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Great walks of New Zealand: South Island

by Travelbag on 10 May 2016, 16:05PM

Following on from our Great Walks of New Zealand: North Island blog, as promised, here are the best walks in the South of New Zealand.

This time we have glaciers, lakes, sand dunes, beaches and even the Southern Hemisphere's answer to the Northern Lights to explore. Time to dig out those walking boots!

Day Walks

Hooker Valley Track

Hooker Valley Track, New Zealand

A favourite walk among hikers looking to see Aoraki (Mt Cook) in only one day, this hike allows you to see the iconic view of it towering above Lake Pukaki (see above). The 13km is set over a mostly flat gradient, allowing you to take most of the family along for a fairly gentle walk; however, it is muddy in parts as a result of the glaciers.


Wharariki Beach

Waharariki Beach walk, New Zealand

This beautiful beach walk is best to visit at low tide when a network of caves will be revealed, giving you plenty to explore (Be aware of tide times!). Not only do you have caves to explore but massive sand dunes, farmland to see, and a forest to get lost in, but on the beach you’ll find playful seals relaxing!  


Multi Day Walks

Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park walks

Admittedly, we have cheated slightly by being so vague with the Fiordland National Park but there are so many walks to walk and sights to see it would take up a whole blog post itself. Home to glacier valleys, islands, forests, and waterfalls; including Browne Falls (largest waterfall in New Zealand), this massive National Park is well worth a few days of your time to explore!


Mt Cook/ Aoraki Trek

Mount Cook / Aoraki Trek New Zealand

Yes, we already have a Mt Cook day walk but, it’s not the only sight to see in the Mt Cook National Park. This expedition will take you through some of the most magnificent Alpine scenery. The more experienced hikers/mountaineers might even fancy ‘The Ball Pass’. This walk climbs to dizzying heights of over 1400m, crosses 3 mountain groups, and not for the faint hearted, it must be said. 


Rakiura Track, Stewart Island

Rakiura Track, Stewart Island, New Zealand

Stewart Island must have something for everyone; it has glorious beaches, home to the cute, indigenous Kiwi, contains a wealth of Maori history and is far enough south to get a spectacular view of Aurora Australis (the southern hemisphere equivalent to the Northern Lights). This particular trek, however, is a 34km hike taking you through the small island showing you little features of it all and even, the bonus of a disused tram track remaining from its industrial past.


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