You’re in New Zealand, lucky you! Having lived in New Zealand for Three years I hiked some of these hikes a few times. Here are the 5 Best Hikes In New Zealand.

Before we start I just wanted to apologize for the quality of some of these photos. Only recently have I had the pleasure of using a modern camera so most of these pictures have been taken with my old camera/iPhone 4. Having said this I hope you enjoy reading about my top 5 must-do hikes in New Zealand.

Roy’s Peak

1,578m (5 hours)

By far the best. Close to Wanaka, stunning lake and mountain views. I suggest a few little warm-up hikes as it was pretty steep the entire way. You can either stop at the viewpoint or hike right up to the top (definitely hike up to the top). It’s not too much further and you will feel like you have achieved greatness because not everybody climbs up that far.

Wye Creek

(30min walk to the platform)

As one of the least popular hikes in the area, Wye Creek took me completely by surprise. It’s an easy uphill walk, very accessible and concludes with a waterfall and ladder up to a little wooden platform overhanging Lake Wakatipu, sounds perfect doesn’t it.. well it is. Having done this hike 3 times I can confidently advise anyone visiting the area to give this easy hike a go.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

19.4 km (7 hours)

For me, this remains the most difficult hike I’ve done in New Zealand. If you don’t enjoy walking uphill for large periods, try walking downhill for an even longer time. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing will test you. I hiked this beast twice and can confirm it shouldn’t be attempted unless you are in good physical shape. Having said this; the views are like nothing I’ve ever seen before, how often is it you get to stand on top of an active volcano and wander up Mt. Doom, the actual Lord Of The Rings film location? It’s a must-do on the North Island.

Hooker Valley, Mt Cook National Park

This 3-hour return hike takes you through the Hooker Valley on an easy boardwalk to a glacial lake filled with icebergs! Doing this hike for the third time was just as exciting as the first. An easy but very rewarding track!

Ben Lomond

1,748m (6-8 hour)

Being very similar to but not as spectacular as Roy’s peak, this hike had to take a few steps down the list. With wild Kea lingering at the summit, it is a magical place. The climb up is extremely challenging with the tiki trail at the beginning is the steepest part. Again, this is one for the experienced hiker as it’s very steep and the path turns into a slight scramble during the last 20 minutes.

Happy hiking!

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  1. I only saw a little of New Zealand following a scientific meeting held in Wellington. I had 7 days. I ferried to the south island for three days in Picton and Marlboro Sound. One day of hiking, one day of kayaking (favorite recreation), and some wandering to see the sights. Ferried back to the North island, spent a night in Wellington, then rode a bus to a hostel near the Tongoraro Crossing. Only had one day to do it, and it poured and was foggy most of the day. The high altitude lakes were not visible, except by a minimal shimmer of the amazing color of the lakes through the heavy fog.it was a very cold day, and not good for photos. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the challenge of the crossing. Wish it were a day like the one in you photo. Loved my short visit in New Zealand. It is an outdoor paradise. Regards from Victoria/Southern Vancouver Island, another beautiful place.

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Hi! I am Beth Johnstone, a travel journalist and photographer.

I began travelling in 2014 with what I thought would be a short holiday. I’ve now been travelling around the world full time for five years, taking photographs, writing about the places I’ve been and immersing myself in new cultures.

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