Adventure

Queenstown

THE Queenstown Trail

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Adventure

The Queenstown Trail, launched in late 2012, is a 110km network of trails which link the popular tourism spots of Queenstown Bay, Frankton, Lake Hayes, Arrowtown, and Gibbston’s ‘valley of vines’. Classed as a New Zealand Great Ride, the trail follows pristine rivers, lakes and mountain ranges and provides easy access to iconic Queenstown experiences. The trail has an easy to intermediate gradient and is designed for maximum choice - it can be cycled or walked as a whole or in sections depending on time and preference.

6 REMARKABLES CONSERVATION AREA

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Adventure

Accessed by 12km of gravel road from SH6, the Lake Alta Track is a two hour alpine hike in summer conditions. The track climbs gradually from the base building then crosses the Rastus Burn and onto a cirque valley beneath the Single and Double Cone which Maori called Kawarau. Note: Please use the toilet facilities at the base building. Waste matter does not break down in this alpine habitat. Hiking equipment is required for this track.


Fiordland

19 MAVORA LAKES

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Adventure

Mavora Lakes Park is an impressive landscape of mountains, lakes, forest and tussock grassland, recognised as part of the Te Wahipounamu/South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Many activities are possible here including trout fishing, water sports, horse trekking, tramping and mountain biking. The Mavora Lakes are located on State Highway 94 between Mossburn and Te Anau.


Western Southland

22 RAKATU WETLANDS AND REDCLIFF WILDLIFE RESERVE

Western Southland / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Adventure

Home to many waterfowl species, including scaup/papongo, grey teal/tete and paradise shelduck/putakitaki, these wetlands provide a network of walking and cycling tracks.

30 CLIFDEN CAVES

Western Southland / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Adventure

These limestone caves are one of few cave systems in Southland, and are signposted along the Clifden Gorge Road. Ensure you have a good torch with spare batteries and warm clothing. Ask for advice at the nearest visitor centre. Warning – This cave system is subject to flash flooding. Do NOT enter during or immediately after heavy rain, or if rain events are forecast. To fully explore these caves, caving experience is essential.

31 TUATAPERE HUMP RIDGE TRACK

Western Southland / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Adventure

3 day/2 night hike

This circuit track has all the qualities of a 'Great Walk'. The first day leads hikers from sea-level up through native forest to the Hump Ridge, providing sweeping 360º views of the south coast far below, and the peaks of the Southern Alps marching northward. From the Hump Ridge, the track descends almost back to sea-level, and then traverses along old tram lines and across mighty wooden viaducts to the historic Port Craig. A bush and beach track following Te Waewae Bay completes the circuit on the third day. Bookings are required. Visit www.humpridgetrack.co.nz.


Invercargill

STEWART ISLAND/RAKIURA

Invercagill / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Adventure

Stewart Island/Rakiura is home to Rakiura National Park, New Zealand’s southern-most National Park. Rakiura is one of the Maori names given to the Island, which recalls glowing sunrises, sunsets and the aurora australis or ‘Southern Lights’. View native birds at Ulva Island, enjoy short walks in the native bush around the town or, for longer walking opportunities, try the multiday hikes on the Rakiura Track, North West and Southern circuits. Visit the local Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre for more information. Flights to Stewart Island/Rakiura operate daily from Invercargill Airport, or visitors can take a ferry or helicopter from Bluff.


The Catlins

60 CATHEDRAL CAVES

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Adventure

50 min return

Managed by landowners of Maori descent, a small entry fee is charged for maintaining the private road entrance and facilities. The caves may only be visited at low tide. From May to October access is limited access is available. Check with the Catlins Information Centre for tide times to ensure access.

67 OLD COACH ROAD

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Adventure

40 min to 3 hr return

Starting at the carpark at the north end of the Tahakopa River bridge, the track follows the old coach route from Tahakopa Beach through the southern-most stand of silver beech/tawhai and tree ferns/katote, to a young totara stand which marks an early Maori archaeological site. The track ends when it reaches the beach. For the more adventurous, the beach can be followed to link with the route known as the Old Possumers Track. This is a three hour loop. The start/finish is the left fork of the Old Coach Road.

70 CATLINS RIVER-WISP LOOP TRACK

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Adventure

The Catlins River-Wisp Loop Track includes two 12 km routes, the Catlins River Walk and Wisp Loop Walk. The routes can be walked in either direction and can be done as a 24 km two day tramp or one long day tramp. Sections of the track can be walked independently of the others, as there are many entry/exit points along the way. The Wisp Loop returns along the forestry roads and could be mountain biked separately. The Rocky Knoll extension track is a side route that runs off the Wisp Loop Walk, and is well worth the short climb to get the views and also see some nice sub-alpine vegetation not often accessible in the Catlins


Clutha Country

85/86 TAIERI RIVER AND MILLENNIUM TRACKS

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Adventure

4 hr return

The Taieri River Track (starting at Taieri Mouth), and the Millennium Track (starting from Taieri Ferry Road, off SH1), meet at picturesque John Bull Gully. Walking upstream from Taieri Mouth, saline and freshwater vegetation give way to open shrub land and stands of lush podocarp forest. Good footwear is essential.


Dunedin

GET ACTIVE

Dunedin / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Adventure

Dunedin is a mecca for outdoor pursuits. Surfers will discover great waves, both for learners and the most experienced of thrill seekers. Hire a bike, for either mountain biking on tracks in the hills surrounding the city, or a more sedate ride along the harbour. Golfers can take their pick of the myriad of courses available; from the first golf club opened in New Zealand at the historic Balmacewen Golf Course, to the links course at Chisholm Park, or the magnificent cliff top scenery of St Clair Golf Course.

89 BALDWIN STREET

Dunedin / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Adventure

Stretch your calf muscles on the worlds steepest Street – Baldwin St in North Dunedin. Regularly raced; by people in the annual ‘Gut buster” race, and by sweets in the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival’s iconic ‘Jaffa Race’.

Nature and Wildlife

Queenstown

THE Queenstown Trail

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

The Queenstown Trail, launched in late 2012, is a 110km network of trails which link the popular tourism spots of Queenstown Bay, Frankton, Lake Hayes, Arrowtown, and Gibbston’s ‘valley of vines’. Classed as a New Zealand Great Ride, the trail follows pristine rivers, lakes and mountain ranges and provides easy access to iconic Queenstown experiences. The trail has an easy to intermediate gradient and is designed for maximum choice - it can be cycled or walked as a whole or in sections depending on time and preference.

2 QUEENSTOWN GARDENS

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

30 min loop

This easy, flat walk starts at the lakefront and follows the peninsula around to Frankton Arm with sweeping views up the lake to Glenorchy and down to Kingston.

5 JACK’S POINT TRACK

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

1.5 hr each way

A lakeside walk with superb lake and mountain views through undulating open grasslands.. This track starts at Jardine Park at the end of Poplar Drive on Kelvin Heights Peninsula.

6 REMARKABLES CONSERVATION AREA

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Accessed by 12km of gravel road from SH6, the Lake Alta Track is a two hour alpine hike in summer conditions. The track climbs gradually from the base building then crosses the Rastus Burn and onto a cirque valley beneath the Single and Double Cone which Maori called Kawarau. Note: Please use the toilet facilities at the base building. Waste matter does not break down in this alpine habitat. Hiking equipment is required for this track.

7 WYE CREEK TRACK

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

4 hour return

Entry to this track is accessed by an open gate from SH6, just before the Wye Creek bridge. A steep 45 minute climb follows the pipeline to a small hydro dam and then climbs to the foot of a rock bluff through remnant beech forest to the Lower Wye Creek basin.

