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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.  


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...

 

Search the listings below to find options to suit. Just click on a tab or use the drop down options to refine your search. You can also read stories from our Lake Wanaka blog and find recommended trips to suit any travel style or stay length.

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Departures from 99 Ardmore, Wanaka

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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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Suitable for all ages and experience, this riverside walk is over easy country and links Lake Hawea township to Wanaka, via Albert Town....

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Mount Iron is an impressive, glacier-carved, 240-metre rocky knoll. From its summit a great panorama unfolds: Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, the Cardrona and...

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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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Renowned for unbelievable reflections and views to the stunning peak of Mt Aspiring / Tititea, Glendhu Bay is not only an outstanding photo...

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Chain Hills and Coal Creek Conservation Area
Turnoff SH8 onto Goodger Road and, depending on the season and road condition, drive along the unsealed...

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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

A well-formed shoreline track linking Bremner Bay to Beacon Point, with great lake and mountain views along the way. It suits all ages...

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It’s only a short walk, but what a view! Out to your right you’ll see Ruby Island, the gem of the lake and...

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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.
Time: 20 minutes...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

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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Since the first wharf was built in about 1880, it has been a popular meeting place for Wanaka children (and grown-ups) to meet,...

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The track is signposted at the start of Old Faithful Road, off SH8. The view from the 1,226-metre summit is one of the...

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

As...

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Mt Aspiring National Park itinerary

Find out more information on a Mt Aspiring National Park holiday in Lake Wanaka