Hikes in New Zealand
09 March 2012
Beth and Cinda hiking near Wanaka.
They are everywhere. Hiking or tramping as they call it here is so easy in NZ and the tracks are all well marked with signage. When we met up with our cruising buddies Fred & Cinda, in Lake Wanaka it was easy to find a hike to do together. We chose Iron Mountain not far from the town center. We walked and exchanged stories of our respective road trips in New Zealand. Cinda and Fred are both trained outdoor guides from Alaska so they were tenting but staying in the same numerous holiday parks as us with our campervan. We needed more talking time so we hiked the river trail next and watched the fly fisherman catching trout. Fred and Norm reminisced about their fly fishing days.
New Zealand's natural assets entice many to come here. Enjoying the outdoors in ingrained in Kiwi life from family camping trips to elite mountaineering, wandering into the wilderness is a national habit. Tramping or hiking or trekking is the perfect way for an encounter with NZ's natural beauty. There are thousands of kilometers of tracks, many with huts where you can stay the night while completing multi day tramps. The trails and huts are all maintained by the Department of Conversation and they do an amazing job. If you want to stay in the huts you need to book ahead and pay, particularly for the Great Walks, including the popular Milford, Abel Tasman, Queen Charlotte and Tongariro Northern Circuit.
Day hiking is free, even on the Great Walks. We found it's a wonderful way to stay in shape and enjoy NZ's spectacular scenery.
I hope we can continue our "hiking habit" when we are home once again in Beautiful BC.