Otago

Otago

Gladstone to Wanaka - OPEN

Northern Start
Gladstone Reserve, Lake Hawea
Southern End
Ardmore St carpark, Wanaka
Distance
30.5km
Time
1 day
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track in some places
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Take care on shared cycle/walkways
Description
(North to South)

Gladstone Track - 6.8km / 1.5-2hr

The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust opened this lakeside track in 2011 and, in doing so, finished Te Araroa through the Upper Clutha region. The track links reserves at Gladstone and Lake Hawea Village and is mainly on the terrace above the lakeshore.

From the Gladstone Reserve the track starts on compacted gravel and heads west around the lakeshore. The track soon crosses Johns Creek (usually dry) and then rises towards Denniston Rd. It runs alongside the road briefly and then continues straight ahead onto the terrace above the lake.
After half an hour the track veers inland and descends gently to cross a creek bed. It and then returns to the terrace along the lake fringe. A second creek bed is crossed with a similarly benign descent and climb about 1.5km further along.
The track continues along the terrace and crosses a cattle stop at the town boundary. The track enters the Lake Hawea Reserve here where it remains for the final half hour or so.The formed track ends on Capell Rd about 100m from the Domain Rd intersection, which is adjacent to the Hawea River control gates.
 

Hawea River Track - 12km / 2.5-3.5hr

The Hawea River Track was another Upper Clutha Tracks Trust project.  
It is a high spec track that’s suitable for both walking and biking. Bikes and prams can cross the swingbridge but need to be carried down the steps at the southern end.
The initial 800m, from Lake Hawea to a carpark, is road margin but from there it is easy and pleasant walking along the Hawea River through to the Albert Town Recreation Reserve, a short distance from Albert Town.

For Te Araroa purposes the track starts at the control gates on near the Lake Hawea foreshore. Walk up Domain Rd. The carpark is 800m distant on the right. The off-road track starts here, through the pedestrian gate. Follow the track down, across a small bridge, and then turn left onto the main track.
The track crosses Camp Hill Rd in its mid-section and continues downstream to the Alberttown Conservation Area, then to the Hawea River Swingbridge.
The Albert Town Reserve campground is located immediately over Hawea River Bridge ($7.00 per night – toilet, water and parking only).
The track beyond the bridge to Albert Town is unmarked. The way, however, is straightforward and initially on vehicle tracks to SH6 Lake Hawea-Albert Town Rd. Turn left onto the road shoulder. The foot path on the right hand side crosses the Clutha River Bridge. Te Araroa's Hawea River Track ends here. (The Albert Town shops are straight ahead and a short distance away.)
 
Outlet Track - 12km / 3-4hr

This track comprises 3 popular local tracks: the Outlet; Beacon Point and Bremner Bay Tracks. It takes walkers from Albert Town  through to the Wanaka CBD lake frontage.
From the Albert Town (true right) side of the Clutha River Bridge Te Araroa heads upstream on the riverside trail. There is a toilet and interpretation panels a little over a kilometre further along. Continue riverside towards the Lake Wanaka's outlet.
The track ends at the Visitors' Centre on the lakeshore.

Once at the outlet the trail continues around the Lake Wanaka shore. The pathway broadens into vehicle track but for the most it is still foot traffic and cyclists only.
Beyond Beacon Point the trail reverts to walking track and continues around the lake to Bremner Bay. There is a water fountain at the south end of this bay, a short distance from where the track enters the Eely Point Recreational Reserve, and toilets within the reserve itself. On the far side of the reserve the track continues lakeside into Roys Bay, past the boat ramp, and towards the Wanaka CBD.
Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Lake Hawea Village

Accommodation
Lake Hawea Motor Inn - Capell Ave, Lake Hawea - E: info@lakehawea.co.nz - P: 0800 429 324 or 03 443 1224  - Motel and hostel accommodation, restaurant and bar
Lake Hawea Holiday Park - 1208 Makarora-Lake Hawea Road, Albert Town - E: stay@haweaholidaypark.co.nz - P: 03 443 1767 - Cabins and camping

Resupply
Sailz Lake Hawea - 33 Capell Ave, Lake Hawea - P: 03 443 1696 - General store, post office, café and Bar / Restaurant

