Moraines below the Dogs Range:
Moraines on the glacial till plain that drops from the plateau of the Dogs Range at right. Mystery Lake is tucked in just beneath the Dogs Range in the centre of the picture. Mount Potts (2184m) is the peak off to the left. Viewed from the western spur of Mount Guy.
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
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

Macpac Torlesse 65: How to shorten the back length  •  Cabbage in Gear talk
From memory to adjust the back length you need to open the main compartment and loosen the two buckles off ...
Pro-active Late-Spring snow - Fiordland  •  Pro-active in Tracks, routes, and huts
Better reading ;) - The Hunters account: ""Ben Collins was lying in his tent after a long day trapping stoats in ...
Wanaka helicopter crash  •  waynowski in The campfire
"I don't know the actual age but the initial registration seems to be 1981, so at least 37 years old. ...
FrankB Rain pants  •  FrankB in Gear talk
I had never given this subject much thought. I have always just used shorts and gaiters where necessary and carried ...
PhilipW Tramping in Gumboots  •  PhilipW in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hard-core NZFS bushmen and cullers used them almost exclusively and after seeing how fast these guys could move, I decided ...
glennj Three Passes Route  •  glennj in Tracks, routes, and huts
Yes. 11hrs 50 mins. We'd grown up knowing about Bert Cropp having done it so had a go ourselves. I ...
Late Nov. rain conditions in Wangapeka/Karamea?  •  Forest328 in Visiting New Zealand
It’s like a life jacket on a boat, you never need it until you do need it. I got one ...
MSR pocket rocket 2  •  Forest328 in Gear talk
I have an MSR pocket rocket version 1. Great little stove. Never used it after buying the jet boil flash, ...
Honora Broke his neck and legs while hunting  •  Honora in The campfire
Those Garmin Rhino GPS's sound like a game changer.
Honora Free Oct 2014 - Jul 2016 Wilderness Magazines  •  Honora in Buy / sell / exchange
I drop mine off in the hospital outpatients waiting room and they are popular.
Honora Being prepared  •  Honora in The campfire
I've been doing first aid courses regularly since I was a teenager but not for a while though. During my ...
An overnighter to con my girlfriend  •  M400-1 in Tracks, routes, and huts
Ah 'course, Whirinaki as a there and back again. Good plan. Thanks everyone for your suggestions and tips. Planning on late ...
Multi-day tramping advice wanted  •  Pageix in Visiting New Zealand
Hi Kylan, Waynowski is right, most of those may well be booked out. You might get lucky so it would be ...
Matthew Trouble uploading profile pic  •  Matthew in This website
Sorry guys. Should be a fix for this tomorrow evening. Also, I am looking at problems with images being mis-oriented ...
Routeburn this Weekend!  •  rambler_rob in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks waynowski. As per my post I have assessed this. I was also looking for information from someone on the ...
Help me choose my next tramp  •  Moh_Oz in Tracks, routes, and huts
Just a follow up to say thanks to all those who made suggestions. Flights and accommodation are now booked. Kahurangi ...
Tourist hiker lost his life in Tongariro Crossing  •  Moh_Oz in The campfire
@izogi As a slightly enlightened tourist, I found that other tourists tend to ignore my words as much as they ...
aardvark Recommendations for somewhere to go this weekend  •  aardvark in Tracks, routes, and huts
Mt.Herbert must be the 'go to' for many. We often arrive in ChCh at midnight. We go to Mt.Herbert straight ...
Honora Anybody tried "Radix Nutrition" freeze-dry ?.  •  Honora in Food
Endorse the Radix. Our meal was like real food! Juicy chicken but it would have benefited with the addition of ...
Honora Multiple Dry Sacks v Pack Liner  •  Honora in Gear talk
A big advantage of a single pack liner is that it traps air for river crossings - can be used ...
Honora Packing food for 7 days tramping+emergency food.  •  Honora in Food
As others have mentioned, adding fats and oils gives you twice as much energy per gram of weight. Oil-rich items ...
Honora Are DD Hammocks Tarps good for tramping?  •  Honora in Gear talk
A nice thing about tarps is there is no condensation and you get to feel closer to nature. I incorporated ...
Gaiters 1080  •  Gaiters in The campfire
Cheers t.hunter that's the kind of info I'm after.
izogi RSS feed links broken  •  izogi in This website
Hi @Matthew. This is a minor thing but I've noticed the forum thread links from the forum RSS feed are ...
John Muir Trail Yosemite National Park Califorina  •  nparminter in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi, many thanks for info

