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Wanaka Day Trips

Hiking in the East Matukituki Valley, Mt Aspiring
16, May 2012
Whether you are staying in Wanaka or based in Queenstown and looking for a day trip, one of these trips will give you a great day out and a taste of what Lake Wanaka has to offer. If you are based in Queenstown then click on the link below to see how you can get here without having to drive yourself.


To help you with your day trips around Lake Wanaka - download this map with the various options.

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These itineraries are designed to get you out and about exploring our region and highlight some off the beaten track gems.

1. Mt Aspiring National Park (return) - 1 hr 40m / 100 km

The road to Mt Aspiring National Park leaves Wanaka and follows the lakeside past rolling farmland and open vistas of Lake Wanaka. Heading past Glendhu Bay – a favourite Kiwi camping spot – the high mountains and glaciers of Mt Aspiring National Park come into view. View Mt Aspiring National Park itinerary 

2. Luggate, Wanaka airport & Hawea Loop - 50 min / 52km

The Upper Clutha basin is a natural mountainous amphitheatre and the road from Wanaka to the airport, Luggate and onto Lake Hawea follows the base of these mountains. The road leaves Wanaka on the path of the old Cardrona river bed past the Mt Iron carpark (a fine example of roche moutonnée rising 250m). View Luggate, Wanaka, Hawea loop itinerary

3. Cardrona, Arrowtown, Bannockburn/Cromwell, Tarras Loop - 2 hours 24 mins / 172 km

From the Wanaka township take the turn-off to head up the Cardrona Valley through farmland and surrounded by Valley through farmland and surrounded by outstanding natural mountain landscapes. You’ll soon arrive in Cardrona, an old gold mining location, now home to the historic Cardrona Hotel View Cardrona, Arrowtown Bannockburn loop itinerary

4. Makarora & Haast Pass (return) - 2 hrs 8 mins /166 km

The drive from Wanaka to Haast Pass is one of contrast, from arid dry terrain through to rain forest. Head out of Wanaka past Mt Iron and across the mighty Clutha River at Albert Town, the original site of Wanaka (previously named Pembroke) and site of the of the old punt. View Makarora, Haast itinerary

Check out themed itineraries - adventure, romance, family or ski something for everyone.

Day trips from Queenstown to Wanaka are also available and give you the chance to explore Wanaka in a day.

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