Te Araroa Trail
Track • 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 December 2011.
Hurunui Hot Springs
Track • 2 – 3 days. Easy. Return via same track.
An overnight trip to a good hot pool near Lake Sumner.
Harper Pass - Kiwi Saddle
Track • 5 – 7 days. Medium. One way.
A classic crossing of the Main Divide, following the deep valleys of the Hope Fault from the Arthur's Pass road to the Lewis Pass road.
Track • 2 days. Easy. Return via same track.
Easy but dull walking along the Hope River, following the line of the Hope Fault. From the spacious hut, you can make a day trip to Charley's Point on Lake Sumner.
- Unusually smooth, well-marked track, easy gradients. Up to about 4 hours per day.
- Typical lowland track. Generally easy walking and well marked. Ascents of up to 1000m. Some easy river crossings, unmarked travel along rivers.
- Typical tops track. Experienced trampers only. Rough, muddy and poorly marked or unmarked. Ascents of up to 2000m. River crossings, open tops, passes. Up to about 8 hours per day.
- Navigation and snow skills (use of ice axe and crampons) required. Glaciers, exposure to falls.
- Rough or non-existent tracks. Following ridges, bush spurs, and rivers. Steep ascents, arduous travel, hazardous conditions, snow and navigation skills essential.