There are literally hundreds of fabulous short walks through all sorts of New Zealand landscapes. From a leisurely stroll along a city promenade to deserted beaches, fern-lined bush walks, forest trails, volcanic wanders - you name it, and you can probably have it. Every region has its hidden treats. Seek advice from any visitor center or Department of Conservation office, most of which have an extensive array of walking brochures.
Short walks tend to range from 45 minutes to a full day. Depending on your interests, don't forget to bring along binoculars, a camera, and a sketch pad or journal. If you're in doubt about the difficulty of a trail, always ask the visitor center staff, or be prepared to turn back if the going gets too tough. Hiking trails in New Zealand are generally very well maintained.
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