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Mt Aspiring National Park - Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area

Striking landforms, from soaring mountains to tranquil river flats, make exploring Mt Aspiring National Park wilderness an unforgettable experience. Climb, tramp, ski or just take in the spectacle… it’s your choice.

You don’t have to be a mountaineer to appreciate this incredible monument to nature. You don’t even need to be a tramper, but you really do need to see how effortlessly it earns its status as part of a World Heritage Area.

Mt Aspiring itself is the magnificent 3,027m centerpiece of a spectacle that sparkles with glaciers, thunders with waterfalls, glistens with braided rivers and beckons with hectares of lush native beech.

Whether you choose a seat in a helicopter or jetboat, a stout stick and walking boots or a set of crampons, you’ll find Mt Aspiring National Park is the sort of place they invented the word ‘awesome’ for.  


Breathe deep. You’ll need it.

Glaciers
Glaciers
Mt Aspiring National Park is home to 100 permanent glaciers
Jetboating
Jetboating
Jetboat up one of two glacier-fed braided rivers winding their way deep into the Southern Alps.
Scenic Flights
Scenic Flights
The joy of flight, pure and unadulterated, is heightened over Mt Aspiring National Park.
Tracks and Trails
Tracks and Trails
With over 750 kilometres of tracks around Lake Wanaka you'll be spoilt for choice...

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More information on Mt Aspiring National Park, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

A Wanaka River Journey OR 'Why I fell in love with Mt Aspiring National Park"

Jet boats. Speed. Thrills. Excitement. Shrieking. Breath-stealing gasps of glacier-fed spray in your face. All this and Mt Aspiring National Park - it's a Must Do!

8 Must Do's in Mt Aspiring National Park

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10 Must Do's on the Lakes and Rivers

Dip your toe in, dip in a rod or launch your boat in to the region's outdoor lifestyle. Just pick yourself a waterway, you're likely the only ones there!

9 Must Do Airborne Adventures in the Lake Wanaka Region

The intense clarity of the sky over Wanaka and Hawea brings the countryside to life in a vivid colour palette of green meadows, sparkling blue waterways and golden hills.

An easy walk that starts at the carpark on State Highway 6 near Makarora just north of Muddy Creek and leads through silver...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

The Cascade Saddle is situated in South Island's Otago region, between the West Matukituki and the Dart Valleys. The Cascade Saddle Route is...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Minaret Station is NZ’s first luxury tented camp, located at the head of stunningly picturesque glacial valley in the Southern Alps. Accessible only...

, Wanaka

This is a well graded track and follows a section of the old Bridle Track, the first link between Otago and Westland.

As...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Wilkin River Jets/Backcountry Helicopters.
Established 1968 and pioneers of shallow water jet boating and wilderness discovery. Operating from the timeless land of Makarora -...

Haast Pass Highway SH6 Cnr, Makarora-Wanaka

From $119 NZD

The Cameron Valley’s entrance is a spectacular gorge with towering bluffs and a cascading waterfall. The track starts from the Cameron Creek car-park...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

From famous Milford Sound to the spectacular West Coast Glaciers, Wanaka Flightseeing offers “Flights of Discovery’. Uninterrupted viewing over the Southern Alps, towering...

Wanaka Airport, Wanaka

Both walks start from the Kidds Bush Recreation Reserve, six kilometres along the Hunter Valley Road – turn off SH 6 at The...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

The track is an ideal entry point to Mt Aspiring National Park - an area of spectacular alpine scenery, snowfields, glaciers, sheer rock...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Experience stunning Lake Wanaka from the deck of our luxury 8 metre launch.
We offer fishing, cruising, picnics and private charters on the lake.
Lake...

74 Bill's Way, Wanaka

From $99 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Lake Cruise and Island Nature Walk, a "must-do" in Wanaka; Rob Roy Glacier Guided Trek (the jewel of Mt. Aspiring National Park); Alpine...

, Wanaka

From $125 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Backcountry Helicopters offers personalised scenic helicopter flights.

Departing from Makarora to Mount Aspiring, Milford Sound or Mount Cook your flight will encompass more glaciers...

Cnr Rata Rd/State Higway 6, Wanaka

From $150 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

The walk takes you up through silver beech forest to a viewing platform overlooking the Makarora Valley and surrounding mountain peaks.
Time: 20 minutes...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

The main track up the East Branch of the Matukituki River provides several options. Ford the Matukituki River at Cameron Flat. If the...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

More than an exciting jet boat ride… this half day wilderness adventure takes you where you oughta go-Mount Aspiring National Park. See hanging...

Departures from 99 Ardmore, Wanaka

This is an excellent 58km, three to four day circuit, with spectacular mountain scenery, alpine vegetation and river valleys filled with silver beech....

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

This newly formed track leads to a view point above the bushline that provides a stunning vista. Haast Pass is on State Highway...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

The track starts at the Blue Pools carpark. After 10 minutes, just after the first swing bridge, it branches to the left. Soon...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Starting from the car park, just north of the Makarora Visitor Centre, this looped nature walk passes through podocarp and silver beech forest...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

A walk of 2 - 3 hours to the historic stone Aspiring Hut over open valley floor in the West Matukituki Valley.
Mountain bikes...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka