New Zealand Great Walks

Experience our New Zealand Great Walks. Explore, experience and enjoy Lord of the Rings spectacular scenery throughout backcountry New Zealand. See spectacular views of the Milford Track, Routeburn Track, Abel Tasman Coastal Track, Dart Rees Track, Kepler Track, Heaphy Track and Stewart Island tracks.

Shelter Rock Hut Dart Rees
New Zealand Great Walks

Our New Zealand backcountry environment offers New Zealanders and every tourist visitor something for every age and fitness level with a range from backpacking trips, adventure touring through to mountaineering trips. Backcountry New Zealand hikes is committed to responsible travel and environmental sustainability.

Come and see spectacular views of the Milford Track, Routeburn Track, Kepler Track and Stewart island tracks.

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Great Walks are the Department’s premier walking tracks, through areas of some of the best scenery in the country. The huts and tracks on the Great Walks are of a higher standard than other tramping tracks, and many of the Great Walks have booking systems to manage visitor pressure.

Mt Luxmore Hut Kepler Track
Totaranui Beach

New Zealand FlagAbel Tasman Coastal Track

The Abel Tasman Coastal Track is a 51 kilometre, easy to moderate walking track that passes through a picturesque landscape of coastal forests and golden sandy beaches. All streams are bridged and most people can walk it in 3 – 5 days with plenty of time to explore.

New Zealand FlagHeaphy Track

Heaphy Track crosses a range of landscapes in Kahurangi National Park, from the junction of the Brown and Aorere Rivers, over expansive tussock downs to the lush forests and roaring sea of the West Coast.

Heaphy Track Bridge Crossing

New Zealand FlagKepler Track

Kepler Track, a 60 kilometre, moderate walking track that takes three to four days to complete. It traverses lake edges, beech forest, alpine mountain tops and a U-shaped glacial valley.

Forest Burn Kepler Track
Lake Waikaremoana

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Lake Waikaremoana – a Magnificent forested scenery and plenty of opportunity for swimming and fishing are features of the walk.

New Zealand FlagMilford Track

Milford track is described as “the finest walk in the world”, the track extends for 54 kilometres from the northern end of Lake Te Anau to Sandfly Point near Milford Sound. It is renowned for its glacially carved valleys, alpine flowers and waterfalls.

Lake Wakatipu Queenstown

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The Routeburn Track is a 32 kilometre, two to three day, a moderate tramping track which links Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks via the Harris Saddle (1,277 metres). Features of the track include waterfalls, forested valleys, rich birdlife, lakes and spectacular mountain scenery.

New Zealand FlagRakiura Track Stewart Island

Rakiura Track, Stewart Island is a 29 kilometre, 3-day tramping track suitable for anyone with moderate fitness. It can be walked year round.
Rakiura ( Stewart Island)
Tongariro Alpine crossing looking towards Mt Ngauruhoe

New Zealand FlagTongariro Crossing (1-day Alpine walk)

The Tongariro Northern Circuit ( Crossing)winds its way over Mt Tongariro and around Mt Ngauruhoe. This walk passes through unique and stunning landforms which include volcanic craters and glacial valleys.

New Zealand FlagWhanganui Journey

The Whanganui River winds its way from the mountains to the Tasman Sea through countless hills and valleys. Lowland forest surrounds the river in its middle and lower reaches – the heart of Whanganui National Park.