North Island Walking & Hiking trails

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We’ve been out walking all over the North Island and documented our hiking journeys.

All the walks and hikes we’ve done are free for everyone to enjoy, no need to pay anything to walk them. This page is full of walks suitable for everyone from short walks to big hikes, the North Island in New Zealand has it all. We’ve taken stunning photos, and documented everything you need to know about each walk. Choose the area you’re interested in walking and click on one of the boxes below. Now, I know there are a lot of walks on this page, so which are the best ones you’re asking? Ok, we’ve put together a new page with our recommended top 10 walks & hikes you should do in the North Island of New Zealand.



Grannys Bay Beach on the Long Bay Regional Park Coastal Track in Auckland Region

Auckland Region Walks

NORTH ISLAND WALKS Auckland Region Walks & Hikes © Freewalks.nz We’ve been out walking all over the Auckland region and documented our hiking journeys. Below …

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Awhitu Walking & Hiking Guide

Awhitu walks and hiking

Find out why Awhitu is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Awhitu area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Awhitu has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Walks and hiking in Wellington, North Island, New Zealand - Copyright Freewalks.nz-2

Central Wellington Walks

Find out why Wellington is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Wellington area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Wellington has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Cooks Beach Walking & Hiking Guide - Waikato Region - New Zealand

Cooks Beach walks and hiking

Find out why Cooks Beach is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Cooks Beach area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Cooks Beach has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Eastbourne Walks and Hikes - Wellington - Copyright Freewalks.nz - Pencarrow Walk

Eastbourne walks and hiking

Find out why Eastbourne is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Eastbourne area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Eastbourne has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Hahei Walking & Hiking Guide - Waikato Region - New Zealand

Hahei walks and hiking

Find out why Hahei is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Hahei area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Hahei has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Katikati Hikes and walks in Bay of Plenty, North Island - Copyright Freewalks.nz

Katikati walks and hiking

Find out why Katikati is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Katikati area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Katikati has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Lyttelton walks and hiking in Christchurch Canterbury -Copyright Freewalks.nz-Bridle track

Lyttelton walks and hikes

Find out why Lyttelton is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Lyttelton area. Located in the stunning South Island of New Zealand, Lyttelton has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Walks and hiking in Mahurangi West, North Island, New Zealand - Copyright Freewalks.nz-2

Mahurangi West

Find out why Mahurangi West is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Mahurangi West area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Mahurangi West has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Martinborough Walking & Hiking Guide - Wellington Region - New Zealand

Martinborough walks and hiking

Find out why Martinborough is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Martinborough area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Martinborough has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Castle Point light house (4)-2

Masterton walks and hiking

Find out why Masterton is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Masterton area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Masterton has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Matamata Walking & Hiking Guide - Waikato Region - New Zealand

Matamata walks and hikes

Find out why Matamata is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Matamata area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Matamata has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Mt Egmont Walking & Hiking Guide - Taranaki Region - New Zealand - Veronica Loop Hike

Mt Egmont walks and hiking

Find out why Mt Egmont is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Mt Egmont area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Mt Egmont has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Mt Maunganui Summit walk - steep steps at the beginning of the walk - Copyright Freewalks.nz

Mt Maunganui walks and hiking

Find out why Mt Maunganui is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Mt Maunganui area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Mt Maunganui has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Napier walks and hikes, North Island, New Zealand - Copyright Freewalks.nz - Waipatik Beach Walk

Napier walks and hikes

Find out why Napier is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Napier area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Napier has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free New Plymouth Walking & Hiking Guide - Taranaki Region - New Zealand - Paritutu Rock Walk

New Plymouth walks and hikes

Find out why New Plymouth is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the New Plymouth area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, New Plymouth has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Paeroa Walking & Hiking Guide - Waikato Region - New Zealand

Paeroa walks and hiking

Find out why Paeroa is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Paeroa area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Paeroa has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Walks & hiking in Piha, North Island - Copyright Freewalks.nz

Piha walks and hiking

Find out why Piha is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Piha area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Piha has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Putaruru Walking & Hiking Guide - Waikato Region - New Zealand

