Walking & Hiking

Explore Paths less-travelled

Fall in love with nature on one of the many walking
and hiking trails across the Waitaki.


Trails range from 30 minutes to full day and are spread out across the Waitaki which gives you a stunning variety of scenery from the golden tussock-lands of the high-country to lush emerald green near the coast.

Otematata

Benmore Peninsula Track

This circuit track passes through a forest and around a peninsula jutting out into Lake Benmore. The views are very impressive -especially earlier in the mornings when the weather is generally calmest. Complete a loop or return the way you came.

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Oamaru

Bushy Beach Walk

At the southern end of Oamaru, spot New Zealand Fur Seals/Kekeno and Yellow-Eyed Penguins/Hoiho from the platform at the end of this cliff-top walk. This is a stunning cliff-top walk has access to the shingle beach before 3pm daily.

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Oamaru

Cape Wanbrow Walk

A spectacular walk taking you up to the aptly named Lookout Point, here you can look over the harbour and out to the Pacific Ocean. This walk is steep going up and can be slippery after rain, alternatively, drive to Lookout Point and take a walk on the track around the Cape and visit a former gun emplacement.

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Otematata

Deep Stream Track

Deep Stream Track Time : 1h one way Distance : 2km Dog access : no dogs The track edges steep faces within a flooded canyon and is well-formed with some short sections of stairs. Vegetation around track can be tall in spring. The walk finishes at the river delta where a

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Duntroon

Duntroon Wetland Walk

Enter the Duntroon Wetlands either through the ancient Maori rock art on Harris St or behind the village map beside the old gaol on SH83. This accessway is shared with the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, so please do keep an eye out for and give way to cyclists.

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Lake Ohau

Greta Track

Greta Track Time : 6-7h Distance : 16km loop Dog access: Dogs on a lead are allowed There is an entry point to this track on both sides of Greta’s Stream. If you start from the southern car park you will pass an old derelict musterer’s hut from the 1890s called

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Moeraki

Katiki Point Walk

Katiki Point Walk Time : 45 minutes return Visitors go to Katiki Point to view the historic Katiki Point Lighthouse (which still operates today), Te Raka a Hineatea Pa site and marine wildlife including Fur Seals and the critically endangered Yellow-Eyed Penguin. Katiki Point offers stunning views over the Pacific

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Kurow

Kurow Wetlands Walk

The Kurow Wetlands were constructed and maintained by local volunteers to preserve and protect the stunning natural environment and wildlife in the braided river environment.

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Lake Ohau

Lake Ohau Track

Lake Ohau Track Time : 3h Distance : 8km Dog access: Dogs on a lead are allowed on this track This is a magnificent walk around the shores of Lake Ohau with breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains. This track is part of Te Araroa. Start at either Glen Lyon

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Otematata

Otematata Wetlands Walk

Otematata Wetlands Walk Time : 30 minutes – 1h for the loop The Otematata Wetlands take in some some fantastic spots along the shoreline of lake Aviemore. This is an excellent network of small tracks, trails, picnic areas and swimming spots, making it the perfect place to enjoy a packed

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Palmerston

Puketapu Hill (Sacred Hill) Walk

A walk up Puketapu (sacred hill) offers stunning 360-degree vistas over Palmerston township, rolling farmland down the Shag Valley and out to sea. The track is steep in parts, but it is well formed.

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Omarama

Quailburn Track

Quailburn Track Time : 30 minutes – 1h30 Distance : 1.5km – 4km Dog access : dogs on a leash only Quailburn Track starts uphill from the historic area, which has a woolshed, sheep dip, homestead and hut ruins dating from 1866. The track winds its way uphill through mountain

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Moeraki

Trotters Gorge

As well as offering camping, the DOC-managed Trotters Gorge is a beautiful reserve with fantastic walking tracks to caves, through pockets of native forest, streams and more. There are 3 walks to choose from.

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