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Great walks of New Zealand: North Island

by Travelbag on 03 May 2016, 16:05PM

New Zealand has an extensive network of spectacular walkways providing access to unique wilderness areas and virgin rainforests. Energetic hikers can discover glacier-carved valleys and traverse mountain passes, while more sedate day-walkers can explore golden beaches, bush walks and other sites of scenic, historic, and cultural interest.We can’t really think of a better way for you to see New Zealand so, pack your bag, put on your boots, and prepare to be blown away.

Day Walks

Urupukapuka Island Walk

Urupukapuka Island walks, New Zealand

Have fun trying to tell your other half, or any other friends/family members, where you’re going for a walk. This short 7km walk is suitable for all the family due to its length, lack of overwhelming gradient, and activities to be had at on the island. The island, however, is only accessible by boat. 


Auckland Coast to Coast Walk

Auckland Coast to Coast Walk

After this walk you have the bragging rights over all your friends, you can tell them you walked right across New Zealand (maybe ‘ignore’ the fact its only 8km either way). This walk allows you to see all the sights Auckland has to offer, including the former volcanic crater of Mount Eden. 


Te Aroha Mountain Track

Te Aroha Mountain Track, New Zealand

Starting at the Mokena Geyser you just know this walk is filled with amazing views, and that you’ll be forced into picking your jaw off the floor all day. Climb an astounding 952m within a few hours and have majestic 360 degree views across the Waikato. On a good day, you’ll be able to see as far as Mt. Taranki, roughly 300km away! If the short 8km walk isn’t enough on your way down you can join the Tui Mine Trek on your return.

 

Multi Day Walks

Whanganui Journey

Whangunui Journey, New Zealand

One of the original 9 great walks of New Zealand, this 145km journey isn’t really a walk but, it does have kayaking through a rainforest and alongside a volcano - it’s definitely worth a mention! If the need for a walk is there though you can disembark and visit a ghostly bridge in the middle of nowhere, abandoned in 1942, six years after its original construction.


Tongariro Northern Circuit

Tongariro Northern Circuit, New Zealand

We have four words for you that should be more than enough description: Lord of the Rings. No? Alright, let us help you out here. This area was the backdrop for the majority of the Oscar winning film series of ‘Lord of the Rings’. Anyone who has seen these films has definitely wanted to visit and see this amazing scenery first hand. 


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Keep an eye out for part 2, South Island Walks, coming soon!


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