WANAKA SPRINGS LODGE'S 'ESCAPE INTO NATURE’ WALKING PACKAGE
Mountains, lakes & rivers to enjoy ... and a myriad of tracks to walk, tramp or mountain bike during your Wanaka walking holiday. Many of the walks in our area you are able to do with no help from us at all - they are `loop walks’; you end up, eventually, returning to your vehicle at the car park! Wanaka has lots of short walks too. But some of our great walks do need a little help from us – we can deliver you to your starting point, and you then walk back to us - at the lodge or to a pre determined rendezvous!
THIS 3 NIGHT WALKING PACKAGE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
- Three night’s accommodation in a Queen Room at Wanaka Springs Lodge.
- Full cooked and/or continental breakfast
- Pre-dinner drinks & nibbles daily
- Tea, coffee & biscuits always available
- Free wireless internet
- Use of all of our boutique lodge facilities including spa pool, mountain bikes, guest lounge & office
We offer this package for any two of the following four walks
during your walking holiday at Wanaka Springs Lodge – you can decide which one’s you would like to do when you get here, if you like!
1. MOUNT IRON, OUTLET TRACK, BEACON & EELY POINT WALK (4hr - 12 km):
Mount Iron is an impressive, glacier-carved, 240 metre rocky knoll. From its summit is a spectacular 360 degree view of the landscape we live in. Continue from here to link up with the Outlet track (where the Clutha River leads from Lake Wanaka on its way to the coast south of Dunedin) and back towards the township of Wanaka. This stretch of river is world famous for its trout fishing (you could take a fishing license and your rod ... and return to us with a fish to smoke!). The Outlet Track leads around Beacon Point and on to Bremner Bay (for a swim perhaps), past Eely Point and Wanaka’s marina, and then it is 2 mins. on to the Wanaka township!
2. HAWEA RIVER TRACK (3-4 hr – 14 km):
(Hawea Dam to Albert Town)
We drive you to nearby Lake Hawea to join a riverside walk track, suitable for all ages & experience. This walk is over easy country linking the Lake Hawea township to Wanaka, via Albert Town. We can collect you from Albert Town, or alternatively, walk on to join up with the Outlet Track to walk back to Wanaka township via Beacon Point (extra 3 hrs).
3. UPPER CLUTHA TRACK ( 3-4 hr – 13 km):
We drive you to Albert Town, where you follow the track a short distance to `Pawsons Crossing’ bridge over the Cardrona River. You then follow the picturesque Clutha River past trout pools and the historic Reko’s Point Conservation Area – the site of 19th
century goldmining activity – and continue on to Shortcut Road near the Red Bridge, near Luggate. Alternatively, we can have you starting
at the Red Bridge and collect you from Albert Town).
4. GLENDU BAY TO WANAKA'S ROY'S BAY (4hr – 12 km):
We drive you to Glendu Bay where you join the track that leads initially to Damper Bay, a small north-facing beach suitable for swimming. Short climbs are rewarded by sweeping views of the lake and mountains, and towards the township. You continue on for an hour and into Roys Bay, along re-vegetated terraces above the lake, and towards Waterfall Creek, and then continue on past Rippon Vineyard and Edgewater Resort, soon reaching Lake Wanaka Station Park and the township.
Other Popular Scenic Walks in the Lake Wanaka Region
Wanaka is a walker’s mecca which means Wanaka Springs Lodge is a great base for your walking holiday in the Mt Aspiring National Park and the Lake Wanaka region. Whether it is a short stroll you are looking for with spectacular lake and mountain views, challenging tracks to test your muscles and endurance - or a 3 to 4 day serious tramp in the mountains with your pack, overnighting in the huts! Below are some walks that can be completed in one day.
TOWNSHIP TO RIPPON VINEYARD & ON TO WATERFALL CREEK: 45-60 mins - 2.5 km, easy
From the south-west corner of our bay, Roys Bay, this easy track stays fairly close to the lake, and continues past Rippon Vineyard to Waterfall Creek, a popular spot for launching canoes, kayaks & motorboats. Rippon Vineyard is known as `the most photographed vineyard in New Zealand’
and you can enjoy a cheese platter & wine alongside the spectacular views if you wish! On your return you can call in to the cafe at Edgewater Resort for lunch, or a coffee & scone – ‘made to order’ – rather than joining the hustle & bustle of the township. There are great views from here across to little Ruby Island.
