“With lux­ury lodges to stay in and water taxis avail­able to trans­port your lug­gage, the Queen Charlotte Track is one of the coun­try’s more man­age­able overnight tramps”


Alps 2 Ocean

New Zealand’s “longest con­tin­u­ous ride” be­gins in Ao­raki/mount Cook and de­scends 600m to Oa­maru, past lakes, moun­tains and lime­stone cliffs. The ride (which takes four to eight days) is part of Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cy­cle Trail, and is suit­able for all ages and abil­i­ties – those with less time or lower lev­els of stamina (such as kids) can ride sec­tions of the track. Ac­com­mo­da­tion ranges from back­packer hos­tels to lux­ury lodges and ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude fish­ing, vine­yard vis­its and blue pen­guin spot­ting. Visit alp­s2o­cean.com.

Kauaeranga Kauri Trail

If you’re look­ing for a day or overnight tramp with chal­leng­ing climbs, great views and a large, well-ap­pointed hut to rest in, try the Kauaeranga Kauri Trail. This steep track leads to the summit of the Pin­na­cles in Coro­man­del For­est Park, Waikato. The fi­nal sec­tion of the walk in­cludes mildly ter­ri­fy­ing ver­ti­cal as­cents on lad­ders, but it’s worth tack­ling for the spec­tac­u­lar views at the top.

The track and hut have been closed for re­pairs dur­ing win­ter and are set to re-open in late Oc­to­ber. Search ‘Kauaeranga Trail’ on doc.govt.nz.

Abel Tas­man Coast Track

Through na­tive bush and across tidal la­goons and golden beaches, this track fol­lows the coast­line of the Abel Tas­man Na­tional Park. It’s one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, which are clas­si­fied as “eas­ier” multi-day tramps. The park, just north of Nel­son, is stunning, with plen­ti­ful bird life and a cou­ple of fur seal colonies. Tram­pers have the op­tion of stay­ing in camp­grounds, huts or lodges. The track is open year round, with the full walk tak­ing three to five days. If you only want to ex­pe­ri­ence a sec­tion of the track, you can water taxi or kayak be­tween points. Go to doc.govt.nz/ abeltas­man­track.

Mon­tana Her­itage Trail

Auck­land has a num­ber of beau­ti­ful walks within easy reach of the city, including a col­lec­tion which tra­verse the Waitakere Ranges. The 8km Mon­tana Her­itage Trail, in Cas­cade Kauri Re­gional Park, leads to the largest re­main­ing stand of ma­ture kauri trees in the re­gion. As well as im­pres­sive trees, there are amaz­ing views, a hid­den wa­ter­fall and a va­ri­ety of birds to spot. The track, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Mon­tana Wines and Auck­land Coun­cil, is a good op­tion when you have half a day to kill and a han­ker­ing to get out of the city. Search ‘Mon­tana’ on auck­land­coun­cil.govt.nz.

Queen Charlotte Track

You can walk or cy­cle this track, which tra­verses the land be­tween Queen Charlotte and Keneperu Sounds in Marl­bor­ough. With lux­ury lodges to stay in (or camp­grounds and home­s­tays if you pre­fer) and water taxis avail­able to trans­port your lug­gage, it is one of the coun­try’s more man­age­able overnight tramps. The trip is part of Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cy­cle Trail, and takes two to three days to cy­cle or three to five days to walk. It’s open year round, with one sec­tion closed to cy­clists dur­ing the sum­mer. Visit qc­track.co.nz.

Lake Waikare­moana

Take a three- or four-day walk around pic­turesque Lake Waikare­moana in Te Urew­era, home of the Tūhoe iwi.

The track winds half­way around the lake, with high­lights including views from Panekire Bluff and the mag­i­cal Korokoro Falls. Guided op­tions are avail­able, including one with Te Urew­era Treks, on which Tūhoe guides share the area’s unique cul­ture and history. The walk is open year round, with ac­com­mo­da­tion avail­able in huts or camp­sites. Search ‘Waikare­moana’ on doc.govt.nz.

Tora Coastal Walk

A pri­vate track such as Tora Coastal

Walk on the Wairarapa coast of­fers more com­fort than most pub­lic walks. The fully catered, three-day walk is on pri­vate farm­land and crosses river val­leys and ridges of­fer­ing beau­ti­ful views of the coast. There are rus­tic cot­tages and lodges to stay in, with much of the food (which is de­liv­ered) grown by the hosts. The track can be walked from Oc­to­ber through to April. Some ac­com­mo­da­tion is also avail­able dur­ing win­ter, from which you can walk parts of the track. See tora­coastal­walk.nz.

Auck­land cy­cle loop

Auck­land’s grow­ing cy­cle net­work is help­ing to make the city eas­ier and more fun to ex­plore. Te Ara I Whiti, the award-win­ning ‘Light­path’, gives rid­ers (and walk­ers, scooter rid­ers and skaters) the chance to fly through the sky on a bright pink path­way. The path con­nects the Grafton Gully and Nel­son Street cy­cle­ways, and is part of a cy­cle loop which now con­nects a large sec­tion of the cen­tral city. The fi­nal sec­tion of the loop is set to be com­pleted by the end of the year. See bikeauck­land.org.nz.

White­cliffs Walk­way

Taranaki’s dra­matic coast­line can be ex­plored on the White­cliffs Walk­way.

The track uses a route cut through the for­est when the Auck­land to Ka­puni gas pipe­line was laid. There are var­i­ous day walks to choose from, including a seven-hour tramp to Mt Mes­sen­ger or a three-hour coastal op­tion. Dis­cover Taranaki of­fers a guided walk com­plete with bou­tique ac­com­mo­da­tion, or you can en­joy the walk by yourself. The walk is on pri­vate land and is closed from July to the end of Septem­ber each year for the lamb­ing sea­son. Search ‘White­cliffs’ on doc.govt.nz or visit dis­cover­taranaki.nz/ white­cliffs-walk.

Four Peaks High Coun­try Track

Ex­pe­ri­ence life on a high-coun­try sheep sta­tion when you ex­plore the Four Peaks Track in South Can­ter­bury. The pri­vate three- or four-day trail can be cy­cled or walked, or you can BYO horse if you hap­pen to have one. Ac­com­mo­da­tion is in cosy up­graded shep­herds’ huts that date as far back as the 1860s. The track is open from November to April with ac­cess lim­ited to 10 peo­ple per day, which makes this walk a per­fectly peace­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. • Visit walk­fourpeaks.co.nz.

The pri­vate Tora Coastal Walk of­fers views over the Wairarapa coast.

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