Canterbury is a land of plains and peaks – a mecca for diverse experiences. Hikes & day walks are a great way to experience the very best of the region.
One of the best walks in the region is Hooker Valley Track, popular with both locals and travellers. The track passes through Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, a rugged land of ice and rock, and travels beside the Hooker River. It can be walked in several different ways so can take anywhere from 1.5 to 4 hours to complete.
The Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway juts out from the rugged east coast of the region and it’s a must do if you’re nearby in Kaikoura. Experience ocean views and while you're there, chances are you’ll spot some of the varied wildlife including seals – you might even glimpse a friendly whale or dolphin.
In mid-Canterbury, the Rakaia Gorge Walkway passes through glacier and river carved terraces to a panoramic lookout point before passing back through native bush and historic gold mining sites. With its various features, this walk is up there with the best.
Explore the spectacular limestone formations of Kura Tawhiti on this short walk.
Take a short walk through beautiful native forest to stand at the base of the spectacular 131m Devil's Punchbowl Fall.
Discover New Zealand's longest glacier with this walk that takes in alpine-fed lakes and glacier moulded landscapes.
There are a number of different segments in this walkway. Cross the peninsula’s cliff top and soak up the ocean views.
One of the most popular walks in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Pass through Hooker Valley and walk beside the Hooker River. Find out more about this popular track.
Traverse the edge of the Rakaia Gorge and marvel at the spectacular geological areas.
Ball Pass Crossing is a demanding route that rewards experienced trekkers with unforgettable alpine scenery.
The St James Walkway combines diverse scenery, wildlife and vegetation on an undemanding trail through sub-alpine conservation and reserve areas.