Nelson/Tasman region

Anchorage beach, Abel Tasman National Park. Photo: Andy Dennis.

The Nelson/Tasman region offers visitors an array of walking and tramping experiences, including two of New Zealand's Great Walks – the Abel Tasman Coast Track and the Heaphy Track.

Canterbury region

Lighthouse at dawn, Akaroa Harbour. Photo: M Perry.

Walking tracks from Aoraki Mount Cook Village, Arthur's Pass day walks, the Mueller Hut Route and many other tracks and walks in the Canterbury region.

Wellington/Kapiti region

Driftwood on the beach, Kapiti Island. Photo: Ross Henderson.

Tracks and walks in the Wellington/Kapiti region include the popular Orongorongo Track and the classic Tararua Northern Crossing and Tararua Southern Crossing.

New Zealand tracks and walks

Trampers on the Mangatepopo boardwalk, Tongariro Crossing. Photo: Jimmy Johnson.

There are extensive walking and mountain biking opportunities on conservation land throughout New Zealand.


Trampers, Queen Charlotte Walking Track. Photo: DOC.

Whether you're interested in a short walk or a multi-day tramp, the Sounds area features a number of excellent walkways and tracks. One of the area's most popular walkways is the Queen Charlotte Track.

South Marlborough

Browsed Pingao, Washdyke, South Marlborough. Photo: Cathy Jones.

From the Mount Richmond Alpine Route to hikes on the Kaikoura Peninsula, the South Marlborough area features a range of walks for people of varying ages and abilities.


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Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
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