Matatiaho Conservation Area tracks...

Matatiaho Conservation Area tracks


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2 Face-to-Face

1 Lake Hawea

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Time: 4 - 7 hrs, Distance: 8 - 15 km

Isthmus Peak: 5-6 hr return (16km)

Matatiaho Conservation Area: 5 - 7hr (15km)

From the carpark follow the poled route on the true right of Stewart Creek until it reaches a 4WD track. From here a steep and rocky climb winds up to a skyline ridge.

On the ridge, follow the signs to either 1385 m Isthmus Peak (to the right) or Matatiaho Conservation Area (to the left).

You can mountain bike these tracks but on many sections you will have to push your bike.

Getting there
Stewart Creek carpark is just off the Lake Hawea section of SH6, 30 minutes drive from Wanaka Township.

Know before you go
Adverse weather: The weather can change rapidly in New Zealand. Hypothermia is a real risk even in summer. Be prepared by having warm, windproof clothing and the appropriate footwear. Whiteout conditions caused by snow or low cloud may be present.

Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information and the terrain rating for this track.

Private property: This track crosses private land. Respect the landowner's livestock and property. Stay on the marked track until you reach the conservation land, leave gates as you find them and use stiles where provided. Camping is permitted on conservation land only.

There is no public access beyond the conservation area. Return to the Stewart Creek carpark by the same route.
There is a safari hunting operation on this station, give way to game animals, especially during the March to May roar.
Firearms are not permitted on these tracks.


Feature Value Info


DOC Otago

Central government organisation


South IslandWanaka RegionLake Hawea


  • Walking
  • Free

Operating Times

There is a safari hunting operation on this station, give way to game animals, especially during the March to May roar.


Fritsi and Flo's avatar

Fritsi and Flo


Ranking: 10/10

Good but steep hike, 3-4 hours to the top, awesome view of the Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Mathieu  Brun 's avatar

Mathieu Brun


Ranking: 8/10

Very nice day walk. It is steep and really exposed to the sun as there are no trees after the first hour. Hat, sunscreen and water are mandatory. At the top you are rewarded with a great view of the two Lakes Hawea and Wanaka.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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