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14 Amazing Backpacking Trips in New Zealand

New Zealand is one of our favorite places on the planet.

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New Zealand is on every traveler’s bucket list and for good reason. For some, it’s just to get their LOTR on and explore Hobbiton (which we fully support) but for others, it means getting far away from everything and finding peace in the mountains. Lucky for those folks, New Zealand has no shortage of epic backpacking opportunities and we’ve picked some of our favorites that our community has shared on The Outbound. Check them out below and plan your trip now!

Oh and a quick pro tip: Kiwis refer to trekking as “tramping” and trails as "tracks" so play it cool and do as the Kiwis do. 

Adventure by Josiah Roe

Adventure by Vincent Frascello

Adventure by Crystal Brindle

Adventure by Vincent Frascello

Adventure by Nico Babal

Adventure by Daniel Ernst

Adventure by Tiffany Young

Adventure by Crystal Brindle

Adventure by Crystal Brindle

Adventure by Erik Nilsson

Adventure by Crystal Brindle

Adventure by Crystal Brindle

Adventure by Daniel Ernst

Adventure by Daniel Ernst

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Cover photo: Daniel Ernst

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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