Te Araroa Trail, New Zealand

Walk the length of New Zealand—both the North and South Islands—on a trail that takes 50 to 80 days per island to complete if you dare tackle the full 1,800 miles. Te Araroa has a lot to choose from though, meaning you can conquer a months-long trip, plan for a several-days-long adventure, or take it slow on family-friendly day hike.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing is the most popular day trip for its aqua-colored Emerald Lakes and moon-like volcanic craters. Multi-day walks like the East Ahuriri Track can take as little as two days, meandering through beech forests, valleys, and across rivers for a bite-sized dose of New Zealand’s mesmerizing natural scenery. The Te Araroa Trail’s website offers up many recommended multi-day or single-day trails.

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