Explore the most popular Views trails in New Zealand with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
9 hours ago

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blowdown
rocky
10 hours ago

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over grown
11 hours ago

balade agréable. plein de moutons et de beaux paysages.

Not what I would call “easy” given the up-and-down hills near Okiato.

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no shade
rocky
18 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail with mixture of terrain.

We did this hike today with high winds and potential for rain. A storm was blowing in and clouds hugged Mt Cook but held off just enough for us only to get rain at the end on our way back. The high winds made it difficult (but fun) and crossing the suspension bridges an adventure. Loved the extra thrill. The weather did limit our views but probably decreased the numbers on the trail. I recommend it because of the multiple views that were beautiful and it was very easy. Simple out and back, even with the wind and lots of pictures, we did it in about 2.5 hours. (The wind today was huge! Becareful if your not stable on your feet on uneven surfaces.)

If you want some shadow and experience walking in a rain forest, Alex Knob is for you. If you want views all way up, chose another one. But the view for the last km is amazing! Best view of Franz Josef for sure! Even if the distance and elevation are high, it goes pretty easy. We are slow walkers and we did it in 6 hours. Only one bug... the helicos! Too bad!

Bonne rando, assez roulante malgré ses 1200m de D+ et qui se fait donc bien la nuit à la frontale pour profiter du lever de soleil. 2h de montée sans trop trainer.

Super rando offrant une belle vue sur la baie. Ça soufflait sévère une fois arrivé au sommet !

Bonne randonnée mais difficile, qui continue bien après l'itinéraire indiqué sur Alltrails (à moins que j'ai raté quelque chose). Le gros plus est la sensation de liberté due au fait que presque personne ne faut cette rando.

1 day ago

nice and easy. good views!

Très déçu par cette randonnée. Les paysages sont sympathiques, mais la plus belle vue se situe à mi-chemin d'après moi, et la vue finale tant attendue n'est pas vraiment exceptionnelle. De plus la rando est une autoroute (à moins sûrement de la faire assez tôt) avec du monde en permanence.

1 day ago

Première partie (Sealer track) plutôt difficile avec toutes les marches, la 2ème partie est plus intéressante et offre une super vue sur la vallée si le temps est découvert.

Bonne rando bien débile avec de nombreuses marches. Seulement 500m de D+ et ça pique déjà. La vue n'est pas exceptionnelle pour l'effort fourni, je conseille de pousser jusqu'en haut de la Mueller hut track.

Rando très facile et assez incroyable, d'autant plus pour les amateurs de LOTR. La deuxième partie (après l'ascension de la colline) n'est plus pratiquable sur la fin (passage dans la rivière), mieux vaut faire demi-tour à ce moment en suivant les balises orange.

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no shade
1 day ago

Very scenic walk and a nice hike on a clear day, nice to be able to see seals and other wildlife along the way, if you start from the information centre it’s a long walk but you can drive to the car park where the hike begins and make it more enjoyable. You drive the same bit you would walk from the info centre so don’t miss any views.

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no shade
1 day ago

Great trial very easy, earlier the better as car park and road leading to the car park get really full, we arrived before 9 and got a space just about, walk wasn’t busy but on way back it was very busy only takes 2 and a bit hours there and back.

easy biking fun for everyone a nice fast track

walking
1 day ago

balade facile et rapide. chutes assez jolies et peu de monde. vaut le détour

balade sympa. la vue depuis le phare est bien mais le phare n'est pas dingue.

hiking
1 day ago

just went to the top and back. pleasant walk. beautiful bird song.

hiking
over grown
scramble
1 day ago

Technically demanding. Great views and certainly feels private, but the trail itself is quite narrow and considerably overgrown - requires your full attention to keep your footing sure. I sometimes run trails, but would not have been able to do so on this one. Some areas of downhill is quite steep and may involve a bit of scrambling. The downhill bit leading to the bridge was steep and hard on the knees. Was wearing shorts but would recommend long pants to protect from the brush. Would definitely recommend going counter-clockwise from Tobins Track to the Norman Smith Bridge and then back into town on the Arrow River Trail. It’s easy to miss the gated access from Tobins Track going up. No water or amenities on the trail, so bring your own.

hiking
1 day ago

Rewarding views, but not what I expected, as I personally enjoy something a little more technical and varied. Is essentially a constant up-hill to a nice little look-out point with benches. Trail is more or less a gravel road, and is in fine condition. Hiking boots not necessary - walking or running sneakers would be sufficient. I believe you can loop down to back into town, but I went back part of the way I came on Tobins to access the New Chums trail. Technically easy, but decently challenging in terms of physical fitness. No water or amenities, so bring your own.

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!

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muddy
over grown
1 day ago

Did this trail on Tuesday, February 25. The day was sunny and I was perfectly comfortable in shorts and short sleeves. Is mostly up-hill from either direction and peaks at the look-out point next to German Hill. Beautiful views towards Lake Hayes and Cecil Peak. Recommend the quick scurry to the top of German Hill. And the short detour to the Norman Smith Bridge in the Arrow River Gorge. About 1/3-1/2 in open tussock, so sunblock is recommended. Due to recent rains and stream-crossings, a couple spots that are muddy and guaranteed to dirty your shoes. No water sources, so bring your own. Was a bit overgrown in areas, but I don’t mind that much personally. I started from the Arrow River Gorge/Trail, and did the loop counter-clockwise, which I would recommend. Happy trails!

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