The Best Hiking in Mount Aspiring National Park

Looking for the best hiking in Mount Aspiring National Park? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Mount Aspiring National Park. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Mount Aspiring National Park

  • Makarora, New Zealand

    Backpack the Gillespie Pass Circuit, New Zealand

    5.0
    44.7 mi / 4266 ft gain
    The small township of Makarora West is the kickoff point for this 3-5 day circuit that guides you through a strikingly beautiful and wild corner of the Southern Alps in New Zealand. My tramping companion and I decided to hike the route anticlockwise, although the trail can be traveled in both dir...
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  • Mount Aspiring, New Zealand

    Hike to the Rob Roy Glacier

    5.0
    6.2 mi / 1625 ft gain
    Follow the Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd. west of Lake Wanaka. The pavement turns into a dirt road shortly after you drive around the lake. You will drive for about an hour, then park at Raspberry Flats in the Matukituki Valley. From the Raspberry Flats lot, the trailhead begins at the swing bridge ab...
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  • Mount Aspiring, New Zealand

    Backpack the Matukituki Valley

    5.0
    24.9 mi / 4822.8 ft gain
    The West Matukituki Valley is a playground for those who love the outdoors. There are 2 sub-alpine huts, one on either side of the river, that make great backpacking destinations. French Ridge Hut (1470m) and Liverpool hut (~1140m) are both about 40km return trips from the carpark, and each can b...
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  • Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Road, New Zealand

    Backpack to Aspiring Hut

    11.2 mi / 531.5 ft gain
    If it is your first time backpacking - this is exactly what you're looking for. I'm not joking! Not only was this my first time camping (the night before), but this was also my first backpacking trip. And the tramp is also a great choice for families! Aspiring Hut is in the West Matukituki valley...
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  • Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand

    Hike to the Blue Pools

    4.5
    0.3 mi / 10 ft gain
    From the carpark the trail can easily be identified across the street. A short walk through native beech forest and over a long swing-bridge takes you to the boardwalk just before reaching the bridge over the Blue Pools.  
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  • The Neck, New Zealand

    Hike Isthmus Peak

    5.0
    9.9 mi / 4544 ft gain
    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 'I...
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  • Treble Cone, New Zealand

    Hike to the Summit of Treble Cone

    4 mi / 2296.6 ft gain
    If you're in Wanaka, you cannot miss this hike. If the ski area is closed for the season you can still hike there but please check in with the Treble Cone Office in Wanaka. Begin at the ski field parking area and climb among snow slops and service roads, alternatively ascend the ridge on the far ...
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  • Cattle Flat, New Zealand

    Climb the Buchanan Peaks above Lake Wanaka

    5.0
    18.6 mi / 8202.1 ft gain
    From Wanaka-Mt. Aspiring Road, head west out of town and past Glendhu Bay (and Roy's Peak). Go right on West Wanaka Station Road and follow it until the obvious split towards the Homestead Bay / Minaret Burn Track parking area to the right.Take the Minaret Burn / Homestead Bay track approximately...
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  • Cattle Flat, New Zealand

    Hike the Minaret Burn Track

    8.7 mi
    The Minaret Burn Track starts at the end of West Wanaka Road at Homestead Bay, which many tourists (and locals!) unknowingly drive past on their way to Treble Cone, Diamond Lake and/or the Rob Roy glacier. The start of the track is signposted and trail times to Colquhouns Beach (2-3 hrs; 7km) and...
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  • Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand

    Backpack the Brewster Hut Track

    5.0
    11.2 mi / 5656 ft gain
    Twenty kilometers north of Haast Pass (568m/1864ft) there is a carpark for Fantail Falls, a beautiful waterfall with numerous rock cairns displayed at its base. From here, take a 3-4 hour hike along Brewster Hut Track (more like climb) through beech forest and then alpine tussock to reach Brewste...
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  • Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand

    Hike Brewster Track to Mt. Armstrong

    5.0
    5.6 mi / 5577.4 ft gain
    After a short walk from the Fantail Falls parking lot, the trail crosses the river to reach the beginning of the track. It's unlikely you'll avoid getting your feet wet.The track heads up through the steep and rooted slopes until you break treeline after several thousand feet of elevation gain. N...
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  • Glendhu Bay, New Zealand

    Hike to Diamond Lake

    1.6 mi / 721.8 ft gain
    From the car park follow the well marked trail. You will continue gradually uphill for around 30 minutes before reaching Diamond Lake. You can continue past the lake for approximately 15 minutes to get to a viewing platform. This part of the trail winds steeply uphill in a combination of grave...
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  • Glendhu Bay, New Zealand

    Hike to Rocky Mountain

    4 mi / 1476.4 ft gain
    This is an awesome hike with views similar to Roy Peak but more varied terrain (and less of a climb as the mountain only hits 775m. The drive is only ~10 minutes outside Wanaka. From the Diamond Lake trailhead, follow the track from the end of the car park towards Diamond Lake. From the Lake, fol...
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  • Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand

    Backpack MacPherson Creek to Lake Barra

    5.0
    7.5 mi / 5249.3 ft gain
    If you’re ready for an advanced challenge to suit any adventurous spirit and have the skills to navigate complicated terrain then the narrow MacPherson Creek drainage on the fringes of Mount Aspiring National Park may grab your interest. Diving in from the MacPherson Creek bridge on the Haast Roa...
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  • Glendhu Bay, New Zealand

    Hike Roys Peak Track

    5.0
    6.8 mi / 4127.3 ft gain
    This is a very strenuous uphill hike, with very few level stretches along the way, so make sure you have a good level of fitness, and wear sturdy shoes to avoid blisters, as the way back down will be hard on your knees and feet. The track begins on private land, which is grassy with lots of sheep...
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  • Glendhu Bay, New Zealand

    Hike the Skyline Track

    11.8 mi / 4000 ft gain
    The Roys Peak carpark is an accessible trailhead 10 minutes outside of Wanaka that rewards anyone willing to spend a few hours slogging their way uphill with EPIC views of Lake Wanaka, the surrounding mountain ranges, and Aspiring National Park in the distance. For those who are interested in som...
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