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

Fanthams 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, NEW ZEALAND

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
14 km return
7 hrs

KAUAERANGA KAURI TRAIL - PINNACLES WALK

Moderate 2.5-3 hour climb (one way) through the stunning Kauaeranga Valley to the Pinnacles Hut.
The summit is a further 45 minutes from here. You can do an over night stay at the hut and complete the summit at sunrise (recommended).
Follow the gravelled path and staircase. From here you will have to do some scrambling and negotiate a few metal ladders along with metal rungs to get to the top and take in the stunning views.

Once you've soaked it all in, return to the hut, pick up your pack and head back down. You can return via the
Webb Creek Track or Billygoay track with the former being the shorter route.

The tracks are well marked and impossible to lose.

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.

Easy
5.5 km return
90 mins

Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) Walking Circuit

A walking circuit around a lake in the Rotorua region.

Hard
53.5 km one-way
4 days

MILFORD TRACK, NEW ZEALAND

4 day hike

Hard
4 km return
2 hrs

Mount Manaia

A steady walk with a lot of stairs to the lookout near the top of Mount Manaia. Very distinctive mountain with massive rock pillars on top of it. There is a rough track leading to the furthest pillar which you can climb up.