The Best Chillin in New Zealand

Looking for the best chillin in New Zealand? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around New Zealand. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top chillin spots in and near New Zealand

  • Hahei, New Zealand

    Hike to Cathedral Cove

    4.7
    3.1 mi
    Cathedral Cove is an isolated beach on the Coromandel Peninsula in the small coastal town of Hahei. Being that this is one of the most beautiful places in all of New Zealand, you can expect some crowds. You can take your chances at finding a spot in the small lot, or there is a shuttle option tha...
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  • Glendhu Bay, New Zealand

    Hike Roys Peak Track

    5.0
    6.8 mi / 4127.3 ft gain
    This is a very strenuous uphill hike, with very few level stretches along the way, so make sure you have a good level of fitness, and wear sturdy shoes to avoid blisters, as the way back down will be hard on your knees and feet. The track begins on private land, which is grassy with lots of sheep...
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  • Piha, New Zealand

    Hike to Kitekite Falls

    4.6
    A visit to Auckland's west coast isn't complete until you've had a swim at Kitekite Falls.An easy 40-minute drive from Auckland city, the walk to Kitekite Falls (pronounced key-teh key-teh) is at the end of Glen Esk Road. There's plenty of space to park your car before you meander to the Falls.It...
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  • Ngatira, New Zealand

    Hike to Te Waihou Springs

    3.7
    2.9 mi / 0 ft gain
    There are two different ends to begin the walk. The one I suggest starts at the Leslie Road Carpark, about 20 mins from Matatmata. Though the entire 5 km track is absolutely stunning, the most popular section, being the Blue Springs, is less than a ten min walk from the lot. The Blue Springs pool...
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  • Matamata, New Zealand

    Explore Hobbiton

    5.0
    1 mi / 0 ft gain
    The Hobbiton Movie Set is built into the hills of a private farm in Matamata, two hours south of Aukland. You can get your tickets online, in town, or right at the set. Peter Jackson and crew spent many months right here on the farm filming and building the immaculate set for the films.It truly i...
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  • Tauranga, New Zealand

    Hike to the top of Mount Maunganui

    4.7
    2.4 mi / 757.9 ft gain
    Mount Maunganui sits right on the water in the Bay of Plenty. Half the island rests on the open ocean, where the other half rises out of the bay. Driving in to the town, it's impossible not to see this massive piece of land jutting above the flat town and ocean around it.Once you have found parki...
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  • Te Anga, New Zealand

    Explore the Mangapohue Natural Bridge

    4.7
    1 mi / 0 ft gain
    Mangapohue Natural Bridge is about 30 kilometers past the infamous Glow Worm Caves in Waitomo. Continue on Te Anga Rd and you'll run into the beginning of the trail on the right. It's only about a 10 min walk out to the cavern so no need to worry about bringing a day pack.You walk through a tree ...
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  • Piha, New Zealand

    Evening at Piha Beach

    4.6
    The beautiful black sand stretches as far as the eye can see at Piha Beach. Just a short hour drive from nearby Auckland, Piha Beach makes for the perfect evening getaway.Hike to the top of Lion Rock (well almost the top...the last portion of the trail is closed due to loose rock and hazardous co...
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  • Kokatahi, New Zealand

    Explore Hokitika Gorge

    4.0
    From the carpark follow the signs to the gorge. The trail goes through the forest for approximately 10 minutes downhill before reaching the swing bridge which spans the gorge. After the bridge you can continue walking down to another viewing platform and opportunity to go further down, closer t...
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  • Makomako, New Zealand

    Explore Bridal Veil Falls

    5.0
    0.6 mi / 0 ft gain
    The platforms overlooking the 55m falls from different angles offer unique perspectives of this natural feature. Shaped over time by water flowing across harder volcanic rock onto soft stone below, the falls have a deep pool, which combined with an area surrounded by native bush and wildlife, pro...
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  • Auckland, New Zealand

    Sunset Hike Mount Eden

    5.0
    2.9 mi / 643 ft gain
    This brief hike up to the summit is perfect for any evening of your choice, providing an amazing 360 degree views, and of the downtown core. For those a little short on time or energy, you can also drive to and park at the summit to enjoy the sunset.Starting at the Mt Eden parking area, you work ...
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  • Te Anga, New Zealand

    Explore Marokopa Falls

    5.0
    1 mi / 0 ft gain
    Marokopa Falls is located right off Te Anga Rd in Waitomo. Most people visit Waitomo for the world famous Glow Worm Caves, but I encourage continuing on down the road to visit the falls.The tramp to the falls is very easy and should only take about ten minutes through the covered green forest. Yo...
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  • Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand

    Hike to the Blue Pools

    4.5
    0.3 mi / 10 ft gain
    From the carpark the trail can easily be identified across the street. A short walk through native beech forest and over a long swing-bridge takes you to the boardwalk just before reaching the bridge over the Blue Pools.  
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  • Waiotapu, New Zealand

    Swim in Kerosene Creek

    4.0
    Located amidst New Zealand's vibrant volcanic zone, this favourite local gem lies approximately 29.5km (25 minutes) South of Rotorua, only a short distance before the renowned Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland. Driving South towards Lake Taupo Kerosene Creek is situated 2km down gravel forestry trac...
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  • Muriwai, New Zealand

    Explore Muriwai Beach

    4.5
    Muriwai Beach is located about 42km Northwest of Auckland at the Southern end of a 50km unbroken stretch of beach. It consists of staggering cliffs composed of sand, rock, and old volcanic material. The ancient volcanic activity about 20 million years ago also caused an increase in iron content i...
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  • Piha, New Zealand

    Hike the Mercer Bay Loop

    4.7
    0.9 mi
    Starting at the end of Log Race Road, just outside Piha, this well groomed loop track takes you along the cliff line above the Tasman Sea and back to the carpark. The Mercer Bay Loop guarantees access to some stunning scenery, and has plenty of accessible spots to stop and take pictures, have lun...
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