5. The Truman Track
The Truman Track is a 30-60 minute return walk, located on the wild West Coast of the South Island near Punakaiki, which showcases New Zealand’s epic and rugged coastline. The track features sub-tropical rain forest, ocean cliffs, caves, and beautiful rock structures. It is best to go to during low tide so you can see all of the amazing Limestone rock formations uncovered by the sea. As you head North along the track, there are a series of coves that you can access by climbing through the caves or over the rocks. I highly recommend for you to explore all of the coves.
4. Hooker Valley Walk
The Hooker Valley Walk is about a 3-hour return walk. The valley leads right up to the base of Mount Cook, giving you spectacular views of the mountain and glacier streams. The walk is highly enjoyable and relatively moderate, being that it is mostly flat. To top it off, the drive up to the base of the walk is incredible with the Glacier Blue Lake Pukaki in the foreground and the glorious Mount Cook in the background.
3. Mount Alfred
Mount Alfred is a 5-6 hour return hike that takes you to the top of Mount Alfred, giving you a full 360 view of the Rees Valley with its surrounding mountains. The climb to the top is quite strenuous and dangerous, especially after the tree line where you have to do a little bit of rock climbing. Reaching the top makes the climb well worth it. The summit is just incredible; I have never seen such a sight in my life! I can vote the top of Mount Alfred the best aerial view in New Zealand.
2. Lake Angelus
The Lake Angelus Hike, located in Nelson Lakes National Park, is a 2-3 day hike. Robert Ridge Track is the preferable option to access Lake Angelus, leading you along a ridgeline through Alpine terrain. The hike can be quite difficult to navigate, as you are sometimes walking on scree or boulders. It is important to be prepared for any type of weather, as the weather is notorious for quickly changing. Make sure to leave an extra day to explore the alpine wonderland of Lake Angelus before turning around and heading back the next day. It is well worth it!
1. Routeburn Track
The Routeburn Track is a 3-day walk and is one of the 9 Great Walks of New Zealand. It has a variety of terrain, taking you through mossy green forest with glacier rivers weaving through, luscious meadows with spectacular views of the Moutains, reflective Alpine Lakes, and vistas overlooking the mountain ranges and valleys. It is the perfect walk to do with a family, as it is well formed and easy to follow. The track is not a loop, so we hired the car relocation service, Trackhopper, which conveniently drove our car from the head of the Routeburn Track to the other side.