10 Stunning Hiking Trails and Great Walks for Your Next Trip to New Zealand – Travel + Leisure

New Zealand’s natural beauty is unparalleled. From its majestic mountains, lush rainforests, pristine lakes, and beaches, it’s a place where Mother Nature truly shows off her best assets. Want to experience it all? Then it’s time to head out on one of the country’s Great Walks.

In New Zealand, whether you’re discovering your inner athlete, or you want to immerse yourself in some of the world’s most remarkable nature, you can explore in peace at your own pace. Here are a few of New Zealand’s most stunning walks to bookmark for when you’re ready to set out for adventure on foot.

The Milford Track

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“The Lord of the Rings” often comes up when I mention that I’m from New Zealand. People are entranced by the scenery. “Does it really look like that?” they ask. The answer is yes, on the Milford Track (where filming took place), it does.

It’s arguably the country’s most famous walk and has been a hikers’ favorite for over 150 years, counting Sir Edmund Hillary among its fans. The Milford Track sits within a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” for good reason.

The 33-mile walking track begins at Lake Te Anau, through Fiordland National Park, arriving at the spectacular Milford Sound (four days later, that is). The scene looks like it was painted by Monet. There are majestic snow-capped mountains, ancient rainforests, the country’s highest waterfall, and sapphire blue waters, completely unobstructed by man-made roads. Both novices and seasoned hikers can enjoy the track, although it is not recommended for children under 10.

Abel Tasman Coast Track

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Source: https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/best-hikes-great-walks-new-zealand

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