Point Elizabeth Track, Greymouth

The Point Elizabeth Track is an old water race built by 19th-century miners to sluice their gold claims. It’s now one of the most popular walking and running tracks…

Distance
4.98km
Time
1.5-2hr one way
Grade
Easy

The Old Ghost Road, West Coast

Because of the nature of the climbs and descents, the Old Ghost Road is best done from Lyell to Seddonville. From Lyell, the track immediately crosses a swingbridge and…

Distance
85km
Grade
Moderate/Difficult

Kirwans Hut via Montgomerie Hut, Victoria Forest Park

There’s something of a wild west feel to this rewarding two-night circuit in the South Island’s Victoria Forest Park, starting and finishing near the town of Reefton. The highlight…

Distance
36.8km
Time
Gannons Road bridge to Montgomerie Hut, 3-4hr; To Kirwans Hut, 4-5hr; To Capleston, 4hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Tara Tama, Westland

For all that, March provides a period when rivers are low, the weather is more settled and a little cooler for high, open tops travel. From SH73, the easy…

Time
2-3 days. Taipo Valley flats to Seven Mile Creek, 2hr; To Scottys Bivouac, 6-7hr; To Tara Tama 2-4hr; To Duns Creek Hut via Pt1612, 4hr; To Seven Mile Creek 4-5hr
Grade
Moderate/Difficult

Dillons Homestead Hut, West Coast

I’ve been trying to put my finger on what it is that some modern huts lack, something that makes them cold of spirit, hard and unwelcoming. A trip to…

Distance
8.78km
Time
2-3hr
Grade
Easy

Mt Wakefield, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

When most people visit Mt Cook Village for the first time, their attention is directed firstly at Mt Sefton, towering spectacularly overhead, then at the big guy, Aoraki/Mt Cook,…

Distance
5.87km
Time
9-12hr return
Grade
Moderate/Difficult

Newton Range Bivouac via Mt Brown, Hokitika

Perched high above Lake Kaniere on the West Coast, Mt Brown Hut is a cosy four-bunker with sublime views to the Tasman Sea and the Hokitika mountains. If you…

Distance
22.9km
Time
Car park to Mt Brown Hut 3-4hr; Hut to Newton Range Biv, 5-9hr; Biv to car park, via Styx Valley, 6-8hr
Grade
Difficult

Arahura-Styx circuit, West Coast

This three-to-four day loop heads up the Arahura River and down the Styx River to the bottom end of Lake Kaniere. It’s a relaxed affair and a doable trip…

Distance
38.5km
Time
Road end to Lower Arahura Hut, 2.5-3.5hr; To Mudflats Hut, 4.5-5hr; To Grassy Flat Hut, 3-4hr; To road end, 4.5-5hr
Grade
Moderate

Scamper Torrent Hut, West Coast

Nestled in a beautiful basin on the lower slopes of the Smyth Range on the West Coast, Scamper Torrent is a four bunk Forest Service hut. Although infrequently visited,…

Distance
11.1km to hut
Time
Road end to Morgan Gorge Swing Bridge 4hr; Swingbridge to Scamper Torrent Hut 4hr
Grade
Difficult

Klondyke Valley Track, Victoria Forest Park

First steps are never easy. After a long, involuntary break from tramping, we were desperate to get back into the mountains. As we browsed our maps, Klondyke Valley Track…

Distance
4.56km to upper tarns
Time
4.5hr to upper tarns
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Kelly Range tarns, Arthur’s Pass National Park

A break in the storm Summer had not been good to us and we were itching to get out again. With one stormy weekend after the next, we had planned, attempted…

Distance
3.45km
Time
4-5hr toters
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Camp Creek Hut, West Coast

The pick of them Emerging from a tunnel of dense bush into a small clearing, I was expecting to see a dilapidated corrugated iron hut. But to my surprise,…

Distance
Camp Creek Hut, 3km; Pt1795, 6.05km
Time
Car park to Camp Creek Hut, 2.5hr; hut to Pt1795, 3-5hr
Grade
Moderate/Difficult

Edison Glacier Camp, Hooker Landsborough Wilderness

Secreted in the wild heart of South Westland, the upper Edison River provides epic views of the Strachan Range and its outlying summits. Sheer-sided ridges, gorges, impenetrable subalpine scrub,…

Distance
24.8km
Time
Three days to campsite
Grade
Difficult

Toaroha-Kokatahi Circuit, West Coast

Start by heading up the Toaroha River to Cedar Flat Hut. From the hut, travel up the valley for a while longer, where the track passes through striking cedar…

Time
Road end to Cedar Flats Hut 3-4hr; Cedar Flats Hut to Adventure Ridge Biv, 3-4hr; Adventure Ridge Biv to Top Kokatahi Hut, 3-4hr; Top Kokatahi Hut to Crawford Junction Hut, 3-4hr; Crawford Junction Hut to BooBoo Hut, 6-7hr; Boo Boo Hut to Kokatahi Road end, 3-4hr (allow extra time in winter conditions)
Grade
Difficult

Rapid Creek Hut, Westland

Get ready for a real ride on this trip. Rapid Creek Hut can only be accessed via a cage attached to a flying fox – one person and pack…

Time
2-3hr each way
Grade
Easy

Arahura to Whitcombe Traverse, West Coast

For a classic backcountry hut-bagging trip, traverse the Arahura to the Whitcombe Rivers over Styx Saddle, Lathrop Saddle, the Toaroha Range, Toaroha Saddle and Frew Saddle. An ‘extended mix’…

