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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
4 days 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.

Great views! Steep climb initially and can be a bit muddy when wet but definitely worth the effort!

hiking
10 days ago

Easy walk with amazing views along the way. 3 bridge crossings.

Cave stream is a water based cave walk. There are some waterfalls that can be difficult to climb if you’re alone. Stay safe and check for recent rain to ensure water levels aren’t too high/currents aren’t too strong.

It takes approximately an hour of wading through water. Usually the deepest point is ~1.3m, most of the cave is only 0.5m deep though.

walking
25 days ago

Easy and accessible walk with stunning views.

Great steep walk, but absolutely worth it

hiking
25 days ago

Steep but really good it seems like longer but it’s not to longs just a lot of uphill walking

hiking
25 days ago

So good nice and easy and very scenic

It’s a pretty good track.

walking
28 days ago

Wouldn’t do it after a rainfall, it’s quite dangerous as it is!
It is closed but you can access it.

walking
28 days ago

One of my faves ☺️

hiking
28 days ago

Amazing views

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome view of the city although a bit steep. I recommend starting by the Gondola since it’s easier than starting on the other side.

hiking
1 month ago

6-7 hours hiking and climbing. Make sure you have enough water and proper outfit.

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Good tack with great views and a bit of history

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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.

3 months 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.

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