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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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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.

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

Getting my Flow on….

Hosting Flow Mountain Bike from Sydney and spending the day guiding the boys around the best of Wanaka’s 700kms of bike tracks. This is exactly the kind of office I moved to Wanaka for….

Stoked for Saturday? In the Lake Wanaka region, we ALWAYS are!

Check out this amazing video taken over a weekend in the Lake Wanaka region by Canadian Kiwi's Jenna and Jordan from Stoked for Saturday!

The New Zealand Herald sings the praises of the Rob Roy Glacier Track

Widely touted as the best half day walk in the country, the Rob Roy Glacier hike takes you deep into Mt Aspiring National Park. Josie Dale from The NZ Herald shares her experience...

Red Bull Defiance in the Lake Wanaka Region - A Labour of a Different Kind!

Labour Weekend might mean relaxing to many Kiwi's, but to the world-class multi-sport athletes who came to the Lake Wanaka region to test their mettle against the demanding Red Bull Defiance - Labour Weekend took on a whole new meaning!

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

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

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

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

This challenging tramp begins with the track to Roys Peak. From the peak, follow the ridge line over Mt Alpha and descend through...

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

This track is signposted just south of Stewart Creek on SH6. Follow the poled route along the creek until it joins a farm...

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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 from Fantail Falls, crosses the Haast River, and climbs steadily through beech forest to the bushline. From here the track...

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

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