Best forest trails in New Zealand

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Explore the most popular forest trails in New Zealand with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of forest trails in New Zealand
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#1 - Ben Lomond Track
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 6 h 12 m
Enjoy the scenic panoramic views from the top of this climb! https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/otago/places/queenstown-area/things-to-do/ben-lomond-track/Show more
#2 - Te Henga Walkway
Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
#3 - Queenstown Hill Walkway
Queenstown Hill Reservation Preserve
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
Views of the Queenstown. This is a dirt track through the woods that has a steep climb. NOTE: Land after the viewpoint is private property. Please respect the land owners.Show more
#4 - Milford Track
Fiordland National Park
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Length: 37.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
Note: There are partial closures on the Milford Track due to earthquake risks and storm damage. Check here for more information: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/fiordland/places/fiordland-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/milford-track/ Ancient glaciers, rainforest, and waterfalls greet hikers that retrace the steps of early explorers by taking on the Milford Track Great Walk. The best time to hike is March, when the temperatures are warm and there may be less rainfall. The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council has created a video to help prepare walkers for the alpine section of the track over MacKinnon Pass which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRpgTXEncSk&t=231s In the Great Walks season (23 October - 30 April) reservations are required for huts, which have gas cooking stoves and staff on site and cost $140 per night for International visitors and $70 per night for New Zealand residents. Outside the Great Walks season (1 May - 22 October) facilities, including bridges, are greatly reduced. Flood and avalanche risks exist and only experienced hikers with knowledge of the local weather should attempt the hike. Reservations are not required - huts are first come, first serve. Prices are steeply discounted. Camping is not allowed along this route, so you will need to stay in the three huts (fees apply and reservations are needed during Great Walk Season) Clinton Hunt, Mintaro Hut, and Dumpling Hut. There are also private lodges along the route you may want to research that provide luxury accommodation at higher prices. Show more
#5 - Kepler Track
Fiordland National Park
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Length: 37.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
Alpine vistas and lake beaches define this approximately four day hike on the edge of the Fiordland Wilderness. The region receives high rainfall and changeable conditions. Rain, snow and cold snaps occur at almost any time of year. Pre-departure planning and preparation can be done in Te Anau at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Center on Lake Front Drive. The hike can be done in other direction, but the more popular direction goes counterclockwise. It is not recommended that you hike outside the Great Walks Season unless you have extensive experience and knowledge of the local weather. In the Great Walks season (23 October - 30 April): Bookings are required for huts and campsites, huts have gas cooking stoves and resident wardens Outside the Great Walks season (1 May - 22 October): Facilities are greatly reduced, avalanche risk exists, experience is required Bookings are not required - huts and campsites are first come, first served $130 per International visitor per night for all ages (booking required) $65 per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required) The Kepler Track also allows camping in designated campsites. Campsites have toilets, water, and picnic tables. New Zealand rate is $20 per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required). International rate is $40 per person per night for all ages (booking required). For a list of the hike broken into segments, see here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/kepler-trackShow more
#6 - Routeburn Track
Mount Aspiring National Park
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Length: 19.9 mi • Est. 11 h 38 m
New Zealand's second most popular Great Walk. A moderately difficult high-mountain traverse that links Fiordland and Mount Aspiring national parks. Usually a two to three day trip - popular in summer and almost impassable during winter. New Zealand's second most popular Great Walk. A moderately difficult high-mountain traverse that links Fiordland and Mount Aspiring national parks. Usually a two to three day trip - popular in summer and almost impassable during winter. For the full route North to South see here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/new-zealand/otago-region/routeburn-track This route has slightly more incline, but the majority of tours and guided hikes go the opposite direction (South to North), so it can be nice to do the opposite and avoid some of the crowding, however, either direction is a great choice. For the list of segments: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/routeburn-trackShow more
#7 - Mueller Hut
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 4 h 24 m
Perhaps the best overnight hike in New Zealand, this 1000m climb takes you to watch and listen to avalanches tumbling off glaciers beneath the gaze of Mt Cook. Show more
#8 - Rob Roy Glacier Track
Mount Aspiring National Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
#9 - Wairere Falls Track
Te Aroha, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
#10 - Diamond Lake Track
Mount Aspiring National Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
It is highly recommendable to take the east track to Rocky Mountain on the way up and the west track on the way down. Wear waterproof hiking boots because in places it’s super muddy and wet. All in all, the hike is beautiful and not heavily traveled if you choose to go up to Rocky Mountain.Show more
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