Find out about Banks Peninsula tramping, Arthur's Pass day walks, the Mueller Hut Route and many other tracks and walks in the Canterbury region. We recommend that you check the Canterbury alerts page before heading out.

View the Walks for families in Canterbury brochure (PDF, 1,820K) and Mountain biking in Canterbury brochure (PDF, 1,500K).

Twizel Raukapuka Aoraki Waimakariri Mahaanui Map of New Zealand highlighting the Canterbury region.
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North Canterbury and Arthur’s PassChristchurch and Banks PeninsulaMid and South CanterburyMackenzie Country and WaitakiAoraki/Mount CookNew Zealand tracks and walksOtago regionWest Coast regionMarlborough regionNelson/Tasman region

North Canterbury and Arthur’s Pass

Tarn Col, Arthur's Pass National Park. Photo: Tony Lilleby.

The North Canterbury & Arthur’s Pass area offers walks and tracks for people of all ages and abilities. Walks in Arthur's Pass National Park, Cave Stream Scenic Reserve and Craigieburn Conservation Area range from short strolls to multi-day tramps.

Christchurch and Banks Peninsula

Akaroa harbour as seen from the stock route at dawn, Banks Penninsula. Photo: M Perry.

The Christchurch & Banks Peninsula area includes many scenic walks and tramps that provide recreational opportunities for people of varying fitness and skill levels.

Mid and South Canterbury

Wilberforce Valley. Photo: R. Smith.

Discover some of the tracks and walks available in the Mid & South Canterbury area including tracks in the Mount Somers Conservation Area and Peel Forest Park.

Mackenzie Country and Waitaki

Lake Ohau. Photo: John Mazey.

Whether visiting the Mackenzie Basin, Lake Tekapo or Ohau Conservation Area the Mackenzie Country & Waitaki area offers walks and tracks for people of varying fitness and skill levels.

Aoraki/Mount Cook

Aoraki/Mount Cook from the Hooker Valley. Photo: Les Molloy.

There are a number of short valley walks in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. People with moderate tramping ability may also want to explore the Mueller Hut Route.

New Zealand tracks and walks

Trampers on the Mangatepopo boardwalk, Tongariro Crossing. Photo: Jimmy Johnson.

There are extensive walking and mountain biking opportunities on conservation land throughout New Zealand.

Otago region

Mou Waho, Lake Wanaka. Photo: Nicola Vallance.

Discover the tracks and walks of the Otago region including the Otago Central Rail Trail, the Rees-Dart Track and Greenstone & Caples tracks.

West Coast region

Kahikatea, Lake Wahapo, South Westland. Photo: Les Molloy.

Walks in the West Coast region include Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes Walk, Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, Franz Josef Glacier Walk and New Zealand's longest Great Walk, the Heaphy Track.

Marlborough region

South Bay, Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Photo: John Mazey.

Explore some of the walks and tracks found in the Marlborough region, including the Queen Charlotte Track, Molesworth Station tramping tracks and the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

Nelson/Tasman region

Anchorage beach, Abel Tasman National Park. Photo: Andy Dennis.

The Nelson/Tasman region offers visitors an array of walking and tramping experiences, including two of New Zealand's Great Walks – the Abel Tasman Coast Track and the Heaphy Track.

 

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Address:   Botanic Gardens Information Centre
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