Tramping in New Zealand, the Adventure Capital of the World

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

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.

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The lower part of Ben Lomond Track; that’s the first view of the summit as soon as you clear the forest
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Preparing for the final push to the summit
The view of Lake Wakatipu is incredible
The view of Lake Wakatipu is incredible
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Take a moment and pause, take a deep breath and have a look at the path behind you – pretty amazing, right?
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The last section of the tramp is inclined and tiring
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The only way to the top passes through that snowy section
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The view of Southern Alps from the summit is certainly a sight to behold

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.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The start sign with 19,4 km to go; mount Ngāuruhoe can be seen in the background
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The first part of the tramp is through volcanic terrain
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Mount Ngāuruhoe, also known as Mt. Doom as it was featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy
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Hiking merrily under the sun at 15 Celsius degrees
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The second section of the tramp, under the shadow of Mt. Doom can be seen here
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One of the two Emerald Lakes, the reason tourists are flocking in

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.

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View of Mt. Cook from State Highway 80
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Hooker glacier terminus, the end of the walk provides a spectacular setting
Hooker Valley Track
The path is well-maintained and easy to walk; 5km with only 100 meters in elevation gain
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Hooker river view from the first suspension bridge
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There are three swinging bridges on the track, and all of them incredibly fun to cross
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The return trip of the track provides a completely different point of view

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