A few of my favourite walks in Wanaka. There are also many other walks, as well as numerous multi-day tramping tracks through Mount Aspiring National Park.
The track follows an old farm road to Diamond Lake then climbs to a viewpoint above Diamond Lake. From here there are two options. The first is a lower level circuit that takes in Lake Wanaka with great views of both the lake and its islands. The second option from the Diamond Lake viewpoint (many walkers do them both) is the upper level circuit that winds its way to the top of 775-metre Rocky Mountain. The superb views include the Southern Alps and Mount Aspiring. This is my favourite hike in Wanaka.
Rob Roy Glacier
The one hour drive up the Matukituki Valley to the trailhead is utterly stunning. A swing bridge crosses the Matukituki River before the track climbs through a small gorge into beech forest. Opening into alpine vegetation at the head of the valley, the walk offers good views of the Rob Roy Glacier.
Mount Iron is an impressive, glacier carved, rocky knoll that rises nearly 250 metres above the surrounding countryside. From the summit there are excellent 360-degree views of the Pisa range, Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.
The Outlet Track
A well-formed track runs beside the Clutha River for walking, mountain biking or fishing. The track goes from the lake outlet to Albert Town. It is suitable for walkers of all ages and it offers spectacular views of the Clutha River, Mt Iron and the Southern Alps. In Autumn and Spring there is an array of stunning colours along the river track.
A picturesque walking track ideal for the sightseer, picnicker or photographer. The track runs along the front of Edgewater Resort Hotel and Rippon Vineyard to Waterfall Creek, and then follows terraces around to a high point which offers great views of Wanaka and the lake. Perfect for walking or mountain biking.