Roy's Peak

South Island NZ

A very worthwhile walk to get to that famous view! It's tough on the knees & quite relentless, but the outlook makes it all worthwhile. The lookout is where most hikers stop, but the actual peak is a further 40 minutes - 1 hour further on.

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Getting there:

It's easy to get to the start of the track - only 8 minutes' drive from Wanaka. The carpark is located on the side of the highway - be warned, it fills up quickly.

Route/Trail notes:

The walk is on a wide, reasonably well-maintained trail on private land. You'll be met by lots of livestock & plenty of others who have travelled far & wide to see the view! It's relentlessly steep & exposed with lots of switchbacks. You can do the trail in runners, but it does get dusty / muddy in Summer & covered in ice / snow in Winter. There is a toilet at the base & at the lookout.


A donation is requested to keep the track maintained. Also, the track is closed over certain dates between October & November every year for lambing. Check for updates & track conditions.


Nice easy to follow trail with a fairly consistent rate of climb throughout. A lot of people stop at the iconic viewpoint but the summit in my opinion is even better. Definitely well worth doing if you are ever in the area. Super popular the day I went to do it, and that was 3pm on a Sunday so can imagine that if I went earlier in the day it would have been even crazier!

Vonsnrub on 11 Feb, 2024

did it for sunrise which was worth the view, and also advantageous in that there is zero shade along the whole trail, so if you do this in the daytime definitely wear some sunscreen. view is amazing, but track itself gets quite repetitive.

Sam on 30 Nov, 2019

Steep long climb, but the views are worth the effort.

Sparkymatt on 24 Nov, 2018


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