Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Wanaka with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great view of the river , Alpine , glacier , birds.

Hiking with slightly snowfall is incredibly beautiful !
met 2 kea at the end of the track. perfect hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail last week with two friends. I work out 4-5 times a week, but I’m 38, overweight, and not exactly in shape. Also, I haven’t been hiking since last fall because of winter (I’m from the northern hemisphere). So, judging from some of the reviews and the fact that this is 4.85 mile uphill track, I wasn’t sure how far I’d get. We started a little before 4am with the goal of reaching the summit by sunrise. The moon was bright and the stars were brilliant. I took my time, stopping often to catch my breath. I reached the first lookout a few minutes after 7am- just in time to catch the first rays of the sun as it came over the eastern mountain. The view is unbelievable. The other two had made it in less time. We stayed there for awhile, then headed on up to the actual summit. The phenomenal views make every inch of the climb worthwhile! That 4.85 mile downhill track is hard on the knees and toes! Good footwear is a must. I can’t imagine making that climb in heat and sunlight. The darkness made it easier since I couldn’t see how far I still had to go. This was definitely a highlight of my NZ trip!

Great hike - harder for the littlest kids but amazing views, a variety of micro-climates, well maintained trails, and a fantastic drive-in with beautiful farms and sheep. Bring a car/truck w enough clearance (0.5 m) to ford the streams en route to the parking area. Was a terrific 1/2 day hike

hiking
2 months ago

Why does AllTrails show as a "Moderate" hike? This was very hard - endless uphill, many, many steep hills. There is no shade so you have to carry enough water and sunscreen is the must. When I went there it was very windy at the top and cold I was so glad I carried my warm jacket. The views from the trail were unbelievably spectacular.

So I guess I'm the first Debby downer that didn't love this trail. The view at the top is spectacular (it's a 5star view, really beautiful) especially with the glacier in the distance, but going up and coming down is in full sunlight with the same (beautiful but unchanging) scenery for hours of grueling uphill track endlessly switching back and forth. There aren't any rocks to climb over or anything to make it more fun. Just steep uphill walking for hours. The track is more like a dirt road with its width. Maybe I'm being too harsh because of the amazing trails we've done in the north and south islands but this one I would not do again, nor would I honestly recommend it. Just FYI We did 2hrs 25 mins to the top, and 1hr 25 to get down. We are fit but don't hike super often.

Awesome views from the top!

hiking
2 months ago

I’m not super fit and I did the hike up in 2 hours and 20 min with a 10kg camera bag on my back. Totally worth it. Amazing views and great sunset.

hiking
2 months ago

Like others we really loved this hike. It was pretty much a steep hike from the start with pretty amazing views all the way up. Bring sunscreen and a decent amount of water if it’s warm. We over-prepared on clothing as the temps were supposed to be in the teens but it felt much warmer so we quickly shed layers and were fine.

It took us 4.5 hours round trip and 3 plus a little to the top. We jogged a bit on the way down which is why we beat the average. Our legs were pretty sore the next day as we haven’t been doing a lot of distance hiking recently.

Wow! What an amazing experience, we hiked the track in time for sunrise yesterday, the track was well mapped and easy to navigate with a head torch, we carried on the extra 17km of the skyline track, (keep going after Roy's peak) Mt alpha, is higher and more stunning fyi.... The skyline track was great up until the last 8-10km of decent of farming land so we thought upon reflection we would have had better terrain and views if we'd just turned back after 15km or so.... Great day out though

Positive: nice view around you.
Negative: busy trail

Do it

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing hike with breathtaking waterfalls! Do note that the road to the trail head floods in places, so if you don't have a car with good clearance than you'll be walking about and extra 1.5 miles to the head.

5 stars because you will see everything on that trek (huge waterfall, snow, alpine, ice, river, perfectly blue water...etc)

One of my top 5 trails - start before sunrise to beat the heat in Spring/Summer. Sunrise is worth it - we started at 330am and were at the top by 545am to view sunrise.

Great quick way to start your day!

awesome,beautiful scenery,well worth it!

Best hike I've ever done so far and it is all for the view. I have a tattoo of this peak it's so special.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail is tough: Straight up, No shade, No portable water, no respite but the view makes it worth it. It is one of my favorite views in all the world.

8 months ago

Great view

hiking
9 months ago

Scenic and relaxing hike all the way! The drive here can be a bit of a pain with the gravel and small water crossings. Bring a picnic as the spot at the end is incredibly and you will want to hang out on one of the many rocks for a good while.

hiking
9 months ago

Exposed trail with no shade! We started late afternoon and the heat was deadly but still beautiful and worth it!

Good for a morning wakeup. Short semi strenuous loop.

amazing hike

Only did a small portion of the hike but we were able to quickly get to a decent height to oversee the landscape and take beautiful pictures.

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Astonishing environment, one of the best walks of the South island. Leave early to avoid crowds and enjoy the silence. Not exposed, also good for families. Very easy. Shouldn't even say this but you must know that weather can change fast so it is always good to take extra clothes. Do not cross the river, seracs may fall down unpredictably especially late morning/afternoon.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The weather was great and the scenery was better, this is a very popular walking track. With many places to stop and enjoy the view!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Amazing, my first hike in Wanaka.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Sweeping views. Windy. Lots of dogs, bikes, and hikers and runners. Well used trail.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

best hike in south island!!

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