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New Zealand, 2004
New Zealand - walking paradise this is why we went there.
Sure, you can do loads of other things when being there. Crazy stuff
in Queenstown, whale watching at the coast, getting sun baked at the
beach. But we spend most of the time for walking, only in two spots:
Tongariro nationl park in the north and the south west corner of the
south island, adding up to some four weeks in october/november 2004:
Walking the tracks is described on two separate pages. Check out the:
- Flight Europe-NZ, a bit of travelling on the north island: 6 days
- Taupo/Tongariro area: 4 days
- Transfer to Fjordland NP by car: 3 days
- Hump Ridge Track: 3 days
- Kepler Track: 4 days
- Milford Track: 4 days
- Greenstone & Caples Track: 3 days
- Rest days in te Anau between tracks: 4 single days
- Transfer to Christchirch and flight NZ-Europe: 3 days
This page is, as all the others, by no means to meant to replace an
up-to-date guidebook, see references below. The following remarks
only serve as additional information:
- Accomodation: we mostly used B&B or hostels and found the
following ones useful: Freeman's B&B (65 Wellington
Street, Auckland. Takes 15min to walk to the centre),
A tour place (14 Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands. Nice
view, not really cheap),
Berkenhoff Lodge (75 Scandell St, Taupo. Helpful staff, nice
Spa, good BBQ burgers),
Wellington City YHA (Cambridge terrace/Wakefield St,
Wellington. Central, nice, clean, laudry facilities, shuttle to ferry),
Te Anau Backpackers (48 Lake Front Drive, Te Anau. Helpful
staff, quiet but close to the pub).
- Getting around: we picked a rental car, mostly to be
flexible. In the end, we would not have needed it that badly. If
you choose to rent one, take a close look at milage, airport tariffs and
how they deal with the car when you change islands (some change
it, others force you to bring it on the ferry). It is also easy
to get fooled by distances between towns. There are tables
around showing distance and time needed for car travel - quite
- Maps: even if DOC gives you drawings or sketches of the
walk, it is good to have a real map for navigational
purposes. To know distances and elevations properly, to know
directions and names of reivers or mountains.
Some useful resources and references:
- Jim DuFresne: Tramping in New Zealand. Lonely Planet Publications. 5th
edition, November 2002.
Covers all important tracks and
provides information necessary around them.
- Paul Harding, Carolyn Bain, Neal Bedford: New Zealand. Lonely
Planet Publications. 11th
edition, September 2002.
Adds some useful "civil"
information to the above named guide.
- Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist. Penguin Books, London,
Has nothing to do with NZ, but this is the book I read
on this trip. Maybe it would have been better to pick "Great
Expectations" instead to get a verbal link to "Great Walks", but I
- Jonathan Dorn, Dennis Lewon: Cover Story-New
Zealand. Backpacker, pp64-74. April
Finally, Backpacker tells us something about
non-US places to hike. I add this reference since I met the authors
in Upper Caples Hut when researching their article. Nice
- Department of Conservation: New Zealand: Great Walks. Overview of all the great walks and a lot of useful information.
- Great Walks Track Availability. Online booking and availability of great walks. Especially needed for the very popular ones in peak season.
- Fiordland -
Home The national park that hosts Kepler, Milford and
all the other walks
- NZ Tracks @ wolfgangstaiger.de: private page with some nice tour desriptions and pictures.
Apart from hiking, New Zealand also offers a great deal of culture.
The following Maori relicts have been photographes in Waitangi National
reserve (north island); the more recent, but in less well condition, equipment
in Port Craig village (south island). Click on a thumbnail to view the fullsize image:
|Maori boat... ||
|Watching the door.||
|Collects water, ||
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