NEW ZEALAND'S GREAT 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.