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The Best Hiking Trails in Canterbury (New Zealand)

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Photo of Southern Alps. Mt Cook Village. Red Tarns Track. Governors Bush Walk. Photo of Lac Tekapo, Mount John, New-Zealand Photo of Peak Hill

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  • near Aoraki Mount Cook, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    4.47mi
    Elevation +
    1440f
    TrailRank
    70| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofSouthern Alps. Mt Cook Village. Red Tarns Track. Governors Bush Walk. Photo ofSouthern Alps. Mt Cook Village. Red Tarns Track. Governors Bush Walk. Photo ofSouthern Alps. Mt Cook Village. Red Tarns Track. Governors Bush Walk.

    Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park - (http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/national-parks/aoraki-mount-cook/) [1] (accessed 2014-05-29). Red Tarns Track, Governors Bush Walk - (http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-rec...

    Fantastic photos
    José Rolo de Sousa
  • near Lake Tekapo, Canterbury Region (New Zealand)
    Distance
    5.20mi
    Elevation +
    1096f
    TrailRank
    57| Rating 4.67
    Photo ofLac Tekapo, Mount John, New-Zealand Photo ofLac Tekapo, Mount John, New-Zealand Photo ofLac Tekapo, Mount John, New-Zealand

    This is a loop hike. Starting at parking, it rises relatively steeply up to Mount John Observatory. Subsequently, the loop continues with a gentle descent. This loop will take 2 - 3 hours, and involves an ascent and desc...

    Rando très sympa avec une magnifique vue
    Justine74
    Great views of Lake Tekapo and Alexandria. There’s a Cafe at the top next to the Observatory. Stargazers come here on cl...
    ArielMat
  • Peak Hill

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    near Lake Coleridge, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    3.59mi
    Elevation +
    2805f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo ofPeak Hill Photo ofPeak Hill Photo ofPeak Hill

    This must be one of the most beautiful day hikes on the South Island. Braided river, blue lake, crazy apline valley views. Takes 3-4h hours, pretty sure the recorded moving time is wrong, the app kept pausing. It's very ...

  • Mount Fyffe (1602 m)

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    near Kaikoura Flat, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    10.41mi
    Elevation +
    4656f
    TrailRank
    51
    Photo ofMount Fyffe (1602 m) Photo ofMount Fyffe (1602 m) Photo ofMount Fyffe (1602 m)

    The track starts at the generous car park which we can get following Google Maps directions. The parking is pretty decent although this mountain seems to be extremely popular and it can get quite busy. I can understand w...

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  • Mount John loop track

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    near Lake Tekapo, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    5.19mi
    Elevation +
    1099f
    TrailRank
    50
    Photo ofMount John loop track Photo ofMount John loop track Photo ofMount John loop track

    Easy route for the whole family and with wonderful views. The track starts at the Tekapo springs car park. In this car park there is an area only for customers of the Tekapo springs and another one which seems to be fre...

  • Mt Herbert track

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    near Diamond Harbour, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    8.78mi
    Elevation +
    2533f
    TrailRank
    50
    Photo ofMt Herbert track Photo ofMt Herbert track Photo ofMt Herbert track

    Hike to the top of Mount Herbert (919 m), the highest elevation on Banks Peninsula, following the official Mount Herbert track from the Department of Conservation (DOC). This track officially starts from Herbert Peak ...

  • near Aoraki Mount Cook, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    6.76mi
    Elevation +
    659f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo ofHooker Lake, Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand Photo ofHooker Lake, Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand Photo ofHooker Lake, Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

    This is a stunningly beautiful hike up the Hooker river valley and glacier lake with incredible views of the highest mountains of New Zealand's Southern Alps, including Mount Cook and Mount Sefton. The trail crosses over...

  • near Akaroa, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    11.13mi
    Elevation +
    2897f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo ofNew Zealand: Akaroa Misty Peaks Trail Photo ofNew Zealand: Akaroa Misty Peaks Trail Photo ofNew Zealand: Akaroa Misty Peaks Trail

    A good circular walk from the centre of Akaroa up to and along the ridge. The start and finish is on small lanes, the remaining up and down hill sections are on gravel track and the ridge walk is on footpaths. Glorious v...

  • near Arthur’s Pass, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    5.55mi
    Elevation +
    1030f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo ofRuta de una tarde desde Arthur Pass Village Photo ofRuta de una tarde desde Arthur Pass Village Photo ofRuta de una tarde desde Arthur Pass Village

    Ruta ida y vuelta desde el pueblo de Arthur Pass, pasando por la cascada cercana de Devils Punchbowl Fall (30 minutos ida y vuelta) y acercándonos a Bealey Chasm en el Bealey Valley. Vuelta por el mismo camino. En ing...

  • near Barrys Bay, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    9.14mi
    Elevation +
    2510f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo ofMt Fitzgerald from Pettigrews Road Photo ofMt Fitzgerald from Pettigrews Road Photo ofMt Fitzgerald from Pettigrews Road

    Hike to the top of Mount Fitzgerald (826 m) in the Banks peninsula. This tracks follows the official Te Ara Pātaka/Summit Walkway from the Department of Conservation (DOC) although it does not start exactly from the same...

  • MOUNT JOHN - LAKE TEKAPO

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    near Lake Tekapo, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    5.54mi
    Elevation +
    1102f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo ofMOUNT JOHN - LAKE TEKAPO Photo ofMOUNT JOHN - LAKE TEKAPO Photo ofMOUNT JOHN - LAKE TEKAPO

    Nice and interesting walk up to the summit of Mount John and the telescopes and coming back along the shore of Lake Tekapo (16-01-2019).

