South Island NZ

Parent Regions


Any interesting history for the region?


What are the standout bushwalking features?


How do you get there? Include all access points if there are many?


Which maps cover the region?


Where can I stay there? or near there?



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Contact details for National Park offices or similar...

Walks in South Island NZ

4.1 km return
2 hrs

Lake Matheson Circuit

Lake Matheson is one of the most photographed lakes in New Zealand. Its backdrop of the Southern Alps dominated by Mt Cook, provides an outstanding reflection across the waters from View of Views lookout.

2.6 km return
1 hr

Lake Matheson Jetty

Lake Matheson, nestled in ancient Forests, is famous for its stunning mirror reflections of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, which are the result of leaf matter leaching into the water and turning it a dark brown colour.

53.5 km one-way
4 days

Milford Track

4 day hike

4.7 km return
105 mins

Mount Iron Loop

Mount Iron is an impressive, glacier-carved, 240-metre rocky knoll. From its summit a great panorama unfolds: Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, Pisa Range, the Cardrona and Upper Clutha Basin and all the surrounding peaks of the Southern Alps; many of them in Mount Aspiring National Park in the west.

8.3 km return
2.5 hrs

Mount John

This track rises steadily up through exotic forest and then open tussock hill slopes to a viewing area with a 360° panorama of the surrounding mountains of the Southern Alps, various lakes and the Mackenzie Basin flats, before heading across the mountain below the Observatory and down the far side and back along the shoreline of Lake Tekapo.

2 km return
30 mins

Ohau Stream and Waterfall

A stream and waterfall seal pups come to play in at certain times of the year.
Ohau Point Seal Colony, Kaikoura


Queen Charlotte Track

Choice of multiple days or day walks in the Marlborough Region, South Island. The town of Picton is a good base to prepare or start of your adventure. You can decide to combine your walk with: a drop off and pick-up by water taxi, a mountain bike, a sea kayak or simply walk. Stunning scenery on both sides from the Queen Charlotte Sound and Kenepuru Sound. Walking on good track with some challenging climbs and sections.

3.1 km return
20 mins

Queenstown Gardens Foreshore Walk

A short walk around the Queenstown Foreshore.

10.4 km return
3.5 hrs

Rakaia Gorge Walkway

The walkway follows the rim of the gorge providing views of the Rakaia River and Mt Hutt. Along the way there are a number of historical points of interest.

10 km return
5 hrs

Rob Roy Glacier