Otira Valley walk

Otira Valley walk

Arthur's Pass



2 Rankers Reviews

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486 Walking

14 Arthur's Pass



Time: 1 hr 30 min return

When Lake Misery is low, you can carry on from the Nature Walk past the wetland area and through tall red tussock to the Otira Valley track.

Getting there

Most of the short walks start at or near the Arthur's Pass village, on SH 73, about 150 km from Christchurch.

Several bus services run between Christchurch and the West Coast daily, stopping at the village. The Tranzalpine scenic train journey also stops at Arthur's Pass.


Feature Value Info


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  • Walking
  • Free



Flatlanders's avatar



Ranking: 8/10

There are 3 hikes here. A viewingpoint (40 return), lake Misery or the one we did: The Otira Valley Walk. A short (90 min. return with time for pictures) curious hobbittrail where you expect orcs behind every next big rock. For us hiking thru these Misty Mountains right before dusk (low clouds) made it magical and a bit creepy at the same time. It's a rocky trail so make sure you have sturdy footwear or hobbitfeet. Your ankles will appriciate. Stepping stones, rocktrail, over several creeks, following a glacier river, dried up avalance/rockslides, to a wooden bridge where the mountaineerpart starts and your return is. Best part: no tourists. Enjoy!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Isabelle's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Took us 90minutes return, did it in the wet but thoroughly enjoyed it. Being wet perhaps made it even better! Rocky path, fun to make own steppings.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2015