Otago Region Walks & Hiking

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

We’ve been out walking all over the Otago Region and written about our journeys. See the best walking trails in the Otago Region. This page lists the towns, cities and areas in the Otago Region where there is great walking 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.

Free Alexandra Walking & Hiking Guide - Otago Region - New Zealand - Copyright Freewalks.nz

Alexandra Walks and Hiking

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

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Arrowtown Walks and Hikes - South Island - Copyright reewalks.nz_.jpg

Arrowtown walks and hiking

Just walking down the one way historic gold rush town main road is cool. There are plenty of excellent walks and biking from Arrowtown, check out our personal list.

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Clyde Walks and Hikes - Otago Region - South Island - Clyde Main Street - Copyright reewalks.nz

Clyde walks and hiking

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

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Cromwell Walks and Hikes - Otago Region - South Island - Ruins on Bannockburn Sluicing walk - Copyright reewalks.nz

Cromwell walks and hiking

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

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Dunedin Walking & Hiking

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

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Haast Walks and Hikes - Otago Region - South Island - Copyright Freewalks.nz

Haast walks and hiking

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

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Free Lake Benmore Walking & Hiking Guide - Otago Region - New Zealand

Lake Benmore walks and hiking

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

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Lawrence Walks, South Island, New Zealand, Autumn on the Clutha Gold Bike Trail - Copyright Freewalks NZ

Lawrence walks and hiking

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

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Queenstown Walks & Hiking Guide - Views of Queenstown at the top of the Tiki Trail - Copyright Freewalks NZ

Queenstown walks and hiking

Our best walks would be the Tiki Trail up to the Gondola saving a trip & Lake Hayes loop walk for great views. I haven’t done the Queenstown Hill walk yet, but will next time we’re in town.

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Free Roxburgh Walking & Hiking Guide - Otago Region - New Zealand - Top of Frog Rock overlooking Roxburgh town

Roxburgh walks and hiking

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

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Free St Bathans Walking & Hiking Guide - Otago Region - New Zealand - View of the Blue Lake in St Bathans

St Bathans walks and hiking

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

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Tapanui Walking & Hiking Guide - Otago Region - New Zealand - Sandra at Whisky Gully Waterfall - Copyright Freewalks.nz

Tapanui walks and hiking

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

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Wanaka Walks & Hiking Guide - View of Lake Wanaka Tree in Autumn - Copyright Freewalks NZ

Wanaka Walks and Hiking

Our best walks in Wanaka would be around Lake Wanaka or up Mt Iron for easy fitness. I haven’t managed to hike up Roys Peak yet, but Garry has and the hard slog to get to the summit was well worth it especially on a sunny day.

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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.