Hiking / Tramping

New Zealand’s backcountry is astoundingly beautiful and relatively accessible. Tramping is defined as a recreational activity involving walking over rough country carrying all the required food and equipment. The term is generally used for trips that are of at least one overnight stay in the backcountry A network of tramping tracks has been developed throughout New Zealand of varying length and difficulty. A small number of tramping tracks cross private land either in part or in full. All of the major tramping tracks are on public land that is administered by the Department of Conservation. There is a network of over 950 backcountry huts throughout New Zealand operated by the Department of Conservation (DOC) on public land. (A number of commercial operators offer guided walks, giving the option of pack transport, comfortable accommodation and meals)

The Take nothing but pictures – leave nothing but footsteps Toitu te whenua  (leave the land undisturbed)

Western North Island

Although a river journey, the Whanganui is part of New Zealand's Great Walks network. Canoeing the145 kilometres from Taumarunui to Pipiriki  takes an average of 5 days . A shorter 3 day journey from Whakahoro to Pipiriki is also an option.

Central North Island

Tongariro Northern Circuit winds its way over Mt Tongariro and around Mt Ngauruhoe. Noted for unique and stunning landforms including volcanic craters and glacial valleys.

Eastern North Island

Lake Waikaremoana Walk; a 46 kilometre 3 to 4 day tramping track which following the shore of the lake for most of its length.

Nelson / Marlborough

The Abel Tasman Coast Track; extends for 54.4 km. The track takes an average of three to five days and can be walked from either end. The Heaphy Track; 78.4 kilometres crossing expansive tussock downs, lush forests, with views of nikau palms and the roaring seas of the West Coast.

Otago / Deep South

Rakiura Track (Stewart Island); 37 km tramping track, suitable for moderate fitness taking three days, suitable for tramping all year round.

Kepler Track; travels along mountain tops for 12km, 3-4 day, 60km circular track traverses spectacular scenery in Fiordland National Park.

Milford Track; 53.5km, 4 days Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi. Boat transport is required at both ends of the track.

Routeburn Track; 32km, 2-4 days links Mount Aspiring with Fiordland National Park.


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