  • Rakaia Gorge

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    near Rakaia Gorge, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    6.66mi
    Elevation +
    1470f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo ofRakaia Gorge Photo ofRakaia Gorge Photo ofRakaia Gorge

    Beautiful mostly gentle but sometimes challenging hike along the river with beautiful view. Be aware, dogs are not allowed on this trail.

  • Okains Bay

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    near Chorlton, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    6.48mi
    Elevation +
    1152f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo ofOkains Bay Photo ofOkains Bay Photo ofOkains Bay

    The first part of the trail (along the estuary of Opara Stream) can be followed only during low tide and is muddy. From the estuary one continues along the beach and then the road back to the village. After a few minu...

  • New Zealand: Akaroa Trail

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    near Akaroa, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    6.27mi
    Elevation +
    2018f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo ofNew Zealand: Akaroa Trail Photo ofNew Zealand: Akaroa Trail Photo ofNew Zealand: Akaroa Trail

    An easy to find track walk from the centre of Akaroa. This relatively short walk is easy to find and gives you spectacular views over the huge volcanic crater. It can be extended in multiple directions over well marked t...

  • Otira Valley Skinny Dip

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    near Arthur’s Pass, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    3.20mi
    Elevation +
    915f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo ofOtira Valley Skinny Dip Photo ofOtira Valley Skinny Dip Photo ofOtira Valley Skinny Dip

    A short and nice track on the valley parallel to the creek with beautiful cascades and icy water. If you make it to the point reward yourself with a quenching dip.

  • near Akaroa, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    7.68mi
    Elevation +
    2379f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo ofAkaroa- purple peak track and curry track Photo ofAkaroa- purple peak track and curry track Photo ofAkaroa- purple peak track and curry track

    Challenging though extremely rewarding. Expect muddy shoes, awesome views, countryside, and rainforest. Take your time and enjoy it!!

  • near Akaroa, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    11.81mi
    Elevation +
    3304f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo ofAkaroa - circular walk above the village Photo ofAkaroa - circular walk above the village Photo ofAkaroa - circular walk above the village

    Moderate hike around into the hills above Akaroa village with stunning views of Akaroa harbour and also Stony Bay. This short hike opens up to many options to extend or shorten the route. This route takes in all the best...

  • Akaroa to Purple Peak loop

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    near Akaroa, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    7.77mi
    Elevation +
    2562f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo ofAkaroa to Purple Peak loop Photo ofAkaroa to Purple Peak loop Photo ofAkaroa to Purple Peak loop

    The Purple Peak Track was well marked and steep. A solid 2 hour + slog with a great view of the Crater and Akaroa. Cross the saddle to see stunning views of the next inlet. Then descended through varied, winding and stee...

  • near Lyttelton, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    6.54mi
    Elevation +
    1690f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo ofLyttelton-Pony Point-Witch Hill-Crater Rim-Stan Helms Old Photo ofLyttelton-Pony Point-Witch Hill-Crater Rim-Stan Helms Old Photo ofLyttelton-Pony Point-Witch Hill-Crater Rim-Stan Helms Old

    Very demanding, wear long pants. Pony Point to Witch Hill through paddocks, follow old Crater Rim track or veer North for views. Old Stan Helms Track not recommended as the path is completely overgrown and unsafe.

  • 307 Hooker Valley Track

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    near Mount Cook Village, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    3.24mi
    Elevation +
    495f
    TrailRank
    33| Rating 5.0
    Photo of307 Hooker Valley Track Photo of307 Hooker Valley Track Photo of307 Hooker Valley Track

    307) Hooker Valley Track - 18th March 2020 Return Distance 10.3km, Max Elevation 866m, Climb 95m, Time 3hr, Level - Medium - Pops Co-ordinates: -43.718870, 170.093560 My Blog: This was one hell of a trek. The track i...

    Nice. But you not alone...
    geda001
  • 304 Cowans Hill

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    near Lake Tekapo, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    3.69mi
    Elevation +
    210f
    TrailRank
    33
    Photo of304 Cowans Hill Photo of304 Cowans Hill Photo of304 Cowans Hill

    304) Cowan's Hill - 16th March 2020 Return Distance 5.9km, Max Elevation 770m, Climb 50m, Time 1.75hr, Level - Easy - Pops Co-ordinates: -44.004870, 170.481880 My Blog: The local maps were confusing and contradictory...

  • Kea Point & Hooker Valley

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    near Aoraki Mount Cook, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    5.96mi
    Elevation +
    814f
    TrailRank
    33| Rating 4.67
    Photo ofKea Point & Hooker Valley Photo ofKea Point & Hooker Valley Photo ofKea Point & Hooker Valley

    Two of the easy walks that one can do from Aoraki National Park. Kea Point is a short walk until the base of one incredible glacier from the lookout. It was amazing to stay here during some minutes just hearing the soun...

    Hooker valley is closed beyond the first bridge at the moment due to recent storm damage. Walkers should seek advice bef...
    Danny Leeman
  • near Hanmer Springs, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Distance
    11.43mi
    Elevation +
    3337f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo ofMt Isobel Summit, Hanmer Springs,NZ Photo ofMt Isobel Summit, Hanmer Springs,NZ Photo ofMt Isobel Summit, Hanmer Springs,NZ

    I planned to walk up the summit and take Jollies Pass Tract to walk back to town. But the sign after the summit is not clear, I return on the same track for safety reason. I started from the town center near the thermal ...

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