NEW ZEALAND'S GREAT WALKS

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - World’s Best Day Walks -

New Zealand of­fers some of the most en­joy­able walk­ing in the world. The lo­cals call it ‘tramp­ing’, and it is pos­si­bly the na­tion’s favourite pas­time. Although there are plenty of multi-day hikes on of­fer, it’s pos­si­ble to take in the beauty of the coun­try’s many na­tional parks on a guided day walk. Here, Aud­ley's spe­cial­ists share their rec­om­men­da­tions. Pouakai Cross­ing By Sara-jane Still­well

Lo­cated on the west­ern side of New Zealand’s North Is­land, this 19-kilo­me­tre cir­cuit tra­verses ridges, wet­lands and forests, and skirts the twin peaks of Mount Taranaki ( pic­tured). It’s pos­si­ble to walk the whole day and only see a hand­ful of other ‘tram­pers’ on this track.

Tongariro Alpine Cross­ing By Ru­pert San­ford-scutt

One of New Zealand’s of­fi­cially ti­tled ‘Great Walks’, this North Is­land hike takes you through 19 kilo­me­tres of ac­tive vol­canic to­pog­ra­phy. On a clear day, you’ll see cin­dery craters, lakes of vary­ing out­landish colours, and land­scapes that look like the moon’s sur­face.

Hooker Val­ley Track By Olivia Poole

This ten-kilo­me­tre re­turn walk is over flat ter­rain. You'll cross swing bridges and see glacial ice­falls and lakes. The track ends at ice­berg-strewn Hooker Lake at the foot of Mount Cook (Ao­raki). It also makes a lovely spot for lunch. Botanists, take note: the world’s largest but­ter­cup is here.

Abel Tas­man Coastal Track By Emily Sum­mer

Me­an­der­ing the South Is­land’s Abel Tas­man Na­tional Park, you can take a scenic cruise to a part of the track and walk back to the trail­head in a day. You can even add in some kayak­ing, or ex­tend your hike into a multi-day walk by stay­ing in lodges or huts en route.

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