Putaruru walks and hiking

Find out why Putaruru is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Putaruru area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Putaruru has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Bridal Falls Raglan

Raglan walks and hiking

Find out why Raglan is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Raglan area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Raglan has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Reporoa Walks - Bay of Plenty Region - New Zealand - Butchers Hot Pool - Copyright Freewalks.nz

Reporoa walks and hiking

Find out why Reporoa is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Reporoa area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Reporoa has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Rotorua Walking & Hiking Guide - Bay of Plenty Region - New Zealand

Rotorua walks & hiking

Find out why Rotorua is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Rotorua area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Rotorua has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Stillwater walks & hiking

Find out why Stillwater is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Stillwater area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Stillwater has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Taupo Walking & Hiking Guide - Waikato Region - New Zealand - Huka Falls Walk - Copyright Freewalks.nz

Taupo walks and hiking

Find out why Taupo is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Taupo area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Taupo has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Walks and hiking in Tauranga, North Island, New Zealand - Copyright Freewalks.nz

Tauranga walks and hikes

Find out why Tauranga is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Tauranga area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Tauranga has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Te Aroha Walking & Hiking Guide - Bay of Plenty Region - New Zealand

Te Aroha walks & hiking

Find out why Te Aroha is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Te Aroha area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Te Aroha has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Hikes and walks in Thames, North Island - Copyright Freewalks.nz - View on the Water Race walk

Thames walks and hikes

Find out why Thames is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Thames area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Thames has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Ruapehu, Tongariro National park - Manawatu Region, North Island - Copyright Freewalks.nz

Tongariro National Park & Mt Ruapehu walks and hiking

Find out why Tongariro National Park is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Tongariro National Park area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Tongariro National Park has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Turangi Walking & Hiking Guide - Waikato Region - New Zealand - Lake Rotopounamu - Copyright Freewalks.nz

Turangi walks and hikes

Find out why Turangi is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Turangi area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Turangi has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Urenui Walking & Hiking Guide - Taranaki Region - New Zealand - Mt Messenger (16)

Urenui walks and hikes

Find out why Urenui is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Urenui area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Urenui has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Walks and hikes at Waihi, North Island, New Zealand - Copyright Freewalks.nz-2

Waihi walks and hiking

Find out why Waihi is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Waihi area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Waihi has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Wainuiomata Walking & Hiking Guide - Wellington Region - New Zealand -Turakirae Head Seals Walk

Wainuiomata walks and hiking

Find out why Wainuiomata is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Wainuiomata area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Wainuiomata has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Waiotemarama walks, North Island, New Zealand-4

Waiotemarama walks and hiking

Find out why Waiotemarama is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Waiotemarama area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Waiotemarama has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Waitakere Rangers Walking & Hiking - Tram Line Track - Auckland - Copyright Freewalks.nz

Waitakere Ranges walks and hiking

Find out why Waitakere Ranges is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Waitakere Ranges area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Waitakere Ranges has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Waiwera Walking & Hiking - Wenderholm Regional Park - Auckland - Copyright Freewalks.nz

Waiwera walks and hiking

Find out why Waiwera is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Waiwera area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Waiwera has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Warkworth Walking & Hiking - Tawharanui Ridge - Auckland - Copyright Freewalks.nz (5)

Warkworth walks and hiking

Find out why Warkworth is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Warkworth area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Warkworth has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Whakatane walks and hikes, North Island, New Zealand - Copyright Freewalks.nz - Kohi Point

Whakatane walks and hiking

Find out why Whakatane is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Whakatane area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Whakatane has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Whangamata Walking & Hiking Guide - Bay of Plenty Region - New Zealand - 4

Whangamata walks and hiking

Find out why Whangamata is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Whangamata area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Whangamata has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Whangaparaoa Walking & Hiking - Shakespear Regional Park - Auckland - Copyright Freewalks.nz

Whangaparaoa walks and hiking

Find out why Whangaparaoa is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Whangaparaoa area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Whangaparaoa has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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