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Short walks are one of the best ways to experience New Zealand's natural wonders first-hand.

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South Island

There’s an incredible trail system in this country. There’s so much that has been geared toward the visitor getting to have hands on, feet on exploration and share the beauty.

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Short walks and hikes for all levels of fitness are plentiful and easy to find as you tour the country. Beautiful nature walks are right on the doorstep of our cities and towns and in just a few hours, you can experience some of the best New Zealand scenery.

In the North Island, popular short hikes include New Zealand's most famous day walk, the 19.5 kilometre Tongariro Alpine Crossing which traverses volcanic landscapes of turquoise crater lakes, alpine meadows and rugged peaks. Or near Auckland, climb the dormant Rangitoto Island on the Rangitoto Summit Track and be rewarded with panoramic views when you reach the top.

On the South Island's east coast, the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway visits seal and bird colonies and offers a spectacular Southern Alps backdrop, while West Coast visitors can take in the icy environment on the Franz Josef Walk. Keen walkers visiting Queenstown with 3 hours spare should try the Queenstown Hill Time Walk and travel through pine forested hills behind the town to reach 360 views including Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables Range.

Discover the best day walks, and walking tours, in some of our most diverse regions. Go to "In this section" to select a region.

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