New Zealand is known for its lush, verdant landscapes. This is the reason many tourist plan to trek or hike for several days and get up close and personal with nature.
If you’re planning to hike in New Zealand, here are some of the best places to go on a hiking tour.
St. James Walkway
Although this place is relatively flat and easy to hike, it will take you five days to walk around a lake and then, through a pastoral land and national parks. This 66-kilometer subalpine tramping (NZ term for hiking) track is in the Lewis Pass area. Because the terrain is fairly easy, this is the best spot to introduce yourself to multi-night hiking.
This 60-kilometer circular tramping track takes you through fjord lands or steep valleys. Experts advice that the best time to hike here is during winter. Here, you’ll travel through the breathtaking scenery of the South Island of New Zealand.
Crossing the Ball Pass is going to be a demanding trek that will take you about 2 to 3 days. This is why this tramping journey is for the experienced trekkers. It would also be helpful if you have basic mountaineering skills. Don’t worry, all that trouble will be worth it once with the spectacular 360-degree view of the Lake Pukaku and the Tasman Glacier.
This track will take you 5 to 6 days crossing this 78-kilometer area. Thankfully, there are heated huts and campsites you can stay in while trying to travel through this track. Here, you’ll get past expansive tussock downs, nikau palms and lush forests. The Heaphy Track is an ancient Maori trail that takes you towards the roaring seas of the West Coast.
Abel Tasman Coast Track
This track is one of the nine Great Walks designated by the New Zealand Department of Conservation. This along with the Heaphy Track, Kepler Track, Milford Track and Routeburn Track, to name a few, are some of the most astonishing places you can hike to because of their splendid views and safe hiking routes.
Photos by: Jocelyn Kinghorn, Evan Forester, Christoph Strässler, Department of Conservation