The Best Walks In New Zealand
The two big islands that makeup New Zealand are home to some of the most beautiful scenery on Earth. This amazing country contains some of the most untouched and unfettered wilderness in the world, trekking in New Zealand will allow you to experience it up close and personal. On top of all this, the country is inhabited by some of the most unique and interesting wildlife you’ll ever have the opportunity to see.
Tramping, the New Zealand term for hiking offers an authentic and exciting New Zealand adventure. Wildlife in this country developed in isolation from the rest of the world, giving birth to incredible biodiversity and leading the way for its unique flora and fauna. There is no better way to see all of these things than to load up a backpack and set out on a trekking expedition.
New Zealand has thousands of hiking trails set up to allow easy access for trekkers, as well as almost a thousand back-country huts that are maintained by the government supplying shelter to weary hikers. These walking tracks make New Zealand an ideal place for trekking and it’s no surprise that the country gets a steady stream of travellers from all corners of the globe.
If you do decide to take an adventure holiday in New Zealand, these are a few of the places that will provide you with a rewarding and memorable experience.
Abel Tasman National Park
Perched on the north end of the South Island, this is one of New Zealand’s smallest national parks, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in excitement and adventure. The most popular trek is the Abel Tasman Coast Track, a 32 mile trail that takes you along the New Zealand coast. The park is also home to the Abel Tasman Inland Track, which is a less well-known but incredibly beautiful path taking you along the coast and deep into the forest.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
This a much shorter track, spanning just over twelve miles but taking you around Mt. Tongariro, the volcano that gives this track its name. This terrain has been described as moon-like, and the three active volcanoes here ensure that you’ll return home with a lasting memory. This can be done as an independent hike, but like most of the great New Zealand trails, you can easily arrange a guided tour to make sure you experience everything this park has to offer.
Famously called “The Finest Walk in the World” the Milford Track is roughly thirty miles of the most untouched and beautiful terrain in New Zealand. It is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the country, and for good reason. The trail takes you over wetlands, past mountains and across lands that make you think that you’ve crossed into JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth. The region of the country is highly regulated, ensuring everyone gets the opportunity to witness its extreme beauty.
Of course, this is just a small sample of all the places to see and explore while travelling to this country. Over 30% of the landmass is under some degree of protection so there are no shortage of exciting destinations to explore while trekking in New Zealand.