Trekking in New Zealand
New Zealand is rightly famous for its amazing
trekking. The Milford Track is the most famous Must Do Trek in New Zealand but there are many other fantastic routes. Trekking
in New Zealand is generally called 'tramping'.
When it comes to choosing a route, it is important to know
the difference between a 'tramp' and a 'walk'. Tramping generally means trekking on non-waymarked trails,
exploring the backcountry and enjoying the wilderness. Tramps require you to be well equipped, know how to navigate, and to
be experienced in that kind of travel. 'Walks', on the other hand, generally follow well-maintained trails complete
with signs, waymarking and basic facilities. Walks can still be quite challenging and many walking routes are multi-day expeditions
- the best of these are known as New Zealand's 'Great Walks'.
There are 9 Great Walks in New Zealand
- oddly enough, the 9 Great Walks includes one canoe trip! The Great Walks include some of New Zealand's Must Do Treks:
The Milford Track
The Routeburn Track
The Abel Tasman Track
The Kepler Track
The Rakiura Track
The Heaphy Track
Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk
The Tongariro Northern Circuit
The Whanganui Canoe Journey
These Great Walks are managed by New Zealand's Department of Conservation. They form the best known Must Do Treks in New Zealand and are enough to keep trekkers happy for many holidays
to New Zealand! More details of the best of these walks, and some great tramps too, will be added here shortly.