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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Macpac Rain Cover Sizes

Macpac Waterproof Pack Cover Sizing

I ended up with three Macpac waterproof pack raincovers thanks to sizing which didn’t quite fit my expectations, so I’ve put them all to the test here.

Identify Peaks with the PeakFinder App

Looking for an app to help you identify peaks while out hiking and climbing? The PeakFinder app uses AR to great effect. Watch the video.

Looking north from the intersection of the Ridge Track and the track to Bob's Bivvy

Mount Thomas Walk in North Canterbury

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.

Maori Rock Art in Waikari

Māori Rock Art Walk at Waikari

Keen to see Māori rock art within reasonable driving distance of Christchurch? Check out this 90 minute walk in Waikari, North Canterbury.

Glentui River Bridge Flood Damage

Flood Damage at Glentui Loop Track

Check out photos and video of flood damage to one of Canterbury’s walking tracks following a heavy rain storm in June/May 2021.

Trig Point at Mt Grey Summit

Mount Grey via Lake Janet

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 author at the Te Ara Matairangi Monument

Tiromoana Bush Walkway

The Tiromoana Bush Walkway is a hilly coastal walk in Waipara, North Canterbury. It features a number of points-of-interest along the way.

Fairyland Painted Rocks

Visiting Fairyland in Canterbury

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.

A boy walks through forest at Ashley Gorge

Ashley Gorge Loop Track and Waterfall

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.