LAKE HAWEA RIVER TRAIL


Hawea River Swing bridge on our bike and shuttle ride
Crossing the Hawea Swing Bridge
Hawea River Trail
Riding along the Hawea River
Lake Hawea Bike and Shuttle services
Lake Hawea Bike and Shuttle services

Our Bike & Shuttle options make it easy for you to explore Wanaka’s picturesque trails at your own pace. With trips available for all ages and abilities, we provide bike hire and transport to the start of your adventure, as well as local knowledge on everything there is to discover along the way. You’ll love how easy we make it for you to relax and enjoy the ride!

The unguided Lake Hawea to Wanaka ride is the most bang for your buck of any bike trip in Wanaka, which is why it is our most popular ride!

We shuttle you from downtown Wanaka to the neighboring lakeside town of Hawea. Grab a coffee before setting out on the Hawea River Track, an easy riverside amble set in mountainous surroundings. You’ll pass by Albert Town, where refreshments can be picked up before continuing along the mighty Clutha River towards its source at Lake Wanaka. A picturesque lakeside trail that will lead you back to Wanaka township, where ice cream and #thatwanakatree await.

Requires a MIN of 3 Passengers to proceed. Single bookings will be waitlisted.

WHAT WE PROVIDE

  • Shuttle from Wanaka to Hawea, trips leave daily at 10.30am from outside the Wanaka iSite
  • Latest-model mountain bike and helmet
  • Thorough trial briefing with photos
  • 30km ride / Grade 1-2 trail (Grade system 0 – 6)
  • Visit the river wave, cafes and ‘The Hook’
  • Ride across the swing bridge!
  • See #thatwanakatree

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING

  • Day bag
  • 750ml bottled water (fits inside bike bottle cage)
  • Shorts, T-shirt
  • Sturdy footwear (closed-toe)
  • Windbreaker jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

There is very little hill climbing to do on this ride. The first section from Hawea to Albert town is downstream.

The Hawea River Track is a gentle family-friendly ride. Starting off from Flora Dora on the lakeside in Hawea, you follow the Hawea river downstream until Albert Town, here you can choose to carry on to Wanaka via the beautiful Outlet track or have a break at the hook! Salmon farm or a coffee at the bakery.


YOU NEED TO KNOW

Duration:Full-Day Hire (most people complete the ride in 3-4 hours)
Difficulty:Easy family-friendly
Fitness level:
Distance:30km
Terrain:Smooth easy tracks most of the way, some rutted paths closer to Albert Town

Riding the beautiful and family-friendly Lake Hawea to Lake Wanaka ride.