New Zealand

Description

Mount Cook - by Chris New Zealand is paradise for hikers. Tramping, as hiking or walking is called here, is very popular and well organised. Most tramps are inside one of New Zealand’s 14 NPs and 19 National Forests.
From the northern tip to Stewart Island in the south, New Zealand stretches out for 1.600 km, and the country has a 10% larger area than Great Britain. Thanks to high rainfall, its elongated north-south position, geology, mountains and winds, the country offers an enormous variety in landscapes. You will find countless rivers and lakes filled with fish, lush rainforests, alpine ridges and active volcanoes. The coastline is seemingly endless and varied, and dotted with small beaches. In all these landscapes hiking trails have been laid out. Ideal if you are looking for wilderness and isolation.
Trails, or tracks as they are called locally, and so-called backcountry huts are mostly maintained by the Department of Conservation (DOC). Tramping is possible on all levels of difficulty. The DOC distinguishes 6 Track Categories:

  • Easy Access Tracks (very short)
  • Short Walks
  • Walking track (2429 km): day hikes
  • Great walks (380 km) and Easy tramping tracks (895 km): track is generally well formed, may be steep, rough or muddy
  • Tramping tracks (7803 km): track is mostly unformed with steep, rough or muddy sections
  • Routes (1458 km): challenging; Track is mostly unformed with steep, rough or muddy sections


A special category are the so-called 9 Great Walks. In fact there are only 8, because the Whanganui Journey is a paddling route. These Great Walks are very scenic, not too difficult, and consequently most popular. During high season – from mid December until late January – these are best avoided. The Great Walks are:

  • Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, 42 km, 4 days
  • Tongariro Northern Circuit, 50 km, 4 days
  • Whanganui Journey - paddle, 144 km, 5 days
  • Abel Tasman Coast Track, 51 km, 5 days
  • Heaphy Track, 78 km, 5 days
  • Routeburn Track, 32 km, 3 days
  • Milford Track, 54, 4 days
  • Kepler Track, 60 km, 4 days
  • Rakiura Track, Stewart Island, 36 km, 3 days


All tramps have huts and camp sites. You will need to bring your own food. Also bring your own stove for cooking, except on the Great Walks where the huts have a kitchen with stove. Most huts are basic and cheap, The better and popular ones may be staffed by a warden. There are three categories of huts:

  • 1000 huts in the NPs. Payment with tickets purchased in advance at for instance DOC visitor information centres. You can also buy a Backcountry Hut Pass, valid for one year, and a good deal if used for 10 nights or more.
  • There are a few Alpine Service Huts, high up in the mountains, which are a lot more expensive
  • Great Walk Huts: these have their own separate ticket system and require a special Great Walks Pass. In addition these Great Walks, because of their popularity, are bookable online (DOC) and consequently frequently booked-out during high season.

 
Summer holidays in New Zealand run from mid December until late January. In this period walking trails are very busy. The Great Walks will be fully booked if you haven’t booked early. If you can avoid the high season, from mid November and until mid April is also a good time for hiking, although you may encounter snow high up in the mountains. Weather is changeable at all times.

