Hiking New Zealand is the best way to see beautiful landscapes and explore vast wilderness areas. So grab a pack and put on your walking boots.

Exploring New Zealand’s walking and hiking trails is one of the most rewarding ways of seeing the country’s outstanding natural beauty.

With thousands of kilometres of tracks, walking options are available to suit all levels of fitness and experience. Walk one of our recommended day walks for a few hours or a day or plan a multi-day hike through national parks, native forests and stunning coastal regions.

New Zealand's 9 Great Walks showcase some of our most well-known locations and diverse landscapes. The volcanic 41 kilometre Tongariro Northern Circuit hike incorporates the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, while the Lake Waikaremoana Walk winds through 46 kilometres of lush Te Urewera National Park rainforest and wetlands.

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 globe wanting to experience the dramatic vistas of mountain lakes, waterfalls and towering alpine peaks.

Short hikes or day walks are everywhere and easily fit into travel itineraries. Our 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.

Walk any trail independently or simply book walking holidays with a local tour provider to see New Zealand at its best - by foot!

 

The great walks of New Zealand

Lake Waikaremoana Walk

Eastland
Lake Waikaremoana Walk,Eastland

Journey into the enchanted green world that surrounds beautiful Lake Waikaremoana. Venture through rainforest, wetlands and a magical 'goblin forest'.

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Tongariro Northern Circuit

Ruapehu
Tongariro Northern Circuit,Ruapehu

This amazing walk encircles Mount Ngauruhoe, an active volcano in Tongariro National Park. You'll see craters, explosion pits, lava flows and more.

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Whanganui Journey

Whanganui
Whanganui Journey,Whanganui

Wander down the Whanganui River without touching the ground. This memorable kayak or canoe adventure flows through a wildly beautiful national park.

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Abel Tasman Coast Track

Nelson
Abel Tasman Coast Track,Nelson

This idyllic coastal track links a myriad of crescent-shaped coves washed by the crystal-clear waters of Tasman Bay.

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Heaphy Track

West Coast
Heaphy Track,West Coast

This ancient Maori trail crosses over tussock downs to lush forests, through nikau palms and onward to the roaring seas of the West Coast.

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Routeburn Track

Fiordland
Routeburn Track,Fiordland

With soaring mountain peaks, huge valleys, waterfalls and jewel-like lakes this track links the Mount Aspiring National Park with Fiordland National Park.

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Milford Track

Fiordland
Milford Track,Fiordland

New Zealand's most famous walk has been thrilling travellers for more than 100 years. The alpine and fiord scenery is as perfect as ever.

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Kepler Track

Fiordland
Kepler Track,Fiordland

This track was designed to show you all the best features of Fiordland - mountains, native forest, waterfalls and glacier-carved valleys.

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Rakiura Track

Southland
Rakiura Track,Southland

Stewart Island is a world where nature is very much in charge. Discover peace, birdsong and scenery that has barely changed in thousands of years.

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