Take a walk in paradise. Browse through the trails on offer in and around Wanaka.
Mount Iron | Millenium Track / Waterfall Creek | Roys Peak | Eely Point / Bremnar Bay / Outlet Track | Minaret Burn Track / West Wanaka | Mount Aspiring National Park / Matukituki Valley | Diamond Lake and Rocky Mountain walks | Blue Pools | Recko's Point Track
This very popular, close to Wanaka loop walk suits all ages and abilities and offers great views of the surrounding area from the top, including Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea.
|Time:||1.5 hour loop|
|Start / Finish:||Car park on SH84 as you enter town, or off Allenby Place.|
Starting from the centre of town, this track meanders around the lake towards Waterfall Creek. Once it reaches Waterfall Creek car park, it takes you through undulating rural fields and awards great views over Wanaka.
|Time:||1.5 hours one way|
|Grade:||easy to Waterfall Creek, then easy/medium past this point.|
|Start / Finish:||Wanaka CBD or Waterfall Creek car park on Ruby Island Road|
Offering magnificent views over Wanaka and the Alps, this track is well worth the climb to the top. Pack a picnic and don’t forget your camera. Note: Due to snow and ice, this track may not be suitable for use in winter
This track is closed annually for lambing from the 1st of October until the 10th of November inclusive.
|Time:||5-6 hours return, depending on level a fitness|
|Grade:||medium fitness required|
|Start / Finish:||car park at base of Roys Peak, on Mt Aspiring Road.|
Winding its way along the lake edge, this track is great for all ages and abilities. Once you reach the Outlet track section, you join alongside the Clutha River, and the track extends along here to end at Albert Town.
|Time:||1-2hours one way|
|Start / Finish:||Many entries along from Wanaka CBD to Penrith Beach, or from Albert Town end.|
The first section of the track undulates above Lake Wanaka before a 4WD track leads to Colquhouns Beach; an enjoyable picnic and swimming spot. This track is suitable for walking, mountain biking and horse riding. To get gate access for horses please phone West Wanaka Station on 03 443 7144.
|Time:||2-3 hours from Car Park to Colquhouns Beach|
|Grade:||Easy to moderate|
The East and West Matukituki Valleys and Mount Aspiring National Park offer a number of enjoyable day walks across farmland and beech forest flats, as well as access to a number of demanding tramping and climbing routes. It is a walker’s paradise and a must for mountaineers.
- Raspberry Creek Car Park to Aspiring Hut : 2.5hours one way
- Rob Roy Track: 3-4 hour return IMPORTANT NOTE: There is avalanche danger during Winter and Spring (June – November) on Rob Roy Track.
- Aspiring Hut to Cascade Saddle: 4-5hours one way IMPORTANT NOTE: Cascade Saddle is an alpine crossing and should not be attempted in adverse weather. There is avalanche danger during Winter and Spring (June - November).
Diamond Lake Conservation Area provides several walking options, which take in native forest, bluffs and beautiful Diamond Lake, or continue up to Rocky Mountain Summit for views over Lake Wanaka and the surrounding Alps.
Warning: Sections of the lower circuit are steep and often slippery. Because of ice this track is not recommended during Winter.
|Time:||Diamond Lake circuit track return: 45 min
Diamond lake viewpoint return: 1 hour
Lake Wanaka viewpoint return: 2 hours
Rocky Mountain circuit return: 3 hours
|Grade:||easy for Diamond Lake, medium/high for Rocky Mountain|
|Start/Finish:||Diamond Lake Conservation Area, 12km from Wanaka on Mt Aspiring Road.|
The short stroll to the Blue Pools is well worth a look if you are in the Makarora region. It winds down through native forest and across a swing bridge to the beautiful clear blue pools. Pack a picnic and take your togs in the Summer.
|Start / Finish:||Car park is on Makarora/Haast Road, 45mins from Wanaka|
From the Stevensons Road car park the track starts on a terrace above the river and then leads down alongside the Clutha River, past old goal tailings and reaches a sheltered picnic spot. About an hour from the car park is the entrance to Reko’s Conservation area, where walkers can ramble at will or continue on to come out at Shortcut Road, near SH6.
|Time:||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Start / Finish:||Car park at end of Stevensons Road, 9km from Wanaka on SH6|