Long distance tramping in New Zealand can be challenging. The land is rugged. The weather is changeable. Rivers rise and can trap you. The North Island has dense forest – we call it bush. What’s called hiking in the northern hemisphere is called tramping here for good reason – it’s slower and requires more strength. Average tramping speed along North Island forest tracks is 2.5km/h. South Island tramping is generally more open but is higher altitude and unforgiving to the badly prepared. 

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