By Graeme Murray
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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.
GRADE: EASY Some sections may be rocky or muddy.
GRADE: EASY This walk is only accessible at low tide. Early November to late February is the best time for gannets.
GRADE: ADVANCED A reasonable level of fitness and experience is required for this walk.
GRADE: EASY Closed for lambing 1 October - 10 November each year.
GRADE: ADVANCED At peak times this walk can be very busy.
GRADE: ADVANCED There are easier, shorter walks up and around Mount Te Aroha.
GRADE VARIES The walk can be done in either direction.
GRADE: ADVANCED Steep terrain.
Streams are unbridged and become impassable after heavy rain.
GRADE: VARIOUS Full circuit includes two ferry journeys.
GRADE: EASY You should have a good level of fitness.
GRADE: ADVANCED There are steep cliffs and drop-offs to the side of the track.
GRADE: EASY The walkway is closed from 1 July to 30 September during the lambing season.
GRADE: ADVANCED You should have a good level of fitness.
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