Top Ten Walks in New Zealand
Walking, hiking, tramping – they’re kiwi traditions that everyone loves. There’s walks around the country for anyone and everyone to get amongst. Whether you’re a beginner or an old hand, there’s a walk out there for you. Here at the M2 office we’re big fans of anything that’s fun, active, and you can get a good picture for the ‘gram so we thought we’d come up with a list of our favourite walks around New Zealand. So grab your activewear, some friends, and get to walking.
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The Routeburn is one of New Zealand’s most popular and most well known tracks. It is not for the faint hearted though, but those views are totally worth it!
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is also an iconic walk but since it’s only a day trip it’s relatively easy to do. With stunning scenery you’ll definitely be wanting to take some photos of this one. We even have an entire article on this walk because it’s so great!
This is a walk I did as a child and absolutely loved it! Swimming in the lake was certainly a highlight, especially after walking for three days. Totally worth checking out!
Abel Tasman Coast Track
A must do if you want to experience some spectacular sights. You can do this tramp over three to five days and you’ll see gorgeous golden sand beaches and some very cool rock pools. If you don’t feel like tramping there’s plenty of kayaking opportunities too!
Waterfalls and caves – what more could you want?! This is more of an intermediate track but if you’ve done a few walks before you’ll have the time of your life on this one.
Rangitoto Island Loop
Only a short ferry ride away from the city, Rangitoto Island is the perfect day escape for any Aucklander. The walk isn’t incredibly difficult, more of an easy stroll really, but the views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf are breathtaking. There’s plenty to explore on the island so get a gang together.
This is a fantastic track to have under your belt! You’ll definitely want to bring your camera for the astounding views and the charismatic wildlife. If you’re lucky you might even run into a cheeky Kea.
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Just outside Whangarei are these secret little caves that you’ll definitely need to visit on your next trip up north. With an impressive amount of glowworms and stalactites/stalagmites ‘hanging’ about, you’ll want to explore all three of these little known caverns.
This is definitely one for the more experienced trampers out there. Don’t be scared off though, this is genuinely amazing. It takes about eight hours and the views at the top are some of the most incredible in the country. If you’re up for the challenge you can’t miss it.
Last but not least, the Heaphy Track. Everyone loves the West Coast and after seeing the sights from this trek you will too. There’s also some great biking trails if you’re that way inclined.