Pathfinder pics: epic mountain climbing on New Zealand’s South Island

New Zealand is residence to 9 ‘Nice Walks’: premier mountain climbing tracks that go by the nation’s most spectacular surroundings. The South Island particularly affords some the best mountain climbing on the planet. We spent two weeks touring the island to get a style of those pristine trails, a number of of that are featured in Lonely Planet’s Epic Hikes of the World.

Listed below are a few of our mountain climbing – or because the locals name it, ‘tramping’ – highlights.

Our first view from the Abel Tasman Coastal Observe

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The Abel Tasman Coastal Observe is peppered with vistas like this alongside its 60km of oceanside path. Situated within the Abel Tasman Nationwide Park, the path is known as after Dutch seafarer Abel Janszoon Tasman, the primary recognized European to achieve New Zealand throughout his voyage of 1642.

A secluded cove on the Abel Tasman Coastal Observe

The Abel Tasman Nationwide Park boasts golden seashores, clear waters and plush coastal native bush – best terrain for long-distance mountain climbing. The whole path size is round 60km (2-Three days), however we solely had time for a brisk 13km throughout our half-day hike.

The boardwalk of the Ōkārito Trig Stroll

Simply north of Franz Josef Glacier sits the coastal settlement of Ōkārito and the Ōkārito Lagoon. The Trig is a brief however vigorous stroll as much as a lookout of sweeping views: a panoramic vista throughout the encircling ocean, estuary, sea cliffs, lush forest and, in fact, the Southern Alps.

Crossing the Routeburn Flats in Mount Aspiring Nationwide Park

We accomplished a bit of this basic New Zealand hike as a part of our energetic tour with G Adventures and Lonely Planet. The 32km alpine observe follows the Routeburn River for 15km by ice-carved valleys beneath the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps.

An ideal place to pause for a picnic

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We arrived at this picturesque picnic spot midway by our hike of the Routeburn Observe. Located within the shadows of the Humboldt Mountains is the Routeburn Flats Hut, a preferred bunkhouse and tenting web site for hikers. It additionally affords charming views throughout the valley ground.

Maybe the best view in all of New Zealand?

The quick however candy hike round Lake Matheson in Westland Tai Poutini Nationwide Park supplies one of many most interesting views in all of New Zealand. The reflective, nonetheless waters make for beautiful views of New Zealand’s highest mountains: Aoraki / Mount Cook dinner at 3724m and Mount Tasman at 3497m.

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