New Zealand

This section is purely dedicated to all of the hiking in New Zealand I’ve done including several multi-day hikes based on Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (yes, very nerdy, I know!).

This page is very much dedicated to all the hikes I’ve ever done in New Zealand.

There are some you will be familiar with, whilst others, in true form for The Hiking Society, you may not be aware of. This is what we want to do – show you the different places that you can go hiking in New Zealand outside of the Great Walks.

Have a read of our adventure guide in the Tongariro National Park to discover more walks in possibly one of the most iconic hiking areas in New Zealand

After nine days and almost 240kms, the day had finally arrived to walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and climb Mount Doom/Mount Ngaurahoe. We had to be up at out of the holiday park by 6:45 am as the trek started at the Mangatepopo Road car park at 7:30 am. The trek shuttle bus can be...
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“Go back, Sam. I’m going to Mordor alone” – Frodo in Fellowship of the Ring. And that is exactly what happened on day nine of our trek to the Tongariro Holiday Park. Well, for me anyway. Nelson’s ankle still wasn’t right, and Matt and Keith’s bodies were pretty sore. Given that day’s hike terrain was...
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It was on this day in 2015 that I and three others began our 10-day, 240km trek across New Zealand from the filming location of Hobbiton in Matamata to the filming location of Mount Doom (Mt. Ngaurahoe) on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Now, as you can probably imagine, this is not a hike (or a...
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