View of Lake Hāwea from the track
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Introduction

Walk or mountain bike this track to Isthmus Peak (1385 m) and cross the undulating skyline ridge.

Highlights

The track overlooks Lake Wanaka and Lake Hāwea, with great views of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana. 

Track overview

Return via same track

Walking and tramping

5 - 7 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

Expert: Grade 5

Seasonal restrictions

These tracks are annually closed for fawning between 20 November and 20 December.

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Access from Stewart Creek carpark: 5-6 hr return (16 km)

From the carpark, follow the poled route on the true right of Stewart Creek, until it joins a 4WD track. From here a steep, rocky climb winds upwards to a skyline ridge.

You can mountain bike these tracks but on many sections you will have to dismount and push your bike.

On reaching the ridge, a sign points to the Isthmus Peak track on the right, and on the left, the Glen Dene Ridge track takes you into the conservation area. The Glen Dene Tramping track along the tops traverses a number of unnamed peaks.

Getting there

Stewart Creek carpark is off SH6, north of Lake Hāwea township and 30 minutes drive from Wanaka. 

Take care parking and crossing the road – this is a busy carpark beside the highway. 

Know before you go

  • Adverse weather: The weather can change rapidly in New Zealand. Hypothermia is a real risk even in summer. Be prepared by having warm, windproof clothing and the appropriate footwear. Whiteout conditions caused by snow or low cloud may be present.

  • Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information and the terrain rating for this track.

  • Private property: This track crosses private land. Respect the landowner's livestock and property: stay on the marked track until you reach the conservation land, leave gates as you find them and use stiles where provided. Livestock can be unpredictable – keep your distance at all times/go around if necessary. 

    No camping until the conservation area boundary.

  • There is no public access beyond the conservation area. Return to the Stewart Creek carpark by the same route.
  • There is a safari hunting operation on this station, give way to game animals, especially during the March to May roar.
  • Firearms are not permitted on these tracks.

Contacts

Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 443 7660
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305
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