Lake Wanaka offers some of the best hiking in New Zealand, from short local walks along the lake and rivers to multi-day guided adventures in Mt Aspiring National Park. From Mt Iron near to the centre of town, you’ll see 360 degree views from the Clutha River Basin stretching to the majestic Southern Alps. For locals’ favourites, try the picturesque Outlet Track or visit one of the outlying communities of Lake Hawea or Luggate along the linking riverside tracks.
Native golden tussock, dark manuka trees and beech forest with all its native birdlife feature on many tracks including the Rob Roy Glacier track. Spectacular in its serene beauty, the sight of waterfalls and icefalls cascading down the top of the valley will leave you speechless.
Take a guide for a true wilderness experience and traverse alpine passes from one glacier-carved valley to the next, all the time surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of Mt Aspiring National Park.
The Te Araroa Route (The Long Pathway), a 3,000 km walking and tramping trail from Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south passes through the Lake Wanaka region. From Lake Hawea township it follows the Hawea River Track before joining the Outlet Track at Albert Town and then onto Wanaka via the Beacon Point Track. After Wanaka it follows the Glendhu Bay Track before heading up the Motutapu Track and across to Arrowtown.
See below for a full list of tracks and trails:
|Walking and biking tracks map|
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Walking and biking tracks