Home to Great Walks
In Southland, there is an abundance of walking trails for the hiking-inclined traveller, be it short, day or multi-day walks. All these walks let you sample the region's rich natural heritage, exploring mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, sandy beaches and rocky shorelines. So grab your hiking boots and get ready to explore!
We are lucky to live in an area that boasts 5 Great Walks! From the sandy beach and native forest treks of the Rakiura Track to the wilderness adventure across ridgelines and lakeside views of the Kepler Track. Or perhaps you want to experience the popular "finest walk in the world", the Milford Track, tackle the ultimate alpine adventure of the Routeburn Track or take on New Zealand's newest Great Walks, the Hump Ridge Track. The region is also rich in epic trails for the hiking-inclined traveller, waterfall trails for the photographer, night walks for kiwi spotting and exclusive coastal trails for beach lovers.
From hiking along the beach on Rakiura Stewart Island to hiking towards the majestic Milford Sound, the choice is yours. Go here for more information on Great Walks in Fiordland.
If you want to hike a trail but don't feel up to taking on a Great Walk just yet, you're in luck. Southland has a great variety of short walks to choose from. These trails are easily accessible walking tracks that take you through the region's natural heritage of mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, sandy beaches and rugged coastlines. some of these are perfect for the whole family! And some trails also allow dog access so your four-legged family members can come along on your outdoor adventures.
Guided walks are the ultimate way to explore some of the best walking tracks Southland has on offer. Knowledge, passion and expertise about the local fauna and flora will be shared with you by friendly guides making your…
Southland boasts 5 Great Walks! From the sandy beach and native forest treks of the Rakiura Track to the wilderness adventure across ridgelines and lakeside views of the Kepler Track. Or perhaps you want to experience…
In Southland, there are many famous great walks for the hiking inclined traveler, but there is also a selection of short, easily accessible walking tracks that still encourage you to sample the region's rich natural heritage.
Walking track categories
All tracks are assigned to one of the six walking track categories as set by the Department of Conservation.