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…

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…