Explore the most popular Wildlife trails near Glenorchy with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

First hike my bride and I did on our honeymoon. If kias could speak we’d be in trouble! We did it in December and had some snow patches to deal with. We had no real gear other than trecking poles and guts, but we made it, despite a ranger turning back because they didn’t have an ice axe. The views at the top were everything! Our favorite honeymoon hike. If we have a kid we’ve agreed to name it Gertrude, regardless of its sex.

conditions changed from clear to fog to rain to snow in about 30 minutes, and we turned back before reaching the summit. looking forward to another attempt in the future.

Did this hike in March 2019. 4 adults, one 9 yr old child, and the guide. Took us about 4 hrs to summit. Most (90%) is through trees, uphill all the way, over/under tree trunks, muddy narrow paths & rocky little streams. Once out in the open it’s a steep path through thick bushes & rocks (10%) all the way to top. View from top is worth absolutely every drop of sweat! Hard, but worth it! Felt right to follow local wishes & hire the guide. I say, honor the land, someone might visit your home one day.

favourite hike in NZ so far. nice trail along the valley then rises up over the pass.

Second part of the Classic hike. Best birthday present to myself.

Day 3 was my 21st birthday and I climbed MacKinnon Pass. Best day. Majestic mountains that show the best of Mother Nature in all her beauty.

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bridge out
1 month ago

Stunning hike! Weather had taken out the first part of the track (divide end) so took a small access track instead. Did it with the wife and kids, so this access track isn’t as difficult as the DOC site makes it out to be.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike just moved past several gems in my completed list as a favorite hike. I really lucked out with weather. No rain, though the trail was wet and middle and many spots at the top especially. All manageable but difficult and I understand why this hike gets difficulty rating of hard: it can get steep, requires some climbing up steep rocks that require handling tree roots for stability. Extremely fun hike though. WATCH YOUR STEP, it’s easy to twist and ankle or a knee if you don’t give each step your undivided attention. As for the lake views, just wow. Had some low clouds and the lake stayed calm enough for mirror reflections. One of my favorite hikes all time. Oh and I forgot to mention, there are several waterfalls in the beginning!!

hiking
2 months ago

We went in March with Ultimate Hikes. The weather was perfect. The whole hike was unbelievable in its beauty between rainforest, mountains and the rivers. Getting to drink water the super clean water from the rivers was great. Day 3 is very tough.

Well maintained track with awesome views at the summit. However, the tranquility was spoiled by the number of people on this trail. Would not recommend this hike for those looking for solitude and peacefulness. So glad that I took lots of pictures, because I will not do this trail again.

Awesome hike but it was pretty cold when we went. Others are pretty accurate in saying it’s a 1.5 hours slow climb but the incline is gradual enough to say it’s an easy climb up. If you go up during colder seasons like we did (we got there at first light at -1 degrees Celsius) make sure to wear wind resistant or thick clothing as the wind pierces pretty easily and some of the paths were very iced over after all the rain.

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2 months ago

The pain and tiredness were all worth it as the views were stunning! the huts and other facilities were amazing.

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rocky
2 months ago

One of my best and hardest track. Muddy, slippery, tree trunk to cross and steep. But stunning view from the top! Parking closed at the begining of the track. No possibility to park anymore

backpacking
2 months ago

Wonderful trail with different landscape. I stayed in Mackenzie Hut which was really nice. The trail is quite easy but climbs a little bit to go over the pass. I did the Caples and not the greenstone. Really nice hut in the valley. Very quiet compared to the Routeburn track.

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rocky
2 months ago

best view in the south island. But also the hardest track. We did it in autumn. The track was very muddy and at the top frozen.

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Amazing views at the top. The path is well marked and equipped so it's not too hard to go through the steep parts. However, do not attempt it on a rainy day ! The rocks are incredibly sleepery when wet. You will need some warm clothes to keep you warm up there and be careful if you have bad knees/anckles as you walk on loose rocks most of the time.

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muddy
private property
3 months ago

One of my fav tracks in here. It starts in the bush and there are lots of trees on the way but nothing really difficult. Views from the top are stunning !! It is steep and took me about 5 hora come and return.

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no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

loved it. busy. but so worth it.

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