Short Walks Around Wānaka

There a number of short walks in the Wānaka region and Mt Aspiring National Park

The trails range from well-maintained tracks that will easily cater for pushchairs or wheelchairs to marked trails over varied terrain.

Easy walks are liberally spread around the region from Makarora at the head of Lake Wānaka on the Haast Pass Road to Cardrona Valley on the Crown Range Road, and all the way down the mighty Clutha River on the way to Cromwell. Several can be found around Lake Hāwea, specifically the lake edge walk which can be extended almost as far as you want.

Short walks are those that are 2 hours or less. Not all are flat, with a varying degree of undulating and steep pitches, and most are suitable for any age or fitness – though please do read the information signage at the beginning of the walk to ensure safety.

You’ll find short walks throughout the Wānaka region, featuring a wide variety of terrains. From lake and riverside strolls to steep hikes for stunning views, a short walk in this area will take you to utterly beautiful spots and viewpoints that take the breath away.

Visit the Wānaka i-SITE Visitor Centre and the local DOC for the latest track information and it’s also a great idea to check out How to Stay Safe in the Outdoors

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  • 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 the Outdoor Safety Code.