The 5 best short walks in Wanaka

If you’re looking for an easy short walk with maximum returns then one or all of these beautiful walks will deliver what you need!

These tracks are not only slightly easier than others but also clear favourites with locals and travellers. (All are close to town and take less than 2 hours)

Mt Iron Loop Track

This is the most popular walk for locals and for many it’s part of their daily routine. Go see for yourself why! Either walk up and down one way (this takes about an hour) or try the loop track for 1.5 hours. 

The Outlet Track

This track follows the beautiful turquoise Clutha River. A relatively easy and relaxing walk, allow about 1 hour one way. Tip - It is best in Autumn with the beautiful colours in the trees.

Town to Rippon Winery

Has the obvious benefits of great views and wine tasting at the end! But this easy walk also goes past another ‘must do’ - ‘that Wanaka Tree’. Allow an hour for a leisurely walk one way. 

Diamond Lake

Located slightly out of town, a steady climb takes you to a beautiful lookout over a hidden lake. Choose from a 45 minute loop track or continue for a 3 hour hike to Rocky Mountain with great 360° views over the lake and mountains. 

Gladstone Track

Head to peaceful Lake Hawea only 15 minutes out of Wanaka. Then meander along this easy track following the shore line all the way to Johns Creek which takes about 1.5 hours. This is not a loop track, you can choose your distance depending on time.