Hiking & Backpacking Guide To New Zealand

With a clear conscience I can tell you that one of the best ways to see New Zealand is by taking advantage of its outdoors. Thanks to the fantastic work of the local Department of Conservation there is a myriad of hiking trails waiting to be explored. 


In this section of my New Zealand Travel Guide I will teach you about my favourite day hikes, backcountry huts and multiday backpacking trips on both the North and the South Island. You will also find detailed articles for separate hotspot regions for hiking such as Mount Cook, Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks. 

14 Best Day Hikes On The South Island

If you are not a fan of the outdoors yet, you will be after visiting the South Island of New Zealand! See 14 of my favourite day hikes and choose one for your next adventure.

10 Best Day Hikes On The North Island

From coastline walks, through enchanted forest strolls to extinct volcano summits. North Island tramps are as diverse as they are fun. 

First Timer's Guide to Mount Cook National Park

An introductory guide to one of my favourite places in New Zealand - Mount Cook National Park. 

Guide To The Mueller Hut Hike In Mount Cook NP

A classic hike in the Mount Cook area with the most rewarding views of New Zealand's highest peak. 

Where To Hike Around Wanaka

You have probably seen the photos of the famous ridgeline enroute to Roy's Peak. How about checking out more of the fantastic day hikes around Wanaka? 

Where To Hike Around Queenstown

Queenstown is not just for the adrenaline junkies! In fact it is one of the best outdoor places on the South Island! In this article I share with you my top picks for day hikes around Queenstown. 

Routeburn Track Backpacking Guide

A 2-3 day traverse across Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Park and a great pick for your first backpacking experience. 

Tongariro Northern Circuit Backpacking Guide

Go beyond the famous Tongariro Crossing and complete the whole circuit around New Zealand's moonlight landscapes. 

The Ultimate Hiking Guide to the Kepler Track in New Zealand

Kepler Track Backpacking Guide

Plan your backpacking adventure on the Kepler Track - a 3-4 day loop around the Fiordland National Park, with this comprehensive guide. 

Milford Track Backpacking Guide

The most famous of New Zealand's backcountry experiences - the Milford Track. See if it lives up to the buzz it creates. 

11 Epic Backcountry Huts in New Zealand

With an amazing backcountry hut network, staying in one of them should be on your NZ bucket list. 

Are New Zealand's Great Walks really that great?

Are New Zealand's Great Walks Really That Great?

My personal take on the recent price surge on some of the most occupied Great Walks in New Zealand and whether it's justified.