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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.

The great walks of New Zealand

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!


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New Zealand Walking Guide

New Zealand is a walker's paradise with nine Great Walks and hundreds of other trails. Click to download the New Zealand Walking Guide that showcases some of these spectacular walks.

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