We could write all day about the beautiful walks that New Zealand has to offer in all seasons, long and short, challenging and accessible. Here’s a taste of ten great walks to consider as summer kicks in there.
Abel Tasman Coast Track: this three to five day walk through along beautiful coastline at the top of the South Island features forests, blue waters and golden sands. There are four huts and plenty of campsites.
Heaphy Track: this famous three to five day hike offers a smorgasboard of spectacular and varied scenery.
Milford Track: one of the South Island’s finest, this three to four day hike provides dramatic Fijordland landscapes.
Honeydew Walk, Nelson Lakes National Park: not all the beautiful NZ walks require immense planning and overnight stays! This South Island one hour saunter offers birds and beech forest beside the beautiful, mountain-framed Lake Rotoiti, and is suitable for wheelchairs.
Tongariro Crossing: dramatic scenery and unique land forms combine to make this a world-renowned seven to nine hour trek through the beautiful national park that spans the North Island’s central plateau.
Swingbridge Track, Kaitoke Regional Park: Lord of the Rings fans shouldn’t miss this one hour walk, the film location for Rivendell, with impressive rata forest river scenery just 40 minutes from Wellington city.
Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay: walk the beach beneath towering cliffs to Black Reef and Cape Kidnappers for a close-up encounter with the world’s largest mainland colony of Australasian gannets. At hour to five hours it’s a great day walk.
Queen Charlotte Track: this 71km, four day trek located at the north-eastern tip of the South Island is a journey full of contrasts from lush sub-tropical rainforest to sheltered shorelines and skyline ridges.
Auckland Coast to Coast: this 17 km trail takes you through woodland settings, windswept hills and charming parks and gardens as well as offering panoramic views stretching across Auckland city.
Cathedral Cove: this two hour walk on the Coromandel peninsular takes in fantastic rock formations and some superb beaches. Nearby is hot water beach, where you can grab a spade and dig your very own hot pool!