Wanaka Walking & Hiking Guide

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Here’s our pick of the best walks & hiking tracks in Wanaka

Our best walks would be around Lake Wanaka on the Waterfall Creek track or up Mt Iron for easy fitness. I haven’t managed to hike up Roys Peak yet, but Garry has and the hard slog to get to the summit was well worth it especially on a sunny day. I really enjoyed the 10 km very scenic walk to Glendhu Bay which runs right beside Lake Wanaka for fabulous views.

Walking in Wanaka

We’re really lucky to have friends in Wanaka we can stay with. My friend and I often walk her dogs on the Waterfall Creek Walk and stop off at Edgewater hotel for fresh scones and coffee. Or we’ll go on the Slaughthouse Creek walk as far as the 3rd lookout point, do some bench presses, give the dogs a rest then double back. Excellent start to the day! Scroll down the page a bit to see all the walks in Wanaka.

Biking in Wanaka

If we’ve got the bikes with us we’ll often bike around Lake Wanaka to Waterfall Creek on the easy wide track. From there the trail turns into the Slaughterhouse Creek walk, this is much harder on the bikes as the track is quite rocky in parts and can be steep. Or we’ll bike around the lakefront the other way right round to the Clutha River and cut back through town. You can hire a small e-bikemedium e-bike, or large electric mountain bike and collect it from Wanaka town at 10 am.

List of all walks in Wanaka

Roys Peak Walk in Wanaka - View from the top of Roys Peak - Copyright Freewalks.nz Otago RegionSouth Island

Roys Peak Track Wanaka

6.50 km • 5 to 7 Hours return • Medium • 6 km from Wanaka – walk up for the sunset, its truely amazing.

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Half way to the simmit||||Mount Iron Loop Track Walk Otago RegionSouth Island

Mount Iron Loop Track Walk

6.50 kms • 2 Hours • Medium

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Mirror view of Diamond Lake|||||Diamond Lake Walk Otago RegionSouth Island

Diamond Lake Walk

2.5 km • 1 Hour • Medium

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Slaughterhouse_Creek walk around Lake Wanaka Otago RegionSouth Island

Slaughterhouse Creek

1.5 km • 1 Hour 15 Minutes • Medium

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Wanka Lake |||||Waterfall Creek Walk Otago RegionSouth Island

Waterfall Creek Walk

3 km • 1 Hour 30 Minutes • Very Easy

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Big views at the top of Rocky Mountain Lookout Otago RegionSouth Island

Rocky Mountain Summit Track & Lookout

8 km • 3 Hours • Hard

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Sit awhile and enjoy the views at Lake Wanaka Lookout||||||Lake Wanaka Lookout Otago RegionSouth Island

Lake Wanaka Lookout

5 km • 2 Hours 30 Minutes • Medium

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Point 3 Otago RegionSouth Island

Glendhu Bay Track

10 km • 3 Hours • Easy to medium

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I always use Booking.com instead of Airbnb for all my accommodation now. It works out cheaper, they don’t have those extra “Service Fees” or extra “cleaning fees”. Looks cheap until you get to pay. Plus Booking.com have a lot of holiday homes now, pretty much the same selection as Airbnb. You won’t miss out on the range.