By Julian Apse for Ultimate Hikes
By Fraser Gunn
Hiking is the best way to truly absorb the splendour of New Zealand's South Island, with a wide range of experiences to choose from.
Positioned at the top of the South Island with numerous bays, Marlborough is the perfect place to relax and spend some time outdoors.
The Nelson Tasman region is a walking and hiking paradise, and home to two of New Zealand’s Great Walks – The Heaphy Track in the Kahurangi National Park and the Abel Tasman Coast Track.
The West Coast’s two largest glaciers – Fox and Franz Josef – extend almost to sea level, making parts of them easily accessible for walking and hiking.
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.
There are a variety of walks in the Wanaka region ranging from short, easy tracks to multi-day hiking adventures.
For lovers of walking and hiking, Queenstown is paradise. This stunning region offers a multitude of options for those who love exploring by foot.
Fiordland is a walking and hiking paradise, and home to three of New Zealand’s Great Walks – the Milford Track, Routeburn Track and Kepler Track.
Southland’s wild and rugged landscapes offer spectacular walking and hiking experiences. Don't miss the Hump Ridge Track and Catlins River Walk.
Stewart Island is home to one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, the Rakiura Track, as well as a number of walking and hiking trails.