NZ Day Hikes and Walks
Wherever you are in New Zealand, chances are you aren't far from a hiking trail – there are literally thousands! We have 14 National Parks and countless other wildlife reserves, so if you’re looking to do some hiking or walking, whether it’s just to stretch the legs quickly or for the better part of the day, your hiking options are wide-ranging and usually close at hand. You can stop in at the nearest Department of Conservation (DOC) office for a map or take a look at our trip itineraries for ideas. Or join us for a hiking vacation – our guides would love to personally show you the best day hikes in New Zealand!
As an island country, 300km at it's widest point, with several mountain ranges, the weather in New Zealand can be very changeable at times. You should always check the forecast when you're going out for a day hike, and even though you may be only going out for a few hours, take enough spare clothing with you to cover all eventualities. Most DOC-maintained day hikes are well-marked with trails in good condition, many of which will be suitable for doing in a pair of hiking sneakers, but also, and particularly in some of the more remote areas, there are plenty of trails which will be take a little more effort, requiring more sturdy footwear. Some suggestions for what you should be taking can be seen on our recommended gearlist for a day hike.