Trying to find the best Southland trails? AllTrails has 38 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views 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, Milford Sound or Bluff, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 19 moderate trails in Southland ranging from 3 to 37.3 miles and from 0 to 4,744 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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One of the best hikes I've ever done! Do not do in rainy or even wet conditions! About one third of the way is stone. After the black lake please do not return already! You can enjoy an incredible view up to Milford Sounds if it's not cloudy! But you need to go up the steepest part after black lake.

Absolutly beautiful hike, beautiful views at the top and along ridgeline and gorgeous scenery through the forest. Were lucky with the weather the whole time, so were able to have a nice refreshing swim in lake manpouri end day 3. we took our time and did 4 days :) absolutly loved it.

We enjoyed this hike very much, but we are experts! It is a challenging hike, lots of loose rocks and very steep. No shade, climbing up a little wall (there is a rope) and crossing water from the river.
It starts flat and easy and becomes challenging and steep. The views are nice, though there are peaks, that have the better view on the top.

hiking
4 days ago

It was truly amazing. I dit it in two days in clockwise.
First day only jungle. You follow a river and then a lake. But the second day was wonderful. Using three hours you follow mountains ridge with scenic views.
One of the great hike I have done

hiking
7 days ago

Trail sign says Private, permit and $40 payment required with phone number that no one answers and website with limited info. Skipped it. Not enough info to try to drive our vehicle back there

hiking
7 days ago

What better place to hike in a rainy day than in a rain forest?!? We couldn’t-get to the long fall, as it was too sloppy, but enjoyed the hike.

hiking
7 days ago

Absolutely loved this hike!! Have always dreamt of doing this and loved every minute of it. What an experience. Hard when it rains heavily and your walking all day in wet boots but soooo worth it. Truly a great walk!!!!

A bit less impresdive than the Routeburn. I you enjoy walking through rainforests this is for you. One fairly fairly flat day aling a river then a long climb up and down from Macinnon pass then a flat day out. Waterfalls are stunning

11 days ago

amazing view of the mountains and lakes.

A beautiful hike that starts through lash nature, forest and high grew Reed grass. After the first flat section it leads over to Rocky, steep and stoney path. It is a hike for experienced hikers, due to the Rocky path and steepness.
It takes 2 hours to go to the top for experienced hikers and up to 4 hours for avarage hikers. Also going down is tricky with all the rocks... Although, it is a beautiful hike. Worth every energy cell!!!

on Kepler Track

hiking
19 days ago

Awesome Trail awesome views towards Manapouri not sure about Te Anau because we only had 20-60 meatres of visability from car park till hanging valley shelter! My Brother (9) coped perfectly fine infact better than the rest of us! Awesome wild life on second day. Did it in 3 days.

hiking
no shade
rocky
20 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Great short stop. Worth it.

Easy walk to the southern most point on south island. It's in a farmer's field and you have to watch out or you will step in a sheep pie.

Excellent trail. You can go te the mount Luxmore it’s beautiful and challenging, (9 hours).

hiking
over grown
scramble
1 month ago

The trail is easy first half up, some over grown areas with grass that you need to wade through. Once you’re passed that then you have to cross a lot of loose gravel to get to the steep incline up. The trail isn’t well marked, looks like a few poles have fallen over but people have stacked some rocks so you can find your way. All worth the beautiful lake and view of the sound and ocean in the end!!

1 month ago

Great walk

hiking
1 month ago

Tough route for intermediate level hikers/trampers.
Wonderfully varied route taking in beaches, country road, rainforest and sub alpine.
The lodges are fully equipped, super cozy, clean and a nice alternative to the great walks with no alternative to camping. Lighter pack (minus camping gear) makes the hike a lot more enjoyable.
Pack plenty of deet/insect repellent, sandflies are intense, particularly on day 3. Also advise packing a waterproof camera as day 3 also provides opportunity to spot a the school of Hector Dolphins which hang out at one of the neighbouring beaches.
Highly recommend this well run, highly underrated, walk in beautiful untouched part of NZ

1 month ago

Last section after 11 km. The way is close.

hiking
1 month ago

Outstanding and one of the greatest walks. One for the bucket list!

hiking
1 month ago

Outstanding alpine level hike with amazing mountain and lake scenery!

Possibly the best day hike I have ever done. Beautiful waterfalls and Alpine Lakes all along the Trail and then a truly epic view of the Canyon and Milford sound at the top. highly recommend to anyone. A word of warning, there are sections that have Cables bolted into the rock face to help with the climb. The rock could become very slippery when wet. would not attempt this hike in heavy rain.

trail running
2 months ago

did it in 1 day. 62km in 10h45 ... counterclockwise of course ... water is clean at the 3 huts along the way so pack light on water if you want to enjoy your run ... started at 6h15am ... covered and rainy for half the run ... nice views at the top and nice tropical forest for the second half! if i would to do it again i would run it half way counterclockwise and come back the same way. start at the parking lot directly!!

hiking
2 months ago

Scenic highlight worth the brief stop. Gushing waterfalls worth the short walk.

2 months ago

excellent

brilliant

2 months ago

I did it in one day, if you enjoy the view for a bit and want a challenge then do it. Total: 11 hours, 45km, finished at rainbow reach

Awesome hike - beautiful hiking trail - well maintained

walking
3 months ago

Super easy and short walk we did on the way to our cruise through Milford Sound. Compared to what we saw on the boat these views are barely much, but still beautiful to see nonetheless.

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