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Five Short Walks on the South Island

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Kepler Track, Southland, New Zealand
This section of the Kepler Track stretches nine kilometers from the car park to Rainbow Reach. It's a quiet walk alongside the Waiau River connecting Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri. The track, through a relatively open canopy and a floor of dense...
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Hooker Valley Rd, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand
Walk beneath the highest peaks of the Southern Alps and cross three swinging bridges over the tempestuous Hooker River. The Hooker Valley Track is a popular five-kilometer walk (each way) along a mostly gravel path from the White Horse Hill...
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Routeburn Track, New Zealand
Although the Routeburn Track is a three-day trek, one can walk part of it as a 7-kilometer day hike. The Divide trailhead at one end of the track begins with a steady climb through a beech forest and sub-alpine shrubs and continues with a steep...
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Ship Creek, West Coast 7886, New Zealand
At Ship Creek, one of the more remote areas of the west coast, the coastline stretches as far as the eye can see. The Tasman Sea laps a beach of quartz pebbles while inland a swamp forest provides a glimpse of what west coast ecology may have...
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Punakaiki, New Zealand
The Pororari River Walk (3.5 kilometer, one way) follows a sheer-walled limestone gorge through a lush forest of subtropical tree ferns and beech. The walk offers unforgettable views of precipitous cliffs meeting emerald waters. It can be extended...
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17 Marine Parade, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
My husband and I enjoyed our best dinner in Queenstown at the Botswana Butchery (named after the country of origin of its first chef). The restaurant has two seatings for dinner in the main dining room, at six and eight in the evening. Because we...