Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

walking
4 days ago

Amazing views, a bit muddy in winter even on a sunny day... however TOTALLY worth it!

Absolutely stunning vistas, we were incredibly lucky with the weather - 3 bluebird days to enjoy incredible scenery. A good challenging hike

A great challenging hill climb with amazing views. Loved the faerie grove

hiking
5 days ago

Part of Te Araroa, this section is known as the Richmond Trail. Nice views over Lake Tekapo. Best tramped south to north to fully enjoy the views of the mountains.

Love this track! Well maintained, beautiful views and lots of lovely native bush and birds. Due to the number of stairs I would rate it as moderate, not easy.

hiking
9 days ago

This is where the hobbits live. Lush and interesting. Such a beautiful climb. 3.5hrs total, with lots of pictures, at a steady pace. I would do this hike a hundred times over.

Easy walk to (near) the base of the glacier. The track is really well maintained and great to walk on. If you're only stopping by in Franz Josef thus is a good little out and back walk to do.

Awesome track! Took us two hours to reach the end (one way) and it was worth it. The track is not exhausting (I am medium fit) but can be a bit slippery aspecially when you go back down.

17 days ago

Great hike with an amazing view at the lake. It’s basically a climb the whole way until the last 5-10 minutes when you descend into the lake.

on Kepler Track

18 days ago

Hiked the first part up to the end of the treeline back in February. Easily the most stunning place I've ever been. The forest is incredibly lush and the trails are well maintained. It helps to have waterproof boots during the rainy season as mud does accumulate quite a bit. Once you get past the treeline prepare to be amazed with stunning views of the surrounding snowcapped mountains and lake below. I will definitely be back to complete the loop when I'm outfitted with enough gear.

Nice walk; not very challenging but nice environment...definitely wouldn't do it in flip flops though unless you want to get your feet ripped up on the gravel and high potential to slide in the muddy sections...we walked it in winter....

I haven't done this hike, but for those who don't know, the volcano in the center of the loop, Mt. Ngauruhoe, is Mt. Doom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Great track, watch out for the sheep

1 month ago

love going rapaki.

hiking
1 month ago

Always a good walk :)

great walk. added onto the halswell quarry walk also. good work out

hiking
1 month ago

Great Walk.. Quite busy on Weekends. Awesome during the week. Myself and the Dog loved it!!!

1 month ago

Beautiful views!

One of the most challenging but fun hikes I’ve ever done!! 110% recommend taking your partner and seeing how long you can last

easy track with nice views !

hiking
1 month ago

I did this track in one day !
the first part is lovely.
After that was snowing so WE couldn't see much

Anyway it's a really nice track to do, but you should do it during the great season (Oct/Apr).

I walked the loop track during the winter months. I found it boring during that time as there was no bird life nor no flowers. Also the tide was out.Nice to see the hills each side

beautiful easy trail running

Easy track with awesome views

walking
1 month ago

Good walk, great views, nice and easy.

amazing view and exciting to cross 3 swing bridges

Great views over the Waimak valley.

Lived in Okarito and couldn’t stop doing this track, absolutely loved it! If you’re into kayaking just as much as walking would also recommend Okarito Kayak Tours while you’re in the region.

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