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This is a fun trail. Three suspension bridges, two lakes, a dozen waterfalls, and sideways rain.

hiking
4 days ago

Had a perfect day with clear skies. 3ish hours to the hut. Three exploring up there. And 3.5 down

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike. Beautiful scenery. Weather was a bit windy and rainy/snowy so the Keas weren’t out. It’s can get really cold up there especially after you leave the tree line. Be prepared to spend at least 6 hours. The way down is just as hard if you want to keep your footing.

Good tack with great views and a bit of history

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful.

Well maintained track with LOADS of stairs! We hopped over the fence at the end to see the base of the falls. A good cardio workout and super pretty.

Challenging with a 360’ reward

Great flat trail , views are stunning. Lots of people, but with views like this it's easy to see why. Most people are friendly and polite. 3 suspension bridges to cross both ways, bring a lunch and water. Good for all levels!

hiking
1 month ago

We climbed Avalanche Peak as a loop, going up Avalanche trail which starts just behind the visitor centre in Arthur’s Pass and down Scott’s track (the hike described here). Avalanche Trail is steeper than Scott’s and it is recommended to come up Avalanche and go down Scott’s.
This hike is pretty much as hard as it gets with most of the way up and down being more of a scramble than a hike over boulders, lose rocks and slick roots. But the views are very much worth it! Incredible 360 degree vistas once you get above the tree line. There are also quite a few of the insatiably curious Kea around - just take your time and watch them. They often even come right up to you to investigate your shoes, backpack or poles! Just please do not feed them :). Plan on taking the whole day - 7 to 8 hours if you want to have time for breaks and Kea observations.

1 month ago

punishing hike. the first 2/3 is pretty but the view is a bit monotonous. the real reward is reaching the ridge and hooking back towards Mueller hut for the glaciers and unrivaled view of Aoraki.

We did this hike Feb 9th. Beautiful sunny day. Nice exercise as you traverse a total of 3 suspension bridges each way. Bring a lunch or snack to eat at picnic tables at the final lake site. Quite a lot of people use this trail, so be prepared.
We heard a couple of ice sections collapse up in the higher mountains. The steel grey glacier melt water is fantastic to see. Great little day hike!

I'm not sure why this is rated as easy... it's quite steep but the views are worth it.

Very crowded / easy walk. The views are nice but you mostly see the same thing the whole way (I went on a rainy/cloudy day though). You could probably just do the first 30-45 minutes and see most of it.

on Mueller's Hut

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was definitely the highlight of our trip to the South Island! The trail begins with stairs and turns to rocks and boulders roughly halfway up. The view gets better the entire way. This can definitely be done as a day hike but I highly recommend booking a bunk at the Mueller Hut in advance or bringing up a tent. Listening to the avalanches and star gazing was something I won’t soon forget. Make sure to scramble up Mt Ollivier for a great 360 view and a view of the hut from above.

walking
2 months ago

Nice easy track suitable for families or walking the dog, with a bit of uphill and downhill work for extra spice. Well marked, this goes thru an area of private land where your dog must be on a lead, before entering the dog exercise area at Victoria Park, where he / she can have a good sniff all round. It also uses some shared areas with mountain bike riders, so your dog has to go on the lead there too. All in all, the whole 5.6km return walk with terrific views over Christchurch city took us an hour and three quarters in average weather conditions.

hiking
2 months ago

The second half after Sealy Tarns and the zillion stairs is one long rock scree scramble with a few boulders thrown in. Awesome!

Tons of traffic on a beautiful day. The icebergs in the cafe au lait water at the end was pretty neat.

great walk. nice view. start by the lake shore !

too much people

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. First half stair climb to Sealy Tarns then rock scramble path to the hut. Doable as a day trip but the sunset/sunrise from the hut was spectacular.

There are 300+ tall steps, 600 round trip. The trail is a tourist attraction and used extremely heavily. Although it is a nice falls, the base of the falls, the "Punch Bowel, cannot be seen from the boardwalk trail-end without climbing where over the safety rails, climbing past warning signs, then scrambling up a roughly worn path.

2 months ago

one of the best hikes I've done. so much fun, 2200 steps, then rock scrambling and then hiking through snow. stunning views along whole hike.

hiking
3 months ago

it's awesome! managed to get it done in 3 hours up and 2 hours down. One of my favourites, best views

Well maintained stairs and trail to pretty lookout platform. Nice trail.

hiking
3 months ago

The bridle path trail is well groomed and plenty wide for multiple users at a time. At the top there are 360 views of Christchurch and Lyttelton. Pretty steep incline in a relatively short distance. Took us 25 min to reach the top and we were hoofing it!! Would do this trail again.

Love rapaki

It is absolutely gorgeous surrounded by glacial mountains and waterfalls the whole way. You get rewarded with icebergs in the blue, glacier-water lake for the grand finale. Watch for bunnies along the way!

Nice short hike up and back on forest trail.

Nice short hike up and back on forest trail.

hiking
3 months ago

6-7 hours round trip. Very tough hike, but the incredible views are worth it. You’ll also see tons of Kea parrots at the top!

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