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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

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

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

Adventure Consultants operate guided mountaineering courses and guided ascents of New Zealand's highest peaks in the Southern Alps, along with international expeditions to...

20 Brownston St, Wanaka

From $25 NZD

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

From $350 NZD

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

Level 1, 99 Ardmore St, Wanaka

From $195 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

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

Eely point is a popular, sheltered boating and picnicking area. From Wanaka town follow the lake shore to the right, past the marina,...

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

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

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 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

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

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

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

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

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

This fun network of trails makes the best of exotic pine forest in Wanaka township. There are over 20 tracks to choose from;...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Both walks start from the Kidds Bush Recreation Reserve, six kilometres along the Hunter Valley Road – turn off SH 6 at The...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka