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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.

milford track

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

the kepler track

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

routeburn track

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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.

heaphy track

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Abel Tasman Track
50 km of coastal trails - stunning!

abel tasman track

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

rakiura track stewart island

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

tongariro crossing

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

lake waikaremoana

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

whanganui journey

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For more information on New Zealand's Great Walks: www.newzealand.com
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