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New Zealand Walks and Trails Highlights

New Zealand walks and trails offer an experience never to be forgotten. The simple action of putting one foot in front of the other is a way to feel the landscape through the soles of your feet. By having physical contact with the environment, you let it affect you. The sensations and scents of cool forest, rushing rivers, sun-warmed rock and salt-washed sand have the power to refresh and rejuvenate your spirit.

New Zealand walks and tramping tracks are located throughout the country, many are freely open to the public around lakes, towns and through conservation parks. Other walks are on private land and require permits or permission to walk them. Find professional Tour Guides for Tramping, Hiking and Bush Walks and take the stress out of exploring New Zealand's unique off the beaten track destinations.

Popular Walking Tracks and Trails

These are some of New Zealand's best-loved walking tracks and trails.

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand
Vineyard, Central Otago
Photographer: David Wall
(www.davidWallPhoto.com)

Waipara Valley Vineyard Trail - Canterbury

Developed proudly by the Hurunui Trails Trust is the newly opened Waipara Valley Vineyard Trail. This trail is located in Waipara Valley, a sub region of the Hurunui District...keep reading about this walk

Clyde Wine Region - Central Otago

Central Otago, now the fastest growing wine region in New Zealand and known for its award winning Pinot Noir...keep reading about this walk

Otago Goldfields Heritage Trail - Central Otago

The Otago Goldfields Heritage Trail offers a year-round opportunity to appreciate the golden heritage of the Otago region...keep reading about this walk

Otago Central Rail Trail - Central Otago

The Otago Central Rail Trail is a unique recreational facility rich in history. Popular with walkers, mountain bike and horse riders...keep reading about this walk

Rocky's Goldmine Trail - Coromandel

A summary of scenic highlights in and around the Coromandel, including birdlife, scenery and local history...keep reading about this walk

Kauaeranga Valley - Mountain Biking - Coromandel

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Mountain biking in the Coromandel, New Zealand
Mountain biking in the Coromandel
Photographer: Chris McLennan
(www.cmphoto.co.nz)

There's no better way to see the Kauaeranga Valley than by mountain bike...keep reading about this walk

Karangahake Walkway - Coromandel

The Karangahake Gorge and Walkway links Paeroa with Waihi, following the old Paeroa-Waihi railway...keep reading about this walk

Top of Mount Cargill - Dunedin

Some of the most spectacular views of Dunedin and the surrounding area are those from the top of Mount Cargill...keep reading about this walk

Tunnel Beach Walkway - Dunedin

Tunnel Beach, a strikingly different Dunedin walkway, with sea-carved sandstone cliffs, rock arches and caves...keep reading about this walk

Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail - Dunedin

The Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail includes isolated beaches, rugged coastline, local history, fossilised forest, and Hector's dolphins...keep reading about this walk

Cook's Cove - Eastland

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Tolaga Bay Wharf, Eastland, New Zealand.
Tolaga Bay Wharf, Eastland
Photographer: Ian Trafford
(www.iantraffordphotos.com)

On the trail of Captain Cook - Cook's Cove and Tolaga Bay...keep reading about this walk

Mahia Peninsula - Eastland

Find a slice of heaven on the Mahia Peninsula...keep reading about this walk

Milford, Hollyford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks - Fiordland

Spectacular views and wilderness experiences on the Milford, Routeburn, Kepler, and Hollyford walking tracks...keep reading about this walk

Lake Tutira - Hawkes Bay

Lake Tutira is an idyllic picnicking and camping spot. Includes the Tutira Walkway, bird sanctuary, swimming, and trout fishing...keep reading about this walk

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve - Marlborough

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve is a quaint little spot of paradise with a wide range of walking tracks...keep reading about this walk

Wairau Plain Wineries - Marlborough

The Wairau Plain, home to the largest grape growing area in New Zealand...keep reading about this walk

Queenstown Wine Trail - Queenstown

Explore the wineries throughout the Queenstown region on the Queenstown Wine Trail...keep reading about this walk

Tongariro Crossing - Ruapehu

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Tongariro Crossing, Ruapehu, New Zealand
Tongariro Crossing, Ruapehu
Photographer: Rob Suisted
(www.naturespic.com)

The Tongariro Crossing, a one-day hike that does it all; alpine meadow, mountain summit, stunning volcanic features...keep reading about this walk

Hiking Trails - Tongariro National Park - Ruapehu

There are a number of scenic hiking trails around the Tongariro National Park, from a just one hour to five days...keep reading about this walk

Purakaunui Falls - Southland

A variety of walks leading to waterfalls and caves with stunning views at the reflection lake...keep reading about this walk

Catlins River Walk - Southland

Highlights of the Catlins including the Catlins River Walk, Curio Bay Petrified Forest, Slope Point, and Waipapa Point Lighthouse...keep reading about this walk

Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track - Southland

Find nature and history on the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track, New Zealand's newest walking track...keep reading about this walk

Waiohine Gorge - Wairarapa

Waiohine Gorge, Lake Wairarapa, Tararua Forest Park - enjoy walks and bird watching...keep reading about this walk

Rob Roy Glacier Track - Wanaka

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
Lake Wanaka
Photographer: Bob McCree
(www.bobmccreephotos.co.nz)

An exceptional day walk that takes you into the alpine zone in just a few hours...keep reading about this walk

The Clutha, Lake Wanaka - Wanaka

The Clutha River outlet, at the south-eastern tip of Lake Wanaka, is popular with fishermen, families, joggers and cyclists...keep reading about this walk

Haast Pass - Wanaka

Haast Pass - spectacular scenery from Wanaka thru to the West Coast...keep reading about this walk

Mauao's Base Track - Mt Maunganui

Mauao's Base Track Walk is one of New Zealand's most popular and best loved walks. This gently undulating 3.4 kilometre track winds around the base of Mt Maunganui and takes about 45 minutes to traverse...keep reading about this walk

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NZ's most experienced adventure tour operator.

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