4.8 miles
3,749 ft
-452 ft
4,557 ft
High Point

Isthmus Peak Track Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Dirt/Gravel Road
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Closed 20th Nov - 20th Dec. In winter unrideable due to snow and ice.
  • Global Ranking

This is a very solid climb. It will be a rare person who would have any hope of riding up this hill - expect to be taking your bike for a walk. Alternatively this track makes a great walk without the bike!
These tracks are annually closed for fawning between 20 November and 20 December.

From the carpark follow the poled route on the true right of Stewart Creek until it reaches a 4WD track. From here a steep and rocky climb winds up to a skyline ridge.
On the ridge, follow the signs to either 1385 m Isthmus Peak (to the right) or Matatiaho Conservation Area (to the left).There is no public access beyond the conservation area.
Return to the Stewart Creek carpark by the same route. Check your brake pads are in good condition before this ride.
There is a safari hunting operation on this station, give way to game animals, especially during the March to May roar.

Access Info

Stewart Creek carpark is just off the Lake Hawea section of SH6, 30 minutes drive from Wanaka Township. Car park is on the opposite side of the road to the track start. Follow DOC signs.

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More Stats for Isthmus Peak Track mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    3,297 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,227 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,245 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,542 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3.5 miles
  • Distance down
    1.1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,224 ft
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flag leefluff (May 27, 2016 at 2:11)
 the section 1km is a crazy bike carry, up a 3:1 face of rock... honestly, this is a lovely walk, that would be totally spoiled by pushing a bike.

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