Overnight & Multi Day Trips

A night under the southern stars, deep in the wilderness of the Wānaka region, what more could the avid outdoors person ask for?

All this and more can be yours on an overnight or multi-day trip in our stunning region! Or take a tent, make a bivy and sleep under the stars - whatever your preference for getting off the beaten track, the Wānaka region has a bevy of tracks and trails to choose from.

Mt Aspiring National Park hosts a great number of diverse trails within its boundaries of the Southern Alps. Set off from Makarora, up into the Wilkin Valley, over Gillespie or and Rabbit Pass, and make your way into the Matukituki Valley. Or try the other way and start in the Matukituki, stay overnight to prepare at Mt Aspiring Hut, head up to French Ridge, to the Liverpool Hut or go over Cascade Saddle into the Rees and Dart Valleys.

Outside the park join the Te Araroa Route through the Motatapu track, overnight at the Highland Creek Hut or Roses Hut and head back out to Wānaka, or continue on to Macetown near Arrowtown. There are also some stunning overnight opportunities to explore the mountains and valleys around Lake Hāwea and Cardrona. The Grandview Track and the Roaring Meg Pack Track are both stunning multi-day or overnight options for those keen to really get into the back country.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be an epic adventure to experience a stay in a classic Kiwi hut. Some of the hikes are only 2 hours to the hut – Mt Aspiring Hut and Fern Burn Hut are two excellent examples which are relatively easy to get to and offer the full experience of the wilderness of the region.

Wānaka is one of the most pristine parts of the world - so here's some tips on how to be a responsible traveller.

Choose one of the tracks below and head out for classic Kiwi overnight adventure.

Sort the tracks by their ratings:

  • Easy - mostly flat
  • Medium - undulating and some short steep pitches
  • Hard – Uphill with sustained, steep pitches – high level of fitness required 
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Visit the Wānaka i-SITE Visitor Centre and the local DOC Visitor Centres for the latest track information, take a look at our maps and guides and it’s also a great idea to check out How to Stay Safe in the Outdoors and sign in using the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process.