TOWNSHIP TO EELY POINT & ON TO BREMNAR BAY: 30 mins - 1.5 km, easy
This easy walk around the right-hand side of the bay takes you past Wanaka’s marina and on to a popular swimming spot, picnicking & boating area. You can continue on another 1.5 km to Beacon Point, and still further on for 30 mins to join up with the Outlet Track
if you wish.
OUTLET TRACK: 1 hr – 3 km, easy
This track follows the Clutha River as it leaves Lake Wanaka. The Clutha River is New Zealand’s largest river by volume – 560 cu m/sec, 338 km long, and with a catchment area size of 20,802 sq km. Famous for its trout fishing, stunning scenery is a distraction!
MT IRON WALK: 1.5 hr return – 4.5 km, moderate
The highest `viewpoint’ close to Wanaka (2 km), you climb 240m to a flat summit via a zigzag track. Mt Iron is a classic example of a roche moutonnee
(sheep rock), a hill shaped by glaciation. The views are absolutely spectacular and you certainly get a feel for how the glaciers shaped this landscape that we live in.
MT ROY/ROY'S PEAK TRACK: 5-6 hr return - 8km one way, hard & exposed
Just 6 km from Wanaka, this is a climb of more than 1500metres (4900 ft) and follows a 4 wheel drive farm road as it zigzags up the mountain. You are rewarded with astounding views, of Mt Aspiring, the Matukituki river valley, the Harris mountains, Lake Wanaka and the township, & Lake Hawea in the distance. (This track is closed for a six week period for lambing, 1 Oct. – 10 Nov.)
ROB ROY GLACIER VIEW WALK: 3.5 hrs return walk - 4.5 km one way, moderate/hard
This walk in an alpine environment, in Mt Aspiring’s National Park, is an hour’s drive from the township, and so we think of it as a five hour excursion. You have magnificent views as you drive up a braided river valley - the Matukituki Valley - to the Raspberry Creek car park, fording several creeks towards the end!
This track is a steady climb through beech forest, and once cleared there is a view in the distance of a hanging glacier – the Rob Roy Glacier. Above it is Rob Roy Peak, at 2606 metres the 5th highest in the national park. The mountain parrot, the Kea, is often seen here.
Alternatively, from the Raspberry Creek car park you can cross grassy flats to Aspiring Hut
, a base for climbers and trampers. Roughly a 9 km walk, you need to allow 5-6 hours for this trip (from the car park).
DIAMOND LAKE/ROCKY MOUNTAIN WALK: 1-3 hours, moderate/hard
A 20 min drive from Wanaka around the bottom of the lake takes you to Rocky Mountain (summit 777 metres – 450 metres from the car park) where a `figure eight’ track has three options for walkers:
- Diamond Lake lookout – 1 hr return – 2 km
- Lake Wanaka lookout - 2 hr return – 5km (low view point)
- Rocky Mountain’s summit – 3 hr return – 7 km (summit view)
There are magnificent views up the Matukituki Valley towards Mt Aspiring, over the river delta at the lower end of the lake towards both Mou Waho & Mou Tapu Islands, and to the Harris Mountains & Treble Cone skifield. Stunning!
MINARET BURN TRACK: 2-3 hr – 7 km, easy
This track provides access to beautiful beaches along some of Lake Wanaka’s western shoreline and towards a popular swimming and picnic spot – Colquhouns Beach.
THE BLUE POOLS TRACK, NEAR MAKARORA: 30 mins return, easy
An hour’s drive from Wanaka at the head of the lake, this is an easy and very popular short track walk in the Mt Aspiring National Park. The track leads through red & silver beech trees to two solid swing bridges & a viewing platform overlooking the pools at the mouth of the Blue River where it flows in to the Makarora River. There are often large trout to be seen and on a sunny day, the pools are an incredible blue colour.
You can do a longer walk on this track – continue down the track to the head of Lake Wanaka and rendezvous for a jet boat trip on the lower Makarora River. See www.southernalpsair.co.nz
Further track information in the Mt Aspiring National Park is obtainable from:
Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
PO Box 93