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Recommended Routes in South Island - 19

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Favorite The track passes through a small clump of wizened mountain beech trees
Difficult

Maitland Ridge Track

14.7 mi 23.7 km 2,950' Up 899.29 m Up 2,966' Down 903.9 m Down

St Arnaud, NZ
Favorite Starting the descent to Doom Creek bridge
Difficult

Wakamarina Track

12.9 mi 20.8 km 3,491' Up 1064.11 m Up 5,061' Down 1542.68 m Down

Blenheim, NZ
Favorite Tight turns, roots and mossy forest floor
Difficult

Porika Track and Louis Creek Trail

9.1 mi 14.7 km 1,825' Up 556.23 m Up 1,822' Down 555.25 m Down

St Arnaud, NZ
Favorite Climbing the track from Lewis Hut to Mackay Hut through verdant West Coast bush
Intermediate

Heaphy Track

47.6 mi 76.7 km 7,594' Up 2314.69 m Up 7,937' Down 2419.1 m Down

Takaka, NZ
Favorite Breaking through the cloud on the open tops
Intermediate/Difficult

The Paparoa Track

33.5 mi 54.0 km 6,195' Up 1888.23 m Up 7,239' Down 2206.31 m Down

Greymouth, NZ
Favorite An easy section of the Lockett Ridge gives an opportunity to soak up the views
Difficult

Kill Devil Track

24.4 mi 39.3 km 5,376' Up 1638.54 m Up 5,376' Down 1638.52 m Down

Takaka, NZ
Favorite Fantastic views over Dunedin and the harbor from the top of Nichols Creek.
Intermediate

Nichols Creek Switchback Track

6.4 mi 10.4 km 1,089' Up 331.89 m Up 1,089' Down 331.81 m Down

Dunedin, NZ
Favorite Chasm carved by outflow from gold mining operations above. On Claim Jumper Trail
Difficult

Naseby Highlight Loop

8.2 mi 13.2 km 692' Up 210.96 m Up 681' Down 207.67 m Down

Naseby, NZ
Favorite Watch your head.
Intermediate

Wakari Creek Circuit

2.5 mi 4.0 km 485' Up 147.9 m Up 487' Down 148.55 m Down

Dunedin, NZ

South Island Biking

  • 698 Miles 1,124 Kilometers of Trail
  • 19 Recommended Routes
  • 16 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 125 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 52 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in South Island - 174

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50.0 mi 80.4 km #1Old Ghost Road
Intermediate/Difficult
Westport, NZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Westport, NZ 12 
10.2 mi 16.4 km #2Fowler Pass - Lake Guyon
Difficult
Kaikoura, NZ
Difficult
Kaikoura, NZ
1.5 mi 2.4 km #3Kaka Track
Intermediate
St Arnaud, NZ
Intermediate
St Arnaud, NZ
1.3 mi 2.1 km #4Duck Down Track
Difficult
St Arnaud, NZ
Difficult
St Arnaud, NZ
3.1 mi 5.0 km #5Te Ara Koa Trail
Difficult
Nelson, NZ
Difficult
Nelson, NZ
2.8 mi 4.5 km #6Moke Lake Loop Track
Intermediate
Queenstown, NZ
Intermediate
Queenstown, NZ
2.9 mi 4.6 km #7Unhinged
Difficult
St Arnaud, NZ
Difficult
St Arnaud, NZ
6.4 mi 10.3 km #8Wots up Doc
Intermediate
St Arnaud, NZ
Intermediate
St Arnaud, NZ
3.3 mi 5.3 km #9Big Bush Track
Intermediate
St Arnaud, NZ
Intermediate
St Arnaud, NZ
3.6 mi 5.8 km #10Moonlight Track
Difficult
Queenstown, NZ
Difficult
Queenstown, NZ

Photos of South Island - 423

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Breaking through the cloud on the open tops
Nov 14, 2020 near Greymouth, NZ
The track passes through a small clump of wizened mountain beech trees
Nov 14, 2020 near St Arnaud, NZ
Threading the stumps
Dec 31, 2019 near St Arnaud, NZ
The track snakes and undulates along the open ridge top.
Feb 20, 2021 near Greymouth, NZ
Cruising the open ridgeline
Feb 20, 2021 near Greymouth, NZ
Gorge sampling
Dec 3, 2020 near Brightw…, NZ
Starting down the Skyline Steps
Mar 14, 2020 near Westport, NZ
Climbing the track from Lewis Hut to Mackay Hut through verdant West Coast bush
Aug 6, 2015 near Takaka, NZ