The Best Outdoor Activities in New Zealand

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Backpack the Routeburn Track

New Zealand / Routeburn Shelter

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.

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Hike Roys Peak Track

New Zealand / Roys Peak

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.

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Climb to Mueller Hut

New Zealand / White Horse Hill Campground

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.

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Hike to Hooker Lake

New Zealand / White Horse Hill Campground

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.

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Hike to Cathedral Cove

New Zealand / Cathedral Cove Trail

Cathedral Cove is an isolated beach on the Coromandel Peninsula in the small coastal town of Hahei.

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Explore Hobbiton

New Zealand / 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.

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Explore Hokitika Gorge

New Zealand / Hokitika Gorge

From the carpark follow the signs to the gorge. The trail goes through the forest for approximately 10 minutes downhill before reaching the swing bridge which spans the gorge.

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Hike to Te Waihou Springs

New Zealand / Leslie Road Carpark

There are two different ends to begin the walk. The one I suggest starts at the Leslie Road Carpark, about 20 mins from Matatmata.

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Backpack the Brewster Hut Track

New Zealand / Fantail Falls Trailhead

Twenty kilometers north of Haast Pass (568m/1864ft) there is a carpark for Fantail Falls, a beautiful waterfall with numerous rock cairns displayed at its base.

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Backpack the Kepler Track

New Zealand / Kepler Track Carpark

Important: In the Great Walks season (October till late April) bookings are required for campsites and huts - huts have gas cooking stoves and resident wardens. Check with local DOC before you go.

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Hike to Franz Josef Glacier

New Zealand / Franz Josef Glacier Trailhead

From the carpark take a quick walk through a green, forested area before making your way into the valley. Here you will get your first view of the glacier.

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Hike along Wanaka's Waterfall Creek Track

New Zealand / Millenium Track

The Waterfall Creek Track is a well-formed track without any major undulations that can be enjoyed by foot or bike.

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Hike the Abel Tasman Coast Track

New Zealand / Bark Bay

While the full track can take multiple days to complete, this adventure describes a section that can be completed in a long day hike. Leaving from Marahau, take a water taxi north to Bark Bay.

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Evening at Piha Beach

New Zealand / 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.

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Hike to Kitekite Falls

New Zealand / Kitekite Falls Walk

A visit to Auckland's west coast isn't complete until you've had a swim at Kitekite Falls.

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Backpack the Tongariro Northern Circuit

New Zealand / Tongariro Crossing Trailhead

Most people visiting Togariro National park do the 1 day Alpine Crossing. I opted to do the full circuit, a 27 mile hike that takes you all the way around the prominent summit of Mt. Ngaroe.

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Overnight at the Barker Hut

New Zealand / O'Malley's Track

Begin at Klondyke Corner if the Waimakariri is low or at the O'Malley's Track if the river is too high to ford safely.

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Hike to Ben Lomond Summit

New Zealand / Ben Lomond Track

Adventuring up to Ben Lomond's summit is an out-and-back day hike with views that are arguably more rewarding than some of those you get on New Zealand's Great Walks.

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Hike to Huka Falls

New Zealand / Spa Thermal Park

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.

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Hike Mt. Ngauruhoe & the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

New Zealand / Tongariro Crossing Trailhead

Starting at the Tongariro Crossing Alpine carpark Mangatepopo (1120 m) you walk passing by the Soda Springs (last toilet for a long time!) up to the South Crater which will take you about 2-2.5 hours.

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Backpack to Boulder Lake

New Zealand / Boulder Lake Carpark

The common route to Boulder Lake - via Brown Cow Ridge - begins at a small and slightly obscure trailhead near the town of Bainham which is approximately a 20 minute drive from the coastal town of Co.

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Climb Mount Earnslaw, Mount Aspiring National Park

New Zealand / Rees Valley Trailhead

Start at the Rees Valley Trailhead, approximately 30 minutes from Glenorchy. The trail begins as a dirt road that passes through grazing land and small tributary creeks that flow into the Rees.

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Hike to Tunnel Beach

New Zealand / Tunnel Beach Track, New Zealand

Dunedin is a small city on the Southeastern coast of the south island of New Zealand. The coastlines are stunning, and spending an afternoon exploring one of the beaches is never a bad idea.

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Catch the Sunrise at Kea Point

New Zealand / Kea Point Track

Wake before the sun rises and make the short half hour hike from the White Horse Hill Campground to Kea Point. This easy to follow trail leads to a beautiful overlook with views of Mt.

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Backpack to Adelaide Tarn

New Zealand / Boulder Lake Carpark

See "Backpack to Boulder Lake for the first half of this trip. From Boulder Lake Hut cross the stream in the direction indicated by the sign at the most advantageous point.

