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

bernieq Kathmandu Lansan UL tent - super thin floor?  •  bernieq in Gear talk
Is frost cloth waterproof, proactive? As a groundsheet, it's a bit thin (my local stuff is 35gsm), I think. Tyvek is ...
Gaiters tramps planned for the holidays?  •  Gaiters in The campfire
I do the sidle in 3 hours and the river in 2 and a half at late summer super low ...
"Poo in a Loo"  •  waynowski in The campfire
So things have come round to toilet training foreign adults
bernieq Couple of glitches  •  bernieq in This website
Hi Matthew, Clicking 'check-ins' crashes out to a stack dump with "The key [DISTANCE] does not exist". (chrome & firefox/win10, samsung ...
Pro-active Gift Giving  •  Pro-active in The campfire
They have 40% off their packs NOW, until Dec 24th. Have a chat with your local staff perhaps ?. They ...
Blisters under toes  •  pseudo in The campfire
BTW I now use Bridgedale sock liners (like the above Wigwams) and it reduced blistering on my soft feet.
First NZ Tramps  •  damoocow in Tracks, routes, and huts
I might do some research and see what huts the guided walkers don't use - then it may be a ...
Lake Adelaide Track  •  Biggus in Tracks, routes, and huts
has anyone been to lake Adelaide recently from the Moraine Crk ( Hollyford Rd End ) ? Whats the state of ...
Patagonia and/or Nepal  •  robertbrown in The campfire
I've been to Nepal a few times now and have never hired a guide until the last trip where I ...
DoC to charge visitors more on Great Walks  •  waynowski in The campfire
great walks arent so bad in good weather at the huts, people can spread themselves around outside, but when the ...
glennj Pass hopping in Leatham Conservation Area  •  glennj in Tracks, routes, and huts
Ta militaris. That report covers Silver Stream to Bull Paddock which is part of the country I'm hoping to travel.
Gregor Where to buy heat treated salami  •  Gregor in Food
Another quick comment: fatty salamis are great to fry up and get the greasy goodness to fry up bread or ...
Round the Mountain Track (Ruapehu)  •  Ericson in Tracks, routes, and huts
I have just done the RTM in 4 days , clockwise, about 28.5 hours walking time. My biggest day was ...
Tracks filled with Keas  •  si-dog in Tracks, routes, and huts
The only time I have seen heaps of them in one go was on the other side of Waimakariri Col. ...
Internal Frame Packs vs External Frame Packs  •  jmeyer in Gear talk
Forgot to mention this earlier but regardless of the different views on this thread or any other...the thing that's most ...
Yarmoss Dusky track  •  Yarmoss in Tracks, routes, and huts
If it hasn’t been raining in 24 hours the crossings are fine, the bigger ones are all bridged with 3 ...
Overcrowding in National Parks  •  Forest328 in The campfire
Last week in Nelson Lakes there was hardly anyone in the valleys and it wasn’t until we got up to ...
Tent Options  •  jmeyer in Gear talk
Waynowski, additional 'footprints' are not to add waterproofness to the tent, they are there to protect the floor from abrasion, ...
lewshaw Transport Haast to Martyr Homestead roadend?  •  lewshaw in Tracks, routes, and huts
fwiw,when you get to the Cascade using the 4wd track,go downstream. for a few hundred yards to find a fine ...
Travel on upper reaches of Otaki River (Tararuas)?  •  si-dog in Tracks, routes, and huts
Yikes, thats one way to do it Wayno!
geeves New Zealands longest swingbridges  •  geeves in The campfire
Icy 3 wire. Sounds like fun. I think I would be looking to ford the river
Mr Finch China  •  Mr Finch in The campfire
I know many of the subscribers to this forum are well travelled so I thought I might pick a few ...
Syncop8r 6/7 days worth of food in a 50 Lt backpack.  •  Syncop8r in Gear talk
I have the Cascade 75L... great pack.... I don't think I have been on any longer than a three-day trip ...
Te Araroa or something else  • in Tramping partners
Hi, I am also from the Britain looking to do the north island Te Araroa starting in January. Am happy ...
Tramper killed in avalanche near Mt Cook  •  waynowski in The campfire
it did, they arent on mt cook, they are beneath the footstool which is opposite the hooker valley from Mt cook

What's new?

Lucretia Hut Route
Lucretia Hut Route  •  Track, updated
Lucretia biv via Nina Valley
Upper Whirinaki Loop
Upper Whirinaki Loop  •  Track, updated
An Easy two day loop in the Whirinaki Forest park
Monument Track (south)
Monument Track (south)  •  Track, updated
Climb from the head of the Kaituna Valley to Te Ara Pātaka, and the network of tracks running from Purau ...
Tunnel Beach
Tunnel Beach  •  Track, updated
A popular coastal walk in Dunedin that explores coastal cliffs and a hand-dug tunnel.
Mt Barrosa
Mt Barrosa  •  Track, updated
A volcanic summit (1364m) in the Clent Hills with sweeping views across the Ashburton Lakes basin.
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.

Out in the hills

Cameron Hut Wanaka/Makarora
Briar Briar visited Cameron Hut Wanaka/Makarora 4 December 20184 December
Atiwhakatu Hut
monkeysh1ne monkeysh1ne visited Atiwhakatu Hut 2 December 20182 December "Super easy walk in has pros & cons. ..."
Monument Track (south)
Matthew Matthew walked Monument Track (south) 1 December 20181 December "Walked it in the rain. Not so many ..."
Upper Whirinaki Loop
M400-1 M400-1 walked Upper Whirinaki Loop 1 December 20181 December "Track just been cleared and new track markers ..."
Hopeless Creek Hut
iangeorge iangeorge visited Hopeless Creek Hut 30 November 201830 November
Waingongoro Hut
Laurette visited Waingongoro Hut 18 November 201818 November "Only an hr from the carpark, easy walk ..."
Mount Thomas
landdownunder_nz landdownunder_nz walked Mount Thomas 17 November 201817 November "They have closed the Summit Track until 15/12/2018 ..."
Top Leatham Hut
glennj glennj visited Top Leatham Hut 12 November 201812 November
Speargrass Hut
john dutchie john dutchie visited Speargrass Hut 29 October 201829 October
Waipapa River Track
Fantastic walked Waipapa River Track 15 September 201815 September
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
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