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bushwalks / tramps / tramping in New Zealand

South Island

north-east region

  • Abel Tasman Coastal Track
    • easy coastal walk 51km over 3-5 days

north-west region

  • Heaphy Track:
    • 82km mod/easy 4-5 day remote, rugged track but subject to high rainfall and potential floods
    • annual rainfall on western coast is around 5,000mm
    • base activities in Nelson
    • starts 35km from Collingwood
    • ends 16km from Karamea in the west
    • optional fly back to car

Queenstown region

  • average maximum temperatures summer 20deg C, winter 8deg C
  • it is around 4-5 degC cooler than Christchurch
  • annual rainfall: Glenorchy 1200mm; Routeburn 5000mm; Fiordland 7000mm!
  • weather most settled Dec-March;
  • track may be impassable in winter due to snow while 32 avalanche areas cross the track and these are most problematic in Spring and late Winter
  • Routeburn Track:
    • 33km moderate 2-3 days remote track (but well served by public transport at both ends) through beech forest
    • much was destroyed by floods and huge landslips in Jan 1994 although path has been repaired
    • The Divide to the 28 bunk Lake Mackenzie hut:
      • 12.5km 4-5hrs starting at 532m with early climb to Key Summit junction at 815m (opt. 20min summit climb to 919m)
    • Lake Mackenzie hut to Routeburn Falls hut:
      • 11.5km 4-6hrs is the most spectacular section but has some exposed parts which can be treacherous in high winds
      • climb above treeline after a series of steep switchbacks climbing 300m
      • no camping near hut nor in the Harris Basin
    • Routeburn Falls hut to Routeburn Shelter:
      • 9km over 3-4hrs starting with steep descent of 270m
  • Milford Track:
    • 53.5km easy 4 day remote track with the exciting walk over Mackinnon Pass
    • Glade Wharf to Clinton Hut
      • 5km 1-1.5hrs
    • Clinton Hut to Mintaro Hut
      • 16.5km over 5-6hrs but the section is prone to avalanches
    • Mintaro Hut to Dumpling Hut
      • 14km over 5.5-6.5hrs
      • toughest section, steep 400m ascent of Mackinnon Pass and long punishing descent into Arthur Valley
      • views over a 800m vertical drop to the north-west
      • option rest at Mackinnon Pass Shelter
      • optional extra 1.5-2hr round side trip to Sutherland Falls is worth it
    • Dumpling Hut to Sandfly Point
      • 18km 5.5-6.5hr long gentle descent
      • must ensure you watch the time and get to the rendezvous at Sandfly Point (2.30pm and 3.15pm) for the 20min ferry to Milford Sound!
  • Kepler Track:
    • 67km 3-4 day moderate strenuous track requiring fitness to complete the whole circuit
    • purpose built walk developed in 1988
    • best done in early Nov to late April as weather can be problematic
    • starts and finishes at Lake Te Anau Control Gates at southern end of the lake 4km from Te Anau which is a pleasant 45min stroll around the lake
    • Te Anau to Luxmore Hut
      • long, tough ascent 19km 6-7hrs
    • Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut
      • best section if weather is good
      • 18.5km 5-6hrs
    • Iris Burn Hut to Moturau Hut
      • more gentle 17.5km 5-6hrs
    • Moturau Hut back to Te Anau
      • 22km 5.5-6.5hrs delightful, gentle walk through thick forest with several early exit points to catch a shuttle bus

Stewart Island southernmost island off Invercargill

  • Rakiura Track
    • 36km mod-difficult 2-3 day walk best walked slowly
nz/bushwalks.txt · Last modified: 2016/02/20 12:29 by gary1

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