Mt. John Summit Circuit Track - Tekapo
The start of this track is located next to the Tekapo Springs complex. The track rises steadily up through exotic forest and then open tussock hill slopes. Mt John is fantastic viewing platform with a 360-degree panorama of the surrounding mountains, lakes and Mackenzie Basin flats. The Mt John Observatory and cafe are at the top.
It is possible to drive to the top of Mt John and walk the Summit Circuit Track (30 - 45 min).read more
- Location: Mount John Observatory
Rakaia Gorge Walkway - Methven
This easy 10.4 km return track follows the gorge and the Rakaia River. It through some spectacular geological areas of lava flows and glacial and river carved terraces. Please note this walkway does cross private land - please respect the landowners by staying on the track and not disturbing the stock.read more
- Location: State Highway 72
Devils Punchbowl Walking Track - Arthur's Pass
Feel the full force and sound of fresh mountain water falling 131 m down one of New Zealand’s most stunning waterfalls. It's one of our best short walks. 2 km return via same track- 1 hr return. The track starts at the northern end of Arthur's Pass village, just off SH73 at the Punchbowl car park (signposted off the highway). From the start of the walk, follow the footbridge across the Bealey River. The next bridge, over Devils Punchbowl Creek, has a good view of the waterfall. From here, wander through lush beech forest with friendly fantails/pīwakawaka and tomtits before climbing 150 m up a series of steps to a viewing platform at the base of this spectacular waterfall. Return on the same track.
- Location: Northern end of Arthur's Pass village, just off SH73 at the Punchbowl car park
Kea Point Track - Mount Cook
Located in the Aoraki/Mount Cook village this walk winds it's way through subalpine grasslands and scrub to the Mueller Glacier moraine wall. It's a 1 hour return if you start from the Whitehorse campground and carpark, or 2hrs if you start from the village. It's an out and back that ends with stunning views of Mount Cook.read more
- Location: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Timaru Botanic Garden - Timaru
One of the oldest Botanic Gardens. The species roses in the Timaru Botanic Garden have received national recognition. Highlights include the Graeme Paterson Conservatory, ponds and threatened plant collections.read more
- Location: Corner of King and Queen Street, Timaru
Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve
Peel Forest is located in the foothills of the Southern Alps; turn off SH 72, about 12 km north of Geraldine. Once at the forest, a wide variety of short and long tracks extend into the park but for littlies choose the beginning of the Big Tree Walk, which is suitable for prams and wheelchairs.Explore the largest reserve in the Geraldine area on a variety of tracks. Base yourself at the campsite and take your time.read more
- Location: Peel Forest is accessed from Rangitata Gorge Road and from Blandswood Road.
Pukaki Kettle Hole Track
This walk starts 11 km north of Twizel township, after the Pukaki River spillway. It is signposted off the eastern side of SH 8 and there is a designated car park area. Older children (4–5 years plus) will enjoy this walk and won’t be able to resist running down into the kettlehole. Younger children will need to be carried in a backpack. The walk itself is flat and passes old glacial boulders and eventually circles a kettlehole, which is a large depression in the ground (formed thousands of years ago by glacial ice melt). Note: No shade or toilet facilities.read more
- Location: Lake Pukaki Terminal Moraine Conservation Area, Southern End Lake Pukaki.
Cowans Hill Walkway - Tekapo
Walk from Tekapo township to the start of the track near the Tekapo Road Bridge, otherwise park your vehicle in the car park off SH8 near Hamilton Drive. The track passes through exotic forest, open tussock country and past small tarns where wetland birds may stop to feed.read more
- Location: Hamilton Drive and SH8