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What are the most scenic hiking trails in New Zealand?

- 1-2 days hikes

- medium-advance level of difficulty


4 Answers

top answer by
Nathaniel from Boston

When it comes to scenic hiking, NZ is an embarrassment of riches. It's not uncommon for a sidewalk to be more scenic than some mountain hikes elsewhere. ;)

Tongariro Alpine Crossing is an incredible day.

If you like mountains, then the Kepler Track. Also, the Mueller Hut Route is an amazing overnight trek into the mountains.

Abel Tasman National Park and the Queen Charlotte Track are gorgeous, right on the water.

For bigger treks, Routeburn Track and Milford Track are gorgeous - and, I think, can be divided into portions.

And of course, there's "Te Araroa", which is Maori for The Long Pathway. It'll take you 4 month and is basically NZ's answer for the Appalachian Trail.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Tongariro Alpine Crossing (attraction)
  2. Kepler Track (attraction)
  3. Mueller Hut Route (attraction)
  4. Abel Tasman National Park (park)
  5. Queen Charlotte Track (attraction)
  6. Routeburn Track (attraction)
  7. Milford Track (attraction)
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answered by
Navin from New York City

I really enjoyed the Hooker Valley Track at Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. The sights were truly EPIC. Attaching some of my pictures:




Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hooker Valley Track (attraction)
  2. Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park (attraction)
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answered by
Emily from United Kingdom

I would add my favourite which is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing :)


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Tongariro Alpine Crossing (attraction)
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answered first by
Pip from Matamata

The best hike of all is the Milford Track, but if you can't spare the time do the Heaphy Track, the Abel Tasman Walkway or the Routeburn Track.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Milford Track (attraction)
  2. Heaphy Track (attraction)
  3. Abel Tasman Walkway (attraction)
  4. Routeburn Track (attraction)
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