10 Invigorating Hikes & Walks
April 2017 | By Susan Milne | 3 minute read |
Connect with nature while seeing some extraordinary sights in Australia & New Zealand. From easy walks and invigorating runs to extremely challenging hikes, there's a range of exciting destinations for all levels. Such a rewarding and exhilarating experience to add to your vacation plans! You'll be amazed at the diverse experiences available.
Great Ocean Walk, Victoria, Australia
Marvel at the magnificent 12 Apostles limestone formations on this Southern Ocean coastal walk that combines beaches, forests and cliffs. Stay for a few hours or a few days. Choose from off-walk accommodation or "hike-in" campgrounds for overnight. Maybe bring your runners to try the excellent trail running loops.
Glacier Heli Hike, New Zealand
A helicopter ride and a guided hike on the ice is another thrilling experience available in this country of adventure! Walk on the Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier or Tasman Glacier and see inspiring glacier views from the air. All equipment required is supplied. Half day excursion. Best to book these popular excursions in advance.
Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, Western Australia
Walk 131 feet (40 meters) above ground in the canopy of the tingle forest. Appreciate the beauty of the forest and wilderness on this beautiful walk that is suitable for all ages. Then take the Ancient Empire boardwalk through the 400-year-old giant trees; thrilling nature walks at the Walpole Wilderness National Park.
Uluru and Kata Tjuta trails, Northern Territory, Australia
In the arid Red Centre sits two incredible natural rock formations that will take your breath away! Hiking the red trails of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) is an amazing natural and cultural experience. You are isolated out here in the desert with just one well equipped resort village catering to visitors from around the world.
Abel Tasman National Park Coast Track, New Zealand
Situated on the northwest coast of the south island, known for its unique coastal scenery, tracks run along sandy beaches, unusual rock formations, native coastal bush, a suspension bridge and wildlife viewing opportunities. The complete Coast Track can take five days but shorter walks of a few hours are possible.
Waterfall & rainforest walk, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Barron Falls cascades down the cliffs just a 20-minute drive from Cairns, a beautiful sight surrounded by lush rainforest. Continue on the moderately difficult Douglas Track through a giant eucalyptus forest for lookout views and bluffs. You'll also cross the Kuranda railway and see historic railway camps.
Short walks, Mt. Cook National Park, New Zealand
For easy short walks in New Zealand, Aoraki/Mount Cook has some of the best. Blessed with spectacular scenery and the tallest peak in New Zealand (12,217 ft.; 3,724 meters) these are scenic mountain walks ranging from an easy 30 minutes to three hours. Soak up incredible natural beauty in a short time!
Bushwalking in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Renowned for its tree-lined gorges, wealth of wildlife and open spaces, this is a top spot for bushwalking. Take the Wangara Lookout Hike for views of the massive geological bowl, Wilpena Pound. This scenic area has four walks and fourteen hikes in the National Park ranging from an easy 30-minute walk to a 9 hour hard hike.
Cape to Cape Walk, Western Australia
The Indian Ocean Coast of the Margaret River wine region, is home to Australia's longest coastal track. Running 84 miles (135 km) from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste alongside some of the world's most beautiful beaches, clifftops, coves and rocks. Close to excellent accommodation and sights. Australia's best kept secret!
Mt. Manganui base or summit walk, New Zealand
This iconic landmark on the Bay of Plenty offers incredible views to Tauranga and along the stunning coastline and beaches. Easily accessible, right on the edge of Mt. Manganui town, the region is also the sunniest in New Zealand. Take the scenic base walk or the summit walk to the top.