The Best Trails in Otago (New Zealand)

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Photo of Ben Lomond (1748 m) and Bowen Peak (1631 m) from Queenstown Photo of Ben Lomond Track Summit, Queenstown NZ Photo of Lake Rere Loop Track
  • near Queenstown, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    11.17mi
    Elevation +
    5719f
    TrailRank
    61
    Photo of Ben Lomond (1748 m) and Bowen Peak (1631 m) from Queenstown Photo of Ben Lomond (1748 m) and Bowen Peak (1631 m) from Queenstown Photo of Ben Lomond (1748 m) and Bowen Peak (1631 m) from Queenstown

    Nice hike that starts from the gondola in Queenstown and goes up Ben Lomond (1748 m) and also the neighbour mountain Bowen Peak (1631 m). The hike can be divided into three parts: Part 1: From the start to the gondo...

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  • Ben Lomond Track Summit, Queenstown NZ

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    near Queenstown, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    8.95mi
    Elevation +
    4895f
    TrailRank
    57
    Photo of Ben Lomond Track Summit, Queenstown NZ Photo of Ben Lomond Track Summit, Queenstown NZ Photo of Ben Lomond Track Summit, Queenstown NZ

    YouTube Video here: https://youtu.be/crZ-3lpo1Ps Ben Lomond Full Trail Summit. Starting at the bottom Skyline Gondalas carpark, up through the Tiki Trail Forest to the luge area, to the Ben Lomond Saddle, to the summi...

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  • Lake Rere Loop Track

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    near Glenorchy, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    9.63mi
    Elevation +
    1831f
    TrailRank
    55
    Photo of Lake Rere Loop Track Photo of Lake Rere Loop Track Photo of Lake Rere Loop Track

    Three fordings to get there, two of them deepish but 2WD was ok. Don't try after a lot of rain. No campervans. Glorious walk, bring swimsuits, the lake and Elfin bay are very inviting.

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  • Roy's Peak

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    near Glendhu, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    9.34mi
    Elevation +
    4167f
    TrailRank
    54
    Photo of Roy's Peak Photo of Roy's Peak Photo of Roy's Peak

    From the parking you follow the way up. Beautiful views all the way, the more spectacular the higher you get.

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  • Jacks Point and extra Beach

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    Hiking
    near Frankton, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    3.69mi
    Elevation +
    794f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo of Jacks Point and extra Beach Photo of Jacks Point and extra Beach Photo of Jacks Point and extra Beach

    A not well known beautiful walk not far from Queenstown. Very quiet, amazing views of the lake, Remarkables, Queenstown. Parts follow the land of the golf course and the last bit is on the private access street (no cars)...

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  • near Arcadia, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    6.81mi
    Elevation +
    2572f
    TrailRank
    52
    Photo of ★★★★ Routeburn track to Falls Hut Photo of ★★★★ Routeburn track to Falls Hut Photo of ★★★★ Routeburn track to Falls Hut

    Easy but spectacular hike in ancient beech forest alongside a pristine creek to a couple of huts, the first on the banks of spectacular flats on the valley beds and the second higher up just before a pass, above the tree...

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  • near Arcadia, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    86.09mi
    Elevation +
    14124f
    TrailRank
    51
    Photo of Routeburn Track, Dore Pass and Milford Track Photo of Routeburn Track, Dore Pass and Milford Track Photo of Routeburn Track, Dore Pass and Milford Track

    New Zealand South Island Total of 8 days and 7 nights on the track. Allow a day at each end for transfers. Routeburn Track is a 4 day 3 night hike rated as Moderate and for experience/views is the best track in the are...

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  • near Normanby, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    7.00mi
    Elevation +
    2152f
    TrailRank
    51
    Photo of Mount Cargill, Butters peak and Organ Pipes (Dunedin) Photo of Mount Cargill, Butters peak and Organ Pipes (Dunedin) Photo of Mount Cargill, Butters peak and Organ Pipes (Dunedin)

    This easy track starts at Bethune's gully carpark, at the end of Cluny street in Dunedin. It goes up Mount Cargill (676m) as the main summit and also takes a detour to go up Butters Peak (617m) and further down visit the...

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  • Carricktown Track

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    Off Road
    near Bannockburn, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    14.35mi
    Elevation +
    3399f
    TrailRank
    50| Rating 4.5
    Photo of Carricktown Track Photo of Carricktown Track Photo of Carricktown Track

    Would recommend doing it this way if you’re looking for an easier drive. Doing it in reverse will be more difficult. Head up the Nevis road from Bannockburn and take a right just before the iconic Duffers Saddle (highes...

    Did the track in a Land Cruiser 200 in September. Some mud and puddles but nothing too challenging. Fantastic views, hig...
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    If the track is drivin in summer the track is considered as easy, however in winter there was ice and deep snow. And we ...
    The crazy Russian
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  • Five Passes Route

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    near Arcadia, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    47.30mi
    Elevation +
    13681f
    TrailRank
    49
    Photo of Five Passes Route Photo of Five Passes Route Photo of Five Passes Route

    Six full days of the classic Five Passes track (i.e. w/out Lake Nerine), done counter-clockwise. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, thus our experience would not reflect the real difficulty of the track. 6 days is m...

