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Relatively easy half-day hikes are to be found all over the country.
For most, you won’t need much pre-planning, but if you’re heading into the mountains, make sure to keep an eye on weather forecasts and be adequately prepared.
Hike between Auckland's harbours (4-5hrs)
Amble on road & track (8km / 3hrs return)
Coastal loop near Christchurch with WWII history (3hrs)
Easy walk north of Gisborne (2-3hrs return)
Hill climb for glorious views near Wanaka (3hrs)
Walk on a glacier
Guided heli-hikes on the glacier
Valley track to glacier lake below Mt Cook (3-4hrs)
Enjoyable 3hr hike for views
Gorgeous walk near Queenstown (3hrs)
Walk the Mt Robert Circuit (4-5hrs)
Rakiura NP daywalk (4-5hrs)
70kms in 3-5 days or just a day-walk
Walk to foot of the glacier (4-5hrs return)
Scenic hike behind Arrowtown (3hrs)
Enjoyable flat walk; good for families (3hrs)
Walk the western end of Waiheke Island (3hrs)
Image by Andrea Schaffer