Hike #6 : Roys Peak Track

by | Feb 18, 2019 | New Zealand

Admire the breathtaking views of Lake Wanaka, Mount Aspiring / Tititea and the surrounding peaks after a steep climb through alpine meadows and hill meadows. It’s a popular trail and one of our best day hikes.

About the hike

This hike will give you a breathtaking view of the Wanaka area. You will pass from the lake level through the farmland, then climb to the peaks of hills up to 1578 m. In addition, the track is well laid out. It offers spectacular views of Lake Wanaka, its islands and bays. One can also see the imposing snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps / Kā Tiritiri o te Moana and including Mount Aspiring / Tititea.

Be well prepared physically because despite an easy ride technically, the climb is really steep. There is no respite from beginning to end. However, the effort is worth it because the view is simply one of the most beautiful scenery we have seen in New Zealand.
The hike to the summit is 16 km long with a vertical drop of approximately 1200 meters. The track can nevertheless be continued on the heights for the bravest.


Level: Intermediate because intense and continuous effort.

Duration: 5 to 6 hours.

Required equipment: Hiking shoes, sunscreen, hat / cap.

The Roys Peak Track is one of our best memories of New Zealand. It offers spectacular scenery and scenery while being a real sporting challenge. Its location allows you to enjoy the dynamic Wanaka region. A pleasant city, young with a fish ‘n’ chips that is worth seeing ;).

The location

The nearest cities are Wanaka (6km) and Queenstown (68km).

The trail starts at the Roys Peak Track car park on Mount Aspiring Road near Wanaka.

In times of heavy use, in the summer, consider going to the parking lot on foot or by bike (via the Waterfall Creek Trail that connects to the Roys Peak Trail) as parking is limited.