Bike and Foot
You can spend days exploring the many trails around Wanaka on mountain bike tracks which are also suitable for walkers all easily accessed from the doorstep of The Dacha. The lakeside trails are formed gravel tracks allowing two way traffic with very little access for motorised vehicles and are just a few minutes ride from your accommodation. Turn right when you reach the lake and the trail continues down the Clutha River and connects with tracks to Lake Hawea and onto the Dean’s Bank single track loop. Turn left and you can follow the lake into Wanaka and continue on toward Glendhu Bay. Either way you are in for stunning views of the water and mountains. For technical single track riding, the renowned Sticky Forest tracks are in the wooded hills behind the Dacha with the access points signposted. Walking enthusiasts are in for a treat during a Wanaka holiday. Along with the aforementioned shared trails, there are a number of Department of Conservation trails in the area and the trailhead for Mt Aspiring National Park is an hour’s drive up the Matukituki Valley.
Here are three ‘must do’ outings:
The Blue Pools
Haast Pass – approx 1.15 hour drive
A 20 minute walk through native Beech forest and over two bridges takes you to a series of pools and rock formations shaped by the Haast River. The colours and clarity of the water and formed stone pools offer great photo opportunities. If you feel like stretching your legs the track continues and links up to multi-day walks in the Wilkins and Young River valleys
Cardrona Alpine Resort
45 minutes drive
During summer months the ski resort has chairlift rides to a mountaintop viewing area and walking trails with 360 degree views of the Southern Alps, Queenstown and surrounding landscapes. A guided night sky experience is also a popular outing with dinner on the mountain. For the adventurous the resort also has a lift-accessed mountainbiking and threewheeled downhill carts.
Diamond Lake Walk
20 minutes drive from Wanaka to the carpark
A two to three hour loop walk gives you stunning views of Lake Wanaka, Mt Aspiring and the Matukituki River Valley. Diamond Lake itself is ten minutes walk from the carpark and takes approximately half-an-hour to walk around.