A steep but rewarding climb to the top of Mount Thomas (1,023m), North Canterbury, with an option to loop back via a gully or along a ridge.
Walks & Hikes in New Zealand
Guides and reviews of short walks and longer hikes in New Zealand, with a focus on those in the Canterbury area.
Includes a mix of great solo hikes as well as hikes suitable for young children.
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Keen to see Māori rock art within reasonable driving distance of Christchurch? Check out this 90 minute walk in Waikari, North Canterbury.
Check out photos and video of flood damage to one of Canterbury’s walking tracks following a heavy rain storm in June/May 2021.
A 2.5-hour ‘out and back’ in North Canterbury that sees you at a fire watch lookout point in 50 minutes and Mt Grey summit in 90 minutes. At the summit you’ll be treated to 360° views; mountain ranges to one side and the ocean to another.
The Tiromoana Bush Walkway is a hilly coastal walk in Waipara, North Canterbury. It features a number of points-of-interest along the way.
If you have young children, whether you’re a painted rock enthusiast or not, you’re going to love Fairyland at Leithfield Beach. And if you don’t have young children… go anyway. It’s a nice walk with something that will appeal to anyone.
If you’re looking for a less-than-half-day forest nature walk within a short drive from Christchurch that’s easily accessible, varied and interesting for young children, and offers the reward of a waterfall for those want to add a more challenging extension, then the Ashley Gorge Loop Track ticks a lot of boxes.
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