Walk Canterbury

Explore our big backyard by foot

Canterbury is made for outdoor recreation - with rolling countryside, lush green spaces, brilliant blue waterways, and a dynamic alpine environment.

Spot whales along the coast in Kaikoura, breathe in the alpine air in Hanmer Springs and listen to Kea calls in Arthur's Pass, just a few experiences ready for you to discover on the short walks in the Canterbury region.

Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll or a more strenuous hike, there's something for every energy level. Discover what the various districts of Canterbury have to offer.

Hill Walks

Walking is a popular activity on Banks Peninsula and it's no wonder, with charming vistas and stunning views to reward every footstep. Explore the dramatic outer bays and take your time to soak in the magic of the region.

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When it comes to trekking, walking, tramping and hiking, the Mackenzie region has short walks for everyone - from easy half hour walks along formed paths, to alpine hikes that can take up to half a day and lead you into the vast wilderness of the Southern Alps.

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The Selwyn district has a number of short walks ranging from 10 minute walking tracks to 2-4 hour return tramping tracks and half day hikes. There are fantastic locations to choose from including the stunning Arthur's Pass.

Couple enjoying the view in Hanmer Springs

Enjoy pleasant river walks, coastal tracks, forest and mountain trails ranging from short half hour jaunts to longer half and full-day tramps through spectacular wilderness landscapes.

Christchurch pod

From the extensive tracks on the beautiful Port Hills to exploring the trails within Bottle Lake Forest there are numerous tracks within a short distance from the city centre to suit all capabilities and interests.

Kaikoura Peninsula

Kaikoura is where the mountains meet the ocean and as such there are a range of walks to interest all. From a 30 minute stroll through ancient forests to spotting a whale on a coastal walk.

Mt Somers

Mid Canterbury is a region spanning from the Pacific Ocean, across the fertile Canterbury Plains to the foothills and impressive Southern Alps. This environment plays host to many stunning and unique short walks.

Exploring Breedenbroek Garden in Ashley

The Waimakariri district has a great selection of walking tracks from 20 minutes to a couple of hours that will take you along sandy beaches, by lakes, rivers and wetlands or through the native bush.

Waimate Reserve & Bush Walks

South Canterbury has varied landscapes and attractive scenery with a number of easily accessible and well maintained walking tracks. From coastal trails to sub-alpine South Canterbury hiking tracks, there's something for everyone and most within a short drive from Timaru.

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Choose the walking track grade that matches your skills, fitness and experience.