Transport
Alpine ConneXions - 460 Aubrey Rd, Wanaka - P: 03 443 9120 - E: info@alpineconnexions.co.nz - Wanaka Pickup/Drop off point outside Sports Wanaka 17/23 Dunmore St, Wanaka

Albert Town

Accommodation  
Zula Lodge (Formerly known as Albert Town Lodge) - 8 Wexford St, Albert Town - P: 03 443 9487 - E: stay@zulalodge.co.nz - Backpacker accommodation

Resupply
Albert Town Store - 20 Alison Ave, Albert Town - P: 03 443 2411 - Dairy and tavern

Wanaka

General Information
Lake Wanaka i-Site Visitors Centre - 103 Ardmore St, Wanaka - P: 03 443 1233 
DOC Tititea / Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre - Ardmore St, Wanaka- P: 03 443 7660 - E: mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz 
 
Getting there/away
Regular shuttle services link Wanaka with Queenstown, Christchurch and Dunedin.
InterCity - P: 03 365 1113 
Atomic Shuttles - P: 03 349 0697 
Southern Link - P: 0508 458 835 - Queenstown and Christchurch only.
Alpine ConneXions - 460 Aubrey Rd, Wanaka - P: 03 443 9120 - E: info@alpineconnexions.co.nz - Wanaka Pickup/Drop off point is outside Sports Wanaka 17/23 Dunmore St, Wanaka
Catch A Bus - P: 03 479 9960 - Dunedin only
 
Accommodation
YHA Wanaka, 94 Brownston St, Wanaka - P: 03 443 1880 - E: wanaka@yha.co.nz 
Mountain View Backpackers  BBH - 7 Russell St, Wanaka - P: 0800 112 201 or 03 443 9010 - E: stay@mtview.co.nz 
Wanaka Lakeview Holiday Park - 212 Brownston St, Wanaka - P: 03 443 7883 - E: info@wanakalakeview.co.nz - cabins, campsites and backpacker accommodation.
There are also many other options available at all levels in Wanaka.
 
Resupply
New World Supermarket - 20 Dunmore St, Wanaka - P: 03 443 7966 
4 Four Square Supermarket - 70 Ardmore St, Wanaka - P: 03 443 7173 
Wanaka Night 'n Day - 80 Ardmore St, Wanaka - P: 03 443 1598  

 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities (limited) in Lake Hawea
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Accommodation in Lake Hawea
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities - minimal resupply options
  • Toilets
  • Accommodation as noted in Trail Notes
Amenities
(End)
  • Full range of amenities in Wanaka
  • Carpark
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Accommodation
Closest Town(s)
Lake Hawea
Managed by
QLDC
Northern Start
Gladstone Reserve, Lake Hawea
Southern End
Ardmore St carpark, Wanaka
Distance
30.5km
Time
1 day
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

Gladstone Track - 6.8km / 1.5-2hr

The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust opened this lakeside track in 2011 and, in doing so, finished Te Araroa through the Upper Clutha region. The track links reserves at Gladstone and Lake Hawea Village and is mainly on the terrace above the lakeshore.

From the Gladstone Reserve the track starts on compacted gravel and heads west around the lakeshore. The track soon crosses Johns Creek (usually dry) and then rises towards Denniston Rd. It runs alongside the road briefly and then continues straight ahead onto the terrace above the lake.
After half an hour the track veers inland and descends gently to cross a creek bed. It and then returns to the terrace along the lake fringe. A second creek bed is crossed with a similarly benign descent and climb about 1.5km further along.
The track continues along the terrace and crosses a cattle stop at the town boundary. The track enters the Lake Hawea Reserve here where it remains for the final half hour or so.The formed track ends on Capell Rd about 100m from the Domain Rd intersection, which is adjacent to the Hawea River control gates.
 

Hawea River Track - 12km / 2.5-3.5hr

The Hawea River Track was another Upper Clutha Tracks Trust project.  
It is a high spec track that’s suitable for both walking and biking. Bikes and prams can cross the swingbridge but need to be carried down the steps at the southern end.
The initial 800m, from Lake Hawea to a carpark, is road margin but from there it is easy and pleasant walking along the Hawea River through to the Albert Town Recreation Reserve, a short distance from Albert Town.

For Te Araroa purposes the track starts at the control gates on near the Lake Hawea foreshore. Walk up Domain Rd. The carpark is 800m distant on the right. The off-road track starts here, through the pedestrian gate. Follow the track down, across a small bridge, and then turn left onto the main track.
The track crosses Camp Hill Rd in its mid-section and continues downstream to the Alberttown Conservation Area, then to the Hawea River Swingbridge.
The Albert Town Reserve campground is located immediately over Hawea River Bridge ($7.00 per night – toilet, water and parking only).
The track beyond the bridge to Albert Town is unmarked. The way, however, is straightforward and initially on vehicle tracks to SH6 Lake Hawea-Albert Town Rd. Turn left onto the road shoulder. The foot path on the right hand side crosses the Clutha River Bridge. Te Araroa's Hawea River Track ends here. (The Albert Town shops are straight ahead and a short distance away.)
 
Outlet Track - 12km / 3-4hr

This track comprises 3 popular local tracks: the Outlet; Beacon Point and Bremner Bay Tracks. It takes walkers from Albert Town  through to the Wanaka CBD lake frontage.
From the Albert Town (true right) side of the Clutha River Bridge Te Araroa heads upstream on the riverside trail. There is a toilet and interpretation panels a little over a kilometre further along. Continue riverside towards the Lake Wanaka's outlet.
The track ends at the Visitors' Centre on the lakeshore.

Once at the outlet the trail continues around the Lake Wanaka shore. The pathway broadens into vehicle track but for the most it is still foot traffic and cyclists only.
Beyond Beacon Point the trail reverts to walking track and continues around the lake to Bremner Bay. There is a water fountain at the south end of this bay, a short distance from where the track enters the Eely Point Recreational Reserve, and toilets within the reserve itself. On the far side of the reserve the track continues lakeside into Roys Bay, past the boat ramp, and towards the Wanaka CBD.
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track in some places
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Take care on shared cycle/walkways
Description
(North to South)

Gladstone Track - 6.8km / 1.5-2hr

The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust opened this lakeside track in 2011 and, in doing so, finished Te Araroa through the Upper Clutha region. The track links reserves at Gladstone and Lake Hawea Village and is mainly on the terrace above the lakeshore.

From the Gladstone Reserve the track starts on compacted gravel and heads west around the lakeshore. The track soon crosses Johns Creek (usually dry) and then rises towards Denniston Rd. It runs alongside the road briefly and then continues straight ahead onto the terrace above the lake.
After half an hour the track veers inland and descends gently to cross a creek bed. It and then returns to the terrace along the lake fringe. A second creek bed is crossed with a similarly benign descent and climb about 1.5km further along.
The track continues along the terrace and crosses a cattle stop at the town boundary. The track enters the Lake Hawea Reserve here where it remains for the final half hour or so.The formed track ends on Capell Rd about 100m from the Domain Rd intersection, which is adjacent to the Hawea River control gates.
 

Hawea River Track - 12km / 2.5-3.5hr

The Hawea River Track was another Upper Clutha Tracks Trust project.  
It is a high spec track that’s suitable for both walking and biking. Bikes and prams can cross the swingbridge but need to be carried down the steps at the southern end.
The initial 800m, from Lake Hawea to a carpark, is road margin but from there it is easy and pleasant walking along the Hawea River through to the Albert Town Recreation Reserve, a short distance from Albert Town.

For Te Araroa purposes the track starts at the control gates on near the Lake Hawea foreshore. Walk up Domain Rd. The carpark is 800m distant on the right. The off-road track starts here, through the pedestrian gate. Follow the track down, across a small bridge, and then turn left onto the main track.
The track crosses Camp Hill Rd in its mid-section and continues downstream to the Alberttown Conservation Area, then to the Hawea River Swingbridge.
The Albert Town Reserve campground is located immediately over Hawea River Bridge ($7.00 per night – toilet, water and parking only).
The track beyond the bridge to Albert Town is unmarked. The way, however, is straightforward and initially on vehicle tracks to SH6 Lake Hawea-Albert Town Rd. Turn left onto the road shoulder. The foot path on the right hand side crosses the Clutha River Bridge. Te Araroa's Hawea River Track ends here. (The Albert Town shops are straight ahead and a short distance away.)
 
