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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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