The 16 km Roys Peak Track is an infamous day hike, and one of New Zealand’s most popular routes. Located just 6 km from Wanaka, in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand.
A steep hike that rewards with impressive panoramic views over Lake Wānaka, Mount Aspiring and the surrounding peaks, bays, and islands, it’s no wonder it’s so popular.
Parking can be found at the trailhead, at the Roys Peak Track car park on Mount Aspiring Road, or you can cycle to the trailhead or arrive via public transport during the busiest periods as parking may be limited. There are also toilets at the start and end of the walk.
There is a $2 NZD fee at the start of the trail, as is takes you from lake level steeply up through grassland, alpine vegetation, and farmland, rising to reach the summit (1578 m) for the far-reaching 360-degree views over Lake Wanaka and snow-capped Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana, most impressive on a cloudless day.
The trail is mostly exposed, and weather can be extremely changeable year-round which is why every hiker should be prepared with sun protection, extra layers including a windproof jacket, plenty of food and water, a head torch, and some form of communication device in case of an emergency.
If hiking during the winter, mountain climbing equipment is essential, including crampons and ice axe as the higher section of the trail (above 1000 m) is considered ‘challenging avalanche terrain’.
It should be noted that during lambing season (1 October - 10 November) the track is closed.
Based on our data, the trail is graded as medium/hard. For information on how we grade trails, please click here
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This trail can be completed in approx. 5 – 6 hours. Caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables. For more info, click here