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Hike Arthur's Pass' Bealey Spur

New Zealand / Bealey Spur Trailhead

This moderately difficult climb affords amazing views of the Waimakariri River Valley as well as Bruce Stream.

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Climb the Buchanan Peaks above Lake Wanaka

New Zealand / Homestead Bay/Minaret Burn Track

From Wanaka-Mt. Aspiring Road, head west out of town and past Glendhu Bay (and Roy's Peak).

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Explore the Mangapohue Natural Bridge

New Zealand / 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.

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Hike to the Rob Roy Glacier

New Zealand / Raspberry Flats

Follow the Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd. west of Lake Wanaka. The pavement turns into a dirt road shortly after you drive around the lake.

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Camp on Alex Knob

New Zealand / Alex Knob

From Highway 6 on the New Zealand South Island's west coast, take the Glacier Access Road for 2km to where the signposted Alex Knob track begins. There will be a obvious parking lot on the right.

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Explore Nugget Point

New Zealand / Nugget Point, Catlins, New Zealand

This well maintained and large path is suitable for all ages and abilities, and offers amazing views of the cliff faces and ocean at all angles.

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Hike to Lake Marian

New Zealand / Lake Marian Trailhead

The track starts soon after the turnoff onto Hollyford Rd off the Milford Highway. The track begins with a bridge crossing over a river and then soon reached Marian Falls.

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Hike Isthmus Peak

New Zealand / Isthmus Peak Track

The Isthmus Peak Track is a 16km out-and-back hike to the summit of Isthmus Peak (1,385 meters), where you get great views of Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.

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Backpack the Pouakai Circuit

New Zealand / Egmont National Park Visitor Centre

The track starts at Taranaki / Egmont National Park Visitor Centre (North Egmont) and can be walked in either direction.

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Hike to the top of Wairere Falls

New Zealand / Wairere Falls Trailhead

Wairere Falls is located just ten minutes from Matamata. If you're in the area for the Hobbiton tour definitely make sure to take some time to hike the falls as well.

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Summit Mt. Taranaki

New Zealand / Mt. Taranaki Trail

Begin your hike at Egmont Visitor Centre at 960m above sea level and only 35 minutes from the coastal town of New Plymouth.

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Explore Marokopa Falls

New Zealand / Marokopa Falls Trail

Marokopa Falls is located right off Te Anga Rd in Waitomo. Most people visit Waitomo for the world famous Glow Worm Caves, but I encourage continuing on down the road to visit the falls.

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Explore the Moeraki Boulders

New Zealand / Koekohe Beach

Sunrise is a perfect time to come visit these boulders as you not only beat the crowds that flock to the beach later in the day but also get to watch the sun rise up behind the boulders.

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Hike and Climb at Castle Hill

New Zealand / Castle Hill Conservation Area Trailhead

Follow the footpath from the car park. You will quickly arrive at Castle Hill, famous for it's incredible array of giant limestone formations.

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Hike Lake Wanaka and Photograph the Famous Tree

New Zealand / Lake Wanaka Car Park (Roys Bay)

To begin this hike park in the lakeside lot on the west edge of town and begin walking counter-clockwise around Lake Wanaka.

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Camp at Moke Lake

New Zealand / Moke Lake

The drive to Moke Lake from Queenstown is only 14km but it takes about 30 minutes since you're on a dirt road for a good portion of it.

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Short Walk to Purakaunui Falls

New Zealand / Purakaunui Falls

From the car park, cross the road to the trailhead. Follow the trail through the forest for around 10 minutes. Right before the waterfall there is a short set of stairs down to a viewing platform.

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Camping on Lake Wanaka

New Zealand / Boundary Creek Campground

This is an awesome spot to stop and camp for the evening if you are traveling on the SH6 either west to the coast or east into Wanaka and beyond.

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Backpack to Lake Mavis

New Zealand / Devils Punchbowl Trailhead

DAY 1 Greyneys Shelter (SH73) – Goat Pass - 5h / 9km (5.6mi) / +400m (1300ft) The route starts here, near Greyneys Shelter on SH73, 5 km (3.1mi) south of Arthur’s Pass Village.

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Hike the Temple Basin Ski Field

New Zealand / Devils Punchbowl Trailhead

Arthur's Pass National Park is an extraordinary area of New Zealand's South Island, nearly untouched, with accessible trails into the mountain pass, which is part of New Zealand's "Southern Alps".

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Hike to the top of Mount Maunganui

New Zealand / Mount Maunganui Trailhead

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.

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Explore Muriwai Beach

New Zealand / Muriwai Beach

Muriwai Beach is located about 42km Northwest of Auckland at the Southern end of a 50km unbroken stretch of beach. It consists of staggering cliffs composed of sand, rock, and old volcanic material.

