New Zealand

One of our favorite places on the planet, New Zealand's beaches, mountains, fjords and plains will leave you speechless any time of year. The Southern Alps are home to some incredible hiking and trekking (or tramping, as the locals say). On the north island, find world class surf in Raglan, volcanic trekking on Tongariro, and emerald water in Coromandel.

Top Adventures in New Zealand

  • Backpack the Routeburn Track

    If you're looking for the best the Routeburn Track has to offer but only have one night to spend - hike from the Glenorchy side Routeburn Shelter to Lake Mackenzie in 12.5 miles (approx. 3,500 feet of elevation gain) and stay at this stunning hut ...

    12.5 miles

  • Hike to Cathedral Cove

    Cathedral Cove is an isolated beach on the Coromandel Peninsula in the small coastal town of Hahei. Being that this is one of the most beautiful places in all of New Zealand, you can expect some crowds. You can take your chances at finding a spot ...

    3.1 miles

  • Hike Roys Peak Track

    This is a very strenuous uphill hike, with very few level stretches along the way, so make sure you have a good level of fitness, and wear sturdy shoes to avoid blisters, as the way back down will be hard on your knees and feet. The track begins o...

    6.8 miles 4127.3 ft gain

  • Hike to Kitekite Falls

    A visit to Auckland's west coast isn't complete until you've had a swim at Kitekite Falls.An easy 40-minute drive from Auckland city, the walk to Kitekite Falls (pronounced key-teh key-teh) is at the end of Glen Esk Road. There's plenty of space t...

  • Hike to Te Waihou Springs

    There are two different ends to begin the walk. The one I suggest starts at the Leslie Road Carpark, about 20 mins from Matatmata. Though the entire 5 km track is absolutely stunning, the most popular section, being the Blue Springs, is less than ...

    2.9 miles 0 ft gain

  • Climb to Mueller Hut

    This trek begins in the gateway town of Mount Cook Village, which is a must-visit destination in its own right, and serves as the jumping off point for most Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park ventures. Drive to the White Horse Hill Campground (follow...

    6.4 miles 3000 ft gain

  • Explore Hobbiton

    The Hobbiton Movie Set is built into the hills of a private farm in Matamata, two hours south of Aukland. You can get your tickets online, in town, or right at the set. Peter Jackson and crew spent many months right here on the farm filming and bu...

    1 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike to the top of Mount Maunganui

    Mount Maunganui sits right on the water in the Bay of Plenty. Half the island rests on the open ocean, where the other half rises out of the bay. Driving in to the town, it's impossible not to see this massive piece of land jutting above the flat ...

    2.4 miles 757.9 ft gain

  • Explore the Mangapohue Natural Bridge

    Mangapohue Natural Bridge is about 30 kilometers past the infamous Glow Worm Caves in Waitomo. Continue on Te Anga Rd and you'll run into the beginning of the trail on the right. It's only about a 10 min walk out to the cavern so no need to worry ...

    1 miles 0 ft gain

  • Evening at Piha Beach

    The beautiful black sand stretches as far as the eye can see at Piha Beach. Just a short hour drive from nearby Auckland, Piha Beach makes for the perfect evening getaway.Hike to the top of Lion Rock (well almost the top...the last portion of the ...

  • Hike to Hooker Lake

    Once in Mount Cook Village follow the signs to the White Horse Hill Campground where you'll find the start of the Hooker Valley Track. Alternatively, you can camp in the campground and begin the hike before sunrise for the best experience. The sig...

    10 miles

  • Hike to Huka Falls

    This hike begins in the Spa Thermal Park and there is one clear path to follow. After a couple minutes there is a bridge that crosses over a small section of the lake. This section of the lake is formed by several hot pools and is a great place ...

    3.7 miles

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