Summer is the best season to wear your trekking shoes and set off to the trails of New Zealand. The days are very long, the colours explode with their red fire color, and the waters of any lake, lagoon, river or sea invite you to refresh yourself. If the incredible landscapes of this country is not enough motivation to go out and explore a little, think about everything you ate in the holidays. This is the best way to lose those extra pounds!
1. Kauri Coast
This 30-minute round trip is an easy way to enjoy breathtaking views of the Hokianga Harbor as well as some of its history. After scaling the cliffs of the peninsula, you would see the remains of the old station which was closed in 1951. This walk starts at the end of Signal Station Rd, which is signposted from the SH 12 southbound from Omapere.
It is said to be the best day trip in New Zealand. This walk follows a path of 19 kilometers (eight hours) across the Tongariro National Park, which is a World Heritage Site. You would see hot flowing lava, steam vents, springs, volcanic craters, emerald lakes, and phenomenal views of the region.
Not far from Palmerston North is Te Apiti Manawatu Gorge, a magnificent natural park. There are lots of wonderful walks here, including the Manawatu Gorge Loop Walk (30 minutes), the Manawatu Gorge Track (5 hours) and the Upper Gorge Bridge Track (2 hours). In addition to walking, you can explore the area by horseriding, mountain biking, kayaking, or by jet boat.
Walk through twisted trees covered with mosses and plants that hang from the magical Goblin Forest on Mount Taranaki before reaching the Wilkies Pools on this exciting ride. Go back along the same path in the same direction, or cross the stream to take a different route that includes small waterfalls and a spring. This ride starts at the parking lot near the Dawson Falls Visitor Center and takes 45 or 90 minutes, depending on the route you take when you return.
5. Golden Bay
The Heaphy Track at Golden Bay stretches 78 kilometers through Kahurangi National Park amidst lush native forest. The viewpoint of the Flanagans Corner, with 915 mt is the highest part of the trail. As you can imagine, incredible views await you. This is the longest of the Great Walks, so you'll need four to six days to get around.