Distance
86.6km
Time
7-9 days, but many options exist to shorten the trip
Grade
Difficult

Lake Morgan Hut via Cone Creek Hut, West Coast

Tarn-dotted tops on West Coast loop After browsing the Remote Huts website I grew intrigued by Cone Creek Hut, deep in the headwaters of the upper Ahaura catchment on the…

Distance
30.4km
Time
20-22hr
Grade
Difficult

Big River Hut, Victoria Forest Park

A worthwhile speculation A 1931 advertisement in The Dominion newspaper inviting readers to invest in Big River Goldmines Limited, described it as ‘a worthwhile speculation’. This was somewhat of…

Distance
24,6km
Time
Waiuta to Big River Hut, 4-5hr; Big River Hut to Inangahua River, 7-8hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Pororari River Track, West Coast

If you’re at Punakaiki and want to escape the crowds at Pancake Rocks, a short walk along the Pororari River Track will do the trick. The track passes through a...

Distance
6.06km return to Inland Pack Track
Time
2.5hr return to Inland Pack Track junction
Grade
Easy

Browning Range Bivouac, West Coast

The Styx River on the West Coast boasts a population of the only duck in the world hard-core enough to spend its days surfing turbulent white water in its…

Distance
14.9km
Time
Car park to Grassy Flats Hut, 4-5hr; Grassy Flats Hut to Browning Range Bivouac, 2-2.5hr
Grade
Difficult

Mt Brown Hut, West Coast Stewardship Land

The track starts from the edge of Lake Kaniere and eventually leads to Mt Brown Hut on the Newton Range, overlooking the Styx and Arahura rivers. The climb up the…

Distance
3.94km one way
Time
3-4hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Mungo Hut, West Coast

Mungo Hut is not an easy place to get to, but once there you’re in the heart of some spectacular country. The easiest way is up the Toaroha Valley…

Distance
24.2km
Time
17-21hr
Grade
Difficult

Kirwans Hut, Victoria Forest Park

To go tramping on the West Coast is to explore history. Everywhere you turn there are monuments to miners who carved a living from the earth. In their search…

Distance
12.1km
Time
4-5hr to hut
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Toaroha Circuit, West Coast

The Toaroha to Lower Whitcombe track is typically hiked from the Cedar Flat end, up the Toaroha River and out via the Hokitika and Whitcombe rivers. This description, elevation…

Distance
48.8km
Time
4-5 days
Grade
Difficult

Mt Haast, Victoria Conservation Park

At 180,000ha, Victoria Conservation Park is New Zealand’s largest conservation park. It’s reminiscent of Fiordland with reasonably easily traversed tops surrounded by fearsome battlements consisting of forest floor to…

Distance
2.35km
Time
3-4hr
Grade
Moderate

Dillon Hut, Stewardship Land

For those wanting an easy overnighter to get back into tramping or who still haven,t quite got the strength for a long overnight tramp, the Taipo Valley is for…

Distance
9.31km
Time
3hr
Grade
Easy

Ballroom Overhang, Paparoa National Park

An easy track follows the true right of the lower Fox River for a while before eventually getting wet feet on the numerous river crossings. After half an hour,…

Distance
5.2km
Time
3-4hr
Grade
Easy

Hole in the Hill, Charleston

The West Coast is renowned for its dramatic karst scenery, especially its limestone arches. In the upper Oparara Basin near Karamea, tannin-stained rivers, the colour of tea, wind their…

Distance
4.2km
Time
2hr return

Mid Robinson Hut, Victoria Forest Park

The first section of the walk passes through impressive red beech forest but before long follows the perimeter of a fence line. Once past the farm, a short muddy…

Distance
9.82km
Time
4hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Lake Morgan Hut Loop, Greymouth Stewardship Land

The Crooked River is tucked away on the West Coast, near Greymouth. Its tracks and huts see few visitors and make a good place to escape for a while.…

Distance
37.2km
Time
3-4 days
Grade
Difficult

Mt Mantell, Victoria Forest Park

Starting out from Maruia Saddle Road, the track climbs through the bush towards the tops. The lower part of the track is marked but the forest has been damaged…

Distance
5.33km
Time
8-9hr
Grade
Moderate

Douglas Rock Hut, Westland National Park

This is a journey up one of the most spectacular valleys in Westland.The track begins by following the true right of the Karangarua River, sidling through dewy flats and…

Distance
23.2km one way
Time
7hr to hut
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Lake Stream Hut, Victoria Forest Park

Immerse yourself in this isolated sub-alpine area with a relatively easy jaunt up to Lake Stream Hut. Situated on the bushline, the hut is reached after several hours padding…

Distance
6.6km one way
Time
3-4hr
Grade
Easy

Croesus Track, Roaring Meg Ecological Area

The Croesus Track offers some of the best scenery the Paparoa Range has to offer, with stunning panoramas across old gold-mining country. If you’re into a relatively easy overnighter…

Distance
20.4km
Time
Two days
Grade
Easy

Top Olderog Biv. Ahuriri Conservation Park

Take the steep track to the top of Mt Kerr (1438m) before traversing 3km of ridge top to Top Olderog Bivvy. Crampons and ice axes required in winter and…

Distance
7.2km
Time
3-6hr
Grade
Difficult