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.
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

Location movie Hunt for the wilderpeople  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
surveys still show a reasonale percentage of tourists are here because of lord of the rings and hobbit movies and ...
Help me choose my next tramp  •  Moh_Oz in Tracks, routes, and huts
Hi All. Me again. Still getting through all of the suggestions. So far, the ones that are appealing the most ...
Body of tramper found, Nelson Lakes  •  Mosley59 in The campfire
Stuff refers to him as a ‘tourist tramper’ in their article. I wonder if he had adequate gear as it ...
Ruahines access to Wakarara Road end closed  •  geomatt in Tracks, routes, and huts
Looks like the Wakarara Rd to Makaroro River access is open again: "From the carpark, follow a poled route (marked with ...
Route from Alpha Hut to Eastern Hutt Hut  •  geomatt in Tracks, routes, and huts
I remember the same conditions as TararuaHunter describes on the spur from 1308m to opposite Eastern Hutt hut. i.e. there ...
Unknown Col  •  geomatt in Tracks, routes, and huts
I have been over Unknown Col, from the Unknown to the Mathias. We did it in early summer (Dec-Jan), when ...
DOC’s culture wars revealed  •  waynowski in The campfire
big organisations will often warn employees that if they have any social media that posts information that they work for ...
bernieq Moving house  •  bernieq in This website
FYI, Matthew, Markdown format for strike-through (~~) doesn't work.
bernieq GPS Routes and tracks  •  bernieq in The campfire
FYI Routeguides website back up
Insoles for sole pain  •  si-dog in Gear talk
I had real trouble with foot pain in my Meindl boots but then I got the budget Warehouse insoles - ...
zigzig Error 404 when 'Check-ins' link clicked  •  zigzig in The campfire
Yep, it's working fine now.
izogi Mangetepopo gorge tragedy TV1 tonight  •  izogi in The campfire
Yes, @gaiters, you're right and to be honest I really don't care too much. But it was still a bad ...
Honora details of Tararau tramping trip fatalities  •  Honora in The campfire
"the son of a wealthy and influential family was speeding on a dangerous and winding gravel road to retrieve some ...
Media Release: Is Tramping really just a walk....  •  waynowski in The campfire
she was crossing with one of the guys at least, then they got seperated half way across.
Cameron Creek,Makaroara  •  Yulzman in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thanks for the pic aardvark. Yes glennj I would take a pair of gymies for this as I need dry boots ...
Avalanche risk 2018  •  waynowski in The campfire
too many muppets for doc to sift out... easier to be conservative i had to argue to pick up my hut ...
Harraways Easy Cook Oats  •  waynowski in Food
they are at my local countdown. get quick oats otherwise
geeves Foreign owner fights access to NZ farm  •  geeves in Tracks, routes, and huts
Thats quite true. Part of this though is the fact that a land owner might ask why he has to ...
Honora How does goretex breathe with a PU lining?  •  Honora in Gear talk
I can see why Earth Sea Sky wouldn't be held to ransom and chose Milair (Reflex-type of breathable membrane).
"Sherpa" - the movie  •  waynowski in The campfire
everest is the high altitude mountain for tourist climbers , there are a few other 8000m peaks like that, cho ...
geeves Recommendations for DWR spray  •  geeves in Gear talk
Thats why the first line is a disclaimer. Still might work though on a cheap junk coat. Sil nylon is ...
izogi 1 in 300 trampers injured themselves last year  •  izogi in The campfire
@TararuaHunter, it hasn't been released yet. Stuff received an advance copy.
Kiwis booking on great walks doubles  •  waynowski in Tracks, routes, and huts
tourism in otago is massive and highly developed, the scenery is as good as you'll find anywhere, the infrastructure is ...
izogi An incoming Tourist Tax  •  izogi in Tracks, routes, and huts
> Therefore whilst we can make a reasonable guesstimate of how much GST tourists pay during their visits there is ...
Pro-active New DOC Booking system for Great Walks  •  Pro-active in Tracks, routes, and huts
No search button to pop up the next available booking on this new version, but pretty easy otherwise. Can book ...

What's new?

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 ...
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.

Out in the hills

Big River Hut
glennj glennj visited Big River Hut 5 July 20185 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
North Ohau Hut
monkeysh1ne monkeysh1ne visited North Ohau Hut 30 June 201830 June "Still a great little hut with a commendable ..."
Bark Bay Hut
iangeorge iangeorge visited Bark Bay Hut 28 June 201828 June
Woolshed Creek Hut
zigzig zigzig visited Woolshed Creek Hut 9 June 20189 June "Nice walk in via Woolshed Creek track and ..."
Junction Hut (Timaru Creek)
Briar Briar visited Junction Hut (Timaru Creek) 3 June 20183 June
Poulter Hut
Honora Honora visited Poulter Hut 3 June 20183 June "Still in its spot waiting for a shift. ..."
Washpool Hut
diggn visited Washpool Hut 2 June 20182 June "Hut a bit filthy, very smokey. Suspect that ..."
Lupton Hut
john dutchie john dutchie visited Lupton Hut 26 April 201826 April
Mount Oxford
MightyCanes walked Mount Oxford 25 April 201825 April "Don't think that is 6 hour track - ..."
Lake Waikaremoana Track
rkstr626 rkstr626 walked Lake Waikaremoana Track 25 April 201825 April "Did this walk 10 years ago to the ..."
Daly's Clearing Hut
benwah benwah visited Daly's Clearing Hut 21 April 201821 April "First trip here to introduce a friend to ..."
Hauhungaroa Track (Southern Section)
SkaraBrae walked Hauhungaroa Track (Southern Section) 7 April 20187 April "Worth noting that the road end marked on ..."
Acland Falls
Matthew Matthew walked Acland Falls 31 March 201831 March
Lake Waikaremoana Track
KiwiAkio KiwiAkio walked Lake Waikaremoana Track 30 March 201830 March "Amazing weather over the Easter Weekend. Booked the ..."
Lake Wilson and the Valley of the Trolls
Yarmoss Yarmoss walked Lake Wilson and the Valley of the Trolls 24 February 201824 February
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