Sale - Like New Condition  •  jmeyer in Buy / sell / exchange
Like new condition 2018 Tarptent Notch for sale $400. This tent has been used once in the field and set up ...
Honora Price hike for Great Walks one year on  •  Honora in The campfire
Scary. Never trusted robots since that one went berserk in Lost in Space.
geeves Is check-in broken?  •  geeves in This website
so you checked out but couldnt leave.
lloydy Heaphy track pack!  •  lloydy in Gear talk
I guess it depends if you're camping or staying in huts, and how lightweight your gear is. Staying in huts ...
How did you walk the Heaphy Track?  •  Dodgydave in Tracks, routes, and huts
When I did it we went from east to west which I think is great because walking down next to ...
New Zealand - South Island  •  Robert Brosko in Beginners and newbies
thank you all for the information.
2 person lightweight tent options  •  jmeyer in Gear talk
I have a lot of experience with some of the more lightweight designs out there, and I can tell you ...
Hidden hut in Tararuas  •  si-dog in The campfire
@AndrewTaylor - see this write-up: www.pntmc.org.nz/Tonys_Tararuas/Mangahao.pdf "Ngapuketarua Stream, or Weasel Creek" - apparently its the same thing. I cant even find ...
Screen protectors for GPS etc?  •  waynowski in Gear talk
pbtech have an extensive stock of screen protectors.
Boot soles coming off - always carry string!  •  si-dog in Gear talk
I posted recently about my Meindl soles coming off at the toes. Things I have learned from this experience - ...
Whitcombe valley track condition  •  Richard/s in Tramping partners
Whitcombe valley from Neave down to Frews. Does anyone have any updates on the track after the March flood.Any info ...
Body found on Canterbury's Mt Lancelot  •  Richard/s in The campfire
13/04/2019 Mt Lancelot A PLB activation was picked up by the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) in Wellington at approx. 1920hrs, from ...
Honora Road conditon to Mt Arthur carpark  •  Honora in Tracks, routes, and huts
@James the Giant: thanks, I'll pass that on to longtack in case he hasn't seen this post.
Christchurch tramps in mid-April, 3-5 days  •  si-dog in Tracks, routes, and huts
Nice one - sounds like a great trip. Carrington hut is nice and big - its a great place for ...
Stumbling up Mt Ngauruhoe  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
ive done a full circle on a ridge traverse on a saddle before... in bad weather the formed track disappears ...
Gregor Cold Stream Hut - Lake Sumner FP  •  Gregor in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks again very much, Honora! I know this is one of perhaps dozens of huts that may have extensive rodent infestation. ...
hypothermic tramper rescued from Tararuas  •  TararuaHunter in The campfire
I don't think its only the 'ultralite' crowd that get into trouble. Most SAR callouts are for trampers, making wrong decisions, ...
geoffnet St James Walkway  •  geoffnet in Tracks, routes, and huts
The 2 saddles are barely alpine passes and are pretty easy to manage.In fact they are both still in the ...
lloydy Best direction to walk these tracks  •  lloydy in Tracks, routes, and huts
Yeah I've done the Abel Tasman Inland Track teamed with the Coastal Track, and it's certainly a super walk out ...
Kaima Range - Kauritatahi Hut --> Puketutu Hut  •  Crashman. in Tracks, routes, and huts
Probably not helpful, maybe 15years I was doing a recce for a club on the new NS track. I stopped ...
Search under way for tramper missing in Canterbury  •  waynowski in The campfire
found https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/112178733/search-under-way-for-missing-tramper-missing-in-canterbury-high-country
Partner for Dusky Track (or others) on May  •  Benjamin AU in Tramping partners
Hello Trampers !!! I'm looking to go for a tramp on the Dusky Track, between the 7th and 10th on May. I ...
Te Araroa 200km section  •  Forest328 in Tracks, routes, and huts
I’d like to do the section from Whangarei heads north to Russell one day. Have done plenty of overnight trips ...
Army tragedy on Mt Ruapehu - new details revealed  •  Crashman. in The campfire
I also remember this event quite clearly. On many occasions I marched, ran or swaggered past a memorial to those ...
Best Ultralight piss-take, so good  •  jmeyer in The campfire
This is hilarious for anyone who's been around American long-distance hikers haha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oxpObyS4DE&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0QHNVKdw_UitisIo7Z_HxizBxWlgmwV7LKrJIm73GZsV91sE_zHNQ093I

What's new?

Crosbie's Hut via Booms Track and Wainora Track
Crosbie's Hut via Booms Track and Wainora Track  •  Track, updated
A return trip to Crosbie's Hut from the Kauaeranga Valley
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 2018. 10 high risk tracks in the ...
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. ...
Mangamako - Casino Biv - Waihua
Mangamako - Casino Biv - Waihua  •  Track, updated
The Ureweras by the Ikiwhenua Range near Galatea are good tramping country but rarely visited by trampers. The country is ...
Lochnagar/Shotover Saddle/Matukituki Valley
Lochnagar/Shotover Saddle/Matukituki Valley  •  Track, updated
An alpine crossing of a saddle between 2 major river valleys. Usually done as part of a circuit of saddle ...
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 ...

Photographs

Out in the hills

shrimp walked Mangamako - Casino Biv - Waihua
3 May 20193 May
Mangamako - Casino Biv - Waihua
Awesome route! The streams get a bit rocky but they're not too deep. The old logging roads and the track are overgrown in places so look around carefully.
SCRODAM walked Mount Somers Track
25 April 201925 April
Mount Somers Track
M400-1 visited Newton Creek Hut
24 April 201924 April
Newton Creek Hut
glennj visited Mt Curtis Hut
18 April 201918 April
Mt Curtis Hut
Stayed two nights.
Alex29 visited Te Waiti Hut
6 April 20196 April
Te Waiti Hut
Awesome track in. Plenty of use.
sarahlou2 walked Mount Oxford
6 April 20196 April
Mount Oxford
john dutchie visited Bealey Spur Hut
2 April 20192 April
Bealey Spur Hut
izogi visited Snowy Hut / Snowy River Hut
31 March 201931 March
Snowy Hut / Snowy River Hut
Snowy's a wonderful place on a sunny day. Beware of onga onga hanging around the hut and nearby areas. I thought the river was in low flow, but we certainly still required a short pack-float (or swim) in a gorgey bit *just* downstream of the confluence between the East and West Waiotauru. I've heard informally that there are some old logging tracks around which might make it possible to avoid this section... particularly on the true right of the river. We didn't see any obvious way up the side for anything like that, but also weren't looking too hard.
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
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).
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