Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos in New Zealand - Forests

Heaphy Track (section from Kohaihai) Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainForest, Coast / BeachDateEarly Jan
Region/PlaceWest Coast, Kahurangi NPCountryNew Zealand  
Dist (kms)9Height gain (m)100Route findingEasy
RouteKohaihai Shelter - Koura Beach
NotesAn excellent return day walk along the coastal section at the southern end of the Heaphy Track leading into the Nikau Palm groves and colourful Rata forests.
Kohaihai River swingbridge, Kohaihai Shelter - Koura Beach Section, Heaphy Track (T), Kahurangi NP, West Coast, New Zealand, 8-Jan-01, B635

Kohaihai River at end of Heaphy Track, Kohaihai Shelter - Koura Beach Section, Heaphy Track (T), Kahurangi NP, West Coast, New Zealand, 8-Jan-01, B633

Kohaihai River swingbridge, Kohaihai Shelter - Koura Beach Section, Heaphy Track (T), Kahurangi NP, West Coast, New Zealand, 8-Jan-01, B636

Busk behind Scotts Beach Campsite, Heaphy Track, Kohaihai Shelter - Koura Beach Section, Heaphy Track (T), Kahurangi NP, West Coast, New Zealand, 8-Jan-01, B637

Big Rock Beach, Kohaihai Shelter - Koura Beach Section, Heaphy Track (T), Kahurangi NP, West Coast, New Zealand, 8-Jan-01, B640

Nikau Palm Forest behind Big Rock Beach, Kohaihai Shelter - Koura Beach Section, Heaphy Track (T), Kahurangi NP, West Coast, New Zealand, 8-Jan-01, B642

Swan Burn River Swingbridge, Heaphy Track, Kohaihai Shelter - Koura Beach Section, Heaphy Track (T), Kahurangi NP, West Coast, New Zealand, 8-Jan-01, B644

Palm fruits nr Swan Burn Swingbridge, Kohaihai Shelter - Koura Beach Section, Heaphy Track (T), Kahurangi NP, West Coast, New Zealand, 8-Jan-01, B645

Matai Trees above Black Rock Beach, Kohaihai Shelter - Koura Beach Section, Heaphy Track (T), Kahurangi NP, West Coast, New Zealand, 8-Jan-01, B647

Nikau Palms S of Koura Beach and Tasman Sea, Kohaihai Shelter - Koura Beach Section, Heaphy Track (T), Kahurangi NP, West Coast, New Zealand, 8-Jan-01, B646

Black Rock Beach and view to N, Kohaihai Shelter - Koura Beach Section, Heaphy Track (T), Kahurangi NP, West Coast, New Zealand, 8-Jan-01, B648

 
Kepler Track Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days3TerrainForest, Heathland / Moorland, MountainsDateLate Jan
Region/PlaceSouthland, Fiordland NPCountryNew Zealand  
Dist (kms)67Height gain (m)1500Route findingEasy
RouteTe Anau - Control Gates - Mt Luxmore Hut (N1) - Iris Burn Hut (N2) - Rainbow Reach Swing Bridge
NotesFrom beautiful Lake Te Anau, this track soon rises up above the forest to a long alpine section with fine views over the fiord-like lakes. Iris Burn Valley is a classic U-shaped valley, with scenery identical to that on the Milford Track. Although the walk also requires permits, I was able to pick up permits in summer a few days ahead.
Ferns and Beech Trees at start of Kepler Track nr Control Gates, Te Anau - Control Gates Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 22-Jan-01, B821

View across Dock Bay nr Control Gates, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA962

Mt Luxmore (M) and Lake Te Anau from nr DOC office, Te Anau, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA961

Mossy forest floor and glittering Dock Bay from track between Dock Bay and Brod Bay, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA963

River mouth into Dock Bay on track to Brod Bay, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA964

Brod Bay and mountains to NW, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA965

Luxmore Hut and U-shaped valley of Mystery Burn (M) across South Fiord of Lake Te Anau, with Mt Owen (1769) (L) and Black Cone (1679) (R), Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA967

Rainbow over Lake Te Anau from Luxmore Hut, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA968

South Fiord of Lake Te Anau (L) and main Te Anau Lake (R) from track nr Luxmore Saddle, Mt Luxmore Hut - Iris Burn Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 20-Jan-04, SA969

