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Lonely Planet’s Best Day Hikes New Zealand is your passport to 60 easy escapes into nature. Stretch your legs outside the city by picking a hike that works for you, from a few hours to a full day, from easy to hard. Climb ancient volcanoes, view amazing vistas, and scale tall mountains. Get to the heart of New Zealand and begin your journey now!
Inside Lonely Planet’s Best Day Hikes New Zealand Travel Guide:
Up-to-date information – all businesses were rechecked before publication to ensure they are still open after 2020’s COVID-19 outbreak
Color maps and images throughout
Special features – on New Zealand’s highlights for hikers, kid-friendly hikes, accessible trails and what to take
Best for… section helps you plan your trip and select hikes that appeal to your interests
Region profiles cover when to go, where to stay, what’s on, cultural insights, and local food and drink recommendations to refuel and refresh. Featured regions include:
The North, Central North Island, Southern North Island, Top of the South, Canterbury, West Coast, Otago, The South
Essential infoat your fingertips – hiking itineraries accompanied by illustrative maps are combined with details about hike duration, distance, terrain, start/end locations and difficulty (classified as easy, easy-moderate, moderate, moderate-hard, or hard)
Over 65 maps
The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s Best Day Hikes New Zealand, our most comprehensive guide to hiking in New Zealand, is perfect for those planning to explore New Zealand on foot.
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Best Day Hikes New Zealand
60 easy escapes into nature
There aren’t many places as naturally diverse as New Zealand (Aotearoa). Criss-crossed with tracks, walkers can explore everything from dripping rainforests to sun-blazed beaches, smoking volcanoes, ice-topped mountains and retreating glaciers.
Featured regions include:
Taranaki & Southern North Island
Aoraki / Mount Cook
Around Queenstown & Wanaka
Nelson & Marlborough
Stretch your legs away from the city
Immerse yourself in stunning scenery, discover small towns and experience local life through 60 short, achievable hikes
Pick a hike that works for you
From just a couple of hours to a full day, from easy to moderate or hard
Illustrative maps for each featured hike provide an overview of the itinerary and key points of interest
Special interest information
Where to snap the best photosAccessible trailsHiking with kidsWhere to eat and drink