Breathtaking Lake Wanaka, the Southern Alps, Clutha River, Mount Aspiring National Park… Wanaka has incredible scenery year-round! Awesome ski fields nearby include Treble Cone , and Queenstown is just 1 ½ hours away.
Wanaka is world famous for its single track mountain bike riding, with Stickey Forest, Deans Bank and its fantastic lake edge track that undulates its way to Glendhu Bay. The family friendly Hawea Track and the just completed lake edge extension, along with the tracks that follow both sides of the Clutha River to Luggate, add another layer to Wanaka’s MTB mana. Just beyond civilisation and the temptations of Wanaka’s excellent bars and cafes, lurk a number of decent day rides.
Ross Mackay and I intended leaving Wanaka on Friday for three days and nights of self-supported bikepacking — mainly offroad over the Crown Range to Queenstown, then across Lake Wakatipu, around the Mavora Lakes, then up and across the Nevis Pass — travelling some 400km over three alpine passes. Our previous bikepacking adventure was pretty tame compared to this one.