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Wanaka Part 2
Take a walk with me………….
There are numerous hiking trails in Wanaka. The easiest is the lakeside trail following the lake. On the left side of the lake is the Lakeshore Walkway trail. As the signboard on the right shows, it takes about 1 hour walking to reach this point – Waterfall Creek Reserve.
I did this a few times – sometimes I follow the shoreline and other times I follow the trail. It is a popular route with many people jogging, hiking and cycling. Wanaka is simply gorgeous in Autumn – all that blaze of yellow, auburn and red colors serenading the lake.
Before reaching this point, these pictures show the views along the trail.
Upon reaching Waterfall Creek Reserve, another hiking trail “Wanaka Millennium Walkway” starts here. I believe the track here is also called Damper Bay Track.
Came across this article on further development on this track.
Cross over the bridge and the next track begins.
After climbing a steep incline, this is the view of the landscape below.
After all that hiking, at the end of the trail is a quiet bay. There are a few benches here for a picnic and to simply relax.
Wanaka – Right Side of Lake
The nearest picnic spot on the right side of Lake Wanaka is Eely Point. Before reaching there, a view of the marina.
Passing by Eely Point, the hiking trail diverse into three trails. I opted to walk forward to Bremner Bay.
There is also a bridge to cross on the right side of the lake.
While I was hiking there, a gail was blowing and the water looked very choppy. Wouldn’t want to be on the lake at the moment. The trail reaches all the way to Albert Town. It is a long way to walk, preferably done on a bicyle.
These are the easy walking trails that follow the lake shore. If you are coming to Wanaka and aim to do some hiking, below are more information.
Other hiking trails in Wanaka
- Rob Roy Glacier walk
- The Outlet Track down the Clutha River
- Glendhu Bay to Damper Bay
- Clutha River Track from Albert Town to Luggate
- Hawea River Track from Albert Town to Hawea
- The Blue Pools near Makarora
- Gillespie Pass (Wilkin-Young) 3 day alpine tramp
There are more hiking options in Mt Aspiring National Park and Wanaka is the starting point. Visit DOC – Mt Aspiring National Park for more information.
Till next time, have a great day ahead!