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Chris Kannen
(cmkannen) - MLife

Locale: K-T Boundary
New Zealand suggestions on 01/01/2008 19:22:47 MST Print View

Hi, I will be in New Zealand for the last two weeks of April and wondering if anyone could give me suggestions on where to go or your favorite walks, including the Great Walks. I will be based out of Christchurch, but would not rule out a compelling North Island itinerary.


Christine Thuermer
(chgeth) - F

Locale: Germany
New Zealand on 01/02/2008 09:11:18 MST Print View

I suggest buying the Lonely Planet guidebook "Tramping in New Zealand". It will give you a good overview and detailled information on how to get to trailheads.

Some years ago I spent 6 weeks hiking in NZ and I loved all the hikes - you can't go wrong in NZ. April might be a bit late/cold for hiking there.

Have fun,

Ryan Teale
(monstertruck) - F

Locale: Almost Yosemite
Ask me anything! on 01/14/2008 00:40:13 MST Print View

I just spent two months in New Zealand in Feb-Mar '07. The best book we have available in the states is definitely The Lonelely Planet Tramping in NZ. You really can't go wrong in NZ but I would stick to the South Island. I did some walking in Mount Cook, The Routeburn, Milford Track, and Dusky Track. The Great Walks are expensive and may already be booked up and stay away from them if you want to avoid the crowd. Fiordland tracks tend to spend a lot of time in the forest which is an incredible experience but some people only want the views. When I go back I will head for Mt. Aspiring National Park for the Cascade Saddle Route. There are also some great walks in the Wilkin-Youngs Valley area and I hear Kahurangi National Park is great as well. Once you are there I recommend checking out two books by Craig Potton publishing called "Classic Walks of NZ" and "Classic Tramping in NZ". They are two of the most beautiful books I have seen on backpacking anywhere.

Matt Brodhead
(mattbrodhead) - F

Locale: Michigan
New Zealand on 01/20/2008 12:10:54 MST Print View

You'll need more than 2 weeks. Check out for trip ideas

Also, I would disagree with the above posters about the recommended books. What you'll want to do is go to iSites and talk to locals; they know the best trails/places to go to beat the crowds.

Edited by mattbrodhead on 01/20/2008 12:11:52 MST.