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Great Walks of New Zealand

Great Walks of New Zealand

New Zealand Great Walks are specially designated, well-maintained hiking trails. Designated for their rugged beauty, these hikes range in duration from two to six days. If short on time, there are also half- or full-day guided hikes (or paddle trips) that include transportation. Here’s what you need to know.

Abel Tasman Coastal Track

Trace the tideline of turquoise coves, which can be explored on foot, by kayak, or a combination of both. The national park isn’t far from Nelson, and the entire distance covers 37 miles (60 kilometers) with access by water taxi.

Milford Track

The popularity of this 33-mile (54-kilometer) hike means it’s often booked months in advance. Leave the travel details up to a guide and combine a rainforest walk past lush waterfalls with a Milford Sound cruise or a scenic flight from Queenstown.

Routeburn Track

Pass alpine lakes, beech forest, and snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps on this incomparably beautiful 19-mile (32-kilometer) track. Located in Fiordland and Mt. Aspiring National Park—part of UNESCO-listed Te Wahipounamu—it’s accessed from Te Anau or Queenstown. 

Tongariro Northern Circuit

Traverse a crater-filled volcanic landscape that features several Emerald Lakes tucked away in this World Heritage–listed national park on the central North Island. Shorten the 26-mile (43-kilometer) route with the ever-popular 12-mile (19-kilometer) Tongariro Alpine Crossing in one day.

Kepler Track

Beech forest gives way to tussock fields with sweeping views of Fiordland National Park on the Kepler, a 37-mile (60-km) circuit that begins along the shoreline of Lake Te Anau.

Whanganui Journey

Combine hiking with canoe paddling on the Whanganui Journey, situated in its namesake national park on the North Island. Start your river trip from Taumarunui or Whakahoro and finish in Pipiriki, a distance of 54 or 90 miles (87 or 145 kilometers).

Heaphy Track

The 48-mile (78-kilometer) distance can be covered one-way from Golden Bay on the northwest coast of the South Island. Beech trees, red tussock, podocarp forest, and nikau palms frame the rustic views in Kahurangi National Park.

Rakiura Track

Step foot on remote Rakiura/Stewart Island, just a short flight or ferry ride south of Invercargill, and follow a 19-mile (32-kilometer) circuit filled with New Zealand birdlife that thrives in the native bush.

Lake Waikaremoana

Not far from Rotorua lies a one-way track that covers 28 miles (46 kilometers) and takes you past forest-clad mountain lakes in Te Urewera.

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing Shuttle Options

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Shuttle Options

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Trek across stark volcanic terrain on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. This independent day hike takes you past Mt Tongariro with an optional side trip to the summit of Mt Ngauruhoe, located within the World Heritage area of Tongariro National Park. You’re provided with a round-trip transfer, map and information sheet to prepare you for the 6- to 10-hour trek. Early morning shuttle service is available from your accommodation in Taupo or Turangi, or from the Base Camp or Ketetahi parking lots.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.37
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Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek

Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek

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Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing through Tongariro National Park on a full-day guided trek that explores a spectacular volcanic landscape. Cover several miles of trail as you pass volcanic craters, mountain springs, and vivid alpine lakes, with views across a range of active volcanoes. Traveling with a guide means you are fully prepared and equipped for the rugged terrain of Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's gorgeous under winter snows or summer wildflowers.
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  • 8 hours
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$203.50
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$203.50

Full-Day Milford Sound Walk and Cruise Including Scenic Flights from Queenstown

Full-Day Milford Sound Walk and Cruise Including Scenic Flights from Queenstown

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Experience the Milford Sound on foot, by air, and by water on this full-day tour from Queenstown. Soak in the sights of New Zealand as you fly to Milford Sound to meet your guide. Ride the ferry to the Milford Sound track, then hike for two hours to reach the Giant Gate Waterfall. Afterwards, relax on board a scenic Milford Sound boat cruise before returning to Queenstown by air. Includes lunch, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$618.89
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$618.89

Half-Day Milford Track Guided Hiking Tour

Half-Day Milford Track Guided Hiking Tour

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Get up close to nature and explore one of the top spots on New Zealand's South Island on this half-day Milford Track guided walk. Take a boat ride across Milford Sound to Sandfly Point with your guide and admire soaring cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Hike along the banks of the Arthur River and Lake Ada, and enjoy panoramic views over the pristine countryside. Admire the mighty Giant's Gate Waterfall from the swing-bridge over the river and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.77
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Full-Day Abel Tasman National Park Hiking Tour with Cruise

Full-Day Abel Tasman National Park Hiking Tour with Cruise

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Discover the jewel in the crown of New Zealand’s South Island on this full-day Abel Tasman National Park hiking tour with cruise. Travel from Nelson to Kaiteriteri with your guide, then hop aboard your water taxi. Cruise the azure-blue seas toward the heart of Abel Tasman National Park and the start-point of your trek. Follow hiking trails through the dense forest and listen as your guide points out medicinal and edible plants along the way. Gain insight into native Maori and Dutch settlers’ heritage, and enjoy lunch on Torrent Beach.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$333.05
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Routeburn Track Guided Hike (Full Day)

Routeburn Track Guided Hike (Full Day)

