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…

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The first big walk I did in New Zealand, years before I properly got into tramping (hiking), the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is deservedly regarded as one of the greatest one day walks in the world. As the name of the track suggests it’s an alpine crossing, and should only be attempted in winter or bad…

Favourite New Zealand tramping / hiking huts

After 32 nights spent in huts over the past three years, and having visited many more while walking, here are my favourite tramping / hiking huts in New Zealand to date. They are all relatively new huts, lacking the charm of historic huts but are comfortable places to stay with double glazing and separate kitchen…

New Zealand multi-days walks ranked

In the past three since I did the Routeburn Track, my first multi-day walk (known as a tramp in New Zealand), I’ve done 17 (Tongariro Northern Circuit twice), including all of the Great Walks. I’ve walked 855km, over 48 days, spending the night in 32 huts. They’ve all been worthwhile and good experiences, but clearly…

Breast Hill and Timaru River Tracks

After finishing the Gillespie Pass Circuit sooner than planned we had a couple of days spare to explore other tracks near to Wanaka. After reading that the Breast Hill Track is a highlight of Te Araroa, the 3,000km trail running the length of New Zealand, it seemed the obvious choice. Starting by Lake Hawea the…