Explore the most popular birding trails in Otago Region with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

6 days ago

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

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

15 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
21 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.

22 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.

backpacking
26 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 ❤️

camping
1 month ago

The walk is boring, but the view is fantastic !

i camped there and i saw almost a perfect milky way and a beautiful sun raise.

Great hike. Steep in places but worth it for the view at the top. Recommend walking the west to east option.

Great walk. It was covered in snow and the track wasn't easily visible at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Very picturesque track around uniquely shaped lake. Some very friendly ducks at the picnic area.

Lovely track, great views, interesting limestone formations. The side track (not sign posted) to a rocky outcrop is a must! Unfortunately mostly in shade in winter.

hiking
2 months ago

Very remote and diverse!

definitely a lovely view

hiking
2 months ago

February 2018

Great views, amazing blue Cristal clear water

Ran this track with dad in 1 day it was awesome :) Gotta love enjoying gods creation and the freshest air every

hiking
2 months ago

Would love to know how all trails rates these. I would 100% rate this as difficult. However the trail itself is very well maintained (careful of cow paddy’s and sheep turds, but you are walking through their home). I knew it would be uphill the entire way through research. We did a sunrise hike starting at 4am, getting to the top in just shy of 3 hours. The clouds rolled in pretty thick so we couldn’t see Wanaka and the lake, but the sunrise was beautiful along with the mountains all around. It is a fairly boring walk up but the view up top is worth it!

Great hike with amazing views of Lake Wanaka. This hike is not near Glenorchy as per the description

hiking
3 months ago

Took the Gondola up and started from there. Took us 5h30 return (1h20 to the saddle and about 1h30-45 to the summit). It snowed the day before so it was really nice going up but when going down, the sun had melted most of the snow so it became really muddy/slippy.

walking
3 months ago

Absolutely stunning

hiking
3 months ago

Magnificent. Beautiful rain forest, bridge crossings, waterfalls. Unfortunately snow closed the pass the night before so we couldn't complete the full track but we hope to come back and finish it off next year.

Beautiful views with some occasional and welcome shade. The rating is accurate - hard - with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain per mile.

backpacking
4 months ago

Great views. Fair bit of exposure after Harris Saddle. Faced unusually heavy rain fall, hail and snow while camping in mid April 2018. Otherwise enjoyable.

Great view of the river , Alpine , glacier , birds.

Hiking with slightly snowfall is incredibly beautiful !
met 2 kea at the end of the track. perfect hiking.

hiking
4 months ago

I hiked this trail last week with two friends. I work out 4-5 times a week, but I’m 38, overweight, and not exactly in shape. Also, I haven’t been hiking since last fall because of winter (I’m from the northern hemisphere). So, judging from some of the reviews and the fact that this is 4.85 mile uphill track, I wasn’t sure how far I’d get. We started a little before 4am with the goal of reaching the summit by sunrise. The moon was bright and the stars were brilliant. I took my time, stopping often to catch my breath. I reached the first lookout a few minutes after 7am- just in time to catch the first rays of the sun as it came over the eastern mountain. The view is unbelievable. The other two had made it in less time. We stayed there for awhile, then headed on up to the actual summit. The phenomenal views make every inch of the climb worthwhile! That 4.85 mile downhill track is hard on the knees and toes! Good footwear is a must. I can’t imagine making that climb in heat and sunlight. The darkness made it easier since I couldn’t see how far I still had to go. This was definitely a highlight of my NZ trip!

Awesome views from the top. Took just under an hour for me to reach the summit. Definitely worth checking out !

Pretty easy with stunning views!

Lovely views & nice trail! Saw some sheep :)

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