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  • 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.

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    • Mount Earnslaw, New Zealand

      Hike the Rees Track to the Cascade Saddle

      5.0
      33.6 mi / 4921.3 ft gain
      The Rees Track and Cascade Saddle Route is located in the heart of Mt. Aspiring National Park. This backpacking trip brings together 2 different routes to make a unique and awesome trip through stunning mountain scenery, alpine vegetation, past the Dart Glacier, and over the unforgettable Cascade...
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    • Westland National Park, New Zealand

      Hike to Robert's Point (Franz Josef Glacier)

      5.0
      7.6 mi / 1640.4 ft gain
      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.You will enjoy thick, green rainforest, the reflective water of Pete's Pond, and a few long swinging brid...
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    • Kaikoura, New Zealand

      Hike the Kaikoura Peninsula

      5.0
      4.3 mi / 196.9 ft gain
      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. When you reach car park at trail's end turn back the way you came and descend the stairs near East He...
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    • Dunedin, New Zealand

      Hike the Pineapple Track

      5.0
      From the car park, follow the trail as it begins to go uphill. The slope is fairly gradual at first. Once you enter the trees it begins to get steeper and continues to climb until you are above tree line. You then begin to get views of the city and the harbor, along with mountains in the far dist...
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    • Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

      Hike the Waterfall Track

      4.0
      2.5 mi / 1500 ft gain
      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. While the waterfall itself is cool, the hike itself is pretty great. Steady climb up to the 41 meter waterfall, offering some great vie...
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    • Queenstown, New Zealand

      Ben Lomond Track via Skyline Road

      5.0
      25.88 mi / 3107 ft gain
      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. Although the snow makes the route significantly more challenging, the views afforded are phenomenal and the trail i...
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    • Cattle Flat, New Zealand

      Hike the Minaret Burn Track

      8.7 mi
      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 glacier. The start of the track is signposted and trail times to Colquhouns Beach (2-3 hrs; 7km) and...
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    • Westland National Park, New Zealand

      Explore Peter's Pool

      From the carpark for Franz Josef Glacier, Peter's Pool is signposted to the left near the toilets. The walk takes you through a fern and beech forest, eventually dropping you in front of the gorgeous and reflective Peter's Pool. Snap a few photos and then return the way you came or continue along...
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    • Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand

      Hike Brewster Track to Mt. Armstrong

      5.0
      5.6 mi / 5577.4 ft gain
      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.The track heads up through the steep and rooted slopes until you break treeline after several thousand feet of elevation gain. N...
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    • Anakoha, New Zealand

      Summit Mt. Stokes

      2.9 mi / 2044 ft gain
      The real adventure is driving to the start of this track. While driving along the Queen Charlotte Drive, the little town called Linkwater has the access road the Mahau and Keneperu Sounds via the Keneperu Road. Warning: There is no petrol along the Keneperu Road, so if you are running low, I woul...
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    • Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand

      Backpack MacPherson Creek to Lake Barra

      5.0
      7.5 mi / 5249.3 ft gain
      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 National Park may grab your interest. Diving in from the MacPherson Creek bridge on the Haast Roa...
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    • Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand

      Valley of the Trolls

      1.9 mi / 1312.3 ft gain
      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. The valley floor will quickly become a swampy bog after a rain.  Getting to the trail is easily done about 300 ...
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    • Westland National Park, New Zealand

      Hike to the Summit of Mount Fox above Fox Glacier

      5 mi / 3430 ft gain
      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. Start early in the morning to miss the almost daily afternoon fog. The trail climbs relentlessly through a lush rain forest. The route is...
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    • Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

      Hike the Forest Journey

      2 mi
      This track is located just outside of Hanmer springs, and is the perfect afternoon or morning walk. Don't plan on this taking a whole day as the longest loop takes an about 90 minutes, if you are taking your time and enjoying it all. There are clear signs that guide you on this amble through the ...
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    • Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand

      Backpack to Lake Angelus Alpine Hut

      7.6 mi / 3987 ft gain
      From the Mt. Robert car park, take the Pinchgut Track up to the Bushline shelter (approx. 1 hr 30 mins). This beginning portion of the track is steep, with numerous switchbacks that will have you questioning whether you really need everything in your pack. The panoramic views of Lake Rotoiti are ...
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    • Waikawa, New Zealand

      Overnight Kayak the Queen Charlotte Sound

      5.0
      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. They will also help you with route planning and weather conditions to ensure that you have the best trip possible. I used a company called Sea Kayak Adv...
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