Best nature trips trails in Otago, New Zealand

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Explore the most popular nature trips 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.
Map of nature trips trails in Otago, New Zealand
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#1 - Roys Peak Track
Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 6 h 4 m
Note: The area is closed from October 1st to November 10th every year for lambing season. There is a car park next to the beginning of the track. 2$ fee at the beginning of the track. Hiking along Roys Peak Track guarantees wonderful views over Lake Wanaka, Mount Aspiring/Tititea and surrounding peaks. It also features beautiful wild flowers and bird watching. Although the trail is wide with no steps/technical difficulties, it is very steep, giving it a hard rating. During winter season, it is recommened having a winter gear such as an ice axe and crampons. Show more
#2 - Ben Lomond Track
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 6 h 12 m
Enjoy the scenic panoramic views from the top of this climb! https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/otago/places/queenstown-area/things-to-do/ben-lomond-track/Show more
#3 - Queenstown Hill Walkway
Queenstown Hill Reservation Preserve
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
Views of the Queenstown. This is a dirt track through the woods that has a steep climb. NOTE: Land after the viewpoint is private property. Please respect the land owners.Show more
#4 - Isthmus Peak Track
Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 3 h 55 m
All tracks are annually closed for fawning between November 20 - December 20th. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/otago/places/matatiaho-conservation-area/things-to-do/isthmus-peak-track/Show more
#5 - Tiki Walking Track
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
A beautiful hike that is on the shorter side but very steep. There is a nearby Gondola. Lots of shade along the way, very little sun exposure.Show more
#6 - Diamond Lake Track
Mount Aspiring National Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
It is highly recommendable to take 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. All in all, the hike is beautiful and not heavily traveled if you choose to go up to Rocky Mountain.Show more
#7 - Mount Crichton Loop Track
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
First, this trail is definitely on the harder end of moderate. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and so worth the effort. There’s a lot of steep uphills, but it pays off with a beautiful view of the lakes. Spectacular scenery on the way up, and good amount of shade. The cabin is also awesome to see near the top. Walk behind the cabin and you’ll see the bridge. Would definitely do again! https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/otago/places/queenstown-area/things-to-do/mt-crichton-loop-track/Show more
#8 - Lake Marian Track
Fiordland National Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
Great trail! Beautiful view of the lake on the mountain. Make sure to follow the well marked trail at the beginning. If it’s rained recently be sure to have proper boots, it’ll get muddy real quick. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/fiordland/places/fiordland-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/lake-marian-track/Show more
#9 - Mount Iron Trail
Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
NOTE: This is a nice walk through private property. Please be respectful. This is a fantastic short trail for your moderate hiker. It is a very common trail for the local residents as well as tourists. The switchbacks can be steep with sparse regions of shade along the way. There are ample facilities such as water fountains and bathrooms at the base of the trail.Show more
#10 - Sawpit Gully Track
Arrowtown, Otago, New Zealand
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
This track crosses into private property, stay on track. Taking the route counterclockwise will make for an easier trekShow more
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