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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...

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

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,...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

This route was created following an Overseas Investment Office condition of approval of Robert and Eileen Lange’s purchase of Motatapu and Mt Soho...

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

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...

Ardmore Street, 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

Popular with trampers and anglers, the high river track is signposted 50 metres along the road from the Timaru Creek carpark and leads...

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

From SH8, drive six kilometres along Old Faithful Road to reach the reserve, which includes the remarkable stone ruins of the Lindis Pass...

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

Spectacular scenery and popular with walkers and bikers, the track follows the Clutha River/Mata-Au from its start/finishes at the Lake Wanaka outlet and...

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 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

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

Follow the 4WD track from the carpark, climbing to the lake where the circuit track is marked. Another track winds up to a...

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

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

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

Walking along Lake Hawea’s eastern shores there are great views up the Hunter Valley and on a clear day, to the west, as...

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