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Lakeshore Hiking in Wanaka

24 Nov
Panorama Lake Wanaka

Panorama Lake Wanaka

Wanaka Part 1  – click here

Wanaka Part 2

Take a walk with me………….

Hiking Signboard at Lake Wanaka

Hiking Signboard at Lake Wanaka

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.

Ribbon Vineyard

Ribbon vineyard along Lake Wanaka

Ribbon vineyard along Lake Wanaka

Edgewater Resort

Hotel

Edgewater Resort

Trees

Trees along Lake Wanaka

Trees along Lake Wanaka

Upon reaching Waterfall Creek Reserve, another hiking trail “Wanaka Millennium Walkway” starts here. I believe the track here is also called Damper Bay Track.

Wanaka Millennium Walkway

Wanaka Millennium Walkway

Came across this article on further development on this track.

Cross over the bridge and the next track begins.

Cross the bridge to Wanaka Millennium Walkway

Bridge along Lake Wanaka

After climbing a steep incline, this is the view of the landscape below.

Top view Wanaka Millennium Walkway

Top view Wanaka Millennium Walkway

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.

Quiet Bay at end of Wanaka Millennium Walkway

Quiet Bay at end of Wanaka Millennium Walkway

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.

Marina at Lake Wanaka

Marina at Lake Wanaka

Eely Point Signboard

Eely Point Signboard

Hiking signboard at Lake Wanaka

Hiking signboard at Lake Wanaka

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.

A view of Lake Wanaka

Ducks relaxing in Lake Wanaka

Hiking Trail in Lake Wanaka

Hiking Trail along Lake Wanaka

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

Overall, it is a pleasant walking experience that can be done as a family. For more information on the walking tracks in Wanaka, click here and here.

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!

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4 Comments

Posted by on November 24, 2010 in New Zealand, photography, Travel

 

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4 responses to “Lakeshore Hiking in Wanaka

  1. BH Ng

    September 6, 2012 at 12:43 am

    I’ll be seeing Wanaka in another 2 weeks and while doing some googling came across your blog! Lovely pictures – I hope to retrace your hiking route. Thanks for the post.

     
    • hasayang

      September 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      You’re are welcome. Wanaka is beautiful in winter and all the seasons in between. Have a great time in New Zealand!

       

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