Isthmus Peak Track, Otago NZ

Two lakes for the price of one on the Isthmus Peak Track, with excellent views of both Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea on this somewhat similar walk to the now super famous Roys Peak Track.

Isthmus Peak Track, Otago NZ

The Isthmus Peak Track is a much less crowded alternative to the now super famous Roys Peak Track, although I’ve heard it’s getting more popular. There are excellent views of both Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea, and a good portion of the walk is on high ground in a conservation area. 

There’s still a fair amount of time spent in farmland on the lower slopes, but I don’t remember this being quite as smelly and weed ridden as on Roys Peak. But this was in 2015, so things may have changed.

An obvious track with info on the DOC website. There’s also a longer track across the tops that can be walked or mountain biked. 

Isthmus Peak Track, Otago NZ
On an obvious track/route the whole way.

 

Isthmus Peak Track: The Scenery

Isthmus Peak Track, Otago NZ
At the start.
Isthmus Peak Track, Otago NZ
I liked this knife edge ridge viewed on the way up.
Isthmus Peak Track, Otago NZ
Lake Hawea.
Isthmus Peak Track, Otago NZ
A very wide panorama of Lake Wanaka.

Isthmus Peak Track, Otago NZ

Isthmus Peak Track, Otago NZ
Snow capped peaks across from Lake Wanaka.
Isthmus Peak Track, Otago NZ
A track across the tops.
Isthmus Peak Track, Otago NZ
Lake Hawea. Unlike its neighbour Lake Wanaka, it’s actually a man made reservoir.

Isthmus Peak Track, Otago NZ

Isthmus Peak Track, Otago NZ
A panorama of Lake Hawea.
Isthmus Peak Track, Otago NZ
Sophia down there on the track.
Isthmus Peak Track, Otago NZ
Lake Hawea, viewed on the way down here I think. So glassy.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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