Explore the most popular forest 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.

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Very remote and diverse!

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

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

hiking
2 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.

backpacking
2 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.

hiking
3 months ago

My favorite hiking memory. So gorgeous!

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely love the Routeburn... I’ve done it twice with my two daughters (11 & 13) so many highlights.

Most amazing hike I've ever done. The views are spectacular but be prepared for LOTS of rain and very technical/rough terrain. This is definitely not a hike for beginners and day 2 is rough. That being said, it's the most amazing trek I've ever done in my life and I can't wait to do another Great Walk in New Zealand.

I was fortunate to hike this trail on a semester abroad to NZ. Amazing trail, some of the best views I’ve ever had.

Excellent views of lake wanaka! Moderate hike but challenging enough!

hiking
4 months ago

A very nice easy hike through a pretty forest to this serene and beautiful alpine lake. Do not expect any views until you get to the lake :). Walking by the roaring waters of The Gantry is impressive, but it’s not a water fall as some descriptions suggest. Enjoy!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike with awesome scenery of rugged peaks all around. It takes about 2 h 30 min including an extended lunch break :). Start the loop at the camping and picnic area. There are drop toilets. At the “peninsula” into the lake you can hike up a small ridge for a great view and rest stop. When you get towards the end of the loop you can either return to the car park via the dirt road or for a little while through the grass along the lake. If you choose the grass route, be prepared to climb some fences!

hiking
4 months ago

A fantastic, but challenging one day 25km hike from Routeburn to Harris Saddle and back. Conical Hill is a must, the views were incredible. Even got to see Milford Sound.

good hike with nice view on the wanaka lake. could be dangerous at some place (very narrow)

Enjoyed the rock scramble on the west side of the loop. Super duper windy at the top. Did not expect that. Lots of people.

5 months ago

Love this hike a true kiwi trail

hiking
7 months ago

Diamond Lake to Rocky Mountain is well worth the steady climb to the top. No use just going to the Wanaka Lake Lookout when you can have a 360 degree view of Aspiring National Park with a bit more effort. I recommend walking West to East when you get to the fork. Signs are posted.

Great views.

Did the hike in and back as a loop. Lots of seals!

should be on every hikers must do list.

Love hiking Greenstone Caples with the Routeburn. Different scenery...Less people before getting to the Routeburn.

backpacking
9 months ago

I spent 10 years of my life guiding people on the Routeburn. If there is a 3 day trail that covers more beautiful and varied terrain anywhere in the world, I've yet to find it, and I've looked. Put the Routeburn on your bucket list. If you can only do two things on your visit to New Zealand, make this one of them.

My fav hike!! The huts are great and the scenery is to die for. Will def back to do this one. I started in reverse- Key summit to QT and really enjoyed it in this direction. I recommend poles. Very Rocky in some parts. Did in three days.

Very easy and good if you bring kids but not challenging and not much space to sit and enjoy the view at the end

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

We did this track in the middle of winter and although it was quite muddy in places it was definitely still doable. The track begins as flat and well-maintained next to the river for about 20minutes then takes a steep incline up into the bush. For the next 45-60minutes it's more of just a route that weaves through the bush then eventually back down to the river again. Hiking boots are a must in winter and dress warmly because it's on the sunless side of the hill the whole way so can get chilly. There is a clearing at the end of the track, perfect for a picnic lunch or a dip in the river if you're game.

trail running
Sunday, June 11, 2017

A very nice loop trail for running, walking, or hiking just outside of Queenstown.

backpacking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

What an incredible backpacking experience! We got lucky - didn't rain the entire time we were there! No need to spend more money on the huts; campsites were great and well-maintained. The hike seems to go through a ton of different ecosystems, from rainforest to alpine, which is awesome. The views are breathtaking. Would definitely recommend this hike to anyone looking to backpack in New Zealand.

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