it seems like all the threads here are about oz... so i thought id ask somethink about NZ.
im trying to find out which are the best places to go treking in NZ. how is it done (how to get from place to place, fees, sleeping arrangements, food)
so if anyone can help me with this info, please do...
I did some treking in Abel Tasmin National Park which was amazing. Which is in the North part of the South island.
Also down in the south west of the South island is Milford Sound which is impressive to say the least.
It's also pretty easy to get around. I did the Kiwi Experience (www.kiwiexperience.com) which was good fun but if you're into that there is a good coach service in NZ. I think its called Intercity.
Hope this helps
Abel Tasman and Milford Sound are probably the best multi-day hikes in NZ, but I'd also suggest the Tongariro Crossing (near Taupo on the north Island) as an excellent one day hike. The hike visits a few volcanic cones, including Mt.Ngauruhoe which was used in the Lord Of The Rings as Mt.Doom.
I'm from Christchurch and I run the local University tramping club. There is heaps to do, and although the Milford and Abel Tasmen are amzazing they can get quite crowded in summer. We do most of our trips up in Arthurs Pass and Lewis Pass. These are just as spectualr but without the crowds. For accomodation, all you need is a Doc Hut pass, these are about $60 and last for a year. You can stay in most DOC huts with this (with the exception of the great walks). Anyway, if you want more info try our clubs website (www.cutc.org.nz). The newsletter have outlines of weekend tramps that are probably not the typical tourist trips. Anyway, I hope this helps
PS: For the Best Hotpools in the Country, go the the Otehake Hotpools. Arthurs Pass, about 5 hours walk and its amazing!!