New Zealand is the ultimate hiking destination. The country features 950 hiking huts, over 8,000 km of walking trails maintained by DOC (the Department of Conservation) and 14 National Parks spanning 5 million hectares; one third of the country is protected for the enjoyment of kiwis and travellers alike.
When hiking, you may be heading into areas with quickly changing conditions so caution is always advised, and as a responsible hiker you should always be well-equipped. But you can easily undertake self-guided walks in New Zealand as the signage is excellent, and it is a really great way to escape the tourist trail and explore nature without feeling too solitary.
The walks we talk about below follow the concept of freedom hiking; where as an independent traveller or as a part of a small group you undertake multi-day walks at your own pace with nearly no constraints.
Banks Track is incredibly varied; from the elevated farmland at the start of the track that overlooks Akaroa and the Caldera, to the bays we passed through to end up in the bush. This walk is well-known amongst locals but escapes the attention of most overseas tourists.Find out more
This itinerary is destined for any hiker who likes to have basic creature comforts while they undertake multi-day walks. We've also included some great adventures on the water and up in the air!Discover More
Thanks for your arrangements for our trip to New Zealand, Carolyn. What a fabulous place and great people! The b&bs were terrific, particularly Carol and Craig in Lake Tekapo. T... - John Larson, USARead all reviews