WANAKA LAKESIDE TRACKS
You can bike or walk all the way from Glendhu Bay to Lake Hawea or Luggate via Wanaka township, along gorgeous, well-formed and very scenic tracks. Choose a section of track (some are completely flat and others more challenging), take a family walk or bike ride, and dip down into one of the hundreds of beautiful coves and picnic spots along the way.
Note: times are estimated walking times with children.
Wanaka Lakefront to Glendhu Bay
Millennium Track to Waterfall Creek Carpark
Easy – 2 hours return (walk)
Starting from town, follow the walking track with the lake on your right. This track is perfect with littlies, completely flat and quite wide. Buggy-friendly.
Waterfall Creek Carpark to Glendhu Bay
Part I: Med – 2 hours return (walk)
Part II: Med/Hard – 3 hours return (walk)
The first section is more undulating as you follow the lake round to a secluded bay. Mountain bikers will find this just slightly harder going but not technical and definitely still great for families. You reach a turn off where you can choose to dip down to the lake shore, or follow the track to Glendhu Bay. From here the track becomes more technical in places with several steep undulations. The views are stunning as you climb above the lake, then dip down to the shore.
Wanaka Lakefront to Lake Hawea
Wanaka Lakefront to Lake Outlet
Easy – 2 hours return (walk)
This flat and wide track skirts the marina and then follows around the back of the yacht club to Eely Point. Continue along the beach to Bremner Bay and you’ll see the start of the Clutha River – Lake Wanaka’s outlet. Finish up at the Outlet near the campground (where you can buy ice creams) – a great picnic spot.
Lake Outlet to Albert Town
Easy/Med – 2 hours return (walk)
This is one of our favourite sections simply because the Clutha River is so gorgeous and such different scenery from the lake. Park right at the start of the track near the Lake Outlet Holiday Park along Anderson Road. The track is slightly more narrow and undulating than the lakefront rides but certainly fine for bikers of all ages.
Albert Town to Lake Hawea
Easy/Med – 4 hours return (walk)
An easy, well-formed 10km track that follows the Hawea River to Lake Hawea. Slightly undulating but overall very easy walking and biking for all ages.
Mount Iron Track
Moderate – 1½ hour loop
Mount Iron is a glacier-carved hill, visible from anywhere in Wanaka. Well worth the climb, the summit provides panoramic views.
The access track is well signposted 2km from Wanaka, near Puzzling World, along State Highway 6.
Not suitable for bikes.
Rob Roy Track
Moderate – 3-4 hours return
Start from the Raspberry Flat carpark, an hour’s drive from Wanaka on the Mount Aspiring Road. Fifteen minutes flat walk to a swing bridge then a moderate climb to the head of the valley and great views of Rob Roy Glacier. Not suitable for bikes.
Rocky Mountain Walking Track
Hard – 1½-3 hrs
25 mins drive west of Wanaka, along the Mount Aspiring Road. The entire track takes around 3 hours return and the views from the summit are stunning. For a shorter walk take the return track to the Lake Wanaka viewpoint. Not suitable for bikes. Note: the track is steep and uneven in parts and not suited to poor weather conditions.
The Plantation and Sticky Forest
Near Lake Outlet Holiday Park you’ll find a pine forest with a network of well-built and maintained
single tracks. The tracks are graded and suitable for young teens and up, with some experience.
Lismore Jump Park
An awesome jump park with some hair-raising challenges – hang out and watch the
experts or practice your bike tricks on some of the smaller jumps. Off Plantation Road.