New Zealand, known as the adventure capital of the world, is truly a hiker’s paradise. The country has some of the most interesting hikes; tramps, as kiwis refer to them. Otherworldly landscapes, geological formations of pristine beauty, volcanic mountains, hidden beaches, tropical rainforests, and ancient glaciers – there are endless opportunities for visitors to explore and experience the country in their own way. One can easily spend a month in New Zealand, in order to fully explore the country and everything it has to offer.
Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some time in both the North and South Island. Considering myself to be an avid explorer, I deemed it necessary to do as many hikes as I could in both islands. Unfortunately, since I only had 2 weeks, so I had to focus on the best ones. I picked Tongariro Alpine Crossing (Lord of the Rings fans will surely justify that), Ben Lomond Track (who would miss the chance to summit a mountain?), and Hooker Valley Track with all the following photos taken by me! Enjoy!
Ben Lomond is considered to be an alpine track and a full day’s hike, plan your trip well and so make sure you have enough daylight hours to finish the walk.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
A full-day hike between volcanic mountains, thermal springs, emerald lakes and snowy mountains. Certainly one of the best experiences I had in New Zealand.
Hooker Valley Track
Hooker Valley Track is one of the most accessible tramps of the South Island. Suspension bridges, ancient glacial lakes and the tallest mountain of New Zealand, Mt. Cook, provide a jaw-dropping setting to any visitor.