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16 hours 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
11 days 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
14 days 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
14 days 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
27 days 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.

28 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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