Hawea River Track

3.33 out of 5
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↑ 500 m
↓ 500 m
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Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
The Hawea River is only about 10 kilometres (6 miles) long. It flows out of Lake Hawea and joins the Clutha River just below the Albert Town Bridge where this track starts. The track follows the river upstream to the small town of Hawea which is on the edge of the lake.

It's a very pleasant "family-scenic" style of ride on a wide all-weather track with enough undulation to give a reasonable workout and the panoramic views are stunning.

If you want to extend the ride, you can carry on along the edge of the lake past the town for several kilometres. That's also a good wide undulating track called the Gladstone Track with expansive views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Be sure to stop at the Hawea store - there is only one - where you can get a delicious hokey-pokey ice-cream in a cone. There is a pub just down the road if you prefer beer.

The ride back down the river is more fun since you're going down so if you only ride the trail one way, start at Hawea.

Wanaka is spoilt for choice with this kind of family-scenic trail. The Glendhu Bay Track, the Lake Wanaka Outlet Trail, and the Upper Clutha River Loop are even more spectacular - but without the ice-cream!

Text by jimcummings
added by Ginny_TorySingletrack
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (3)


September 9, 2016
fergnago Gramcounter  
Review: stunning views and pleasant riding for all abilities

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April 20, 2015
Review: The track sometimes runs beside the river, sometimes on terraces above it. It's a very pleasant 20 km ride there and back with great views - best on a sunny day. It's popular with walkers.

Similar Trail: Upper Clutha River Loop


June 22, 2013
Ginny_Tory Singletrack  
Review: A flow-y, easy ride. Not technical or difficult at all, so it's a good place for beginners or people who just want a nice calming ride along the river. There are some rock patches, but they're easy enough. If you want a little more excitement out of the track, just go faster. The rider has some great views and a fun swing bridge crossing.

Hawea River Track MTB Trail 3.33 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 3 user reviews.
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