Track along ridge between Forest Burn and Hanging Vallet Shelters, Mt Luxmore Hut - Iris Burn Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 20-Jan-04, SA972

Kea at Hanging Valley Shelter, Mt Luxmore Hut - Iris Burn Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 20-Jan-04, SA973

Iris Burn Valley upstream from clearing below Big Slip clearing, Iris Burn Hut - Rainbow Reach Swing Bridge Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 21-Jan-04, SA974

Iris Burn just downstream of Big Slip clearing, Iris Burn Hut - Rainbow Reach Swing Bridge Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 21-Jan-04, SA975

TV Aerial plant (R) along track nr Moturua Hut, Iris Burn Hut - Rainbow Reach Swing Bridge Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 21-Jan-04, SA977

Beach on Lake Manapouri from in front of Moturua Hut, Iris Burn Hut - Rainbow Reach Swing Bridge Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 21-Jan-04, SA978

 
Milford Track Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days4 (One way)TerrainForest, MountainsDateLate Jan
Region/PlaceSouthland, Fiordland NPCountryNew Zealand  
Dist (kms)53Height gain (m)800Route findingEasy
RouteGlade Wharf - Neale Burn Hut (N1) - Mintaro Hut (N2) - Mackinnon Pass - Dumpling Hut (N3) - Sandfly Point
NotesAnother classic walk through the deep U-shaped valleys typical of the region, with an alpine section high above the treeline. Permits are difficult to come by however, often requiring planning many months in advance. With often alternating days of fine and not so fine weather, make the most of the good days, walking ahead along the track if the next day's forecast is bad.
Drying waterproofs at Clinton Hut, Milford Track, Glade Wharf - Neale Burn Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 23-Jan-01, B822

Mossy forest nr Clinton Hut, Milford Track, Glade Wharf - Neale Burn Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 23-Jan-01, B824

Clinton River West Branch and Mt Fisher (L) and Castle Mtn (M), Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B826

Lake created by 1982 landslip and waterfall nr Hire Falls, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B828

1772 Peak from the Prairie nr Bus Stop Shelter, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B829

View E along Clinton Valley from nr St Quintin Falls viewpoint, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B830

Bridge on ascent to Mintaro Hut and Clinton Valley, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B831

Ferns and mossy forest nr Mintaro Hut, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B834

Ferns nr Mintaro Hut, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B833

Mt Hart (L) from Mintaro Lake, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B892

View of Green Valley and Lady of the Snows from Mackinnon Memorial, Mintaro Hut - Mackinnon Pass Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B837

Mt Elliot (M) and Mt Wilmar (R) from Mackinnon Memorial, Milford Track, Mintaro Hut - Mackinnon Pass Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B836

Sutherland Falls, Milford Track, Mintaro Hut - Mackinnon Pass - Dumpling Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 25-Jan-01, B840

Mackay Falls, Milford Track, Dumpling Hut - Sandfly Point Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 26-Jan-01, B842

Cleddau River Gorge from Sandfly Point, Milford Track, Dumpling Hut - Sandfly Point Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 26-Jan-01, B844

 
Rakiura Track Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days3TerrainForest, Coast / BeachDateLate Jan
Region/PlaceSouthland, Rakiura NP, Stewart IslandCountryNew Zealand  
Dist (kms)36Height gain (m)200Route findingEasy
RouteHalfmoon Bay - Horseshoe Bay - Maori Beach - Port William (N1) - Sawdust Bay - Halfmoon Bay
NotesYou'll probably always wonder what Stewart Island is like, and this track is an excellent way to get a feel for the place and the mud and contemplate what the full North-West Circuit would be like. The forests are very different from the rest of New Zealand and there are plenty of birds less frequently seen on the mainland. Wothwhile half-day walks are possible starting in Halfmoon Bay around the nearby sheltered bays and headlands.
Lee Beach and coast leading towards Maori Beach, Halfmoon Bay - Horseshoe Bay - Maori Beach - Port William Section, Rakiura Track (T), Rakiura NP, Stewart Island, Southland, New Zealand, 31-Jan-04, SA1027

Liitle River nr beach in Lee Bay, Halfmoon Bay - Horseshoe Bay - Maori Beach - Port William Section, Rakiura Track (T), Rakiura NP, Stewart Island, Southland, New Zealand, 31-Jan-04, SA1030

