Tramping & Hiking in NZ

The Tramping/Hiking opportunities in New Zealand are huge with over 30% of the country in conservation estates. Check out our Tramping Map which detail over 900 Department of Conservation backcountry huts,campsites and thousands of kilometers of tracks of varying standards. These make New Zealand the envy of trampers elsewhere in the world, lets get out there and utilise these fabulous resources and justify the effort it takes to maintain them.


Interested in getting to know an area, the best way is to go out with the local tramping club. Many clubs have day trips every weekend and monthly overnight trips. Check out the Federated Mountain Club's website for club details in your area and contact the trip leader.

The following links also provide information about tramping and maybe helpful when researching a tramping trip.

Department of Conservation (DoC)  The DoC site has a huge amount of information on National Parks, Forest Parks and the hut network around New Zealand. Many of the regions also supply excellent information on individual back-country tracks and multi-day tramp options.

Federated Mountain Clubs   Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) celebrates outdoor recreation, cherishes our backcountry and acts to protect both for future generations. Our 20,000 members, from all corners of New Zealand, explore our wild places.

Wilderlife   Wilderlife is an online space for New Zealand’s Outdoor Community. Wilderlife brings together the opportunity to find out what’s on in the backcountry, with news, views and “how-tos”, on all things outdoors.

Te Araroa, New Zealand's Trail  Taking in spectacular New Zealand landscapes from beaches to volcanoes to forests to cities. The 3000km route stretching from Cape Reinga in the North of New Zealand to Bluff in the South was officially opened December 3rd, 2011 by the Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir Jerry Mateparae.
New Zealand Tramper  This is a community-oriented information site about walking and tramping in NZ.

Tramping New Zealand  Information about Tramping in NZ.

Tramping Tracks Details Walking tracks, tramping, walks & hiking around beautiful, breathtaking New Zealand.

Remote Huts Westland This site profiles 61 high-country huts and bivouacs located on the western side of New Zealand's Southern Alps.

Wilderness Magazine  A selection of trips by regions.

NZ Walking Access Mapping System  Identifies land in New Zealand open to recreational access on foot.

Guides and Commercial Tourism Providers  Find businesses who are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in conservation areas.

Backcountry New Zealand  Backcountry New Zealand Hikes unfolds awesome opportunities for adventure travel, hikes, hiking, tramping and walking, trekking, backpacking backcountry tracks, backcountry trails, hiking trails, photography in spectacular scenery in our national parks.
NZ Route Guides Wiki  In the tradition of Moir's Guide and Tararua Footprints route guides are not complete trips in themselves: they describe the route from one point to another, be it the ascent of a peak, the crossing of a mountain pass, the descent of a river catchment, or that saturday morning stroll in from the roadend to your favourite hut.

Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand Provides information on Tramping in NZ.

Backcountry Trust  The Backcountry Trust funds and supports volunteers to maintain huts and build tracks for outdoor enthusiasts including trampers, deerstalkers and mountain bikers.