Diamond Lake Track

MODERATE 64 reviews

Diamond Lake Track is a 6.8 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.8 km Elevation Gain: 481 m Route Type: Loop

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

no dogs

The track is currently closed due to rockfall. Please contact Mount Aspiring National Park for updates.

hiking
6 days ago

Attention track closed / falling rocks

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent track, very well marked, the demand is moderate. There are parts with stairs and others where you spend in water and mud, you have to have good shoes, the view at the top has no name is very nice. I totally recommend it,

hiking
2 months ago

cool trail with nice track. prefer to start with the east track and go down with the west track. tracks are wet and more easy in that order. west track is not in good "heath" at some parts. hard to climb. beautifull view on wanaka lake and on the cliffs all around. 360° view at the top. wonderfull with sunny weather.

2 months ago

Nice view on the lake, we did it a little bit before sunset so everything was in the shades. I wish we went a little bit sooner to have the sun on the diamond lake.

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely gets steep on both the left and right way up.

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Great climb up...take the right way all the way up to the summit and then the other side down! More safe this way with kids...steep cliffs, rocky and muddy! Way down much easier on the other side! View from the top is amazing! Worth the climb!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike just 15 minutes down the road from Wanaka. Great views almost the whole time, except for maybe a short bit when you are in the forest climbing up from the small lake. Right after you reach the lake, there is a long stretch of steps. If you go all the way to the top of Rocky Hill, you will get especially panoramic views. Today, there were just a few slightly wet/muddy slippery spots which required special care. Quite a few people on the trail by noon, including a veritable herd of folks who were part of a guided group. This is a good hike to get some of the sense of accomplishment you would get with Roy's or Isthmus peaks, in less than half the distance and elevation gain.

hiking
4 months ago

I did this trail today with my parents (both in their late 50s). We took the “shorter” trail opting for the Lake Wanaka lookout and turning back as opposed to the full loop. It was perfect and I would have liked to do this full thing. He trail was very well kept and easy to follow. The views along the way to Diamond Lake (which is a very quick walk) and beyond we’re breathtaking. This was the hike suggested by every local we encountered and it’s the one I would suggest to friends in the future. Even though we didn’t think it was possible at the time we all ended up a little sunburnt so plan for that!

hiking
4 months ago

What a cool little hike... not the hardest but the views at the top are amazing. Wasn’t busy at all and we had the top to ourselves at around 10am.. we were up and down in around 2h.Definitely need to take a couple areas slow but as far as the reward it was perfect!

hiking
4 months ago

Great walk- both the journey and destination was great. The stairs at the beginning were the hardest part, but after that it was fine with spectacular views

hiking
4 months ago

Very first bit of the trail to the lake is the steepest but still doable with a pushchair (once you’ve lifted it over the stile at the bottom). Gentle incline from the first bend on, then flat around the lake circuit. We left the pushchair and went up to the lookout with baby in a sling: stunning view and worth the 250steps! That part is mostly shaded though

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Fantastic walk, steep and challenging at times, took us just under 3 hours to get up and back down. Fantastic views. Highly recommend.

recorded Diamond Lake Track

hiking
over grown
rocky
6 months ago

walking
6 months ago

Easy and pretty lake tour. You can go to Wanaka point of view or make a loop up but it goes up and especially there are stairs so if knees painful it is to avoid I think.

6 months ago

Wonderful hike. A few steep sections but not bad. We opted to do this hike over the Roys Peak hike. Very few people on this hike which made it very enjoyable. A very panoramic view at the top.

7 months ago

Solid hike, great views! Would recommend for most fitness levels, though it does get a little challenging up the rocks through the west side. Probably a better option than Roy's peak if the weather's questionable.

8 months ago

What a great walk! Well signposted with spectacular 360 views at the top. We walked west to east based on recommendations of reviews and really enjoyed it.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Great hike. Steep in places but worth it for the view at the top. Recommend walking the west to east option.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Great hike with amazing views of Lake Wanaka. This hike is not near Glenorchy as per the description

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Excellent views of lake wanaka! Moderate hike but challenging enough!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

good hike with nice view on the wanaka lake. could be dangerous at some place (very narrow)

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Enjoyed the rock scramble on the west side of the loop. Super duper windy at the top. Did not expect that. Lots of people.

hiking
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Diamond Lake to Rocky Mountain is well worth the steady climb to the top. No use just going to the Wanaka Lake Lookout when you can have a 360 degree view of Aspiring National Park with a bit more effort. I recommend walking West to East when you get to the fork. Signs are posted.

hiking
Thursday, December 08, 2016

Nice moderate hike and great views for the short distance. Excellent views of the mountains surrounding Wanaka.

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