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Walking and Hiking

Put your best foot forward around Lake Wanaka on walks with one thing in common, the freedom to explore. The longest journeys begin with a single step but why stop there?  

Tramping, trekking, hiking, strolling, rambling, yomping, whatever you prefer to call it, this is the place to be a happy wanderer to your heart’s content.

Whether it's walking to a winery or mastering a mountain, there's literally something for every fitness level and incentive!

The Lake Wanaka region's reputation for great walking sees the Te Araroa trail bisecting Wanaka and Hawea on its journey between New Zealand's far north and deep south.

Close to town a selection of short routes offer a locals’ perspective on life in Wanaka and self-propelled trips to attractions and outlooks.

For the more experienced a series of hut networks put multi-day cross-mountain trails into an agenda that includes astonishing views and any standard of fitness you care to exercise.  

Be sure to check out our Scenic Photo Points and share your photos!


Explore our place, at your pace.

Guided Hikes
Guided Hikes
Enjoy a guided hiking adventure in Mt Aspiring National Park or around the Lake Wanaka area.
Short Walks
Short Walks
Lake Wanaka has a great selection of tracks for the whole family to enjoy from 5 minutes to two hours.
Half Day Walks
Half Day Walks
Lake Wanaka region offers a good mix of half days tracks both in the National Park and easier options around the area...
Tracks and Trails
Tracks and Trails
With over 750 kilometres of tracks around Lake Wanaka you'll be spoilt for choice...
Mt Aspiring National Park Tracks
Mt Aspiring National Park Tracks
Remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys, a walker's paradise and a must for mountaineers.
Overnight & Multi Day Hikes
Overnight & Multi Day Hikes
The quintessential Kiwi experience of "tramping" & staying in a backcountry hut is easy in Lake Wanaka
Dog Friendly Track
Dog Friendly Track
This is a list of tracks that are suitable for dogs and their friends..
Pushchair Friendly Tracks
Pushchair Friendly Tracks
Whether it's a kids bike or a baby buggy Lake Wanaka has a number of tracks suitable for you...

 

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

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Aspiring Guides - New Zealand Mountain Guides specialising in guided ascents of Mt Cook and Mt Aspiring. Mountaineering courses, winter ice climbing, ski...

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From $195 NZD

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Take the road less traveled. We guide only small groups (max 5) on our New Zealand hiking adventures. From tough treks to easy...

level 1 99 Ardmore street, Wanaka

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This well-formed track provides easy access to beautiful beaches along Wanaka’s western shore. From Homestead Bay carpark the track gently undulates towards small,...

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Comprising three awesome walks in one, from here take a short walk to Diamond Lake for mirror reflections, or keep going for a...

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Across Waterfall Creek the track continues for a further hour on re-vegetated terraces above Lake Wanaka, to a small north-facing beach - Damper...

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

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From humble beginnings over 70 years ago as a wooden fence post charged with keeping stock from wandering, the Wanaka Willow has become...

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The track starts across the road from and slightly north of the Sandy Point carpark. A poled route follows Deep Gully up onto...

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It starts from the west end of Roys Bay, and soon reaches Wanaka Station Park, a beautiful picnic area, on the left. The...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

New Zealand’s second longest river but the largest by volume, the mighty Clutha River stuns visitors with its crystal clear turquoise waters. Coloured...

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

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The walk takes you up through silver beech forest to a viewing platform overlooking the Makarora Valley and surrounding mountain peaks.
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Ardmore Street, Wanaka

The all-encompassing panorama from this 1,578-metre summit includes most of Lake Wanaka, the surrounding peaks and Mount Aspiring/Tititea. This is an exposed track...

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From the 1860’s the mighty Clutha/Mata Au River was a major transportation hub carrying people, livestock, and resources across the river and downstream....

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The views north from Cameron flat across the grass flats and Makarora River towards Mt Brewster are quintessential of the Mt Aspiring National...

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From the Dingle Burn Road to Pakituhi Hut the track climbs 950m, with the first kilometre of track zig zagging for 400-m before...

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Mt Aspiring National Park itinerary

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