Above: View of Lake Te Anau from Mount Luxmore on the Kepler Track - © Jmfitzgerald/iStock/Thinkstock

New Zealand possesses some of the world’s most dramatic long-distance hiking trails, which for many American visitors provide the highlights of their trips. The tracks are well-maintained and run through routinely spectacular mountain and coastal scenery. There are nine premier trails, known as the “Great Walks” (although, confusingly, one of them is a kayaking journey on the North Island’s Whanganui River). Perhaps the two most famous are the Kepler Track and the Milford Track, both of which are in Fiordland at the tip of the South Island.

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Above: View of Lake Te Anau from Mount Luxmore on the Kepler Track - © Jmfitzgerald/iStock/Thinkstock

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