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  • Northern Abel Tasman

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    Hiking
    near Totaranui, Tasman (New Zealand)
    Distance
    14.57mi
    Elevation +
    3576f
    TrailRank
    91| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Northern Abel Tasman Photo of Northern Abel Tasman Photo of Northern Abel Tasman

    A very beautiful loop in the northern Abel Tasman from Wainui parking. You should foresee more than 6 hours if you want to stop and relax in different places. The variety of vegetation in the Abel Tasman NP is astonis...

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    mehdi.tabibvand
    Great trip if you don’t want to do was is allegedly a quite monotonous whole 4-day-tramp Abel Tasman Great Walk. The DOC...
    ArielMat
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  • Lake rotoiti circuit

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    Hiking
    near Saint Arnaud, Tasman (New Zealand)
    Distance
    16.93mi
    Elevation +
    2044f
    TrailRank
    72| Rating 3.67
    Photo of Lake rotoiti circuit Photo of Lake rotoiti circuit Photo of Lake rotoiti circuit

    Lake rotoiti circuit, this was a great easy walk which doesn't contain any seriously steep sections. There are a couple of creek crossings but if you take care you shouldn't get wet, unlike me when I slipped on a rock an...

    Janvier 2016 bonnes conditions météo il faut avoir une bonne condition physique quelques passage dans les cailloux et le...
    styolo
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  • Tama Lakes and Taranaki Falls

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    near Whakapapa Village, Manawatu-Wanganui (New Zealand)
    Distance
    11.60mi
    Elevation +
    1545f
    TrailRank
    68
    Photo of Tama Lakes and Taranaki Falls Photo of Tama Lakes and Taranaki Falls Photo of Tama Lakes and Taranaki Falls

    Nice walk. You can go up to Tanaraki falls, in a loop (they are actually two tracks, upper and lower), go up to Lower Tama Lake (the most beautiful in my humble opinion) or if you feel like a little extra challenge go up...

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  • Dawson Falls walk

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    near Dawson Falls, Taranaki (New Zealand)
    Distance
    6.53mi
    Elevation +
    1663f
    TrailRank
    67
    Photo of Dawson Falls walk Photo of Dawson Falls walk Photo of Dawson Falls walk

    From Dawson Falls Visitor Centre, along the Wilkies Pools track, towards Stratford Plateau, descending the Enchanted track, along the Waingoro track, down the Ridge track and aground the Kapuni loop track

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  • Mt Richmond

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    near Te Rou, Marlborough (New Zealand)
    Distance
    15.05mi
    Elevation +
    5909f
    TrailRank
    67
    Photo of Mt Richmond Photo of Mt Richmond Photo of Mt Richmond

    This was an overnight hike completed to the Richmond Saddle hut then in the morning we climbed to the summit of Mt Richmond then returned to the hut for a quick lunch before heading back to the stream. If you have a 4wd...

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  • near Totaranui, Tasman (New Zealand)
    Distance
    16.49mi
    Elevation +
    4600f
    TrailRank
    65
    Photo of Abel Tasman Coastal Track Northern Loop - via Gibbs Hill Photo of Abel Tasman Coastal Track Northern Loop - via Gibbs Hill Photo of Abel Tasman Coastal Track Northern Loop - via Gibbs Hill

    Nice walk around the northern part of the Abel Tasman park. While it's not super steep, there's a lot of going uphill/downhill. If you are afraid of heights or are going with little kids, there's a few points (not too lo...

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  • Motueka Estuary loop walk I

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    near Motueka (New Zealand)
    Distance
    5.78mi
    Elevation +
    36f
    TrailRank
    64| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Motueka Estuary loop walk I Photo of Motueka Estuary loop walk I Photo of Motueka Estuary loop walk I

    9.5km walking track around the Motueka Estuary. Easy walking on formed trails and roads. Can be easily walked in 2.5 hours. Great views of the estuary and mountains. Many different bird species to see, including (seasona...

    Very interesting! Thank you for posting!
    jmmdds
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  • Mt Arthur (Wharepapa) return

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    near Pokororo, Tasman (New Zealand)
    Distance
    11.08mi
    Elevation +
    3304f
    TrailRank
    63| Rating 4.67
    Photo of Mt Arthur (Wharepapa) return Photo of Mt Arthur (Wharepapa) return Photo of Mt Arthur (Wharepapa) return

    Fantastic longer day walk - 4 hours to the summit and 3 return, so a full day required. Starts at the Flora Car park entrance to the Kaharangi National park, follow the track for 600 meters and the Mt Arthur track branc...

    Great trail with interesting forest and lots of views. We turned back before the summit due to 60-70 kph winds and freez...
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  • Te Werahi Beach loop

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    near Pandora, Northland (New Zealand)
    Distance
    8.70mi
    Elevation +
    1358f
    TrailRank
    60
    Photo of Te Werahi Beach loop Photo of Te Werahi Beach loop Photo of Te Werahi Beach loop

    New Zealands official track over dunes. Lots of interesting scenery with fields, forest, swamp, river, beach, dunes, mars-like earth and cool plants taking back the dunes. Bring enough water.

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  • North Abel Tasman

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    near Totaranui, Tasman (New Zealand)
    Distance
    14.28mi
    Elevation +
    3917f
    TrailRank
    58
    Photo of North Abel Tasman Photo of North Abel Tasman Photo of North Abel Tasman

    Fantastic hike, I'd say top ten lifetime and definitely one of my all time favourites. Tons of scenery, amazing views, interesting trees/forests, add in beautiful beaches, pristine coastline and views from a collection o...

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  • Ben Lomond Track Summit, Queenstown NZ

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    near Queenstown, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    8.95mi
    Elevation +
    4895f
    TrailRank
    57
    Photo of Ben Lomond Track Summit, Queenstown NZ Photo of Ben Lomond Track Summit, Queenstown NZ Photo of Ben Lomond Track Summit, Queenstown NZ

    YouTube Video here: https://youtu.be/crZ-3lpo1Ps Ben Lomond Full Trail Summit. Starting at the bottom Skyline Gondalas carpark, up through the Tiki Trail Forest to the luge area, to the Ben Lomond Saddle, to the summi...

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  • near Whakapapa Village, Manawatu-Wanganui (New Zealand)
    Distance
    13.39mi
    Elevation +
    2713f
    TrailRank
    57
    Photo of Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand Photo of Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand Photo of Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand

    A very wonderful track with lots of different landscapes. Don’t miss it if you are in New Zealand’s north island! How to get here? We hired a coach from a company called TCS to pickup us in National Park Town, drop us i...

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  • near Lake Tekapo, Canterbury Region (New Zealand)
    Distance
    5.20mi
    Elevation +
    1096f
    TrailRank
    57| Rating 4.67
    Photo of Lac Tekapo, Mount John, New-Zealand Photo of Lac Tekapo, Mount John, New-Zealand Photo of Lac Tekapo, Mount John, New-Zealand

    This is a loop hike. Starting at parking, it rises relatively steeply up to Mount John Observatory. Subsequently, the loop continues with a gentle descent. This loop will take 2 - 3 hours, and involves an ascent and desc...

    Rando très sympa avec une magnifique vue
    Justine74
    Great views of Lake Tekapo and Alexandria. There’s a Cafe at the top next to the Observatory. Stargazers come here on cl...
    ArielMat
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  • near Picton, Marlborough (New Zealand)
    Distance
    10.06mi
    Elevation +
    2615f
    TrailRank
    56
    Photo of Viewpoints of Picton and Queen Charlotte Sound Photo of Viewpoints of Picton and Queen Charlotte Sound Photo of Viewpoints of Picton and Queen Charlotte Sound

    The trail started next to the Jugglers Rest guesthouse. First, we followed signs directing us to the Hilltop Viewpoint (the so called Tirohanga track). From the hilltop we continued down to the town. In the town we...

