The Abel Tasman Coast Track takes you across golden beaches and lush coastal native bush. It includes a river crossing and the chance for a refreshing swim on the way. It takes three to five days to walk the full 60km, or take water taxis in and out of different points and walk in between.
The Routeburn Track is perhaps our most famous walk, bringing in visitors from all over the world. It is 32km and takes in mountains, meadows and alpine gardens over two to four days’ walking. Or just walk in for the day from either Glenorchy or Te Anau.
Take in views of the beautiful Banks Peninsular by following the Bridle Path across the Port Hills, 2.4km one way. Walking the 4.8km return trip will take you about two hours.
Central North Island
Tongariro Alpine Crossing is heralded as the best one-day trek in New Zealand. It’s 19.4km, including some steep climbs, but the awe-inspiring scenery makes it worth it.
The North Shore Coastal Walk is handy for city dwellers, and is a great day’s exercise. At 23km, it takes about seven hours to finish.
The Cape Brett Track is 16.3km one way through native and regenerating bush. You’ll have the chance to spot dolphins and seals as you walk along cliff faces with spectacular coastal views.
The Putangirua Pinnacles are an hour and 50 minutes out of Martinborough and their otherworldly beauty led to them being featured in Lord of the Rings. The walk is 7km and takes about three hours to complete.
Lake Waikaremoana, Te Urewera National Park