Best kid friendly trails in New Zealand

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Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in New Zealand 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 kid friendly trails in New Zealand
Top trails (341)
#1 - Hooker Valley Track to Hooker Lake
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
The trail is easy to follow and has spectacular views. Stunning walks over bridges and beautiful ice formations. Doable for anyone with reasonable fitness. Only a few inclines / steps but not technically difficult. Carpark is pretty much packed after 900am but there is enough parking for ~200 so your bound to get something anytime throughout the day. Show more
#2 - Wairere Falls Track
Te Aroha, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
#3 - Tiki Walking Track
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
A beautiful hike that is on the shorter side but very steep. There is a nearby Gondola. Lots of shade along the way, very little sun exposure.Show more
#4 - Mount Maunganui Track
Mauao Historic Reserve
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
Great views from Tauranga to ‘Shark Alley’!Show more
#5 - Taranaki Falls Loop
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
Enjoy this hike to the spectacular Taranaki waterfall. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/central-north-island/places/tongariro-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/taranaki-falls-walking-track/Show more
#6 - Cathedral Cove Loop
Hikuai, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
Great trail and almost all paved. There is quite a bit of up and down, and a ton of stairs at the very end so those with knee issues should beware. If you continue on the shore, there is an old rope swing, too, that you can see from the hillside. The info center is a good stop if coming from the beach because there is shade, restrooms, and food/ice cream trucks. This is also where the public transit has a stop. The beach is quite a bit rockier here, though so just a heads’ up. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/coromandel/places/hahei-area/tracks/cathedral-cove-walk/Show more
#7 - Mount John Walkway
Twizel, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
Nice hike for a lookout over Lake Tekapo, the city, as well as the surrounding mountains. Definitely worth the time! More information about tracks around Lake Tekapo can be found here: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/canterbury/places/lake-tekapo-area/things-to-do/lake-tekapo-town-tracks/Show more
#8 - Mount Crichton Loop Track
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
First, this trail is definitely on the harder end of moderate. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and so worth the effort. There’s a lot of steep uphills, but it pays off with a beautiful view of the lakes. Spectacular scenery on the way up, and good amount of shade. The cabin is also awesome to see near the top. Walk behind the cabin and you’ll see the bridge. Would definitely do again! https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/otago/places/queenstown-area/things-to-do/mt-crichton-loop-track/Show more
#9 - Mercer Bay Loop Track
Waitakere Ranges Regional Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
Please note most trails in the area are closed to protect kauri trees. This trail remains open, but status may change. Please check list below for the most up-to-date information. https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/plants-animals/pests-weeds/Pages/protect-our-kauri-trees.aspx Show more
#10 - Devil's Punchbowl Lookout Trail
Arthur's Pass National Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 41 m
Beautiful waterfall with lots of water flowing even in summer. Walk has some steep bits but nothing too hard and well worth climbing up to this waterfall. Lots of parking and toilets at trail head. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/canterbury/places/arthurs-pass-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/devils-punchbowl-walking-track/Show more
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