Hiking and Tramping in New Zealand – A Hiker’s Paradise

70s tramping family

1970s New Zealand Trampers

New Zealand has a fantastic array of Hiking and Tramping Tracks. If you enjoy  hiking (or tramping as we often call it here), Aotearoa New Zealand is definitely the right place to be! HikeSouth specialise in the South Island including the worlds most famous track – the Milford Track and many others including Stewart Island, and the Hollyford and Routeburn Tracks. Whether you want a fully guided adventure, or an independent one, there are a range of options to suit your style and budget!

Our multi-day guided trips are led by experienced and knowledgeable  local guides who are passionate about the area and will make sure you get the most out of  your adventure. Guided trips are with small groups,  generally a maximum of six, and designed to allow you  experience the great New Zealand outdoors in classic ‘kiwi’ style.  All accommodation and meals are included, so you don’t need to organise a thing, and for most trips you’ll only need to carry your personal belongings. It’s a fantastic option especially  if you’re new to kiwi tramping,  or just want to enjoy a few more creature comforts!

We also offer various freedom walking packages, for those on a budget or wanting a little more independence. We can organise all the complicated stuff – water taxis/ flight transfers, track shuttles, hut accommodation, and itineries as well as offering excellent local support and advice.

New Zealand Hiking and Tramping Tracks

Stewart Island Track | Dusky Track  |  Rakiura Track Waitutu Track Routeburn Track Milford Track | Kepler Track | Hollyford Track |   

Mason Bay, Stewart Island

Mason Bay, Stewart Island

Stewart Island… Under the stars with a Kiwi

Stewart Island Track offers the best chance most people will ever have to see New Zealand’s national bird, the Kiwi, in its natural environment. On the Stewart Island Track,  fly into stunning Mason Bay, go coast to coast across the island by foot and water taxi, and explore Halfmoon bay… Read more

The entrance to the Rakiura National Park

The entrance to the Rakiura

Rakiura Track … the anchor that held Maui’s canoe

New Zealand’s southernmost Great Walk. This three day loop trek on Stewart Island explores coastline and bush with a rich diversity of trees, ferns and perching orchids… Read more


Waitutu Forest Stream

Waitutu Forest Stream

Waitutu Track… ‘the most important forest in the world’

Located on New Zealand’s southern coast, the Waitutu follows ancient rainforest, wild empty coastline and the historic sites of Port Craig, an old saw milling town. Encounter dolphins, birdlife and… Read more


Trampers on the Dusky

The Dusky Track… the pinnacle of New  Zealand alpine tracks.

The Dusky Track offers an opportunity for fit, experienced trampers to explore Fiordland back country wilderness at its rawest. Wild, remote and stunningly beautiful, the Dusky crosses the Southern Alps to the Dusky Sound in the west coast… Read more


Trampers walk through Hollyford Track

Trampers on Hollyford

Hollyford Track… the most beautiful valley in New Zealand

Step into the dramatic Hollyford Valley and you enter a world that has remained largely unchanged for thousands of years. Follow the track  through ancient rainforest alongside the Hollyford river amidst the scenery of the Southern Alps…. Read more


On the Kepler Track

On the Kepler Track

Kepler Track … ‘an adventure above the clouds’

The Kepler Track is a 60 km, 3-4 day loop track taking you from the gentle, beech-forested shores of lakes Te Anau and Manapouri to the tussocky alpine tops and grand Mt Luxmore.  It’s a great track for those who want a little bit of everything, combining the best of what Fiordland has to offer; moss-draped beech forest, rich bird life, alpine tussock, panoramic mountain views, gushing waterfalls,  and deep lakes… Read more


Tramper approaches Routeburn Cairn

Routeburn Cairn

Routeburn Track…one of the world’s top ten classic hikes.

Traverse wild and scenic mountain country between the Dart and Hollyford Valleys in Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks. Canopies of native forest provide a haven for all types of native bird life and contrast to the dramatic alpine landscape of the Harris Saddle. A classic New Zealand tramp, and one of the Great Walks… Read more

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound

Milford Track – ‘the finest walk in the world’

Milford Track is perhaps New Zealand’s most well-known tramping track. Starting at lake Te Anau, it traverses the Macinnon Pass to awe-inspiring Milford Sound. This area is Fiordland at its most spectacular…deep lakes, silent fiords, luxuriant forest and impossibly steep mountains carved  of imposing granite… Read more