Let’s be honest – we all like to get the hero shot after a decent walk.
True, hiking is an incredible form of exercise, but it’s getting to the top, breathing a sigh of relief and taking in the view that really makes it all worth it.
But with the rise of social media, some of our most popular walks are becoming viral sensations with hoards of trampers showing up to get the shots they’ve seen in their feeds. And while we love sharing this place, it’s also our responsibility to protect it.
The famous Roy’s Peak hike offers epic views over Lake Wānaka and the surrounding peaks – you’ve no doubt seen famous images from the look-out. But there are so many incredibly underrated day hikes that often get overlooked next to its virality.
So we’ve put together this list with the best hikes in Wānaka that aren’t Roy’s Peak. You’ll still get the views and the cardio work-out, all while helping us to look after our place while you hike Wа̄naka.