Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks

Track category

Walking track


Diamond Lake. Photo: S Sawyer.
Diamond Lake, the first stage of
several walking options

Track times:
Diamond Lake Circuit Track return: 45 min; 2.5 km  Diamond Lake Lookout return: 1 hr; 2 km
Lake Wanaka Lookout return: 2 hr; 5 km
Rocky Mountain Summit Track return: 3 hr; 7 km

The Diamond Lake Conservation Area's landscape has been carved by Ice Age glaciers, with stands of native forest and shrubland nestling into bluff systems. The bluffs are very popular with rock or sport climbers, especially in summer when there is no ice on these southerly faces.

The track starts from the carpark and follows an old road to Diamond Lake. To this point only, mountain biking is permitted. For walkers the track climbs to a viewing platform above Diamond Lake. From here there are two options. The first is a lower level circuit that takes in the Lake Wanaka viewpoint, with great views of both the lake and its Islands.

Rocky Mountain Summit. Photo: S Sawyer.
Rocky Mountain Summit, Lake
Wanaka and its islands beyond

Warning: Sections of the lower circuit are steep and often slippery, requiring extreme care. Because of ice this track is not recommended during winter.

The second option from the Diamond Lake viewing platform (many walkers do them both) is the upper level circuit that winds its way to the top of 775-metre Rocky Mountain. The views from here include the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana and Mount Aspiring/Tititea.

Getting there

Diamond Lake Conservation Area is just past Hospital Flat, 12 km from Wanaka Town, on the Matukituki Valley Road,  


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Alerts for Otago places


Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 443 7660
Address:   Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
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Makarora Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 443 8365
Address:   Haast Pass Highway
State Hwy 6
Email:   makaroravc@doc.govt.nz
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