9 THE SHIRTAIL TRACK

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

2 hr return

Te Kere Haka Scenic Reserve provides access to the Shirtail Track, with easy access to Shirtail Creek. Past the creek the track becomes rugged and steep with sections of loose gravel - care is required.

Fiordland

9 FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTRE

Fiordland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Located on Te Anau’s lakefront, DOC staff can provide information on the area’s many short walks and multiday trails, as well as advice on weather and track conditions. For online information or bookings for the Routeburn, Milford and Kepler Tracks please visit: www.doc.govt.nz

MILFORD SOUND/ PIOPIOTAHI

Fiordland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

5 hr return drive from Te Anau

World renowned, Milford Sound is New Zealand’s only fiord accessible via road. Take time to explore the many short walks and scenic-stopping points along the Milford Road itself– a spectacular alpine journey through a World Heritage National Park. A guided journey with a local operator can offer insights which add to the experience and leave drivers free to enjoy the scenery. Pre-book in the peak season and please check road conditions before departing, especially in winter.

11 IVON WILSON PARK

Fiordland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Ivon Wilson Park is a 35-hectare park with fantastic views of the Fiordland Mountains. The park is a great place for families to visit with many marked trails and the picturesque Lake Henry, stocked with rainbow and brown trout as a children's fishery. There is also a mountain bike track located in the reserve.

12 VISITOR CENTRE TO TE ANAU WILDLIFE CENTRE

Fiordland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

15 min each way

A lakeside path leads to the Te Anau Wildlife Centre where some of New Zealand’s rare native birdlife may be observed. Open from dawn until dusk, entry is by gold coin donation.

14 VISITOR CENTRE TO UPUKEROA RIVER TRACK

Fiordland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

3 hours return

From the Visitor Centre, follow the Te Anau lakeshore towards the town centre. This lakeside track offers great views and family activity opportunities. Stop for a coffee or ice cream along the way. Continue along the footpath to the boat harbour at Bluegum Point (30 mins) or for a longer trip (3 hours return) continue around the lakefront and past the rodeo grounds to the mouth of the Upukerora River.

14 VISITOR CENTRE TO UPUKEROA RIVER TRACK

Fiordland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

3 hr 30 min return

A gently undulating track through mountain beech forest. Some scenes in the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed here. The Shallow Bay Hut offers shelter and toilet facilities as does the nearby Moturau Hut.

18 THE WILDERNESS LOOKOUT

Fiordland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

5 min

Situated on SH94, 20minutes drive from Te Anau towards Mossburn. The viewing platform overlooks Halocarpus bidwillii (bog pine) forest, and offers stunning views of the Takitimu Mountains.

19 MAVORA LAKES

Fiordland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Mavora Lakes Park is an impressive landscape of mountains, lakes, forest and tussock grassland, recognised as part of the Te Wahipounamu/South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Many activities are possible here including trout fishing, water sports, horse trekking, tramping and mountain biking. The Mavora Lakes are located on State Highway 94 between Mossburn and Te Anau.

20 FRASERS BEACH

Fiordland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

45 min each way

A pleasant stroll along the Waiau River bank and Lake Manapouri shore from Pearl Harbour to Frasers Beach. There are exit points at several places back to the main road. The track is signposted from both the start and end points.

Western Southland

22 RAKATU WETLANDS AND REDCLIFF WILDLIFE RESERVE

Western Southland / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Home to many waterfowl species, including scaup/papongo, grey teal/tete and paradise shelduck/putakitaki, these wetlands provide a network of walking and cycling tracks.

24 BORLAND NATURE WALK

Western Southland / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

40 min return

An easy short walk opposite Borland Lodge, through beech forest. This is one of the best places in Southland to see native mistletoe, which flowers in early summer.

27 LAKE HAUROKO

Western Southland / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Hauroko means “the soughing of the wind”. At 462 metres deep, this is New Zealand’s deepest lake. Accessed from the Lillburn Valley Road, Lake Hauroko is signposted from Clifden. There are varied recreational opportunities in the area and commercial operators to help you explore. Leaving Lake Hauroko, the Wairaurahiri River is the steepest river in New Zealand to be navigated by commercial jet-boat operators. The Lake Hauroko Bush Walk is an easy 40 min return loop walk.

28 BIG TOTARA WALK

Western Southland / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

30 min return

Signposted from the road to Lake Hauroko, a pleasant 12 km drive takes you to the track entrance. Along the track you will see some of the largest totara trees in Southland, which are over 1,000 years old.

34 GEMSTONE BEACH

Western Southland / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

30 min return

Located ½ km north of Orepuki, Gemstone Beach is known for its constant state of change from sand to stones with the storms and tides. Semi-precious gems such as garnet, jasper, quartz and nephrite can often be found on the beach.

40 TARAMEA/HOWELLS POINT

Western Southland / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

At the end of the ‘Rocks Highway’. This is a privately-owned recreation reserve and is a great place for walking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching. It offers spectacular views of Taramea Bay, Invercargill, Bluff and Stewart Island/Rakiura.

41 TE WAI KORARI WETLAND RESERVE

Western Southland / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

20 min return

A short walking track starts at the eastern entrance to Riverton/Aparima and leads down to loop through the 6 hectare flax wetland. This reserve provides a sanctuary for whitebait/inanga and other native fish.

Invercargill

43 THOMSONS BUSH

Invercargill / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Thomsons Bush is a remnant of the mainly kahikatea swamp forest that once covered much of the Southland area. The native vegetation is dominated by kahikatea, black pine/matai and ribbonwood. It provides opportunities for walks and picnics.

44 QUEENS PARK

Invercargill / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

The 81 hectare park is recognised as one of New Zealand’s “Gardens of National Significance” and contains a rose garden, winter gardens, children’s play area, aviary, animal enclosures, rhododendron dell, duck ponds, a golf course, café, fitness track and many other features.

STEWART ISLAND/RAKIURA

Invercargill / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Stewart Island/Rakiura is home to Rakiura National Park, New Zealand’s southern-most National Park. Rakiura is one of the Maori names given to the Island, which recalls glowing sunrises, sunsets and the aurora australis or ‘Southern Lights’. View native birds at Ulva Island, enjoy short walks in the native bush around the town or, for longer walking opportunities, try the multiday hikes on the Rakiura Track, North West and Southern circuits. Visit the local Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre for more information. Flights to Stewart Island/Rakiura operate daily from Invercargill Airport, or visitors can take a ferry or helicopter from Bluff.

50 GREENPOINT RESERVE

Invercargill / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Signposted from SH1, immediately before the Greenpoint Cemetery. A well graded track and boardwalk follows the shoreline to Greenpoint, highlighting features of natural and historic interest that include a ship graveyard.

51 WAITUNA WETLANDS

Invercargill / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Registered under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international significance, the Waituna Lagoon and wetlands is signposted on SH92. It is an important habitat for birds, native fish and trout, and is home to some unusual plants, many of which can be seen during a short walk (1.5 hr return) through the area.

The Catlins

52 WAIPAPA POINT

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Shortened from the original Maori name of Waipapapa, meaning shallow waters, this is the site of New Zealand’s worst civilian shipwreck. In 1881 the SS Tararua ran aground on Waipapa Reef and 131 of 151 passengers and crew died. The lighthouse, built after the disaster, stands as a poignant reminder. Sea lions/whakahao can be found on the beach and amongst the coastal tussock.

55 WAIPOHATU RECREATION AREA

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Maori legend has it that large hairy giants called Maeroero inhabited these valleys of bush. Two tracks in the area explore native forest. One easy walk (30 minutes return) is wheelchair accessible, and a larger hike (2 hrs each way).

56 CURIO BAY/TUMU TOKA AND PORPOISE BAY

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Few places offer such scenic, wildlife and recreational values in one small area. Tumu Toka, translates to ‘hardened wood’ or ‘stump of wood’ - a reference to the ancient fossil forest with imprints of fallen trees and ferns from 180 million years ago, that can be accessed at low tide. A small population of endangered yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho nest nearby. From the camping ground there is access to Porpoise Bay, a popular swimming and surfing spot. During summer, you may see the rare Hector’s dolphin/upokohue swimming in the bay.

58 NIAGARA FALLS/MANGA PIRI

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Niagara Falls was named by a surveyor with an obvious sense of humour! A special site called a nohoanga is situated on part of the Waikawa River nearby, signifying its importance for gathering traditional food for Kai Tahu whanau.

59 MCLEAN FALLS

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

40 min return

The 22 metre falls on the Tautuku River are often described as the most spectacular in the region. The walk to the falls, though uphill, is not too steep and is very pleasant.

61 LENZ RESERVE

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Contact Forest & Bird for access to this reserve that gives a chance to spot some very special wildlife – forest gecko, green tree frogs, and 16 types of native fish species. From the Tautuku Forest Cabins (available to book) three easy walking tracks vary in length between 1 - 3 hours. For more information see: www.forestandbird.org.nz

62 TAUTUKU ESTUARY BOARDWALK

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

30 min return

This partly board walked track heads through podocarp forest to estuary flats, home to a population of fernbirds/matata who are often heard but seldom seen.

66 COASTAL WALKING TRACKS

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

40 min to 1 hr return

Popular walks in the Papatowai Scenic Reserve are suitable for all age groups. You may encounter yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho, NZ sea lions/ whakahao and oystercatchers/ torea on the beach. The Kings Rock Track and Picnic Point Track (wheelchair grade) areas start from Cross Street. Other short walks around the beach and estuary can be accessed via the picnic ground on the foreshore.

67 OLD COACH ROAD

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

40 min to 3 hr return

Starting at the carpark at the north end of the Tahakopa River bridge, the track follows the old coach route from Tahakopa Beach through the southern-most stand of silver beech/tawhai and tree ferns/katote, to a young totara stand which marks an early Maori archaeological site. The track ends when it reaches the beach. For the more adventurous, the beach can be followed to link with the route known as the Old Possumers Track. This is a three hour loop. The start/finish is the left fork of the Old Coach Road.

68 MATAI FALLS

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

30 min return

Walk to the waterfalls through the regenerating podocarp/broadleaf forest of Table Hill Scenic Reserve.

69 PURAKAUNUI FALLS

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

20 min return

A true icon of the Catlins, this is one of New Zealand’s most photographed waterfalls, gracing many calendars, postcards and book covers. The track is suitable for wheelchair users to the top viewing point.

70 CATLINS RIVER-WISP LOOP TRACK

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

The Catlins River-Wisp Loop Track includes two 12 km routes, the Catlins River Walk and Wisp Loop Walk. The routes can be walked in either direction and can be done as a 24 km two day tramp or one long day tramp. Sections of the track can be walked independently of the others, as there are many entry/exit points along the way. The Wisp Loop returns along the forestry roads and could be mountain biked separately. The Rocky Knoll extension track is a side route that runs off the Wisp Loop Walk, and is well worth the short climb to get the views and also see some nice sub-alpine vegetation not often accessible in the Catlins.

72 POUNAWEA BUSH WALK TRACK

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

45 min return

Ecologically important because of its rare vegetation, this walk offers virgin podocarp forest, rich in birdlife, and returns via a saltmarsh and estuary where wading birds can be seen. Each year godwits return from northern Asia to the sand spit near the mouth of the estuary. The saltmarsh area is accessible only at low tide.

73 SURAT BAY WILDLIFE WALK

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

30 min return

This track, through sand dunes, is one of the best ways to experience the world’s rarest sea lion (NZ sea lion/ whakahao). Please take care around sea lions. When you remain out of sight in the sand dunes, you will be able to observe their behaviour and how they interact.

75 ROARING BAY

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

10min return

This 47 hectare reserve is a breeding place for the yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho. These penguins are best seen from the Roaring Bay hide as they return from the sea in the evening. They nest in the native shrubland covered areas of the headland. Binoculars are recommended.

76 NUGGET POINT/TOKATA LIGHTHOUSE

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

77 min return

A path leads to the lighthouse where, far below, NZ fur seals/kekeno, Southern elephant seals/ ihupuku, NZ sea lions/ whakahao, and yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho may be seen. Binoculars are recommended.

KAKA POINT

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Kaka Point has stunning scenery and a wealth of wildlife. Enjoy the native bush backdrop and ocean views.

78 KAKA POINT BUSH WALK

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

30 min return

This is an easy bush walk that seems very remote, yet it is almost within the township of Kaka Point.

79 AWAKIKI TRACK

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

40 min return

By using the foot access through a neighbouring farm and following a short loop walk, an outstanding example of lowland totara forest can be explored. Awakiki Reserve is signposted south of Telford Rural Polytechnic.

Clutha Country

80 NAISH PARK / BLAIR ATHOL WALKWAY

Clutha Country/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

2 hr return

Access to this walk can be found at the back of Naish Park on Charlotte Street in Balclutha. You will follow the mighty Clutha River/Mata-Au and take in the fabulous array of flora and fauna, including an amazing display of rhododendrons. You are able to bike this track.

82 WHALE FOSSIL LOOKOUT

Clutha Country/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Visit the whale fossils at the lookout near Milburn Limeworks, 9km north of Milton. The lookout provides spectacular views of Lake Waihola. It also houses a display of rare whale and dolphin fossils that were found in the nearby lime quarries, and are 24–34 million years old, as well as a pictorial history of the lime and phosphate working in the area.

83 SINCLAIR WETLANDS / TE NOHOAKA A TUKIAUAU

Clutha Country/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

These significant wetlands are a 315 hectare waterfowl reserve with numerous shallow peaty lagoons, a labyrinth of waterways, and two islands fringed with flax/harakeke, native bulrush/raupo and grasses. The wetlands, renowned for their abundance of kai (food) and Whakaraupuka (Ram Island), which is the former site of the pa (fortified village) of Tukiauau. The wetlands are located at 854 Clarendon/ Berwick Road, signposted off SH1.

84 PICNIC GULLY TRACK

Clutha Country/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

45 min return

This track starts 400 m south of the bridge at Taieri Mouth, crossing a fence midway up the gully as it passes from the reserve into private land. The route leads up out of the gully and onto Finlayson Road.

85/86 TAIERI RIVER AND MILLENNIUM TRACKS

Clutha Country/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

4 hr return

The Taieri River Track (starting at Taieri Mouth), and the Millennium Track (starting from Taieri Ferry Road, off SH1), meet at picturesque John Bull Gully. Walking upstream from Taieri Mouth, saline and freshwater vegetation give way to open shrub land and stands of lush podocarp forest. Good footwear is essential.

Dunedin

88 DUNEDIN BOTANIC GARDEN

Dunedin/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

Dunedin’s Botanic Garden opened in 1869, making it the oldest in New Zealand. Designated a Garden of International Significance by The New Zealand Gardens Trust, it is famous for its rhododendron dell.

