Walks & Hikes in Southland, New Zealand
From Tikana you have a wide choice of Southland walks that accommodate all ages, levels of fitness and tramping experience.
Tikana is located at the northern end of the Forest Hill ridge and a five minute drive from Tikana is the Forest Hill Scenic Reserve. The modest two hour walk will take you from one end to the other on a well maintained path and this walk suits all ages and fitness levels. The reserve is home to large numbers of native birds and the native forest community present is a great example of the forest that was found throughout Southland in pre-European times.
The Dunsdale Reserve is a 25 minute drive from Tikana and has a one hour walk. The loop track is based from a beautifully sheltered picnic area. The walk takes you up one side of the Dunsdale stream where the track is wheelchair suitable as you meander through regenerating forest. You return down the other side of the stream and its as if you were in a completely different place – mature native forest with great specimens of matai, kahikatea and totara.
The options of walks and hikes on Stewart Island cater to the full range of fitness and experience. Quality interpretation of the environment offered by your guide has made a walk in Rakiura National Park a highlight for guests: www.ruggedyrange.com.
Fiordland hosts a number of tracks with some of New Zealand’s iconic walks: the Milford Track, the Kepler Track and the Hump Ridge Track.
These tracks are generally for the fit and serious tramper. However all have options which make a part of them available to those constrained by time or fitness. You can add to the exhilaration of these day tramps with helicopter transfers from Tikana if you wish.