5 miles
Distance
3,731 ft
Climb
-437 ft
Descent
4,556 ft
High Point

Isthmus Peak Track Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Dirt/Gravel Road
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Extreme
  • Season
    Closed 20th Nov - 20th Dec. In winter unrideable due to snow and ice.
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #28436 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    10 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking

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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Isthmus Peak Track bike trail
  • Altitude change
    3,296 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,227 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,245 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,542 ft
  • Grade
    12.981%
  • Grade max
    -41.537%
  • Grade min
    84.527%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    930 ft
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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  • State land
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  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Icy
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  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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      Isthmus Peak Track Trail Reports

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      Nov 22, 2018 @ 3:20am
      Nov 22, 2018
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      • 2 rides
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      Isthmus Peak Track, Queenstown

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      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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      • + 1
      flag starilater (Nov 22, 2018 at 3:25)
       Like the description says: "It will be a rare person who would have any hope of riding up this hill". You do need proper some low speed gearing and/or strong legs to ride this trail uphill. Something that's around 0.5-0.55 ratio in the lowest gear, eg. 24/50 will allow you to ride all but one short 20 meter hike-a-bike section. Overall it's a nice uphill challenge but if you expect to pedal it with 32T+ chainring up front welcome to a world of pain Smile

      Apart from a singletrack in the bottom part it's all a wide doubletrack / 4WD trail, so from riding perspective nothing spectacular, but the views from the top are well worth the climb.
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