Guidebook

New Zealand's Great Walks

Incredible landscapes, an abundance of nature and exposure to unique cultural heritage, there is a reason why New Zealand's Great Walks are known throughout the world.

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Description

New Zealand's Great Hikes have earned global repute as nine remarkable trails across North, South and Stewart Islands. Indeed, the most famous of the nine, the Milford Track, is often referred to as 'the finest walk in the world'.

Their reputation is deserved.

Covering everything from soaring alpine peaks to glassy fjords, dense rainforests to rugged coastline, the Great Walks offer an opportunity to venture deep into the heart of this spectacular country.

Needless to say, fame of these trails attracts thousands of hikers every year. During the Great Walks season (October - May) booking ahead is essential, particularly for the more famous tracks. And while they are often open out of season, conditions can vary enormously and significant hiking experience is recommended for those attempting the trails in winter.

Those who do take on the challenge, whichever hike they choose, are guaranteed a truly rewarding - and memorable - adventure.

Milford Track
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Milford Track

Milford Track
1 day +
55.6 km
2,401 m
2,467 m
Boasting ancient rainforests, glacial valleys and spectacular views, it's easy to see why the Milford Track is often called the 'the finest walk in the world'.
Moderate
Private
Kepler Track
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Kepler Track

Fiordland National Park
1 day +
57.3 km
2,259 m
2,259 m
A 60 kilometre loop which passes through some of New Zealand's most impressive scenery (and that's saying something) close to the small town of Te Anau in the Fjordland region of the South Island.
Moderate
Private
Routeburn Track
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Routeburn Track

Fiordland National Park
1 day +
31.6 km
1,720 m
1,663 m
Possibly the most famous hike in The Long of the White Cloud, this is New Zealand at its very finest.
Moderate
Private
Rakiura Track
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Rakiura Track

1 day +
37.0 km
1,266 m
1,266 m
A true island adventure - thick forest, stunning coastline and an abundance of history make the Rakiura Track a beautiful hike through the heart of Stewart Island.
Easy
Private
Lake Waikaremoana Track
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Lake Waikaremoana Track

1 day +
47.8 km
2,375 m
2,287 m
From dense rainforest to sheer cliff faces, the Lake Waikaremoana is a stunning, and remote, four day hike in the heart of the North Island.
Difficult
Private
The Paparoa Track
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The Paparoa Track

1 day +
51.5 km
2,385 m
2,083 m
A multi-day hike that takes in rainforests, alpine peaks and breathtaking views aplenty.
Difficult
Private
The Heaphy Track
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The Heaphy Track

1 day +
73.6 km
2,135 m
2,261 m
One of New Zealand's most challenging Great Walks, the Heaphy Track is a stunning multi-day hike through diverse terrain.
Difficult
Private
Abel Tasman Coastal Track
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Abel Tasman Coastal Track

Abel Tasman National Park
5 - 6 hrs
22.1 km
824 m
829 m
If sandy beaches, beautiful forests and a warm climate sound like your thing, this 60 kilometre adventure is the hike for you.
Moderate
Private
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

5 - 6 hrs
19.6 km
808 m
1,174 m
Traverse active volcanoes in New Zealand's oldest national park.
Difficult
Private