OTAGO PENINSULA

Dunedin/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

A breath-taking natural environment on the doorstep of Dunedin City, Otago Peninsula is home to rare and protected native bird and marine mammal species and internationally acclaimed ecotourism operations. Discover some of New Zealand’s rarest wildlife with local experts from The Royal Albatross Centre, Natures Wonders, and Penguin Place or gain a different perspective on a Monarch Wildlife Cruise. Enjoy the intriguing history and romance at Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. WILDLIFE: Please treat any wildlife you encounter with care and follow any instructions on signposts. Give sea lions a wide berth (20 m), retreat if you see penguins approaching.

93 SANDFLY BAY

Dunedin/ Walking / Cycling / Nature and Wildlife

1 hr return

Turn off Highcliff Road onto Sandymount Road, then right onto Seal Point Road to reach the car park. A path crosses farmland to the sand dunes. Go down the sand hill – which can be rather testing on the return, uphill journey – and walk about 1 km along the beach. Near the southern end a marked track leads up to a hide to view the yellow-eyed penguins (hoiho).

Walking and Cycling

Queenstown

THE Queenstown Trail

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature

The Queenstown Trail, launched in late 2012, is a 110km network of trails which link the popular tourism spots of Queenstown Bay, Frankton, Lake Hayes, Arrowtown, and Gibbston’s ‘valley of vines’. Classed as a New Zealand Great Ride, the trail follows pristine rivers, lakes and mountain ranges and provides easy access to iconic Queenstown experiences. The trail has an easy to intermediate gradient and is designed for maximum choice - it can be cycled or walked as a whole or in sections depending on time and preference.

1 QUEENSTOWN HILL TIME WALK

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature

2 hr return

The walk starts from Belfast Terrace, within walking distance from the Queenstown CBD and gives 360 degree panoramic views over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu at the top.

2 QUEENSTOWN GARDENS

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature

30 min loop

This easy, flat walk starts at the lakefront and follows the peninsula around to Frankton Arm with sweeping views up the lake to Glenorchy and down to Kingston.

3 FRANKTON ARM WALKWAY

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature

1 hour each way

A popular stroll or bike along the lake edge between Queenstown and Frankton. Access this track from Peninsula Street in Queenstown, the Frankston Reserve in Frankton or at various points along Frankton Road.

4 KELVIN PENINSULA TRACK

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature

1 hour each way

This leisurely lakeside walk starts at Kawarau Falls Bridge and follows along the Frankton Arm’s sunny southern shoreline.

5 JACK’S POINT TRACK

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature

1.5 hr each way

A lakeside walk with superb lake and mountain views through undulating open grasslands.. This track starts at Jardine Park at the end of Poplar Drive on Kelvin Heights Peninsula.

6 REMARKABLES CONSERVATION AREA

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature

Accessed by 12km of gravel road from SH6, the Lake Alta Track is a two hour alpine hike in summer conditions. The track climbs gradually from the base building then crosses the Rastus Burn and onto a cirque valley beneath the Single and Double Cone which Maori called Kawarau. Note: Please use the toilet facilities at the base building. Waste matter does not break down in this alpine habitat. Hiking equipment is required for this track.

7 WYE CREEK TRACK

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature

4 hour return

Accessed by 12km of gravel road from SH6, the Lake Alta Track is a two hour alpine hike in summer conditions. The track climbs gradually from the base building then crosses the Rastus Burn and onto a cirque valley beneath the Single and Double Cone which Maori called Kawarau. Note: Please use the toilet facilities at the base building. Waste matter does not break down in this alpine habitat. Hiking equipment is required for this track.

9 THE SHIRTAIL TRACK

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature

2 hr return

Te Kere Haka Scenic Reserve provides access to the Shirtail Track, with easy access to Shirtail Creek. Past the creek the track becomes rugged and steep with sections of loose gravel - care is required.

10 THE LAKEFRONT TRACK

Queenstown / Walking / Cycling / Nature

30 min each way

A walking track winds around the lakeshore from the Kingston Lakefront Reserve for 30 minutes. Please do not go beyond this without the permission of the leaseholder.


Fiordland

FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTRE

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

Located on Te Anau’s lakefront, DOC staff can provide information on the area’s many short walks and multiday trails, as well as advice on weather and track conditions. For online information or bookings for the Routeburn, Milford and Kepler Tracks please visit: www.doc.govt.nz

MILFORD SOUND/ PIOPIOTAHI

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

5 hr return drive from Te Anau

World renowned, Milford Sound is New Zealand’s only fiord accessible via road. Take time to explore the many short walks and scenic-stopping points along the Milford Road itself– a spectacular alpine journey through a World Heritage National Park. A guided journey with a local operator can offer insights which add to the experience and leave drivers free to enjoy the scenery. Pre-book in the peak season and please check road conditions before departing, especially in winter.

11 IVON WILSON PARK

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

Ivon Wilson Park is a 35-hectare park with fantastic views of the Fiordland Mountains. The park is a great place for families to visit with many marked trails and the picturesque Lake Henry, stocked with rainbow and brown trout as a children's fishery. There is also a mountain bike track located in the reserve.

14 VISITOR CENTRE TO UPUKEROA RIVER TRACK

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

3 hours return

From the Visitor Centre, follow the Te Anau lakeshore towards the town centre. This lakeside track offers great views and family activity opportunities. Stop for a coffee or ice cream along the way. Continue along the footpath to the boat harbour at Bluegum Point (30 mins) or for a longer trip (3 hours return) continue around the lakefront and past the rodeo grounds to the mouth of the Upukerora River.

15 CONTROL GATES TO DOCK BAY

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

1 hr return

A return walk on the first section of the Kepler Track. Starting from the control gates, a well-defined track follows the lakeshore through attractive stands of native forest. Dock Bay is a pleasant bay with swimming and picnic facilities.

16 CONTROL GATES TO BROD BAY

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

3 hr return

Further on from Dock Bay, Brod Bay is another popular spot for boaties and day walkers to enjoy the beach and picnic facilities. A water taxi is available to return to Te Anau on a prearranged basis.

17 RAINBOW REACH TO SHALLOW BAY

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

3 hr 30 min return

A gently undulating track through mountain beech forest. Some scenes in the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed here. The Shallow Bay Hut offers shelter and toilet facilities as does the nearby Moturau Hut.

18 THE WILDERNESS LOOKOUT

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

5 min

Situated on SH94, 20minutes drive from Te Anau towards Mossburn. The viewing platform overlooks Halocarpus bidwillii (bog pine) forest, and offers stunning views of the Takitimu Mountains.

19 MAVORA LAKES

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

5 min

Mavora Lakes Park is an impressive landscape of mountains, lakes, forest and tussock grassland, recognised as part of the Te Wahipounamu/South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Many activities are possible here including trout fishing, water sports, horse trekking, tramping and mountain biking. The Mavora Lakes are located on State Highway 94 between Mossburn and Te Anau.

20 FRASERS BEACH

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

45 min each way

A pleasant stroll along the Waiau River bank and Lake Manapouri shore from Pearl Harbour to Frasers Beach. There are exit points at several places back to the main road. The track is signposted from both the start and end points.

21 HOME CREEK

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

30 min loop

This 14 hectare parkland is located approx. 1 km east of Manapouri and is accessible via a sign-posted road off the Manapouri-Hillside Road. Home Creek is a naturally meandering stream and is an important native fishery and habitat for brown trout. Visitors are welcome to walk on the circular track around the Home Creek area.


