Clutha River walk

6.5 hours

21.5 km

Highlights

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

Proximity

GRADE: EASY

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

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Sheep along Clutha River, Wanaka

By Sheep shifting at Hunter Farm

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Clutha River near Wanaka, Wanaka

By Lookout Point

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Clutha River, Wanaka

By Lewis Verduyn

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Horseshoe Bend Suspension Bridge, Wanaka

By _setev

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

Click the link below for more information about this trail.

Upper Clutha River Track

More information

 

Alternative routes

A loop option is possible when combined with the Newcastle Track.

 

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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