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Hike Mount Arthur and the Tablelands

New Zealand / Flora Car Park

Mount Arthur and the Tablelands are a unique and beautiful portion of Kahurangi National Park. The area is remote, making it perfect for astrophotography.

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Hike up Avalanche Peak

New Zealand / Devils Punchbowl Trailhead

There are actually two trails leading up to the summit: the Avalanche Peak Track and Scott's Track.

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Hike to Gertrude Saddle

New Zealand / Gertrude Saddle Track

The trail begins at the signposted car park along Milford Road just before the Homer Tunnel, about 98km from Te Anau. Follow the marked track through the valley and left, steeply uphill.

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Hike to Sealy Tarns

New Zealand / White Horse Hill Campground

From the car park follow the trail as it begins fairly flat on a gravel trail. After five minutes or so you will see a sign that points you, left, towards the Sealy Tarns track.

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Backpack MacPherson Creek to Lake Barra

New Zealand / MacPherson Creek

If you’re ready for an advanced challenge to suit any adventurous spirit and have the skills to navigate complicated terrain then the narrow MacPherson Creek drainage on the fringes of Mount Aspiring.

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Hike Brewster Track to Mt. Armstrong

New Zealand / Fantail Falls Trailhead

After a short walk from the Fantail Falls parking lot, the trail crosses the river to reach the beginning of the track. It's unlikely you'll avoid getting your feet wet.

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Hike to Whiskey Falls

New Zealand / Whiskey Falls

Whiskey Falls provides a great way to stretch the legs during a car trip. Or it provides a great day hike option if you are looking to explore the Nelson Lakes area.

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Swim in Kerosene Creek

New Zealand / Kerosene Creek

Located amidst New Zealand's vibrant volcanic zone, this favourite local gem lies approximately 29.

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Explore Peter's Pool

New Zealand / Franz Josef Glacier Trailhead

From the carpark for Franz Josef Glacier, Peter's Pool is signposted to the left near the toilets.

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Hike to the Blue Pools

New Zealand / Blue Pools Car Park

From the carpark the trail can easily be identified across the street.

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Sunset Hike Mount Eden

New Zealand / Mount Eden Trailhead

This brief hike up to the summit is perfect for any evening of your choice, providing an amazing 360 degree views, and of the downtown core.

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Backpack to Granity Pass Hut

New Zealand / Courthouse Flat

Once in Tapawera, follow the signs indicating Kahurangi National Park by way of the Wangapeka Valley.

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Explore Bridal Veil Falls

New Zealand / Bridal Veil Falls Carpark

The platforms overlooking the 55m falls from different angles offer unique perspectives of this natural feature.

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Explore Sandfly Bay

New Zealand / Sandfly bay

Sandfly Bay is one of the iconic beaches on the Otago Peninsula, and is home to a variety of New Zealand natives, including yellow-eyed penguins, sea lions and fur seals.

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Backpack the Matukituki Valley

New Zealand / W Matukituki Track

The West Matukituki Valley is a playground for those who love the outdoors. There are 2 sub-alpine huts, one on either side of the river, that make great backpacking destinations.

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Hike to the Summit of Mount Fox above Fox Glacier

New Zealand / Thirsty Culvert

The trail starts 3 km south of Fox Glacier Township. Take the Haast Highway until Thirsty Culvert, which has a small parking lot on the right side of the road.

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Hike the Mount Somers Track Circuit

New Zealand / Sharplin Falls Carpark

The Mount Somers circuit is a tough 26km adventure, but it rewards you with constantly changing but beautiful scenery.

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Hike the Rees Track to the Cascade Saddle

New Zealand / Muddy Creek Car Park

The Rees Track and Cascade Saddle Route is located in the heart of Mt. Aspiring National Park.

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Hike to Diamond Lake

New Zealand / Diamond Lake Trailhead

From the car park follow the well marked trail. You will continue gradually uphill for around 30 minutes before reaching Diamond Lake.

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Backpack the Gillespie Pass Circuit, New Zealand

New Zealand / Makarora Visitor Center

The small township of Makarora West is the kickoff point for this 3-5 day circuit that guides you through a strikingly beautiful and wild corner of the Southern Alps in New Zealand.

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Hike to the Cape Brett Hut

New Zealand / Cape Brett Track

If you’re in the Bay of Islands in Northland, then this adventure’s only going to take you one day to complete. If you’re not, the first thing you’ve gotta do is get the heck out of Auckland.

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Hike Cape Farewell

New Zealand / Cape Farewell

From the car park, it is only about a 10 minute walk up to the look out point for Cape Farewell. While this is a cool view, it is not worth the drive to just turn around at that point.

