The Great Outdoors of NZ
Take a deep breath of clean New Zealand air and get ready to experience the ultimate outdoor adventures in an unforgettable landscape that’s out of this world!
Walking can be one of the most rewarding ways of seeing the outstanding beauty of the landscapes and wilderness areas that any country has to offer. About one third of New Zealand's sparsely populated land has been set aside in national parks or reserves for the enjoyment of the public and increasing numbers of eco-tourists.
New Zealand’s Great Walks, day hikes, short walks and other tracks should be a ‘must do’! Many follow historic byways and pass iconic natural wonders, or offer encounters with unique wildlife such as kiwi, penguins and fur seals. An enviable hut network, peaceful nature campsites and lodges make for truly memorable overnight stops.
With thousands of kilometres of tracks, walking options are available to suit all levels of fitness and experience. You can choose to walk day walks for a few hours or a day or plan a multi-day hike through national parks, native forests and stunning coastal regions. Many follow historic byways and pass iconic natural wonders, or offer encounters with unique wildlife such as kiwi, penguins and fur seals. An enviable hut network, peaceful nature campsites and lodges make for truly memorable overnight stops.
Short hikes or day walks are everywhere and easily fit into travel itineraries. Beautiful nature walks are right on the doorstep of our cities and towns and in just a few hours, you can experience some of the best New Zealand scenery. Walk any trail independently or simply book walking holidays with a local tour provider to see New Zealand at its best - by foot.
Walking New Zealand’s Te Araroa Trail
Te Araroa - 'The Long Pathway' The ultimate New Zealand hike
When the 3000-kilometre Te Araroa – The Long Pathway was completed in New Zealand in December 2011, it became one of the world's longest walking trails. It begins at Cape Reinga, the very northern tip of New Zealand, and finishes in Bluff. It winds along beaches, across mountain ranges, through volcanic landscapes, over farmland and down rivers taking in some of this country’s most spectacular landscapes.
Te Araroa is the ultimate 5-month New Zealand experience, but also offers section tramps lasting anything from a few days to a week or more, and many attractive day or overnight walks. It is a different kind of trail from the traditional back-country tramping tracks. Te Araroa connects settlements, townships and cities. It's a corridor that encourages social and economic transactions en route – for marae stays and other cultural experiences, also food and accommodation. The track corridor showcases a wide variety of New Zealand experiences - natural, cultural, and historic.
Te Araroa’s boundaries are the natural boundaries of New Zealand itself. It starts and is brought to a natural halt against the sea. En route it explores New Zealand’s tombolos, its volcanoes, its range and mountain uplift, its rivers, lakes and valleys. Successful long trails overseas generally have a geographic and geological unity. Te Araroa’s variety is underpinned by the mightiest geology of all – tectonic plate subduction. When walking New Zealand, you are walking also the Pacific Plate boundary or – at least sometimes – along the Rim of Fire.