View from Mount Iron

Image: Stefan Marks | Creative Commons

Introduction

This very popular loop walk offers excellent 360-degree views – it's close to Wanaka and suitable for all ages and abilities.

Track overview

4.5 km loop

Walking and tramping

1 hr 30 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this track

Description

Mount Iron is an impressive, glacier carved, rocky knoll that rises nearly 250 m above the surrounding countryside. As a result, from the summit there are excellent 360-degree views of the The Pisa range, the Upper Clutha Basin, Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana.

The track begins over the stile by the car park and taking the left fork, climbs through low kānuka shrubland on Mount Iron's western side to the summit. After taking in the view and the information on the panels, follow the track to descend on the eastern side and return round the foot of the hill to the car park.

Getting there

The track starts from a car park off SH84 (the main road into Wanaka from the east), just 2 km from town.

Know before you go

Mountain bikes are not permitted on the Mount Iron Track.

Dogs must be on leash. Access to Mt Iron Scenic reserve crosses private land. The landowners have agreed that dogs are allowed on the track, but they must be on a leash.

Contacts

Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 27 629 1012
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   1 Ballantyne Road
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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