Hiking New Zealand is one of the best ways to see beautiful landscapes and explore vast wilderness areas. With thousands of kilometres of tracks, walking options are available to suit all levels of fitness and experience. You can walk one of our recommended day walks for a few hours, or a whole day, or even plan a multi-day hike through national parks, native forests and stunning coastal regions, depending on how active you want your holiday to be.
New Zealand’s 9 Great Walks showcase some of New Zealand’s most well-known locations and diverse landscapes. The walks are well formed and easy to follow. The volcanic 41 kilometre Tongariro Northern Circuit hike incorporates the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, while hikers on the South Island’s 3 – 5 day long Abel Tasman Coast Track weave through bush-covered headlands between beautiful national park beaches. Fiordland’s famous Milford Track attracts hikers from all over the world wanting to experience the dramatic vistas of mountain lakes, waterfalls and towering alpine peaks. The Routeburn Track is the ultimate alpine adventure, taking you through ice-carved valleys and below the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps. The Whanganui Journey allows you to experience the scenic beauty of the Whanganui River by canoe or kayak, as it winds its way from mountains to sea. The Kepler Track is an incredible wilderness experience, and is the most accessible of Fiordland’s Great Walks (perfect for families and groups). The Heaphy Track is varied and rugged, with incredible mountain views and amazing wild empty beaches. Lake Waikaremoana takes you through prehistoric rainforest with access to some of New Zealand’s most iconic birds, while the Rakiura Track on Stewart Island allows you to escape on an island adventure, and soak in the tranquility and peace of these isolated surroundings.
Short hikes or day walks are also everywhere, and easily fit into travel itineraries. New Zealand’s most renowned day walk, the 19.4km Tongariro Alpine Crossing traverses dramatic volcanic plateau landscapes of crater lakes, alpine meadows and peaks. Auckland visitors can enjoy panaromic harbour and city views while walking the dormant volcano Rangitoto Summit Track. The unique Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway visits cliffside seal and bird colonies while West Coast walkers can explore the fascinating icy environment of the Franz Josef Walk. Keen walkers visiting Queenstown with 3 hours spare should try the Queenstown Hill Time Walk and travel through pine forested hills behind the town to reach 360 views including Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables Range.
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