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Hike the Mercer Bay Loop

New Zealand / Mercer Bay Trailhead

Starting at the end of Log Race Road, just outside Piha, this well groomed loop track takes you along the cliff line above the Tasman Sea and back to the carpark.

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Winter Hike Ben Lomond Track

New Zealand / Skyline Gondola, Queenstown

In the summer, Ben Lomond is an easy rated track flooded with tourists. In the winter, the hike gets a complete makeover by the soft blankets of snow, especially closer to the peak.

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Hike to Wharariki Beach

New Zealand / Wharariki Beach TH, New Zealand

The very northern tip of the South Island in NZ lies one of the best beaches around. The hike into the beach is very straight forward, easy, and short.

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Climb Mt. Ollivier

New Zealand / White Horse Hill Campground

Start on the track from the White Horse Hill campground. Follow the track up almost 2,000 steps until you reach Sealy Tarns.

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Hike to Devils Punchbowl Falls, Arthur's Pass

New Zealand / Devils Punchbowl Trailhead

An awesome 1 hr return walk in natural New Zealand bush.

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Hike the Pineapple Track

New Zealand / Pineapple Track - Booth Rd.

From the car park, follow the trail as it begins to go uphill. The slope is fairly gradual at first.

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Hike the Taranaki Falls Loop

New Zealand / Taranaki Falls Trailhead

The walk starts with red tussock grass. After a short distance, you will walk into alpine shrub. The track up to the falls is a very gradual incline.

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Hike the Mount John Walkway

New Zealand / Lake Tekapo

From the lakefront, walk left until you reach the trailhead. It takes around 1-1.5 hours to walk it at an average pace.

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Hike to Lake Alta

New Zealand / Remarkable Ski Field

From Queenstown drive to the Remarkables Ski Field. The road features incredible views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, Shotover Canyon and the Southern Alps.

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Explore Milford Sound

New Zealand / Milford Sound Parking Area

Milford Sound can be explored by land or sea.

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Backpack to Tama Lakes

New Zealand / Tongariro Northern Circuit

The Tama Lakes trail can be walked easily as a day hike but we chose to overnight to escape the crowds (very popular hike) and fully enjoy the landscape, as well as the beautiful stars, sunrise and s.

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Backpack the Cape Reinga Coastal Track

New Zealand / Te Paki

This is a point-to-point trek so you can either begin at Te Paki Stream or the Spirits Bay campsite at Kapowairua. This description starts from the Te Paki Stream.

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Kayak Camp Abel Tasman NP

New Zealand / Marahau Launch Point

This beautiful national park can be explored by boat and/or by foot, so we decided to incorporate both before catching a jet boat back to Marahau.

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Hike to the Mount Victoria Lookout

New Zealand / Southern Walkway (via Oriental Parade)

The Mount Victoria walk takes you up to the Mt. Victoria look-out where you get to see amazing panoramic views of Wellington. There are several routes that will get you there.

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Hike to the Fox River Caves

New Zealand / Fox River Caves Trailhead

There are a few different options while exploring this track. The first is making your way all the way to the entrance of the caves.

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Backpack to Lake Angelus Alpine Hut

New Zealand / Mt. Robert Car Park

From the Mt. Robert car park, take the Pinchgut Track up to the Bushline shelter (approx. 1 hr 30 mins).

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Overnight Kayak the Queen Charlotte Sound

New Zealand / Waikawa Beach

For those who do not have their own kayaks, do not fear, there are different companies in the area that will rent kayaks and safety gear to you.

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Mountain Bike the Heaphy Track

New Zealand / Heaphy Hut

The following are recommended rides along this track. Browns Hut to Perry Saddle: 3-4 hrs, 17.5 km (10.8 miles) This ride is mostly a steady uphill through beech forest.

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Explore Ohau Waterfall

New Zealand / Ohau Stream Trail

Prepare yourself for the cutest walk you will ever go on! This short trail follows a stream filled with playful, furry, seal babies! Over a hundred seal pups come to Ohau Stream and Waterfall every w.

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Hike the Breast Hill Track to Pakituhi Hut

New Zealand / Breast Hill Track

From the road to Pakituhi Hut the track is a steady climb rising 400 meters on a formed zig-zag track to a small saddle.

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Backpack Silver Peaks Track

New Zealand / Silver Peaks

The trailhead is somewhat obscured on the side of the Mountain Track Rd - there is a sign that reads Silver Peaks Track. The rest of the trail is very well marked with orange posts and triangles.

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Hike to the Fox Glacier

New Zealand / Fox Glacier Carpark

From the carpark follow the well marked trail to the toe of the Fox Glacier. Do not stray from the trail as unstable ice and moraine can be very dangerous.

