By Miles Holden
Discover New Zealand's wonders first-hand when you take one of the country's many spectacular day hikes.
With walks from 4 to 8 hours, New Zealand's day hikes offer something for everyone.
Traverse the rugged volcanic landscape of the North Island's famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing or explore picturesque coastal forests on the Te Whara Track.
In the South Island, majestic glaciers await when you walk the stunning Hooker Valley Track or challenge yourself with a climb to the top of Roy's Peak in Wanaka.
Find your ultimate day hike in the collection below.
Northland & Bay of Islands
5 - 6 Hrs — 7.5 km
Follow an ancient Maori trail from Urquharts Bay to Ocean Beach, in Bream Head Scenic Reserve.
5-6 Hrs — 16 km (1300m climb)
With stunning panoramic views across Lake Wanaka, Roy's Peak is a great way to experience true South Island beauty.
8 Hours — 19 km
Lava flows, an active crater, steam vents, emerald-coloured lakes and magnificent views combine to make the Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike an unforgettable walking journey.
3 Hours (one Way) — 8 km
Make your way up Mount Te Aroha, the highest point in the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park at nearly 1 km tall.
4 Hrs — 5.6 km
Take in superb lake and mountain views on an easy walk over undulating open grassland and scattered scrub.
4 Hours (one Way) — 14km
It's not a walk in the park, but this challenging day hike promises to lift your spirits as high as the Southern Alps.
4-5 Hrs — 16 km
Cross the width of the country in one day. See life in Auckland unfold and explore various landmarks.
Views, forests, parks and gardens keep things interesting along these signposted Wellington walkways.
5 Hours (one Way)
The Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail takes you to see isolated beaches, a fossilised forest, Hector's dolphins and many historic sites.
6-7 Hours — 12 km
This varied walk will take you from central Wellington into the suburbs, hills, and south coast.
5 Hrs — 7.3 km
Access by water only, this island is rich in history and worthy of a day's visit.
5 Hours — 9 km
Follow an old gold miners trail on this challenging day walk.
6.5 Hours — 21.5 km
Marvel at the emerald green waters of the Clutha River while enjoying the peaceful scenery on the upper river walk.
Christchurch - Canterbury
3 Hrs (return) — 10 km
One of the most popular walks in Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park. Pass through Hooker Valley and walk beside the Hooker River. Find out more about this popular track.
7 Hrs Return — 20 km
One of the best coastal walks in New Zealand. Discover beautiful beaches, quiet nature and twinkling bays.
8 Hrs — 8.2 km
This is a full circle walk with many options for where to start and end.
6-8 Hrs — 40 Km
Take your pick - walk to Ben Lomond Saddle (3-4 hours return) or to Ben Lomond Summit (6-8 hours return).
8 Hrs — 33 Km
This magnificent hiking track runs the length of Cape Brett. It's a challenging walk, so you'll need a high level of fitness.
5 - 8 Hours — 22 km (return)
Get some fresh air and exercise on the Whitecliffs Walkway. This farmland walk delivers more than five hours of spectacular coastal and Tasman Sea views.
1-5 Hours — Various
Close to Blenheim, on this track you can meander through farms and experience views over the Wairau Lagoons.