Best trails in Southland, New Zealand

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Trying to find the best Southland trails? AllTrails has 60 great hiking trails, trail 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Te Anau, Invercargill or Stewart Island, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 26 easy trails in Southland ranging from 0.7 to 13.2 miles and from 13 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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Map of trails in Southland, New Zealand
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#1 - Kepler Track
Fiordland National Park
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Length: 37.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
Alpine vistas and lake beaches define this approximately four day hike on the edge of the Fiordland Wilderness. The region receives high rainfall and changeable conditions. Rain, snow and cold snaps occur at almost any time of year. Pre-departure planning and preparation can be done in Te Anau at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Center on Lake Front Drive. The hike can be done in other direction, but the more popular direction goes counterclockwise. It is not recommended that you hike outside the Great Walks Season unless you have extensive experience and knowledge of the local weather. In the Great Walks season (23 October - 30 April): Bookings are required for huts and campsites, huts have gas cooking stoves and resident wardens Outside the Great Walks season (1 May - 22 October): Facilities are greatly reduced, avalanche risk exists, experience is required Bookings are not required - huts and campsites are first come, first served $130 per International visitor per night for all ages (booking required) $65 per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required) The Kepler Track also allows camping in designated campsites. Campsites have toilets, water, and picnic tables. New Zealand rate is $20 per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required). International rate is $40 per person per night for all ages (booking required). For a list of the hike broken into segments, see here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/kepler-trackShow more
#2 - Gertrude Saddle Route Trail
Fiordland National Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
Homer Saddle to Getrude Saddle Traverse, also know as the McPherson - Talbot Traverse is an extreme hike, only suited for experienced back-country hikers with navigational and technical skills. This is not to be taken lightly. The route starts at the Homer Tunnel car park, (closed during Winter months due to avalanches). There is no set trail for the Homer Saddle scramble, so just head on up for approximately 45 minutes to an hour, until you reach the saddle. Here, you will be rewarded with views of both sides of the Homer Tunnel. Traverse right, along the ridge until you reach Talbot's Ladder. Here, minor rock climbing is required. A harness, rope and helmet are essentials for safety. Once over Talbot's Ladder, veer to the right, staying on the ridge, heading towards Mt McPherson. Traverse across the snowfields, with an optional stop at Mount Talbot. Boots, crampons and ice axe highly recommended. Descend down the glacier towards Gertrude Saddle, finishing the hike at the Gertrude Saddle car park. Show more
#3 - Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
Fiordland National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 5 h 17 m
The trail is firm most of the way with a few light muddy patches. It can be quite windy once you break tree line. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/fiordland/places/fiordland-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/kepler-track-carpark-to-luxmore-hut/Show more
#4 - Rakiura Track
Rakiura National Park
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Length: 22.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
This backpacking trail offers a taste of Stewart Island through native forest that is often completed in 2-3 days. Native kiwis and historic Maori settlement sites can be seen on the track. Before you start hiking the Rakiura Track: -Book huts and/or campsites on the track -Decide whether to book a shuttle between Oban and the end of the trail or walk or take water taxi to huts/campsites on trackShow more
#5 - Kepler Track: Rainbow Reach to Lookout
Te Anau, Southland, New Zealand
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 48 m
Great trail! Mostly wooded, with a few areas of lookouts. Be careful of the lookouts by the river, as the river has eroded some the land underneath it and the trees are starting to slide down. Views are good for a easy, quick hike. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/fiordland/places/fiordland-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/kepler-track-rainbow-reach-to-shallow-bay-or-moturau-hut/Show more
#6 - The Chasm Path
Fiordland National Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 19 m
This trail is very popular on the tourist circuit. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/fiordland/places/fiordland-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/the-chasm-walk/Show more
#7 - Waipohatu Loop Walk
Tokanui, Southland, New Zealand
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
#8 - Mclean Falls Track
Catlins Forest Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 36 m
#9 - Milford Foreshore Walk
Fiordland National Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 19 m
#10 - Mount Burns Tarns Track
Fiordland National Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 47 m
Short steep hike up from the Borland Saddle on a well marked trail that is steep and potentially wet/slippery in places. The start of the trail is well-marked as Mount Burns Tops. Starts in the trees, but most of the time you are in high grass. It's a long drive up a slightly stressful gravel road, so you would want to do more than just this once up on the saddle. https://www.doc.govt.nz/mt-burns-tarns-trackShow more
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