Hiking or biking is the best way to see all that New Zealand has to offer; marvel over beautiful landscapes and explore native bush. With hundreds of walks spanning thousands of kilometres, there are bike rides and hikes to suit all abilities.
To help you find a hike that best suits your fitness and experience level New Zealand has three categories of walks; Short Walks (under 3 hours), Day Hikes (4 – 8 hours), and Great Walks (multi-day). There’s also a wide range of Cycling Tracks, from easy rides to intense mountain biking.
Amongst the myriad of short walks available, Cathedral Cove Walk stands out. This is a stunning 1.5 hour that takes you through scrubland and forest to a sandy beach with natural rock arches inaccessible by car.
Every single hike on this list is worthwhile doing, but the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is rated amongst the top day hikes in the world, and for a reason! This alpine trek takes around 8 hours and sees you hike across a landscape of craters, active volcanoes, blue & emerald lakes, and mounds of volcanic rock, plus if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan you’ll be within inches of Mt Doom.
The Great Walks is a list of 10 treks that range from soaring mountain peaks, white sand beaches, mossy forests and everything in between. If we had to pick only one to do it would be the Routeburn Track – a 3 day hike between Mount Aspiring National Park with Fiordland National Park.