Best Hiking Trails in New Zealand (25+ Day Hikes and Backpacking Trips)

25+ best hikes from 6 months traveling New Zealand listed in order of my favorites. This was my most requested post of all time and I am excited to inspire others to complete these amazing trails!

Click the trail name to get detailed trail information from New Zealand’s Department of Conservation.

1. Milford Track (53.5km, 3 days)

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2. Roys Peak (16km, 5-6 hours)

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3. Hooker Valley (10km, 3 hours)

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4. Mueller Hut Route/Sealy Tarns (5.2km one way, 4 hours)

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5. Gillespie Pass Circuit (58km, 3-4 days)

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6. Angelus Hut/Travers-Sabine Circuit (24.4km-80km, 2-7 days)

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7. Kepler Track (50.5km, 3 days)

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8. Routeburn Track (33km, 3 days)

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9. Tongariro Alpine Crossing (19.4km, 7-8 hours)

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10. Brewster Hut (5km one way, 3-4 hours)

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11. Lake Marian (2.4km, 3 hours)

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13. Ben Lomond Track (3-8 hours depending on choice of start and end points)

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14. Abel Tasman Coast Track (20km-60km, 2-5 days)

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15. Pouakai Hut/Pouakai Circuit (25km, 2 days)

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16. Isthmus Peak Track (16km, 5-6 hours)

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19. Glendhu Bay Track (12.5km, 3-4 hours)

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20. Arrowtown Trails (Bush Creek Track, Sawpit Gully-Arrow Gorge Track, Big Hill Trail) (I was trail running and only have iPhone photos)

21. Farewell Spit and Puponga Farm Park Tracks (Puponga Hill Top Track, Puponga Farm Park Track/Green Hills Route)

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22. Avalanche Peak Route (6-8 hours)

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23. Mount Robert Circuit (5 hours)

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25. Skyline Track (19km, 10-11 hours or overnight)

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26. Rob Roy Glacier Track (10km, 3-4 hours)

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27. Queenstown Hill Track (3 hours)

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Note: Most overnight hikes require reservations in advance for a hut or campsite.

Hiking is an amazing ways to experience New Zealand’s incredible scenery. Other must-do experiences, road trips, and sights are included in the New Zealand Guide & Itinerary.


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