Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered the best day hike in New Zealand. If the weather is good, you can see views of the three active volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. A bus takes hikers from Turangi population to the beginning of the path of a 19.5 km long trail and then it picks them up on the other side.
It is considered to be one of the nine great walks of New Zealand, 32 miles driven in three days, and that runs through the Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland, part of the area considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Amazing routes through which you will pass through.
The Dart River Track (sometimes called Rees-Dart Track) is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the region of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. It is a route that follows the course of the River Dart, which extends majestically from the Dart glacier. You can continue the path through the Rees Valley or Mount Aspiring National Park, where you can enjoy stunning glacier views.
The Caples Track is one of the many trails that begin north of Lake Wakatipu, near Kinloch, Glenorchy, and about fifty kilometres from the famous town Queenstown, Otago. There are two shelters along the way. The last day, passing through the "McKellar Saddle", is physically more demanding, but is also more beautiful in terms of the landscape. On the way back, I advise using the Greenstone Track (2 days) or the magnificent Routerburn Track (3 days).
Kea Point Walk is a pleasant walk you can do at Mount Cook, from the village and back to the glacier, it is accessible to everyone, very well marked. It's about a two hour round trip, ending at the glacier, with special views, there is a viewpoint with a couple of benches where you sit and delight yourself with a marvelous view of the colossal wonder of nature.
Double Cone, at 2340 metres, is the highest point of the famous Thel Remarkables mountain range. It overhangs the city of Queenstown, and on the way you can pass Lake Alta, recognisable from the Lord of the Rings. The second hill above Lake Wakatipu is not easy to access, but offers a splendid view of Queenstown, and the last stop, which leads to the top, is reserved only for experienced, properly equipped climbers.
The Copland Track is a historic road, located in the World Heritage area of New Zealand's South Island, which runs parallel to the Copland river. It has turquoise hues because it is nourished by the melting glaciers. There are several days of hiking, with very basic cabins for 2 to 30 people, without electricity, and just sleeping mats. It is a very nice place although the walk is very tough, as there are continuous ups and downs, and there are areas of collapsing stones as well as unsuitable bridges for people with vertigo. The first day of walking is 7 hours, so it is a nice welcome.
The Queen Charlotte Track is one of the most popular walks in New Zealand and there's a reason. It goes through some spectacular scenery such as the Malbourough Sounds, which are like the Galician rivers but full force, places where the sea has penetrated up to 100 km on land, flooding valleys. The 71 km hike can be completed in three or four days walking, or two or three by bike. The maximum altitude is 450 meters. The accommodation ranges from camping route to luxury hotels
The trek towards the Glacier Burn, a peak located near the frozen Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown, starts from the resort of Kinloch Lodge. Once you're on the trail, the ascent is quite straightforward, although sometimes tiring. This isn't a particularly popular trek, so you'll often find yourself in complete solitude, and alone with nature. The entire round trip takes about six hours, depending on your pace. Before you leave, check the weather and bring a sweater even if it is summer.
A spectacular 2-day trek through the Mount Somers where you can see the remains of the coal mines that stopped working several years ago, with the rails, trolleys, etc.. The road is very varied, it runs alongside a river, then climbs to the crest of a hill, from where you can see the refuge of Woolshed Creek, and then up and down several hills and river gorges, to be crossed by a pretty impressive suspension bridge, from where you can take in some fantastic views! Great!
Milfrod Track was a great place to go for a trek and, despite the rain that hit us every day, it was a great experience. If you go to New Zealand, I recommend it. http://simplementedeviaje.blogspot.com/2009/02/milford-track.html
In the region of Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand, you can find the popular town of Queenstown, where you can either indulge in extreme sports, or spend the days in complete relaxation. Behind the town is a majestic hill from which you can admire an extraordinary landscape of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. The hill is easily reached by a path, climbing steeply from the town. Early in the morning, with the cool breeze blowing, you'll feel completely enchanted.
It is an unforgettable experience as you travel by helicopter to the upper Fox Glacier, and then walking for several hours over the ice. You can also take scenic flights over Fox Glacier and over Franz Josef.
This was absolutely one of the best hikes I have done in New Zealand over two days, but there are lots of opportunities, like Island Lake, Green Lake, and several cabins where you can stay overnight. The trek passes through diverse ecosystems, beech forests, flooded meadows, lakes, alpine and mid-mountain, where it can snow even in summer, which is what happened to us.
The Ben Lomond Track is a day-long hiking path that runs through the forest. After 800m, you can see the typical alpine vegetation of New Zealand. The climb up the left of the mountain is quite steep, and could lead to vertigo! But the view from the top at 1748m, is really beautiful, with stunning views over Lake Wakatipu to the east, and the peaks of the Southern Alps to the west, with the famous Mount Aspiring, which rises to over 3,000m.
Following the scenic road from Queenstown to Glenorchy, it then reaches Kinloch (some sections are unpaved). You can stay overnight at Kinlock Lodge - not one of the cheapest hostels in New Zealand, but it's worth it for the location. 12 km of dirt road (you can rent a mountain bike) will take you to the beginning of the beautiful trekking circuit around Lake Rere. Remote landscapes, gravel, bridges, and more are waiting for you here - Lake Rere is a real treasure, hidden by vegetation. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you go!