Hike Isthmus Peak

Isthmus Peak Track

Distance

9.9 Miles

Elevation Gain

4544 Feet

Activities

Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Easy Parking
Scenic

This is an amazing day hike that gets morning sun and rewards you with great views of both Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka!! Its a great walk for all times of year, but it's closed for fawning Nov. 20th-Dec. 20th, and you might want gators and good boots during the snowy months.

The Isthmus Peak Track is a 16km out-and-back hike to the summit of Isthmus Peak (1,385 meters), where you get great views of Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. The track starts off the Lake Hawea section of SH6, about a 30 minute drive from Wanaka Township, and there's a yellow 'Isthmus Peak' signpost at the carpark. From the bottom, you follow a poled route along the true right of Stewart Creek that eventually turns into a 4WD track. It's an 8km climb up a steep, completely exposed path to the skyline ridge. After an amble along the ridge you get to the summit. It's an unrelenting uphill tramp, but it's worth the effort. It can be really windy, but on a clear day the views are incredible. It can also be mountain biked, but you'll need to be pretty fit to enjoy it!

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Nick Esares

over 2 years ago

Best Views

The views on this hike are the best I have ever seen. In my opinion they are better than the much more popular Roy's Peak hike, and overall it is a little less challenging hike in my opinion.

Great Adventures

I just moved to Queenstown NZ and boy am I glad I found you on here! I can't wait to get started!

Distance

9.9 Miles

Elevation Gain

4544 Feet

Activities

Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

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