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.

views

hiking

nature trips

walking

birding

wild flowers

wildlife

kid friendly

forest

river

mountain biking

lake

trail running

backpacking

waterfall

camping

beach

Otago Region, New Zealand Map
VIEW FULL MAP

stunning

Was going to slay this peak today but the trail is closed right now. No public access from Nov 20 to Dec 20 due to fawning (deer)

An absolute can’t miss hike. By far the most beautiful hike I’ve ever done. The trail starts at a steep incline and doesn’t you flatten out ever. If the views don’t take your breath away, the incline certainly will.

great hike for day of arrival or with kids - great views, easy to get to.

We got lucky with the weather and had great views. Really chill trek - lovely thing to do on the way back from Milford sound and lovely guided nature walk at the top.

Really tough hike from town. Definitely doable if you take the gondola up, but we started from Lomond Crescent in town and it was a doozy! In lots of pain at the end, haha. Also watch the weather... as we started the summit section from the saddle it got really rainy which made it quite slick to get up and back down. BUT Really gorgeous hike and so worth it!

Really gorgeous hike - a uphill but still easy. You have to cross a lot of fords on the road to the trailhead, so just be ready for that. we just had a little Toyota Corolla that did fine, but it also hadnt rained recently so the water wasn't too crazy.

hiking
2 days ago

It’s a beast of a hike but the views can’t be beat!

Nice walk. Beautiful views.

on Routeburn Track

backpacking
3 days ago

Cannot put into words how amazing this hike was. Completed last week of November. Really lucky and had almost no rain and 3 mostly sunny days. Although more incline we started at Routeburn shelter side. Noticed tours and guided hikes go the opposite direction so glad we started where we did. Took 11:30 shuttle from Queenstown to Shelter and were to “The flats” campsite within a couple of hours. Set up camp at the flats and did an late afternoon and evening side hike across the river which was amazing. Highly recommend not missing the “flats area”.

2nd night was spent at Mackenzie Hut area but we camped. Did evening little hike to “cracked rock” which is just a bit further up from the camping area.

3rd day we took the side route up to “key summit” and still had time to make 3:30 shuttle at the divide (note- we move pretty quickly). The summit was worth it but crowded. This area is close to “the divide” where as mentioned before the tourists and single day hikers get dropped.

You can drink the water straight from the river or the lakes. Both camp sites had toilets and eating area with sinks with running water. You have to hike your trash out.

Amazing Track ,one of the most stunning hikes I’ve done.

Beautiful views at the summit! :)
Lots of chances to see some kea birds really closely!

A group of us did the track in a day, finished at the divide car park. Weather was good to us and we had a fantastic day, great track

Tramping till end of this valley! Arrived front of the glacier , awesome ! Just take care, must do it ! Don't stop on board, worth it to go at the end really !

Stunning 360' views.

Unreal! perfect short hike that doesn't consume your whole day! The scenery is beautiful.

backpacking
14 days ago

Great views above! You could get amazing sunset or sunrise shot of the weather clears out. We did the hike under the rain the floor was slippery with mud, tons of trees has fallen and block the path so you have to cross them. There is no views until you reach the top just jungle and stairs all along but man it is well worth it once you make it up there I highly recommend

Solid hike, great views! Would recommend for most fitness levels, though it does get a little challenging up the rocks through the west side. Probably a better option than Roy's peak if the weather's questionable.

walking
16 days ago

Quick walk with good views at the top

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful track! There are multiple routes at Mt Judah, we took the one to Heather Jock hit which is at 1300m altitude and takes c. 6-7 hours from the car park and back. You could stay at the hut, it has 3 bunk beds (first come first serve).

This track appeared abandoned. after 5mins walk the only way forward was a river crossing. Best to walk from the car park across the bridge and up the trail on the other side of the river.

hiking
21 days ago

Check the weather before you go or be prepared for rain, wind, and snow. Track itself is a very smooth dirt walkway with some occasional grass. Beautiful views the entire way up, but the view at the peak makes every step to the top worth it. Don’t turn back after the first overcrowded viewpoint, go the last 1.5km to get to the peak. Oh and there’s sheep all over, super cute!

a gift that keeps on giving

A true marvel!

hiking
24 days ago

The peaceful views of the lake at the end make everything worth it! Fairly steep uphill trek on slippery wet rocks until you get to the lake, then back down those same slippery wet rocks. Take your time and watch your footing and you’ll be fine! There are a lot of side trails that weave in and out of the main one, they all lead to the same place and offer more scenery than sticking to the same trail each way.

25 days ago

QMTBC have done an awesome job building and maintaining this trail network. Climb up ‘What’s Up’ and enjoy all the downhill trails from there. My favourite - ‘Jack be Nimble’. Great flow, with perfectly formed berms and large tabletop jumps!

hiking
25 days ago

Great track.
BUT it is no where near Glenorchy.
You drive 1 hour from Te Anau to the lower Hollyford Road where you find the start of this trail. The first 10 mins are gentle under foot and easy for most folks to enjoy. The remainder of the track is rough, steep and tricky in a few places. It makes for a good walk though. Beautiful scenery along the way.

Very short hike, uphill to the view of the falls. Worth the uphill trek. Be careful of slippery rocks on the path as water may sometimes flow down the sides of the trail.

hiking
26 days ago

Did this hike as the other famous one was closed for lambing. I'm so glad I did as there was some variation to the walk itself and not just plain uphill. I found the first 4km uphill the hardest. Rewarded with stunning panoramic views! Came down at 4pm and only walked past 2 other walkers.

Load More