If you want to truly absorb the splendour of the New Zealand outdoors, there is only one thing to do and that is to walk.
Tongariro Northern Circuit: This amazing 41 kilometre walk encircles active volcanoes and passes lava flows and craters through the Tongariro National Park. The first day includes the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Whanganui Journey: Technically a canoe or kayak trip rather than a walk, the 145 kilometre Whanganui River Journey flows through a remote and rugged national park with stunning native forests and an abundance of birdlife.
Abel Tasman Coast Track: Relish the commanding views of the coast as you explore the 51 kilometres of this track’s beautiful beaches and remarkable rock formations.
Heaphy Track: The 82 kilometre Heaphy Track gives you the contrasts of luxuriant rainforest, sub-alpine tussock, high, rugged mountains and end with lowland forest and palm-fringed surf beaches.
Kepler Track: This 60 kilometre tracks showcases the best features of Fiordland – mountains, native forest, glacier-carved valleys and waterfalls.
Milford Track: Fiordland’s Milford Track is arguably the most famous. The 53 kilometre journey takes you to pristine lakes, sky-scraping mountain peaks, enormous valley views and the cascade of the tallest waterfall in New Zealand.
Rakiura Track: Simply in a world of its own, the 36 kilometres that navigate Stewart Island in a habitat that has changed little for thousands of years.
You can walk these tracks independently or with a walking and hiking tour provider. There’s no better way to experience the nature of New Zealand than by walking.