Most Popular Islands for Tramping in New Zealand

There are about 600 islands surrounding the North and South islands of New Zealand. Here we present a few of the most popular islands for travellers and hikers. Make sure to take your camera along when visiting one of these picturesque sceneries.

Waiheke Island

This island offers visitors a bit of something for everyone. Travellers have access to beautiful beaches, walking trails, and vineyards. Waiheke Island is rated as one of the most popular islands concerning the number of visitors and hikers that come here annually.

The Island is located a short 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, and Island visitors are rarely disappointed. Tourists can find beautiful local craft stores to pick up a few souvenirs during their stay.

Rangitoto Island

This is arguably the most photographed island in the country. Located in Auckland’s harbour, Rangitoto is a volcano that erupted out of the sea Waiheke about 600 years ago. The Island boasts a range of walking trails, including a hike to the summit of the volcano.

If you are keen on exploring the rest of the Island, there are a few fascinating lava caves to explore. The island is home to more than 250 species of native flora. The island is only a 15-minute ferry from the Ferry Terminal.

Kawau Island

This Island in the sun offers visitors a great place to spend the day with a mix of different walking trails to explore. A visit here will soon make you feel as though you are a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

This historically significant Island is also the site of an old Copper Mine. Visitors can see the Mansion House and take a walk through the old gardens. There are numerous walking tracks, water activities and even some camping spots available if you want to stay the night.

Make sure that one of these islands form part of your itinerary when travelling through the country.