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Diamond Lake

This is a 2.5 hour return walk to the top of Rocky Mountain adjacent to Diamond Lake near Lake Wanaka, with stunning scenery along the way. In places, the track is steep but easy enough if you take your time. After all why hurry in paradise!

From Wanaka we take a 25 minute scenic drive around Lake Wanaka to Diamond Lake. From the car park we walk up to then around Diamond Lake and then steadily climb up a good track overlooking Diamond Lake. Soon we enter the weeping forest, then take a right-angled turn in search of the light. We then come to the wailing wall where during the wetter months of the year water drops fall from the over-hanging cliff. Enjoy an overview of the lake from the viewing platform.

From here we walk to the summit, via the native forest under the cliffs, and then move to the top of Rocky Mountain. From here we enjoy wonderful panoramic views over Lake Wanaka, the Matukituki River, Mt Aspiring and the Mt Aspiring National Park. After relaxing here for lunch and refreshments we head back down by a different loop track, which also goes around Diamond Lake, to our starting point and back to Wanaka.

Trip Information

  • Departs 9 am & returns 3 pm
  • Actual walking distance: 4.5 km (return)
  • Actual walking time: 3.5 hours (return)
  • Altitudes: lowest: 350 m and highest: 775 m
  • Requirements: good strong walking shoes/boots, layers of clothing, waterproof jacket, day pack and water bottle
  • Walking poles can be supplied if required
  • Grade: moderate fitness
  • Courtesy pick up from your Wanaka accommodation
  • Gourmet sandwich lunch and refreshments are included

Costs

  • Minimum 2 adults
  • Adult $220, child (under16) $145
  • Prices are valid to 30 September 2015

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Blue Pools & Bridle Track Walk

This combination of walks is definitely a highlight of the Haast Pass.

From Davis Flat, we follow the Bridle Track on the original and horse-only access to the West Coast. The walk passes through beech forest, and follows the upper reaches of the Makarora River, with stunning river and valley views. The two river crossings we encounter are both bridged.

We meet the vehicle at the top end at Haast Pass so there is no need to back track. Then we have lunch at Cameron Flat, with commanding views over the Makarora River to the Main Divide of the Southern Alps. After lunch, we walk down the gravel path through the Silver Beech to the Blue Pools, to spot feeding Rainbow and Brown trout from the swing bridge over the Makarora River and the viewing platform overlooking the crystal clear blue pools.

Departing the Blue Pools we make way back to our vehicle and return to Wanaka with wonderful views of both Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea and many photo opportunities along the way.

Trip Information

  • Departs 9 am & returns 5 pm
  • Actual walking distance: 5 km (return)
  • Actual walking time: 2 hours (return)
  • Altitudes: lowest: 350 m and highest: 562 m
  • Requirements: good strong walking shoes/boots, layers of clothing, waterproof jacket, day pack and water bottle
  • Walking poles can be supplied if required
  • Grade: average fitness
  • Courtesy pick up from your Wanaka accommodation
  • Lunch and refreshments are included

Costs

  • Minimum 2 adults
  • Ex-Wanaka: Adult $250, Child (under 16) $165
  • Prices are valid to 30 September 2015

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Outlet Track Guided Walk

The Outlet Track is an easy walking track along the banks of the Clutha (Mata-Au) River. The track is suitable for walkers of all ages, and offers good scenic views along the way. We can see brown and rainbow trout swimming in the crystal clear water as we walk up the river.

In autumn many of the trees along the walk turn to a stunning gold and cover the track with a golden carpet. Impressive views can be taken of Mt Iron, the Southern Alps and in particular the permanent ice of the Fog Peak Glacier.

Our walk finishes at Lake Wanaka, with panoramic views of New Zealand’s fourth largest lake spilling the South Island’s second longest river and the largest river by volume in New Zealand.

Trip Information

  • Actual Walking Distance: 2.5 km (one-way)
  • Actual Walking time: 1 hour
  • Altitudes: Lowest: 260 m and highest: 280 m
  • Trip departs at 9am and 1pm or by prior arrangement
  • Requirements: Sports/walking shoes, sweater or rainproof jacket (weather dependent)
  • Grade: average fitness
  • Morning or afternoon tea supplied
  • Courtesy pick up and drop of from your Wanaka accommodation

Costs

  • Minimum 4 adults
  • Ex-Wanaka: Adult $120, child (under 16) $80
  • Prices are valid to 30 September 2015

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