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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mountain biking
13 days ago

Went with my mountain bike.
amazing track. most of it is on the road or on gravel.
I would suggest to take the camp track once you reached the Larnach Castle instead of the Castlewood road.
the camp track is a beautiful downhill. a real treat after the whole trip going uphill.

camping
14 days 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Very remote and diverse!

definitely a lovely view

hiking
1 month ago

February 2018

Great views, amazing blue Cristal clear water

hiking
1 month ago

Naturally hiking anywhere in NZ is above and beyond! Very fortunate that water found on the trail can be consumed otherwise my friend and I wouldn't have had enough (we brought a lot!) since most of the trail isn't that covered, going on a hot day was brutal.
Quite an easy walk though and not that challenging.

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

hiking
1 month 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
2 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
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning

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.

hiking
2 months 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
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.

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
3 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 :)

hiking
3 months 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
3 months ago

My favorite hiking memory. So gorgeous!

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