New Zealand is a walking-trekking paradise
of pristine landscapes.
When you think of New Zealand you automatically think of walking
or tramping as Kiwis call it. Millions of visitors
have enduring memories of beautiful walking tracks and
comfortable huts in New Zealands backcountry. Tramping
routes are accessible to everyone, and there are 100 Visitor
Centres throughout the country that can provide maps and
pamphlets covering local short walks, tracks in national parks
and forest parks, as well as Great Walks in magical wilderness
areas. Altogether there are around 12000 kms of tracks and 1000
Walking in New Zealands world famous wild places like
glaciers, fiords, volcanoes, alpine valleys, and dense
rainforests, you can be unconcerned about dangerous animals,
reptiles or insects. There is absolutely nothing that can attack
you. Furthermore the climate is quite mild and pleasant in
lowland areas. However, alpine regions demand good preparation
and an allowance for weather contingencies.
The most popular track is the Abel Tasman Coast Track followed by
the famous Milford Track, which has often been described as the Finest Walk in the World. The Routeburn Track also
offers stunning scenery, as does the Kepler Track, Waikaremoana
Track and the Tongariro Crossing. The Hollyford Track is an
inspiring wilderness route that extends from the mountains to the
sea. Many visitors preplan a circuit around both main islands
travelling from one Great Walk or Forest Park track to another.
You can choose to tramp independently carrying a pack, or join a
guided walk where accommodation and meals are provided.
With all New Zealand outdoor trips the emphasis is on an
interactive, hands-on, genuine nature experience. In this clean,
green, eco-friendly country a wilderness tramp can easily be the
highlight of your holiday.
(also see Great Walks)