Explore the most popular 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.

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hiking
2 days 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.

hiking
2 days ago

The wide open lake/mtn views are magnificent, just tried to soak in every moment. It's a long steep slog but worth it and not crowded. There were a few wild chamois deer in one of the mtn valleys, keep your eyes open.

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

backpacking
7 days 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
13 days 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!

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 :)

hiking
19 days ago

Amazing alternative to the popular Roys Peak near Wanaka! In between two incredible lakes (Wanaka and Hawea) with mountain views all around. If you come from a super flat place like the USA midwest like me, EVEN BETTER.

Great Day. Loved it.

Great hike - harder for the littlest kids but amazing views, a variety of micro-climates, well maintained trails, and a fantastic drive-in with beautiful farms and sheep. Bring a car/truck w enough clearance (0.5 m) to ford the streams en route to the parking area. Was a terrific 1/2 day hike

hiking
25 days ago

My favorite hiking memory. So gorgeous!

hiking
28 days ago

Amazing hike with a great view!

hiking
29 days ago

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

hiking
29 days ago

A beautiful hike that is on the shorter side but very steep. We hiked up and rode the gondola down. Lots of shade along the way, very little sun exposure. Worth the work to get up to the summit without taking the Gondola.

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.

on Ben Lommond Track

1 month ago

Great hike with amazing views of Queenstown and a 360 view at the top! your legs will feel it after this hike, in a good way.

I am 57 and hike a fair amount and in good shape with no injuries. I took the gondola up to the start point vs taking the Tiki Trail.

Note, the gondola starts at 9am or 10am depending on the season.

it took 1.75 hours to get to the saddle including picture stops. The trail is well-marked and mostly in the open so you can actually see where the trail is going to up ahead. it is mostly an incline all the way to the saddle with only a couple of flat spots. the trail is hard pack and worn with some loose rocks but very manageable. There is a small bench at the saddle that overlooks valleys and other peaks. also, it is very windy here at the saddle.

Another 45 minutes to the top. this part of the trail is a significant incline all the way and there are spots where you will need to step high or scramble over some rocks. if you have ever hiked Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale Arizona, this part of the hike will be no problem for you. the trail is easy to follow and, with the number of people on the trail, you can see where they are headed so getting lost is not an issue.

if you are going on the summer, be prepared as nearly all of the trail is out on the open with NO shade from the sun.

on Bob's Cove Track

1 month ago

nice hike along the lake just outside Queenstown. GPS is inaccurate and you need to keep going until you see the Bob's Cove Recreation Area sign. there are a couple of steeper spots on this hike but very manageable.

hiking
1 month ago

Why does AllTrails show as a "Moderate" hike? This was very hard - endless uphill, many, many steep hills. There is no shade so you have to carry enough water and sunscreen is the must. When I went there it was very windy at the top and cold I was so glad I carried my warm jacket. The views from the trail were unbelievably spectacular.

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

So I guess I'm the first Debby downer that didn't love this trail. The view at the top is spectacular (it's a 5star view, really beautiful) especially with the glacier in the distance, but going up and coming down is in full sunlight with the same (beautiful but unchanging) scenery for hours of grueling uphill track endlessly switching back and forth. There aren't any rocks to climb over or anything to make it more fun. Just steep uphill walking for hours. The track is more like a dirt road with its width. Maybe I'm being too harsh because of the amazing trails we've done in the north and south islands but this one I would not do again, nor would I honestly recommend it. Just FYI We did 2hrs 25 mins to the top, and 1hr 25 to get down. We are fit but don't hike super often.

Awesome views from the top!

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

I’m not super fit and I did the hike up in 2 hours and 20 min with a 10kg camera bag on my back. Totally worth it. Amazing views and great sunset.

hiking
1 month 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.

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