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New Zealand Short Walks - ASURE Accommodation

Experience some of our best short walks.

Take a break in the outdoors and get in touch with nature.

Enjoy some of our best short walks that prove some of the best things come in small packages. They’re easy to get to and great for families – there’s something for everyone.

From the far north to the deep south, through lush native bush, ancient forests and along rugged coastlines, these walks may be short but the memories will be long-lasting.

For further information Visit: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/things-to-do/walking-and-tramping/short-walks/

Our ASURE Accommodation Group members will be able to recommend further short walks in their region.

Mount Manaia Track (Located in Whangārei Heads area in the Northland region)

A steady climb through regenerating native bush to the summit of Mount Manaia rewards you with breath-taking views of the dramatic entrance to Whangārei-Terenga-Paraoa (Whangārei Harbour).

  • One of the most dramatic harbour entrances in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Spectacular view from the Bluff lookout to Te Whara/Bream Head, Taranga and the Marotere islands (Hen and Chicken islands).

2 hr return: Low to moderate fitness required

Book your stay with: ASURE Pembrooke Motor Lodge, Whangarei

Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway (Located in Waipu area in the Northland region)

The rugged beauty of New Zealand’s coast unfolds with panoramic views offering spectacular photo opportunities along this walk from the shoreline to the clifftops. It's suitable for children and is one of our best short walks.

  • Unique rock formations.
  • Opportunity to see passing whales and schools of sharks.

2-3 hr return: Moderate fitness required

Book your stay with: ASURE Pembrooke Motor Lodge, Whangarei

Rangitoto Summit Track (Located in Rangitoto Island in the Auckland region)

An easy climb through pōhutukawa forest and lava fields gives way to panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf from the summit of this volcanic island. This is one of our best shorts.

  • Well-formed paths through lava fields
  • World's largest pōhutukawa forest

2 hr return: Moderate fitness required

Book your stay with: ASURE AT Eden Park, Auckland
Book your stay with: ASURE Camelot Arms Motor Lodge, Auckland

Cathedral Cove Walk (Located in Hahei area in the Coromandel region)

Stunning views of the Coromandel coast guide you to the dramatic cliffs and iconic rock archway of Cathedral Cove. This is one of best short walks.

  • Distinctive coastal landform features with dramatic cliffs and archway.

1 hr 30 min return: Moderate fitness required

Wainui Falls Track (Located in Abel Tasman National Park in the Nelson/Tasman region)

A short walk through lush native bush leads to the cascading Wainui Falls, the largest and most accessible falls in Golden Bay/Mohua - there's a long swing bridge for children to enjoy as well.

1 hr 20 min return: Low to Moderate fitness required

Book your stay with: ASURE Fountain Resort Motel Nelson

Cape Foulwind Walkway (Located in Cape Foulwind area in the West Coast region)

A seal colony, a lighthouse and panoramic views of mountains and coastline feature on this spectacular coastal walkway. With the beach close by as well it's a good option for children. It's also one of our best short walks.

  • New Zealand fur seal/kekeno breeding colony
  • Panoramic views of mountains and coastline
  • Cape Foulwind lighthouse

1 hr 15 min one way: Low to Moderate fitness required

Book your stay with: ASURE Fountain Resort Motel Nelson

Hokitika Gorge Walk (Located in Hokitika Gorge Scenic Reserve in the West Coast region)

Enjoy this short walk along the stunning Hokitika Gorge and the pristine mature podocarp forest of the Hokitika Scenic Reserve. (Travelling from our ASURE properties at Greymouth and Haast enjoy this short walk).

1 hr return: All fitnesses

Book your stay with: ASURE Highpark Motor Inn Greymouth
Book your stay with: ASURE Gables Motor Lodge Greymouth
Book your stay with: ASURE Aspiring Court Motel Haast

Devils Punchbowl Walking Track (Located in Arthur's Pass National Park in the Canterbury region)

Feel the full force and sound of fresh mountain water falling 131 m down one of New Zealand’s most stunning waterfalls. It's one of our best short walks. (Travelling from our ASURE properties at Greymouth and Christchurch enjoy this short walk).

  • Spectacular waterfall
  • Lush beech forest

1 hr return: Low to Moderate fitness required

Book your stay with: ASURE Highpark Motor Inn Greymouth
Book your stay with: ASURE Gables Motor Lodge Greymouth
Book your stay with: ASURE Abbella Lodge Motel Christchurch
Book your stay with: ASURE 306 on Riccarton Motel Christchurch
Book your stay with: ASURE Amalfi Motor Lodge Christchurch

Kura Tāwhiti Access Track (Located in Kura Tāwhiti Conservation Area in the Canterbury region)

Wander through majestic limestone rock formations of special significance to Ngāi Tahu. It's one of our best short walks. (Travelling from our ASURE properties at Greymouth and Christchurch enjoy this short walk).

20 min return: Low to Moderate fitness required

Book your stay with: ASURE Highpark Motor Inn Greymouth
Book your stay with: ASURE Gables Motor Lodge Greymouth
Book your stay with: ASURE Abbella Lodge Motel Christchurch
Book your stay with: ASURE 306 on Riccarton Motel Christchurch
Book your stay with: ASURE Amalfi Motor Lodge Christchurch

Lake Matheson / Te Ara Kairaumati Walk (Located in Fox Glacier area and Westland Tai Poutini National Park in the West Coast region)

A gentle walk leads to views of the mountains reflected on the still waters of Lake Matheson. It's one of our best short walks. (Travelling from our ASURE properties at Haast and Greymouth enjoy this short walk).

  • Reflections of New Zealand's tallest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook.

1 hr 30 min loop: All fitness levels

Book your stay with: ASURE Highpark Motor Inn Greymouth
Book your stay with: ASURE Gables Motor Lodge Greymouth
Book your stay with: ASURE Aspiring Court Motel Haast

Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks (Located in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park in the Canterbury region)

View New Zealand's longest glacier, the mighty Haupapa/Tasman Glacier on one of our best short walks.

  • The 27 km Tasman glacier is the longest in New Zealand.
  • The rifleman, New Zealand’s smallest bird.

 40 min return: Low to Moderate fitness required

Blue Pools Track (Located in Mount Aspiring National Park in the Otago region)

Nestled among mature beech and podocarp forest, these pools of deep, clear water flowing into the Makarora River offer a moment of tranquillity. This is one of our best short walks. (Travelling from our ASURE properties at Haast and Wanaka enjoy this short walk).

1 hr return: Most fitness levels

Book your stay with: ASURE Aspiring Court Motel Haast
Book your stay with: ASURE Brookvale Motel Wanaka

Lake Gunn Nature Walk (Located in Fiordland National Park and Milford Road/Milford Sound area in the Fiordland region)

Experience wild Fiordland on one of our best short walks - wander through red beech forest, enjoying glimpses of the birdlife of the Eglinton valley, Lake Gunn and the surrounding mountains. It's a good option for children.

45 min loop: All fitness levels

Book your stay with: ASURE Explorer Motel & Apartments

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