New Zealand has an extensive range of walking tracks that take walkers through some dramatically beautiful scenery. Many walks can be done in half a day and others take several days with overnight stops along the way. In New Zealand another name for hiking is tramping and in this article we give you a brief overview of five of the most popular tramping tracks in New Zealand and the key things you will need to take with you on your journey.
About one third of the country is classed as national park land for the enjoyment of the public. The Department of Conservation (DoC) manages and maintains the land. DoC have nine designated ‘Great Walks of New Zealand’ and five of them are located in the South Island.
The Milford Track is located in Fiordland which is New Zealand’s largest national park. Milford track is a famous tramp and it is necessary to book your walk well in advance whether you take a guided tour or do an independent walk on the track. The tramp takes four days and takes in some amazing scenery such a fiords and mountains.
The Routeburn Track is another famous South Island track that is very popular with New Zealanders and tourists alike. The tramp takes three days to complete and covers 39kms with many panoramic views along the way.
The Kepler Track follows a loop that begins and ends at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre in Te Anau. It is a four day track that takes walkers through lakeside forests, open grasslands and mountain tops.
The Rakiura Track is located on Stewart Island. Stewart Island is famous for its birdlife and dramatic scenery. The walk takes three days over gentle gradients with no steep mountainous climbs.
The Heaphy Track takes about five days and is accessible all year round. Scenery such as the nikau palm-lined beach at the western end of the track make the Heaphy walk a popular one with trampers.
When you begin any of your walks it is important to make sure you have the correct clothing and equipment with you so you are prepared for changeable weather conditions. It is important to bring enough food and drink and wear strong sturdy boots as you will be tramping over different types of terrain. Warm clothing layers are a must as are a pair of waterproof cargo pants.
By making sure you are wearing the right footwear and clothing your walk will be much more enjoyable. It is worth investing in clothing specifically designed for the outdoors, particularly if you plan on doing one or more of the great New Zealand walks mentioned above. Cargo pants are great for tramping as they are loose fitting, have many pockets and are easy to clean. Some cargo pants can also be turned into shorts by removing the lower part of the legs which will be great for longer walks when the weather can vary throughout the day.
Westland Workgear are a South Island business providing outdoor clothing for trampers and walkers. They have a range of cargo pants available that are perfectly suited to tramping in New Zealand. Their multi-pocket cargo pants are available in a range of colours and are designed to be durable and long lasting.
To be comfortable and safe on your next New Zealand tramp view the Westland Workgear website for all your tramping gear.