Track between Little River and Maori Beach, Halfmoon Bay - Horseshoe Bay - Maori Beach - Port William Section, Rakiura Track (T), Rakiura NP, Stewart Island, Southland, New Zealand, 31-Jan-04, SA1032

Southern Rata at beach in Lee Bay, nr Little River, Halfmoon Bay - Horseshoe Bay - Maori Beach - Port William Section, Rakiura Track (T), Rakiura NP, Stewart Island, Southland, New Zealand, 31-Jan-04, SA1031

Maori Beach through trees from western end of beach, Halfmoon Bay - Horseshoe Bay - Maori Beach - Port William Section, Rakiura Track (T), Rakiura NP, Stewart Island, Southland, New Zealand, 31-Jan-04, SA1033

View to west along Maori Beach, Halfmoon Bay - Horseshoe Bay - Maori Beach - Port William Section, Rakiura Track (T), Rakiura NP, Stewart Island, Southland, New Zealand, 31-Jan-04, SA1034

Boardwalk steps along Ryan's Creek Trail, Sawdust Bay - Halfmoon Bay Section, Rakiura Track (T), Rakiura NP, Stewart Island, Southland, New Zealand, 2-Feb-04, SA1035

 
Rees-Dart Track Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days4TerrainForest, Mountains, Lakes / Rivers / WaterfallsDateLate Jan
Region/PlaceOtago, Mt Aspiring NPCountryNew Zealand  
Dist (kms)70Height gain (m) Route findingEasy
RouteMuddy Creek - Shelter Rock Hut (N1) - Dart Hut (N2) - Daley's Flat Hut (N3) - Chinaman's Bluff
NotesWith scenery to match the more popular tracks such as the Milford and Routeburn Tracks, this walk takes you into the more remote mountains by way of the Rees and Dart River Valleys. The walk is varied, from wide river valleys to pristine beech forests and alpine heathland sections. The side-trip to the Dart Glacier passes through some very spectacular scenery.
Rees Valley from just beyond Muddy Creek, with Forbes Mountains, Muddy Creek - Shelter Rock Hut Section, Rees-Dart Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 25-Jan-04, SA1003

Sunset from Dart Hut campsite, with Mt Ian (2520) (MR), Shelter Rock Hut - Dart Hut Section, Rees-Dart Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 26-Jan-04, SA1004

Path alongside Snowy Creek just upstream from Dart Hut, Dart Hut - Daley's Flat Hut Section, Rees-Dart Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 27-Jan-04, SA1005

Tributary of Snowy Creek leading down towards Dart Hut, Dart Hut - Daley's Flat Hut Section, Rees-Dart Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 27-Jan-04, SA1007

Low mountain scrub above Dart Hut, Dart Hut - Daley's Flat Hut Section, Rees-Dart Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 27-Jan-04, SA1008

Mt Alpha (2280) (L) and Snowdrift Saddle (M) in Barrier Range, with Whitbourn River Valley from between Dart Hut and Cattle Flat, Dart Hut - Daley's Flat Hut Section, Rees-Dart Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 27-Jan-04, SA1009

Dart River Valley from upstream end of Cattle Flat, Dart Hut - Daley's Flat Hut Section, Rees-Dart Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 27-Jan-04, SA1010

Valley downstream and track through Cattle Flat, Dart Hut - Daley's Flat Hut Section, Rees-Dart Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 27-Jan-04, SA1013

Face in cliffs above Quinn's Flat, Dart Hut - Daley's Flat Hut Section, Rees-Dart Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 27-Jan-04, SA1014

Flat 1-2km downstream from Daley's Flat Hut, Daley's Flat Hut - Chinaman's Bluff Section, Rees-Dart Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 28-Jan-04, SA1015

Dart Valley to north from between Daley's Flat Hut and Sandy Bluff, Daley's Flat Hut - Chinaman's Bluff Section, Rees-Dart Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 28-Jan-04, SA1016

Dart River downstream of Sandy Bluff jetboat pickup point and Sandy Flat, Daley's Flat Hut - Chinaman's Bluff Section, Rees-Dart Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 28-Jan-04, SA1018

