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Discover some of the Best Hiking Spots in Aotearoa

Tommi Joyce
Tongariro Alpine Crossing  Tommi Joyce

Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just starting to discover the wonders of nature, these trails offer something for everyone. So, let's dive into the beauty of nature and explore these must-visit hiking destinations.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Tommi Joyce

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Get ready for an adventure like no other on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, nestled in the heart of Te Ika-a-Māui/North Island. This 19.4km trail will transport you to a world of awe-inspiring volcanic landscapes, active craters, and stunning emerald lakes. As you hike, you'll be treated to views of Mount Ngauruhoe, famously known as Mount Doom from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The challenge of the terrain is well worth the reward of experiencing nature's symphony at its finest.

Hooker Valley Josephine Duncan

Hooker Valley Track

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park by exploring the Hooker Valley Track. This picturesque 10km trail winds its way through alpine meadows, charming suspension bridges, and rivers fed by the Tasman, Murchison, Hooker and Mueller Glaciers. As you progress along, be prepared to fall in love with the mesmerizing Hooker Valley and its glacier lake, providing a perfect backdrop of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook. You'll be amazed by the calm and peaceful atmosphere of nature on this trail, leaving you to absorb all its beauty in full.

Abel Tasman Clara Craig

Abel Tasman Coast Track

If you're seeking an unforgettable coastal adventure, then look no further than the Abel Tasman Coast Track. Located in the sun-drenched region of Whakatū/Nelson, this 60km trail explores the golden sandy beaches, secluded coves, and lush native forests. Whether you choose to embark on the entire track or opt for shorter sections, prepare to witness the crystal-clear coastal waters while playful seals and dolphins grace you with their presence. Prepare to harmonize with nature's rhythm and create unforgettable memories.

Mt Somers Jade Davies

Mt Somers Track

Calling all nature-loving explorers! The Mt Somers Track in the Waitaha/Canterbury region is a hiking experience that will resonate deep within your soul. This 26km loop track guides you through diverse landscapes, including beech forests, tussock-covered slopes, and alpine basins. The highlight of this remarkable journey is the awe-inspiring Pinnacles, a series of limestone formations offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Get ready to be amazed by the incredible beauty of nature's symphony.

Ōpārara Arch Amalia Bastos

Ōpārara Arch

For a shorter yet captivating hike, let's venture into the Kahurangi National Park on the West Coast. Here, you'll discover the remarkable Ōpārara Arch, hidden within an ancient forest. As you stroll along the easy trail, you'll encounter towering limestone formations and a stunning natural limestone arch. The breathtaking beauty of this unique spot will transport you to a world of wonder. Prepare to be amazed by the harmonious blend of elements that make this place truly extraordinary.

So, what are you waiting for? Aotearoa offers some of the most stunning hiking spots in the world, and these top five trails are a must-visit for anyone who wants to experience the beauty nature has to offer. It's time to grab your hiking boots, pack your bags, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

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