Hiking in New Zealand

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 in New Zealand, 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.

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  • Walking with kids in NZ

    5 Amazing Day Walks for Families in New Zealand

    New Zealand is home to some, if not many, of the most stunning hikes in the world. We've selected 5 amazing day walks for families which are perfect for kids from the age of 6 or 7 upwards.

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  • Whareama Coastal Walk

    Whareama Coastal Walk

    The Whareama Coastal Walk is a fantastic 2 or 3 day fully catered New Zealand walking experience over private farmland and isolated Wairarapa coastline on the East Coast of the North Island.

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  • Kaikoura Coast Track

    One of our guides Clara explores this great 3 day walk - an eco-tourist project and a great way for hikers to discover the stunning Kaikoura region.

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  • Glamping on the Hollyford Track

    The Hollyford Track is the ideal walk for those who want to mix glamour and tramping, or "glamping" as this has become known

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  • Our Honeymoon in New Zealand

    In 2003 we first came to New Zealand on our honeymoon. We wanted a nice combination of comfortable exploration, a bit of hiking in more simple conditions and then a last few days at the beach that were a little more luxurious.

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  • Walking Cape Brett: From Bush to Sea

    New Zealand has a few walks which for some reason "fly under the radar". And yet, once you have walked them, you can't help but wonder why. Cape Brett belongs to this category.

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  • The Banks Track: A Local Secret

    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.

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  • The Tongariro Crossing

    The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered to be the most stunning day walk in New Zealand. Here is our guide to the best way to do it.

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  • Walking the Milford Track

    The Milford Track is the most well-known of New Zealand's great walks but can be challenging to many. Here's our guide and recommendations.

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  • Walking the Kaipara Track

    Situated north of Auckland, the Kaipara Track offers walkers of all levels a fantastic experience with great accommodation along the way

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