Brides Peak (2009) (M) and Albert Peak (2353) (MR further) from Dart River pools at end of Sandy Flat, Daley's Flat Hut - Chinaman's Bluff Section, Rees-Dart Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 28-Jan-04, SA1020

View north from flats at north end of Chinaman's Bluff, with Mt Chaos (1995) (L near) and Niobe Peak (2204) (M), Daley's Flat Hut - Chinaman's Bluff Section, Rees-Dart Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 28-Jan-04, SA1022

  
Routeburn Track Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days2TerrainForest, MountainsDateMid Jan
Region/PlaceOtago, Mt Aspiring NPCountryNew Zealand  
Dist (kms)32Height gain (m) Route findingEasy
RouteRouteburn Shelter - Routeburn Falls Hut (N1) - Harris Saddle - Conical Hill - Lake Mackenzie - Howden Hut (N2) - The Divide
NotesWonderful scenery, ranging from the beautiful Routeburn Flats to the balcony path above the tree-line from Harris Saddle across to Lake Howden. Lake MacKenzie is the jewel of this walk, and side trips to Conical Hill and Key Summit are also highlights. Although permits normally require some advance booking, Lake MacKenzie is fairly easlily accessible from The Divide on a day walk (for which a permit is not required). A fit walker could even complete the track in a long summer day, which again avoids the need for permits.
Ferns along Routeburn Track before Routeburn Flats Hut, Routeburn Shelter - Routeburn Falls Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 14-Jan-01, B740

View E from Routeburn Flats, 'V' leads to Routeburn Gorge, Routeburn Shelter - Routeburn Falls Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 14-Jan-01, B744

Routeburn River North Branch and Mt Erebus (L) from nr Routeburn Flats Hut, Routeburn Shelter - Routeburn Falls Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 14-Jan-01, B748

Panorama from Jan '94 landslip site, including Routeburn Flats and surrounding mtns (1), Routeburn Shelter - Routeburn Falls Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 14-Jan-01, B751

Lake Harris from Harris Saddle, Routeburn Falls Hut - Harris Saddle Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 14-Jan-01, B756

Mt Totoke and Routeburn Track leading from Lake Mackenzie to Harris Shelter, Routeburn Falls Hut - Harris Saddle - Lake Mackenzie - Howden Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 15-Jan-01, B762

Tarns and Harris Saddle, with East Peak (ML), Conical Hill side trip Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 14-Jan-01, B757

Mt Tutoko (L) and Lake McKerrow leading to Martins Bay (M - far) from Conical Hill, Conical Hill side trip Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 14-Jan-01, B758

East Peak and Harris Shelter with clouds in Hollyford Valley, Routeburn Falls Hut - Harris Saddle - Lake Mackenzie - Howden Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 15-Jan-01, B761

Lake Mackenzie with Ocean Peak (L) and Emily Peak (R), Routeburn Falls Hut - Harris Saddle - Lake Mackenzie - Howden Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 15-Jan-01, B764

Lake Mackenzie with Ocean Peak (L) and Emily Peak (R), Routeburn Falls Hut - Harris Saddle - Lake Mackenzie - Howden Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 15-Jan-01, B766

View to mountains across Hollyford Valley from The Orchard, with green broad-leaved ribbonwood trees, The Divide - Key Summit - Lake McKenzie - The Divide Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 22-Jan-04, SA991

Ferms and Ribbonwoods in the Orchard along the Routeburn Track, Routeburn Falls Hut - Harris Saddle - Lake Mackenzie - Howden Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 15-Jan-01, B770

Ferns along the Routeburn Track in the Orchard, Routeburn Falls Hut - Harris Saddle - Lake Mackenzie - Howden Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 15-Jan-01, B771

Lake Howden from Howden Hut and view to south, The Divide - Key Summit - Lake McKenzie - The Divide Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 22-Jan-04, SA993

Earland Falls, between Lake Howden Hut and McKenzie Hut, The Divide - Key Summit - Lake McKenzie - The Divide Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 22-Jan-04, SA982

Tarn at Key Summit (919), with Mt Christina (2502) (L) and Mt Lyttle (1913) (R) in Darran Mtns, The Divide - Key Summit - Lake McKenzie - The Divide Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 22-Jan-04, SA979

Lake McKenzie and Mt Emily (R) from nr Lake McKenzie Hut, The Divide - Key Summit - Lake McKenzie - The Divide Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 22-Jan-04, SA986