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INTERNeX New Zealand: The Great Walks of New Zealand

In a country with such natural beauty, it would be a shame to miss out on a true experience of what New Zealand’s incredible landscape has to offer. Be sure not to miss doing one (or more! 🙂 ) of the 9 Great Walks:

The 9 Great Walks:

1.    Lake Waikaremoana

East Coast Region.

Located on the South West Corner of the Te Urewera National Park. This walk is a 46km 3-4 day tramping track, which follows the shore of a lake for most of its length. There are plenty of opportunities for swimming and fishing, as well as magnificent scenery.

2.    Tongariro Northern Circuit

Central North Island Region.

Unique and stunning landscapes, active volcanic craters, brilliant blue lakes, steaming geothermal areas, glacial valleys. This is a 51.5km, 3-4 day track around Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe.

3.    Whanganui Journey

Manawatu/Whanganui region.

The Whanganui journey is a 5day, 145km river journey from Taumarunui to Pipiriki through countless hills and valleys along the stunning Whanganui river.

4.    Abel Tasman Coast Track

Nelson/Tasman region.

The Abel Tasman Track is located in Abel Tasman National Park in the South Island. The walk extends for 54.4km, taking an average of 3-4 days to complete.

5.    Heaphy Track

Nelson/Tasman and West Coast regions.

A walk of a variety of diverse landscapes from beech forest to tussock grasslands, to lush forests, nikau palms and roaring seas. This is the longest of the 9 Great Walks at 78.4 km. It takes around 4-6 days to walk. There is also the option to mountain bike the track which takes 2-3 days.

6.    Kepler Track

Fiordland region

This track is a 60km, 3-4 day loop track which takes you from the gentle beech-forested shores of lakes Te Anau and Manapouri to the tussocky alpine tops and grans Mt Luxmore. There is a long section above bushline with stunning panoramix views of the Kepler Mountains, lakes, rivers, and hanging valleys.

7.    Milford Track

Fiordland region

Said to be “The finest walk in the world”, the Milford track is a 53.5km walk over 4 days. Located in Fiordland National park, you will be taken aback by the natural wonders and spectacular display of a truly wild and beautiful part of New Zealand.

8.    Routeburn Track

Fiordland region.

This is a 32km, 2-4 day track which weaves through beech-forest valleys, along green rivers and glistening alpine lakes and breathtaking views from a mountain pass. This track crosses the Southern Alps and passes through the amazing landscapes of Mt Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park.

 9.    Rakiura Track

Southland region 

This track is located a short 20 flight from Invercargill, or an hours ferry journey from Bluff. The entire circuit is 37km and takes approximately 3 days.

Most of these walks have hut accommodation available,

For more information, check out the DOC (Department of Conservation) website. 

INTERNeX New Zealand: Waiheke Walking Festival.

I hope everyone had a great long weekend! This week the Waiheke Walking Festival is starting. It is spread over 9 days and there will be 40 free guided walks available. Waiheke Island is just a short ferry ride away from Auckland City (around 40 minutes) and is a beautiful location for walking. There are stunning beaches, great scenery and plenty of good places to eat including several vineyard restaurants. New to the festival this year are three walks on Rotohara, an area of private land that is unavailable other than during the festival.

When: Walks will be held on the following days, with more sessions available on the Waiheke Walking Festival website.

Saturday 27th October, 10.00am

Sunday 28th October, 10.00am

Monday 29th October, 10.00am,

Tuesday 30th October, 10.00am

All walks are free and booking is essential.