Best partially paved trails in New Zealand

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Explore the most popular partially paved 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 partially paved trails in New Zealand
Top trails (30)
#1 - Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 12.1 mi • Est. 6 h 41 m
To experience what many people call the "World's Greatest Day Hike" you will need no permits, however, transportation arrangements must be made for both ends of the hike, so make sure you do some planning! You must also be mindful of shuttle pick-up times if you decide to summit Mt. Tongariro or Mt. Ngauruhoe (both cannot be done within the same day). There are sections of the hike that are considered active volcano areas, and the trail has optional side trips to Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe (famously known as 'Mt Doom' in the Lord of the Rings trilogy) as well as passing Mount Ruapehu.Show more
#2 - Cathedral Cove Loop
Hikuai, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
Great trail and almost all paved. There is quite a bit of up and down, and a ton of stairs at the very end so those with knee issues should beware. If you continue on the shore, there is an old rope swing, too, that you can see from the hillside. The info center is a good stop if coming from the beach because there is shade, restrooms, and food/ice cream trucks. This is also where the public transit has a stop. The beach is quite a bit rockier here, though so just a heads’ up. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/coromandel/places/hahei-area/tracks/cathedral-cove-walk/Show more
#3 - Paekakariki Escarpment
Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 17 m
Hike from Pukerua Bay to Paekakariki many many stairs two swing bridges lots of narrow cliff top trails. Not for the faint hearted. Pub at the end at paekakariki is a welcome finish point. Show more
#4 - Auckland Coast to Coast Walkway
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 5 h
The Coast to Coast Walk is a hike across Auckland from one coast to the other, from the Waitemata to the Manukau.It takes you through landscapes shaped by 600 years of Maori occupation, and through some of our finest natural and built heritage areas offering panoramic views along the way. The walkway is part of Te Araroa – the Long Pathway, a continuous 3,000km walking track from Cape Reinga to Bluff.Show more
#5 - Rimutaka Incline
Featherston, Wellington, New Zealand
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 5 h 25 m
A great ride from the Kaitoki carpark to the Summit tunnel - easy gradient. Caution, it can get very windy.Show more
#6 - Maungawhau Summit
Maungawhau (Mt. Eden)
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 40 m
#7 - Mount Wellington
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 41 m
#8 - Castlepoint Track
Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
#9 - Hagley Park
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 27 m
#10 - Silica Rapids Walk
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
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