Matukituki Valley & Mt Aspiring National Park

The road to Mt Aspiring National Park leaves Wānaka and follows the lake past rolling farmland and open vistas across Lake Wānaka

Heading past Glendhu Bay – a favourite Kiwi camping spot – the high mountains and glaciers of Mt Aspiring National Park come into view.

Continue past rocky outcrops, remnants of ancient glaciers and onto the graveled road, past farmland to follow the Matukituki River upstream into spectacular views of glacier cirques, soaring mountain peaks, tussock grasslands and beech forest to the end of the road at Raspberry Creek and the DOC car park.

Highlights along the way:

Wānaka to Glendhu Bay - 10 minutes, 12 km

  • Grab a coffee at one of the many Cafes in Wānaka before setting off for the day. 
  • Walk through the peaceful Wanaka station park – the site of original farm homestead
  • Visit Rippon Winery to sample wines from the cellar door.
  • For more energetic walk up Roys Peak - there is no water available on the track, please ensure you have sufficient supplies.

Glendhu Bay to Diamond Lake - 10 minutes, 6km

  • Be sure to stop at the Mt Aspiring lookout just before Glendhu Bay. Take time to walk or bike along the lakeside track to Damper Bay.
  • Sit on beach at Glendhu Bay and take in the spectacular scenery.
  • Stop in at Bike Glendhu to have a cuppa or nachos at Velo Cafe or ride the incredible scenic bike trails. 

Diamond Lake to Raspberry Creek (end of road to Mt Aspiring National Park) - 40 minutes, 38 km

  • For an easy walk, head up to the lookout above Diamond Lake.
  • Or for something more energetic, head up to the top of Rocky Mountain.
  • Treble Cone Ski Area is the largest ski area in the South Island
  • Glacier cirques around every corner on the way up to Raspberry Creek, Mt Aspiring National Park.
  • Crossing Rob Roy Glacier swing bridge over crystal clear waters and continuing up the track to experience the “slow reveal” of the Rob Roy Glacier coming into view. Be sure to watch your lunch (and camera) as the cheeky alpine parrot (Kea) will try to grab them.
  • Mt Aspiring is the only peak over 3000m outside the Mt Cook National Park. The Mt Aspiring National Park is New Zealand’s 3rd largest park.

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Driving to Wānaka

Driving on the South Island roads of New Zealand is a great way to experience the region, with relatively quiet roads and some of the most amazing scenery right outside the window.

Major car and campervan hire companies are all located at Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown airports. There are also a number of rental car companies based in Wānaka.

How to get to Wānaka

Explore the Region

Wānaka is unique and captivating; it inspires you to discover, and gives you the freedom to explore.

Located in the stunning alps of the South Island, New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wānaka region by its outstanding beauty.

Explore Wānaka

  1. Mount Aspiring
    National Park
    54 min
  2. Christchurch 5 h 14 min
  3. Ashburton 3 h 56 min
  4. Geraldine 3 h 19 min
  5. Tekapo 2 h 17 min
  6. Mt Cook 2 h 6 min
  7. Twizel 1 h 39 min
  8. Omarama 1 h 21 min
  9. Franz Josef 3 h 32 min
  10. Fox Glacier 3 h 6 min
  11. Haast 1 h 43 min
  12. Cromwell 39 min
  13. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  14. Milford Sound 4 h 34 min
  15. Te Anau 2 h 52 min
  16. Dunedin 2 h 52 min
  1. Mount Aspiring
    National Park
    54 min
  2. Coronet Peak
  3. The Remarkables
  4. Cardrona
  5. Treble Cone
  6. Snow Farm
  7. Heli Skiing
  8. Heli Skiing
  9. Makarora 50 min
  10. Lake Hawea 1 h 7 min
  11. Wanaka Airport 11 min
  12. Luggate 13 min
  13. Tarras 27 min
  14. Cromwell 39 min
  15. Arrowtown 53 min
  16. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  17. Queenstown Airport 59 min
  18. Matukituki Valley 51 min
  19. Raspberry Creek 1 h 6 min

Flights to Wānaka

Getting to Wānaka is easy - click on your city to see how close you are to Wānaka. It’s a short, scenic 60-minute drive to Wānaka from the closest international airport, where you will find all major rental car companies and scheduled bus services that provide transport to Wānaka throughout the day.

How to get to Wanaka