Wānaka Day Trips
Wānaka day trips are accessible mountain adventures from a comfortable base. The town is surrounded by mountains and is a year-round hub for all outdoor activities. It is the gateway to the valleys and peaks of Mount Aspiring National Park which together with local mountain ranges provide the venues for a range of summer and winter trips.
Summer Day Trips
Wānaka Rock Climbing
Hospital Flat, an area that boasts thousands of established rock climbs throughout the grade range, is just 20 minutes drive from Wānaka town centre. Set in the beautiful idyllic setting of the Matukituki Valley, the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park.
Remarkables Grand Traverse
The Grand Traverse is New Zealand’s premier alpine day trip. The route, accessed from the Remarkables ski field, takes in the summits of Double and Single Cone with jaw-dropping exposure and views down to Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, almost 2km vertically below.
A glacier trek is the ultimate heli-hiking experience. Check out crevasses and icefalls as you and your guide explore a remote glacier deep in Mount Aspiring National Park in conjunction with Aspiring Helicopters.
Winter Day Trips
Treble Cone Backcountry Tour
The Treble Cone ski field, near Wānaka provides lift access to 1900m and acres of backcountry terrain of the Motutapu Conservation area. Untracked snow is available long after the ski field is chopped up.
Heli-Ski and Splitboard Tour
The peaks of the Harris Mountains and Buchannan Mountains are a short flight from the Matukituki Valley. They provide excellent viewpoints over Lake Wānaka and the peaks of Mount Aspiring National Park. Flying into these remote locations allows an uncrowded and remote ski touring day out.
Remarkables Ice and Mixed Climbing
The Remarkables mountain range near Queenstown offers the most accessible winter ice and mixed climbing playground in the country. A number of routes can be packed into a day at the climbing venues of the West Face of Telecom Tower, Alta Ice, and Touchdown on the South Face.