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Isthmus Peak Track

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Isthmus Peak Track

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Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown

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Visit Arrowtown and Wanaka on a half-day tour from Queenstown that explores local history and one of New Zealand’s most exciting adventure destinations. You’ll have time to stroll Arrowtown’s charming main street, built during the town’s 19th-century gold rush, then enjoy an hour of free time to see Wanaka. Walk the gorgeous lake path with views of the Southern Alps, then return to Queenstown through the Crown Range, winding through towering peaks and high passes.
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Marty James wrote a review Nov 2020
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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:)
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Date of experience: November 2020
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sagu wrote a review Oct 2020
auckland135 contributions30 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Mike Rennie wrote a review Jul 2020
40 contributions8 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Hoops2323 wrote a review Mar 2020
25 contributions7 helpful votes
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!!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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chris G wrote a review Mar 2020
Port Macquarie, Australia970 contributions423 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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