Tramping in New Zealand, the Adventure Capital of the World

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New Zealand, known as the adventure capital of the world, is truly a hiker’s paradise. The country has some of the most interesting hikes; tramps, as kiwis refer to them. Otherworldly landscapes, geological formations of pristine beauty, volcanic mountains, hidden beaches, tropical rainforests, and ancient glaciers – there are endless opportunities for visitors to explore and experience the country in their own way. One can easily spend a month in New Zealand, in order to fully explore the country and everything it has to offer.

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some time on both the North and South Island. Considering myself to be an avid explorer, I deemed it necessary to do as many hikes as I could on both islands. Unfortunately, since I only had 2 weeks, so I had to focus on the best ones. I picked Tongariro Alpine Crossing (Lord of the Rings fans will surely justify that), Ben Lomond Track (who would miss the chance to summit a mountain?), and Hooker Valley Track with all the following photos taken by me! Enjoy!

Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond is considered to be an alpine track and a full day’s hike, plan your trip well and so make sure you have enough daylight hours to finish the walk.

Ben Lomond Track
The lower part of Ben Lomond Track; that’s the first view of the summit as soon as you clear the forest
Preparing for the final push to the summit
Preparing for the final push to the summit
The view of Lake Wakatipu is incredible
The view of Lake Wakatipu is incredible
Take a moment and pause, take a deep breath and have a look at the path behind you – pretty amazing, right?
Take a moment and pause, take a deep breath and have a look at the path behind you – pretty amazing, right?
The last section of the tramp is inclined and tiring
The last section of the tramp is inclined and tiring
The only way to the top passes through that snowy section
The only way to the top passes through that snowy section
The view of Southern Alps from the summit is certainly a sight to behold
The view of the Southern Alps from the summit is certainly a sight to behold

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

A full-day hike between volcanic mountains, thermal springs, emerald lakes and snowy mountains. Certainly one of the best experiences I had in New Zealand.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The start sign with 19,4 km to go; Mount Ngāuruhoe can be seen in the background
The first part of the tramp is through volcanic terrain
The first part of the tramp is through volcanic terrain
Mount Ngāuruhoe
Mount Ngāuruhoe, also known as Mt. Doom as it was featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy
Hiking merrily under the sun at 15 Celsius degrees
Hiking merrily under the sun at 15 Celsius degrees
The second section of the tramp, under the shadow of Mt. Doom can be seen here
The second section of the tramp, under the shadow of Mt. Doom can be seen here
One of the two Emerald Lakes, the reason tourists are flocking in
One of the two Emerald Lakes, the reason tourists are flocking in

Hooker Valley Track

Hooker Valley Track is one of the most accessible tramps of the South Island. Suspension bridges, ancient glacial lakes and the tallest mountain of New Zealand, Mt. Cook, provide a jaw-dropping setting to any visitor.

View of Mt. Cook from State Highway 80
View of Mt. Cook from State Highway 80
Hooker Glacier terminus, the end of the walk provides a spectacular setting
Hooker Glacier terminus, the end of the walk provides a spectacular setting
The path is well-maintained and easy to walk; 5km with only 100 meters in elevation gain
The path is well-maintained and easy to walk; 5km with only 100 meters in elevation gain
Hooker River view from the first suspension bridge
Hooker River view from the first suspension bridge
There are three swinging bridges on the track, and all of them incredibly fun to cross
There are three swinging bridges on the track, and all of them incredibly fun to cross
The return trip of the track provides a completely different point of view
The return trip of the track provides a completely different point of view

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Nikos Taskos

Combine travelling, food and SEO and you'll have Nikos. With a passion for exploring, he is always game for a bit of adventure and will never pass on an opportunity to discover something new – local bites and weird drinks, unique experiences, a dark cave or that mysterious footpath down the corner.

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