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.

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  1. Hooker Valley Track

    • Glacier lake
    • Hooker River
    • Swingbridges

    GRADE: EASY
    Some sections may be rocky or muddy.

    • 3 hrs (return)
    • 10 km
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    Christchurch - Canterbury

  2. Cape Kidnappers Walking Track

    • NZ's largest mainland gannet colony
    • Dramatic coastal views
    • Beach walk

    GRADE: EASY
    This walk is only accessible at low tide. Early November to late February is the best time for gannets.

    • 5 hrs (return)
    • 19 km
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    Hawke's Bay

  3. Te Whara Track

    • Coastal forests
    • Panoramic coastal views
    • WWII radar station ruins

    GRADE: ADVANCED
    A reasonable level of fitness and experience is required for this walk.

    • 5 - 6 hrs
    • 7.5 km
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    Northland & Bay of Islands

  4. Roy's Peak Track

    • Tussock grasslands
    • Panoramic mountain views
    • Lake views

    GRADE: EASY
    Closed for lambing 1 October - 10 November each year.

    • 5-6 hrs
    • 16 km (1300m climb)
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    Wanaka

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