Of all the many reasons to visit New Zealand, adventurous travel and breathtaking nature attract most tourists. The New Zealand government recognizes its dazzling landscapes and has organized an extensive network of marked hiking trails, from simple walks to strenuous tramping adventures.
Ten of these tracks are called Great Walks; They are all multi-day routes that lead through a variety of landscapes, from coastal cliffs to strange volcanic landscapes. In this article, we'll give you an overview of the 10 most legendary trails New Zealand has to offer.
Hiking is great not only on New Zealand's south and north islands. This is demonstrated by the Rakiura Track, which combines the natural highlights on Stewart Island. This 32 kilometer route is one of the few circuits on the Great Walks and is particularly attractive to bird watchers. Stewart Island has many beautiful species, such as the kaka, tui and also various types of penguins. The Rakiura Track shows hikers the best of the island. The path leads along the beaches and through dense forests, where you can even encounter an elusive kiwi at night.
Accommodation: The Rakiura Track has 2 cabins and 3 paid campsites where you can stay.
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