Canterbury Region Walks & Hiking

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The Canterbury Region is home to some the best great walks in New Zealand

We’ve been out walking all over the Canterbury Region and written about our journeys. See the best walking trails in the Canterbury Region. This page lists the towns, cities and areas in the Canterbury Region where there are great walks and hiking.  Click into an area to view all the walks, each hike has stunning photos, trail details, location map, points of interest and much more.

Christchurch walks and hiking in Canterbury - Avon River Walk -Copyright Freewalks.nz-4

Christchurch

The best Christchurch walks include the banks of the Avon River, which meanders through the city centre. The green expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens for more hikes.

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Free Geraldine Walking & Hiking Guide - Canterbury Region - New Zealand

Geraldine walks and hiking

Find out why Geraldine is a great place to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Geraldine area. Geraldine has plenty of great walking and hiking tracks.

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Kaikoura Walks, South Island, New Zealand, Copyright Freewalks NZ

Kaikoura walks and hiking

Find out why Kaikoura is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Kaikoura area. Located in the stunning South Island of New Zealand, Kaikoura has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Kaikoura Walks, South Island, New Zealand, Copyright Freewalks NZ

Lewis Pass walks and hiking

Find out why Lewis Pass is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Lewis Pass area. Located in the stunning South Island of New Zealand, Lewis Pass has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Lyttelton walks and hiking in Christchurch Canterbury -Copyright Freewalks.nz-Bridle track

Lyttelton walks and hikes

Find out why Lyttelton is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Lyttelton area. Located in the stunning South Island of New Zealand, Lyttelton has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Mt Cook Walks, South Island, New Zealand -Hooker Glacier - Copyright Freewalks NZ

Mt Cook National Park walks and hiking

Find out why Mt Cook is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Mt Cook area. Located in the stunning South Island of New Zealand, Mt Cook has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Mt Oxford Walks, South Island, New Zealand, Copyright Freewalks NZ

Mt Oxford walks and hiking

Find out why Mt Oxford is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Mt Oxford area. Located in the stunning South Island of New Zealand, Mt Oxford has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Sumner walks and hiking in Christchurch Canterbury -Copyright Freewalks.nz-Barnet Park

Sumner walks and hiking

Find out why Sumner is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Sumner area. Located in the stunning South Island of New Zealand, Sumner has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Timaru Walking & Hiking Guide - Canterbury Region - New Zealand

Timaru walks and hiking

Find out why Timaru is a great place to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Timaru area. Timaru has plenty of great walking and hiking tracks.

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Free Twizel Walking & Hiking Guide - Canterbury Region - New Zealand

Twizel walks and hiking

Find out why Twizel is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Twizel area. Located in the stunning South Island of New Zealand, Twizel has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Lowest Price Guarantee on Campervan Hire from Queenstown Airport – Compare Prices of 15 Motorhome Companies

Jucy Rentals are definitely the cheapest with a really big range of camper-vans. If you’re looking for a van you can stand up in or with a bit more room then try MightyBritz and Maui are very popular, they cater for small and really big campers.

Find accommodation near your hike

I always use Booking.com instead of Airbnb for all my accommodation now. It works out cheaper, they don’t have those extra “Service Fees” or extra “cleaning fees”. Looks cheap until you get to pay. Plus Booking.com have a lot of holiday homes now, pretty much the same selection as Airbnb. You won’t miss out on the range.