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  • The Best Fitness in New Zealand

    Looking for the best fitness in New Zealand? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around New Zealand. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

    Top fitness spots in and near New Zealand

    • Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

      Climb to Mueller Hut

      6.4 mi / 3000 ft gain
      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 the signs for the Hooker Valley) and park in the ...
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    • Tauranga, New Zealand

      Hike to the top of Mount Maunganui

      2.4 mi / 757.9 ft gain
      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 town and ocean around it.Once you have found parki...
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    • Piha, New Zealand

      Hike the Mercer Bay Loop

      0.9 mi
      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. The Mercer Bay Loop guarantees access to some stunning scenery, and has plenty of accessible spots to stop and take pictures, have lun...
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    • Egmont National Park, New Zealand

      Summit Mt. Taranaki

      10.6 mi / 4921.3 ft gain
      Begin your hike at Egmont Visitor Centre at 960m above sea level and only 35 minutes from the coastal town of New Plymouth. As this hike will take approximately 8 hours, it is advised to make an early start.The first section of the climb is a 4WD track from which you can see the perfect symmetry ...
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    • Lake Okareka, New Zealand

      Hike around Lake Tikitapu

      3.4 mi / 0 ft gain
      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. There is a huge lawn to the right that you can park on if the lot at the shore is full.The beginning of the 5.5 kilometer trail starts on the right hand side ...
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    • Bainham, New Zealand

      Backpack to Boulder Lake

      22.4 mi / 3937 ft gain
      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 Collingwood in the Tasman region. The trailhead only accommodates parking for perhaps two vehicles -...
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    • Staveley, New Zealand

      Hike the Mount Somers Track Circuit

      16.2 mi
      The Mount Somers circuit is a tough 26km adventure, but it rewards you with constantly changing but beautiful scenery. From the start at the Sharplin Falls carpark, the trail immediately climbs upward through lush forest. As soon you reach a highpoint, you descend again to cross the river (via a ...
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    • Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

      Hike the Mount John Walkway

      From the lakefront, walk left until you reach the trailhead. It takes around 1-1.5 hours to walk it at an average pace. The track is on privately owned land, so expect for sheep to be nearby at all times.You can mountain bike the trail if you wish to. The trail varies from long, drawn out section...
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    • Christchurch, New Zealand

      Walk in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens

      2 mi / 0 ft gain
      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. Some of my favorite places to visit include the Cunningham House, the Heritage Rose Garden, the New Zealand garden area, and...
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    • Ashburton Lakes, New Zealand

      Hike to the Summit of Mt. Guy

      6.2 mi / 2139.1 ft gain
      Park at the Lake Clearwater trailhead where you are immediately greeted by some of the best alpine views in New Zealand. The hiking track follows the lake shore around the west end before breaking off to the right and ascending Mt Guy in typical New Zealand fashion, without switchbacks. After a l...
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    • Christchurch, New Zealand

      Bike and Hike the Port Hills (Christchurch)

      Park on the west side of Summit Road near Dyers Pass Road to unload your bicycle or start on the Crater Rim Track. Alternatively you can hike up from the valley on the (west to east) Bowenvale, Huntsbury, Mt Vernon, Rapaki or Bridle Tracks, all of which are shared use bike/hike tracks.Once you ar...
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    • Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

      Hike to Key Summit

      5 mi / 1640.4 ft gain
      In the Fiordland National Park, the Key Summit sits at the beginning of one of New Zealand's Great Walks, The Routeburn Track. This half-day walk to easily accessible off of the Milford Road from the Divide Carpark, one of the access points to the popular backpacking trip. A toilet is available h...
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    • Saint Arnaud, New Zealand

      Hike the St Arnaud Track in Nelson Lakes NP

      3.4 mi / 3668 ft gain
      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.The lower section of the walk crosses moraine terraces deposited by past glaciers while gaining very little elevation. The track cuts through a lovely beech ...
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    • Tapawera, New Zealand

      Backpack to Granity Pass Hut

      10.4 mi / 4593 ft gain
      Once in Tapawera, follow the signs indicating Kahurangi National Park by way of the Wangapeka Valley. The road winds, becomes gravel, and narrows before it dead-ends at Courthouse Flat where you'll find picnic tables and restrooms. Begin the trek by following either the ridge or the Blue Creek Tr...
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    • Fox River, New Zealand

      Hike to the Fox River Caves

      4.6 mi / 492.1 ft gain
      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. The second is making your way to where the trail splits, one way heading up towards the cave, and the other abruptly ends at a big river crossing. The third is to m...
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    • 9 Trout Pool Road, New Zealand

      Hike the Okere Falls Track

      1.5 mi
      Yeah, you heard right. If you don't want to take on the world's largest commercial whitewater rafting waterfall, Tutea Falls (7m), then you can take a nice and easy walk instead! (More info on rafting at the end for the interested adrenaline junkies.) Okere Falls is 20km north of Rotorua, to the ...
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