Synopses & Reviews
New Zealand is a wilderness paradise of incredibly beautiful landscapes. From its turquoise waters and sandy beaches, fern-clad hillsides give way to lush forests, deep gorges, alpine lakes and snow-capped peaks. Outstanding scenery, a rich heritage and extensive outdoor activities combine to make New Zealand one of the worlds most exciting hiking destinations.
New Zealand is criss-crossed by tracks, of which nine have been designated Great Walks by the Department of Conservation. These are the country's premier hiking trails and each route takes about 3-5 days to walk. Internationally renowned, they give a good feel for the range of experiences available in the New Zealand backcountry. Meticulously waymarked and maintained, the Great Walks provide outstanding tramping opportunities for people of all levels of fitness and proficiency. In New Zealand, hiking is known as tramping.
This updated second edition includes:
- Practical information for all budgets Planning your trip and getting to New Zealand; getting to each trailhead; health and safety; environmentally-sensitive tramping
- Includes 50 trail maps walking times, directions, places to stay and points of interest. These are not general-purpose maps but fully-edited maps drawn specifically for trail users.
- Flora and fauna
- Historical and cultural background.
- Plus Auckland, Wellington and gateway towns detailed guides and maps to Auckland, Wellington, National Park Village, Taumaranui, Nelson, Queenstown, Te Anau and Oban.
Everything the traveler needs for a hiking holiday in New Zealand: arranging a trip and getting there from the US; city guides to the gateways of Auckland and Wellington; 50 detailed hiking maps in the classic Trailblazer style; what to see, places to stay and eat for all budgets
About the Author
Alexander Stewart is the group products manager at Stanfords, the travel map and bookshop in London. A keen walker he has hiked in Africa, Asia, South America and Europe.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION (1) PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TRIP With a group or on your own, Independent tramping 9 Guided walks 10 Getting to New Zealand 10 When to go 14 Budgeting and costs 16 What to take 18 Photographic equipment 22 Money 23 Maps 24 Recommended reading 24 Websites 26 Route options (Facts and figures 27 Pros and cons of each route 27) Health precautions, inoculations and insurance 30; (3) MINIMUM IMPACT TRAMPING (Environmental impact 33 Cultural impact 35 Economic impact 35), Safe tramping (Fires 36 Rivers 37 In the event of an accident 38); (4) NEW ZEALAND: FACTS ABOUT THE COUNTRY(Geography 39 Climate 42 History 44 New Zealand today 55 Flora and fauna 57, New Zealand: Practical information for the visitor (Documents and visas 65 Money 66 Getting around 67 Language 67 Embassies 68 Time 68 Post and telecommunications 68 Media 68 Holidays 69 Driving 69 Food 69 Drink 70 Things to buy 71 Security and crime 72); (5) GATEWAY CITIES Auckland (Introduction 73 History 73 Arrival and departure 75 Orientation 76 Where to stay 76 Where to eat 79 Nightlife 81 Services 82 Getting around 83 What to see and do 84 Moving on 88), Wellington (Introduction 88 History 89 Arrival and departure 90 Orientation 91 Where to stay 92 Where to eat 95 Nightlife 96 Services 97 Getting around 99 What to see and do 100 Moving on 104); (6) ROUTE GUIDE & MAPS: Using this guide 105 Lake Waikaremoana Track (Introduction 107 History 108 Geology 109 Flora and fauna 110 Planning your tramp 111 Track description 115 Onepoto to Panekiri Hut 115 Panekiri Hut to Waiopaoa Hut 117 Waiopaoa Hut to Marauiti Hut 119 Marauiti Hut to Hopuruahine Bridge 119), Tongariro Northern Circuit (Introduction 123 History 123 Geology 126 Flora and fauna 127 Planning your tramp 128 Track description 131 Whakapapa village to Mangatepo Hut 131 Mangatepo Hut to Ketetahi Hut 133 Ketetahi Hut to Waihohonu Hut 136 Waihohonu Hut to Whakapapa village 140), Whanganui River Journey (Introduction 141 History 141 Geology 144 Flora and fauna 145 Planning your tramp 145 Journey description 151 Cherry Grove to Poukaria Campsite 151 Poukaria Campsite to Whakahoro Hut 153 Whakahoro Hut to John Coull Hut 154 John Coull Hut to Tieke Kainga Hut 157 Tieke Kainga Hut to Pipiriki 161), Abel Tasman Coast Track (Introduction 163 History 163 Geology 165 Flora and fauna 165 Planning your tramp 166 Track description 171 Marahau to Anchorage Hut 171 Anchorage Hut to Bark Bay Hut 173 Bark Bay Hut to Awaroa Hut 176 Awaroa Hut to Whariwharangi Hut 177 Whariwharangi Hut to Wainui Bay 179), Heaphy Track (Introduction 181 History 181 Geology 183 Flora and fauna 183 Planning your tramp 185 Track description 188 Brown Hut to Perry Saddle Hut 188 Perry Saddle Hut to Saxon Hut 189 Saxon Hut to Mackay Hut 191 Mackay Hut to Heaphy Hut 192 Heaphy Hut to Kohaihai Shelter 194), Routeburn Track (Introduction 197 History 197 Geology 198 Flora and fauna 199 Planning your tramp 200 Track description 206 The Divide to Lake Mackenzie Hut 206 Lake Mackenzie Hut to Routeburn Falls Hut 208 Routeburn Falls Hut to Routeburn Shelter 211), Milford Track (Introduction 213 History 214 Geology 215 Flora and fauna 216 Planning your tramp 217 Track description 220 Glade Wharf to Clinton Hut 220 Clinton Hut to Mintaro Hut 222 Mintaro Hut to Dumpling Hut 224 Dumpling Hut to Sandfly Point 227), Kepler Track (Introduction 231 History 231 Geology 232 Flora and fauna 233 Planning your tramp 234 Track description 237 Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut 239 Iris Burn Hut to Moturau Hut 242 Moturau Hut to Te Anau 245), Rakiura Track (Introduction 247 History 247 Geology 250 Flora and fauna 250 Planning your tramp 251 Track description 255 Oban to Port William Hut 255 Port William Hut to North Arm Hut 259 North Arm Hut to Oban 259); (7) APPENDICES: A: Glossary of Maori terms, B: Accommodation hut booking; (8) INDEX