Explore the most popular walking trails in Canterbury Region with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

be prepared for sudden changes in weather. even if it's hit and sunny when you start out be prepared for hail and snow at the top. we did it a few weeks back and there was a sudden change of weather about 20 minutes to the summit. the exposure to wind and snow is awful. I was sure I wouldn't make it...! obviously I did. 2.5 hrs down the mountain cold and wet is not fun. be prepared!

Steep single track start and opens up later. Climb steadily up to summit road. We then turned left along summit road and came back down along Rapaki trail. Look out for Roger's Trail on your left which takes you back down to the car park where you started (Mt Vernon Park)

walking
8 days ago

Amazing views, a bit muddy in winter even on a sunny day... however TOTALLY worth it!

hiking
9 days ago

Part of Te Araroa, this section is known as the Richmond Trail. Nice views over Lake Tekapo. Best tramped south to north to fully enjoy the views of the mountains.

Fantastic afternoon walk. If the weather is good the views are amazing looking down Lyttelton harbour. The track ends at Packhorse hut, you can use the hut and even stay the night if you plan to carry on walking.

Great 10k. Every now and then the track disappears but it’s not hard to find it again. Beautiful Forrest’s and easy enough walk.
Love McLeans

Amazing view

walking
1 month ago

The mountains during winter are just magnificent. The views are really rewarding. Every now and then your heart rate gets up there, but hey... I loved it and so did the dog. Victoria Dog Park is on the track as well . It’s perfect for a little run and play around for your four legged friend. Watch out for the mountain bikers who are having a blast up there too. Maybe don’t do this track after rainy days. It’s get quite muddy and slippery especially when you got the dog on the lead.

Great track, watch out for the sheep

hiking
1 month ago

great walk....

nice short walk with nice views.

amazing trail that has it all! pretty steep sections at times, but it's so worth it! can't recommend it enough.

1 month ago

love going rapaki.

hiking
1 month ago

Always a good walk :)

Nice easy walk with great views. Good place to take the dogs!

Great for dogs and beautiful views on the mountains. If you looking for a quick walk to get out the city, that’d be one to do.

nice easy walk

great walk. added onto the halswell quarry walk also. good work out

hiking
1 month ago

Great Walk.. Quite busy on Weekends. Awesome during the week. Myself and the Dog loved it!!!

easy track with nice views !

Easy track with awesome views

amazing view and exciting to cross 3 swing bridges

Great views over the Waimak valley.

steep as hell and can be slippery, awesome views though

I have run up to the top of the Rapaki track several times. Good view looking from the top

Good track to run up but narrow and had to take care running up

hiking
2 months ago

Do you love stairs? Great views. Lots of stairs. Picnic table at the lookout. Last 200 steps were snow covered so a good walking stick will serve you well in June.

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