Short Walks in New Zealand

A summary of the Top Voted Short Walks in New Zealand.

Walks are the highest-rated and most-accessible free activity travellers engage in while in NZ, according to independent reviews on the

The highest rated short walks often include wildlife encounters - seals and penguins feature strongly on travellers’ favourite walks.  

At time of writing, the top voted short walks on Rankers are:

Ohau Stream in Kaikoura

A very short walk (10 mins) to a waterfall on SH1 north of Kaikoura, and a popular spot for seal pups as it is adjacent to the roadside Ohau Point Seal Colony. Traveller reviews marvel at the sheer number and proximity of the seal pups.

Whaririki Beach walk in Golden Bay

A 20 minute walk through farmland to what travellers claim as one of NZ’s most beautiful beaches. Seals feature here as a crowd pleaser, as do caves to explore and an isolated, windswept vista.

Sandfly Bay track in Otago

The Otago Coast is famed for seal and penguin encounters, and the Sandfly Bay track is no exception. Rating at 90%, travellers love the chance to view yellow-eyed penguins coming ashore after feeding in their natural environment.

Nugget Point walk in South Otago

Penguins, seals and a romantic lighthouse see this coastal walk cement a place in the top 5 short walks in NZ. Negotiating the gravel (unsealed) road to the starting point is deemed a worthy investment once the salt air reaches the lungs and the unspoilt coast stretches out in front of you.


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