Explore the most popular Camping 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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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.

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13 days ago

this is a great hike! We recorded 6.8km rather than 6.1km. you need to watch the V in the track or you can go down the wrong way, which is a dead end. it's beautiful scenery. you do have to walk on the road for a small section so if you are doing it with children this is good to keep in mind. the road in is private property and gravel, you will have to watch some bits as it's pretty much 1 lane.

on Diamond Lake Track

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scramble
16 days ago

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20 days ago

Went on 11/22/19 and the trail was open. As said before, highly recommend taking the East track to Rocky Mountain on the way up and the west track on the way down. Wear waterproof hiking boots because in places it’s super muddy and wet. Also, unsure if it’s always this way, but the wind at the top of Rocky Mountain was so incredibly strong. I would estimate 40+ mph sustained gusts, if not more. Nearly lost my hat several times. All in all, the hike was beautiful and not heavily traveled if you choose to go up to Rocky Mountain.

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20 days ago

Queenstown with Wojtek!!

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20 days ago

The trail was open when I went on 11/21. Beautiful views at the top of Rocky Mountain and at the Lake viewpoint. Very windy at the top of Rocky Mountain. Be sure to bring proper footwear as parts of the trail are very muddy and slippery.

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23 days ago

What’s to be said that has not already been said? Beautiful. We started at Divide and finished at Shelter. Not sure why we did that but glad we did the walk DOWN from the Saddle is amazing - this way you don’t have to keep stopping to turn around and admire the views.

Good track with nice views and not too difficult. Even doing part of that is pretty enjoyable. I have done 11 km but it’s started to rain really heavily so I decided to come back. Still good track!

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1 month ago

Gorgeous hike! We did it in the morning, so the water was still calm. Relaxing and peaceful walk around the lake.

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1 month ago

Such incredible views at top of this track! The photos speak for themselves!

An excellent hike with little elevation. 4 hours return to Routeburn Flat huts. Beautiful trail along the river into the mountains

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1 month ago

Outstanding hike, full of different scenarios. Lush forests, flat easy tracks in the shade, open paths uphill in direct sunlight. Waterfalls, bridges, high altitudes, espectacular trees and lakes, the mischievous keas and great places to camp. Did it in two days, one night in my tent on lake Mackenzie. I've made 20 km on the first day starting from Routeburn Shelter, completed the remaining 12km starting 8am on the second day to The Divide under the rain. Book in advance, both huts/campsites and shuttles from/to QTN and Te Anau.

Amazing four days from the Divide. Breathtaking scenery between McKellar Hut and Greenstone Hut. Not many people and it was a very enjoyable weather even though it was very muddy.

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2 months ago

Easy walk. Beautiful scenery. Took me 1hr 50 mins including a 15 min stop for lunch. Very quiet even on a Saturday; it felt like we had the lake all to ourselves. Not too muddy despite the heavy downpour the previous evening.

Queenstown circuit including milford Sound and several other treks

My first solo hike, carrying all my gear for camping! McKellar saddle was breathtaking, great introduction to the reality of solo hiking, learnt alot in those 3 days, would rather of taken 4 if I had the time

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2 months ago

My favourite hike in NZ Went from the divide through to Glenorchy end in a day, surreal to pass through by many vistas over 8. 5 hours Starting early and carrying a lighter pack but still with a tent just in case Absolutely stunning!

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3 months ago

Was an amazing walk.

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4 months ago

All simply magnificent! Go for a hike when the weather is nice in the early morning and you'll be alone with the reflections of the mountains in the lake.

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4 months ago

Attention track closed / falling rocks

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5 months ago

Quite a picturesque trail, though may get muddy. Best at noon (due to the sun’s position) and if the mud on the trail is frozen. Very quiet, never encountered any other person (though there were a 3-4 other cars). Mountains reflections are beautiful if there are neither wind nor clouds.

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5 months ago

good place for trout fishing

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