Isthmus Peak Track
Isthmus Peak Track
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Pippa H
London, UK82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Fab hike! Pretty steep so bring plenty of food and water. Very well marked paths though so you won't get lost, and the views up the top are stunning. It was pretty busy the day we went as Roys peak was closed. Would also recommend going early so you're not going up in peak of sun. Be careful to get down before dark too as there are loose stones.
Written 15 November 2023
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Louise S
Wollongong, Australia72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
This is described as a hard trail - and it certainly was. The hot day and lack of shade from about 1/2 way up made the going harder. But the views are amazing - even if you don’t make the top to see both lakes. Carry lots of water.
Written 9 January 2023
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Vic H
Whangarei, New Zealand62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This is a good day hike with stunning views. Tough on the knees on the relentless descent but we had perfect weather and all was forgiven for the feeling of being out in the hills on such a glorious day.
Written 4 July 2021
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Marty James
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
bit of a mission, and you do share the track with livestock so if that scares you, may be best avoided! Unreal views tho from the top - worth the effort to enjoy God's own:)
Written 9 November 2020
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sagu
auckland163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Friends
My mate and I did this hike last week just before the snow storm hit Central Otago region. We have done several hikes in NZ and around the globe and this is my favourite day hike.

Started off from Queenstown at 4:30 am and got to the car park around 6-ish. We were hoping gas stations in Wanaka might be open to buy some food but they weren’t. Lucky we packed some snacks and drinks the night before.

It was a beautiful crisp spring morning. Like others have said it is challenging right from the word go. But the scenery makes up for it.
Initially it will feel like a bush walk and you will come across cute little lambs and other farm animals which means you will have to dodge a lot of poo so watch your step.

After that, the track gets a bit more challenging and exposed but the views get better and better.
The last 1-1.5 hours of our ascent to the peak was covered in snow and it was just magical looking at the mountains and Lake Hawea down below thinking how lucky we are in NZ ! We were the only 2 humans on the track and we got to the top around 9ish. It was quite windy at the peak so after some quick photos and throwing fresh snow at each other we made our way down.

We pretty much ran/ jogged down and came across some human traffic going up and finished the hike in 5 hours 40 minutes with lots of stops for photos and food. When we got to the car park just before midday we still saw people just starting off - don’t know why they would do this hike in the hot sun with absolutely no shade on the trail.

We carried small daypacks with 2 litres of water, Up n Go and some muesli bars. Clothing wise I wore a running shirt and shorts and a fleece jacket which I got rid off after about 1 hour of climbing and of course my sturdy pair of hiking boots.

This is a hike I’d wanna come back and do again - it was just magical with all the snow.
Written 3 October 2020
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Mike Rennie
107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We do a lot of hikes but wasn’t too keen on Roy’s Peak given the popularity etc. Had a brief look on the trail maps and we decided on Mt Isthmus. It was a steady up hill the entire way and not much easier on the downhill. Wide path so group walking is easy. The views were unreal and basically the entire duration of the walk. We passed 6 or 8 groups and all we’re genuine hikers/trail walkers (aka were appreciating the experience without having to shout about it). The vista at the top was breathtaking and very well worth it. We walked the duration at a steady pace and completed in 3.45hrs. Go and enjoy, minus the crowds!
PS don’t rely on Lake Hawea for pre-walk snacks and coffee.
Written 26 July 2020
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Hoops2323
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We climbed isthmus today. Started at 0830 and had summitted by 1030.. we are not super fit athletes; so it can be done in way less than the suggested times by 'normal level of fitness' people. However, I must add that the weather was overcast for most of the way up.. if we had tried to do it in burning sunshine I suspect it would've taken a lot longer! Sadly we did not get any view from the top as it was a complete white out! When the clouds dispersed about 2/3s of the way down the view of lake Hawea were spectacular.. so I can only imagine how good the views from the top were. Overall thoroughly recommended!!
Written 11 March 2020
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Chris G
Port Macquarie, Australia1,012 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
My wife and I are in our 60’s and did this walk on a perfect warm sunny day. We are regular walkers but certainly not to this degree. Firstly good idea if you park at the lower carpark as it is a little easier to access the beginning of the walk. Signage is not that good. The upper carpark seemed to be full of free campers. The walk or hike is hard. It took 3 hours of hard hiking to reach the top with quite a few breathing stops. A few sandflies in the first 300 metres or so so walk quickly. We
Fantastic views from the very top of this hike and well worth the heavy breathing on the way up. On the way down it took a good 2.5 hours of thigh burning walking. Some places you would certainly benefit from walking poles.
I suggest depending on the time of year but go early to avoid the other walkers. Dress for hot and cold and take heaps of water. We took 1.5 litres each and used most of it.
This hike to me, is much better than the Rob Roy hike as you get such wonderful views all the way up and when at the top it is almost 360 degree views over both lakes and mountain ranges. Just breathtaking!
Written 3 March 2020
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Graham
130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
There are three suitable car parks on the right hand side of SH 6 as you travel from Wanaka (~30 min). Ismuth Peak is much quieter than Roys Peak but it is still worth getting to the car parks early to get a slot. The path follows the edge of the Glen Dene Station - lots of deer on view. The path makes a sharp right hand turn onto a land rover track which leads to the summit. The initial angle is moderate and then steepens up. The views of the ridges and lake are excellent. As you get to around 1250m the track angle relents as and the views open up. A sign marks the right hand turn to the summit of Ismuth Peak at 1386m. Comprehensive views of Lake Wanaka and surrounding peaks are on offer. We took 4 hours up and 3 down and 1 on the summit.

People asked us whether they should climb Roys Peak. Our answer is Yes as the views are excellent and complimentary but be ready for the crowds!

Written 27 February 2020
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PboroBill
Chapel Hill, NC300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was my wife’s planned longest hike of trip. I’m in excellent shape (marathon runner), she’s above average. We started at 7 am. It took us 3 hours (plus stops for her to recover) to get up and 2:40 to get down (also with stops for her to recover). The first section (miles 0-1.5) are through easy stuff with a bit of brief scrambling but overall a reasonable grade. Miles 1.5-3.75 are a steady diet of undulating switchbacks with relentless climbing, and exposed to the sun. The last mile or so is more gentle along the ridge until you get to the post. Start early, take lots of water, and savor the views when you need a break. It’s a great hike on a well maintained track. Also - going earlier means less crowds.
Written 15 February 2020
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