New Zealand

Walks in New Zealand

Easy

Abel Tasman Coastal Track

Part of the Abel Tasman NP. Easy but challenging walk on well maintained coastal track. Day walks are possible as drop off and pick up by water taxi is available. Combining with sea kayaking amongst the seal colony is a special experience. Many coves, beaches, even a few crossings on hanging bridges. Stunning scenery and lots of birds and wildlife.

Hard
7 km return
6 hrs

Fantham's Peak

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Easy
82 km
5 days

Heaphy Track

A 4-6 day walk linking Golden Bay and the West Coast crossing through part of Kahurangi National Park, the Heaphy Track is one of New Zealand's nine Great Walks.<br /><br />The Heaphy Track includes a great range of feature including Beech forests, iconic Nikau Palm groves and the Gouland Downs.

Easy
5 km one-way
4 hrs

Hooker Valley Track

One of the most popular walks in the park, the track leads up the Hooker valley towards Aoraki/Mount Cook. It passes close to the Alpine Memorial (a great viewpoint) and Freda’s Rock before coming to the viewing point of the Mueller Glacier and the first swing bridge.

Cross the Hooker River here and carry on to the second swing bridge. Look out for many different wildflowers along the way, including celmisia and the Mount Cook buttercup/kopukupuku.

The track from the first swing bridge to the second travels between old moraine ridges and humps. Past the second bridge, the vegetation changes to more open tussock and a wider valley floor. A third swing bridge leads to the East Hooker and the source of the Hooker River. The track ends at the glacier lake, where there are amazing views to be had of Aoraki/Mount Cook, Hooker Glacier and the Southern Alps/Ka Tiritiri o te Moana.

Return the same way, enjoying more views down valley and across to the Sealy Range.

Medium
53 km one-way
4 days

Jane and Rob

Milford Trek

Hard
60 km return
4 days

Kepler Track

The Kepler Track is a 60 km, 3-4 day loop track taking you from the gentle, beech-forested shores of lakes Te Anau and Manapouri to the tussocky alpine tops and grand Mt Luxmore. Your reward for the hill climb is a long section above bushline with marvellous panoramic views of the Kepler Mountains on one side, and lakes, rivers and hanging valleys on the other.

The Kepler Track is an excellent track for you and your family and friends, especially if you love the outdoors, want an adventure with a bit of a physical challenge that is not too hard to get to and has excellent facilities.

This is a Great Walk and offers a high standard of track and very comfortable, serviced huts as well as camping opportunities. During the winter months (May to October) the Kepler Track remains open, but with reduced facilities.

Medium
10 km return
6 hrs

Mt Ruapehu Crater Climb

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Easy

Queen Charlotte Track

Choice of multiple days or day walks in the Marlborough Region, South Island. The town of Picton is a good base to prepare or start of your adventure. You can decide to combine your walk with: a drop off and pick-up by water taxi, a mountain bike, a sea kayak or simply walk. Stunning scenery on both sides from the Queen Charlotte Sound and Kenepuru Sound. Walking on good track with some challenging climbs and sections.

Easy
10.4 km return
3.5 hrs

Rakaia Gorge Walkway

The walkway follows the rim of the gorge providing views of the Rakaia River and Mt Hutt. Along the way there are a number of historical points of interest.

Medium
10 km return
5 hrs

Rob Roy Glacier

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