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Hike to Lake Rere

New Zealand / Caples Track, Greenstone 9372, New Zealand

The track begins from the Greenstone carpark. After walking for around 5 minutes, you will chose which direction you would like to complete the loop.

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Hike the Minaret Burn Track

New Zealand / Homestead Bay

The Minaret Burn Track starts at the end of West Wanaka Road at Homestead Bay, which many tourists (and locals!) unknowingly drive past on their way to Treble Cone, Diamond Lake and/or the Rob Roy gl.

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Hike to the Summit of Mt. Guy

New Zealand / Lake Clearwater Trail Head

Park at the Lake Clearwater trailhead where you are immediately greeted by some of the best alpine views in New Zealand.

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Watch the Sunset from the Waiho River Bridge

New Zealand / Waiho River Bridge

The Waiho River is a glacial fed river from the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier. The main road to get there is Highway 6, which becomes a long single-lane bridge when it crosses the river.

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Hike the Kaikoura Peninsula

New Zealand / Point Kean Viewpoint

From the Point Kean carpark head south up the paved walkway until you reach the Clifftop Walk. This trail will take you past East Head and Atia Point before it becomes the South Bay Lookout Walk.

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Summit Mount Doom

New Zealand / Mangatepopo Car Park

I may be crushin' dreams, but Mount Doom isn't actually the real name of the mountain Frodo climbed to destroy the ring (sorry LOTR fans), but the actual mountain does exist and it's called Mount Nga.

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Camp at Cascade Creek

New Zealand / Cascade Creek Campground

This campsite is just off the Milford Highway. There will be a sign for the Cascade Creek Campground exit. Follow the dirt road for several minutes before reaching the campground.

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Hike the Benmore Peninsula Track

New Zealand / Lake Benmore

The Benmore Peninsula track is approximately a 4km loop circuit and takes around 1.5 hours to complete. It is not a particularly physically demanding hike, but beautiful nonetheless.

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Camp on Urupukapuka Island

New Zealand / Otehei Bay

Urupukapuka Island is the largest island in the Bay of Islands, about a 3-4 hour drive from Auckland. From Russell or Paihia, the trip out to the island takes about 30-45 minutes.

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Hike around Lake Tikitapu

New Zealand / Blue Lake Rotorua

Lake Tikitapu is the smallest of the mountain lakes in the Rotorua area. Take Tarawera Rd about 9 kilometers and you'll run right into it.

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Hike the Waterfall Track

New Zealand / Waterfall Track

Relatively short day hike that involves a few stairs and bridge crossing brings you to a cool spot called Dog Stream Waterfall at the end of the Waterfall Track.

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Day Hike to Harris Saddle (Routeburn Track)

New Zealand / Routeburn Shelter

The Routeburn Track is world famous, and with good reason.

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Hike Mt. Fishtail

New Zealand / Mt. Fishtail Trailhead

This is a brutal ascent and decent. I am not going to sugar coat this one. You do get the reward at the top, but you are working for it.

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Bike and Hike the Port Hills (Christchurch)

New Zealand / Summit Road Car Park

Park on the west side of Summit Road near Dyers Pass Road to unload your bicycle or start on the Crater Rim Track.

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Hike to the Summit of Mt. Herbert

New Zealand / Orton Bradley Park

Begin at the trailhead at the end of the gravel road in Orton Bradley Park. The trail follows a stream through an impressive forest of Beech, Kauri, Eucalyptus and Cypress.

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Hike or Bike the Karetai Track

New Zealand / Karetai Track

This track starts at the end of Tomahawk Road (by Smaills beach) and climbs 200 meters uphill over its 2km one-way length.

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Hike the St Arnaud Track in Nelson Lakes NP

New Zealand / Kerr Bay Car Park, Nelson Lakes NP

Park in the Kerr Bay Car Park and take a moment to enjoy views from the iconic Kerr Bay Dock.The well signed track starts just to your left.

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Hike The Snout Track

New Zealand / The Snout Car Park

This great track is located just outside of downtown Picton, offering very easy accessibility and a great place to get a little hike.

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Explore Katiki Point Lighthouse

New Zealand / Katiki Point Lighthouse

From the car park, the trail leads in two directions. Following the track to your left will take you down to a penguin hide overlooking the coast.

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Hike the Avalanche Peak - Crow River Valley Traverse

New Zealand / Punchbowl Road

The beginning starts with the popular day hike climb up Avalanche Peak in Arthur’s Pass, NZ. You can view that route on the Outbound here.

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Summit Mt. Stokes

New Zealand / Mt. Stokes Trailhead

The real adventure is driving to the start of this track.

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Backpack and Kayak to Blue Lake

New Zealand / Lake Rotoroa

This lake has the clearest visibility fresh water found anywhere in the world with visibility between the 70-80 meter range.

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Hike through Sawcut Gorge

New Zealand / Sawcut Gorge

Driving on Hwy 1, just south of a little town called Ward, roughly 48km south of Blenheim, there is the turn off onto Ure road.

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Bike along the Clutha River

New Zealand / Hawea River Swingbridge

The Upper Clutha River track and Newcastle track can be joined to form a great ~28km loop that I highly recommend as a long run or a fun mountain bike ride.

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Explore Lake Matheson

New Zealand / Lake Matheson Carpark

The Basics: Just a few kilometers outside the town of Fox Glacier, Lake Matheson provides stunning vistas in a mere 4.

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Climb Mt. Wakefield

New Zealand / Hooker Corner

The route begins on Tasman Valley Road right after it crosses over the Hooker River heading towards the Tasman Valley.

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Kayak to Lady Bowen Falls in Milford Sound

New Zealand / Milford Sound Parking Area

There are multiple options for getting to Milford Sound.

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Hike to Mount Aicken Summit

New Zealand / Mount Aicken Trail

The trail starts at the carpark to the famous Devils Punchbowl Falls and heads up towards the falls themselves before taking a turn up and to the right.

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Hike the Lewis Pass Tops Route

New Zealand / Lewis Pass

Park at the well marked Saint James Walkway Car Park. You will find the Lewis Pass Tops Trail Head across the street.

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Hike to the Summit of Mt. Fyffe

New Zealand / Mt. Fyffe Car Park

From the car park follow the old road grade which eventually narrows into a hiking path. At about the halfway point you will pass the Mt. Fyffe hut, a popular overnight destination.

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Take a Stroll around Te Waikoropupu Springs

New Zealand / Te Waikoropupu Springs

The walk around Te Waikoropupu springs is a very easy, flat walk that anybody can do. As you leave the carpark, you do a little bit of descent down towards the water.

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Hike the Forest Journey

New Zealand / Forest Journey

This track is located just outside of Hanmer springs, and is the perfect afternoon or morning walk.

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Hike to Harwood Hole

New Zealand / Harwood Hole Trail

Getting to this hike is a bit of a drive. It is 11km off of HWY 60, just north of Motueka. The road is unsealed, and quite narrow at points.

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Hike the Trig M Trail

New Zealand / Starvation Gully Trailhead

The hiking trail first ascends a hillside to about 1,500 meters. It then follows the crest of a ridge in a southwest direction until you reach the "trig", a marker used in geographical survey.

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Mountain Bike to Boundary Creek Hut

New Zealand / Boundary Creek Hut

The track to Boundary Creek Hut follows an old 4WD track for about 9 km () with minimal height gain on the way in.

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Climb Mt. Cloudsley

New Zealand / Hogsback Trailhead (Castle Hill Village)

Park at the Hogsback Trailhead in Castle Hill Village. Follow the Hogsback trail by staying to the right at both upcoming "Y" intersections.

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Hike Lagoon Saddle

New Zealand / Lagoon Saddle

Round trip about 5 hours including stops to enjoy the views and take pictures, it was a perfect day hike in the full sun compared to the rest of the park.

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Winter Overnight in Lake Angelus Hut

New Zealand / Mt. Robert Car Park

This is a popular and crowded route in summer months, but in winter you could have this 28 bunk hut with a stove all to yourself!Begin by climbing switchbacks to the summit of Mt Roberts and then fol.

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Overnight Cruise the Milford Sound

New Zealand / Milford Sound Parking Area

If you are ever visiting New Zealand's south island, I cannot implore you more to consider doing the overnight cruise of the Milford Sound via Real Journeys.

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Hike to Robert's Point (Franz Josef Glacier)

New Zealand / Franz Josef Glacier Trailhead

This trail is one of my favorite in New Zeanand. It wasn't so much 'built' as it was 'discovered'. The trail follows natural erosion and clean exposed flows of glacier carved granite walkways.

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Hike to the Mt. Brown Hut and Mt. Brown Summit

New Zealand / Mount Brown Track

This trail is unique in that it is community run, solely by volunteers.  The track starts at a signposted car park just short of an hour east of Hokitika.

10 Saves

Hike to Summit of Mount Bealey

New Zealand / Mount Bealey Trailhead

The hike to Mount Bealey starts in the town of Arthurs Pass at 750m above sea level.

10 Saves

Backpack the Valley of the Trolls

New Zealand / The Valley of The Trolls Trailhead

The Valley of The Trolls can be accessed from the head of Lake Harris, off the Routeburn track. The trail in the valley is a lot tougher going than the well maintained Routeburn track.

10 Saves

Hike to the Summit of Mt Sunday

New Zealand / Mt Sunday Car Park

From the car park follow an old road track / stream bed until it narrows into a scenic walking track. Cross the swing bridge and ascend the south side of the mountain to its picturesque summit.

9 Saves

Backpack the Dusky Track

New Zealand / Dusky Track Southern Terminal

The Dusky Track is a tough and extraordinarily beautiful multi-day hike in central Fiordland. The trail is a one-way hike, with both the northern and southern terminal usually being accessed by boat.

9 Saves

Walk in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens

New Zealand / Christchurch Botanic Gardens

From the parking lot walk along any paved walkway until you spot a posted map (they're all over the place) then plan your day's adventure around the parks many attractions.

9 Saves

Hike up Botanical Hill

New Zealand / Botanic Sports Field

The starting point of this hike is the Botanical Reserve in Nelson. Park your car on the Hardy Street East. You can get to the reserve over a footbridge from the end of Hardy street.

8 Saves

Hike to Foggy Peak Summit

New Zealand / Foggy Peak Carpark

The Foggy Peak trail is an unmarked path leading from the carpark at the top of Porters Pass to the summit of Foggy Peak.

8 Saves

Hike to the Summit of Treble Cone

New Zealand / Treble Cone Ski Field

If you're in Wanaka, you cannot miss this hike. If the ski area is closed for the season you can still hike there but please check in with the Treble Cone Office in Wanaka.

8 Saves

Hike to Key Summit

New Zealand / The Divide Carpark

In the Fiordland National Park, the Key Summit sits at the beginning of one of New Zealand's Great Walks, The Routeburn Track.

8 Saves

Hike Mt. Cheeseman

New Zealand / Hogsback Trailhead (Castle Hill Village)

Follow the Hogsback Track until you reach the clearing just after the Waterfall Creek crossing. Hike through the clearing towards the toe of Mt Cheeseman's east ridge.

8 Saves

Hike to the Summit of Mt. Isobel

New Zealand / Waterfall Track / Mt Isobel Car Park

Start at the Waterfall Track Car Park. Follow the Waterfall Track along Dog Stream and through thick beech forest until the intersection with the Mt. Isobel Track (all intersections are well signed).

8 Saves

Paddle and Camp at Lake Taupō!

New Zealand / Motutere Campground

It lacks salt, but Lake Taupō is quickly becoming one of the favorite places to visit on the weekends. An easy 3.

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Hike to the Packhorse Hut and Mt. Bradley

New Zealand / Kaituna Valley Trailhead

Park at the trailhead and begin the trail by crossing through farmland. As always be respectful of the property owners and animals, and close any gates you walk through.

7 Saves

Backpack the Magical Earnslaw Burn

New Zealand / Earnslaw Burn Parking Area

Once you identify the parking area (Right turn off Glenorchy Paradise Road just before crossing the Earnslaw Burn, park a the bend in the road.

7 Saves

Hike Foggy Peak and Castle Hill Peak

New Zealand / Porters Pass Car Park, NZ

Park in the gravel roadside parking area at the highpoint of Porters Pass. Follow the faint use path up the lower scree slopes of Foggy Peak northward towards the summit.

7 Saves

Bike Tour Renwick Wineries

New Zealand / Renwick Winery Bike Tour

The starting point for this adventure is anywhere in Renwick, New Zealand. We just parked on a side street off the beaten path where they did not have any parking restrictions.

7 Saves

Mountain Bike the Old Ghost Road

New Zealand / Lyell Trailhead, New Zealand

The Old Ghost Road is an intermediate-advanced backcountry single-track mountain bike trail in New Zealand. It takes 1-4 days to complete, with most people doing the ride in two days.

7 Saves

Explore Lake Pukaki

New Zealand / Lake Pukaki Information Center

Mount Cook (Aoraki), the highest mountain in New Zealand, lies on the Northern base of Lake Pukaki - this will definitely be good. Getting there all depends on where you're coming from.

7 Saves

Hike to Queenstown Hill

New Zealand / Queenstown Hill Carpark

This is a great hike while you're in Queenstown to see a gorgeous view of the area if you have a few hours to kill. The hike is very well marked with lots of information boards on the area.

6 Saves

Hike the Summit Track on Rangitoto Island

New Zealand / Rangitoto Island Ferry Terminal (Auckland)

Starting from the Auckland Ferry Terminal (-36.842505, 174.767258), jump on the Fullers Ferry to Rangitoto Island (-36.786279, 174.858345).

6 Saves

Backpack to the Waimak Falls Hut

New Zealand / Arthur's Pass Village

Begin this two night (one night option) tramping trip from the Bealey Bridge over the Waimakariri River – approximately 8 kilometers south of Arthur’s Pass.

