6.5 Hours 21.5 km


  • Emerald-green water
  • Trout spotting
  • Well-sheltered



Marvel at the emerald green waters of the Clutha River while enjoying the peaceful scenery on the upper river walk.

Upper River Clutha Track, Wānaka

You can walk or bike to the start of the Clutha - the South Island's largest river - from Wanaka township. From there, you can walk the whole length or sections of the track.

The track continues along the riverbank all the way to Albert Town. It is particularly scenic, with constant views of the Clutha's emerald-green water, the odd trout lurking in the shadows and the tangy aroma of the manuka trees.

During the late 1800s, the river yielded a vast quantity of gold. At one point in time, there were 187 gold dredges working the river.

Department of Conservation

Track conditions often change. Be prepared by checking with the Department of Conservation before you go.

Upper Clutha River Track(opens in new window)

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Alternative routes

A loop option is possible when combined with the Newcastle Track(opens in new window).


Getting there

You can start or end the track at several carparks including Lake Wanaka Outlet, Albert Town, Cardrona River, Stevensons Road, Reko’s Point, Shortcut Road and Luggate.


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