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Tongariro Crossing

New Zealand’s Spring Hikes

Dig out your tramping boots and lock in your spring hike!

Aotearoa New Zealand offers an exceptional variety of hiking opportunities. Whether you’re looking to stretch your legs over a few hours or a few days, there is something for everyone.

Why not combine your hike with a stay at our awarding Haka Lodges to complete your trip!

Our marketing manager, Fiona Love is an avid hiker and trail runner and identifies a few of her favourites and why.

*A reminder that all hikes should be embarked on with a degree of caution. We advise that you should be physically fit and active to embark on these hikes (New Zealand can be pretty hilly!) and be prepared for every eventuality by carrying sufficient food and water; warm clothes and a first aid kit as you’re often walking in remote areas with little reception. Fees are required at a number of trails so be sure to pay in advance.

Tongariro Crossing

Lord of the Rings aficionado – Tongariro Crossing
Nearest towns: Whakapapa (10.4km); National Park (13.5km); Taupo 86.5m
Distance: 19.4km | 7-8hrs walking

The Tongariro Crossing is known as New Zealand’s most popular one-day hike. Tongariro is New Zealand’s oldest national park and also a dual-status World Heritage site, as it has been acknowledged for both its natural and cultural significance.

“I hiked the Tongariro Crossing with a group of friends on Waitangi Day a few years ago and we honestly had the best day. We started off on the trail fairly early – around 7am and it was definitely fresh to start despite being the middle of summer, so we were happy to have brought extra layers! However, the gradual climb at the beginning of the track combined with the sun rising warmed us up quickly.

Mount Doom

Being a public holiday, there were quite a few others out walking but everyone spread out during the route so you were still able to find some peaceful spots. We chose to hike a little off course (featuring an extra climb just for fun!) to eat our lunch. We had “Mount Doom” (Mt Ngauruhoe) in the background – not your average picnic stop that’s for sure!

The mesmerising emerald and blue lakes were also a real delight – the water was so so blue that they didn’t look real! We then had a gentle last few kilometres back to the car park.

We wrapped up the day with fish and chips by the lake of Taupō – now you can’t get more Kiwi than that!”

Enjoy a stay at our Haka Lodge Taupō pre/post your hike and take advantage of the local amenities, activities and eateries.

Also with this is a point-to-point hike we suggest you utilise the services of Tongariro Expeditions Park and Ride and they will drop you at the start of the track and your car is then waiting for you at the end when you finish.

For the mountain lover – Routeburn
Routeburn Track

Nearest towns: Glenorchy (25km from the Routeburn Shelter end; Te Anau (85km from The Divide end of the trail); Queenstown (70km from Routeburn Shelter end).

Distance: 32 km | 2-4 days walking

The Routeburn Track is a world-renowned track in New Zealand’s South Island, just a short drive from Queenstown and Te Anau.

“I ran the Routeburn last March and lucked out with a fantastic day. We had sunshine for the majority of the day, apart from one of the valley sections which was particularly windy but we just threw on some extra layers and it wasn’t long before we were back in the sunshine.

We passed stunning lakes, alpine vistas, waterfalls and forested sections making it not only one of the most varied trails I have done but also the most picturesque. I would definitely recommend this one!”

Routeburn Lakes

Combine your hike with a stay at Haka Lodge Queenstown and take advantage of the activities on offer in New Zealand’s adventure capital.

Why not add one of the EasyHike packages to take the stress out of your trip – featuring pre/post night accommodation in Queenstown; food for your hike and car relocation. Or relax with a float at City Cave.

Contact us to get this arranged.

For the city slicker – Te Henga Walkway

Nearest towns: Swanson (15k), Auckland CBD (35k), Titirangi (30k).
Distance: 10.3 km one way | 3hr 20mins walking

The Te Henga Walkway runs from Bethells Beach to south of Muriwai Beach. Expect jaw-dropping West Coast Views. You’ll hike along a coastal cliff track which is steep in sections so be cautious.

“Living in Auckland for a number of years, the Te Henga Walkway offered a great local spot to escape the city. Once there, you’re met by sand dunes, stunning beaches and magnificent views. You feel wild and free immediately! Owing to the steep climbs and the technical nature of the trail, Te Henga provides an honest walk/run but the views will distract you from the pain!”

Combine a stay at Haka Lodge Auckland and explore the restaurants, culture and shops that the city life offers.

For the sun seeker – Cape Brett

Nearest towns: Russell (30km), Paihia (38km)
Distance: 16.3 km one way | 8hr walking

Cape Brett

Cape Brett Track can be found just a short drive from Russell, Northland, New Zealand and traversing rugged trails offering dramatic coastal views. You can choose to hike one-way and get picked up by ferry at Cape Brett; or stay a night at Cape Brett Hut. Alternatively you can choose to return the way you came by foot either the same or subsequent day.

“I chose the latter, doing a return run in one day with a friend. Unfortunately we chose a particularly hot 30 degree day last February over Auckland Anniversary weekend and when we arrived at Cape Brett, the hut had run out of water so we had a rather thirsty journey back. However a refreshing dip in the sea back at the stunning Oke Bay helped relieve the aching muscles and cool us down.

This was definitely not a smooth trail and was quite steep in places so better suited for the more intrepid runner/walker but what I particularly enjoyed was the fact that as it’s one of the lesser known hikes, we were one of the only groups on the track.”

Complete your Bay of Island trip with a stay at Haka Lodge Paihia. Located directly opposite the wharf, our lodge offers a central location to maximise your time in the magnificent Bay of Islands.