Friday, December 07, 2007

Tramping New Zealand

Looking to add some adventure - and exercise - to your vacation? Consider going tramping (New Zealand for hiking) - a wonderful way to see this great county’s scenic highlights.

The “Great Walks” are the most well-known and traveled treks, as they cross through some of the country’s best scenery. These 9 tracks are operated by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation, offering higher standards of trails and lodging than you might find along other tracks in New Zealand. Consider adding one (or more!) of these treks to your vacation:

  • Lake Waikaremoana Track (3-4 days through Hawke’s Bay region)
  • Tongariro Northern Circuit (3-4 days through the North Island’s volcanic region)
  • Whanganui Journey (5-day canoe trip in the North Island’s southwest)

  • Abel Tasman Coast Track (3-5 days through Abel Tasman National Park)
  • Heaphy Track (4-6 days through Kahurangi National Park along the South Island’s west coast)

  • Routeburn Track (3 days through Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks)

  • Mildford Track (4 days from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound)

  • Kepler Track (3-4 days through Fiordland National Park)

  • Rakiura Track (3 days through Rakiura National Park on Stewart Island)
Rather than driving to Milford Sound, wouldn’t it be much more exhilarating to tramp through Fiordland National Park? Or, pretend to be Frodo as you journey through Tongariro National Park (Mt. Doom in Lord of the Rings).

Don’t be intimidated: there are treks for all abilities, ages, and fitness levels. So, if you have a few more days off, think about adding some tramping to your New Zealand vacation. Check out our
Tramping New Zealand package, combining city sightseeing with some guided day-tramps in Tongariro and Marlborough.

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