6 Saves

Climb to Homer Saddle, Fjordland NP

New Zealand / Homer Tunnel Carpark

This route is not marked, riddled with loose rock, and requires climbing on narrow exposed ledges.

5 Saves

Climb Mount B'Limit

New Zealand / Temple Basin

Begin your adventure by hiking up the Temple Basin Ski Field access trail. Continue beyond the Ski huts to the upper basin below Mt Temple and B'Limit.

4 Saves

Paddle on the Puhoi River

New Zealand / Puhoi River Launch

This 8km paddle (one way) begins in the quaint Bohemian village of Puhoi (-36.512036, 174.661521) nestled in-between the scenic hills north of Auckland.

4 Saves

Ride the Craigieburn Mountain Bike Trails

New Zealand / Craigieburn Mountain Bike Trails

Being a cloudy and gray day in Christchurch, we decided to pack the bikes up and drive the 100kms on SH73 up to the Craigieburn Forest Park. There are several entrances to the tracks.

4 Saves

Hike Tongariro Alpine Crossing

New Zealand / Tongariro Crossing

To anyone who has seen The Lord of the Rings then you will have a little extra incentive for going on this one of a kind trek through Mordor (Northern New Zealand in reality).

4 Saves

Mountain Bike Punga Cove to Anakiwa

New Zealand / Picton Water Taxi

The easiest way to get to Punga Cove to start this ride is parking in Picton and getting a water taxi for you and your bike out to Punga Cove.

3 Saves

Hike to the Ben Nevis Summit in New Zealand

New Zealand / Ben Nevis Car Park

First thing first, you definitely need a 4WD to reach the car park. The gravel road starts at the beginning of the Pig valley rd.

3 Saves

Hike to Hamilton Peak's Summit

New Zealand / Craggieburn Valley Trailhead

Park at the Craggyburn Valley Trailhead for a longer, more scenic hike, or continue driving to the Ski Field Parking at the road's end.

3 Saves

Hike to Signal Hill Lookout

New Zealand / Signal Hill Lookout Carpark

Let's be honest, there's a carpark right in front of the vista, but we can make it fun too! Dunedin is an amazing city and I had the honor of living there for 5 months when I studied at the Universit.

3 Saves

Rock Climb at Unwin Crag

New Zealand / Unwin Lodge

Getting to the Unwin Crag can be more of an adventure than the rock climb itself. You can park at the Unwin Lodge or at the car park at the bottom of the crag.

3 Saves

Hike or Bike the Glendhu Bay Track

New Zealand / Ruby Island Road Car Park

This walk can also be started from the waterfront in Wanaka, which is only a few km from the track start above.  From the car park, follow the track along the lake north.

2 Saves

Whale Watch in Kaikoura

New Zealand / Whaleway Station Rd, Kaikoura

A couple hours north of Christchurch, New Zealand sits the very small tourist and fishing town of Kaikoura.

2 Saves

Walk the Truman Track in Paparoa National Park

New Zealand / Truman Track

Just a couple miles north of the Punakaiki Beach Camp in Paparoa National Park along the West Coast of New Zealand is this very short yet very rewarding walk.

2 Saves

Explore the Dunedin Botanic Gardens

New Zealand / Dunedin Botanical Garden Carpark

I may be bias, but the Dunedin Botanic Garden has always been one of my favorite places. The city of Dunedin holds a lot of "first" for New Zealand.

2 Saves

Hike to Stephens Bay

New Zealand / Little Kaiteriteri Beach

The Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand is pretty famous for it's beaches, but just to the South of it is beautiful Kaiteriteri and it's stunning coastal walks.

2 Saves

Backpack to the Welcome Flat Hut

New Zealand / Copland Valley Track

The Welcome Flat Hut is more of a local destination than a tourist one. Franz Josef and Fox Glacier both see heaps of visitors on any given day, mainly for small-scale adventures.

1 Saves

Hike the Ridge Walking Track

New Zealand / Ridge Trailhead

The trail for this hike starts next to the bathrooms that are about 150m down the road (south) from the Whakapapa Visitor Center.

1 Saves

Hike the Rakaia Gorge Walkway

New Zealand / Rakaia Gorge Walkway

This 150 km long Rakaia River starts in the Southern Alps and continues east to be an awesome feature of the Canterbury Plains. The track isn't too long - a great day trip.

1 Saves

Backpack to Carrington Hut

New Zealand / O'Malley's Track

With peaks rising thousands of meters on every side of you and a wide-open valley to tramp in, the hike to Carrington Hut does feel quite like you're walking in a movie set.

1 Saves

Rappel the Kaumira Canyon

New Zealand / Mt. Nimrod Trailhead

The Kaumira Canyon is a deep, narrow gorge in the mid-Canterbury plains. Although not covering a very large distance, the array of technical features will take a while to navigate.

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