The 18 Best Hikes on New Zealand's South Island Story

By Amanda Strube


The 18 Best Hikes on New Zealand's South Island Story

Made up of jagged, snow-capped mountains, ice-blue glaciers and lakes, lush rainforest, and endless coastlines, New Zealand's South Island is... Read more

Hike 1

Ben Lomond Track, Queenstown

Not far from Queenstown is the very popular Ben Lomond Saddle Track. This hike is rated easy to moderate and... Read more

Hike 2

Alex Knob Track, Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Alex Knob Track is an enticing trail with staggering views of snowcapped mountains, raging rivers, open ocean, and of course,... Read more

Hike 3

Callery Gorge Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park

This out and back walk takes you through dense, lush rainforest and past dilapidated mining relics and trickling streams, all... Read more

Hike 4

Canavan's Knob Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park

This alluring walk takes you along the Waiho River and up through the whimsical jungle to a stunning lookout. From... Read more

Hike 5

Gillespies Beach Walks, Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Gillespies Beach is a true depiction of the wild west coast of New Zealand. There are five walks and hikes... Read more

Hike 6

Copland Track, Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Another popular track when hiking in New Zealand's South Island is the Copland Track. One of the longer ones on... Read more

Hike 7

Roberts Point Track, Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Roberts Point has two car parks you can start from, and each is about the same distance to the start... Read more

Hike 8

Cape Foulwind Walkway, Cape Foulwind

Hiking the South Island in New Zealand is definitely one of the most popular activities in the country. The walkway... Read more

Hike 9

Avalanche Peak, Arthur's Pass National Park

Avalanche Peak is a hike marked for experts only, so you want to make sure you are highly prepared before... Read more

Hike 10

Bealey Spur Track, Arthur's Pass National Park

The Bealey Spur Track is generally an easy walk for most people because it has a more gradual incline. There... Read more

Hike 11

Hooker Valley Track, Mount Cook National Park

The Hooker Valley Track is the most popular track within Mount Cook National Park. It's rated as easy, with an... Read more

Hike 12

Gertrude Saddle Route, Fiordland National Park

The Gertrude Saddle Route, with an elevation gain of 1410 meters, is perfect for any experienced climber or hiker looking... Read more

Hike 13

Roys Peak Track, Fiordland National Park

Roys Peak is a popular day hike for tourists and locals and is a must on any Wanaka itinerary. It's... Read more

Hike 14

Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park

With an elevation of around 420 meters, this short hike to Lake Marian can be completed in about 3 hours.... Read more

Hike 15

Milford Track, Fiordland National Park

Known as "One of the Finest Walks in the World", the Milford Track can also be found in Fiordland National... Read more

Hike 16

Kepler Track, Fiordland National Park

Another intense but otherworldly trek in Fiordland National Park is the Kepler Track. This walk needs some planning ahead, but... Read more

Hike 17

Routeburn Track, Fiordland National Park

The Routeburn Track is a 33 km (20.5 miles) one-way track that spans two national parks. It can take up... Read more

Hike 18

Abel Tasman Coast Track, Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park is located at the top of the South Island, giving it a mild climate all year... Read more


Hike it Up

The South Island of New Zealand has some of the most enticing hikes on the planet. This list only includes... Read more