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Best Places To Hike In New Zealand

Summer is quickly approaching in New Zealand and amazing weather to accompany. Here are some amazing hikes to get the best experience from New Zealand.

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth is the major city of the Taranaki Region on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. New Plymouth is home to amazing bush walks in the middle of the city or if you want to get outdoors, you can visit the outer parks where you can follow the course of a river.

New Plymouth is often considered the coast of New Zealand that offers the most to do. With amazing Coastal Walkways, where you can see the beaches and beautiful artwork.

Piha

With a population of only 600 people, Piha is a small coastal settlement located on the western coast, not too far from Auckland. Piha is surrounded by the Waitakere Regional Parkland which provides a large amount of trails to choose from.

A part of Piha are the Kitekite Falls, which is one of the most famous waterfalls in the Waitakere Ranges. The falls include six drops into a large pool at the bottom and are reached by walking tracks at the end of Glen Esk Road.

Hunua

Hunau is another relatively small settlement, with a population of around 4,000, and is located on the south side of Auckland. In Hanau you’ll find one of the most popular walking trails to Hunua Falls.

This walk will take you through the Hunua Falls Reserve, Cosseys Reservoir and Cosseys Dam in the Hunua Ranges. The walk takes about 3 to 4 hours and is a fairly easy trail.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. The Milford Track allows you to experience the amazing grandeur of Fiordland National Park. Along the way you’ll see ice-carved valleys, beautiful rivers flowing from the glaciers, amazing mountain passes and forests with cascading waterfalls.

Tongariro

Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand, located in the central North Island. The National Park Village is located near the base of Mt Ruapehu, near the volcanic plateau. It allows you to experience the volcanic wilderness. This walk is pretty full on so it’s better to have some hiking experience.

Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman National Park is a New Zealand national park located between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay at the north end of the South Island. Abel Tasman offers an array of beautiful coastal walks that you will find nowhere else.

The idyllic Abel Tasman Coastal Track links a myriad of crescent-shaped coves of golden sand, complimented by the crystal-clear waters of Tasman Bay. Wander along beaches that constantly invite you in for a swim and hike around headlands with commanding views. Along the walk you can see fur seals, blue penguins, and dolphins.

Te Anau

Te Anau is a small town located on the eastern shore of Lake Te Anau in the Southland region of the South Island of New Zealand.. Lake Te Anau is the second largest only within New Zealand after Lake Taupo.

The area is often referred to as the walking capital of the world. Here you can find the the Milford, Kepler and Routeburn Tracks. Te Anau makes a great start and end point for these trips.

Aoraki

Coming in at the highest mountain in New Zealand, the Aoraki or ‘Mount Cook’, is a 3,724 metre high mountain full of hiking adventures. Famous tracks include Bowen Bush Walk, Glencoe Walk, Red Tarns Track, Kea Point Track, and Hooker Valley Track. As you can see, you’ll have your fair share of amazing hiking trails.

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