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  • Writer's pictureAmazing New Zealand

Discover New Zealand's Great Walks

Updated: Jun 8

New Zealand boasts eight "Great Walks," each requiring a pass available from the Department of Conservation (DoC) offices. DoC provides detailed maps and makes reservations for mountain huts and remote campsites. Alongside these, there are hundreds of other equally rewarding walks that don't require a pass but do require careful planning.

Top Great Walks

Discover New Zealand's Great Walks

  1. Abel Tasman Coastal Walk: A multi-day walk through beautiful yet popular coastal landscapes. Take a water taxi or kayak partway and enjoy the crystal-clear coastline.

  2. Tongariro Alpine Crossing: New Zealand's most spectacular one-day walk, covering 16 kilometers between volcanic cones and stunning features like Red Crater and Emerald Lakes.

  3. Queen Charlotte Track: A four-day coastal walk in Marlborough Sounds with coves, lush bush, and encounters with wildlife such as orcas and dolphins.

  4. Banks Peninsula: An easy four-day guided hike with farm stays and B&Bs, offering views of rugged landscapes and the Pacific Ocean.

  5. Milford Track: Dubbed the "World's Greatest Walk" by National Geographic, this five-day trek takes you from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound through valleys, passes, and waterfalls.

  6. Routeburn Track: A three-day tramp starting on Milford Road, crossing through Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks, and descending through lush forests.

  7. Kepler Track: A 67-kilometer circular track starting at Lake Te Anau, requiring mountain clothing due to unpredictable weather.

  8. Hollyford Track: A five-day journey from the Southern Alps to the Tasman Sea, showcasing diverse landscapes including mountains, glaciers, rainforests, and beaches.

  9. Heaphy Track: A four to six-day hike through Kahurangi National Park and along the coast, ideal for experienced trampers.

  10. Great Barrier Island: Offers several walks through native bush and along deserted beaches, perfect for nature lovers.

  11. Sealy Tarns Track: A challenging walk with stunning views of Mount Aoraki and its glaciers, leading to the Muller Hut.

  12. Hooker Valley Track: A popular short walk in Mount Cook National Park with views of glaciers and Mt Aoraki, featuring swing-bridges and a terminal lake.

  13. Hump Ridge Track: New Zealand's newest three-day track starting in Tautapere, requiring bookings. It traverses diverse landscapes from beaches to alpine levels.

Environmental Care

One-third of New Zealand is protected in National Parks, reserves, and conservation areas. To preserve these environments for future generations:

  • Camp carefully and leave no trace.

  • Avoid using soap or detergents in natural water sources.

  • Extinguish campfires completely.

  • Stay on formed paths to protect plants and animals.

  • Respect cultural heritage, especially on sacred Maori lands.

Whether you're an experienced tramper or a casual walker, New Zealand's Great Walks offer something for everyone. From coastal paths to alpine tracks, these walks provide stunning scenery and unique experiences, making them a must-do for any outdoor enthusiast.

We help you plan your journey when visiting New Zealand. If you would like to include one of these walks in your trip, contact us today, and let's start crafting your unforgettable experience!


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