Best camping trails in Canterbury, New Zealand

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Explore the most popular camping trails in Canterbury with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of camping trails in Canterbury, New Zealand
Top trails (30)
#1 - 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
#2 - Mount Fyffe
Mount Fyffe Conservation Area
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 7 h 13 m
#3 - Mount Somers Walkway, Woolshed Creek Hut
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Length: 14.1 mi • Est. 8 h 49 m
This trail starts at Woolshed Ck carpark and you can stay at Woolshed Creek Hut for the night; an immaculate hut that needs to be booked. From here, there are a number of short walks you can do without your packs: Watercaves and the saddle. Return to carpark with packs is via the 'bus stop'. There is much variation in vegetation and terrain. Beech forest, steep rocky sections, flat tussock stretches, rocky creek bed views, side walks, gorgeous views of snow capped mountains, long swing bridge to cross. Show more
#4 - Peak Hill Track
Peak Hill Conservation Area
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
Perfect views at the top. Decent climb to get up. Easy track to follow. Plan it when there is no Northerly winds! Good footwear for grip is very handy. Running shoes will slip and slide at points. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/canterbury/places/peak-hill-conservation-area/things-to-do/tracks/peak-hill-route/Show more
#5 - Mount Ollivier Summit via Mueller Hut Route
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 5 h 28 m
Please note that bookings are required to stay at Mueller hut. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/canterbury/places/aoraki-mount-cook-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/mueller-hut-route/Show more
#6 - Little Mount Peel via South Ridge Track and Deer Spur
Geraldine, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 4 h 39 m
#7 - Mount Grey and Maukatere Loop
Ashley Forest
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 4 h 49 m
Combine these tracks to form a circuit over Mt Grey/Maukatere. Mt Grey/Maukatere Track (Easiest way up): Time: 2–3 hr one way Track category: Walking track The track climbs steadily through nativebush and small areas of pine forest before opening out on to tussock slopes leading to the trig on the summit of Mt Grey/Maukatere. Red Beech Track (Recommend taking this way down, rather than up): Time: 3–4 hr one way Track category: Tramping track  From the summit of Mt Grey it's possible to descend via Red Beech Track to the Grey River picnic area. This track is steep in places, over patches of scree, and is easier to descend than climb. About half way down you'll need to ford the Grey River. Check the river levels at the picnic site before starting your trip – if the water is flowing over the ford, it will be too dangerous to cross the river on Red Beech Track.Show more
#8 - Packhorse Hut via Mount Herbert Walkway
Banks Peninsula
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
Note: Parts of the track are closed from August- October for lambing or during times of fire risk. This is the easiest track to Packhorse Hut. It starts near the crest of Gebbies Pass Road on the Lyttelton side, where there is a small car park. From the car park, the marked track crosses open paddocks before entering pine forest. It then climbs to open land and fantastic views high above Lyttelton Harbour. From there, it skirts below the Remarkable Dyke volcanic rock formations. The track ends at the historic Sign of the Packhorse Hut, which is well situated for views.Show more
#9 - Mount Bradley via Gebbies Pass
Banks Peninsula
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 6 h 9 m
Note: Parts of the track are closed from August- October for lambing or during times of fire risk. This track passes by Packhorse Hut and ventures onto the summit of Mount Bradley. It starts near the crest of Gebbies Pass Road on the Lyttelton side, where there is a small car park. Show more
#10 - Banks Peninsula Track
Pohatu Marine Reserve
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Length: 19 mi • Est. 11 h 38 m
This track is done in 2 to 3 days and is paid. Please visit the link for more information and/or to make accommodations: https://www.bankstrack.co.nz/Show more
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