Waitākere Ranges: CLOSED
“Areas that are permanently closed, that will be intergenerational.”
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

Milford Track trip report  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
nice trip report, the milford track already books out as soon as the booking become available online.
Forest823 Rahui being urged for Waitakere Range  •  Forest823 in The campfire
Okura Bush Track also closed now - glad I checked before driving all the way from Waitakere to the North ...
bernieq Hydration Bladder Retrofit  •  bernieq in Gear talk
I used a bladder (in Aus) for a few years but ditched it. I now carry two 1.6L PET bottles ...
madpom GPX for all Tararua DOC tracks?  •  madpom in Tracks, routes, and huts
Koordinates.com Look for doc tracks Make sure you select gpx / kml when you download as the default is esri shapefile.
madpom Doc budget breakdown  •  madpom in The campfire
The kauri dieback response is funded through MPI.
nzbazza 1949 Lockheed crash site location  •  nzbazza in The campfire
@fdi4r978fg, https://www.meetup.com/Source-to-Sea-and-Other-Adventures/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=28057597 has what you are looking for.
Five Auckland trampers rescued from Te Araroa Trai  •  waynowski in The campfire
its a forum people are free to comment even if it is repeating stuff... but if you pay attention often ...
izogi Injured dog: Carry out or leave him?  •  izogi in The campfire
> The distress beacon system and SAR generally in NZ exists to save human life. While we accept that many ...
Scara Mythos Women's hiking boots for sale  •  Dory64 in Buy / sell / exchange
FOR SALE - Scarpa Mythos Women's hiking boots Size 38 Euro RRP $599 selling $275 + postage. Top quality high end ...
Bagger Public Access - Waiti Stream (Levin)  •  Bagger in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks for the feedback. This is pretty much what I had expected. Am sort of inclined to use paper roads ...
Garmin inReach explorer+  •  Scottie in Gear talk
I carry both a PLB and an inReach +. InReach is to keep home informed, and as a GPS. The ...
$81 million in conservation pest control budget  •  waynowski in The campfire
The extra funding would let the Department of Conservation [DOC] cover 1.8m hectares, nearly double the current area and the ...
giuseppe23 How do you stay fit for tramping?  •  giuseppe23 in The campfire
I run usually 3 times at week...and because I can I walk to work every day...so usually in one day ...
madpom Tararuas in one go.  •  madpom in The campfire
@krieg. The easiest way to do this would be three north-south traverses - one on the tops and two up ...
bushtrekker Mt Manuoha Lake Waikareiti Loop  •  bushtrekker in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi Just wondering if anyone has walked this recently and can comment on the state of the track please? Thanks
James the Giant Kelly's Hut, near Glenorchy. Public & unlocked?  •  James the Giant in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks for the info. I tramped up there last week, and stayed two nights at Heather Jock hut. I did ...
Does any one have the Lowa Tibet Boots?  •  waynowski in Gear talk
what i've seen in boots, the gore tex is just a sock membrane with a knitted open nylon tricot covering ...
Gaiters Tramping Shorts  •  Gaiters in Gear talk
montbell is a Japanese brand so sizes will be smaller
Berend de Boer What is your pack litre size?  •  Berend de Boer in Gear talk
Sorry fdi4r978fg, hadn't seen your question: "In terms of quality and comfort would you recommend it?" Definitely. I use it all ...
The most embarrassing thing happened  •  si-dog in The campfire
@Gaiters - been there, done that. What I see as fairly mundane day-walks to Field or Cone Huts turn into ...
Route from Carkeek to Dracophyllum knob/hut  •  TararuaHunter in Tracks, routes, and huts
carkeek is great hut. not really damp, bit cold this time of year if wood burner not going wood burner heats ...
Gaiters Trampers flown out of Tararua Range  •  Gaiters in The campfire
It's nearly always claggy from the saddle to dundas.
izogi Garmin GPS reliability  •  izogi in Gear talk
My main motivation for NiMh, especially a few years ago, is that they're more commonly rechargeable, so have tended to ...
Honora Cheap & good tramping poles? Recommenations please  •  Honora in Gear talk
Interesting. They've had a lot of endorsements e.g. Ray Goldring and Aarn Tate. My brother has a set and does ...
Honora University tramping club forbidden to tramp  •  Honora in The campfire
When I was instructing I took great interest in the Princeton University Freshers Program. All the students went on back ...

What's new?

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. 10 high risk tracks in the Hunua ...
Kowhai - Hapuku Track
Kowhai - Hapuku Track  •  Track, updated
This track follows two river valleys between Mount Fyffe and the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges. Since the Nov 2016 earthquakes, times ...
Banks Track
Banks Track  •  Track, updated
NZ's original private walking track. It begins and ends in Akaroa.
Kirwans Track
Kirwans Track  •  Track, updated
This classic circuit explore Reefton's gold history, starting from the site of the Capleston gold town and leading up to ...
Lake Wilson and the Valley of the Trolls
Lake Wilson and the Valley of the Trolls  •  Track, updated
An overnight or multiday scenic diversion from the Routeburn Great Walk. The Valley of the Trolls is easily accessed from ...
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 ...
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 ...
Not The Routeburn
Not The Routeburn  •  Article, updated
A six-passes trip through the Humboldt Mountains from Glenorchy to the Milford Road. Six untracked rocky passes. Seven little-visited catchments. The ...
Matukituki to Paradise by roads less travelled
Matukituki to Paradise by roads less travelled  •  Track, updated
A rough, tough crossing from Raspberry Flat (Aspiring Road, Wanaka) to the Earnslaw Burn (Glenorchy-Paradise road) via Shotover Saddle, Lochnagar, ...
Cardrona - Cromwell Pack Track
Cardrona - Cromwell Pack Track  •  Track, updated
This route over the Criffel and Pisa Ranges leads from Cardrona to the Lowburn Valley. The route features golden tussock ...
Three Mile Stream Circuit
Three Mile Stream Circuit  •  Track, updated
A loop around Macs Knob next to Lake Sumner. This route makes for a long overnight trip.
Crater Rim Walkway
Crater Rim Walkway  •  Track, updated
Follow the ridge of the volcanic Port Hills above Christchurch.
Hauhungatahi Track
Hauhungatahi Track  •  Track, updated
Hauhungatahi, also called Baldy, is the prominent hill just outside National Park. It is in a remote experience zone so ...
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. ...

Out in the hills

Mt Brown Hut
Siberia Hut
Lupton Hut
Acland Falls
Paua Hut
bpette bpette visited Paua Hut
Edwards Hut
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