Backpack New Zealand’s Best “Great Walks” and Tramping Trails

Explore New Zealand's stunning and diverse backcountry by sampling from its nine “Great Walks” and its hundreds of long and short walking trails throughout the country, served by convenient huts and campgrounds, experiencing that special “Kiwi hospitality” and amazing local food and wine in its vibrant towns and cities.

Aotearoa, “land of the long white cloud”, New Zealand:   vast alpine vistas of shimmering waterfalls, golden-green sheep-dotted hills overlooked by snowy crags, deep fiords carpeted with ancient podocarp and tree fern forests, sweeping white-sand beaches with turquoise water, exotic native birdlife…and friendly, down-to-earth, welcoming people.  New Zealand is a nirvana for trekkers who love a physical challenge while surrounded by staggering unspoiled scenery.  For backpackers the country offers nine “Great Walks” – premier walking tracks of two to seven days length that pass through the full range of the country’s diverse and spectacular scenery, have well-equipped staffed huts, well-formed trails and convenient transport services, and can generally be booked in advance – as well as hundreds of long and short walking trails throughout the country with basic ‘first-come-first-served’ huts and campgrounds conveniently scattered along their length.  Public bus and private transport services link the country’s towns and cities with parks, trailheads and major sights, accommodations come in a diverse range from inexpensive to luxurious but always with special “Kiwi hospitality”, and the food and wine scene is surprisingly excellent.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Global Adventures
  • Seasons: January, Year-round, February, March, April, November, December
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous/Very Strenuous
  • 7,000 ft
  • Land Manager: Land Manager TBD
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 16
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