Opinions

Rate 10.0 | 2 votes | No 1. in Pacific
  • Miguel
  • Rate 10
  • Positive Better than any postcard at any corner, the landscape defies the imagination of even the most seasoned of hikers - or "trampers" as we are known to Kiwis. People are strangely yet genuinely friendly.
  • bigkev
  • Rate 10
  • Positive Almost everything, except......
  • Negative The Sandflys!
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Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
  • Lonely Planet Hiking & Tramping in New Zealand
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Hiking and Tramping in New Zealand is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Admire the dramatic peaks and valleys of Fiordland National Park, stroll past bays and beaches of the Abel... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • Lonely Planet Hiking and Tramping in New Zealand
  • Hiking and Tramping in New Zealand in the Walking Guide series from Lonely Planet gives details of walking opportunities, from day walks to long distance hikes. This guide includes coverage of the Far North, Auckland Region, Tongariro, Mt Taranaki, Wellington Region, Marlborough, Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes, Arthurs Pass, West Coast, Mt Aspiring,... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Lonely Planet Hiking & Tramping in New Zealand
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Hiking and Tramping in New Zealand is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Admire the dramatic peaks and valleys of Fiordland National Park, stroll past bays and beaches of the Abel... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Hiking & Tramping in New Zealand - Nieuw Zeeland | Lonely Planet |
  • Uitstekende reisgids met gedetailleerde beschrijvingen van dag- en meerdaagse tochten in dit land. Veel suggesties voor spectaculaire trekkings. Vooral een prima gids om je reis te plannen en te kunnen inschatten hoe, wat, waar en hoelang! Lonely Planet Hiking & Tramping in New Zealand is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2009
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  • Stanfords, United Kingdom
  • Bol.com, Netherlands
  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2009
  • New Zealand - The Great Walks
  • *This guide is highly recommended by Stanfords and is the leading authority on exploring New Zealand’s wild landscapes.*Alexander Stewart’s New Zealand - The Great Walks is the comprehensive and leading guide for those wanting to explore the islands’ wilderness paradises and is highly recommended by Stanfords. The guide covers a range of... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2009
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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  • Bol.com, Netherlands
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Bol.com
Netherlands
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • New Zealand Handbook
  • New Zealand in the Berlitz Handbook series; comprising a range of guides providing comprehensive information on a range of international countries. Each guide is arranged by region, with individual sections on notable cities and towns in the area, in addition to ‘must-see’ attractions or sites and recommended walks. A dedicated “Unique... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
Bol.com
Netherlands
Bol.com
Netherlands
Bol.com
Netherlands
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Niue
  • Niue at 1:50,000 on an indexed map from New Zealand’s survey organization with an enlargement of the Alofi area showing various public buildings and services, plus on the reverse extensive information about the island. The map has a satellite image as its base, with additional contours at 15m intervals and colouring adjusted to show bush, scrub... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Niue
  • Niue at 1:50,000 on an indexed map from New Zealand’s survey organization with an enlargement of the Alofi area showing various public buildings and services, plus on the reverse extensive information about the island. The map has a satellite image as its base, with additional contours at 15m intervals and colouring adjusted to show bush, scrub... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Rotorua - Whakatane Pocket Map
  • Rotorua region in a series of maps covering various districts of New Zealand, with each title combining a detailed road map with street plans of local towns, all with road and street indexes. The maps are published in two formats: handy Pocket Maps or Pathfinders with, as the publishers put it “Larger print so you don’t squint”.The road maps,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Auckland West Pathfinder
  • West Auckland region in a series of maps covering various districts of New Zealand, with each title combining a detailed road map with street plans of local towns, all with road and street indexes. The maps are published in two formats: handy Pocket Maps or Pathfinders with, as the publishers put it “Larger print so you don’t squint”.The road... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • New Zealand: Dept. of Conservation Hiking & Leisure Maps
  • Hiking and leisure maps published by New Zealand’s Dept. of Conservation, the body responsible for managing the country’s 14 national parks and several of its forests and other protected areas. Scales and cartography vary according to the area covered. Most titles are based on the 1:50,000 topographic survey, with contours and relief shading,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Whangaparaoa and Orewa Pocket Map
  • Whangaparaoa and Orewa region in a series of maps covering various districts of New Zealand, with each title combining a detailed road map with street plans of local towns, all with road and street indexes. The maps are published in two formats: handy Pocket Maps or Pathfinders with, as the publishers put it “Larger print so you don’t... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Napier, Hastings and Hawke`s Bay Pathfinder
  • Napier - Hastings region in a series of maps covering various districts of New Zealand, with each title combining a detailed road map with street plans of local towns, all with road and street indexes. The maps are published in two formats: handy Pocket Maps or Pathfinders with, as the publishers put it “Larger print so you don’t squint”.The... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Auckland South and Manukau Pathfinder
  • South Auckland and Manukau region in a series of maps covering various districts of New Zealand, with each title combining a detailed road map with street plans of local towns, all with road and street indexes. The maps are published in two formats: handy Pocket Maps or Pathfinders with, as the publishers put it “Larger print so you don’t... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • New Zealand: Kiwimaps District Road Maps with Street Plans
  • New Zealand in a series of titles from Kiwimaps Ltd, each combining a detailed road map with street plans of local towns, all with road and street indexes. The maps are published in two formats: handy Pocket Maps or Pathfinders with, as the publishers put it “Larger print so you don’t squint”.The road maps, typically around 1:175,000 -... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Auckland Motorways and Central City Pathfinder
  • Auckland and district in a series of maps covering various districts of New Zealand, with each title combining a detailed road map with street plans of local towns, all with road and street indexes. The maps are published in two formats: handy Pocket Maps or Pathfinders with, as the publishers put it “Larger print so you don’t squint”.The road... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Palmerston North Pathfinder
  • Palmerston North region in a series of maps covering various districts of New Zealand, with each title combining a detailed road map with street plans of local towns, all with road and street indexes. The maps are published in two formats: handy Pocket Maps or Pathfinders with, as the publishers put it “Larger print so you don’t squint”.The... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • IGN Le Monde Physique Wall Map
  • Physical world map for the Francophiles, 127 x 83 cm (4ft 2”x 2ft 8” approx.), with lovely bright but not too bold colours, vivid relief shading and all the place names in French. The Arctic and the Antarctic are shown on two circular insets.Central Pacific, from Alaska/Siberia to New Zealand, is repeated on both sides of the map for better... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Masterton and Wairarapa Towns Pocket Map
  • Masterton and Wairarapa towns in a series of maps covering various districts of New Zealand, with each title combining a detailed road map with street plans of local towns, all with road and street indexes. The maps are published in two formats: handy Pocket Maps or Pathfinders with, as the publishers put it “Larger print so you don’t... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Porirua and Kapiti Coast Pathfinder
  • Porirua and Kapiti Coast in a series of maps covering various districts of New Zealand, with each title combining a detailed road map with street plans of local towns, all with road and street indexes. The maps are published in two formats: handy Pocket Maps or Pathfinders with, as the publishers put it “Larger print so you don’t squint”.The... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Auckland West Pocket Map
  • Auckland`s western districts in a series of maps covering various districts of New Zealand, with each title combining a detailed road map with street plans of local towns, all with road and street indexes. The maps are published in two formats: handy Pocket Maps or Pathfinders with, as the publishers put it “Larger print so you don’t... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Coromandel Pocket Map
  • Coromandel region in a series of maps covering various districts of New Zealand, with each title combining a detailed road map with street plans of local towns, all with road and street indexes. The maps are published in two formats: handy Pocket Maps or Pathfinders with, as the publishers put it “Larger print so you don’t squint”.The road... Read more
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Macs Adventure
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  • Nieuw-Zeeland * Noord
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  • Nieuw-Zeeland in vogelvlucht
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