Walking, or tramping as the Kiwis call it, is undoubtedly the best way to take in the natural beauty and enjoy the outdoor life of New Zealand. Tramping is a well-developed activity and the number and variety of walks available across the country is huge, most are in National Parks.

Classic Multi-day Tramps (2 - 5 days)

The nine ‘Great Walks' or ‘Classic Tramps' of New Zealand are well documented, popular and in many cases world-renowned. They are seen as a mecca for the serious walker though they are just as easily accessible to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Facilities for walkers are generally good along these walks.

One Day Tramps

If you don't have the time or the inclination for a multi-day walk then there are many superb one day walks. The most famous is the Tongariro Crossing, a sub-section of the classic Tongariro Northern Crossing.

Shorter Walks (1 - 5 hrs)

In the National Parks there are countless walking routes of a short duration and many towns in areas of outstanding beauty have their own network of walks, any of which are worth doing. Most visitor centres or local Department of Conservation (DOC) offices will have details. Route details and sketch maps are often free or available for a tiny charge.

Accomodation Huts

The Department of Conservation (DOC) runs a network of over 900 huts providing overnight accommodation for walkers. Many are in stunning locations and huts are always less than a day's walk from each other. Levels of facilities on offer vary and the small fees are to be paid in advance from local DOC offices, with bookings also recommended at peak times.

Guided Tramps

If the thought of carrying your own gear and food for several days and sleeping in shared hut accomodation doesn't appeal then many operators now offer guided tramps. All you have to do is walk and enjoy the scenery whilst they carry your gear, provide all food and also put you up in higher quality accommodation.


Transport to and from the start and end of the Classic Tramps is rarely a problem as local towns provide many bus and minibus services for walkers. The longer, non-circular one day walks require a little local planning to ensure transport to and from the route is not a problem.