Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

3 days ago

I only hiked down after returning from the skyline. A decent hike for sure. It took about an hour to get down

It’s hard but I highly recommend that. The view is amazing, unforgettable!!!

walking
5 days ago

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

Absolutely stunning vistas, we were incredibly lucky with the weather - 3 bluebird days to enjoy incredible scenery. A good challenging hike

A great challenging hill climb with amazing views. Loved the faerie grove

hiking
6 days ago

Nice short 2hr trail!!

hiking
6 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.

walking
7 days ago

Lovely place. Track steep in places but the falls are worth it. Awesome photoshoot spot

hiking
9 days ago

We have hiked to the Peach Cove hut each summer for the last three years. I’ve gotten progressively more unfit, so it’s gotten harder each time! But the track itself is great, in good condition and well maintained. We stay at the hut for a couple of nights so we are carrying our gear, food and water which makes it tough. It would be a much nicer walk without the packs! We love it and it’s a fantastic family holiday.

hiking
10 days ago

This is where the hobbits live. Lush and interesting. Such a beautiful climb. 3.5hrs total, with lots of pictures, at a steady pace. I would do this hike a hundred times over.

11 days ago

Amazing view during sunset

Easy walk to (near) the base of the glacier. The track is really well maintained and great to walk on. If you're only stopping by in Franz Josef thus is a good little out and back walk to do.

11 days ago

Walked the track in July (mid winter) starting in the darkness at 7am. The first 4ks up were fine, then the track became snow/ice covered which made progress slow going. Amazing views at the top, but the lookout point was very slippery (be careful if going up when icy).

6hours return.

hiking
11 days ago

One of the best hike I ever did. 6 hrs, took our time, long and hard but so worth it. Imagine walking on a Volcano, and feeling like you are on Mars! Bring layers, good shoes, lots of water and a lunch. You need shuttle service at end or another arrangement. This is a one way 20k ride. Enjoy!

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.

17 days ago

Best ever

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

hiking
17 days ago

As the other reviews mentioned, the track itself is pretty bland but the views are spectacular! Worth going all the way to the top past the view point. About 1/3 of the track was very muddy and slippery and the summit push is pretty snowy, but manageable (we were hiking in running shoes). Definitely steep. We made it to the summit in just under 3 hours with the above conditions.

Awesome track! Took us two hours to reach the end (one way) and it was worth it. The track is not exhausting (I am medium fit) but can be a bit slippery aspecially when you go back down.

18 days ago

Great hike with an amazing view at the lake. It’s basically a climb the whole way until the last 5-10 minutes when you descend into the lake.

on Kepler Track

20 days ago

Hiked the first part up to the end of the treeline back in February. Easily the most stunning place I've ever been. The forest is incredibly lush and the trails are well maintained. It helps to have waterproof boots during the rainy season as mud does accumulate quite a bit. Once you get past the treeline prepare to be amazed with stunning views of the surrounding snowcapped mountains and lake below. I will definitely be back to complete the loop when I'm outfitted with enough gear.

One of the best

Not worth the drive

thoroughly enjoyed this track. a few fallen trees just added to the fun of the journey

Easy. Nothing hugely noteworthy. Swimming in the falls not allowed.

Beautiful, really varied hike. I don’t train for hikes but I wouldn’t consider myself unfit, though I found the Devil’s Staircase (?) very very challenging.
Mountainous, some looks like Mars, a bit of a scramble coming down to the lakes, and a lovely forest walk.
We took 2 cars, left 1 at Mangatepopo

backpacking
23 days ago

Physically I found this hard (I wouldn’t consider myself unfit but I don’t train or anything), but the trail is very straightforward and well maintained. All worth it for the views, and options to climb right up to the peak for the added panoramic view ❤️

walking
24 days ago

Love this track. Did it on Christmas day for something different to do! Was a bit longer than expected, but an amazing walk and nice waterfall.

Nice walk; not very challenging but nice environment...definitely wouldn't do it in flip flops though unless you want to get your feet ripped up on the gravel and high potential to slide in the muddy sections...we walked it in winter....

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