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Hike a section of the Routeburn Track, one of the New Zealand Great Walks, on a guided day trip from Queenstown. This premier tramping trail is located in Mt. Aspiring National Park, part of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Te Wahipounamu. You’ll trek at a moderate pace up a gradual incline toward the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, learning about the regional flora from your informative guide. Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, which includes snacks, lunch and round-trip hotel transport by mini-coach.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$142.71
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Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland

Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland

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Visit the Waitakere Ranges on an easy day trip from Auckland, including a guided forest walk among New Zealand’s ancient kauri trees to a hidden waterfall and cliffs, black sand beaches, and native sub-tropical rainforest. The vast stretch of rocky outcrops and western coastline belonging to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland lies minutes outside the city. See views of Manukau Harbour and amble along the shoreline of a black-sand beach overlooking the Tasman Sea, then refuel with a picnic lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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$205.37
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Routeburn Track Day Hike from Queenstown (Privately Guided)

Routeburn Track Day Hike from Queenstown (Privately Guided)

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For those seeking a more unique experience of the iconic Routeburn Track, this private guided walk is ideal for you. Take on one of New Zealand’s 'Great Walks' and hike along the Routeburn River, a swing bridge, the Humboldt Mountains and stunning beach forest. This magnificent walk has so much to offer. Learn as you hike: your guide will teach you about the history of the area as well as native birdlife, flora, and fauna that you encounter along the way.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$474.83
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$474.83
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Full-Day Small-Group Routeburn Valley Walk

Full-Day Small-Group Routeburn Valley Walk

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The Routeburn Track is one of the most beautiful—and popular—trails in New Zealand, a great gateway to the country’s mountain lakes, river valleys, waterfalls, and forests. With this tour, let someone else take care of driving to the trailhead and packing lunch, and head out on a moderately difficult portion of the trial that takes you to the western end of Lake Wakatipu.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$235.63
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$235.63
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Milford Sound Walking Tour with Round-Trip Scenic Flight from Queenstown

Milford Sound Walking Tour with Round-Trip Scenic Flight from Queenstown

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Tramp along part of the popular Milford Track on this 6-hour tour from Queenstown, including a round-trip scenic flight. You'll fly straight over the Fiordland to Milford Sound, then transferred by ferry boat to one of New Zealand's Great Walks. Hike for up to 2 hours with your guide on a moderately easy path that leads to lovely Giant Gate Falls. Lunch and hotel transfers are provided.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$584.09
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4-Day Hollyford Track Guided Walk with Scenic Helicopter Flight

4-Day Hollyford Track Guided Walk with Scenic Helicopter Flight

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Embark on a 3-day guided trek on the Hollyford Track, one of New Zealand’s most renowned hiking trails, located in the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. An experienced guide leads you past the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps through native rainforest to the rugged west coast. You’ll backpack through the Hollyford Valley, ride a jet boat and take a helicopter flight into magnificent Milford Sound. Enjoy personalized service, world-class cuisine and comfortable lodge accommodation during this small-group tour, limited to 16 participants.
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  • 4 days
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Private Sunrise Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk

Private Sunrise Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk

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The Tongariro Alpine Crossing has been called one of the greatest day walks in the world, but it can get very crowded. On this private sunrise walk, you’ll get there early enough to beat the crowds, and may even take a different route, depending on conditions. Marvel at the lunar-like volcanic landscape, an area that’s sacred to the local Maori people, without other people spoiling your view. All gear will be provided, including ice axes and crampons, if necessary.
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  • 8 hours
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$428.42
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Full-Day Routeburn Track Key Summit Guided Walk from Te Anau

Full-Day Routeburn Track Key Summit Guided Walk from Te Anau

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Go on one of New Zealand's "Great Walks," the Routeburn Track from Te Anau to Key Summit, during this full-day guided walking tour. Get views of alpine herb fields, lush forests, and enjoy panoramic views of South Island. Travel with a small group of 12 hikers or fewer, ensuring personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$146.20
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$146.20

Paradise Day Walks

Paradise Day Walks

Hike on two renowned trails near Queenstown during a full-day tour that showcases New Zealand’s natural beauty. Head to Bob’s Cove Track in the morning, and the Routeburn Track in the afternoon, and get views of Lake Wakatipu, Mt Aspiring National Park, the Remarkables, and 'Lord Of The Rings' filming locations. Your guide tailors the walks to your group’s fitness level for a more personalized experience.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$229.74
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$229.74
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Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks .This is not a Shore Excursion product .

Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks .This is not a Shore Excursion product .

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Walk among towering kauri trees in the Puketi Rainforest on a half-day, full-day or nighttime guided hike, starting from Okaihau in the Bay of Islands. A knowledgeable guide points out rare bird and plant species while you trek past thundering waterfalls on a moderately strenuous footpath though the subtropical rainforest — suitable for strong hikers. Numbers are limited to a maximum of six people to ensure a small-group experience. Morning or afternoon tea with optional lunch are included, depending on tour selected.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.05
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Private Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk

Private Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk

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The 12 mile (19 kilometer) Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered among the best day hikes in the world. Get the most out of it with a private guided hike. Your guide will know how to avoid the most crowded parts of the trail, and can cater to a range of fitness and experience levels. The weather is changeable on the mountain, and your guide will constantly check the conditions to keep you safe.
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  • 8 hours
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$428.42
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