Trying to find the best Southland trails? AllTrails has 57 great hiking trails, running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Whether you're looking for the best trails in Fiordland National Park or around Te Anau, Invercargill or Stewart Island we've got you covered. For some great local park options, check out Seaward Bush Reserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 25 easy trails in Southland ranging from 0.7 to 13.2 miles and from 0 to 1,958 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Primo running trail. Almost entirely on crushed gravel surrounding the lake. Goes by bird conservation center and visitor center. Not much shade at 4:30 PM in Feb, so apply sunscreen!

Long walk for not so impressive views. Large part is through the forest. Only the last few kilometers are outside the forest, but the scenery is not great. In conclusion: not worth the effort.

Easy trail, we extended out a bit to make it a 5k round trip. Saw some cute mice, and the suspension bridges were a fun cross. Nothing much more interesting but a nice peaceful walk, not unlike the PNW.

20$ PP, YOU HAVE TO TAKE A TAXIBOAT TO DO THIS TRAK.

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muddy
5 days ago

Very fun hike through the woods. Lots of mud and fallen trees on the track. Bit steep at the beginning (we walked clockwise) but much fun.

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blowdown
muddy
5 days ago

I lost track of the trail several times due to not well marked at some places. It was a beautiful track tho!

Magnifiques vues : je recommande

Super belle randonnée! Dénivelation graduelle, donc pas trop difficile. Montée en 3h30 jusqu’à la Luxmore Hut. Apportez-vous de la crème solaire pour le dernier 45 minutes!

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blowdown
flooded
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off trail
over grown
washed out
9 days ago

Wet but lovely

Great loop track - Completed it counterclockwise. First few km were very easy, awesome trail walk through thick and well tracked forest. Gradual elevation gain towards the lookout with stunning views as the reward. Little technical on the descent, I’m sure if you were to compete the track clockwise it would be a bit more spicy at the beginning. Finished in 3.5 with 45 mins at the lookout. Enjoy!

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muddy
13 days ago

Good trail. Great reward!! The waterfalls are amazing. A muddy track but what do you expect when waterfall hunting in a rainforest.

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muddy
14 days ago

Good walk, moderate rather then hard. DOC says 3.5 hours. completed it on 3.25 with a 45 min break at the look out. Great views.

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14 days ago

Forgot to start my tracker. But holy cow this is an amazing stop!!!! We went out around 730 pm and were the only ones on the trail.

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muddy
15 days ago

Excellent hike with the most spectacular payoff! Two lovely waterfalls. The trail is muddy and has had some slips. Be prepared and take your time.

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15 days ago

Petrified trees creating tide pools plus a forest garden walk

Just stunning! Very well kept and loved track.

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16 days ago

Hiked from Rainbow bridge to the shallow bay hut

Spectacular waterfall (particularly after recent heavy rain). Easy, short hike. From the car park it’s about a 15-20 minute walk through a gnarled, mossy forest. The last 100 meters requires a very moderate climb up some steps. A sign warns you to keep moving because of possible rockslides. You’ll be rewarded with a spectacular payoff.

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fee
20 days ago

We started the hike from the control gates. The uphill from there is not too bad. We made it to luxemore hut in 4 hours from the control gates. The hut has lots of room and we even got to see a pack of Keas. Beautiful noisy birds. The second day we headed for the ridge. Amazing views, not super windy for us. After the ridge it is a looong way down to Iris hut. It is not fun. Sand flies literally forced us and everyone else around us to be trapped in our tents. I don’t know if people in the huts also had to stay inside. The point is, you can’t enjoy the area because sand flies are constantly attacking you. Inside our tent it sounded like it was raining, but it was sand flies landing on it. If we could do it again. We would go up to luxemore and do most of the ridge and then turnaround. The rest of the hike from iris to rainbow bridge is in the woods and you don’t get any cool vistas. But beautiful hike up on the ridge and heading to luxemore hut.

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fee
muddy
21 days ago

You‘re suposed to have great views on day 1 and 2 on/along the ridge, if the weather is ok. When i started (day 1 to okaka hut) it was raining the whole time. All my clothes i was wearing and the hiking boots got wet whithin short time, i had to keep on walking because i was freezing when i was having a break and scared of hypothermia. On the top of the ridge it can get cold (we had 2°C, wind and rain at the hut), so be prepared even in sumertime! The forest on the way up was just amazing. And also the other two days had their highlights. As this multiple day hike isn‘ t well known, it should be possible that you book when the weater forecast is not too bad (my recommendation).

Called “Lakeside Walk,” this relatively flat gravel path hugs the lake. It’s a pleasant trail run that starts at the Visitor Centre and ends at the Kepler Trail trailhead (which kicks off just past the dam). I recommend extending your trail run so you include a bit of the magical mossy forest of the Kepler Trail. It’s a dark and mysterious contrast to this spacious and (likely) windy jaunt.

Without a doubt the nicest track we've ever walked.

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