New Zealand's South Island is home to towering mountains, stunning lakes and thick forest... It's one of the best places in the world to explore on your own two feet. Here is my take on the best hikes on the South Island. - http://spinthewindrose.com

Top Ten Hikes on New Zealand's South Island

New Zealand's South Island is the perfect place to don your hiking boots and sense of adventure; here are the best tracks to add to your travel itinerary.

The Florence Hill Lookout is on the road between Invercargill and Papatowai in the Catlins, just on the side of the road. It overlooks...

Tautuku Bay, New Zealand — by YoungAdventuress

The Florence Hill Lookout is on the road between Invercargill and Papatowai in the Catlins, just on the side of the road. It overlooks...

Enjoy this tramping track from Hollyford Road (off Milford Road) to beautiful Lake Marian - an alpine lake in a beautiful hanging valley.

Enjoy this tramping track from Hollyford Road (off Milford Road) to beautiful Lake Marian - an alpine lake in a beautiful hanging valley.

The unsurpassed views and mountain reflections from the forested shores of Lake Matheson make this easy walk, suitable for children, one of the most popular on the West Coast.

The unsurpassed views and mountain reflections from the forested shores of Lake Matheson make this easy walk, suitable for children, one of the most popular on the West Coast.

Bridge over the Blue Pools.

Walk to beautiful pools in the Makarora River – it's a short, easy walk with a swingbridge and is suitable for children.

Sea Kayaking is super popular in the national park! You can rent a kayak from Kaiteriteri Kayaks, take a half day guided kayaking tour to the famous Split Apple Rock, take the Sea Shuttle to the heart of the park and kayak back, spend two day kayaking, walking and sailing… Walk the Abel Tasman Coast Track The …

Top Things to see and do in Abel Tasman National Park - Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles

Tunnel beach is misty and mysterious up-close - don't forget to keep a lookout for fossils.

Tunnel beach is misty and mysterious up-close - don't forget to keep a lookout for fossils.

Enjoy dramatic coastal views from the Tokata Lighthouse and spot seals, penguins and other seabirds on these short walks.

Enjoy dramatic coastal views from the Tokata Lighthouse and spot seals, penguins and other seabirds on these short walks.

Fossil tree stumps and fallen logs are scattered over the shore platform at Curio Bay fossil forest in New Zealand

Fossil tree stumps and fallen logs are scattered over the shore platform at Curio Bay fossil forest in New Zealand

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Thunder Creek Falls

An extremely tall and easy accessible 96 metre waterfall, Thunder Creek Falls is located in Mt Aspiring National Park, along HAAST Highway. This is one the Must See New Zealand waterfalls.

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