Interested in hiking? Here are New Zealand‘s top 4 must-do hikes.
Those who relax in the mountains will fall in love with this place. The hike starts at Fantail Falls, then crosses the river and climbs up through the forest. While hiking, you’ll witness breathtaking scenes of the mountains and surrounds.
Once you get to the top there’s a cottage where you can stay the night. You then have the opportunity explore the area at night: do it, it’s amazing.
Mt Angelus Circuit
Several approaches can be done to the Mt Angelus Circuit, but we suggest this one: start at St Arnaud, then continue to the lake to Lakehead Hut. Spend the night here and watch the black swans appear from the lake.
Day 2 start with the river crossing. While reaching the river, you travel through the forest and then start climbing and reach a grassy clearing. This is a good place for lunch and taking some stunning photos.
Once you reach Angelus there are several activities on offer, including relaxing in the sunshine, swimming in the lake, or – for the highly energetic – hiking further to Mt Angelus.
Far North Cape Brett
Cape Brett is an easy afternoon coastal walk, or an overnight stay in a beautiful location. Either way you’ll get to enjoy beautiful New Zealand scenery and if you are lucky enough, see seals or dolphins.
To get there, take a water taxi to Deep Water Cove, then hike to the Cape Brett Landing. To the Cape Brett lighthouse takes around 2-3 hours, and is best done by people who are reasonably fit (or, like me, people who think they’re reasonably fit). Bask in the impressive views of the Bay of Islands, Cavalli Islands, and Whangaruru.
Milford Sound, Tutoko Valley Route
If nature and relaxation is more your thing, head to Tutoko Valley.
This easy trail starts from the Milford Road where you enter into a thick forest. Walking through the valley, you’ll feel like you’ve left civilization behind.
And the views, smells, and sounds? Like nothing else, anywhere.