Do you want to get the most of the real kiwi summer and give hiking a go? If you're a modesty-loving woman ready to start your hiking journey in New Zealand, get ready for unforgettable experiences. New Zealand's incredible trails offer not just breathtaking views but a chance to fall in love with hiking.
1. Tongariro Alpine Crossing:
This 19.4 km hike in the North Island takes you through emerald lakes and volcanic craters.
Fun fact: Tongariro is an active volcano, making every step a walk through geological history.
The surprising aspect of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is that, despite its considerable length, the terrain isn't as challenging as one might expect. The well-maintained track is designed to be accessible for hikers with varying levels of experience. The gradual inclines and declines provide a balanced and manageable hike, allowing beginners to enjoy the stunning volcanic landscapes without feeling overwhelmed. So, while the distance might seem substantial, the carefully crafted trail ensures a comfortable and enjoyable experience for hikers of all skill levels.
2. Abel Tasman Coast Track:
Traverse the 60 km of the Abel Tasman Coast Track in the South Island, where golden beaches and lush forests create a picturesque setting.
And here's a tidbit to add to the allure: Golden Bay, a stop along the way, basks in more sunshine than any other spot in New Zealand.
What makes coastal hikes like the Abel Tasman Coast Track particularly beginner-friendly is the gentle terrain and stunning scenery. Unlike more challenging mountainous trails, coastal paths often feature relatively flat landscapes with minimal elevation gain. This means that hikers, especially those new to the trails, can enjoy a more leisurely and comfortable walking experience. The soothing sound of waves, the fresh sea breeze, and the breathtaking coastal views make it an ideal environment for beginners to immerse themselves in the joy of hiking.
And as you navigate these coastal trails, the WOMMO's Safari Set not only ensures your comfort but also effortlessly complements the coastal charm, keeping you chic and at ease throughout your journey.
3. Hooker Valley Track:
Embark on the 10 km Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, a mesmerising journey that unfolds the magnificence of the Southern Alps and the iconic Hooker Glacier.
Here's a fascinating fact: The turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki get their stunning hue from finely ground rock particles, creating a visual spectacle that complements the natural beauty of the surroundings.
What sets the Hooker Valley Track apart for beginners is not just its breathtaking views but also its well-maintained path. The track's careful maintenance ensures that hikers, regardless of their experience level, can navigate the route with ease. As you traverse the trail, you can expect sturdy boardwalks and bridges, making the journey more accessible for those new to hiking.
Now, picture yourself in the WOMMO's Virtue Lightweight Set, not only relishing the awe-inspiring views but also enjoying the cool alpine breeze. And the excitement doesn't stop there. Along the way, hikers can anticipate delightful surprises, from vibrant alpine flora to occasional glimpses of native wildlife. The Hooker Valley Track is a perfect blend of accessible trails and stunning surprises, making it an unforgettable experience for hiking enthusiasts.
4. Queen Charlotte Track:
Nestled in the stunning Marlborough Sounds, the Queen Charlotte Track offers a delightful 70 km journey through lush native forests and along the captivating coastline.
Did you know? The track is part of New Zealand's Great Walks, promising a picturesque adventure for beginners seeking scenic beauty without the strenuous challenge.
Unlike more demanding ascents, the Queen Charlotte Track features well-maintained paths and moderate terrain, making it an ideal introduction for beginners. The trail gently winds along the coastline, providing breathtaking views of the Marlborough Sounds without overwhelming uphill climbs. With its relatively flat sections and well-marked paths, this track allows novice hikers to savour the joy of hiking while immersed in the serene beauty of the region.
5. Mueller Hut Route:
Located in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, the Mueller Hut Route beckons with its alpine charm, leading you to the iconic Mueller Hut.
Here's a fascinating bit of history: Constructed in 1914 originally for mountaineers, this hut has transformed into a must-visit destination, offering unparalleled panoramic views.
What makes the Mueller Hut Route uniquely beginner-friendly is its carefully graded track, allowing hikers with varying experience levels to enjoy alpine wonders without an overwhelming challenge. The trail is well-marked and maintains a moderate incline, providing a satisfying ascent without the need for advanced mountaineering skills.
Mueller Hut not only offers breathtaking views of the Southern Alps but also provides a sense of accomplishment for beginners. As you ascend, you'll be treated to changing landscapes, from alpine meadows to rocky terrains, creating a diverse and rewarding hiking experience. And reaching Mueller Hut, perched at 1,800 meters, grants you a front-row seat to some of the most awe-inspiring vistas in New Zealand, making it an unforgettable journey for both novice and seasoned hikers alike.
Embark on these trails, soak in New Zealand's beauty, and let each step become a part of your hiking story. So, which trail are you conquering first? The answer is waiting on these trails, inviting you to create your narrative in the heart of New Zealand's mesmerising landscapes. Where will your journey take you?