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

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

The South Island of New Zealand is wild, rugged and magnetically beautiful. Read on to...

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Hike 1

Ben Lomond Track, Queenstown

Not far from Queenstown is the very popular Ben Lomond Saddle Track. This hike is...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Hike 8

Cape Foulwind Walkway, Cape Foulwind

Hiking the South Island in New Zealand is definitely one of the most popular activities...

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Hike 9

Avalanche Peak, Arthur's Pass National Park

Avalanche Peak is a hike marked for experts only, so you want to make sure...

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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...

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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...

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Hike 12

Gertrude Saddle Route, Fiordland National Park

The Gertrude Saddle Route, with an elevation gain of 1410 meters, is perfect for any...

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Hike 13

Roys Peak Track, Fiordland National Park

Roys Peak is a popular day hike for tourists and locals and is a must...

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Hike 14

Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park

With an elevation of around 420 meters, this short hike to Lake Marian can be...

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Hike 15

Milford Track, Fiordland National Park

Known as "One of the Finest Walks in the World", the Milford Track can also...

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Hike 16

Kepler Track, Fiordland National Park

Another intense but otherworldly trek in Fiordland National Park is the Kepler Track. This walk...

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Hike 17

Routeburn Track, Fiordland National Park

The Routeburn Track is a 33 km (20.5 miles) one-way track that spans two national...

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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...

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