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Diamond Lake Walk

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The walk to Diamond Lake is only 30mins but up a bit of a hill at first. If you go early in the morning you will see Diamond Lake at it’s mirror best. Diamond Lake is in the heart of the Mt Aspiring National Park, take a 20-minute drive from Wanaka shopping centre which is perched on the shores of the famous Lake Wanaka.

Quick Facts

•  Location: South Island NZ
•  Distance: 2.5 km
•  Time needed: 1 Hour
•  Difficulty: Medium
•  Wheelchair Access: No
•  Route: Double back
•  Elevation: 386m
•  Wet Feet: No
•  Toilets: Yes
•  Dogs: No
•  Mobile Coverage: Yes
•  Last Updated: November, 2019

  • Track Highlights

    On a sunny day with no wind, you will be rewarded with a mirrored Diamond Lake. If you have fifteen minutes up your sleeve, and don’t mind a good up hill walk, head off to Lake Wanaka Lookout for a fantastic views.

  • Track Quality

    Excellent track, but the signage is poor at the start.

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  • Water

    Take plenty of water with you

  • Driving Instructions

    All you have to do is drive around Wanaka Lake edge in a clockwise direction and follow the sign post to Treble Cone Sky Field, Roy’s Peak. A short, enjoyable twenty-minute drive.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    All your shopping is in Wanaka.

  • Area & Track History


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  • Map location of Diamond Lake Walk

    Map of walk

Diamond Lake car park

The turn off to Diamond Lake car park is tricky. As you descend into a valley, keep an eye out for the turn off on your right. Before you head off up the track, take a photo of the map on your cell phone, you will need to look at the photo as you walk around the track.

Diamond Lake

The first sign you come to is, just “Track”. What track? If you look at the photo on your cell phone, you will see it is the loop track around Diamond Lake. We kept to the left and walked up to the next turn off. But, 20 Mt before the turnoff is one of only two places to take a photo of Diamond Lake at it’s best. Take the right fork and off you go. The second place to try and take a photo of Diamond Lake is 50 Mt along the track. From here on, it is quite boring. If you have the time and the energy, walk past the around the lake turn off and walk for fifteen minutes up hill to Diamond Lake Lookout, it is well worth the climb, then double back to the walk around the Diamond Lake and back to the car. If you want to see a fantastic views of Lake Wanaka, you’ll need an hour more uphill to reach the Lake Wanaka Lookout.

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Contact info

1215 Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Road, Glendhu Bay 9382, New Zealand

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