Hurunui Swingbridge:
Gateway to adventure, near Hurunui Hut.
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.
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

Rain Jacket for routeburn track end of march.  •  waynowski in Gear talk
the last jacket is a very nice jacket, pertex is as good as gore tex. pertex is generally on the ...
giuseppe23 Tramping around Queenstown  •  giuseppe23 in Tramping partners
Hello people! There is anyone that live or wil be around Queenstown/Wanaka for a day tramping around the third week in ...
izogi locating by cell phone  •  izogi in The campfire
24 hours of "news" means that facts possibly get reported at the same rate they might have before, but now ...
deer released into taranaki forests risking TB  •  sako1952 in The campfire
Fair enough greeves, I can comprehend your reasoning. However, as I pointed out earlier there was no criticism of waynowski ...
madpom This website: what's next?  •  madpom in This website
Been suggested before ... but #1 for me would be topomaps in all your map frames instead of terrain. Especially ...
lewshaw Travers-Sabine Easter 2018  •  lewshaw in Tramping partners
Carrying shelter is good insurance not just for a full hut but also if you become immobile(e.g. a sprained ankle) ...
Yarmoss Double Barrel - Fraser  •  Yarmoss in Tracks, routes, and huts
![]( It’s just a photo of Death Valley on my Google account but I can’t figure out how to share it ...
FrankB Molesworth station mgmt being reassessed by DOC  •  FrankB in The campfire
Couple of items on RNZ today
lewshaw Emergency Foods?  •  lewshaw in Food
Re Honoras` comment.This old boy can chew the leg off an iron chair at home but a single BCC does ...
Gaiters Trailbabies: Tramping with baby or toddler  •  Gaiters in The campfire
We got over tramping with our baby pretty quick. We got a half dozen in before he turned one but ...
bernieq Wandering around Lewis Pass  •  bernieq in This website
... and thanks again, jetnz, for the links. Good to see someone's been up that ridge north of Nina hut ...
Matthew Hauhungatahi  •  Matthew in Tracks, routes, and huts
There has been a report of blocked access to Hauhungatahi from Erua Road. Has anybody experienced this? Despite appearances, the legal ...
Matthew January 2018 updates  •  Matthew in This website
What a headache! That’s working now. Bounced the page router.
Ben Nevis Access, Mt Richmond FP  •  bmackz in Tracks, routes, and huts
Doc Nelson have a marked up topo map, a picture is worth a 1000 words, but take first right after ...
Mobile phone coverage in Egmont national park  •  bots. in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi, I'm looking to do the track around mt. Taranaki next month. I was wondering if there's usually coverage for mobile ...
Matthew December 2017 updates  •  Matthew in This website
Noted. Btw the emoticon fix plus seeing who reacted are both done but not deployed.
glennj Kelly Range...old stone hut?  •  glennj in The campfire
I've posted under Photographs about the relics on Kellys Range. A photograph of part of the dry stone wall structure ...
bohwaz Kaimai Questions  •  bohwaz in Tracks, routes, and huts
Te Rereatukahia is definitely a great hut, and if you just climb about 15 minutes from the hut to the ...
Lucky77 Five Pass in Jan 2018  •  Lucky77 in Tramping partners
We have 3 keen trampers going on 1Jan, doing 10 passes in a go. Starting from Scott Creek, Upper Caples ...
izogi Taranaki track documentation  •  izogi in The campfire
Hey @zoneblue. Thanks again for documenting the unofficial Egmont National Park tracks off Carrington Road at . This afternoon I ...
bernieq Camping, food and... possums  •  bernieq in Visiting New Zealand
Well, I didn't know that! Coincidence, I would think, unless the Roman Empire extended to include Nth America 🤔 Origin of **opossum** ...
Honora Death on Canterbury mountain  •  Honora in The campfire
Very rough terrain up there. I've only heard of one individual going to Mt Somers that way. I've taken routes ...
bohwaz Powell and Jumbo hut  •  bohwaz in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks for letting us know, might go there in March :)
Rahui being urged for Waitakere Range  •  waynowski in The campfire
Threat of extinction from kauri dieback could see Govt stepping in to close Waitakere Ranges
JETNZ Road toll hindering recreational access?  •  JETNZ in The campfire
@madpom Those are totals for the 2017 season. 2016 they were: $25 per 4WD Vehicle $15 per Motorcycle $2 per Mountain Biker Trampers - ...

What's new?

Kirwans Track
Kirwans Track  •  Track, updated
Historic loop track through a mining area.
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. ...
History in the hills: Stamper batteries
History in the hills: Stamper batteries  •  Article, added
Stamper batteries were massive iron machines, hauled into remote locations in the search for gold. Many are still there today.
Kelly Range - Hunts Saddle Circuit
Kelly Range - Hunts Saddle Circuit  •  Track, updated
A challenging circuit route traversing the Kelly Range and returning along Kelly's Creek. The direction described is the easiest option.
Fraser Creek
Fraser Creek  •  Track, updated
One of several valleys that cut into the southern Humboldt Mountains. It passes through many kilometres of beech forest, river ...
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 ...
Old Ghost Road
Old Ghost Road  •  Track, updated
This new trail links the ghost town of Lyell with the Mokihinui River. The first section is open from 2 ...
Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit
Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit  •  Track, updated
A good introduction to travelling across the tussock-covered tops of the Tararua Ranges, crossing the lofty Mt. Holdsworth on your ...
Mt Sunday / Mt Riley Track
Mt Sunday / Mt Riley Track  •  Track, added
A circuit track on the Richmond Range, visiting two forested summits.

Out in the hills

Montgomerie hut
Deep Creek Hut
Shelter Rock Hut
Meikles Hut
Venus Hut
Fraser Creek
Wairoa Shelter
Old Ghost Road
Powell Hut
bpette bpette visited Powell Hut
Mount Oxford
Rangiwahia Hut
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