TOP 10 Day hikes in New Zealand

TOP 10 Day hikes in New Zealand


In this video I will show you my top 10 favorite day hikes in New Zealand Roy’s Peak is the number one day hike near Wanaka The track starts at the Roy’s Peak track car park six kilometres from Wanaka. From here you will gradually climb for eight kilometres to reach the summit on the well formed path, there are several options to have a break and on a clear day the backdrop of Lake Wanaka is just stunning You will reach the summit after a climb of 1200 meters and this can be challenging Taking the breathtaking views over the surrounding area from here before descending along the same path DOC advises to schedule five to six hours to complete the sixteen kilometers in total and in summer it might be busy and the carpark can fill up quickly, so be here early. This dormant volcano extends well above the clouds and at 2518 metres it offers spectacular scenery. The perfectly cone-shaped volcano is a very popular, but also very strenous day trip. Make sure you start early to allow plenty of time and to get a great sunrise over the central plateau The track starts at the North Egmont car park, 29 kilometres south of New Plymouth It’s steep in places and the first part takes you up the Puffer to the lodge, from where a few flights of steps lead to the very steep gravel slopes. Here you’re likely to ascend three steps and slide one back. Once you reach the lizard with its rocky ridges, you can climb through the crater entrance and over the crater ice for the final short climb to the summit. Please respect Maori cultural values and do not stand on the very top rock. They regard the mountain as a living ancestor and standing on the head is a serious offense for Maori. Nevertheless, the views over the coastline are amazing. On a clear day, you can even see the mountains of the South Island but be aware, the weather can change quickly On the day of our ascent, the clouds came in and ten minutes later there were no views at all This makes the day trip one of the most challenging and should only be undertaken in appropriate weather conditions. According to DOC, it takes five to six hours to ascend and three to four hours to get down again. The Coromandel coastal walkway offers great views along the dramatic coastline and the bright colors make this very well worth the effort. The track starts either at Fletcher Bay or Stony Bay, 50 to 60 kilometers north of Coromandel town along windy gravel roads The terrain covers mostly farmland and coastal forest with only a few steep sections. It’s part of an old horse riding path that was used by early pioneers to link both bays. Many viewing points along the track provide fabulous views and it will take about seven hours to complete the total of twenty kilometres return. One of the best day hikes in the Southern Alps to be fascinated by the beauty of Mount Cook. The track starts at the White Horse Hill campground two kilometres from Mount Cook Village This easy walk will take you along a few swing bridges with stunning views over the Mueller Lake. At the end of the track, you will have spectacular views over the Hooker Lake with many ice blocks in front of the fascinating Mount Cook or Aoraki. Its most recommended to be here early enough to see the first sunlight on the ice of the mountain for the best views. Mount holdsworth offers fantastic views over the Tararua Ranges, standing at 1475 metres. The track starts at the mount Holdsworth car park 17 kilometers from Masterton. The first few kilometers are flat and through of beech forest The gentle climb to Powel Hut is also called Gentle Annie and is well sign posted. From Powel Hut, it’s a short but steep climb to reach the summit. Here you will be very exposed to the weather, so favorable conditions are required. The views over the peaks of the Tararua Ranges are amazing. The track is 22 kilometers in total and will take eight to nine hours. The Tongariro Crossing is by far the most popular day trip among tourists in New Zealand. The challenging hike starts at the Mangatepopo Valley, ten kilometers away from Whakapapa Village. Parking spaces are limited, so you’d best organise a shuttle. You will walk through the South crater before climbing to the red crater. From the highest point the colorful Emerald Lakes are clearly visible with the Blue Lake in the distance. It’s fascinating to walk between the immense volcanoes of the central plateau. After passing the Blue Lake, the track continues through forests to the road end. A one-way trip is 19.4 kilometres and will take approximately seven to eight hours. The Cape Reinga Te Werahi Twilight loop offers sweeping views over the coastline of the North Island. The track starts at the Cape Reinga lighthouse and drops down to Te Werahi beach. This is an important place for wetland birds and you will continue your way along the wild coastline for a few kilometers before reaching the turnoff to Cape Maria van Diemen. A 1.5 hour detour to the lighthouse offers superb views of Motuopao Island. The path continues through the peach color sand dunes with great viewing points and will get you to Twilight Beach. You will then cut inland and cross through farmland before you reach the State Highway 1. To get back to the car park follow State Highway 1 north for 4.5 kilometers. The loop takes about six to seven hours with a total of 22 kilometres. Rangitoto is a dormant volcano island in the Hauraki Gulf, north of Auckland. The scenic ferry ride of 30 minutes will bring you to the start of the track at the Rangitoto wharf. From here the path climbs gradually through lava fields and a large Pohutukawa forest. At 259 metres, you will reach the summit and you’ll be rewarded with fabulous views over Auckland and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. The length of the track is 7 kilometers return and takes about two hours But there are many more options to fill your day walking around the island or enjoying the sun. Be aware that you’d best take some sturdy shoes for walking over there lava stones and take plenty of water as the temperatures are higher than in the city. Avalanche Peak will reward you with panoramic views over the Southern Alps and Bealey Valley. However, has the name imposes, this track can be prone to avalanches, particularly in autumn and winter and should only be undertaken with appropriate experience and weather conditions. The track is very steep with 1.1 kilometer elevation over just 2.5 kilometres. The start is behind the Arthur’s Pass visitor centre and you can choose from the Avalanche Peak track, which is steepest and shortest or the Scotts track for a more gradual climb. We chose the Avalanche Peak track and had great views of Avalanche Creek waterfall and the Bealey Valley Once you get above the bush line, the track is very exposed and you will have to climb along a narrow ridge. The weather can change quickly on this 1833 meter high peak. You’re likely to encounter a cheeky kea. The Alpine birds are very smart so don’t leave your bags open. The descent is either via the same route or the other track. Alternatively, if you are experienced you can continue along the ridge to the Crown River Valley. A marked point indicates where you should descend into the valley as many other scree slopes and the bluffs. Once you have reached the Crow Hut, it will take a few more hours with many river crossings to get back to the Klondyke Corner. Here you meet the highway again to get back to the visitor centre, where you started. Trotters Gorge is a perfect place to enjoy the scenery of fascinating bluffs and superb cliffs. The track starts at the Trotters Gorge campsite, about six kilometres from the Moeraki Boulders. The four kilometer one-way track leads through a native broadleaf and kowhai forest. You have a good chance of hearing some New Zealand native birds. The caves and cliffs were formed in the last ice age and the track is mostly well formed It will be 8 kilometers in total and takes about 3 to 4 hours. Good luck with these beautiful hiking tracks and let me know which one is your favorite in the comments below and subscribe to my channel!

4 thoughts on “TOP 10 Day hikes in New Zealand

  1. Paekakariki Escarpment track is fab, and might not take all day (though if you are going to and from Wellington on the train, it can), and the coffee at Paekakariki is a must

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