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The Best Hiking Trails in Otago (New Zealand)

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Photo of Ben Lomond (1748 m) and Bowen Peak (1631 m) from Queenstown Photo of Routeburn track Great Walk (The Divide to Routeburn Shelter) (Includes Conical Hill) Photo of Routeburn track Great Walk (Routeburn Shelter to The Divide)
  • near Queenstown, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    11.17mi
    Elevation +
    5719f
    TrailRank
    69
    Photo ofBen Lomond (1748 m) and Bowen Peak (1631 m) from Queenstown Photo ofBen Lomond (1748 m) and Bowen Peak (1631 m) from Queenstown Photo ofBen Lomond (1748 m) and Bowen Peak (1631 m) from Queenstown

    Nice hike that starts from the gondola in Queenstown and goes up Ben Lomond (1748 m) and also the neighbour mountain Bowen Peak (1631 m). The hike can be divided into three parts: Part 1: From the start to the gondo...

  • near Gibbston, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    18.77mi
    Elevation +
    5702f
    TrailRank
    61
    Photo ofBen Cruachan (and 5 more summits) from Coal Pit Road Photo ofBen Cruachan (and 5 more summits) from Coal Pit Road Photo ofBen Cruachan (and 5 more summits) from Coal Pit Road

    This track goes up Ben Cruachan and in the way it goes up also another 5 mountains: • Mount Edward • Mount Salmond • {Mount Friend} • {Ben Liliput} • {Ben ForgetMeNot} It looks like Department of C...

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  • Lake Rere Loop Track

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    near Glenorchy, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    9.63mi
    Elevation +
    1831f
    TrailRank
    55
    Photo ofLake Rere Loop Track Photo ofLake Rere Loop Track Photo ofLake Rere Loop Track

    Three fordings to get there, two of them deepish but 2WD was ok. Don't try after a lot of rain. No campervans. Glorious walk, bring swimsuits, the lake and Elfin bay are very inviting.

  • Roy's Peak

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    near Glendhu, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    9.34mi
    Elevation +
    4167f
    TrailRank
    54
    Photo ofRoy's Peak Photo ofRoy's Peak Photo ofRoy's Peak

    From the parking you follow the way up. Beautiful views all the way, the more spectacular the higher you get.

  • near Glendhu, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    3.88mi
    Elevation +
    1719f
    TrailRank
    54| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofDiamond lake and Rocky Mountain loop circuit Photo ofDiamond lake and Rocky Mountain loop circuit Photo ofDiamond lake and Rocky Mountain loop circuit

    Wanaka is surrounded by many great mountains to hike. The most famous is Roys Peak but there are many other like Isthmus Peak, Treble Cone, Mount Iron or Mount Alpha. Rocky Mountain is not one of the highest but it is o...

    Some rocky and slippery parts. Maybe a few places where you can feel some vertigo, but you'll make through
    Joost VAN DER ERVE
  • near Gibbston, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    16.77mi
    Elevation +
    4094f
    TrailRank
    54
    Photo ofCrown saddle to Queensberry hill (5 summits) Photo ofCrown saddle to Queensberry hill (5 summits) Photo ofCrown saddle to Queensberry hill (5 summits)

    The Rock Peak track is an official track from the Department Of Conservation in New Zealand. The track starts at the Crown range saddle parking. This is quite a big parking but you may find it busy since it is allowed...

  • Jacks Point and extra Beach

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    near Frankton, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    3.69mi
    Elevation +
    794f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo ofJacks Point and extra Beach Photo ofJacks Point and extra Beach Photo ofJacks Point and extra Beach

    A not well known beautiful walk not far from Queenstown. Very quiet, amazing views of the lake, Remarkables, Queenstown. Parts follow the land of the golf course and the last bit is on the private access street (no cars)...

  • near Arcadia, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    6.81mi
    Elevation +
    2572f
    TrailRank
    52
    Photo of★★★★ Routeburn track to Falls Hut Photo of★★★★ Routeburn track to Falls Hut Photo of★★★★ Routeburn track to Falls Hut

    Easy but spectacular hike in ancient beech forest alongside a pristine creek to a couple of huts, the first on the banks of spectacular flats on the valley beds and the second higher up just before a pass, above the tree...

  • Queenstown hill

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    near Queenstown, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    4.29mi
    Elevation +
    1634f
    TrailRank
    52
    Photo ofQueenstown hill Photo ofQueenstown hill Photo ofQueenstown hill

    Easy stroll going up Queenstown Hill. This track starts from Queenstown city centre but you can also start from the beginning of the trail. see the waypoint called "Parking and start of track". There is plenty of space ...

  • near Arcadia, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    86.09mi
    Elevation +
    14124f
    TrailRank
    51
    Photo ofRouteburn Track, Dore Pass and Milford Track Photo ofRouteburn Track, Dore Pass and Milford Track Photo ofRouteburn Track, Dore Pass and Milford Track

    New Zealand South Island Total of 8 days and 7 nights on the track. Allow a day at each end for transfers. Routeburn Track is a 4 day 3 night hike rated as Moderate and for experience/views is the best track in the are...

