Matukituki River
The Matukituki Valley

This walk has been showered with high praise which it rightly deserves. We had never walked it as I had heard there were lots of high drops down into the river which didn’t sound like much fun for us or our kids.

This year though the kids are a bit older and we decided to give it a go.

The drive in is beautiful, about an hour from Wanaka to the Matukituki valley. The type of scenery you expect to see in NZ. Stunning mountains, green valleys, waterfalls. Had to take the car over a few small fords which the kids enjoyed. We have had quite a bit of rain here so they were running quite high.

For the walk itself we took full winter gear as the weather has been so changeable lately. Snow on the hills a few days ago. The walk is covered in bush and the wind comes down from the glacier and we were glad that we well covered.

The walk itself is stunning. There are somlarge drops that go down to the river and I wouldn’t take kids under 6 on it as they need to concentrate in some parts and not dance around looking for fairies or whatever! It is also a steady up hill climb so quite tiring for little lets. We took 5 hours there and back with lots of stops, lots of food.

Fantastic and will be one that we take our friends who visit Wanaka on in the future.

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