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Mt Aspiring National Park

Mt Aspiring National Park - World Heritage Area

Exploring the Mt Aspiring National Park wilderness is an unforgettable experience with its striking landforms, from soaring mountains to tranquil river flats. 

As braided river valleys, native beech forests and lush alpine meadows give way to the dramatic glaciated Southern Alps, the pure beauty of the scenery pushes daily pressures a million miles away.

Part of Te Wahipounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area, Mt Aspiring National Park is an area of unrivalled natural beauty and host to hundreds of hiking tracks, rock climbing routes and trout fishing rivers, all within easy reach of Lake Wanaka, New Zealand.

At its heart is Mt Aspiring, the park’s highest mountain at 3,033m and known to early Maori as ‘Tititea’ or ‘glistening peak’. Since the age of mountaineering began in New Zealand it’s been a draw card for climbers the world over.

Hike to the majestic Rob Roy Glacier and picnic by a cascading waterfall with native alpine parrots for company, while listening to the cracks of the hanging glacier high overhead.

Take a jet boat ride into the park and learn about Maori legends or fly over the mountains looking down on the peaks and valleys below before an unforgettable snow and glacier landing.


More information on Mt Aspiring National Park

  • Fishing, Lake Wanaka

    Fishing (7)

    The magnificent Southern Alps runs through the region and the lakes, rivers and streams offer superb trout fishing amid spectacular scenery. Their uniqueness and beauty have been recognised worldwide in that they have been designated a World Heritage area.
  • Glaciers, Lake Wanaka

    Glaciers (12)

    Most of New Zealand’s largest glaciers are in the Southern Alps, which have the highest mountains and heaviest precipitation. South of Aoraki/Mt Cook, major glaciers including the Bonar and Volta are centred around Mt Aspiring.
  • Mountaineering and climbing, Lake Wanaka

    Hiking, Climbing & Mountaineering (12)

    New Zealand hiking, mountaineering and climbing areas are internationally renowned and respected worldwide. From the high summit of Mount Aspiring to bush walks, New Zealand guides and climbers alike have honed their skills in the beautiful Southern Alps.
  • Jet Boating, Lake Wanaka

    Jet Boating (4)

    Take a jet boat journey on the braided and ever-changing rivers which flow from the glaciers and mountains of the Mount Aspiring National Park.
  • Scenic flights, Lake Wanaka

    Scenic Flights (6)

    View spectacular mountains and the dramatic landscape of Mount Aspiring National Park, part of South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.
  • Walking and Hiking, Lake Wanaka

    Tracks in the Park (14)

    You don’t have to be a mountaineer to enjoy the delights of the park (although there are many local guides to accompany you to the top). A well maintained network of walking tracks traverse the park, offering trips from two hours to two weeks in length.




The local DOC office is encouraging people heading into the outdoors to log their plans on a new website now that the department is ceasing its system of intention forms.  Visitors can access the new system on the Adventure Smart website:

For more details on these walks and further information contact:
Department of Conservation
Lake Wanaka Area Office
PO Box 93
Lake Wanaka
New Zealand.
Ph +64 3 443 7660      Fax + 64 3 443 8777      Email:

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Highlights of the Mt Aspiring National Park