Outlet Track - 12km / 3-4hr

This track comprises 3 popular local tracks: the Outlet; Beacon Point and Bremner Bay Tracks. It takes walkers from Albert Town  through to the Wanaka CBD lake frontage.
From the Albert Town (true right) side of the Clutha River Bridge Te Araroa heads upstream on the riverside trail. There is a toilet and interpretation panels a little over a kilometre further along. Continue riverside towards the Lake Wanaka's outlet.
The track ends at the Visitors' Centre on the lakeshore.

Once at the outlet the trail continues around the Lake Wanaka shore. The pathway broadens into vehicle track but for the most it is still foot traffic and cyclists only.
Beyond Beacon Point the trail reverts to walking track and continues around the lake to Bremner Bay. There is a water fountain at the south end of this bay, a short distance from where the track enters the Eely Point Recreational Reserve, and toilets within the reserve itself. On the far side of the reserve the track continues lakeside into Roys Bay, past the boat ramp, and towards the Wanaka CBD.
Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Lake Hawea Village

Accommodation
Lake Hawea Motor Inn - Capell Ave, Lake Hawea - E: info@lakehawea.co.nz - P: 0800 429 324 or 03 443 1224  - Motel and hostel accommodation, restaurant and bar
Lake Hawea Holiday Park - 1208 Makarora-Lake Hawea Road, Albert Town - E: stay@haweaholidaypark.co.nz - P: 03 443 1767 - Cabins and camping

Resupply
Sailz Lake Hawea - 33 Capell Ave, Lake Hawea - P: 03 443 1696 - General store, post office, café and Bar / Restaurant

Transport
Alpine ConneXions - 460 Aubrey Rd, Wanaka - P: 03 443 9120 - E: info@alpineconnexions.co.nz - Wanaka Pickup/Drop off point outside Sports Wanaka 17/23 Dunmore St, Wanaka

Albert Town

Accommodation  
Zula Lodge (Formerly known as Albert Town Lodge) - 8 Wexford St, Albert Town - P: 03 443 9487 - E: stay@zulalodge.co.nz - Backpacker accommodation

Resupply
Albert Town Store - 20 Alison Ave, Albert Town - P: 03 443 2411 - Dairy and tavern

Wanaka

General Information
Lake Wanaka i-Site Visitors Centre - 103 Ardmore St, Wanaka - P: 03 443 1233 
DOC Tititea / Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre - Ardmore St, Wanaka- P: 03 443 7660 - E: mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz 
 
Getting there/away
Regular shuttle services link Wanaka with Queenstown, Christchurch and Dunedin.
InterCity - P: 03 365 1113 
Atomic Shuttles - P: 03 349 0697 
Southern Link - P: 0508 458 835 - Queenstown and Christchurch only.
Alpine ConneXions - 460 Aubrey Rd, Wanaka - P: 03 443 9120 - E: info@alpineconnexions.co.nz - Wanaka Pickup/Drop off point is outside Sports Wanaka 17/23 Dunmore St, Wanaka
Catch A Bus - P: 03 479 9960 - Dunedin only
 
Accommodation
YHA Wanaka, 94 Brownston St, Wanaka - P: 03 443 1880 - E: wanaka@yha.co.nz 
Mountain View Backpackers  BBH - 7 Russell St, Wanaka - P: 0800 112 201 or 03 443 9010 - E: stay@mtview.co.nz 
Wanaka Lakeview Holiday Park - 212 Brownston St, Wanaka - P: 03 443 7883 - E: info@wanakalakeview.co.nz - cabins, campsites and backpacker accommodation.
There are also many other options available at all levels in Wanaka.
 
Resupply
New World Supermarket - 20 Dunmore St, Wanaka - P: 03 443 7966 
4 Four Square Supermarket - 70 Ardmore St, Wanaka - P: 03 443 7173 
Wanaka Night 'n Day - 80 Ardmore St, Wanaka - P: 03 443 1598  

 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities (limited) in Lake Hawea
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Accommodation in Lake Hawea
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities - minimal resupply options
  • Toilets
  • Accommodation as noted in Trail Notes
Amenities
(End)
  • Full range of amenities in Wanaka
  • Carpark
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Accommodation
Closest Town(s)
Lake Hawea
Managed by
QLDC