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Treks and Walks

walks in New ZealandOver 30% of New Zealand is officially National Parks and reserves, so there is never a shortage of walking and hiking opportunities. Ranging in length from the short walks of up to a day long, to the extended multi-day tracks, you will always enjoy the closeness of New Zealand nature. Walks are found everywhere, from the city greenbelts to the remote high country.

Some of the tracks in the South Island such as Milford Track and Routeburn Track are open only from late October through to Late April and are restricted by the winter weather. However most tracks can be walked year round. The multi-day tracks offer guided walks with all cooking and accommodation provided in communal huts. These huts have the luxury of bunks, water and often cooking facilities. The alternative is to sleep out in a tent.

Abel Tasman Coast Track
This is the busiest of the Great Walks and follows the full length of the Abel Tasman National Parks coastline.  It is a 51km easy walk taking 3 - 5 days, that takes you through golden sandy beaches and coastal forests allowing most walkers plenty of time for swimming and exploring.  Due to the reasonably mild climate it is possible to walk this track anytime through out the year.  There are several access points including Wainui, Totaranui and Marahau.  There are carparks located at each accesspoint and local accomodation is available as well as bus services, taxis and boat services.  There are four huts along the track and 21 campsite aswell as a DOC serviced campground and visitors centre.  The Abel Tasman National Park is also ideal for snorkelling, sailing and sea kayaking.  

Heaphy Track
The Heaphy Track winds through Kahurangi National Parks diverse scenery of lush forests, palm beaches and expansive tussock grasslands . It is 81km 4-6 day walk on well developed tracks suitable for most people.  There are 7 huts with water, heating and toilets and 10 campsites spread along the track that runs between the Brown and Aorere Rivers.

Kelper Track
This track is located in the South west of the South Island near Te Anau and Manapouri.  It is a moderate to high level walking track taking you in a loop through alpine grasslands, forests and glacial valleys over 3-4 days and 67km. There are three huts and 2 campsites.  The track is accessible from the Lake Te Anau control gates or is a 45 minute walk from the Fiordland National Park Visitors Centre.

Lake Waikaremoana Track
The Lake Waikaremoana Track can be done at anytime of the year and is located in Te Urewera National Park through magnificent forested scenery and along the lake shores allowing plenty of opportunity for swimming and fishing. This 4-5 day walk is 46km long and offers 5 huts and 5 campsites.

Milford Track
The Milford Track is an alpine journey that takes you over suspension bridges, by waterfalls and swimming holes and is one of New Zealands most popular hikes, taking you from Te Anau Downs to Milford Sound.  It is a 4 day 53km walk with 3 huts en route and during the booked walking season of October - April you must follow the provided intinery to allow for the numbers that pass through.

Rakiura Track
This track is located on Stewart Island and takes you on a loop that can be comforatably tramped in 3 days.  It takes you along open coast through forest and inlets before returning you to Half Moon Bay.  There are two huts and three campsites along this track.

Routeburn Track
The Routeburn Track is a stunning alpine walk that takes you through Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks.  This track allows you to do either part or all of the 33km stretch and offers views of Mt. Somnus, North Col and Mt. Nereus, the Darren Mountains and the Hollyford Valley along the way with 4 huts and 2 campsites.

Tongariro Northern Circuit
This track winds its way over Mount Tongiriro and around Mount Ngauruhoe passing through stunning volcanic land forms and glacial valleys.  You can do day and overnight trips or complete the curcuit staying at the 4 huts over the 4-5 day journey.  It is safest and most often walked during the summer months when the track is free of snow.

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