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Best trails in Canterbury

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Trying to find the best Canterbury trails? AllTrails has 214 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Whether you're looking for the best trails in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park or around Christchurch, Sheffield or Lyttelton we've got you covered. If you're looking for great Canterbury state park trails, check out Hakatere Conservation Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Halswell Quarry Park. Ready for some activity? There are 94 moderate trails in Canterbury ranging from 0.9 to 26.8 miles and from 13 to 5,403 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Canterbury
Top trails (214)
#1 - Hooker Valley Track to Hooker Lake
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
The trail is easy to follow and has spectacular views. Stunning walks over bridges and beautiful ice formations. Doable for anyone with reasonable fitness. Only a few inclines / steps but not technicShow more
#2 - Muller Lake Lookout
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 34 m
The most spectacular views per ounce of energy in all of New Zealand. Make sure to come on a clear day for the best experience. The trail is easy to follow and very comfortable. The carpark is prShow more
#3 - Sealy Tarns Track
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
This trails offers spectacular views of Aoraki Mount Cook and the surrounding valley and mountain ranges. The beginning of the trail is about an hour of stair climbing. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-Show more
#4 - Mueller Hut
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 4 h 24 m
Perhaps the best overnight hike in New Zealand, this 1000m climb takes you to watch and listen to avalanches tumbling off glaciers beneath the gaze of Mt Cook. Show more
#5 - Mount John Walkway
Twizel, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
Nice hike for a lookout over Lake Tekapo, the city, as well as the surrounding mountains. Definitely worth the time! https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/canterbury/places/lake-Show more
#6 - Devil's Punchbowl Lookout Trail
Arthur's Pass National Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 41 m
Beautiful waterfall with lots of water flowing even in summer. Walk has some steep bits but nothing too hard and well worth climbing up to this waterfall. Lots of parking and toilets at trail head. Show more
#7 - Bealey Spur Track
Craigieburn Forest Park
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 5 h 12 m
This is the most gorgeous hike! It is a gentle and constant climb; steep in quite a few places. Most of it seems like an enchanted forest with the mossy trees and ground cover and spindly tall trees eShow more
#8 - Tasman Lake Track
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
An easy hike for all abilities on a wide gravel track. Beautiful views over the lake with icebergs and the Tasman Glacier. Plenty of little details to see along the way, such as lichens, mosses, and tShow more
#9 - Bridle Path Track
Castle Rock Reserve
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
Hike up and over the Port Hills with amazing views of Lyttelton Harbour & Christchurch City. You can either start in Heathcote from the Christchurch Gondola carpark on Bridle Path Road or head throughShow more
#10 - Mount Fyffe
Mount Fyffe Conservation Area
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 7 h 13 m
Mount Fyffe is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a numbeShow more
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