Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Otago 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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rocky
2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

The views were unbelievably beautiful. I would recommend going early morning as it gets too hot during the day after mid morning. We went at about 7.45-8am and completed the hike by 12.30. The walk is difficult and I’d recommend taking plenty water and snacks. Totally worth the views at the top though!

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blowdown
bugs
flooded
muddy
3 days ago

Started this trail on 2 December. It rained everyday. First day was only a mile hike from the boat ride to the first hut. Day 2 - We passed knee high water and couldn’t finish our hike due to the flood. We went with Ultimate Hikes and they managed helicopter ride to get us to the next hut. We missed approximately 2 miles of hike. Day 3 - this was the hike to the Mckinnon pass. Wind gust @ 100 km/hr. The wind made this a very difficult hike. At the top, we got rain, hails and snow. With the rain came lots of temporary waterfalls which were amazingly beautiful. Day 4 - moderate 13.5 miles hike but watch out for the sandflies. I highly recommend this track but prepare to get soaked. Guided hike is also recommended, the accommodation made for the daily wet feet and the rest of your body!

The real beauty starts once you go a little past the hut! Long and windy moderate uphill at the beginning, then flat and easy until Flats hut. Then take a left for 1-1.5 hours up to falls hut. We stayed overnight here and walked up to the saddle in the morning. Beautiful view of the valley and surreal walk up to Lake Harris.

hiking
muddy
no shade
5 days ago

Such an awesome hike. We started at 6.30am and there were only 3 other people at the "instagram spot" by the time we got there. Definitely keep going past that point as it is only 30 minutes to the top and it actually isn't as hard as it looks. I would say the most difficult part of the whole thing was the first 30/40 minutes and after that it evened out for parts. We were up to the summit and back in 5 hours.

Nice trail, not too challenging. Didn’t spot any wildlife, but the dunes and the beach were pretty. There’s a box with trail information papers right before the pyramids, which highlighted some points of interest and the volcanic history of the area. I recommend climbing the pyramid (there’s a steep overgrown trail on the right before the pyramid) and visiting the cave on the back of the pyramid.

hiking
7 days ago

Nice and easy walk :)

Good quick strole, took about 1 hour 45 min is more about 8km long, enough steep sections to get a sweat up, about 372m of elevation. Track is clear and easy to walk 2 side by side, plenty to see, check out Sams hut and the mining race.

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muddy
9 days ago

hiking
muddy
9 days ago

on Sandfly Bay Trail

11 days ago

I did not find the way. There is no mark except one on the beach. I followed footprints, but these have got lost too. I was even scared in the labyrinth of bushes and dunes. not good!

walking
12 days ago

A nice walk if you have a couple of hours to kill in Queenstown. Views from the gondola over the lake are well worth the walk.

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rocky
12 days ago

Awesome trek into the woods, opening up to incredible views of Queenstown. Fairly easy, but some steep climbs.

Nice, short u ebener hiking trail. Looks better in winter!

hiking
13 days ago

we are just two average joes with not great fitness! We found the track very steep, it’s literally 8km uphill.. although at times it seemed impossible that we were going to actually reach the top.. we did! The views were amazing, it took us 2.5 hours to get to the lookout spot and about 2 hours getting down! I do recommend it but it is hard

hiking
13 days ago

epic hike and totally worth it. we started at 3:30am for a 5:55 sunrise.. thank god we hiked in the dark because it was already super hot due to how steep it was. summited in about 2.5 hrs, keeping a moderate pace. after the summit there was no line at the Instagram spot around 6:30, despite that when we started the hike there were probably 15 other cars in the parking lot. we expected huge crowds but were pleasantly surprised. amazing views at the top made the 3:30am start completely worth it and there are tons of amazing spots for photos besides the IG spot. if you have a big motorhome make sure you back into a parking spot, we didnt do that and could barely get ours out at 9am when the lot was full.

Nice view of Queenstown. The climb is relatively difficult but it is not very long!

hiking
13 days ago

Very easy stroll with well guided pathways.

this was a great hike, although we clocked it at 8km from the car park not 6km. there is some steep climbs that definitely challenge you. The hut was amazing!

hiking
no shade
14 days ago

Better trail then expected! We were going to do a much longer hike but the weather wasn’t going to hold up so we jumped on this trail. The elevation gain was enough of a challenge to get a sweat going and the views were beautiful. It also had a cool little hut and pretty waterfall. If you are looking for a shortish hike close to Queenstown give this one a try.

on Diamond Lake Track

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muddy
scramble
16 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Nice and easy walk. I've done only left side of the lake because the most of nice views is over there. You can make a loop as well.

nature trips
no shade
19 days ago

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