Western Southland

22 RAKATU WETLANDS AND REDCLIFF WILDLIFE RESERVE

Western Southland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

Home to many waterfowl species, including scaup/papongo, grey teal/tete and paradise shelduck/putakitaki, these wetlands provide a network of walking and cycling tracks.

24 BORLAND NATURE WALK

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

40 min return

An easy short walk opposite Borland Lodge, through beech forest. This is one of the best places in Southland to see native mistletoe, which flowers in early summer.

26 THE PENINSULA LOOKOUT

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

30 min return

Walk through mature beech forest, to overlook the lower reaches of Lake Monowai

27 LAKE HAUROKO

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

40 min return loop

Hauroko means “the soughing of the wind”. At 462 metres deep, this is New Zealand’s deepest lake. Accessed from the Lillburn Valley Road, Lake Hauroko is signposted from Clifden. There are varied recreational opportunities in the area and commercial operators to help you explore. Leaving Lake Hauroko, the Wairaurahiri River is the steepest river in New Zealand to be navigated by commercial jet-boat operators. The Lake Hauroko Bush Walk is an easy 40 min return loop walk.

28 BIG TOTARA WALK

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

30 min return

Signposted from the road to Lake Hauroko, a pleasant 12 km drive takes you to the track entrance. Along the track you will see some of the largest totara trees in Southland, which are over 1,000 years old.

31 TUATAPERE HUMP RIDGE TRACK

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

3 day/2 night hike

This circuit track has all the qualities of a 'Great Walk'. The first day leads hikers from sea-level up through native forest to the Hump Ridge, providing sweeping 360º views of the south coast far below, and the peaks of the Southern Alps marching northward. From the Hump Ridge, the track descends almost back to sea-level, and then traverses along old tram lines and across mighty wooden viaducts to the historic Port Craig. A bush and beach track following Te Waewae Bay completes the circuit on the third day. Bookings are required. Visit www.humpridgetrack.co.nz.

34 GEMSTONE BEACH

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

Located ½ km north of Orepuki, Gemstone Beach is known for its constant state of change from sand to stones with the storms and tides. Semi-precious gems such as garnet, jasper, quartz and nephrite can often be found on the beach.

37 LONG HILLY TRACK

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

2 hr return

Starting at Round Hill Road, 15 km west of Riverton, the Long Hilly Track explores regenerating native bush and relics from the little-known days of early Chinese goldmining activity in Southland – the largest Chinese settlement in New Zealand. The gravelled loop-track leads through a tramway cutting to old earth dams.

39 MORES SCENIC RESERVE

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

10 min to 3 hr

Mores Reserve, at the top of Richard Street (turn left at the end of the bridge over the estuary and follow the signs), offers several short walks and great views over Southland and Foveaux Strait/Te Ara a Kiwa towards Stewart Island/Rakiura.

40 TARAMEA/HOWELLS POINT

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

At the end of the ‘Rocks Highway’. This is a privately-owned recreation reserve and is a great place for walking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching. It offers spectacular views of Taramea Bay, Invercargill, Bluff and Stewart Island/Rakiura.

41 TE WAI KORARI WETLAND RESERVE

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature

20 min return

A short walking track starts at the eastern entrance to Riverton/Aparima and leads down to loop through the 6 hectare flax wetland. This reserve provides a sanctuary for whitebait/inanga and other native fish.


Invercargill

43 THOMSONS BUSH

Invercargill / Walking / Cycling / Nature

Thomsons Bush is a remnant of the mainly kahikatea swamp forest that once covered much of the Southland area. The native vegetation is dominated by kahikatea, black pine/matai and ribbonwood. It provides opportunities for walks and picnics.

44 QUEENS PARK

Invercargill / Walking / Cycling / Nature

The 81 hectare park is recognised as one of New Zealand’s “Gardens of National Significance” and contains a rose garden, winter gardens, children’s play area, aviary, animal enclosures, rhododendron dell, duck ponds, a golf course, café, fitness track and many other features.

46 WAIHOPAI WALKWAY

Invercargill / Walking / Cycling / Nature

This walkway follows the Waihopai River from the Waihopai Dam at the northernmost point, to the Stead Street Bridge at the southernmost point. The entire 15 km loop may take 4.5 hours, but it can be enjoyed in sections. The main access points are at Stead Street, North Road, Queens Drive and Racecourse Road.

47 SANDY POINT/OUE

Invercargill / Walking / Cycling / Nature

Sandy Point/Oue is a natural playground 10 km west of Invercargill – access is from Dunns Road, Otatara. A 13 km network of well-formed signposted walking tracks makes it easy to explore the river banks, estuary and forest. There is a great area of well-marked mountain-biking tracks to suit all skill levels and also a good network of tracks for horse-riding.

STEWART ISLAND/RAKIURA

Invercargill / Walking / Cycling / Nature

Stewart Island/Rakiura is home to Rakiura National Park, New Zealand’s southern-most National Park. Rakiura is one of the Maori names given to the Island, which recalls glowing sunrises, sunsets and the aurora australis or ‘Southern Lights’. View native birds at Ulva Island, enjoy short walks in the native bush around the town or, for longer walking opportunities, try the multiday hikes on the Rakiura Track, North West and Southern circuits. Visit the local Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre for more information. Flights to Stewart Island/Rakiura operate daily from Invercargill Airport, or visitors can take a ferry or helicopter from Bluff.

BLUFF

Invercargill / Walking / Cycling / Nature

Bluff is the oldest European town in New Zealand, having been settled continuously since 1824. With a mountain bike track and walking tracks accessible from car parks located at the summit of Bluff Hill, Gunpit Road and Stirling Point – the beginning of SH1 – recreation opportunities are vast. Be sure to visit the Bluff Maritime Museum.

51 WAITUNA WETLANDS

Invercargill / Walking / Cycling / Nature

Registered under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international significance, the Waituna Lagoon and wetlands is signposted on SH92. It is an important habitat for birds, native fish and trout, and is home to some unusual plants, many of which can be seen during a short walk (1.5 hr return) through the area.


The Catlins

55 WAIPOHATU RECREATION AREA

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

Maori legend has it that large hairy giants called Maeroero inhabited these valleys of bush. Two tracks in the area explore native forest. One easy walk (30 minutes return) is wheelchair accessible, and a larger hike (2 hrs each way).

57 WAIKAWA

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

The Waikawa Museum has numerous displays relating to the early settlers and their industries of this once bustling port town. Short walk options include the Old Coach Road (20 minutes return, and only passable at low tide), and the George Aitken Walk (20 minutes return).

59 MCLEAN FALLS

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

40 min return

The 22 metre falls on the Tautuku River are often described as the most spectacular in the region. The walk to the falls, though uphill, is not too steep and is very pleasant.

61 LENZ RESERVE

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

Contact Forest & Bird for access to this reserve that gives a chance to spot some very special wildlife – forest gecko, green tree frogs, and 16 types of native fish species. From the Tautuku Forest Cabins (available to book) three easy walking tracks vary in length between 1 - 3 hours. For more information see: www.forestandbird.org.nz.

62 TAUTUKU ESTUARY BOARDWALK

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

30 min return

This partly board walked track heads through podocarp forest to estuary flats, home to a population of fernbirds/matata who are often heard but seldom seen.

63 LAKE WILKIE

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

30 min return

A unique forest sequence is explained through a series of interpretation panels. Suitable for wheelchairs to the top viewing point.

64 TAUTUKU BAY

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

15 min return to the beach

Walk from opposite the Outdoor Education Centre on the main Chaslands Highway, or drive to the beach picnic area via the narrow gravel Tautuku Beach Road. The beach is suitable for 4WD only.

