Best of 2017 – New Zealand Tramping / hiking

I often think that for something I enjoy doing so much I don’t tramp / hike nearly enough, particularly during the second half of the year when the weather isn’t particularly appealing for doing it in New Zealand. There are plenty of day walks close to Auckland, but I’ve done most of them already, and…

Mount Somers

Less than two hours drive from Christchurch, Mt Somers Track is a scenically varied and reasonably challenging 28.7km (including the summit) weekend tramp / hike on the edge of the Southern Alps. I was lucky with glorious weather for the first days of summer, though over 30C was a little on the hot side when…

Invincible Gold Mine Track

The Invincible Gold Mine Track is a short walk with a great name, combining wonderful views and remains of New Zealand’s gold mining heritage. It starts half way along the Rees Valley Road, half an hour north of Glenorchy, just past a rather deep ford. The signage says 2-3 hours return, but when it’s -2C…

Sugarloaf / Rockburn Track

The Routeburn Track is deservedly one of the most popular walks in New Zealand. The Sugarloaf / Rockburn Track starts 15 minutes into the Routeburn Track and is remarkably unpopular, which is a good thing! Despite it being a long weekend I saw pretty much no one on the track all day. I had an…

Mt Taranaki summit

An iconic New Zealand landmark, Mt Taranaki is one of the most popular mountains to summit. It’s also one of the most dangerous, with a number of lives lost on the mountain over the years. It is relatively accessible but so many people underestimate the risks from climbing a 2,518m volcano with notoriously unpredictable and…