New Zealand's Great Walks are acclaimed around the world. Make the most of them. For more details on the walks, go to doc.govt.nz.
Glorious views from Panekire Bluff and the sheer drop of Korokoro Falls make this a rainforest wander to inspire.
A 46km one-way intermediate tramp over 3-4 days.
Tongariro Northern Circuit
The Great Walk that's nearest to Auckland, this part of New Zealand is stunning even when Ruapehu isn't exploding. You'll go past glacial valleys, native beech forests, alpine meadows and volcanic landscapes. But it's the stunning emerald lakes you'll long remember.
A 43.1km loop, with 3-4 days of intermediate tramping.
The odd one out: Here's a great walk where you're mostly paddling. After kayaking or canoeing the Wanganui River, a forest walk leads you to the Bridge to Nowhere. On this walk you'll stay at at Tieke Kainga, the only DoC hut that is also used as a marae.
An 87km or 145km one-way journey over 3-5 days.
Abel Tasman Coast Track
A wonderful tramp that takes you from forested tracks to golden sand beaches. The 47m suspension bridge across Falls River will test your nerve and reward you with magical views over the beautiful inlet.
A 60km intermediate track, with 3-5 days of tramping.
The dense rainforest of the West Coastmeets the roaring swell of the Tasman Sea. This track is open to mountain bikes between May 1 and September 30.
A 78.4km track, with 4-6 days of intermediate tramping.
The towering Earland Falls is among the most impressive sights on an alpine trek that takes you through meadows and valleys and delivers terrific views of the Routeburn Gorge and the Hollyford Valley.
A 32km one-way track, with 2-4 days of intermediate tramping.
From idyllic lakes, through beech forest and on to soaring tussock-covered ridgelines, the Kepler brings trampers to spectacular views of Lake Te Anau.
A 60km loop track, 3-4 days of intermediate tramping.
When the Milford Track — arguably our most famous — is "the finest walk in the world", it's no exaggeration. Giant glaciers, ancient rainforests and towering waterfalls, there is nowalk like it on Earth.
A 53.5km one-way intermediate tramp, over 4 days.
The birdlife on our southernmost Great Walk, where bush meets beach on Stewart Island, is outstanding.
A 32km loop, with 3days of intermediate tramping.