66 COASTAL WALKING TRACKS

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

40 min to 1 hr return

Popular walks in the Papatowai Scenic Reserve are suitable for all age groups. You may encounter yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho, NZ sea lions/ whakahao and oystercatchers/ torea on the beach. The Kings Rock Track and Picnic Point Track (wheelchair grade) areas start from Cross Street. Other short walks around the beach and estuary can be accessed via the picnic ground on the foreshore.

67 OLD COACH ROAD

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

40 min to 3 hr return

Starting at the carpark at the north end of the Tahakopa River bridge, the track follows the old coach route from Tahakopa Beach through the southern-most stand of silver beech/tawhai and tree ferns/katote, to a young totara stand which marks an early Maori archaeological site. The track ends when it reaches the beach. For the more adventurous, the beach can be followed to link with the route known as the Old Possumers Track. This is a three hour loop. The start/finish is the left fork of the Old Coach Road.

68 MATAI FALLS

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

30 min return

Walk to the waterfalls through the regenerating podocarp/broadleaf forest of Table Hill Scenic Reserve.

70 CATLINS RIVER-WISP LOOP TRACK

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

30 min return

The Catlins River-Wisp Loop Track includes two 12 km routes, the Catlins River Walk and Wisp Loop Walk. The routes can be walked in either direction and can be done as a 24 km two day tramp or one long day tramp. Sections of the track can be walked independently of the others, as there are many entry/exit points along the way. The Wisp Loop returns along the forestry roads and could be mountain biked separately. The Rocky Knoll extension track is a side route that runs off the Wisp Loop Walk, and is well worth the short climb to get the views and also see some nice sub-alpine vegetation not often accessible in the Catlins

72 POUNAWEA BUSH WALK TRACK

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

45 min return

Ecologically important because of its rare vegetation, this walk offers virgin podocarp forest, rich in birdlife, and returns via a saltmarsh and estuary where wading birds can be seen. Each year godwits return from northern Asia to the sand spit near the mouth of the estuary. The saltmarsh area is accessible only at low tide.

73 SURAT BAY WILDLIFE WALK

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

30 min return

This track, through sand dunes, is one of the best ways to experience the world’s rarest sea lion (NZ sea lion/ whakahao). Please take care around sea lions. When you remain out of sight in the sand dunes, you will be able to observe their behaviour and how they interact.

74 TUNNEL HILL

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

20 min return

An easy walk to a 250m long railway tunnel, excavated by hand from 1891–92, and lined with locally-made bricks. Take a torch to explore the tunnel and please stay within the reserve boundaries.

78 KAKA POINT BUSH WALK

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

30 min return

This is an easy bush walk that seems very remote, yet it is almost within the township of Kaka Point.

78 KAKA POINT BUSH WALK

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

30 min return

This is an easy bush walk that seems very remote, yet it is almost within the township of Kaka Point.

79 AWAKIKI TRACK

The Catlins / Walking / Cycling / Nature

40 min return

By using the foot access through a neighbouring farm and following a short loop walk, an outstanding example of lowland totara forest can be explored. Awakiki Reserve is signposted south of Telford Rural Polytechnic.


Clutha Country

80 NAISH PARK / BLAIR ATHOL WALKWAY

Clutha Country / Walking / Cycling / Nature

2 hr return

Access to this walk can be found at the back of Naish Park on Charlotte Street in Balclutha. You will follow the mighty Clutha River/Mata-Au and take in the fabulous array of flora and fauna, including an amazing display of rhododendrons. You are able to bike this track.

83 SINCLAIR WETLANDS / TE NOHOAKA A TUKIAUAU

Clutha Country / Walking / Cycling / Nature

These significant wetlands are a 315 hectare waterfowl reserve with numerous shallow peaty lagoons, a labyrinth of waterways, and two islands fringed with flax/harakeke, native bulrush/raupo and grasses. The wetlands, renowned for their abundance of kai (food) and Whakaraupuka (Ram Island), which is the former site of the pa (fortified village) of Tukiauau. The wetlands are located at 854 Clarendon/ Berwick Road, signposted off SH1.

84 PICNIC GULLY TRACK

Clutha Country / Walking / Cycling / Nature

45 min return

This track starts 400 m south of the bridge at Taieri Mouth, crossing a fence midway up the gully as it passes from the reserve into private land. The route leads up out of the gully and onto Finlayson Road.

85/86 TAIERI RIVER AND MILLENNIUM TRACKS

Clutha Country / Walking / Cycling / Nature

4 hr return

The Taieri River Track (starting at Taieri Mouth), and the Millennium Track (starting from Taieri Ferry Road, off SH1), meet at picturesque John Bull Gully. Walking upstream from Taieri Mouth, saline and freshwater vegetation give way to open shrub land and stands of lush podocarp forest. Good footwear is essential.


Dunedin

FOOTING IT

Dunedin / Walking / Cycling / Nature

The inner city is compact, with iconic heritage buildings within a stroll of Dunedin’s central Octagon. Follow the heritage trails or sign up for a guided walk at the centrally located i-Site. Gardens, both public and private, short walks and hikes to stunning vistas are a great way to explore the city.

89 BALDWIN STREET

Dunedin / Walking / Cycling / Nature

Stretch your calf muscles on the worlds steepest Street – Baldwin St in North Dunedin. Regularly raced; by people in the annual ‘Gut buster” race, and by sweets in the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival’s iconic ‘Jaffa Race’.

GET ACTIVE

Dunedin / Walking / Cycling / Nature

Dunedin is a mecca for outdoor pursuits. Surfers will discover great waves, both for learners and the most experienced of thrill seekers. Hire a bike, for either mountain biking on tracks in the hills surrounding the city, or a more sedate ride along the harbour. Golfers can take their pick of the myriad of courses available; from the first golf club opened in New Zealand at the historic Balmacewen Golf Course, to the links course at Chisholm Park, or the magnificent cliff top scenery of St Clair Golf Course.

91 ST CLAIR

Dunedin / Walking / Cycling / Nature

St Clair offers seaside delights just ten minutes from Dunedin’s Octagon. Stroll, surf, or enjoy the Esplanade’s bars, cafes or restaurants. During summer the therapeutic Hot Salt Water Pool is a local institution.

92 TUNNEL BEACH TRACK

Dunedin / Walking / Cycling / Nature

1 hr return

A steep track and narrow, stepped tunnel lead down to this romantic and secluded beach, once the private domain of the powerful Cargill family. White sandstone cliff s and curious wind, sea and rain-sculpted stacks add to the atmosphere here. Signposted 7 km south of Dunedin. (Closed Aug/Sep/Oct).

93 SANDFLY BAY

Dunedin / Walking / Cycling / Nature

1 hr return

Turn off Highcliff Road onto Sandymount Road, then right onto Seal Point Road to reach the car park. A path crosses farmland to the sand dunes. Go down the sand hill – which can be rather testing on the return, uphill journey – and walk about 1 km along the beach. Near the southern end a marked track leads up to a hide to view the yellow-eyed penguins (hoiho).

94 SANDYMOUNT

Dunedin / Walking / Cycling / Nature

1 hr return

The circuit track begins at the car park at the end of Sandymount Road. This walk via The Chasm and Lovers Leap – with a side track to Sandymount summit – gives spectacular views of Otago Peninsula’s coastline and cliff tops. (Closed Aug/Sep/Oct).

