Wanaka has a wealth of tramping options that take you into the unrivalled alpine surrounds, with trips ranging from one to eight days. Many are around the three- to four-day mark and all are recommended during fair weather in the months of November to April.
For a day trip, the Skyline Route starts from the Roys Peak Track carpark, near Whare Kea Lodge on Mount Aspiring Road. The roughly 10-hour tramp climbs Roys Peak to the summit (1500 metres), with views of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding mountains, then crosses Mount Alpha and descends to Cardrona Road.
Another day trip is the Siberia Experience -a 4 hour unique New Zealand wilderness adventure in Mt Aspiring National Park. It combines a scenic plane flight, a bush and valley walk through the Siberia Valley and finishing with a thrilling jetboat trip back to Makarora.
Likewise, the Makarora Valley Track can be done in a day, covering grassy flats and a steep climb beside Stewart Falls. The many valleys leading from the Makarora River offer more challenging tramps of several days.