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.

Golden Bay

Farewell Spit. Photo: Katherine Hughes.

The Golden Bay area covers the rugged north-west coast and the extensive shallow bays and estuaries of Golden Bay. At its tip is Farewell Spit, an important bird sanctuary.

West Coast region

Kahikatea, Lake Wahapo, South Westland. Photo: Les Molloy.

Walks in the West Coast region include Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes Walk, Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, Franz Josef Glacier Walk and New Zealand's longest Great Walk, the Heaphy Track.


Motueka Estuary. Photo: Patricia Devine.

The Motueka area includes a variety of landscapes for visitors to walk through including Mt Richmond Forest Park, the southern part of Abel Tasman National Park, and the headwaters of the Karamea and Motueka rivers.

Nelson Lakes

Bellbird Walk, Nelson Lakes.

In the Nelson Lakes area you can walk through the Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project or explore the inner reaches of Nelson Lakes National Park by tramping the Travers-Sabine Circuit.

Marlborough region

South Bay, Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Photo: John Mazey.

Explore some of the walks and tracks found in the Marlborough region, including the Queen Charlotte Track, Molesworth Station tramping tracks and the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

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.


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4. Know your limits
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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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