Historical and Cultural

Fiordland

MILFORD SOUND/ PIOPIOTAHI

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

5 hr return drive from Te Anau

World renowned, Milford Sound is New Zealand’s only fiord accessible via road. Take time to explore the many short walks and scenic-stopping points along the Milford Road itself– a spectacular alpine journey through a World Heritage National Park. A guided journey with a local operator can offer insights which add to the experience and leave drivers free to enjoy the scenery. Pre-book in the peak season and please check road conditions before departing, especially in winter.

13 VISITOR CENTRE TO CONTROL GATES

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

50 min each way

Continuing along the lakeshore from the Te Anau Wildlife Centre, the Control Gates lie at the south western corner of Lake Te Anau, and regulate water flows between lakes for the West Arm hydro-electric power station. This is also the start of the Kepler Track.

LAKE MANAPOURI AND PEARL HARBOUR

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

Called Roto-ua (rainy lake) and Moturau (many islands) by early Maori, environmentalists successfully campaigned to save the area’s natural beauty in the 1970s, halting plans to raise the lake level to generate hydro-electricity. Pearl Harbour is the only place in the area with private boat launch facilities.

TE WAHIPOUNAMU SOUTH WEST NEW ZEALAND WORLD HERITAGE AREA

Fiordland / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

World Heritage is a global concept that identifies natural and cultural sites of world significance - areas so special that protecting them is of concern for all people. Known to Maori as Te Wahipounamu (the place of greenstone), the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area incorporates: Aoraki/Mount Cook, Westland/TaiPoutini, Fiordland and Mount Aspiring national parks - covering 2.6 million hectares of pristine wilderness. Some of the best examples of animals and plants once found on the ancient supercontinent Gondwana, live in this World Heritage Area.

Western Southland

TE KOAWA TUROA O TAKITIMU

Western Southland / Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

Managed by Kai Tahu, the site has mahika kai (producing or procuring food) values, plants, wildlife and fisheries. It represents a resource that can be used to further people's knowledge of mahika kai values.

28 BIG TOTARA WALK

Western Southland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

30 min return

Signposted from the road to Lake Hauroko, a pleasant 12 km drive takes you to the track entrance. Along the track you will see some of the largest totara trees in Southland, which are over 1,000 years old.

29 CLIFDEN SUSPENSION BRIDGE

Western Southland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

Construction of the suspension bridge started in 1898 when it replaced the punt used by early sheep stations.

TUATAPERE

Western Southland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

The centre of a farming community, Tuatapere is often referred to as the ‘Sausage Capital of New Zealand.’ It has several art and craft galleries, and the Bushman’s Museum displays a detailed account of the area's sawmilling history. A number of jet-boating, fishing and tramping opportunities are available.

32 PORT CRAIG

Western Southland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

7 hr each way

The site of a 1920s timber mill and town. The only remaining historic building is the school, which is now DOC accommodation. A self-guided heritage trail takes visitors around relics of the town and mill site. The Percy Burn viaduct (approx 2 hr walk west from Port Craig) is a spectacular site.

35 MONKEY ISLAND/ TE PUKA O TAKITIMU

Western Southland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

Known by Kai Tahu as Te Puka o Takitimu, the island is the anchor stone of the legendary Takitimu waka/canoe, captained by Tamatea and wrecked at the mouth of the Waiau River. Access to the island is tide-dependent.

36 COSY NOOK

Western Southland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

Cosy Nook is a rocky cove sheltering several fishing boats and holiday homes. Early European settlers reported Pahi’s Village – a Kai Tahu settlement of forty houses was situated here.

37 LONG HILLY TRACK

Western Southland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

2 hr return

Starting at Round Hill Road, 15 km west of Riverton, the Long Hilly Track explores regenerating native bush and relics from the little-known days of early Chinese goldmining activity in Southland – the largest Chinese settlement in New Zealand. The gravelled loop-track leads through a tramway cutting to old earth dams.

38 COLAC BAY/ORAKA

Western Southland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

2 hr return

A large statue of a surfer riding a wave greets visitors to Colac Bay/Oraka. First settled by early Maori, the rocky coastline, great sandy beach and surf continue to attract people to this small settlement.

RIVERTON/APARIMA

Western Southland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

A popular seaside and holiday resort, Riverton/Aparima is known as the ‘Riviera of the South’. Riverton/Aparima is rich in early Maori history and is one of the earliest European settlements in New Zealand. Visit the Te Hikoi Southern Journey Heritage Museum and take a photo with the infamous paua shell on the main road.

THORNBURY

Western Southland/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

Visit the vintage farm machinery museum located at Thornbury, or the nearby Templeton Flax Mill and Heritage Museum (open by arrangement).

Invercargill

42 ANDERSON PARK ART GALLERY

Invercargill/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

Sitting amongst sculptured lawns and rose gardens is an historic Georgian-style mansion, now housing an excellent art collection. The large park also features a traditional carved Maori house, duck pond and children’s playground.

45 INVERCARGILL WATER TOWER

Invercargill/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

This 40 m high historic tower is probably the city’s best-known landmark. Completed in 1889, using 300,000 bricks, the tower was Invercargill’s main water supply. Unfortunately, due to concerns about earthquake safety, the Water Tower is no longer open to the public.

BLUFF

Invercargill/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

Bluff is the oldest European town in New Zealand, having been settled continuously since 1824. With a mountain bike track and walking tracks accessible from car parks located at the summit of Bluff Hill, Gunpit Road and Stirling Point – the beginning of SH1 – recreation opportunities are vast. Be sure to visit the Bluff Maritime Museum.

50 GREENPOINT RESERVE

Invercargill/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

Signposted from SH1, immediately before the Greenpoint Cemetery. A well graded track and boardwalk follows the shoreline to Greenpoint, highlighting features of natural and historic interest that include a ship graveyard.

The Catlins

53 TARARUA ACRE CEMETERY

Invercargill/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

15 min return

Signposted from the Waipapa Point Lighthouse Road, the walk is across private property (closed during the lambing season September/October). The ‘Tararua Acre’ is where many of the victims of the SS Tararua shipwreck are buried.

55 WAIPOHATU RECREATION AREA

Invercargill/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

15 min return

Maori legend has it that large hairy giants called Maeroero inhabited these valleys of bush. Two tracks in the area explore native forest. One easy walk (30 minutes return) is wheelchair accessible, and a larger hike (2 hrs each way).

57 WAIKAWA

Invercargill/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

The Waikawa Museum has numerous displays relating to the early settlers and their industries of this once bustling port town. Short walk options include the Old Coach Road (20 minutes return, and only passable at low tide), and the George Aitken Walk (20 minutes return).

60 CATHEDRAL CAVES

Invercargill/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

50 min return

Managed by landowners of Maori descent, a small entry fee is charged for maintaining the private road entrance and facilities. The caves may only be visited at low tide. From May to October access is limited access is available. Check with the Catlins Information Centre for tide times to ensure access.

67 OLD COACH ROAD

Invercargill/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

40 min to 3 hr return

Starting at the carpark at the north end of the Tahakopa River bridge, the track follows the old coach route from Tahakopa Beach through the southern-most stand of silver beech/tawhai and tree ferns/katote, to a young totara stand which marks an early Maori archaeological site. The track ends when it reaches the beach. For the more adventurous, the beach can be followed to link with the route known as the Old Possumers Track. This is a three hour loop. The start/finish is the left fork of the Old Coach Road.

71 JACKS BLOWHOLE

Invercargill/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

1 hr return

Named after the Maori chief Tuhawaiki (known to European settlers as Bloody Jack). The blowhole is 55m deep and 200m from the sea. It formed when the roof section of a large subterranean cavern, eroded by the sea, caved in. Please do not disturb stock.

