When we travel overseas we are jumping at the bit to get our sweat on and hike up a hill just for the view. Whether it is the birds-eye view you get if O’ahu when you climb Diamond Head or the Hollywood sign at the end of the trek, it is always worth a little sweat and hard work. This is something we are not short of, just like we are not short of beautiful tracks in New Zealand that are just waiting to be trekked.
1. MILFORD SOUND
Starting with one of the most breathtaking hikes in New Zealand is the only way to do a list like this. The fiord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island is within Fiordland National Park and is the proud owner of many awards as one of the best travel destinations. The walk is four days and it 53.5 km one way. There are huts along the way, complete with gas cooking stoves. Whatever you do, check with the doc website before you go to ensure there are no seasonal restrictions.
2. ROUTEBURN TRACK
This world-renowned tramping track in the South Island attracts thousands of locals and tourists alike rearing to go on this 35km one-way track. Taking two to four days to complete, the track follows the Routeburn Falls, showcases the Hollyford valley and weaves through the Routeburn gorge. Like Milford Sound track, this is in the Fiordland National Park as well as the Mount Aspiring National Park. This area gets less rain than the Milford Sound and the backdrops for these walks vary considerably, especially the forests on the eastern side of the saddle.
3. TE PUIA LODGE
Rachael Grooby and Nick Allen shared their top picks with MacPac and it included this tramp that includes a “pristine river, bush and hot pools.” It is only two to three hours to get to the hut, and the pair say it is “manageable for first-time trampers and kids.” Just up the track, 45minutes to be precise, are the Mangatainoka Hot Springs.
4. TARARUA PEAKS
This is one of Rachael and Nick’s favourite tramps and when you see the pictures you will understand why. In there words it is a “truly epic 4-5 day tramp.” This track requires some good navigational skills, which they believe is part of the charm. Another highlight to this trip that they pointed out is that each day’s hike is about five to six hours.
5. GODLEY HEAD – TAYLORS MISTAKE DAY WALK
Last, but not least, is this Christchurch walk that is a must do in the summer. This walk takes about three hours and is a loop, something that is always handy in a track. They suggest that you make your way back to Taylors for an ice cream and a swim on the beach – perfect end to a New Zealand Summer’s day.
If you’re not a real tramper, but want to look like you would fit in with Rachael and Nick on the track we have you covered.