Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
4 hours ago

We got to see Yellow-eyed penguins! The trail is steep but worth it.

Easy all in the shade. Had to take the gondola to get to it.

Easy all in the shade. Had to take the gondola to get to it.

hiking
no shade
5 hours ago

This trail is a bit brutal if the sun is out. There isn’t any shade and it’s about five miles of steep grade switch backs. However, do not give up! The payout is amazing, and I saw a few adorable sheep. Bring lots of water!

hiking
7 hours ago

nice easy trail :)

hiking
14 hours ago

Quite steap, definetely would take my hiking poles, since i have one weak knee.

hiking
14 hours ago

Did it all the way from the start of the Gondola down in Queenstown. the views are stunning all the way. i found it a bit challenging (intermediate hiker), especially since i didn't bring my hiking poles and on the steapest part, the way down from the Gondola station, my knee troubled me a bit.
Absolutely take 1.5-2l of water per person, a good water- and windproof jacket, and if you are like me your hiking poles ;). it is absolutely rewarding.

5* if you are able to reach the top!! Don't do it if you are not able to climb the last part as you won't habe any view before you reach it. Bit the view on the top is probably one of the best of the area. stunning

not a big deal, quite nice but nothing special... definitely not hard, I would say medium level

Lovely EASY trail by lake Wakitipu from Queenstown. Basically flat and shared with bikers and moms with strollers.

Bring your bathing suit and drop in for a dip in the crisp lake at one of the small beaches.

That is definitely NOT a moderate! Very difficult terrain, sometimes very easy to get lost if you overlook a sign. Even at official doc.govt.nz website is stated that you need good fitness and high level skills and experience incl. navigation and survival skills. So be aware of that.

Took us a little over an hour to get to the top. Not to shabby for a couple of 50 something’s. It’s a tough hike up but shaded which was very helpful. Incredible views at the top!

hiking
10 days ago

Made it to the saddle with our kids. Half carrying them and half them hiking. (4 and 2). Wasn’t too bad. Definitely a work out.

Got a bit windy for the them even with extra layers and was advised by a few passerby’s not to attempt the peak with kids in packs. Steep scrambling. Etc. So we settled for the saddle...

Views all the way up and at the saddle are insane.
Best hike we did in Queenstown.

Will be back next year with a lighter load. :)

Was a beautiful hike, got off the path a bit into a non path that was a bit treacherous so just pay attention to the orange triangles and you’ll be fine. Lovely hike got to the top in 1:20

Beautiful track. Easy walk along the valley that follows the Greenstone River.

Great views along the valleys. The saddle was rainy so I didn't see the view from the top. Easy track. Just one long 22k day.

Une marche difficile, avec de très beaux points de vue mais une descente, le long d’un grillage, très pentue et longue. Un chemin en « zig zag » serait bienvenu...

Un sentier très accessible et joli que nous avons fait en 2h aller, sans marcher trop vite. A walk day fun!

Nous avons fait juste sur une journée, 6kms jusqu’au pont donc très facile au niveau du sentier, un peu boueux mais magnifique !

Tour du lac facile et joli. Vous pouvez aller au point de vue sur Wanaka ou faire une boucle vers le haut mais ça monte et surtout il y a des escaliers donc si genoux douloureux c’est à éviter je pense.

hiking
11 days ago

Did it for sunrise, was amazing. Start walking around 2am and u will be up right in time. The way up is suitable for night walking and the beginning and end is harder but worth the view in the end.

walking
12 days ago

Lovely park stroll with some great views across the lake. A pond with ducks. Frisbee golf. Definitely not a hike. :)

hiking
12 days ago

What a great trail. Starts along the river out of Arrowtown and then breaks off left for a bit of a steep uphill. Some stream crossings and awesome scenery finishes with beautiful view from the top. Had it to ourselves for a nice lunch. Ate some wild strawberries and had a swim in the river on the way back to the car. Amazing day. Huge fans of the Arrowtown area.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike 3.5 hours from top of gondola and back. Start early to beat the crowds. No shade for top 3/4.

hiking
13 days ago

Bueno , va una review en español ! Es jodido, pero lo hice , en 6 hrs y media , y parando en el camino.
Vale la pena cada paso que se da , y llegar al tope de la montaña y abrazar las nubes, no tiene precio.

mountain biking
13 days ago

Fun ride! Beautiful surroundings.

walking
13 days ago

It's a long walk but a good one. You walk by the lake, through wetlands, on a safe hill ledge overseeing the lake and mountains, and get to peek at the backsides of some nice homes. Put on sunscreen, bring water and enjoy. (I did this walk in padded flip-flops so don't need much in terms of gear.)

hiking
14 days ago

First hike we did in Queenstown. The views are just unreal. Pretty steep walk to the top. We did it carrying our kids in packs most of the way... Definitely a workout. But worth it.

hiking
14 days ago

My wife and I did this with our kids (2 and 4) on our backs for most of it. It MAY be rated easy. But definitely not with 40 lbs on your back. Also felt longer than 3.7 miles. Health app said 5.5. We went clockwise, crossing the bridge at the beginning. Amazing well kept trail through lots of shade next to the river. Some pretty steep sections all the way through. Birds and rapids heard throughout. The waterfall and cabin and views from the top near the lake were the highlights. Loved it!

14 days ago

View at the top is insane

Steepest part is the first part-- once you get past that it's still challenging but not as tough

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