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  • Speargrass hut circuit

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    near Saint Arnaud, Tasman (New Zealand)
    Distance
    11.04mi
    Elevation +
    2198f
    TrailRank
    55
    Photo of Speargrass hut circuit Photo of Speargrass hut circuit Photo of Speargrass hut circuit

    Nice walk though track was slippery and very soft in places. There was places that the track marking was a bit sparse and the track not very defined so you have to look for the next track marker up ahead in the distance....

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  • Lake Rere Loop Track

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    near Glenorchy, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    9.63mi
    Elevation +
    1831f
    TrailRank
    55
    Photo of Lake Rere Loop Track Photo of Lake Rere Loop Track Photo of Lake Rere Loop Track

    Three fordings to get there, two of them deepish but 2WD was ok. Don't try after a lot of rain. No campervans. Glorious walk, bring swimsuits, the lake and Elfin bay are very inviting.

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  • Roy's Peak

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    near Glendhu, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    9.34mi
    Elevation +
    4167f
    TrailRank
    54
    Photo of Roy's Peak Photo of Roy's Peak Photo of Roy's Peak

    From the parking you follow the way up. Beautiful views all the way, the more spectacular the higher you get.

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  • Jacks Point and extra Beach

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    near Frankton, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    3.69mi
    Elevation +
    794f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo of Jacks Point and extra Beach Photo of Jacks Point and extra Beach Photo of Jacks Point and extra Beach

    A not well known beautiful walk not far from Queenstown. Very quiet, amazing views of the lake, Remarkables, Queenstown. Parts follow the land of the golf course and the last bit is on the private access street (no cars)...

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  • Peak Hill

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    Hiking
    near Lake Coleridge, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    3.59mi
    Elevation +
    2805f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo of Peak Hill Photo of Peak Hill Photo of Peak Hill

    This must be one of the most beautiful day hikes on the South Island. Braided river, blue lake, crazy apline valley views. Takes 3-4h hours, pretty sure the recorded moving time is wrong, the app kept pausing. It's very ...

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  • Tasman Holyoake

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    near Marahau, Nelson (New Zealand)
    Distance
    10.12mi
    Elevation +
    2766f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo of Tasman Holyoake Photo of Tasman Holyoake Photo of Tasman Holyoake

    A different and very nice hike in Abel Tasman Park. It starts off on the usual route and then heads inland and up. You lose the crowds, get some really nice views and it is a little more challenging for those who are up ...

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  • Emerald lakes in Tongariro NP

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    Hiking
    near Whakapapa Village, Manawatu-Wanganui (New Zealand)
    Distance
    11.47mi
    Elevation +
    2979f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo of Emerald lakes in Tongariro NP Photo of Emerald lakes in Tongariro NP Photo of Emerald lakes in Tongariro NP

    This is a part of the Tongariro Crossing trail. The trail starts at Mangatepopo parking and continues up the valley. On the right side you have beautiful views of the Ngauruhoe volcano. The trail until the South Crate...

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  • near Ngaruawahia, Waikato (New Zealand)
    Distance
    3.06mi
    Elevation +
    1201f
    TrailRank
    52| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Hakarimata Walkway (Waterworks walk to reservoir, plus Hakarimata Summit Viewtower) Photo of Hakarimata Walkway (Waterworks walk to reservoir, plus Hakarimata Summit Viewtower) Photo of Hakarimata Walkway (Waterworks walk to reservoir, plus Hakarimata Summit Viewtower)

    Around 1700 steps upstairs and 1700 steps downstairs through the forest. I don't count the walking trail because you soon forget about walking, you just focus on going upstairs!!!

    Done this you can make it longer by following the side trail back (you can cut it shorter by taking the trail to the Chr...
    roving
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  • near Arcadia, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    6.81mi
    Elevation +
    2572f
    TrailRank
    52
    Photo of ★★★★ Routeburn track to Falls Hut Photo of ★★★★ Routeburn track to Falls Hut Photo of ★★★★ Routeburn track to Falls Hut

    Easy but spectacular hike in ancient beech forest alongside a pristine creek to a couple of huts, the first on the banks of spectacular flats on the valley beds and the second higher up just before a pass, above the tree...

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