Want to explore New Zealand’s South Island on foot without spending days hiking?  Then this guide to the South Island’s best day walks is for you. All the must-see destinations are covered like Abel Tasman National Park, Mt Cook, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier and more.
Miles (the Big Moa) from MoaTrek at Lake Wakatipu
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miles
Read our complete guide to walking in New Zealand for overseas travellers. Specifically for people who want do enjoy walks of 2 - 4 hours on a 2 to 3 week holiday in New Zealand.
Andrew Wells
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andrew

Linking Mount Aspiring National Park with Fiordland National Park, this famous hike – one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks – offers an epic adventure in the Great Outdoors. At 32km long (19.8mi), hiking the Routeburn Track takes around 3 days. Popular among visitors and locals alike, the track is famous for its crystal-clear rivers, Middle-earth like Beech forests, awesome mountain vistas and impressive waterfalls.

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moatrek

It’s the sheer diversity of the North Island that will inspire you to want to explore on foot. From dormant volcanoes to golden coastline and native forests, we’ve put together a few of what we think are the North Island’s best day walks for you to enjoy when you visit.

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moatrek

New Zealand boasts some of the best short walks in the world and you don’t need to do a multi-day hike to get a taste of our wonderful flora, fauna and landscapes.

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moatrek