Julia’s passion for Aotearoa, and sharing its culture and natural treasures with visitors, eventually led to her current adventure: guiding guests around her beloved homeland. Discover picturesque Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital, situated near scenic Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by breathtaking views of the Remarkables mountain range. Read more about exclusive hiking spots in New Zealand here. A welcoming mountain retreat and high-country sheep station surrounded by a beech forest and frosted peaks. You can also take a
- You will drive south towards Hannah’s Clearing. Here you will board a jetboat to embark on a memorable Waitoto River Safari.
- The Angelus circuit is a lesser-known, but still incredible hike for adventure-minded hikers.
- South Island hikes long-arrow-right There is no better way to explore the South Island than by walking.
- Kiwi Experience tours range from 2-28 days and cost between 85-1,799 NZD while Stray Tours range from days and cost between 1,000-2,400 NZD.
So I have compiled a comprehensive checklist for hiking both in the warmer months and colder months which you can see below. Here is another fantastic site to which you can log your intentions before heading out on a hike. This site has everything weather-related. You can find extended forecasts for all New Zealand areas as well as an advisory about avalanches. Some people want to feel the warmth while hiking the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, while others desire snow while visiting Mount Aspiring National Park.
The Kepler Track’s first day is a simple climb, but it’s 100% worthwhile. Welcome Flat is part the Copland Track, an extensive multi-day hike that’s suitable for advanced hikers. The Paparoa Track can be hiked in any direction, but it’s mainly designed to be walked from south to north. However, if you’d like to take your tramping itinerary to the next level, you could connect the hike with the Heaphy Track. We are currently located at the top of New Zealand’s South Island.
This is a backcountry route that takes you around Lake Waikaremoana from the South side to the North side. Panekire Bluff offers breathtaking views over the lake, spectacular waterfalls, and crystal-clear waters for a refreshing dip in. Another little tip if you like to take it slow on your hikes, is to make sure you let faster hikers pass you.
You will also need to research the requirements for renting a car with an international driver’s licence and plan your itinerary to meet your hiking goals. Unfortunately, only one route is currently available for bookings: the TranzAlpine Great Journey. This half-day ride crosses Arthur’s Pass connecting Christchurch with Greymouth. Most travelers rent or purchase a vehicle, book a hop on hop-off tour, hitchhike or join a rideshare group. For the sake of this guide to the South Island hikes and treks, let’s say that if you landed in Auckland first, then you could head to any airport from there.
Is hiking in New Zealand safe?
Safety’s not as hard as you may think – New Zealand has no snakes, pesky poisonous plants or predators out in the wilderness – all you really need to worry about when you’re hiking in New Zealand is staying on the trail.
If you are an independent hiker who is on a multi-day trek, you will most likely stay at a Department of Conservation backcountry hut or DOC hut. Some people prefer to camp. In most cases, it’s allowed. However, huts are a great alternative if you don’t want to carry a tent. Consider how you’ll get to the trailhead and what you’ll do at the end. Track transport can be booked to take you to and fro most of the well-known hikes. Tracknet, a company that offers reliable track transport for hikers, provides transportation to and from the beginning of some of our Great Walks.
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