I live in a small remote mountain town in the state of Colorado in the USA surrounded by a million hectares of public land. We are planning a round the world trip from March 2023 through June 2023 with a couple of weeks in New Zealand in late March. There are several different types of public lands here in the USA with different rules. The National Parks are the most popular with the most rules. The National forests are less restrictive and Bureau of Land Management tends to be the most laissez faire. Our tramping leans towards the more remote areas where there are no trails. The great walks look amazing, but seem to be rather busy compared to what we are accustomed to. Colorado and New Zealand are very similar in total land area and population. Are there remote places in New Zealand that one can tramp in solitude? Where you can you can set up your tent away from everyone? Thanks in advance for any advice
https://tramper.nz/places/wildernessareas there are 11 official wilderness areas in Nz but you need to do more research as to how they fit with your travel plans. Some are quite hard to get to and you could hit weather issues at that time. We might only get -10C winter but we do it with high wind and percipitation
Oh, there are only about a bazillion places you can go to be alone. I can't remember specifically, but I believe you can freedom camp anywhere that's at least 200 metres from an established track, and at least 500 metres from a Great Walk track. Kahurangi National Park is vast, with both an established network of huts and tracks, plus incredible areas of wilderness. The Lewis Pass area is a favourite of mine for off-track travel, as is Tongariro NP on the North Island. I'd suggest those areas over places like the West Coast and Fiordland, which are different beasts altogether.
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