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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...

 

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More information on Walking and Hiking, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

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

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

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

The Wanaka end of the challenging, multi-day Motatapu Track provides an enjoyable day or overnight walk into the Fern Burn Hut. It begins...

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

This short walk (1.3km) to Lake Wanaka shoreline borders former farmland that is now an 85-hectacre sensible and sustainable sub-division for both ecological...

, Wanaka

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

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

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

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

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

The Pisa Conservation Area is 22,000 hectares of stunning high country that overlooks the Upper Clutha and Wakatipu basins, and beyond to the...

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...

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

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

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

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...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

From Lake Hawea Township follow the unsealed Dingleburn Station Road to the public carpark. From the carpark follow the road above the lake...

Ardmore Street, 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

The carpark is signposted to the right, across the Snow Farm entrance bridge. The track climbs steadily up a 4WD track then leads...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

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

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

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

Ardmore Street, Wanaka