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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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Adventure Consultants is a world renowned mountaineering company based in Wanaka. We offer introductory mountaineering courses, guided ascents, private group trekking, ice climbing...

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From $25 NZD

Offering a range of “must-do” adventures including Lake Cruise and Island Nature Walk, Rob Roy Glacier Guided Walk, Heli Hiking the Alpine Lakes...

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From $125 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Minaret Station Alpine Lodge is the epitome of comfort and luxury in the wilds of the Southern Alps.

Accessible only by helicopter, Minaret Station...

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From $2000 NZD

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

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

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

Lake Hawea is one of New Zealand’s most stunning lakes and is popular among Kiwi’s as a holiday spot year round. Known for...

, 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

Sheltered and shallow, Bremner Bay is a favourite among families who picnic and swim here through the warmer months. A favourite for magical...

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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...

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

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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At an altitude of 348 metres Lake Hawea is, at its deepest, 392 meters – is 44 meters below sea level! In 1958...

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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

From the early 1860’s a sawmilling industry operated in Makarora. ‘Sawmill Flat’ was a launching point for timber to journey down to the...

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One of New Zealand’s most photographed hotels, the Cardrona Hotel has the grand status of being among the oldest and most iconic in...

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This newly formed track leads to a view point above the bushline that provides a stunning vista. Haast Pass is on State Highway...

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...

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Mount Aspiring National Park, NZ's third largest national park (355,543 hectares) is part of Te Wahipounamu - New Zealand World Heritage Area. Established...

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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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Mt Aspiring National Park itinerary

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