New Zealand

 
Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand, 2010

Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand, 2010

Distance:  12.1 miles (19.4 km) Avg.Time:  6 hours Start / Finish: Mangatepopo Car park – Ketetahi Car park Both trailheads are serviced by regular shuttle buses from National Park and Whakapapa villages. Season: October to May. In addition to warmer clothing, a winter crossing usually requires an ice axe and crampons. Check on current conditions […]

 
Queenstown – Wanaka Route, South Island, NZ, 2010

Queenstown – Wanaka Route, South Island, NZ, 2010

Distance :  133 km approx. Avg. Time :  6 – 7 days Start / Finish : The trailheads for this “combination” route are the Greenstone and Rasberry Creek car parks. The nearest towns to the trailheads are Queenstown and Wanaka respectively. For transport to the Greenstone car park, see the following link: http://www.infotrack.co.nz/Greenstone-and-Caples-Transport.html For transport […]

 
Waimakariri-Harman Pass Route, South Island, NZ, 2010

Waimakariri-Harman Pass Route, South Island, NZ, 2010

Distance :  48km approx. (including side trip up Avalanche Peak) Avg. Time :  3-4 days Start / Finish : Arthur’s Pass Village / Kelly Shelter The Kelly Shelter trailhead is accessible via regular bus services from Arthur’s Pass Village. Alternatively, it is an easy hitch to and from the village. Season :  November to March […]

 
Tongariro Northern Circuit, North Island, NZ, 1995 / 2010

Tongariro Northern Circuit, North Island, NZ, 1995 / 2010

Distance :  51km  (not including side-trips) Avg. Time :  3 days Start / Finish :  Whakapapa village Season : December to March is ideal. Possible all year round for those with the right equipment and alpine experience. Maps / Info : For up-to-date information and a basic map of the track, see the Department of […]

 
Routeburn Track, South Island, NZ, 2010

Routeburn Track, South Island, NZ, 2010

Distance :  32km Avg. Time :  2 days Start / Finish : The Divide – Routeburn shelter. For information on getting to and from the trailheads, see the NZ Department of Conservation (DOC) website. Season : November – April February/March is generally best weather-wise. Maps / Info : See the DOC website for a basic […]

 
Northwest Circuit, Stewart Island, NZ, 2010

Northwest Circuit, Stewart Island, NZ, 2010

Distance :     125km Avg. Time :   8 or 9 days Start / Finish : Oban For transport options to and from Stewart Island, see the New Zealand Tourism Guide website. Season : Year-round A winter tramp means significantly shorter daylight hours. There is no strictly defined rainy season on Stewart Island. Rain seems to fall […]

 
Mt.Taranaki High-Level Circuit, North Island, NZ, 2010

Mt.Taranaki High-Level Circuit, North Island, NZ, 2010

Distance :  50km approx. (including side-trip up Mt. Taranaki) Avg. Time :  3 days Start / Finish : North Egmont Visitor’s Centre, Egmont National Park. For transport details, see the NZ Department of Conservation (DOC) website. Season :  October to May Maps / Info : See the DOC website for a basic map and up-to-date […]

 
Milford Track, South Island, NZ, 1996

Milford Track, South Island, NZ, 1996

Distance :   54km Avg.Time :  4 days. No more, no less. Start / Finish : The walk begins at Glade Wharf on the northern tip of Lake Te Anau and finishes at Sandfly Point on Milford Sound. Check the DOC website for details on getting to and from the trailheads. Season : Late October to the […]

 
Kepler Track, Fiordland, NZ, 2010

Kepler Track, Fiordland, NZ, 2010

Distance :  60km Avg. Time :  3 days Start / Finish : Te Anau No transport required. Simply walk 4.5km out of town to the trailhead. Season :  October – April. Maps / Info : As with all the Great Walks, the Kepler is a proverbial highway of a trail, upon which it would be […]

 
Heaphy Track, South Island, NZ, 2010

Heaphy Track, South Island, NZ, 2010

Distance :  78km Avg. Time :  3 or 4 days Start / Finish : Brown Hut / Kohaihai Camping Ground For information on getting to and from the trailheads, see the NZ Department of Conservation (DOC) website. Season : Year round. Probably best in February/March after the kids have gone back to school. Maps / […]

 
Five Passes Route, South Island, NZ, 2010

Five Passes Route, South Island, NZ, 2010

Distance :  40 miles (64 km) Avg.Time :  4 or 5 days Start / Finish : Lake Sylvan car park /  Routeburn shelter. Alternatively, the hike can be started or finished at Chinaman’s Flat. This involves a fording of the Dart River to or from the Beans Burn. Not advisable during periods of heavy rain. […]

 
Dusky Track, Fiordland, NZ, 2010

Dusky Track, Fiordland, NZ, 2010

Distance :  84km Avg. Time :  7 or 8 days Start / Finish : Lake Hauroko – Lake Manapouri. The track can be done in either direction. There is daily transport to the West Arm of Lake Manapouri from Te Anau (30min). Access to the trailhead on Lake Hauroko is less frequent. At the time […]

 
Cascade Saddle Route, South Island, NZ, 2010

Cascade Saddle Route, South Island, NZ, 2010

Distance :  60km Avg. Time :  3 days Start / Finish: Chinamans Flat – Rasberry Creek carpark. For transport to and from Chinamans Flat, see the Info & Track website. For transport to and from Rasberry Creek, try calling Mt. Aspiring Express (0800 186 754). Their website www.wanakashuttles.co.nz was down at the time of writing […]

 
Caples Track, South Island, NZ, 2010

Caples Track, South Island, NZ, 2010

Distance :  30km Avg. Time :  1 or 2 days Start / Finish : Greenstone Carpark – The Divide For information on getting to and from the trailheads, see the NZ Department of Conservation (DOC) website. Season : November to April. To avoid the crowds, probably best in February/March after the kids have gone back […]

 
Abel Tasman Coast Track, South Island, NZ, 2010

Abel Tasman Coast Track, South Island, NZ, 2010

Distance :  51km Avg. Time :  3 or 4 days. Start / Finish : Marahau – Wainui car park. For information on getting to and from the trailheads, see the NZ Department of Conservation (DOC) website. Season : All year. Best between February and May. Maps / Info : Basic map and information available at […]