New Zealand

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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.

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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Photos from the Road
  • Travel isn't always about the destination - sometimes, it's about the amazing things you see along the way.Photos from the Roadwill take you on a round-the-world road trip down the most beautiful byways, showcasing the stunning and surprisng things to be glimpsed out of the car window as you make your way from here to there. Wind your way... Read more
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  • Photos from the Road
  • Travel isn't always about the destination - sometimes, it's about the amazing things you see along the way.Photos from the Roadwill take you on a round-the-world road trip down the most beautiful byways, showcasing the stunning and surprisng things to be glimpsed out of the car window as you make your way from here to there. Wind your way... Read more
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  • Lonely Planet New Zealand
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet New Zealand is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Experience Maori culture, be wowed by beautiful glaciers or hike through gorgeous scenery; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the... Read more
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Belgium
  • Lonely Planet New Zealand
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet New Zealand is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Experience Maori culture, be wowed by beautiful glaciers or hike through gorgeous scenery; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Lonely Planet Tramping in New Zealand 7e Lonely Planet
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Hiking & 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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Belgium
2014
  • Lonely Planet Tramping in New Zealand 7e Lonely Planet
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Hiking & 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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Netherlands
  • Adventuring in New Zealand
  • This guidebook details New Zealand's great variety of outdoor recreational opportunities from the best spelunking caves to peaceful picnic sights. Includes trail access points, maps, and contacts for further information. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. Read more
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Belgium
  • Adventuring in New Zealand
  • This guidebook details New Zealand's great variety of outdoor recreational opportunities from the best spelunking caves to peaceful picnic sights. Includes trail access points, maps, and contacts for further information. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. Read more
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  • New Boots in New Zealand
  • When Gillian Orrell abandoned corporate life in London to tramp New Zealand's nine Great Walks, she had little idea of what to expect. But uncertainty and inexperience soon gave way to the challenge of the walks themselves, as she embarked on the greatest adventure of her life. 'New Boots in New Zealand' is a day - by - day account of all nine... Read more
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Belgium
  • New Boots in New Zealand
  • When Gillian Orrell abandoned corporate life in London to tramp New Zealand's nine Great Walks, she had little idea of what to expect. But uncertainty and inexperience soon gave way to the challenge of the walks themselves, as she embarked on the greatest adventure of her life. 'New Boots in New Zealand' is a day - by - day account of all nine... Read more
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Netherlands
  • The Best Travel Writing 2007
  • The Best Travel Writing 2007 is the fourth volume in the annual series Travelers' Tales launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing from Nobel Prize winners to emerging writers. These 29 stories cover the globe, from probing the depths of a culture in Jerusalem to riding the rails in India and trying to save a life in Costa... Read more
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Belgium
  • The Best Travel Writing 2007
  • The Best Travel Writing 2007 is the fourth volume in the annual series Travelers' Tales launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing from Nobel Prize winners to emerging writers. These 29 stories cover the globe, from probing the depths of a culture in Jerusalem to riding the rails in India and trying to save a life in Costa... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Great Walks of New Zealand
  • Great Walks of New Zealand is a tribute to New Zealand's eight finest walking tracks, by renowned wilderness photographer Craig Potton. Based on the best-selling Classic Walks of New Zealand, this book has been updated and revised to focus on our Great Walks, a reflection of the international prominence these tracks now rightly enjoy. Tracks... Read more
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Belgium
  • Great Walks of New Zealand
  • Great Walks of New Zealand is a tribute to New Zealand's eight finest walking tracks, by renowned wilderness photographer Craig Potton. Based on the best-selling Classic Walks of New Zealand, this book has been updated and revised to focus on our Great Walks, a reflection of the international prominence these tracks now rightly enjoy. Tracks... Read more
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  • Short Walks in Auckland: Coastal Part One
  • "Coastal {part one}" (Second edition) is part of a series of books encouraging residents and visitors alike to discover on foot the magnificence and uniqueness of Auckland, New Zealand. In this edition, we take you on twelve circular short walks alongside some of the region's Waitemata Harbour and Manukau Harbour inlets and estuaries. These... Read more
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Belgium
  • Short Walks in Auckland: Coastal Part One
  • "Coastal {part one}" (Second edition) is part of a series of books encouraging residents and visitors alike to discover on foot the magnificence and uniqueness of Auckland, New Zealand. In this edition, we take you on twelve circular short walks alongside some of the region's Waitemata Harbour and Manukau Harbour inlets and estuaries. These... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Lonely Planet New Zealand dr 18
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet New Zealand is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Experience Maori culture, be wowed by beautiful glaciers or hike through gorgeous scenery; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Lonely Planet New Zealand dr 18
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet New Zealand is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Experience Maori culture, be wowed by beautiful glaciers or hike through gorgeous scenery; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the... Read more
