New Zealand and Australia boast some of the finest hiking trails available worldwide, which cater for every skill level – experienced hikers can test themselves against challenging trails while novice hikers will find something suitable.
Both countries boast breathtaking landscapes, picturesque beaches and fascinating indigenous histories; New Zealand offers you an opportunity to connect with and learn about its Maori heritage.
1. Bibbulmun Track
Australia boasts some of the finest hiking trails worldwide. Take your pick between tropical beaches, rugged mountains, glaciers and rain-lashed cliffs on these trails for an incredible outdoor adventure.
Take the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia – one of the world’s great long distance walks – from Kalamunda to Albany; its 1000km journey takes in granite outcrops, majestic forests and along Western Australia’s picturesque south coast.
The Bibbulmun Track offers 49 shelters equipped with water and sleeping shelters that are regularly spaced along its route, making it easy for walkers and hikers alike to make the most of their time spent hiking along its shores.
Hiking on the Bibbulmun Track requires extensive planning, so be sure to book accommodation early. The Bibbulmun Track Foundation maintains a list of Walker Friendly Businesses which may accommodate you and your travel party; check their website before embarking on your adventure!
2. Larapinta Trail
The Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s premier walking trails and an unforgettable journey through ancient lands of West MacDonnell Ranges.
Trail running can be long, challenging and requires extensive planning in order to maximize your experience. Be prepared for everything from water scarcity and weather conditions to potential water shortage.
This multi-day hike will bring you through stunning landscapes ranging from majestic mountains, glacier-carved valleys and magical waterfalls, as well as native forests. Along the way, you may even spot keas, the world’s only alpine parrot!
3. Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
Kangaroo Island, situated off South Australia’s south-eastern coast, is often underestimated as a hiking destination. Boasting stunning beaches, coastal heathlands, lush eucalypt forests, and dramatic beach-side ledges; Kangaroo Island makes for an exceptional hiking experience!
Explore Kangaroo Island’s natural attractions on a 5-day tour that allows you to fully appreciate its splendor. Travel with an experienced guide along lookouts, beaches and wineries on this full day tour.
On your hike you will encounter an abundance of wildlife such as black swamp wallabies, Eastern grey kangaroos, reptiles and perhaps even koalas!
Hiking along the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is one of the highlights of any trip to this unique part of Australia! These trails provide an incredible mix of wild terrains and breathtaking landscapes – giving you plenty of chances to connect with nature throughout your adventure!
4. Great Ocean Walk
Hiking is an incredible way to explore Australia and New Zealand’s breathtaking landscapes, offering panoramic views from tropical beaches and rugged mountains to glaciers and rain-lashed cliffs – and New Zealand/Australia offers some of the world’s greatest hikes.
Hikes in these countries are a must-see experience when visiting for the first time, not only due to stunning scenery; some trails also explore fascinating indigenous histories and cultures – adding extra excitement to your journey!
Victoria’s Great Ocean Walk is one of the nation’s premier hikes, yet not without its challenges; grade three terrain requires hiking boots, reasonable fitness and careful planning for success.