Upper Clutha River

Image: Vonny Sprey | ©


Walk or cycle along the banks of the Clutha River near Lake Wānaka.

Track overview

18.5 km

Walking and tramping

5 - 5 hr 30 min Easy: Walking track

Mountain biking

Intermediate: Grade 3

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this track


This track, from Albert Town to Luggate, follows along the river bank offering views of the Clutha’s emerald-green water with the odd trout lurking in its shadows.

Joggers, cyclists and walkers will enjoy shade in summer and shelter from the elements in winter. 

You can walk the whole length or sections of the track.

A loop option is possible when combined with the Newcastle Track, located on the true left of the river.

Times and distances from carparks

  • Albert Town to Cardrona River 1 hr, 2.5 km
  • Cardrona River to Stevensons Road 1 -1 hr 30 min, 5 km
  • Stevensons Road to Reko’s Point 1 hr, 4 km
  • Reko’s Point to Shortcut Road carpark 1 hr, 4 km
  • Shortcut Road carpark to Luggate 45 min, 3 km


The Upper Clutha River is home to a large population of introduced brown and rainbow trout. Both spinning and fly fishing work well, with fly fishing being the most productive method during the warmer months. A current fishing licence from Fish & Game New Zealand is required.

Getting there

There are several carpark entrance points to begin or finish at: Albert Town, Cardrona River, Stevensons Road, Reko’s Point, Shortcut Road and Luggate.

Know before you go

This is a shared-use track. Follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track.


Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   0272696871
Fax:   03 4437660
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   1 Ballantyne Road
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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