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  • near Halfway Bush, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    8.31mi
    Elevation +
    1667f
    TrailRank
    40
    Photo of Flagstaff and Swampy Summit (Dunedin) Photo of Flagstaff and Swampy Summit (Dunedin) Photo of Flagstaff and Swampy Summit (Dunedin)

    Nice walk that goes up two of the summits surrounding the city of Dunedin in New Zealand, Flagstaff (668m) and Swampy Summit (739m). The hike starts at The Bull Ring carpark where there is plenty of space to leave our...

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  • Earnslaw Burn Track

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    near Arcadia, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    7.48mi
    Elevation +
    2356f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Earnslaw Burn Track Photo of Earnslaw Burn Track Photo of Earnslaw Burn Track

    Start along Lovers Leap Road and head through paddock. Look for a large orange triangle on a tree which marks the start of the track. Follow track for around 4-5 hours through the forest until the tree line is reached. M...

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  • New Zealand-Roys Peak

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    near Glendhu, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    9.70mi
    Elevation +
    4262f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of New Zealand-Roys Peak Photo of New Zealand-Roys Peak Photo of New Zealand-Roys Peak

    We started hiking at 3:40 am to get to the top at dawn. The start is already challenging, and there are almost no flat zones in the whole track at all. Really hard to get to the viewpoint, we were able to get there just...

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  • Rockburn

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    near Arcadia, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    8.82mi
    Elevation +
    3412f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Rockburn Photo of Rockburn Photo of Rockburn

    Key sections of the Routeburn Track were closed (avalanche risk) so we followed a much less traveled route that shares the same start point and has the same great views with a lot fewer people (crossed paths with one oth...

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  • Overseeing Cromwell and Lake Dunstan

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    Mountain Bike
    near Cromwell, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    12.81mi
    Elevation +
    2710f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Overseeing Cromwell and Lake Dunstan Photo of Overseeing Cromwell and Lake Dunstan Photo of Overseeing Cromwell and Lake Dunstan

    The route goes from Cromwell to Northburn to start climbing the mountains east of Lake Dunstan, running completely on loose gravel and rocky trails except for the road bit. The last part of the descend before returning t...

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  • Routeburn Track

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    Hiking
    near Arcadia, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    21.78mi
    Elevation +
    6257f
    TrailRank
    38| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Routeburn Track Photo of Routeburn Track Photo of Routeburn Track

    This is the entirety of the four day/three night Routeburn Track. The track was walked in the Glenorchy to the Te Anau direction. It is a difficult walk in places, with some sections that are exposed to variable weather ...

    Our group did this in the opposite direction and included the Greenstone track
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  • near Kinloch, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    6.36mi
    Elevation +
    2037f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of Key Summit (with small detour to Howden Hut) Photo of Key Summit (with small detour to Howden Hut) Photo of Key Summit (with small detour to Howden Hut)

    So good. One of the best bang for your buck hikes I've ever done. Gentle uphill up to a summit with a nice small loop to give you 365° views over three valleys. Do it!

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  • Thomson’s Gorge Road

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    Off Road
    near Lindis Crossing, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    17.90mi
    Elevation +
    3819f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Thomson’s Gorge Road Photo of Thomson’s Gorge Road Photo of Thomson’s Gorge Road

    Bit tricky to find the start - head North on SH8, take a right just before (where the bridge starts) the Lindis Crossing onto Ardgour Road and follow the road for 2.5km, then turn right onto Thomson's Gorge Road (it's si...

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  • near Kinloch, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    7.10mi
    Elevation +
    1896f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Key summit (918 m) from The Divide Photo of Key summit (918 m) from The Divide Photo of Key summit (918 m) from The Divide

    This track starts at The Divide and follows the Key Summit track to get to Key summit (918 m), the lookout point and also continues a bit further on this ridge of the Livingstone Mountains to get to the summit of the nex...

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  • near Makarora, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    4.35mi
    Elevation +
    3409f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Brewster Hut Track, Mount Aspiring NP, New Zealand Photo of Brewster Hut Track, Mount Aspiring NP, New Zealand Photo of Brewster Hut Track, Mount Aspiring NP, New Zealand

    Brewster Hut is situated in a beautiful saddle, sorrounded by some impressive mountains and waterfalls. The track starts from Fantail Falls, crosses the Haast River, and climbs through the forest to the bushline (alpine...

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  • Skippers Road

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    Off Road
    near Upper Shotover, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    17.31mi
    Elevation +
    3396f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Skippers Road Photo of Skippers Road Photo of Skippers Road

    On the way out, in a rush to see the game. No deep crossing or anything, just a real nice drive. Heaps of tracks and things to see. Just head up to Coronet Peak and huck a left before the top (it’s signposted). Lots of ...

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  • Heyward Point

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    Hiking
    near Aramoana, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    4.26mi
    Elevation +
    1440f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Heyward Point Photo of Heyward Point Photo of Heyward Point

    In the beginning, it goes up a very steep grass path (world's steepest walking path - maybe), not sure it can be done when the grass is wet. Wear long pants as parts of the final loop are overgrown with pointy bushes. Al...

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  • Signal hill (Dunedin)

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    Hiking
    near Waverley, Otago (New Zealand)
    Distance
    6.11mi
    Elevation +
    1407f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Signal hill (Dunedin) Photo of Signal hill (Dunedin) Photo of Signal hill (Dunedin)

    Easy walk in the city of Dunedin. You can park your car and start to walk either from Logan park, where this track starts, or a bit further, at the Signal Hill reserve car park, marked in the track with the waypoint nam...

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