From coastal walkways to native forest trails and ancient glaciers, New Zealand is packed with short walks suitable for all levels of fitness.

With hikes of just 30 minutes up to 3 hours, New Zealand's selection of short walks cover everything from a casual beach stroll to a slightly more challenging mountain climb.  

Journey from the North Island to the South Island as you explore lush native forest, discover fascinating history and encounter unique wildlife. 

 

Find your ultimate short walk in the collection below.

Recommended Experiences

  1. Kura Tawhiti Access Track

    • World-renowed rock climbing
    • Stunning limestone rock formations

    GRADE: EASY

    • 20 mins
    • 1.4 km (return)
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    Christchurch - Canterbury

  2. Devil's Punchbowl Walking Track

    • Spectacular 131m waterfall
    • Native forest
    • Arthur's Pass National Park

    GRADE: EASY

    • 1 hr
    • 2 km(return)
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    Christchurch - Canterbury

  3. Wainui Falls Track

    • Lush native forests
    • Swing bridge
    • Waterfall

    GRADE: EASY
    There are steep drops off the edge in some places.

    • 1.5 hrs
    • 3.4km(return)
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    Nelson

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      2 hrs 10 mins from Nelson

  4. Lake Gunn Nature Walk

    • Ancient beech forest
    • Tranquil lake
    • Easy loop walk

    GRADE: EASIEST
    Accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

    • 45 mins
    • 1.4km (loop)
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    Fiordland

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