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  • Big Like
  • Twenty years after coming to America to escape the debacle at home, Wolf is in the middle of a successful career when a thought trips him up: What if he dies at forty? After one decade in survival mode and another decade in success mode, what’s his purpose now? Stunned, he quits his job and goes to France to open himself up to new... Read more
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  • Big Like
  • Twenty years after coming to America to escape the debacle at home, Wolf is in the middle of a successful career when a thought trips him up: What if he dies at forty? After one decade in survival mode and another decade in success mode, what’s his purpose now? Stunned, he quits his job and goes to France to open himself up to new... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Short Walks in Auckland: Coastal Part 2
  • "Coastal {part two}" (Second edition) is part of a series of books encouraging residents and visitors alike to discover on foot the magnificence and uniqueness of Auckland, New Zealand. In this edition, we take you on twelve circular short walks alongside some of the region's Waitemata Harbour and Manukau Harbour inlets and estuaries. These... Read more
  • Also available from:
  • Bol.com, Belgium
» Click to open
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Short Walks in Auckland: Coastal Part 2
  • "Coastal {part two}" (Second edition) is part of a series of books encouraging residents and visitors alike to discover on foot the magnificence and uniqueness of Auckland, New Zealand. In this edition, we take you on twelve circular short walks alongside some of the region's Waitemata Harbour and Manukau Harbour inlets and estuaries. These... Read more
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  • Slice of Heaven
  • Why do people climb mountains, scramble up rocky crags, use iceaxes and crampons to ascend steep ice? Are climbers risk loving men or women, impervious to cold and hardship, and somewhat different to ordinary people? Ross Cullen argues in Slice of Heaven that he and his climbing companions are, like most climbers, everyday people who pursue... Read more
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  • Slice of Heaven
  • Why do people climb mountains, scramble up rocky crags, use iceaxes and crampons to ascend steep ice? Are climbers risk loving men or women, impervious to cold and hardship, and somewhat different to ordinary people? Ross Cullen argues in Slice of Heaven that he and his climbing companions are, like most climbers, everyday people who pursue... Read more
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  • Short Walks in Auckland
  • "Volcanoes" (Second edition) is part of a series of books encouraging Auckland, New Zealand residents and tourists alike to discover on foot the magnificence and uniqueness of Auckland city. In this edition, we take you on twelve walks over and around some of the Auckland region's 50 plus cones and craters. These walks have been selected to... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Short Walks in Auckland
  • "Volcanoes" (Second edition) is part of a series of books encouraging Auckland, New Zealand residents and tourists alike to discover on foot the magnificence and uniqueness of Auckland city. In this edition, we take you on twelve walks over and around some of the Auckland region's 50 plus cones and craters. These walks have been selected to... Read more
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Stanfords
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  • NZ542 Motiti Island to Pehitairi Point
  • Plans included:Ohiwa Harbour Entrance 1:25,000Whakatane River Entrance 1:7,000Nautical charts for New Zealand, created by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), are printed on demand at Stanfords after your order is placed and processed. They provide a detailed coverage of the coastline with a varied range of scales - from overall route planning... Read more
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  • NZ681 Approaches to Bluff and Riverton / Aparima
  • Plan included:Riverton / Aparima 1:40,000Nautical charts for New Zealand, created by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), are printed on demand at Stanfords after your order is placed and processed. They provide a detailed coverage of the coastline with a varied range of scales - from overall route planning to detailed harbour charts.Notices to... Read more
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  • NZ7654 Chalky and Preservation Inlets
  • Plans included:South Port 1:25,000North Port 1:25,000Nautical charts for New Zealand, created by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), are printed on demand at Stanfords after your order is placed and processed. They provide a detailed coverage of the coastline with a varied range of scales - from overall route planning to detailed harbour... Read more
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  • Auckland Kiwimaps City & District Pathfinder Map
  • Auckland and environs 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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  • 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
  • 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
Stanfords
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  • NZ4212 Hokianga Harbour
  • Plans included:Hokianga Harbour (Continuation) 1:40,000Bar & Entrance 1:20,000Nautical charts for New Zealand, created by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), are printed on demand at Stanfords after your order is placed and processed. They provide a detailed coverage of the coastline with a varied range of scales - from overall route planning... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • NZ252 Lake Wakatipu
  • Plans included:Queenstown Bay to Picnic Point 1:50,000Frankton Arm to Queenstown Bay 1:20,000Queenstown Bay 1:5,000Nautical charts for New Zealand, created by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), are printed on demand at Stanfords after your order is placed and processed. They provide a detailed coverage of the coastline with a varied range of... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • NZ7656 Dusky Sound
  • Plan included:Continuation of Dusky Sound 1:25,000Nautical charts for New Zealand, created by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), are printed on demand at Stanfords after your order is placed and processed. They provide a detailed coverage of the coastline with a varied range of scales - from overall route planning to detailed harbour... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Napier, Hastings and Hawke`s Bay Pathfinder
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  • NZ4265 Kaipara Harbour
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  • NZ73 Abut Head to Milford Sound
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  • NZ8215 Niuatoputapu Group and Niuafo`ou
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United Kingdom
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