The Kaikoura Coast Track – is this New Zealand’s finest two-day private walk?
New Zealand is blessed with a plethora of “private walking tracks” – trails established by income-diversifying farmers on their land. It is the “boutique tramping” option, combining luxuries of comfortable accommodation, hot showers, home-made meals and even baggage transport with the chance to escape the crowds and get off the beaten track.
Check out my comparison of two of New Zealand’s best-loved private walks here
The Kaikoura Coast Track, a 26km route along a “hidden coastline”, is described by the owners as the finest two-day private walk in New Zealand – and they are probably right. I walked it in 2016 and loved every minute. Think Hector’s dolphins playing in the surf; making virgin trails of footsteps on a cliff-lined beach; cute fur seals dozing on the grey sand; and glorious views of the distant Kaikoura mountain ranges. (Want more New Zealand tramping inspiration? Read my guide on how to plan a Kiwi hiking pilgrimage here)
I was sad to hear in November that a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the Kaikoura region – but, thankfully, the disaster did not affect the trail and it remains open to trampers. I hope people still visit the track and support the local community. Here are 14 photos of why they (and you) should: