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Isthmus Peak and Glen Dene Ridge, Otago

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Isthmus Peak and Glen Dene RidgeBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Sierra

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Lake Hawea

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

6 (Slow)
5 (Moderate)
4 (Fast)



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Beyond the Isthmus Peak track lies the Glen Dene Ridge track which takes you to the Matatiaho Conservation Area.

When you get to the top of Isthmus Peak track just past the toilet, turn left to take the Glen Dene ridge instead of right to the Isthmus Peak summit.

The track is undulating ups and downs from there, taking you 12 km to the fenceline of Mt Burke station (just past point 1455). Then you have a tantalising view of Wānaka, so close, but due to private property, you need to descend the way you came.

Like the rest of the Isthmus Peak track, it's hilly but technically easy farm track terrain, and very exposed. Beautiful views over Wānaka and Hāwea.

You will likely meet many sheep and possibly some deer.

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Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 90%

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Isthmus Peak

Isthmus Peak

Length: 16.60km


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  • Access

    Same start as Isthmus Peak main track, on the side of SH6 north of Hāwea township.

    38 km

    51 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    There's an alternate way down via Long Valley Creek, but this is part of Glen Dene station and you need permission to descend this way.

    Very patchy.

    Windproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Virtually no water -- bring lots especially as you get full sun exposue on this track!

    Very exposed track prone to hot summer sun exposure, wind, etc.

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