  • near Normanby, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    7.00mi
    Elevation +
    2152f
    TrailRank
    51
    Photo ofMount Cargill, Butters peak and Organ Pipes (Dunedin) Photo ofMount Cargill, Butters peak and Organ Pipes (Dunedin) Photo ofMount Cargill, Butters peak and Organ Pipes (Dunedin)

    This easy track starts at Bethune's gully carpark, at the end of Cluny street in Dunedin. It goes up Mount Cargill (676m) as the main summit and also takes a detour to go up Butters Peak (617m) and further down visit the...

  • Isthmus peak (1386 m)

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    near Lake Hawea, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    9.77mi
    Elevation +
    3599f
    TrailRank
    51| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofIsthmus peak (1386 m) Photo ofIsthmus peak (1386 m) Photo ofIsthmus peak (1386 m)

    This is an official track from the Department Of Conservation New Zealand: Isthmus Peak Track. We leave the car at a small parking next to the road, on the right-hand side when driving north. To get to the start of t...

    Wonderful view all the way up and at the summit. The route is quite steep most of the way.
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  • near Arrowtown, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    20.28mi
    Elevation +
    6568f
    TrailRank
    51
    Photo ofCrown Peak and Mount Sale from Arrowtown Photo ofCrown Peak and Mount Sale from Arrowtown Photo ofCrown Peak and Mount Sale from Arrowtown

    This hike starts from Arrowtown. There is a big parking available where you will also find toilets. This area is pretty popular on the weekends with lots of people biking, hiking or just walking or having a swim at the A...

  • Five Passes Route

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    near Arcadia, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    47.30mi
    Elevation +
    13681f
    TrailRank
    50
    Photo ofFive Passes Route Photo ofFive Passes Route Photo ofFive Passes Route

    Six full days of the classic Five Passes track (i.e. w/out Lake Nerine), done counter-clockwise. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, thus our experience would not reflect the real difficulty of the track. 6 days is m...

  • near Kinloch, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    6.36mi
    Elevation +
    2037f
    TrailRank
    50
    Photo ofKey Summit (with small detour to Howden Hut) Photo ofKey Summit (with small detour to Howden Hut) Photo ofKey Summit (with small detour to Howden Hut)

    So good. One of the best bang for your buck hikes I've ever done. Gentle uphill up to a summit with a nice small loop to give you 365° views over three valleys. Do it!

  • Earnslaw Burn Track

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    near Arcadia, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    7.48mi
    Elevation +
    2356f
    TrailRank
    50
    Photo ofEarnslaw Burn Track Photo ofEarnslaw Burn Track Photo ofEarnslaw Burn Track

    Start along Lovers Leap Road and head through paddock. Look for a large orange triangle on a tree which marks the start of the track. Follow track for around 4-5 hours through the forest until the tree line is reached. M...

  • near Makarora, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    4.35mi
    Elevation +
    3409f
    TrailRank
    49
    Photo ofBrewster Hut Track, Mount Aspiring NP, New Zealand Photo ofBrewster Hut Track, Mount Aspiring NP, New Zealand Photo ofBrewster Hut Track, Mount Aspiring NP, New Zealand

    Brewster Hut is situated in a beautiful saddle, sorrounded by some impressive mountains and waterfalls. The track starts from Fantail Falls, crosses the Haast River, and climbs through the forest to the bushline (alpine...

  • New Zealand-Roys Peak

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    near Glendhu, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    9.70mi
    Elevation +
    4262f
    TrailRank
    49
    Photo ofNew Zealand-Roys Peak Photo ofNew Zealand-Roys Peak Photo ofNew Zealand-Roys Peak

    We started hiking at 3:40 am to get to the top at dawn. The start is already challenging, and there are almost no flat zones in the whole track at all. Really hard to get to the viewpoint, we were able to get there just...

  • Lake Marian

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    near Kinloch, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    4.39mi
    Elevation +
    1358f
    TrailRank
    40
    Photo ofLake Marian Photo ofLake Marian Photo ofLake Marian

    Streneous hike up a mountain lake. I didn't get the views as it was super foggy. Watch out for some scrambling points.

  • near Halfway Bush, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    8.31mi
    Elevation +
    1667f
    TrailRank
    40
    Photo ofFlagstaff and Swampy Summit (Dunedin) Photo ofFlagstaff and Swampy Summit (Dunedin) Photo ofFlagstaff and Swampy Summit (Dunedin)

    Nice walk that goes up two of the summits surrounding the city of Dunedin in New Zealand, Flagstaff (668m) and Swampy Summit (739m). The hike starts at The Bull Ring carpark where there is plenty of space to leave our...

  • Rockburn

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    near Arcadia, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    8.82mi
    Elevation +
    3412f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo ofRockburn Photo ofRockburn Photo ofRockburn

    Key sections of the Routeburn Track were closed (avalanche risk) so we followed a much less traveled route that shares the same start point and has the same great views with a lot fewer people (crossed paths with one oth...

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