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Short Walks

Forest walk to Fox glacier lookout

There are short walks all over New Zealand - some of our favourite’s are listed here.

All the National Parks offer numerous short walks to be enjoyed by all.

Make sure to dress and pack with the weather in mind.

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DoC Short Walks

Cape Palliser

Rugged Wairarapa coast, seals & walk (1.5hr)

Cape Reinga

Where the Tasman & Pacific collide


Coastal short walks in Wairarapa (30min–1.5hr)

Cook's Cove Walkway

Easy walk north of Gisborne (2-3hrs return)

Hokitika Gorge Walk

Turquoise waters & swingbridges (1hr)

Huka Falls

Raging white water

Lake Matheson Walk

Reflections of Mt Cook near Fox Glacier (1.5hrs)

Lake Sylvan Track

Beech forest walk in Routeburn Valley (2hrs)

Mt Eden

Auckland's highest volcano

Mt John

Stars & views

Mt Victoria Lookout

Best views of the capital

One Tree Hill

Views from the top in Cornwall Park

Paparoa NP & 'Pancake Rocks'

Layered rocks & blowholes at Punakaiki

Queenstown Hill Time Walk

Moderate hike from town (2-3hrs)

Rangitoto Summit Track

Climb Auckland's youngest volcano (2hrs return)

Routeburn Track

A 1hr nature walk or a 3-day mission

Sandfly Bay Walk

Wildlife on Otago Peninsula (1.5-2hrs return)

Te Mata Peak

Top views from summit lookout

Tiritiri Matangi Island

Predator-free bird sanctuary

Tunnel Beach Track

Dunedin adventure for families (1-2hrs)

Ulva Island (Te Wharawhara)

Predator-free paradise for birds

Tane Mahuta & Waipou Forest

Visit 'the lord of the forest'

Waitakere Ranges

Short walks close to Auckland city

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

Paved trail along the coast (3hrs)

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Tatters ✾