tongariro crossing

New Zealand is home to stunning and diverse landscapes, mountains, lakes & beaches. Although there are many hiking trails to choose from, there are 9 Great Walks that have been voted as the very best!

Each of the Great Walks offer Guided or Self Guided options along with lodge or hut style accommodation along the way. These walks are not for the faint hearted, ranging from 2 to 6 days.


5 of the 9 Great Walks are located in New Zealand's South Island, along with the 6th hiking trail located on Stewart Island (at the very bottom of the country)! Apart from Abel Tasman National Park, all of the south island trails are mountainous and weather dependent - hence require extensive pre planning.

Milford Track
53km, 5 to 6 day walk through Fiordland National Park finishing in the iconic Milford Sound.


Kepler Track
The Kepler Track is a 60km, 3 - 4 day loop track through the Fiordlands.

Kepler Track, New Zealand (57)

Routeburn Track
Linking Mt Aspiring National Park with the Fiordlands, this trail is a 3 day 39km walk.

Humboldt Mountains, South Island, New Zealand

Heaphy Track
The longest of the tracks, the Heaphy Track is 78km and takes 4 to 6 days to complete. The trail will guide you along the North Western coastline of New Zealand's south island.

James Mackay Hut - Heaphy Track

Abel Tasman Track
50 km of coastal trails - stunning!


Rakiura Track
The very 'end of the world' trail - this 3 day walk is on Stewart Island.

Stewart Island Rakiura Track 2104

Tongariro Northern Circuit
Home of Mt Doom! 43km. 3 - 4 days. Volcanoes.

tongariro crossing two peaks tnz

Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Ruapehu - the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Both peaks were used in the filming of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. CREDIT: Visit Ruapehu, TNZ

Lake Waikaremoana
On the Eastern side of New Zealand's north island, this trek will take 3 - 4 days at 46km.

Lake Waikaremoana

Whanganui Journey
A 5 day, 145 km trek that will need a canoe or kayak to complete.

Whanganui River001

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