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1,434 mi 2,308 km of trail 39 Recommended Routes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 60 Trails Intermediate Trails 134 Trails Hard Trails 46 Trails
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Gems in South Island - 2

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gem Favorite Sutherland Falls

Sutherland Falls

(3) Te Anau, NZ
gem Favorite Look down from the trail into the crystal clear waters at Separation Point.

Separation Point Fur Seal Colony

(1) Takaka, NZ

Recommended Routes in South Island - 38

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Favorite View from the peak.
Difficult

Ben Lomond Track

6.9 mi 11.1 km 3,236' Up 986.38 m Up 3,236' Down 986.34 m Down

Queenstown, NZ
Favorite Somewhere after the Roys Peak Lookout.
Difficult

Roy's Peak

9.7 mi 15.6 km 4,009' Up 1221.84 m Up 4,007' Down 1221.29 m Down

Wanaka, NZ
Favorite Mueller Lake and Mt. Sefton from the Mueller Lookout
Easy/Intermediate

Hooker Valley Track

6.2 mi 10.0 km 449' Up 136.9 m Up 449' Down 136.86 m Down

Mount C…, NZ
Favorite View from the peak.
Difficult

Ben Lomond via Access Road

8.9 mi 14.3 km 4,410' Up 1344.19 m Up 4,410' Down 1344.03 m Down

Queenstown, NZ
Favorite The Gertrude Valley
Difficult

Gertrude Saddle

5.4 mi 8.7 km 2,121' Up 646.42 m Up 2,121' Down 646.36 m Down

Queenstown, NZ
Favorite Iris Burn.
Intermediate/Difficult

Kepler Track

36.7 mi 59.1 km 6,388' Up 1946.96 m Up 6,389' Down 1947.35 m Down

Te Anau, NZ
Favorite Emily Peak from Key Summit
Intermediate

Key Summit

4.7 mi 7.6 km 1,389' Up 423.41 m Up 1,389' Down 423.39 m Down

Queenstown, NZ
Favorite View from Harris Shelter into the heart of Fiordland National Park
Intermediate/Difficult

Routeburn Track: Routeburn Shelter to the Divide

19.2 mi 31.0 km 3,891' Up 1185.95 m Up 3,719' Down 1133.49 m Down

Queenstown, NZ

Trails in South Island - 201

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1.4 mi 2.2 km #1Mueller Hut Track
Difficult
Mount Cook Village, NZ
Difficult
Mount Cook Village, NZ 10 
4.3 mi 7.0 km #2Routeburn Track: Lake Mackenzie Hut
Intermediate/Difficult
Queenstown, NZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Queenstown, NZ
5.2 mi 8.3 km #3Routeburn Track: Lake Howden Hut
Intermediate/Difficult
Queenstown, NZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Queenstown, NZ
0.8 mi 1.3 km #4Key Summit Track
Intermediate
Queenstown, NZ
Intermediate
Queenstown, NZ
2.1 mi 3.4 km #5Routeburn Track: Harris Shelter
Intermediate/Difficult
Queenstown, NZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Queenstown, NZ
1.2 mi 1.9 km #6Sealy Tarns Track
Difficult
Mount Cook Village, NZ
Difficult
Mount Cook Village, NZ 14 
2.7 mi 4.4 km #7Queenstown Hill Summit Trail
Intermediate
Queenstown, NZ
Intermediate
Queenstown, NZ
1.7 mi 2.7 km #8Sutherland Falls Track
Intermediate
Te Anau, NZ
Intermediate
Te Anau, NZ
1.4 mi 2.2 km #9Key Summit Overlook Track
Intermediate
Queenstown, NZ
Intermediate
Queenstown, NZ
3.6 mi 5.8 km #10Moonlight Track
Difficult
Queenstown, NZ
Difficult
Queenstown, NZ
5.8 mi 9.3 km #11Queen Charlotte Track: Meretoto/Ship Cove to Camp Bay
Intermediate/Difficult
Picton, NZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Picton, NZ
10.0 mi 16.2 km #12Abel Tasman Coast Track: Awaroa to Whariwharangi
Easy
Takaka, NZ
Easy
Takaka, NZ
3.9 mi 6.4 km #13Alex Knob Track
Intermediate/Difficult
Hokitika, NZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Hokitika, NZ
7.5 mi 12.1 km #14Queen Charlotte Track: Anakiwa to Mistletoe Bay
Intermediate
Picton, NZ
Intermediate
Picton, NZ
4.7 mi 7.5 km #15Fernhill Loop Trail
Difficult
Queenstown, NZ
Difficult
Queenstown, NZ
2.5 mi 4.0 km #16North Branch Track
Intermediate/Difficult
Queenstown, NZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Queenstown, NZ
4.2 mi 6.7 km #17Queen Charlotte Track: Torea Saddle to Mistletoe Bay
Intermediate/Difficult
Picton, NZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Picton, NZ
15.3 mi 24.6 km #18Queen Charlotte Track: Camp Bay to Torea Saddle
Intermediate
Picton, NZ
Intermediate
Picton, NZ
0.3 mi 0.4 km #19Hidden Lake Track
Easy
Te Anau, NZ
Easy
Te Anau, NZ
1.9 mi 3.1 km #20Lake Dispute Track
Intermediate
Queenstown, NZ
Intermediate
Queenstown, NZ

Photos of South Island - 577

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NZ Mountain Safety Council has created this video guide for the Kepler Track. This video takes you through the alpine section to help you prepare for the harsher conditions, particularly in exposed areas.
Feb 25, 2020 near Te Anau, NZ
NZ Mountain Safety Council has created a video guide for the Milford Track. The alpine section over MacKinnon Pass is highlighted, showing you how to prepare for a successful trip so that you make it home safely.
Feb 25, 2020 near Queenstown, NZ
NZ Mountain Safety Council has created this trail video guide for Gertrude Saddle. The video takes you through the entire track and shows you how to prepare for a successful trip so that you make it home safely.
Feb 24, 2020 near Queenstown, NZ
The Red Tarns
Dec 14, 2014 near Mount C…, NZ
NZ Mountain Safety Council has created this video guide for the Mueller Hut Route. The whole route is in alpine terrain. This video covers the whole track and shows you how to prepare for a successful trip and make it home safely.
Feb 25, 2020 near Mount C…, NZ
NZ Mountain Safety Council has created this video guide for Poukirikiri/Travers Saddle. The track takes you deep in the park and over a challenging alpine pass. This video shows the preparation required to make sure you get home safe.
Feb 25, 2020 near St Arnaud, NZ
NZ Mountain Safety Council has created this video guide for Ben Lomond Track. The video takes you through the entire track and shows you how to prepare for a successful trip so that you make it home safely."
Feb 25, 2020 near Queenstown, NZ
NZ Mountain Safety Council has created this video guide for Waiau Pass. The video takes you through the alpine section going over the pass and shows you how to prepare for a successful trip so that you make it home safely.
Feb 25, 2020 near St Arnaud, NZ