What's new?

Hillary Trail
Hillary Trail  •  Track, updated
A spectacular coastal walk in the Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland. ALOT OF THIS TRAIL IS CLOSED FOR KAURI DIE BACK ...
Silver Peaks Route
Silver Peaks Route  •  Track, updated
Route in the Silver Peaks range from Jubliee Hut to Mountain Road via ABC Cave and Philip J Cox Memorial ...
Kepler Track
Kepler Track  •  Track, updated
Popular loop track providing access to the mountains around Lake Te Anau.
Waimairi Walkway
Waimairi Walkway  •  Track, updated
Farm walking, birdlife, picnicking, swimming, and hydrological ponderings.
Hawea Solitude
Hawea Solitude  •  Article, updated
Who would have thought you could have huts to yourself on a long weekend within an hour’s drive of one ...
Ball Pass
Ball Pass  •  Track, updated
A challenging crossing of the Kirikirikatata / Mount Cook Range between the Hooker and Tasman Glaciers just 5km south of ...
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 ...

Out in the hills

Lees Creek Hut
glennj glennj visited Lees Creek Hut 18 October 20184 days ago
Rangiwahia Hut
john dutchie john dutchie visited Rangiwahia Hut 14 October 201814 October
Kauritatahi Hut
Laurette visited Kauritatahi Hut 13 October 201813 October "Walked up from the BOP side of Thompsons ..."
Speargrass Hut
iangeorge iangeorge visited Speargrass Hut 23 September 201823 September
Silver Peaks Route
Matthew Matthew walked Silver Peaks Route 16 September 201816 September "The tors around ABC Cave were very interesting ..."
Waipapa River Track
Fantastic walked Waipapa River Track 15 September 201815 September
Pirongia summit loop via Tirohanga / Mahaukura tracks
M400-1 walked Pirongia summit loop via Tirohanga / Mahaukura tracks 15 September 201815 September "Not very wet track, mud above the ankle ..."
Waitewaewae Hut
monkeysh1ne monkeysh1ne visited Waitewaewae Hut 9 September 20189 September "Old track in ends abruptly at large slip. ..."
Powell Hut [Replaced]
TealTakahe TealTakahe visited Powell Hut [Replaced] 1 September 20181 September "Pretty awesome hut with a deceiving track! Every ..."
Leaning Lodge
Yarmoss Yarmoss visited Leaning Lodge 12 August 201812 August
Trig M
Harrison walked Trig M 4 August 20184 August "Very Cool Walk, would recommend it to anyone ..."
Mansion Hut
Honora Honora visited Mansion Hut 21 July 201821 July "Stopped in for lunch. Needs toilet. Dark little ..."
Glentui Loop Track
zigzig zigzig walked Glentui Loop Track 21 July 201821 July
Round the Mountain: Ruapehu
Berend de Boer Berend de Boer walked Round the Mountain: Ruapehu 2 July 20182 July "Did this as a winter tramp. Takes quite ..."
Upper Oreti Hut
madpom madpom visited Upper Oreti Hut 30 June 201830 June
Junction Hut (Timaru Creek)
Briar Briar visited Junction Hut (Timaru Creek) 3 June 20183 June
Washpool Hut
diggn visited Washpool Hut 2 June 20182 June "Hut a bit filthy, very smokey. Suspect that ..."
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