When was the last time you took out time from your busy schedule and gazed at the stars? Or when was the last time you did anything that made you feel close to nature?
Just as there are two sides to a coin, so are there two sides to the technological advancements that have taken place in almost the entire world. If these technological advancements have brought us close to our loved ones sitting thousands of miles apart from us, it has distanced ourselves from the most beautiful creation of God on this earth that is Nature. The best way to do anything that makes us feel close to nature is to take out a few days from our busy lives and to plan a hiking trip to the best hiking trails in New Zealand. Now hiking is a bit like life as someone has rightly said- “Hiking like life, is the only journey that requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty at every step of the trek, not just at the summit.” Presenting you the top hiking trails of New Zealand
1. Abel Tasman National Park
If you are looking for a hiking trip that brings you closer to nature, The Abel Tasman Coast Park would be a perfect choice. Located in the Abel Tasman National Park in the Nelson/Tasman region, it is one of the best hiking trails of New Zealand. Its length is 60 kilometers and it stretches from Marahau in the south to Wainui in the north and has a couple of sidetracks. The water is sparkling blue and sheltered by small islands dotting the horizon, making one’s journey throughout the coast track extremely peaceful and soothing. Traveling en route one can spot many fur seals basking lazily in the afternoon sun on the calm shores.
2. Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Based on the lord of the rings fandom, the Tongariro alpine crossing located in the Tongariro national park in the north island is the land of Mordor in dark craggy flesh ( reference- The Lord Of Rings by JRR Tolkien). In slightly jagged weather conditions, the craggy volcanic rocks and steep climbs evoke and unusual sense of foreboding that is enough to send a chill down anyone’s spine. But on a clear, sunny morning one can easily spot Mt. Ngauruhoe in its full bloom, on this 12 miles, seven-hour trek. This trek is commonly known as the best day hike because this trek can be completed easily in 7 hours and the best views can be seen in the morning.
3. Mueller Hut
Another one of the best day hikes is the Mueller hut trek. It takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top of the hut which is located about 1400 meters above the sea level, and then it takes another 3 to 4 hours to return back. The trek begins from white horse hill which is a 2.5 hours drive from Wanaka. This trek is not a very easy journey; rather it’s a very challenging one. But the best views can be seen only after the hardest climbs. And so after this tiresome and a very jagged track, the glorious views seen from new Zealand’s tallest mountain, mount crook serve as a reward for the tired trekkers.
4. Roy’s Peak, Wanaka
Roy’s trek is another one of the hardest, yet the most rewarding treks of new Zealand. The trek is a 16 km return journey with an incline of 1.2 km (yes, that sounds really difficult, but rest assured the view would be worth the wait). This elevation of 1.2 km remains during the entirety of the trek and at no point of the trek, one would find oneself walking on flat ground. This undoubtedly makes it a tiresome trek on the way up, but the return journey wouldn’t be any easier as it would be hard on the knees. Though it would be strongly recommended to check the weather conditions before starting this trek as cloudy skies can pretty well kill the motive of this challenging trek. The top of the beautiful mountains surrounding the trek wouldn’t be visible in slightly disturbing weather conditions.
5.Mount Joint Summit, Lake Tekapo
With its distinctive turquoise water, Lake Tekapo is one of the most beautiful lakes of New Zealand. There are a number of hikes that can be done around the lake but the joint summit is one of the best hikes. The trail is surrounded in a more steep section in the woods which are surrounded by typical New Zealand trees. The walk amidst the woods is most picturesque but a calm, early morning hike provides breathtaking views over Lake Tekapo and the surrounding scenic views.