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    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.

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    • Makarora, New Zealand

      Backpack the Gillespie Pass Circuit, New Zealand

      44.7 mi / 4266 ft gain
      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. My tramping companion and I decided to hike the route anticlockwise, although the trail can be traveled in both dir...
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    • Ataahua, New Zealand

      Hike to the Packhorse Hut and Mt. Bradley

      3.7 mi / 2460.6 ft gain
      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.After a long walk up Kaituna Valley you will arrive at the Packhorse Hut, a great place to stay the night and enjoy the views of...
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    • Mount Aspiring, New Zealand

      Backpack the Matukituki Valley

      24.9 mi / 4822.8 ft gain
      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. French Ridge Hut (1470m) and Liverpool hut (~1140m) are both about 40km return trips from the carpark, and each can b...
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    • Sandymount, New Zealand

      Explore 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. A short but steep (and scenic!) downhill hike is required to access the beach from the carpark, but once you make it down you'...
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    • Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

      Explore Lake Tekapo

      Are you looking for a good stop on the way to Mt. Cook or do you happen to be an astrogeek with a love for space and mountains and overall beautiful nature? The town of Lake Tekapo has everything you need to restock before Mt. Cook with views of the stunning and parallel Lake Tekapo. It is also a...
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    • Fox Glacier, New Zealand

      Explore Lake Matheson

      2.7 mi / 98.4 ft gain
      The Basics: Just a few kilometers outside the town of Fox Glacier, Lake Matheson provides stunning vistas in a mere 4.4 km return walk alongside a river, through dense foliage, and by expansive fields. Your adventure begins at a large carpark, complete with restrooms and a full-service cafe. This...
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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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    • Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

      Hike to Sealy Tarns

      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. After following this trail for around 10 more minutes, as it goes slowly uphill, you will come to the base of the steps...
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    • Charteris Bay, New Zealand

      Hike to the Summit of Mt. Herbert

      9.3 mi / 2985.6 ft gain
      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. The trail eventually emerges from the forest and begins climbing through pastures populated by sheep and cows.Follow the tr...
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    • Glendhu Bay, New Zealand

      Hike to Diamond Lake

      1.6 mi / 721.8 ft gain
      From the car park follow the well marked trail. You will continue gradually uphill for around 30 minutes before reaching Diamond Lake. You can continue past the lake for approximately 15 minutes to get to a viewing platform. This part of the trail winds steeply uphill in a combination of grave...
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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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    • Puhoi, New Zealand

      Paddle on the Puhoi River

      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. You'll find ample parking and an excellent launching area at the historic wharves just across from the Puhoi General Store (be sure to return he...
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    • Takaka, New Zealand

      Take a Stroll around Te Waikoropupu Springs

      1 mi
      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. You walk along some board walks over a little stream that flows beneath your feet. After winding through some forest, the track com...
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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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    • Kinloch, New Zealand

      Day Hike to Harris Saddle (Routeburn Track)

      14.3 mi / 2460.6 ft gain
      The Routeburn Track is world famous, and with good reason. But the because it is a through hike that requires multiple hut reservations and an expensive car-shuttle or two day bus ride to complete, many people feel overwhelmed or underprepared. This day hike options allows you a no-strings-attach...
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    • Half Moon Bay, New Zealand

      Explore Ohau Waterfall

      0.2 mi / 0 ft gain
      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 winter. They come here to hone the skills they will need on their own in the wild while their mothe...
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