Climbing Mt Iron is a popular circuit walk on the edge of Wanaka. Although there are steep sections it is a reasonably short and straightforward walk through a mix of private and conservation land. There are views in all directions, over Lake Wanaka, farmland, the towns of Wanaka and Albert Town, and various mountains including the Southern Alps.
It’s certainly not a wilderness experience, but a good way to stretch your legs and work up an appetite before you go for dinner or lunch in town. The patches of private land on the western side are not very inspiring – fairly dusty and arid looking. The conservation land is better. Track notes at the end.
Mt Iron Circuit: The Scenery
The route is an obvious track the whole way, and passes through a mix of private and conservation land. There’s a couple of short steep sections. The circuit will take you roughly 1.5 hours. You can get more information on the DOC website.