Walk & HIke

In all honesty there are so many hiking trails in the area you could spend weeks exploring them all, we’ve listed some of our favorites here!

Options from the park itself (no driving required!)

The Outlet Track – Upper Clutha River Track

An easy walking and biking track which begins in front of the Holiday Park.

This extraordinary trail winds along the banks of the Clutha River and takes visitors to some of the best trout fishing in the world. Brown and rainbow trout can be seen in the crystal clear waters of the river so if you love to fish them bring your rod!

The Upper Clutha River Track from Lake Wanaka Outlet to Luggate, follows along the river bank offering views of the Clutha’s emerald-green water with the odd trout lurking in its shadows.‘The Clutha’ Mata-Au is known for its spectacular riverscapes, unique ecology and conservation values, recreation, and its Māori, pioneer and gold-rush history. These stories will be told as you travel along the track.

You can walk or ride the whole length or section(s) of the track.

Times and distances from carparks:

  1. Lake Outlet Holiday Park to Albert Town (Outlet Track) 1 hr. walk, 3km
  2. Albert Town to Cardrona River 1 h r walk, 2.5km
  3. Cardrona River to Stevensons Road 1-1.5 hrs walk, 5km
  4. Stevensons Road to Reko’s Point 1 hr walk, 4km
  5.  Reko’s Point to Shortcut Road carpark 1 hr walk, 4km

Lakeside trail to Wanaka township:

You can walk or bike along the edge of the lake into Wanaka Township from the Holiday Park. There is a designated trail that gives beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Allow about 1 ½ hrs. on foot or 45mins by bike. This is a great day out for everyone to either walk in and if you don’t have enough energy to walk home the local taxi shuttle “Yello” will bring you home or wander back along the trails.

This track is popular with younger tourists as a fun easy bike ride into town and a beer! Couples bike around the lake edge to Rippon Vineyard for a wine tasting and platter.

Other great hikes we love around Wanaka!

Mount Iron Track:

Mount Iron is an impressive, glacier carved, rocky knoll that rises nearly 250 metres above the surrounding countryside. As a result, from the summit there are excellent 360-degree views of the the Pisa range, the Upper Clutha Basin, Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana.

The track begins over the stile by the carpark and taking the left fork, climbs through low kānuka shrubland on Mount Iron's Western side to the summit. After taking in the view and the information on the panels, follow the track to descend on the eastern side and return round the foot of the hill to the carpark.

Getting there:
The Mount Iron Track carpark is just off the main road leading in and out of Wanaka, just two kilometres from town.

Timeframe:
Allow about 1hr 15mins

Distance:
4.5kms

Fitness & experience:
Medium Level

The Rob Roy Glacier Track:

This incredibly scenic trail leads you into Mount Aspiring National Park, an amazing world of mountains, glaciers, river valleys and alpine lakes.

The drive there:
From Wanaka, the experience begins with a one hour drive along the beautiful Matukituki Valley into the national park. At the road's end, the track follows Rob Roy Stream through beech forest - enjoy waterfalls and the luxuriant under storey of ferns and mosses. At the tree line, the forest gives way to alpine vegetation and spectacular views of the hanging glaciers beneath Mount Rob Roy. The glaciers are active - from your safe viewing point you can watch and listen for avalanches and other signs of movement. Spectacular waterfalls line the jagged cliffs.

The walk itself:
The hike to the viewing point is mostly uphill, but the incline is gradual. If you eat lunch at the viewing point, be aware that the kea (mountain parrots) can be very persistent - turn your back for a second, and they'll steal your picnic.

Getting There:
The Matukituki Valley is an hour’s drive west from Wanaka.
The track starts at a swing bridge, 15 minutes from the Raspberry Flat car-park.

Timeframe:
3-4hrs

Distance:
10km

Fitness& experience:
Medium Level & suitable for most people and a great way to get into the mountains without having to be a mountain climber.

Mount Roy – Roys Peak Track

The all-encompassing panorama from this 1,578-metre summit includes most of Lake Wanaka, the surrounding peaks and Mount Aspiring/Tititea. After crossing through paddocks, the well-graded track continues through alpine tussock to the ridge.

This is an exposed track and temperatures can drop quickly, even in mid-summer. Please take warm and windproof clothing.

This track crosses private land. Please respect the landowner’s property and livestock – no dogs or bikes.

The track is closed for lambing from the 1 October - 10 November inclusive

Getting There:
The track starts at the Roys Peak Track carpark, 6 km from the Wanaka township on the Mt Aspiring Road.

Timeframe:
5-6hrs

Distance:
11km

Fitness & experience:
Medium Level & suitable for most people and a great way to get into the mountains without having to be a mountain climber.

For more detailed listing please visit the Department of Conservation or Lake Wanaka websites!

View from Roy's Peak over Lake Wanaka
View from Roy's Peak overlooking Lake Wanaka

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