Views from Mount Iron Summit, Wanaka New Zealand

Several years ago we hiked to the top of Mount Iron. It only took about an hour, and the views from this glacier-carved rocky knoll are rather impressive.

The 4.5 km loop track climbs 250m to reach the Mount Iron summit, and is labeled as an easy walking track. From my memory parts were steep, but none were difficult.  These photos are from our last visit to Wanaka, a town in the lower portion of the New Zealand’s South Island. They were shot in September, which is early springtime in the southern hemisphere. We were living in Wanaka for the ski season.

View of the Southern Alps from the top of Mount Iron in Wanaka New Zealand

View of the Southern Alps from the top of Mount Iron.

View of Lake Wanaka from Mount Iron in Wanaka New Zealand

View of Lake Wanaka from the Mount Iron summit.

If you find yourself in Wanaka, a hike up Mount Iron is one of my top two recommendations.  The other is quite the opposite type of fun, a visit to Puzzling World, a rather unique optical illusion museum and giant maze. Both Puzzling World and the carpark for the Mount Iron Track are located about 2 km down the main road that leads in and out of Wanaka.

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  1. says

    My Turtles’ blog brought me to your blog and I never knew that a travel blog hop is around.

    I love mountains and hiking. your pictures are amazing, the top of the mountain is always breathtaking.
    I shared my latest hiking trip in the link and will put the badge in my post 🙂 But the post is not new post, I hope that’s okay

  2. says

    Your photos always remind me how beautiful the world is, and they always give me an itch to travel. Have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy your freedoms.

    • says

      In New Zealand you live in the towns at the base of the hill and drive up to the slopes everyday. Wanaka is where we lived, a town that reminds me of Lake Tahoe. It is a 45 minuted drive up to the slopes.

  3. says

    What a beautiful scene. I’m not sure if I could walk up those mountains. I think I’ll stay down at the bottom and just look at the scene of the mountains and clouds. Even better, I’ll wait until you give us more of your wonderful photos. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  4. says

    Great shots and what a fun adventure.

    Travel isn’t in the mix right now. I don’t think I’ll ever get too far from home. I just want to see America. I doubt I’ll ever visit another country.

    Have a fabulous day. 🙂

  5. says

    Thanks for the gorgeous pictures, Rhonda. I have always wanted to stay for a while near mountains, but I haven’t yet had the opportunity. Clearly it’s time!

  6. says

    New Zealand has been discussed a good bit in our household lately and has jumped to the top of our dream list. Would love to rent a camper van and drive to see this scenery!

  7. says

    My hubby went skiing on a New Zealand glacier when he was a kid, but I’ve never been anywhere there. Wanaka looks like a destination my family would enjoy. I could make everyone hike up Mount Iron and then dangle Puzzling World in front of the kids as motivation to finish. Thanks for the 4th of July good wishes. It’s a much bigger holiday in Texas than in Malaysia, ha ha.

    • says

      I was actually surprised when we went to the iceskating rink on July 4 that they had an American flag up on display. There is so much to see in New Zealand, and so many amazing hikes. Let me know when you are headed here.

  8. says

    They absolutely inspire me to travel! I’ve only been to Dunedin in the South Island (even though I’ve lived in NZ for my whole life), but my partner and I are planning to go down to Queenstown / Wanaka over summer.

    • says

      Expats and visitors do tend to see more. You will love Wanaka and Queenstown. I haven’t been down for years, but we spent a good long time on the South Island years ago. We rented the same house for three winters in Wanaka.

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