Here at the NZ Adventure Company we are lucky on many of our adventures to access and explore some of the most remote wilderness of the South Island. Extending beyond our spectacular Wanaka playground. However we are spoilt for choice with local adventures too. If you are keen to keep it local and head off on foot we would highly recommend these favourite walking tracks. Both boasting sensational views and a truly stunning experience.
Rob Roy Glacier
Undoubtedly this is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. The track begins on the edge on the Mount Aspiring National Park, the area provides scenery of native forest, glaciers, waterfalls, rock cliffs and alpine vegetation. The track starts from Raspberry Creek Car Park a one hour drive from Wanaka. If you are lucky you might even come across the playful and inquisitive Kea, they can often be seen or heard in this area. Just remember not to feed them.
- Start: Raspberry Creek Car Park, Mt Aspiring National Park
- Time: 4-5 hours return to the bush line / glacier viewpoint
- Distance: 10 km
- Grade: Well formed track, moderate – good fitness levels required
Another favourite is Isthmus Peak boasting panoramic views of Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea and the spectacular Southern Alps. The track is signposted from south of Stewart Creek onSH6. Follow the track along the creek until it joins a farm track. From here its a steep, winding, rocky climb to a skyline ridge. The stunning views from the top make the 1,385-metre climb to the peak absolutely worth it. Mountain Biking is also permitted on this track, but is not for the faint hearted as a challenging Grade 5 trail.
- Start: Isthmus Peak car park on SH6
- Time: 5 – 6 hours return
- Distance: 16km
- Grade: A well marked and maintained track but steep in places
Both tracks can be subject to snow and ice in the winter, please check with the Department of Conservation’s Wanaka office on current track conditions.