5 Rankers Reviews
The Sawyer Burn Track climbs through the forest to the bushline and has superb views of Lake Hawea and the surrounding mountains. Its an easy loop track through mountain beech forest.
South Island ▷ Wanaka Region ▷ Wanaka Township
Beautiful views for a relatively straight forward walk. Well worth the short fairly steep ascent! The Sawyer Burn track isn’t actually a loop, it leads straight to the Sawyer Burn hut returning the same route, the nature walk at the bottom is the loop.
It’s worth continuing up from the marker at the top for even more expansive views. Another 3 hours of gruelling backcountry hiking leads to Sentinel Peak, but this is for experienced back country hikers only as there is barely a track and good navigation skills are required.
There are two walks here. A short nature walk and the steep one up the mountain. The view is stunning indeed but the forestpart isn't to bad either. Very steep climb, so also down walkingsticks are helpfull (if you want to use your knees still when old). Never found the hut though, but made it almost to the top. Very peaceful although crowded campsite at the bottom.
This hidden gem of a walk rewards the hiker with stunning views down to Lake Hawea and snowy peaked mountains. The trail is only a foot's width in places with big drops, but stunning nonetheless. Also a quiet walk can be expected with a neat look inside the Sawyer Burn Hut at the top.
Quiet, short track. Somewhat steep but not exposed. Above the treeline we didn't continue the track to finish the loop but walked straight up hill following a path to a local peak with nice views.
Great view, gand flora.
Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