Choosing worthy candidates for a ‘best hikes’ list in a country which has literally thousands crowding at the door – each with their own valid arguments for inclusion – is an almost impossible task. There are those which register as an open-to-all pleasant ramble for a few hours amid stunning scenery to those which last for days and could be considered hardcore by the tramping fraternity. And of course endless possibilities in between.
With 14,000 kilometres of coastline and a variety of beaches ranging from lovely to sublime it is actually kind of tricky to find one in New Zealand which doesn’t register on someone’s ‘best of’ radar.
Along with its untouched wilderness, iconic landscapes, ancient heritage and unique wildlife, New Zealand will also be forever remembered as the place people began tossing themselves off bridges, buildings and viaducts. Forget your misgivings over the wisdom of it, just choose one of many of many structures from which to dive, and let gravity do the rest.