The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - SOUTH ISLAND -

Au­thor and pho­tog­ra­pher Neville Peat de­scribed Wanaka as “a walker’s Shangri-La”; its ridicu­lously ex­ten­sive walk­ing op­tions make it per­am­bu­la­tory per­fec­tion. The prob­lem is not so much which ones to do but which ones to leave out. The lo­cals are rather par­tial to the Di­a­mond Lake Look­out (1 hour re­turn, with peak-stud­ded sky­line re­wards. Avoid if con­di­tions are icy),

Mt Iron (1.5 hours re­turn, su­perb 360 de­gree views from the 250 me­tre sum­mit), Roy’s Peak Track (3 hours of zig-zaggy up­wards graft. If the climb up doesn’t rob you of breath, the views from the 1578-me­tre sum­mit surely will). Oh, and re­mem­ber your lay­ers, peo­ple – this is the cli­mat­i­cally ex­cit­ing South Is­land we’re talk­ing about here. View the range of foot-friendly op­tions here: lake­wanaka.co.nz/new-zealand/wanaka-walk­ing-and-hik­ing

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