74 TUNNEL HILL

Invercargill/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

20 min return

An easy walk to a 250m long railway tunnel, excavated by hand from 1891–92, and lined with locally-made bricks. Take a torch to explore the tunnel and please stay within the reserve boundaries.

Clutha Country

81 SOD COTTAGE

Invercargill/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

Open to visitors at any time, the Sod Cottage is 13 km north of Balclutha on SH1. It was built in the 1860s as a stop for miners heading to the goldfields. It has been restored by the South Otago Historical Society, and was reopened on the 30th of May 1970.

MILTON

Invercargill/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

This township has a rich history in wool and timber mills, both of which are still productive industries in the town today. Another highlight is the Gothic-inspired Tokomairiro Presbyterian Church which opened in 1889.

82 WHALE FOSSIL LOOKOUT

Invercargill/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

Visit the whale fossils at the lookout near Milburn Limeworks, 9km north of Milton. The lookout provides spectacular views of Lake Waihola. It also houses a display of rare whale and dolphin fossils that were found in the nearby lime quarries, and are 24–34 million years old, as well as a pictorial history of the lime and phosphate working in the area.

83 SINCLAIR WETLANDS / TE NOHOAKA A TUKIAUAU

Invercargill/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

These significant wetlands are a 315 hectare waterfowl reserve with numerous shallow peaty lagoons, a labyrinth of waterways, and two islands fringed with flax/harakeke, native bulrush/raupo and grasses. The wetlands, renowned for their abundance of kai (food) and Whakaraupuka (Ram Island), which is the former site of the pa (fortified village) of Tukiauau. The wetlands are located at 854 Clarendon/ Berwick Road, signposted off SH1.

Dunedin

88 DUNEDIN BOTANIC GARDEN

Invercargill/ Walking / Cycling / Nature / Historical and Cultural

Dunedin’s Botanic Garden opened in 1869, making it the oldest in New Zealand. Designated a Garden of International Significance by The New Zealand Gardens Trust, it is famous for its rhododendron dell.

Townships

In Queenstown

Queenstown

A spectacular 45-minute drive west of Queenstown, set amongst snowcapped mountains, pristine lakes and national parks is the frontier town of Glenorchy. There you can enjoy the tranquillity of the wilderness, lakeside walks, jetboating, horse riding, kayaking and hiking.

Queenstown

The gateway to and from Queenstown is a great starting point to explore the region. Activities in Frankton include walking or biking on the local lakeside tracks, golf and swimming, then stock up at the Remarkables Park shopping centre adjacent to the airport and head South on SH6.

Queenstown

At the southernmost end of Lake Wakatipu is the pretty township of Kingston. The 47km lakeside drive from Queenstown is a stunning, winding road that follows Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range toward Te Anau. There are a few driver rest areas along the way for photo opportunities. Kingston’s lakeside setting, relaxed vibe and activities like walking tracks, boating and fishing, make it a popular holiday destination for families.

Queenstown

The resort town is not only a beautiful holiday destination but offers top quality facilities, shopping and eating options. Queenstown Airport offers international and domestic flights and is located in Frankton.

Queenstown

The historic gold mining town is just 20 minutes from Queenstown. Sophisticated in its appeal, the cobbled main street, fine clothing stores, art studios and galleries, outstanding café and restaurant culture, unique accommodation, traditional pubs and boutique bars create an ambience that is sought out by visitors and residents alike. Arrowtown is also renowned for its extensive range of historic and recreational walking trails for all fitness levels...

Queenstown

The township is the most inland community in New Zealand. Located on State Highway 6, Garston has a school, pub and church.

Queenstown

Located 55 km south of Queenstown on State Highway 6, Athol offers a few shops as well as an eating establishment.

Queenstown

The small rural town is nestled in amongst stunning mountains and picturesque farmland. Known for its deer farming, Mossburn is situated on the road from Queenstown to Te Anau.


In Fiordland

Fiorland / 5 hr return drive from Te Anau

World renowned, Milford Sound is New Zealand’s only fiord accessible via road. Take time to explore the many short walks and scenic-stopping points along the Milford Road itself– a spectacular alpine journey through a World Heritage National Park. A guided journey with a local operator can offer insights which add to the experience and leave drivers free to enjoy the scenery. Pre-book in the peak season and please check road conditions before departing, especially in winter.

Fiorland

The departure point for excursions to Doubtful Sound/Patea and the West Arm Underground Power Station, Manapouri also offers a range of short walks accessible by water taxi. Contact the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre for further information.

Fiorland / 8hr return trip from Manapouri

The journey to Doubtful Sound starts with a boat ride across beautiful Lake Manapouri, followed by a bus journey over Wilmot Pass, through the pristine Fiordland National Park. A trip to the underground power station at West Arm is an interesting side excursion. Local operators run guided excursions daily to Doubtful Sound.

Fiordland

Called Roto-ua (rainy lake) and Moturau (many islands) by early Maori, environmentalists successfully campaigned to save the area’s natural beauty in the 1970s, halting plans to raise the lake level to generate hydro-electricity. Pearl Harbour is the only place in the area with private boat launch facilities.


In Western Southland

Western Southland

The centre of a farming community, Tuatapere is often referred to as the ‘Sausage Capital of New Zealand.’ It has several art and craft galleries, and the Bushman’s Museum displays a detailed account of the area's sawmilling history. A number of jet-boating, fishing and tramping opportunities are available.

Western Southland

A popular seaside and holiday resort, Riverton/Aparima is known as the ‘Riviera of the South’. Riverton/Aparima is rich in early Maori history and is one of the earliest European settlements in New Zealand. Visit the Te Hikoi Southern Journey Heritage Museum and take a photo with the infamous paua shell on the main road.

Western Southland

Visit the vintage farm machinery museum located at Thornbury, or the nearby Templeton Flax Mill and Heritage Museum (open by arrangement).


In Invercargill

Invercargill

Stewart Island/Rakiura is home to Rakiura National Park, New Zealand’s southern-most National Park. Rakiura is one of the Maori names given to the Island, which recalls glowing sunrises, sunsets and the aurora australis or ‘Southern Lights’. View native birds at Ulva Island, enjoy short walks in the native bush around the town or, for longer walking opportunities, try the multiday hikes on the Rakiura Track, North West and Southern circuits. Visit the local Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre for more information. Flights to Stewart Island/Rakiura operate daily from Invercargill Airport, or visitors can take a ferry or helicopter from Bluff.

Invercargill

Bluff is the oldest European town in New Zealand, having been settled continuously since 1824. With a mountain bike track and walking tracks accessible from car parks located at the summit of Bluff Hill, Gunpit Road and Stirling Point – the beginning of SH1 – recreation opportunities are vast. Be sure to visit the Bluff Maritime Museum.


In The Catlins

The Catlins

A small township nestled in native bush, with a spectacular beach and coastline on its doorstep.

The Catlins

Early European pioneers established this town and community, carving a future from the bush. Today it’s an ideal base from which to explore the wider Catlins area. The Owaka Museum captures the essence of The Catlins experience with a visual, story filled journey through the state-of-the-art complex at 10 Campbell Street.


In Clutha Country

Clutha Country

This township has a rich history in wool and timber mills, both of which are still productive industries in the town today. Another highlight is the Gothic-inspired Tokomairiro Presbyterian Church which opened in 1889.

Clutha Country

The lakeside domain has many activities available including kayaking, fishing, a pontoon and water slides for children – making it a great place to relax and unwind.