If you are planning a trip to New Zealand you would be hard pressed not to see some mountains along the way. New Zealand is about 75% mountains and they are all majestic. While you might not have time to see them all, there really is something for everyone: great leisurely day hikes, tough climbs, glaciers, and most of all fantastic views.
Here are some suggestions if you are planning to visit the mountains of New Zealand:
1) Fiordland park – If you are looking for dramatic landscapes this is the place to go. There are some beautiful trails with overnight possibilities that will appeal to pretty much everyone. You can take a scenic flight over the area. You can even rent a kayak and enjoy the views from the water. Either way, if you are planning a longer stay in New Zealand, make sure to reserve a few days in this national treasure.
2) South Island – If you are looking for something a little out of the way, but with some of the most challenging hiking in New Zealand, this is where to go. Some of New Zealand’s highest mountains are located on this island, as are many of New Zealand’s most breathtaking glaciers. And if hiking isn’t your thing, you can enjoy some of the world’s most extraordinary views while enjoying wine tasting from local wineries.
3) Ruapehu Mountain – If you are looking for a peak to enjoy, Ruapehu (pictured) is a fun mountain to enjoy by bicycle. Enjoy the forest and spend a few days negotiating trails by bike while enjoying quality local accommodation. This might not be an ideal vacation for someone with little stamina; but if you spend time at the gym, this trip can be a fun challenge.
4) Mount Taranaki – If you are a beginner hiker this is a great starting peak. Often called New Zealand’s most used trail, don’t let this scare you away. If you only have a day, you should be able to take the summit, even if you don’t have much experience. If you want to try something a bit longer, you can use the hikers’ huts and enjoy a several-day-long hike.
When planning your trip to New Zealand, remember that they are used to hikers and have a wide variety of accommodations available. There are quality hiker huts, which should be comfortable for even a new hiker. This means you do not have to carry around a heavy tent, but should bring sleeping bags, a camping stove and food unless you have booked a room at a hotel.