Walking & hiking

Photo: Chris McLennan, Tourism New Zealand

Walking & hiking

From urban exploration, heli-hiking, city and coastal strolls to guided walks and New Zealand's famous Great Walks, you’re spoilt for choice here.

Incredible scenery, pristine fresh air, and space to let your mind unwind from everyday stresses – go beyond the road for a taste of New Zealand’s unique wilderness areas. With more than 8 million hectares (11.5% of the country) preserved in the national park system – featuring 12,000 kilometres of walking tracks and 1000 huts for overnight stays – you need to pull on a pair of hiking boots to truly discover New Zealand at its pristine natural best. Trails range from short scenic walks to multi-day hikes, or even ice or mountain climbs for the experienced.

Explore independently, or join a guided tour or walk – a good option for those less experienced in the outdoors and those wanting to try a more intense trekking experience. Taking the hassle out of organising food and transport, these also offer the advantage of an experienced escort who can explain local features and wildlife.

New Zealand offers amazing opportunities to get back to nature within just minutes of virtually any of its urban areas. A huge variety of short and medium-length walks are accessible by road, and some trails provide access for disabled visitors.



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