Blaze a trail

Take a hike or get on your bike this win­ter and ex­plore some of New Zealand’s stunning scenery

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Walk­ing and bik­ing tracks to take you all over the coun­try

Ki­wis are blessed with a wealth of ways to ex­plore the great out­doors. As well as Te Araroa (an epic tramp­ing route stretching from Cape Reinga to Bluff), we have nine Great Walks and 22 Great Rides (which com­prise Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cy­cle Trail), not to men­tion all those other not-classed-as-great-but-stil­la­maz­ing paths to fol­low.

Most of th­ese trails (apart from a few pri­vate ones) are free to ex­pe­ri­ence and vis­i­tors need only cover ac­com­mo­da­tion and trans­port costs. You don’t have to be an experienced cy­clist or hiker ei­ther – be­gin­ners can opt for eas­ier day walks, or stay in bou­tique lodges and have their packs trans­ported on overnight tramps.

A num­ber of tracks are open dur­ing win­ter, while others can be booked ahead for spring. Take a look at some of our favourite jour­neys over the page and start plan­ning your next ad­ven­ture.

The Hooker Val­ley Track in Ao­raki/mount Cook Na­tional Park.

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